Thursday, December 8, 2016

'Tis The Season for Holiday Events in Lancaster County

Lancaster County is decking the halls from corner to corner with decorations, holiday shows, events and more. Theaters, local attractions and our bed and breakfasts are alive with the Christmas spirit. Take train ride with Santa, watch a Magic Lantern Christmas Show, or visit one of many theaters for a holiday show. Be sure to make your overnight reservations at www.authenticbandb.com.
The Strasburg Railroad hosts Santa's Paradise Express through the month of December. The train takes passengers on a tour of Paradise, PA, while Santa visits guests with treats and stories. Visit www.strasburgrailroad.com for a complete list of events.
Through December 23, the National Christmas Center will host the Christmas Market and Village of Lights. Guests can stroll the grounds and enjoy Christmas light displays, life-size nativity light shows, singing Christmas trees, a bonfire and hot chocolate. You can also check out Santa's Peek-a-Boo cottage and make Christmas crafts.
Experience a historical Christmas at James Buchanan's Wheatland during the Yuletide at Wheatland through December 30. Join LancasterHistory.org as they take you back to the holidays of 1867 when Miss Emily Baker organized a Christmas party for President Buchanan. Guests can take a step back in time for the Victorian Christmas in the former president's home at the historic Wheatland Grounds. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays and tickets are $6-$12.
One of Lancaster County's most unique theaters is the Magic Lantern Show at Plain & Fancy Theater in Bird-In-Hand. The Magic Lantern, popular in the 1800s-1900s, was one of the first projector screens and paved the way for motion pictures. The Lantern projects motionless hand-painted slides onto a screen while Mark Sullivan, artistic director at the theater, narrates the show. "We are the only Magic Lantern Theater in the last 130 years," says Sullivan. The show begins with Sullivan, dressed in character, interacting with the audience with comedy, singing, trivia and followed by the lantern slide show. The Christmas Show includes classic stories like "Twas the Night Before Christmas, "A Christmas Carol," and the birth of Christ. New to this year's show is the little-known Charles Dickens story "Gabriel Grub and The Goblins." The new slides date back to 1860s and are from England. "It's a unique mixture of animation and live models as well as some Magic Lantern effects like dissolves," adds Sullivan. Visit www.amishexperience.com for tickets and more information.
Other local theaters are featuring holiday performances on their stages. Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre is performing the variety show "Holly Jolly Christmas, A Holiday Revue" through December 31. Rainbow's Comedy Playhouse presents "Green Holly and Gray Potatoes." Hilarity ensues when a family gathers for the holidays only to try to convince mom and dad it's time for them to move to a retirement home. Check out the 2016 Christmas Show "Winter Wonderland" at the American Music Theatre. This variety show has a little bit for everyone including singing, dancing, instrumentals and more. Bird-In-Hand Family Restaurant & Stage brings "Our Christmas Dinner" to its stage. There are surprises and humor around each corner when a bunch of strangers are thrown together during the holidays. And through December 17,
The Fulton Theatre will perform the timeless classic, "'Twas the Night Before Christmas."
Complement your holiday stay at one of our bed and breakfasts in Lancaster. Each is dressed for the holidays and is ready to spread holiday cheer. Visit www.authenticbandb.com for more information or to make reservations. 

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Tickets for the Belsnickle Tour on sale now!

As the holiday season approaches, Lancaster County bed and breakfasts are decking their halls in preparation for the Second Annual Find Your Belsnickle Tour.
Each inn is festively decorated for the holidays with Christmas trees, lights, greens, and Christmas scenes from past and present. The tour, which benefits a local chapter of a national charity, takes place December 3 and 4 at 18 participating inns. While traveling from inn to inn, guests can enjoy the beautiful and pristine sights of Lancaster County and warm up at each inn with fresh-baked cookies and a recipe card to collect at each site. The Belsnickle, a figure originating from German folklore, is considered to be the darker side of Santa. He carries a switch for kids who were naughty and tosses treats at kids who were nice.
Inns are decorated for the holidays.
As a way to honor an old tradition and folklore, the inns are having a little fun with the Belsnickle, while benefiting a worthy cause. A grand prize for tourists include a $250 gift certificate to be used at one of the bed and breakfasts and a $75 Visa gift card.
In addition to the tour, guests will receive free admission to The National Christmas Center during December.
The National Christmas Center.
The National Christmas Center, a museum and store located in Paradise, features over 15 life-size indoor exhibits, a Santa's workshop, a train room, a 1950s Woolworth display, a life-size nativity and much more. In addition, the Center will also have Belsnickles on display and available for purchase.
Tickets for the tour are on sale now for $15 or the day of the tour for $20 (cash only). Tickets are valid for both days so guests can take their time visiting the inns. Maps at each stop will also be available. Last year, the inns raised over $4,000 for charity. Be sure to reserve your tickets now by calling one of the participating inns. Enjoy our beautiful county at Christmastime, the inns and the crotchety Belsnickle while helping a worthy cause. And be sure to make reservations at one of our inns for the weekend of the tour by visiting www.authenticbandb.com. Happy holidays!

