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.


Monday, February 1, 2016

Love is in the Air

It's been a busy winter season here in Lancaster County for the Authentic Bed and Breakfasts. Most of the inns are currently shoveling themselves out of the massive snowstorm Jonas. But most importantly, our Belsnickle Tour, which took place before the holidays, raised an amazing $4,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. A big thank you to all who contributed and made this donation possible.
Authentic Bed and Breakfast presents a check to Make-A-Wish.
As we drudge through this winter, we look forward to love blossoming over Valentine's Day weekend. We've put together a nice little list of unique and fun events taking place over the holiday for you and your loved one to enjoy. So ditch the obligatory dinner and flowers and check out some of these cool events.
If you enjoy a good laugh, check out Julie Scoggins and John Lavarone at Stitches Comedy Club February 12 and 13. Scoggins is best known for her blue-collar comedy. She premiered on Last Comic Standing and can also be heard on XM Sirius Blue Collar Radio. A good laugh is always a good gift for the ones you love. Visit Stitches website for ticket and time information.
Julie Scoggins at Stitches Comedy Club.
Magic is in the air at The American Music Theatre as it welcomes the Masters of Illusion: Believe the Impossible Tour. Guests will be amazed at the levitating, vanishing, escapes and more during this award-winning show. The show is all live, with no camera tricks, or computer graphics. For more information, visit American Music Theatre's website.
Masters of Illusion at American Music Theatre

Spend the weekend strolling through beautiful downtown Lititz during its Fire & Ice Festival. Guests can marvel over the beautiful ice sculptures, enjoy a party in the park, food, games and live entertainment. Warm up at the indoor winter wonderland, chili cook off and indoor vendor fair. This year, celebrity guest judge, Jon Gosselin will be judging. Be sure to purchase buttons for this popular event.
Lititz Fire & Ice Festival
One event that has gained quite a bit of popularity are painting dates. That Shuu Girl, located in downtown Lancaster, is hosting a Valentine's Day painting party complete with drinks and Hors D'eouvres. The ladies can also enjoy some boutique shopping.
If music is the way to your loved one's heart, be sure to check out VOCES8 at The Trust Performing Arts Center on February 13 and 14. The eight-piece British ensemble is quickly growing in popularity, touring Asia, Europe and North America. For tickets and more information, visit the center's website.
VOCES8 performs at The Trust Performing Arts Center.
Of course no Valentine's Day is complete without chocolate. The Lancaster County Park's Environmental Center will host a Chocolatology and Candle event on February 13. Join naturalist Onnolee Jansen for an afternoon of hand crafting candles and learning the science behind chocolate. Guests will learn about the process of creating chocolate and get to sample some confections and create a natural bees' wax candle.


Turn the holiday into a weekend and book a room at one of our many romantic inns at www.authenticbandb.com. For a full list of events in the Lancaster area, check out www.discoverlancaster.com.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

The Belsnickle is Coming to Town

"German traditions of yesteryear, folktale of the Belsnickle;
Short in stature, dressed in furs, face blackened weathered, slighlty humped to keep warm;
Afore Christmas the Belsnickle, appeared a few weeks thus;
To toss a handfull of candy, about the floor awaiting the children to tell a Christmas tale;
Of being good for the year, Belsnickle's presence excited, yet feared by the Children to be;
Good for the coming of St. Nicholas"

As we quickly approach the holiday season, Lancaster County will become adorned with lights, trees, poinsettias and all sorts of holiday garland. And the Bed and Breakfasts here in the county will follow suit, adorning hallways, dining rooms and stairways with picture-perfect holiday decor. However, this year, something unique is happening at the Inns. Beyond all the ornaments will lurk the Belsnickle, a crotchety old figure who came from German folklore and is still preserved here in Pennsylvania Dutch Country. 
The Belsnickle

He wears furs and masks and typically looks disheveled. He whips naughty children and throws candy and nuts to those who were nice. These figures will be placed in participating Inns and guests who find the naughty character have a chance to win something nice."This is the first Christmas tour in over 10 years for area bed and breakfasts," says Carl Kosko, innkeeper at Harvest Moon Bed & Breakfast. "We are building the 'Find your Belsnickle Tour' as a new family tradition for visitors during the holidays. Enjoy the warmth of Christmas here at the Authentic Bed and Breakfasts."
Taking place on December 4 and 5, over 20 of the Authentic Bed and Breakfasts will participate in the tour. Each guest will be given a ticket and have the opportunity to find five Belsnickles and win $325. In addition, many local businesses have paired with the Inns during the tour to offer specials and discounts. Tour hours on December 4 are from 2-8 p.m. and on December 5 from 1-6 p.m.
Tickets for the event are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Participating innkeepers will have tickets on sale. Included in the price is visiting 20 different Inns and a voucher to the National Christmas Center.
National Christmas Center
The Christmas Center is a world-renowned shop known for its vast array of decorations, antique Santa collections and a re-creation of the F.W. Woolworth's store, among so much more and certainly worth a trip to Lancaster in its own right.
National Christmas Center

Proceeds for the tour will benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation, which grants wishes to little ones with a terminal illness. For more information, visit www.wish.org.
Proceeds benefit Make-A-Wish

During this holiday season, try something a little different, catch that Belsnickle, perhaps win some holiday spending money, all while supporting a great cause. For more information and places to stay, visit www.authenticbandb.com

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Let's Eat!


