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.