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Warm up with food, fashion, and drinks in Lancaster County

Lancaster County, and much of the East Coast, just finished an Indian Summer with temperatures at an all-time high for mid-October with a week of 80-degree weather. Then a swift and powerful wind swept in and announced that fall was officially here. Nothing says fall like good food and drinks in a cozy atmosphere, so here are a few different events and establishments that offer just that. From food shows to fashion shows, Lancaster County has plenty of events to entertain visitors. To complete your visit, stay at one of the many cozy bed and breakfasts here in Lancaster County. Book your room now at www.authenticbandb.com.
Get a little taste of everything November 18-20 at the Lancaster County Convention Center during the sixth annual Lancaster Wine & Spirits Festival. Restaurants, food vendors, vineyards, breweries, distilleries and more will pack the center with delectable food and beverages for guests to enjoy. In addition to fine food and spirits, visitors can check out demonstrations, and meet guest chefs and celebrity emcees. Also featured is a Fine Wine and Good Spirits pavilion and a Jack Daniel's Virtual Reality Tour. Tickets are $50-$70 and are available for purchase on the website.
Lancaster Wine and Spirits Festival at the Convention Center.
On November 12 and 13, the Spooky Nook Sports Arena will host the Artisan Fair. The expo is a combination of the long-standing Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen Craft Fair and highlights many local and national artists' and crafters' pottery, jewelry, clothing, glasswork, woodwork and more. Spooky Nook, a newer and state-of-the-art facility is happy to welcome the fair to its grounds, with plenty of space for crafters and guests, free parking, onsite restaurants and other nearby eateries. Admission is $5.
On November 13, the General Sutter Inn will host a Waltz Wine Dinner, a five-course meal featuring wines from local winery, Waltz Vineyards. Social hour begins at 5:30 p.m. with dinner at 6 p.m. Tickets are $80. On November 20, the Inn will host its popular Murder Mystery Dinner. Presented by Roundtable Productions, guests are challenged to solve the case of "whodunnit" during a four-course dinner in the Grand Ballroom. Tickets are $58 and include the dinner and event. A cash bar is also available.
Waltz Wine Dinner on Nov. 13 
If you prefer to be outside and enjoy the crisp weather, check out Second Saturdays at Smucker Village on Old Philadelphia Pike in Intercourse. Visitors can enjoy live music while perusing outdoor vendors with local crafts and food. The Treasure Place, an onsite store featuring unique and repurposed furniture and housewares, will have extended hours. Be sure to swing by the Corner Coffee Shop to enjoy a warm drink.
Smucker Village features Second Saturdays.
On November 12, the Woman's Club of Ephrata will present its Fashions by Ruthie's Fashion Show at the American Legion in Ephrata, where guests will enjoy lunch and a fashion show. Doors open at 11 a.m. with clothing and accessories available for purchase. Lunch begins at noon with a menu featuring chicken and broccoli crepes, house salad, apple and pear cobbler, and coffee and tea, followed by a fashion show featuring local models. Wine and mimosas will also be available for purchase. Tickets are $25 and tables of eight are also available for purchase. Chinese auction tickets are six for $5. Proceeds benefit the Woman's Club of Ephrata. Deadline for ticket purchase is November 1. For ticket inquiries, call 1-717-859-2847.
There is so much to always see and do here in Lancaster. And we'll soon be talking about December, when our community and Inns light up for the holiday season. What a great time to visit Lancaster County.



Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Fall Fun in Lancaster County

Fall is just around the corner here in Lancaster County. The days are getting shorter, cool mornings and evenings greet us and the foliage becomes colorful autumn tones. There is a lot to do in Lancaster as fall approaches, we celebrate all things pumpkin, apple and corn. We've compiled a list of events here in Lancaster in October so be sure to check them out while staying at one of our many lovely Bed and Breakfasts.
Amish Farm and House
Fall Farm Days takes place at the Amish Farm and House in Lancaster Oct. 7-10. The Amish Farm and House allows guests to experience the Amish farm life here in Lancaster, with tours and a look at the barns, meadows and animalsIn addition to the regular tours and attractions, the fall weekend celebration offers pumpkin face painting, a corn maze, hay wagon rides, a burlap sack slide, pick-your-own pumpkin patch, and more. There will also be demonstrations from woodcarvers, blacksmiths, and apple sauce making. Food will also be available for purchase.
Haldeman Mansion


The Fall Apple Festival takes place at the Haldeman Mansion in Bainbridge on Oct. 9. Enjoy live music on the lawn, eat homemade apple desserts or choose something from the mansion's food menu. Guests can also take a complimentary tour of the mansion or explore the river trail along the grounds. Admission price is just $5 per car and proceeds benefit the mansion.
Oregon Dairy Corn Maze
In addition to fall festivals, Lancaster County has plenty of different corn mazes with all sorts of attractions for the whole family. Oregon Dairy Corn Maze, located at the Oregon Dairy Supermarket, has a large corn maze with tractor rides to their pumpkin patch, kids attractions, punkin' chunkin', and lots of food and drinks. Barnyard Kingdom at The Country Barn features a maze as well as pig races, wagon rides, animals on the farm, a giant tunnel slide and a pedal kart track. Cherry Crest Adventure Farm offers many activities beyond its five-acre corn maze. The Courtyard features a pedal kart track, a hands-on farm experience, a discovery barn and a chick hatchery. The Barnyard allows kids to build their own cabin with giant Lincoln Logs, pet animals in the Barnyard animal grove or sling tennis balls with a giant slinger. Many different foods are available including corn on the cob, popped corn, homemade confections and more. There is also a gift shop on site.
Cherry Crest Adventure Farm
We hope to see you here in Lancaster soon as we transition into fall. Be sure to reserve a room at one of the bed and breakfasts across the county at www.authenticbandb.com.  
And for those of you anticipating the Christmas season, the second annual Find Your Belsnickle Tour tickets are on sale October 1. The fundraiser features a tour of over 15 inns dressed for the holidays, including treats at each inn, a chance to win prizes and admission to the National Christmas CenterFor more information, visit www.authenticbandb.com/belsnickle.php. 

Friday, August 26, 2016

All Is Fair In Lancaster County

Pennsylvania is home to some of the largest fairs in the country and fair season is kicking off as we speak. Lancaster County shows its pride for agriculture, community and delicious food when food trucks, rides, arts, crafts and agriculture displays fill the streets this fall. So if you're visiting in the near future, be sure to check out one of the many fairs here in Lancaster to get a taste of what this beautiful county has to offer.
Denver Fair
The Denver Fair in Northern Lancaster kicks off its fair at Memorial Park Sept. 13-17. Guests can enjoy free entertainment, contest, animal exhibits, carnival rides, crafts and lots of tasty food.
The 67th annual Solanco Fair will be held Sept. 14-16. Taking place in Quarryville, the event boasts many different exhibits from food to cattle and everything in between. Many organizations will have food stands serving local favorites like chicken pot pie and barbecue. A parade takes place on Sept. 14, followed by a baby parade the next day.
Solanco Fair
Celebrate farm and community during the New Holland Fair Sept. 28-Oct. 1. Taking place on 100 blocks of East and West Main Street, the fair offers plenty of food, contests and rides. Be sure to visit the New Holland Farmer's Fair to check out some of Lancaster County's most prized farming livestock, fruits, vegetables and more.
New Holland Fair
The largest street fair in Pennsylvania, the Ephrata Fair, takes place Sept. 20-24. Main Street fills with the smell of local culinary delights and confections. Local organizations, rides, exhibits and games line the streets and a parade takes place on Wednesday. Head down to Tent City at Grater Memorial Park to check out 4-H and FFA livestock.
There's a little something for everyone at the 43rd Annual Ephrata Arts and Crafts Fest and Classic Car Show on Sept. 10. The events takes place in downtown Ephrata with arts and crafts vendors, food trucks, live music and plenty of classic cars. Also taking place is the Artisan's Fair at nearby Ephrata Cloister. Guests can check out works from local artists and fine crafts on the picturesque grounds of the Cloister.
Ephrata Fair
Limited tours will also be available.
The West Lampeter Fair is held Sept. 28-30. They've got their share of great food, rides and agriculture exhibits, plus some fun events like pig races, a soup cook off, tractor games and more. The fair also features dinner at the Community Fair Restaurant, a parade and local marching bands.
The Manheim Farm Show takes place Oct. 3-7. Its mission is to promote agriculture, crafts and competition in a family-friendly environment. The event takes place at the Exhibition Center and features local 4-H and FFA livestock, local farm agriculture, food and more.
Manheim Farm Show
If fairs aren't your thing but motors are, then head over to the 32nd annual NHRA Keystone Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway in Monhton. Held Sept. 30-Oct. 2, the event features the Mello Yellow Drag Racing national event. For tickets, visit www.nhra.com.
To get an idea of what our county is all about, its pride in agriculture, food and fun, be sure to check out Lancaster County during fair season.
Maple Grove Raceway
And be sure to book a room at one of our many lovely bed and breakfasts at www.authenticbandb.com.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Summer is Sizzlin' in Lancaster County

