Sunday, February 21, 2010

Lancaster County's Best Kept Secrets Tour 2010

Come, relax and stay at one of our 38 Authentic Bed and Breadkfasts in Lancaster County. Enjoy a good night’s sleep and a sumptuous breakfast then explore, shop and dine at some of Lancaster County’s best kept secrets.

This shopping, food and fun tour will take you to 35 of Lancaster County’s unique and off-the-beaten path businesses.

Your “ticket” to this 2 week event, encompassing 3 weekends, is a tour bag with a guide describing each business and a map showing its location, and coupons from every business participating,. There will be special discounts, drawings, demonstrations or a gift only for tour goers.

What businesses will be participating?

That’s the secret!

There will be home furnishings and gift stores, antique stores, quilt and fabric stores, farm markets, a winery, florals and crafts and cafes.

Go where you want, when you want. The cost for your fun tour bag is $6, $1 of which goes to a local organization serving people with special needs.

This event is very popular. Call Melissa at Carson’s in the Cornfields at 717-354-7343 and reserve your ticket.

You don’t want to miss it!

Submitted by Dolores Walter, Richmond House Bed and Breakfast

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Authentic Passport to Lancaster County

Come to Lancaster County and enjoy the savings! The innkeepers of the Authentic Bed and Breakfast Association of Lancaster County invite you to participate in our Passport Program.

In 2008 we “launched” this program at the PA Dutch Convention and Visitors Bureau and invited Lancaster area businesses to partner with us to offer our guests special discounts when they visit our area. It was a wonderful event and well received by the business community.

And now our guests can benefit in two ways: receive exclusive discounts at more than 70 participating Lancaster area shops, restaurants and attractions starting with your first stay and receive a $50 discount on your 5th stay at one of our 38 Authentic B&Bs. Stay at three or more of our participating B&Bs to receive the 5th stay discount.

Many of our guests have enjoyed the savings offered by our business partners and some have already redeemed their passport for their $50 lodging discount. This program will run through the end of 2013.

To our current passport holders that have acquired stamps on a passport that was to expire Dec 2010, we will honor your passport thru 2013.

Visit us at to learn more about the Passport Program and see many of our business partners. We look forward to being your hosts in beautiful Lancaster County and to make your stay memorable with our knowledge of things to see and do and sites not to be missed. Come visit us soon.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Folktales, History, and a Latte

What do Captain Barnabas Hughes, Johnny Appleseed, Davey Crockett, King Arthur and The Three Little Pigs have in common? Okay, first you might ask who in the world is Captain Barnabas Hughes? Captain Barnabas Hughes was the founder of Elizabethtown, PA which he named after his wife Elizabeth, but that doesn’t really help you figure out the riddle. While that may get you thinking that the answer might have to do with a place, it is still not much of a clue. Okay, here it is….They are all delicious sandwich creations that are served at the newest coffee shop in Elizabethtown, Folklore Coffee And Company located at 1 North Market St.

Owners Ryan & Dawn Bracken are dedicated to providing an atmosphere you’ll tell tales about. It is a charming place filled with local art and serving locally roasted coffee by craft roaster, Josh Steffy of Square One Coffee in Lancaster.

The creative menu offers breakfast items-bagels, homemade organic baked oatmeal, yogurt served with or without granola & fresh seasonal fruit. Their lunch menu offers organic soups, salads, wraps and sandwiches made with locally homemade organic breads and scrumptious looking desserts. The drink menu is also varied and intriguing. They serve smoothies and many other specialty drinks, including a Hansel & Gretel Chai which I can say was out of this world. Folklore Coffee And Company also features live music.

Hours are: 7am – 9 pm Monday through Friday and 8am – 11pm on Saturday.

Tickets are now on sale for an upcoming concert :
Sherwood with special guests Hot Chelle Rae, Black Gold, and Reece. March 13th 7pm
Tickets $10 Advance/$12 at the door
Call 717-361-1658 or e-mail for more information.

Submitted by Ann Royer Amanda Gish House Bed & Breakfast