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.