It is HOT in Lancaster County! Apparently it's in the 90s, but it feels like it's 175 degrees outside. For those who like to brave the steaming outdoors, there's plenty to do here in our county. But for those who want to avoid it, there are plenty of places to escape the heat. From kayaking with Shank's Mare Outfitters to plays at local theatres like American Music Theatre, Rainbow's Comedy Playhouse, Dutch AppleEphrata Performing Arts Center, and The Fulton Theatre, we've got all your needs covered.
Shank's Mare Outfitters
Located in Wrightsville, Shank's Mare Outfitters is situated along the picturesque banks of the Susquehanna River. The outdoor retailer meets all your needs with equipment from clothing to kayaks. They also offer kayak and paddleboard classes. The Yoga and Stand Up Paddleboard class offers both yoga and paddleboard instructions. For a portion of the class, students will put their skills to the test when they try both in the water. Be sure to check out some of Shank's other events like the Native American Rock Art Paddleboard Tour, River Paddle Tour & Picnic, Paddle & Pizza. On August 6, they will host the 7th Annual Art & Outdoor Fest. Enjoy local artist's creations, historical and cultural organizations, icecream and live music. Hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Terry Fator
For those of you that would rather just stay inside during this heat wave, take in a show at one of the many theatres here in Lancaster County. American Music theatre welcomes Joe Walsh on July 31, The Shoji Tabuchi Show on Aug. 7, Terry Fator on Aug. 12, Styx on Aug. 15 and Aaron Lewis on Aug.21, just to name a few. Visit the AMT website for tickets and details.
Perfect Wedding is now on stage at Rainbow's Comedy Playhouse. This romantic comedy tells the story of how a future groom finds himself in a precarious situation with a strange girl in his room. This dinner theatre experience offers plenty of options for guests from lighter fare to dinner and drinks.
Mary Poppins
Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre presents Mary Poppins through Aug. 6, followed by Yeston Kopit's Phantom Aug. 11-September 24. In it's 30th year, the Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre offers guests dinner and a show in an inviting and pleasant atmosphere.
American Idiot is playing through Aug. 6 at Ephrata Performing Arts Center. An adaptation of Green Day's album, this musical follows the life of three young men searching for the meaning of life. David Mamet's Glengarry Glenross will hit the stage Sept. 8-17. A show about four real estate agents
driven to criminal behavior, this drama features bribery, blackmail, theft and "colorful" language. 
The Fulton Theatre welcomes Billy Elliot The Musical to its stage on Sept. 20. This musical follows the life on an 11-year-old boy who trades his boxing gloves for ballet shoes during the 1980s coal miner strikes in England.
American Idiot
As we begin to wrap up the summer, don't forget about Authentic Bed and Breakfast's Second Annual Find the Belsnickle Tour taking place Dec. 3 and 4. Tickets go on sale Oct. 1 and are available at the Inns. Guests can enjoy touring the Inns and finding Belsnickles and entered to win prizes. For more information, visit the Belsnickle page.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Wines pairs well with music in Lancaster County

