Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Touring Lancaster’s Best Greenhouses

One of the biggest attractions in Lancaster County are the greenhouses. Not the ones you may be used to though, these are off the beaten path in all corners of Lancaster and can often be hard to find. They are some of the finest this county offers, surrounded by farmland, picturesque views, and makes shopping for plants an unforgettable experience. Authentic Bed &Breakfasts of Lancaster County created a detailed list of some of our favorite places and we hope you enjoy them as much as we do. (It’s important to note that most of these are located on Amish farms, are not open Sundays, and often only take cash).
Black Creek Greenhouse (211 E. Black Creek Road, East Earl) This place seems to have everything, from fairy garden supplies to a large selection of herbs, perennials, decorations and more, you’ll love strolling through this greenhouse. You can also find new and unusual plants here. Hours are through June: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and July-December Monday-Saturday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Briar Rose Greenhouses (581 Briertown Rd., East Earl) is more than just a greenhouse. It also has a little farm animal petting area, featuring different animals. They also offer a wide selection of plants and sell soil and mulch (all at reasonable prices). Briar Rose is open Monday-Saturday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Country Lane Succulent Plants (152 Snyder Drive, New Holland) This farm features succulents and the owners’ half a dozen dogs, their puppies, a giant turkey, and sometimes cows and ducks. This place is overflowing with charm, artful plant decorations, and they reuse all sorts of items to plant succulents (my recent purchase was a tiny ceramic shoe stuffed with a variety of succulents for only $3) and their prices begin at $1.50. Hours are Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Groff’s Plant Farm (6128 Street Rd., Kirkwood) offers a large selection of annuals, perennials, veggies and more. They are extremely reasonably priced and now take credit and debit cards. They are open Monday-Friday 9 a.m-7 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Henry’s Farm and Greenhouses (1258 Oregon Hollow Road, Holtwood) opens April 26 and offers a huge variety of plants, vegetables, flowers, and unusual plants. This family-owned business is a favorite for many locals with beautiful grounds and views. Hours are Tuesday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and Saturday 8 a.m.-12 p.m. (through May 25).  

Herbal Springs Farmstead (447 Brossman Road, Ephrata) is a mecca for butterfly plants, native plants, annuals, herbs, edibles, unique plants, and much more and sits on a pristine Lancaster farm, where you’ll want to wonder around all day. Hours through June are Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
Pinewood and Posies, (4547 White Oak Road in Paradise) is simply breathtaking, with acres and acres of flowers to cut. Although their main focus is on flowers you can cut yourself, they do sell some other plants. This place is totally worth the visit, and you’ll be in awe of their gardens and little nooks and sitting areas along the way. Hours are Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturdays 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Shady Willow Greenhouse (338 Willow Road, Lancaster) offers customs planters, supplies, miniature garden trinkets, all sort of perennials and annuals and Christmas products. Shady Willow is open March-December and hours are Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-8 p.m., and Saturday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Zimmerman’s Greenhouse (421 Brossman Road, Ephrata) is quite the hidden gem. They feature reasonably priced flowers, veggies, potted flowers and much more. You can also bring your own pots and planters and the staff will fill it with flowers you purchased. Hours are Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-8 p.m. and Saturdays 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Next time you visit one of our inns, be sure to check out many of the greenhouses throughout the county, you'll certainly be glad you did! Happy gardening and planting!



