Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Tickets for the Belsnickle Tour on sale now!

As the holiday season approaches, Lancaster County bed and breakfasts are decking their halls in preparation for the Second Annual Find Your Belsnickle Tour.
Each inn is festively decorated for the holidays with Christmas trees, lights, greens, and Christmas scenes from past and present. The tour, which benefits a local chapter of a national charity, takes place December 3 and 4 at 18 participating inns. While traveling from inn to inn, guests can enjoy the beautiful and pristine sights of Lancaster County and warm up at each inn with fresh-baked cookies and a recipe card to collect at each site. The Belsnickle, a figure originating from German folklore, is considered to be the darker side of Santa. He carries a switch for kids who were naughty and tosses treats at kids who were nice.
Inns are decorated for the holidays.
As a way to honor an old tradition and folklore, the inns are having a little fun with the Belsnickle, while benefiting a worthy cause. A grand prize for tourists include a $250 gift certificate to be used at one of the bed and breakfasts and a $75 Visa gift card.
In addition to the tour, guests will receive free admission to The National Christmas Center during December.
The National Christmas Center.
The National Christmas Center, a museum and store located in Paradise, features over 15 life-size indoor exhibits, a Santa's workshop, a train room, a 1950s Woolworth display, a life-size nativity and much more. In addition, the Center will also have Belsnickles on display and available for purchase.
Tickets for the tour are on sale now for $15 or the day of the tour for $20 (cash only). Tickets are valid for both days so guests can take their time visiting the inns. Maps at each stop will also be available. Last year, the inns raised over $4,000 for charity. Be sure to reserve your tickets now by calling one of the participating inns. Enjoy our beautiful county at Christmastime, the inns and the crotchety Belsnickle while helping a worthy cause. And be sure to make reservations at one of our inns for the weekend of the tour by visiting www.authenticbandb.com. Happy holidays!

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Warm up with food, fashion, and drinks in Lancaster County

Lancaster County, and much of the East Coast, just finished an Indian Summer with temperatures at an all-time high for mid-October with a week of 80-degree weather. Then a swift and powerful wind swept in and announced that fall was officially here. Nothing says fall like good food and drinks in a cozy atmosphere, so here are a few different events and establishments that offer just that. From food shows to fashion shows, Lancaster County has plenty of events to entertain visitors. To complete your visit, stay at one of the many cozy bed and breakfasts here in Lancaster County. Book your room now at www.authenticbandb.com.
Get a little taste of everything November 18-20 at the Lancaster County Convention Center during the sixth annual Lancaster Wine & Spirits Festival. Restaurants, food vendors, vineyards, breweries, distilleries and more will pack the center with delectable food and beverages for guests to enjoy. In addition to fine food and spirits, visitors can check out demonstrations, and meet guest chefs and celebrity emcees. Also featured is a Fine Wine and Good Spirits pavilion and a Jack Daniel's Virtual Reality Tour. Tickets are $50-$70 and are available for purchase on the website.
Lancaster Wine and Spirits Festival at the Convention Center.
On November 12 and 13, the Spooky Nook Sports Arena will host the Artisan Fair. The expo is a combination of the long-standing Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen Craft Fair and highlights many local and national artists' and crafters' pottery, jewelry, clothing, glasswork, woodwork and more. Spooky Nook, a newer and state-of-the-art facility is happy to welcome the fair to its grounds, with plenty of space for crafters and guests, free parking, onsite restaurants and other nearby eateries. Admission is $5.
On November 13, the General Sutter Inn will host a Waltz Wine Dinner, a five-course meal featuring wines from local winery, Waltz Vineyards. Social hour begins at 5:30 p.m. with dinner at 6 p.m. Tickets are $80. On November 20, the Inn will host its popular Murder Mystery Dinner. Presented by Roundtable Productions, guests are challenged to solve the case of "whodunnit" during a four-course dinner in the Grand Ballroom. Tickets are $58 and include the dinner and event. A cash bar is also available.
Waltz Wine Dinner on Nov. 13 
If you prefer to be outside and enjoy the crisp weather, check out Second Saturdays at Smucker Village on Old Philadelphia Pike in Intercourse. Visitors can enjoy live music while perusing outdoor vendors with local crafts and food. The Treasure Place, an onsite store featuring unique and repurposed furniture and housewares, will have extended hours. Be sure to swing by the Corner Coffee Shop to enjoy a warm drink.
Smucker Village features Second Saturdays.
On November 12, the Woman's Club of Ephrata will present its Fashions by Ruthie's Fashion Show at the American Legion in Ephrata, where guests will enjoy lunch and a fashion show. Doors open at 11 a.m. with clothing and accessories available for purchase. Lunch begins at noon with a menu featuring chicken and broccoli crepes, house salad, apple and pear cobbler, and coffee and tea, followed by a fashion show featuring local models. Wine and mimosas will also be available for purchase. Tickets are $25 and tables of eight are also available for purchase. Chinese auction tickets are six for $5. Proceeds benefit the Woman's Club of Ephrata. Deadline for ticket purchase is November 1. For ticket inquiries, call 1-717-859-2847.
There is so much to always see and do here in Lancaster. And we'll soon be talking about December, when our community and Inns light up for the holiday season. What a great time to visit Lancaster County.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Fall Fun in Lancaster County

