Tuesday, November 15, 2011

A BIG Thank-you

This past Veterans’ Day, many of your Authentic Bed and Breakfast innkeepers in Lancaster County, PA were privileged to  participate in a nation-wide program sponsored by our trade association, PAII (Professional Association of Innkeepers International). The program, entitled “B and B’s for Vets”, began in 2009 in West Virginia when a local innkeeper was looking for some way to give back to her local veterans. In 2011, PAII took over the administration of the program.  Hundreds of B and B’s in the US and Canada opened their doors and offered Veterans a free night’s stay. You can see other specials offered by PAII at the Better Way to Stay website.
With almost half of the Authentic B and B’s participating, approximately 70 rooms were offered for free at a value of almost $8,000. All branches of the service were represented. There were active military, retired veterans, old, young and in-between. There were service members home on leave from Afghanistan or Iraq and even some who had been in the Battle of the Bulge in WWII. Ages ranged from early twenties to folks in their eighties.
In addition to a free night, your Authentic B and B Innkeepers, working with their Passport Partners and others in the Lancaster community, compiled a complete program of offers for the Vets. These offers included meals, entertainment, shopping and Amish attractions. For example, Veterans were treated to a free show at the American Music Theatre and a free meal at Good N’ Plenty, and a free Segway tour at Red Rose Segway Tours.
The Veterans were very appreciative of the program. Many made arrangements to stay an extra night so as not to miss out on the many opportunities available to them. Several Vets have already made plans to return in 2012. As an added bonus, for most of the Vets and their spouses, this was their first time to experience a bed and breakfast.
Indeed, your Authentic B and B Innkeepers were very honored to be able to say ‘thank you’ in this very unique way.

Submitted by: Participating Authentic B and B Innkeepers of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania

Monday, November 7, 2011

Automobiles in Lancaster County

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles abound in Lancaster County Pennsylvania! Okay, well not really many airplanes, but there are definitely plenty of train and automobile museums. Whether you’re planning a family weekend at the Strasburg Railroad, or a spur of the moment trip with your “hunny” at the Antique Auto Museum, you’ll discover rich history and educational fun. Obviously you can visit museums at any time, but I recommend a trip on the weekend of November 18-20 because there are many events to enjoy.

The Strasburg Railroad is hosting their “Day Out With Thomas”. This event gives children the opportunity to take a train ride by Thomas the Tank Engine. In addition there will be stories, videos, pump car rides and more. The Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania is right next door and has trains on display, as well as an outdoor rail yard with a turn table.

The Antique Auto Museum at Hershey features automobiles from the past 80 years. You can view the largest collection of buses and even see a car that Betty White used to drive! The AACA Museum is hosting their Autos and Ales event on Friday night November 18. In addition to microbrews and vintage cars, there will be cooking demonstrations, live music, and raffles.

Start planning your trip today, because the weekend will be here before you realize it! And if you’re not sure where to stay, try any one of the Authentic Bed and Breakfast. They are close to both Strasburg and Hershey, not to mention the luxurious accommodations and savory breakfasts!

Submitted by Tom and Wanda Innkeepers of the Amethyst Inn B&B

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Twelve Shops of Christmas in Lancaster County Tour

The best thing about holiday shopping in Lancaster County is when you can walk into what you know is the PERFECT store, were not everyone else on earth is shopping, and find just the right unique gifts for the special people on your list… right?!  To experience this kind of holiday shopping nirvana, Authentic B&B innkeepers recommend the "12 Shops of Christmas Tour"!

Why?  Because that’s exactly what “The Twelve Shops of Christmas Tour” is all about. It’s a unique Lancaster County shopping adventure--featuring 12 wonderfully festive, off-the-beaten-path shops. SERIOUSLY. These shops are “off the beaten track” even for the locals!!

On this tour, shoppers travel place to place enjoying the amazing holiday decorations, unusual gift ideas, valuable coupons, door prizes, games, gifts & refreshments the businesses have planned for you… all while seeing the sights and Lancaster County countryside as well.