Peppered throughout Lancaster County's farmland and rolling hills are quaint wineries boasting local flavors fit for every pallet. The grounds are also home to some great spots for picnics and summer concerts. If you enjoy wine, live music and the outdoors, be sure to check out some of these vineyards during your visit.
Moondancer Winery, located in Wrightsville, hosts live music all summer. July 2 and 3 they will host their annual Red, White and Blues Festival. Other concerts include a country music festival on July 23, Reggae Festival on August 6 and 7, and a Folk Festival on September 11. Guests can pack a picnic and enjoy Moondancer's wine or purchase wood-fired pizzas and other concessions. Visit the website for ticket prices and information.
Moondancer Winery
Nissley Vineyards, in Bainbridge, hosts a summer concert on its lawn throughout the summer. On July 23, the winery welcomes Nightwind, a classic rock band. July 30 is motown band, Uptown Band; August 6 is big swing band, Blue Moon Big Band; August 13 is '60s and '70s band, Fabulous Cheese Brothers and Sisters and August 20 is The Maxwell Project, a '70s and '80s R&B, funk and soul band. Guests are encouraged to bring picnics, small tables, candles and their dancing shoes and enjoy the live music from the lawn or the tree-shaded patios. Nissley Wine bottles are available for purchase during concerts and range from sweet to dry. Light fare is also available to purchase.
Nissley Vineyards
On July 22, head  to Waltz Vineyards in Manheim, to listen to the cool sounds of JazzMe during Waltz's Concert at the Vineyards. Guests can bring picnics and purchase wine onsite. Waltz's also extends invitations to visit the vineyard for an intimate picnic for a simple and relaxing afternoon getaway. Sip locally made wine while enjoying the view of the winery estate and northern Lancaster County. Chairs and tables are available.
Waltz Vineyard
The Vineyard at Grandview, Mount Joy, welcomes back its Wine by the Vine concert series this summer with live music every Friday night through September. July's line-up includes: Fire in the Glen on July 1, Adam Blessing Duo on July 8, Notes from Underground on July 15, a Deck Anniversary Celebration with no cover charge on both July 23 and 24, and Jeanette Stillman Band on July 29. Various local restaurants provide concessions and bottles of wine are available for purchase.
The Vineyard at Grandview
Lancaster County Winery located in Willow Street hosts tastings of its wines at the wine shop Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Guests are also invited to stroll through the acres of vineyard overlooking Lancaster County. For more information, visit the website.
Mount Hope Estate and Winery
Mount Hope Estate & Winery, located on the grounds of the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire, offers tastings at its shop. Wines include a fruit series, a hybrid series, honey wines, sparkling, classic wines and more. The winery also participates in local wine trails or check them out on July 16 during the Blues & Brews festival.
You know what else pairs well with wine? A stay at a local bed and breakfast. Visit www.authenticbandb.com at one of our many inns located in Lancaster County. Cheers!

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Festivals, Auctions and Outhouses

June is here and summer is kicking into full gear. It also means that the streets of Lancaster towns will be bustling with festivals and fairs. Smells of traditional cuisine fill the air, blossoming gardens beckon garden lovers, an auction with traditional Lancaster items will benefit a worthy cause and outhouses will roll in the streets of  Terre Hill. Yes, this is Lancaster County - full of fun and surprises and so much tasty food, what better reason to experience the Lancaster life? Be sure to find the best accommodations at one of our many bed and breakfasts. Innkeepers are awaiting your arrival and look forward to sharing our beautiful county with you. Check out www.authenticbandb.com for a list of all our inns and reservation information.
Benefit Auction takes place June 18
Auction enthusiasts, mark your calendars for the Lancaster County Benefit Auction to support the Clinic for Special Children on June 18. Taking place at the Leola Produce Auction, the sale features some of Lancaster County finest quilts, furniture and other keepsake items. Local residents donate time, funds and lots of homemade foods for the auction. Breakfast kicks off the event at 7 a.m., followed by the auction at 8:30. Doctors from the Clinic For Special Children will speak afterwards about the importance of their mission and need for support. The clinic is a non-profit medical service for Amish and Mennonite children who suffer from genetic disorders.
Whoopie pie sales for Dr. Morton Auction
Taking place June 17-19 in the heart of our Pennsylvania Dutch Country is Intercourse Heritage Days. Coined as an old-fashioned family celebration, the festival boasts many different events from kids activities to tractor pulls to a scenic bike ride and 5K. One of the best places to sample some of Lancaster County's famous foods, the festival also features a food showcase, a shoofly pie baking contest and breakfast in the park. Pepper in some live entertainment, spelling bee, strolling entertainers and an antique car show, and you've got yourself a great sense of what Lancaster County prides itself on. For a full schedule of events, visit the website.
Next month, be sure to visit the town of Terre Hill and celebrate Terre Hill Days July 14-17. For four days, the community becomes a hub for entertainment suited for the whole family. Stands open up at 4 p.m. on July 14, featuring Bob's Critter's animal and reptile show, The DK'ers juggling and comedy show, and a talent show.
Crowds gather for Terre Hill days entertainment
Friday guests can check out a pie-eating contest, hula hoop show bingo and live music. Events take place all day Saturday kicking off with breakfast followed by a ShoeFly 5K, an arts and crafts festival and more live entertainment. Probably one of the most entertaining and comedic events is the infamous Outhouse Race, which takes place at 1 p.m. on Saturday.
Outhouse race at Terre Hill Days
Struggling through what seemed like an entire month of rain will certainly benefit Lancaster's upcoming garden tours. The 33rd Annual Demuth Garden Tour, Maytown Garden Tour and Columbia Garden Tour all take place on June 11. Each tour features some of Lancaster County's most lush and attractive gardens.
Garden Tours take place June 11
From urban chic to farmlands full of fruit trees and streams and native plants, garden enthusiasts are certain to enjoy these tours. For more information as well as ticket costs, visit each tour's website.

