Monday, April 27, 2015

Walk, bike, scooter and play ball!

As the sun continues to shine, special events are sprouting up all throughout Lancaster County. Blossoms are blooming and colorful foliage fills the landscapes of the farms and city. A great way to enjoy the weather and explore the area, is to take part in one of the many events held this spring, some of which are interactive ways for visitors to frolic through the county.
Nothing says spring quite like a baseball game and on April 30, Lancaster Barnstormers will celebrate their opening night. Located in downtown Lancaster, the Lancaster Barnstormers was welcomed to Lancaster in 2005.
Visit Lancaster Barnstormers for opening night on April 30.
The 6,000-seat stadium is home to Lancaster's Atlantic League baseball team. The Barnstormers will play the York Revolution with a special appearance by Charlie Manuel, former manager of the Philadelphia Phillies with fireworks after the game. There are plenty of vendors and other activities for the entire family at the stadium as well, including a carousel, climbing wall, playground, arcade and more. Some of Lancaster's finest serve as vendors, such as Turkey Hill Ice Cream, Kunzler's Hot Dogs and Lancaster Brewing Company beer.
On May 2, The Kiwanis Club of Lititz will host the fourth annual Lititz Pretzel Fest. Enjoy creative pretzel samples, a pretzel-twisting contest, live entertainment and a dunk tank with some of Lititz's finest getting dunked. Guests can also visit some of the town's shops and boutiques. To purchase tickets, visit
Enjoy downtown shopping, entertainment and culinary samples during Lititz Pretzel Fest.
On May 1, you can enjoy a guided scooter tour followed by beer tasting with Strasburg Scooters. The tour winds through Amish country and explores the covered bridges of Lancaster County. Afterwards, guests can continue the tour on the Brewery Bus to Lancaster Brewing Company. Enjoy a five-course small plate paired with one of the brewing company's tasty beverages.
Check out a scooter tour and Beer Sampling on May 1.
Explore downtown Lancaster during the Riddle Quest.
Another interactive and challenging way to get to know downtown Lancaster is to participate in a Riddle Quest. The fundraiser is held in historic downtown Lancaster on May 2. Using treasure maps and "passports," individuals or teams must solve riddles and earn stamps. Prizes will be given away for those who complete the scavenger hunt. Proceeds benefit Compass Mark's Future Generations Youth Leadership Program.
Cool off with Lapp Valley Farm's Ice Cream after a bike ride.
For those who would enjoy a bicycle trip through farmlands of Lancaster County, consider a seven-mile bike ride with Lapp Valley Farms in New Holland. Riders will explore the farm, its animals and more and enjoy some of Lancaster's finest ice cream. Reservations are required and include bike, helmet and ice cream.These events take you to all corners of scenic Lancaster. Visit for the place that best suits your adventure.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

A Trip to Strasburg, Pennnsylvania

Sometimes we need a break from the everyday hustle and bustle of life - a quiet spot to regroup, relax and enjoy the view. Whether it's just the two of you or the family, the small town of Strasburg, Pennsylvania is the perfect place to do just that. Take an open-air train ride, breath in the fresh air and enjoy the sounds of silence, the wide-open Amish countrysides and many other destinations in this quaint town. Train enthusiasts will also enjoy Strasburg's many train attractions such as the Strasburg Railroad, Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania and National Toy Train Museum. Strasburg Railroad, located in the rolling hills of Strasburg, takes passengers on a 45-minute train ride through the countryside.
Visitors can choose from many different options, such as The President's car, open air car or dining car. Pack a picnic and opt to stop at one of the grove's overlooking endless acres of farmland and catch a train ride back to the station. The station also features events like the Steampunk Unlimited and Day Out with Thomas. Steampunk reenacts the early '20s with entertainment, music, food and '20s-era actors. Day Out with Thomas is a popular event for fans of the show and attracts thousands of younger train enthusiasts to its event. Thomas will debut at Strasburg on June 20-28 and will visit again in September and November. Visit www.strasburg for tickets and more information. The Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania is home to more than 100 full-size restored train cars and engines. Visitors can get a close-up look of the historic and vintage trains, tour the cars and even sit in the engineer's seat.
The National Toy Train Museum features toy train collections and exhibits dating back to the 1800s. It boasts one of the most extensive toy train collections in the world with interactive exhibits, photos, special events and much more.
Another picturesque destination is Village Greens Miniature Golf Course. Surrounded by lush gardens and prestine landscaping, the golf course covers over 13 acres of beautiful countryside. The Orange Course features traditional Lancaster obstacles such as a covered bridge and tobacoo shed while the Gold Course offers nature's beauties like water falls and gardens as its obstacles.
A trip to Lancaster County wouldn't be complete without some good ol' PA Dutch cooking. Visit the restaurant at Hershey Farm Restaurant & Inn and enjoy the Grand Smorgasbord, which features classic PA Dutch foods as well as modern dishes. Be sure to save room for dessert and swing by the bakery for shoo fly pie, whoopie pies, sticky buns, cookies and much more.
As always, you can find a bed and breakfast to accomodate your needs while visiting Strasburg. Visit for the perfect place to compliment your stay.