Saturday, March 30, 2019

Take a Hike

Many people know Lancaster for its rolling farmland, Amish community, and downtown, but it's also a great place to take hikes, walks, and bike rides. Whether it's a stroll along one of the rail trails or a walk along the river in the woods, there's plenty of leisurely outdoor attractions to take advantage of in Lancaster County. 
One of the most picturesque trails in Lancaster County, Tucquan Glen, located in Holtwood, is a moderate trail and runs along the tributaries Tucquan Creek and Clark Run. There are four round-trip trails visitors can take that lead to a view of the Susquehanna River. Along the way are lush trees, rhododendrons, waterfalls, natural pools and more. Not far from Tucguan Glen is Kelly's Run Nature Preserve, which is also a tributary of the Susquehanna, with pristine views, mature trees, abundant wildlife, and native plants and flowers. Just around the corner is Pinnacle Overlook, which offers one of the best views of the Susquehanna River. The hike is more difficult and offers 2.76  miles of trails that connect with other trails like Tucquan and Kelly's Run. 
Lancaster County Central Park, located in the middle of Lancaster County, is home to many trails, an environmental center, library, covered bridge, Garden of the Five Senses and more. Trails include the Wildflower Trail, Scout Trail, Equestrian Trail and more and follow creeks, boast spectacular views and are lush with wildflowers, plants, and trees. 
There are several rail trails in Lancaster County that are perfect for biking or an afternoon stroll. The Enola Low Grade trail in Providence Township is a 23-mile gravel trail spanning from Safe Harbor Dam to Atglen. Northwest Lancaster River Trail is a paved 14-mile trail taking guests from Columbia to Conoy Township. A popular trail along the Susquehanna, the rail trail also has a stop in the charming town of Mariettta, a route that is becoming increasingly popular with bicyclists.
Just completed this past December, the Warwick-Ephrata Rail Trail starts on Broad Street in Lititz and extends to West Chestnut Street in Ephrata. The 6.7 trail is perfect for a bicycle day trip and you'll have the chance to visit boutiques, shops, and restaurants in both of these delightful little towns. 
For a complete list of places to hike, walk and bike in Lancaster County, visit www.lancasterconservancy.org. And as always, book a room at one of our inns to complete your adventure by visiting www.authenticbandb.com. Remember, if you book direct, it saves you money and helps support our businesses. Happy spring and happy hiking! 



Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Spring into these Exciting Events in Lancaster

Spring is just around the corner and we're certainly ready for it here in Lancaster County. Along with spring comes many exciting events and you can make it an extra special trip by booking a room at one of our Authentic Bed & Breakfasts at www.authenticbandb.com. And remember, if you book direct, it'll benefit you by saving money and help support our local inns.
Sight and Sound Theatre is performing its critically acclaimed show "Jesus" now through October 5. The show is full of action, magnificent scenes, and an unforgettable cast. For more information and to purchases tickets, visit www.sight-sound.com.
On March 28, the annual Friendship Heart Gallery 2019 Art Auction takes place at the Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences Auditorium. The event begins with a silent auction at 6:30 p.m. followed by a live auction at 7:30. Tickets are $35 and include hors d'oeuvres, auctions and a meet and greet with artists. The auction benefits Friendship Heart Gallery, who work with artists with intellectual disabilities and autism. For more information, visit www.friendshipart.net.
April 6, the much-anticipated Rails and Ales event takes place at the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania in Strasburg. The 21-and-over event features craft brewers, food vendors, entertainment and, of course, trains. General admission tickets are $40 (just $15 for designated drivers) and proceeds benefit the non-profit organization Friends of the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania. For more information, visit www.railsandales.org.
The American Music Theatre is introducing some really fantastic shows to its events calendar, including The Doobie Brothers on April 10, Stomp on April 14, Straight No Chasers on May 4, and Diana Ross June 26, just to mention a few. For a complete list of concerts and original shows, visit www.amtshows.com.
 Bird-In-Hand Family Restaurant and Stage introduce an all-new magic show Magic & Wonder: Imagine - The Spark of Creativity. Illusionist Brett Myers brings his talent and creativity to the stage for a unique experience and captivating storytelling. For more information, visit www.bird-in-hand.com/stage.
The Launch Music Conference takes place in downtown Lancaster April 25-28. With over 1,000 artists from around the country, guests of the festival will enjoy different genres of music and panels at venues throughout the downtown area. For more information on bands, speakers, presentations and more, visit www.launchmusicconference.com.
The list of upcoming events and attractions springing up in Lancaster in the next few weeks and months is exciting and our innkeepers are looking forward to hosting your next visit to Lancaster County. We hope to see you soon!