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.