Saturday, May 7, 2016

May is for Mothers ... and sunshine

It seems as though someone has stolen the sun here in Lancaster. She's been missing for quite some time and we'd really like her to come home because there are some great events coming up for Mother's Day and the rest of May. So if anyone sees a large bright orb, please tell her we miss her and want her to come home. Until then, here are some events that will still shine without the sun.
Now let's talk mothers. They are often overworked and under appreciated but this weekend is a great time to let them know how much you love them.
Lancaster City hosts its ArtWalk this weekend, a self-guided tour taking place on Sunday.
ArtWalk takes place this weekend
Galleries, small businesses, performing arts groups, live demonstrations, and children's activities are all held at downtown venues within walking distance of each other. Stops include artist and maker demonstrations at Building Character, watercolor demonstrations at Christiane David Gallery, Lancaster Sound Map at Penn Square and three different plays at various sites.
Beginning this weekend, the Intercourse Bike Works will host a Wine and Beer Tasting Bike Tour.The bike shop has paired with Rumspringa Brewing Company for a great bicycle tour through Amish Country followed by adult beverages from local crafters. The ride is 12 miles and costs $50 per person and includes helmet, water and wine and beer tasting.
Bike Works Wine and Beer Tour 
Also celebrating art this weekend is the Elizabethtown Community Park with the 13th Annual Arts in the Park Park. The free event features over 30 art and craft vendors, musical entertainment and children's activities.
Beginning on May 20, the 300 Block of Queen Street will host the Sips and Bits Stroll every third Friday of the month. The event takes place from 6-9 p.m. and features coffee, cheese, charcuterie and more. Guests can enjoy the merchants on the 300 block and local food and drink. Proceeds for the event benefit two great local non-profits - Music For Everyone and PA Guild of Craftsmen. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 the day of the event. Get your tickets here.
Sips and Bits Stroll
So that's just a taste of May here in Lancaster. And as always, our bed and breakfasts have all the accommodations for you. Visit www.authenticbandb.com for the perfect place to rest your head.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Lancaster's Full of Theatrics ... And Music!

There's an overabundance of events always going on here in Lancaster County, and that's why it's such an amazing place to visit. This week, we'll check out the music and theater scene. Lancaster has a music festival chock full of events filling the streets next week and our local theaters are introducing some fabulous shows this month. And as always, we want you to stay, so book a room at one of the many bed and breakfasts here in Lancaster at www.authenticbandb.com and enjoy all that this great county has to offer. Our innkeepers are here to make your experience even better and have the perfect accommodations for you and yours.
Music fills the air next week here in Lancaster County when the eighth annual Launch Music Conference and Festival hits the streets of downtown Lancaster April 21-24.
Launch Music Conference April 21-24
The conference features music panels, seminars, performances and more for artists, music industry professionals and fans. Even more exciting is the music that will bring the downtown alive with over 200 artists from around the country in a three-block walking radius. Downtown hot spots like Aussie & The Fox, The Candy Factory, Chameleon Club, Lancaster Dispensing Company, Marion Court Room and Tellus 360 host musicians for the weekend event as well as music forums. Highlights include Bayside, Ice Nine Kills, Interval, Yazz the Greatest and The Weekend Riot. Guests can purchase individual tickets, VIP, weekend or single-day badges. Visit the website for ticket and pricing information.
Ice Nine Kills will perform at Launch
Lancaster is becoming a hub for great theater performances and many of the area theaters are introducing great performances this month.
"Menopause the Musical" is returning to the Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre after popular demand. Coupled with parodies of music from the '60s to the '80s and a cast of women going through "the change," this performance will have you both dancing and laughing at the same time.
Menopause The Musical at Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre
The Fulton Theatre introduces its on-stage rendition of the hit movie "Ghost" with "Ghost: The Musical." The movie was so captivating just wait until you see it live on stage. The performances take place April 19-May 15.
Ghost at The Fulton 
Based off of the hit movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Rainbow's Comedy Playhouse recently debuted its on-stage performance of "Catch Me If You Can." Rainbow offers both shows and dinner for its guests. Dinner and a show in one package? Can't get much better than that.
The Magic & Wonder Show hits the stage at Bird-In-Hand Stage. A show for the whole family, guests will be in awe of illusionist Brett A. Myers. The show takes place April 21-October 22. Myers and his talented crew bring excitement to the stage with grand illusions, live animals, comedy and audience participation.
Magic and Wonder Show at Bird-In-Hand Stage
That is just a taste of what is happening here in Lancaster as the spring season, good music and performances bring this county to life. Hope to see you here soon.