Shoppers can even enter to win a $600 shopping spree! What a jolly way to explore the county!

Price: $6 each ($1 per ticket donated to help provide heat for our neighbors in need)
Dates: December 2 - 10, 2011
Tickets go on sale: October 31st

  •  To find a location in Lancaster County to pick up your tickets call 717-721-1750 after Oct 31, 2011.
  • To reserve your tour tickets at any seller location or to have them mailed to you (shipping charges will apply) call 717-721-9409 between 9AM & 5PM Mon thru Fri.
  • For more information call 717-721-9409 or email melissa@bestkeptsecretstour.com.
And while you’re at it, make sure that the place you’re staying is as unique and wonderful as the places you’re shopping! Book your room at one of the Authentic Bed and Breakfasts of Lancaster County.

Happy Shopping!!

Submitted by Rebecca Gallagher, innkeeper at the Historic Smithton Inn, in Ephrata, PA.

When to Visit a Bed & Breakfast in Lancaster County

Is there a good time to take a day or two off the harried everyday life we lead to enjoy the quiet and restful life afforded by a small business owner? The answer is a resounding yes.

Monday: Who likes this day? It takes hours before you realize you’re at work and then it’s time for lunch… if you took this day off, your day would start with a yummy breakfast, plans for a leisure day and hours of enjoying the many activities and sights of Lancaster County.
Tuesday: Just getting started day. Finally you’re able to sort out the things you forgot to do Monday… if you were off this day, food, fun and a feeling of fulfillment will travel with you as you wander around the Lancaster County.
Wednesday: What am I to do now? Always the Boss comes up with the most unusual request that needs to be done while you’re in the middle of your work… if  you took this day off, you’d be smiling, relaxing and maybe enjoying some of the best homemade ice cream that Lancaster County produces.
Thursday: This day is known as “over the hump day”… it’s also a great day to begin a long weekend. Lots of bargains to be found at the Outlets, “Broadway” quality shows to enjoy, local and fine restaurants to take a leisurely time together and then returning to your comfortable room.
Friday: The day you have been waiting for… a planned weekend visit to Lancaster County will settle all those tasks, obligations and bothers that have built up during your week of work… Friday’s in Amish Country is special with loads of shopping, theater and a great variety of eating establishments will make this day away memorial.
Saturday: What would you do around the home? Catch up on some repairs, watch your favorite college football game or sleep? … here in the leisurely living that Lancaster County is known for will not help you finish your repairs but will allow you to enjoy your game and get that needed sleep before the fun and enjoyment of wandering around the numerous shops, museums and historical sites.
Sunday: A traditional day of rest but our modern life doesn’t give us a chance to do that. How can you be ready for another week of work? … a well planned breakfast is a great start, then a few hours of reflection and relaxation. This day will be a perfect ending to a weekend of sight-seeing, watching the calm and unique life of the Amish and understanding that there is more to life than the “rat-race”.
Every Bed and Breakfast is a unique experience. You may stay at a mountain chalet, an Italian Renaissance Inn, 100 to 200 year old homes that seep with History or a working farm B&B. Innkeepers will greet you and be a wealth of knowledge and help as you plan your daily activities.

Submitted by Sarah and Tom Murphy, Innkeepers of the Walnut Lawn B&B

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

200 Years in the Amish Countryside

Autumn in Amish Country! On a recent evening, I took a walk around sunset and was amazed for the millionth time at what a truly unique and beautiful area we live in! Our Amish and Mennonite neighbors were cutting down the corn that canvases the landscape and the sound of machinery whirling in the fields lasted long after sunset. A host of fun autumn activities have arrived and continue throughout the upcoming months including fall festivals, PA Renaissance fair, Apple festivals and the like.

A few days ago, our 200 year old farmstead was visited by some unique visitors - the ancestors of the original owner and builder of our home, Jacob Metlzer. He emigrated here mid 1700s and built what is the first stage of our grey limestone farmhouse. The Metlzer clan is planning an event celebrating the family name in the near future and I feel blessed to be a part of it. Our family is also direct descendants to this man - our 4 year old son, Kiefer is the 9th generation to live within the walls of our home from the unbroken family bloodline! If the walls could talk!

