Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Unique Museums of Lancaster County

The unpredictable winter weather across the east coast has continued into spring, and some may call that a reason to put off travel and vacation. In Lancaster County, the opposite couldn’t be any more true. Not only does Lancaster County offer enough Amish history and outdoor farmland for multiple trips, but it includes a variety of indoor museums for a fun, interesting, and weatherproof vacation.

The Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania may come across as an exhibit aimed directly at train-enthusiasts, but in reality it is an easily digested, yet mind-boggling experiment in scale and excitement. Having experienced the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania myself (and still waiting to go back), I can confirm that literally anyone will instantly appreciate the impressive restoration of more modern trains, along with many from the late 1800s and early 1900s.

A 1875 Tahoe. Photo courtesy of rrmuseumpa.org
The standard amount of time it takes to view the 100,000 square foot exhibit is about two hours, but if you’re anything like myself then you may be inside for up to four hours. The National Museum of Pennsylvania is open from 9 AM to 5 PM on Monday through Saturday and 12 PM to 5 PM on Sundays. Admission is $10 for adults, $9 for seniors, and $8 for children (up to age 11). It is located at 300 Gap Road, Ronks, PA.

If trains don’t pique your interest, then the National Watch & Clock Museum has exhibits surrounding a concept that involve everyone: time. Located at 514 Poplar Street, Columbia, PA, the National Watch & Clock Museum began as a modest establishment in 1977 with less than 1000 items, but today it has a massive collection of over 12,000 items within its expanded exhibit space. 

Not only does the museum tell the story of timekeeping, from ancient timepieces to the modern wristwatch, but it includes some very familiar pop-culture exhibits like “James Bond Watches: A 50-Year History.” This exhibit includes the creator of James Bond, Ian Fleming’s, Rolex Explorer, the same watch worn by Bond himself. The National Watch & Clock Museum is closed every Monday and Sunday until March 31, but April 1 will resume Sunday hours. They are open from 10 AM to 5 PM on Tuesday through Saturday, and 12 PM to 4 PM on Sundays beginning April 1. Admission is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors, and $4 for children up to age 16.

Lancaster County is an area with seemingly unlimited options for entertainment, and these local museums are no exception. Pair these historic exhibits with the luxurious, welcoming, and equally historical inns of Authentic Bed & Breakfasts of Lancaster County and you have the recipe for a perfect weekend. 


Submitted by: Theodore R. Griffiths for Authentic Bed & Breakfasts of Lancaster County

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

A World of Comedy in Lancaster County

Welcome back to the Authentic Bed & Breakfasts of Lancaster County blog. We have uploaded all of the previous blog entries for a reference to seasonal activities in Lancaster County and the surrounding areas. This entry will begin a weekly updated passport to Lancaster County, providing you with up-to-date events and activities.

This week will focus on the theatre of Lancaster County, an aspect of the county that may be overlooked by a visitor only searching to learn more about its rich history. This month holds many opportunities for hilarious dinner theatre shows, or a more traditional theatre experience with “Young Frankenstein,” a faithful adaption of the classic Mel Brooks film.

"Weekend Comedy" at Rainbow Dinner Theatre
Two dinner theatres in Lancaster County have critically acclaimed comedies this month, both showing through March 22. Rainbow Dinner Theatre, located at 3065 Lincoln Highway East, Paradise, PA, is showing “Weekend Comedy” by Sam Bobrick, a play that has been described as “Thoroughly enjoyable...A steady rat a tat of laugh lines” by the Kansas City Star. “Weekend Comedy” centers around a middle-aged couple who go to a cabin for a lovers’ weekend only to discover that they’ve been double-booked with a young couple on their first romantic getaway. Rainbow Dinner Theatre describes the play as “Mature love vs. new love...and the laughs keep coming!” Tickets must be requested at rainbowdinnertheatre.com, where the box office will process your request for tickets as well as your wine selection.

The Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre, located at 510 Centerville Road, Lancaster, PA, is showing a similarly hysterical comedy by the name of "Caught in the Net." The play, a sequel to "Run for Your Wife," follows taxi driver John Smith, a man with two families in different parts of London. Unfortunately for him, a boy from one of his families and a girl from another fall in love after meeting on the internet and request to meet each other. In their review of the play, the Daily Mail called it "Brilliant...The funniest play of the year." The price of tickets range from $17 to $42 and can be purchased at dutchapple.com.
"Young Frankenstein" will run through March 30

Finally, the historic Fulton Theatre will be presenting the Mel Brooks Musical "Young Frankenstein" through March 30. The Fulton Theatre describes the show as, "Faithfully adapted from the hilarious Mel Brooks film, 'Young Frankenstein' brings all the familiar, zany characters to life on stage, including a very large, very green monster." Tickets range in price from $25 to $65 and can be purchased at thefulton.org.

As you can see, Lancaster County offers a wide variety of shows and venues, and it has a vibrant theatre scene that can please even the most experienced of viewers. Not only will a trip to Lancaster County at one of the Authentic Bed & Breakfasts provide you with unparalleled food, service, history, and atmosphere, but it will provide you with an artisitic flair that is not usually found outside of cities like New York. Take a week, a weekend, or even a day, and experience the incredibly diverse world of Lancaster County.

Submitted by: Theodore R. Griffiths for Authentic Bed & Breakfasts of Lancaster County