Monday, March 28, 2016

Lancaster County: A Great Pastime, Every Time

There are many activities that make Lancaster County alluring to visitors. What might be most appealing is the extensive opportunities you can find here in our picturesque county. From tours to shopping, to caves, wolves and trains, Lancaster seems to offer something for everyone. So if you're visiting Lancaster soon, here are just a few events to check out. Complete your trip by checking into one of the bed and breakfasts at www.authenticbandb.com. They are the icing on your cake to the perfect trip.
Beginning on April 2, Strasburg Railroad offers Wine and Cheese Tours. Guests travel through picturesque Lancaster while partaking in some tasty wines and cheese and other snacks. The $36 ticket includes wine, cheese, crackers, beer, mixed drinks, or non-alcoholic drinks in its first-class parlor car or first-class lounge. Visit their website for more information.
Starting April 7 and taking place through April 23 is Lancaster County's Best Kept Secrets Tour. This unique tour takes guests to 36 "off-the-beaten-path" tour stops here in Lancaster County. Created to be similar to a home or garden tour, guests travel from place to place at their own pace. Tickets are valid for the entire time so visitors can take one day or 16 to complete the tour. Tickets are $9 and include a tour booklet, coupons, demonstrations, refreshment, chances to win shopping sprees and more.  For detailed information and to purchase tickets, visit the website.
Best Kept Secrets Tour is held April 7-23
On April 9, Shank's Mare will host a Wind Cave Hike and Exploration. The guided tour takes hikers to the Lower Susquehanna to a tectonic cavern formed by shifting rocks which winds through the formation. This cave is one of the largest in the United States, where temperatures are nearly freezing year round. Lunch follows the moderate hike at Shank's Mare, which is BYOB. Tickets are $45 per person and include a shuttle, guide and lunch.
Shank's Mare hosts a Wind Cave Hike on April 9.

Nestled in pristine Lancaster County across 80 acres is The Wolf Sanctuary of PA. Run by the Darlington Family who has offered refuge to wolves for the past 30 years, the sanctuary serves as an environment to rescued wolves. Over 40 Speedwell wolves are cared for at the sanctuary and are ambassadors for the species in helping to educate the public.
On May 14, the Sanctuary will host Music and Art with the Wolves. Guests can enjoy live music, local artists, face painting, games for kids, concessions, and more. Tickets are $10 and all proceeds benefit the Sanctuary which relies completely on private donations.
The Wolf Sanctuary hosts a Music and Art event on May 14.
Doesn't get much better than wolves and shopping, wine on trains and hikes. There is something for everyone and these are just a few of the many events taking place in Lancaster. For more events coming up in Lancaster, visit www.discoverlancaster.com.



