Saturday, March 28, 2015

Friday at its Finest

Once a month, downtown Lancaster hosts First Fridays, a collaboration of the many galleries, boutiques, restaurants and musical talents the city has to offer.
Held on the first Friday of each month, it is a four-hour event presented by the Mayor's office of special events. It's an opportunity to check out the many local artisans, galleries and restaurants in the downtown area. Shops stay open later and gallery row is beckoning visitors to check out their space, perhaps enjoy a complimentary bite to eat or a drink, appreciate what they have to offer and set out on foot and check out the next place. The city comes alive and each stop is new and innovative and different. Whether it's a corner gallery, a restaurant, or a trio of musicians picking and drumming your favorite tune in center city, I promise you, you will enjoy your evening downtown celebrating culture. And perhaps during your travels find the perfect painting to compliment your home. Lancaster and its surrounding towns are growing in culture, arts, theatre and music and the time to catch it all is when the city is alive and celebrating. From 5 to 9 p.m., the city streets bustle with residents and visitors. Many of Lancaster City's galleries can be found on Prince and Water Streets but there are also plenty of shops and galleries throughout the city. Lancaster Museum of Art has many different mediums featured in its museum on Lime Street, and will feature award-winning student art work for this month's First Friday. If you find yourself needing a drink or a bite to eat, stop by Molly's Pub on East Chestnut Street.
A complete list of events for this coming First Friday, April 3, can be found at www.visitlancastercity.com. If you find you're in one of Lancaster's surrounding towns on a different Friday, check out Lititz's Second Fridays, held on April 11 from 5 to 9 p.m. Known as one of America's Coolest Small Towns, Historic Lititz's downtown streets offer lots of boutiques, galleries and restaurants. For more information, visit www.lititzpacom. While visiting Second Fridays, be sure to check out one of Lititz's sweetest's landmark's Wilbur Chocolate's Museum and Candy Store. After a tour, be sure to pick up some delectable Wilbur Buds. For more information, visit www.wilburbuds.com.
Another tour opportunity in Lititz is the Julius Sturgis Pretzel Bakery. Guests can check out how to twist a pretzel, enjoy one of Lititz's finest snacks or shop in the gift store. For more information, visit www.juliussturgis.com.
Mount Joy has Fourth Fridays from 5 to 8 p.m. featuring a different theme for each month. The Susquehanna river towns, Columbia, Marietta and Wrightsville, get together to celebrate their towns during its Fourth Fridays. There are plenty of local bed and breakfasts to stay at while you check out the county's art scene. Visit www.authenticbandb.com to find a place that best accommodates you.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Eat, Drink and Be Merry!

It's safe to say that we have all earned this spring that is about to bloom. After shoveling snow, skating on patches of ice, and experiencing record-low temperatures, it's time to get out, stroll the streets, and take in the sights Lancaster County has to offer. Let's be honest, we deserve a reward. See, a funny thing started to happen around these parts. The sun started to shine. And it's beginning to do so more and more each day. And what better way to welcome spring than to hit downtown Lancaster and enjoy some of the area's best food and drinks during Lancaster City's Restaurant Week. Lancaster has become a bit of a hub for diverse restaurants and they are popping up one by one in the city. Sure, Lancaster's known for Amish culture, but did you know it's also becoming a hot spot for dynamic eateries? If only there was an opportunity to experience them all. Well, you're in luck. Because it's time for Restaurant Week, when you can dabble in Lancaster's dining without breaking the bank. March 23 through 29 marks the third annual restaurant week, dedicated to satisfying pallets of all tastes. About 30 participating restaurants in the downtown area offer pre-fixed menu items at a reduced rate so that visitors can enjoy all types of cuisine. Your appetite will be satisfied and your wallet will thank you. From a scrumptious sandwich to a petite filet, eatery enthusiasts can sample restaurants' menus ranging in price from $10 to $40.
Lancaster Brewing Company, located at 302 North Plum Street, will offer a two for $24 menu package. It includes two sandwiches, one small plate and one dessert. Small plate choices include hummus, soup of the day or a garden salad. Sandwich choices are grilled vegetable grilled cheese, chicken pita sandwich, honey baked ham and gruyere grinder or a fried codfish po' boy. Dessert to choose from are bread pudding, créme brulee and chocolate cake. It is also important to note that Lancaster Brewing Company also brews some of the area's finest beers. Staying true to form for Lancaster County, they offer signature brews Hop Hog, Hop Buggy, Double Chocolate Milk Stout, Lancaster Lager and Strawberry Wheat.
The Pressroom, located at 26-28 West King Street, will offer a two for $20 dinner menu. It includes choice of soup or salad and choice of entrée: catfish jambalaya, rigatoni bolognese or any 12-inch pizza featured on the menu. There are a handful of bed and breakfasts that are located close to the downtown area and the innkeepers are more than happy to help you navigate through restaurant week.
Be sure to visit Visit www.authenticbandb.com to find your perfect fit for a weekend away relaxing and eating in this fine city.