There are many great places to dine here in Lancaster County. From fine dining to PA Dutch, there is a place to fit everyone’s needs.
What's even better is many of Lancaster's restaurants offer discounts when you stay at one of the Bed and Breakfasts here in the county. So here's a lineup of the places to dine that are also passport partners. Bon Appetite!
Fulton Steamboat Inn
Guests can dine aboard a steamboat during a visit to Huckleberry’s at the Fulton Steamboat Inn. Located on the corner of routes 30 and 896, this destination is a unique find for any meal. The menu offers breakfast, lunch and dinner, including Lancaster favorites like chicken pot pie and meatloaf. They also offer seafood entrees and much more.

 
 
Lily’s on Main in Ephrata just introduced a new fall menu for its guests. Enjoy pork and sea scallops, duck cassoulet, pecan-crusted chicken and much more.
Lily's on Main
Lily’s also offers unique appetizers, lighter fare and a full bar. Make it an all-inclusive date and head next door to the Ephrata Main Theatre and catch a movie.
Molly’s Pub, located in downtown Lancaster on East Chestnut Street, is an Irish-themed restaurant offering traditional Irish favorites as well as some great burgers and dinners like crab cakes, filet mignon and vodka penne. Head down the street and check out Lancaster Brewing Company on Plum Street. The rustic d├ęcor of the restaurant overlooks the brew works downstairs. Be sure to try a Double Chocolate Milk Stout, Strawberry Wheat, Shoo-fly Pie Porter or Lancaster Lager. The menu does not disappoint either, offering unique eats like cider-braised Berkshire pork shank, ancho and pumpkin seed-crusted salmon and New York steak frites, just to name a few.

If you’re looking for something a little more traditional, check out Hershey Farms in Ronks. They serve plenty of Lancaster’s staples as well as The Grand Smorgasbord, a seemingly endless offering of appetizers, salads, sides, main dishes and desserts. A great time to check it out is on your birthday, when your meal is free. Good and Plenty in Smoketown also offers authentic PA Dutch cooking, Amish food and baked goods. Instead of a buffet, Good and Plenty offers family-style dining, where servers bring your table all-you-can-eat dishes. There is a traditional menu guests can order from as well.
If culture is what you're in the mood for, try El Serrano on Columbia Avenue in Lancaster. The Peruvian Restaurant is not just visually appealing, it has the food and drinks to match. It is also home to Culturas at Clemetinas, a tapas bar that is Muy Bueno.

 

 
El Serrano and Culturas at Clementinas
The Greenfield Restaurant on Greenfield Road has been a family-owned and operated business for 40 years. The restaurant features a handful of dining areas, including a private room-for-two wine cellar. Its menu features grilled fresh Scottish salmon filet, giant diver sea scallops, pork chops, filet mignon and more. Check their website for a list of entertainment and live music that will compliment your dinner perfectly.

Reflections, located in Leola, serves an eclectic menu with items such as barbecue-stuffed yam, hunter’s pie, seared coffee-crusted duck, and calves liver (yes, calves livers). They also offer a great happy hour from 1-3 p.m. and 5-7 p.m. daily with a light fare menu and great drink concoctions to pair with it.
The Brasserie is located on Lincoln Highway East and just introduced its fall menu which includes a Chilean sea bass, rack of lamb, grilled steaks and pasta rustica to name a few. The full-bar offers plenty to drink and a bistro menu. If you’re in town on Wednesday, head to the Brasserie for trivia and test your knowledge.

If it’s traditional and classical Italian food you’re craving, visit Lombardo’s on Harrisburg Avenue in downtown Lancaster. The family-owned business has been serving its family recipes since 1946. House favorites include baked lasagna, chicken or veal parmesan, and plenty of pasta selections with a variety of sauces from which to choose.
Speaking of traditional and classic, the Prudhomme family is serving up some of N’Awlins’ finest at Prudhomme’s Lost Cajun Kitchen in Columbia. It boasts the finest food this side of the Mississippi like the catfish platter, shrimp sunny, swampi and Big Bubba’s combo. And coming soon is live crawfish delivered from Louisiana. Prudhomme’s has live music Friday, Saturday and Sunday or visit every other Tuesday to check out Pete the Magician.
Prudhomme's Lost Cajun Kitchen


The Brickerville House in Brickerville is a quaint restaurant in the northern part of Lancaster county serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. They’ve got a little bit of everything to meet your needs with burgers, sandwiches, steaks and chops, seafood, stir-fry, Italian entrees and more. During your visit, be sure to stroll through the Brickerville Shops featuring Lancaster’s Specialty Market, Vintage Jewelry Design, Wertz Candies and more.

Located in the heart of the city is The Pressroom, where “great food and drink make headlines.” The restaurant is located beside the Lancaster Newspaper building and models its theme after the paper. They offer happy hour specials, live music and a unique menu. Try one of their pizza pies or Mahi tacos, chipotle Alfredo, seafood cioppino or a burger. If you’re visiting in the warmer months, be sure to check out their outdoor courtyard complete with a waterfall.
The Pressroom

Pasquale’s Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria is located on Old Philadelphia Pike. If it’s light fare Italian food that you’re looking for in a casual atmosphere, this is the place for you. Whether you’re dining in or taking it to go, Pasquale’s has something for everyone – cheesesteaks, pastas, salads, and, of course, pizza. They also deliver if you’re comfy and cozy at one of our B&Bs.
 
While staying here in Lancaster, enjoy the scenery, our bed and breakfasts and some great eats. For a list of B&Bs, visit www.authenticbandb.com.