Saturday, March 12, 2016

Lancaster's got the luck of the Irish

Cooking, eating, shopping and drinking, these are a few of our favorite things. If you want to sharpen your skills as an amateur chef, check out The Culinary Classroom. If you're excited about St. Patrick's Day, downtown Lancaster has a great celebration with the King Street Seisiun. And, of course, Lancaster's Mudsales are in full swing right now, offering all things Lancaster from quilts to farming equipment to baked goods and more. 
Taking place at Simply from Scratch on Chestnut Street, The Culinary Classroom is an opportunity for people who want to hone their cooking skills or just enjoy a night out with a date or group of friends.
The Culinary Classroom with Linda Bell
The classes take place on Tuesdays inside the catering kitchen, which is complete with state-of-the-art equipment. The classes are hosted by seasoned chef, Linda Bell. Her love for all things culinary, coupled with her knack for entertaining and a degree from the Institute of Culinary Education in New York City, among other accolades, makes her classes one-of-a-kind and a great experience for you and your friends or date. Classes include the fundamentals of fine cooking and spring brunch. For more information or to sign up for classes, visit www.theculinaryclassroom.com.
St. Patrick's Day is right around the corner and Lancaster has the luck of the Irish sprouting in downtown. One of the largest events for the holiday is the King Street Seisiun.
King Street Seisiun
Annie Bailey's Irish Pub and Tellus 360 team up with the Mayor's Office of Special Events to host an Irish block party. The event kicks off on March 20 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the zero block of East King Street to Penn Square and to North Duke Street. Guests can enjoy live music and entertainment, beer, food and more. Proceeds benefit The Junior League of Lancaster, Music For Everyone, Lancaster City Alliance, A Week Away and United Way of Lancaster. Tickets are $17 and can be purchased at www.kingstreetseisiun.eventbrite.com
If stomping in the mud and bidding on local goods while enjoying local food and confections is more your speed, be sure to check out the mudsales here in Lancaster.
Annie Bailey's
Taking place at local fire companies, the mudsales serve as the biggest fundraiser for the fire departments. If you want an authentic look at what this scenic and pristine county has to offer, its culture and food and friendliness, be sure to set the alarm early and check out one of the sales. This month sales include Farmersville, Penryn, Bart Township, Airville, Gap, and West Earl. For a full schedule, visit www.lancasterpa.com/mud-sales.
Mudsales in Lancaster are in full swing
Need a place to stay? Find the perfect accommodations at one of our many bed and breakfasts at www.authenticbandb.com. And may the leprechauns be near you, to spread luck along your way, and may all the Irish angels smile upon you St. Patrick's Day.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Music Please!

I think it's fair to say that Lancastrians are struggling their way through this winter - blustery winds, snowmageddons and frigid temperatures. But despite the winter scene, the music scene is alive and kicking. February 26 through 28, Lancaster will welcome the Lancaster Roots & Blues Festival, a weekend packed with musical talents right here in our neighborhood.
The annual festival features over 50 artists from around the country and world performing at local establishments in downtown Lancaster. The venues are in walking distance of one another and guests can make stops along the way at one of many bars, restaurants, galleries or boutiques.
So without further ado, here's a look at a couple of this year's headliners as well as some our local favorites.
The Stray Birds
The Stray Birds, a trio of classically trained artists will perform at both Steinman Hall on Feb. 26 and the Convention Center on Feb. 27. In 2012, the band released a critically acclaimed self-titled album and have been gaining popularity ever since. The high-energy acoustic band lead by female singer Maya de Vitry just had its song "Best Medicine" nominated for Song of the Year in the International Folk Music Award.
Maceo Parker will be bringing the funk to the Convention Center on Feb. 26.
Maceo Parker
A solo saxophonist, Parker has collaborated with everyone from Ray Charles to Ani DeFranco and Red Hot Chili Peppers. Parker is hailed as a talented singer, composer and musician and brings high energy to his shows.
Multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Kate Davis will perform Feb. 27 at the Convention Center.
Kate Davis
Her soulful songwriting is accompanied by her talented upright bass playing. She's a well-known performer in New York City and has shared the stage with many artists such as Ben Folds, Sara Bareilles, Josh Groban and many more. She's also well-known for her groovy and bluesy rendition of "All About that (Upright) Bass."
Local band Frog Holler, who hails from Berks County, is a local favorite with their alt-country rock music.
Lead vocalist Darren Schlappich often croons about his hometown and Pennsylvania Dutch pride. Getting its start as a bluegrass acoustic band, the six-piece band eventually went electric with influences from everyone from Johnny Cash to The Rolling Stones. Frog Holler will play at the Elks Lodge on Feb. 26.
Frog Holler
Corty Byron, a local favorite and staple here in Lancaster's music scene, will also play a set during the Roots and Blues Festival. At 28 years old, he's been in the music scene for over a decade and has shared the stage with Greg Allman, The Doobie Brothers, Bruce Hornsby and more. Byron brings his energy to the stage with his soulful Indie rock style on Feb. 26 at the Elks Lodge.
Corty Byron

Ton-Taun, another favorite here in Lancaster County, is a six-piece Indie rock band gaining quite a bit of popularity in the music scene. The band has released four albums since it formed and shines on the stage with its unique musical talents and textures. They will play Feb. 26 at Tellus 360.
Ton-Taun
That is just a small sample of what to expect during the Lancaster Roots and Blues Festival, which is sure to heat up the streets of downtown Lancaster. Visit the website for more information, a complete list of performers and ticket information. Be sure to book a room at one of our many bed and breakfasts during your stay. Visit www.authenticbandb.com for reservations.