Fall is just around the corner here in Lancaster County. The days are getting shorter, cool mornings and evenings greet us and the foliage becomes colorful autumn tones. There is a lot to do in Lancaster as fall approaches, we celebrate all things pumpkin, apple and corn. We've compiled a list of events here in Lancaster in October so be sure to check them out while staying at one of our many lovely Bed and Breakfasts.
Amish Farm and House
Fall Farm Days takes place at the Amish Farm and House in Lancaster Oct. 7-10. The Amish Farm and House allows guests to experience the Amish farm life here in Lancaster, with tours and a look at the barns, meadows and animalsIn addition to the regular tours and attractions, the fall weekend celebration offers pumpkin face painting, a corn maze, hay wagon rides, a burlap sack slide, pick-your-own pumpkin patch, and more. There will also be demonstrations from woodcarvers, blacksmiths, and apple sauce making. Food will also be available for purchase.
Haldeman Mansion

The Fall Apple Festival takes place at the Haldeman Mansion in Bainbridge on Oct. 9. Enjoy live music on the lawn, eat homemade apple desserts or choose something from the mansion's food menu. Guests can also take a complimentary tour of the mansion or explore the river trail along the grounds. Admission price is just $5 per car and proceeds benefit the mansion.
Oregon Dairy Corn Maze
In addition to fall festivals, Lancaster County has plenty of different corn mazes with all sorts of attractions for the whole family. Oregon Dairy Corn Maze, located at the Oregon Dairy Supermarket, has a large corn maze with tractor rides to their pumpkin patch, kids attractions, punkin' chunkin', and lots of food and drinks. Barnyard Kingdom at The Country Barn features a maze as well as pig races, wagon rides, animals on the farm, a giant tunnel slide and a pedal kart track. Cherry Crest Adventure Farm offers many activities beyond its five-acre corn maze. The Courtyard features a pedal kart track, a hands-on farm experience, a discovery barn and a chick hatchery. The Barnyard allows kids to build their own cabin with giant Lincoln Logs, pet animals in the Barnyard animal grove or sling tennis balls with a giant slinger. Many different foods are available including corn on the cob, popped corn, homemade confections and more. There is also a gift shop on site.
Cherry Crest Adventure Farm
We hope to see you here in Lancaster soon as we transition into fall. Be sure to reserve a room at one of the bed and breakfasts across the county at www.authenticbandb.com.  
And for those of you anticipating the Christmas season, the second annual Find Your Belsnickle Tour tickets are on sale October 1. The fundraiser features a tour of over 15 inns dressed for the holidays, including treats at each inn, a chance to win prizes and admission to the National Christmas CenterFor more information, visit www.authenticbandb.com/belsnickle.php. 

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.