Before there was an America, US Dollars or a Revolutionary War there was what is now the Hertzog Homestead Bed and Breakfast! What a unique and cherished history we have and one that we love to share with guests from around the world! And autumn in Amish country is truly the cherry on top of that proverbial warm and fragrant apple pie!

Submitted by: Kristen Hertzog, Owner/Innkeeper of the Hertzog Homestead Bed and Breakfast

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Lancaster After Dark

The quaint shops and many of the museums in Amish country usually close their doors around 5:00. However, there is still so much to do during the evening hours in Lancaster County

We just spent a wonderful evening playing miniature golf at Village Greens in Strasburg. They are open until 9:30 during the week and 10:00 on weekends during the summer. Their two beautiful golf courses are set on a hillside winding through lush gardens. We finished the evening with ice cream from the Strasburg Creamery just down the street from the golf course. The Creamery is open until 10 pm.

Or for those who enjoy some haunting tales, there are Ghost Tours beginning at 8:00. These candlelight tours begin in either downtown Lancaster or Strasburg.

Maybe you would enjoy the local music scene. There are many venues around Lancaster featuring DJ's, local artists, open mike night and even comedians. Be sure to pick up a copy of The Fly Magazine while you are in town to check out the current entertainment calendar.

And for stage and screen, we also offer numerous live theater productions and movie theaters including our new IMAX Theater.

So, although the serenity of Lancaster County is a great escape from the big cities, be aware that there is still plenty to do when the sun goes down!

Contributed by Lark and Michael McCarley, Lovelace Manor B&B 

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Lemon Blueberry Swirl Cake

1 pkg. White Cake Mix
3/4 cup water
3 Egg whites
2 Tbsp. oil
1 pkg. (3oz.) Jell-O Lemon Flavor Gelatin, divided
1 cup blueberries
1 pkg. (8oz.) Philadelphia Cream Cheese, softened
Whole egg
3 Tbsp. water

HEAT oven to 350 BEAT cake mix, 3/4 cup water, egg whites and oil in large bowl with mixer
until well blended. Add 1/4 cup dry gelatin mix beat on low speed 1 min. Stir in berries; set aside. Beat cream cheese and whole egg in small bowl with mixer until well blended.

POUR half the cake batter into greased 12-cup fluted tube pan or 10-inch tube pan; cover with layers of cream cheese mixture and remaining cake batter.

BAKE 45 to 50 min. or until toothpick inserted near center comes out clean.
Cool cake in pan 10 min. Loosen cake from side of pan with knife. Invert cake onto wire rack; gently remove pan. Cool cake completely.
PLACE cake on plate. Microwave 3 Tbsp. water in microwaveable measuring cup on HIGH 30 sec. Add to remaining dry gelatin mix; stir until dissolved is . Brush over cake until mixture is absorbed.

Hope you enjoy this delicious treat.

Submitted by Linda and Elemer Kromer, Innkeepers of Kromer's Bed and Breakfast

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Come Relax and Be Entertained in Lancaster, PA

Make your plans now to see some of the exciting events available in Lancaster County.

Dance is the focus of the new show at the American Music Theater. “Dance Explosion!” runs July 29 through October 8. We went opening night and the show is high energy and covers all genres of dance. The 42nd St. tap dance and the Jitter Bug numbers were great. The “Alice in Danceland” skit was very entertaining to watch. There is singing in the show and lots of music from the band. AMT is an Authentic Bed and Breakfast Association Passport partner, so ask your innkeeper about a discount coupon before you buy tickets.

August 9 through October 29 join the Rainbow Dinner Theater for “John Loves Mary”. It is always a good laugh at the Rainbow Dinner Theater. They are another Authentic Bed and Breakfast Association Passport partner.

If you love Irving Berlin’s music then check out “I Love A Piano” at the Dutch Apple Dinner Theater. This show runs August 25 – October. It will be hard not to sing along with “God Bless America” and swing and sway to “Puttin’ on the Ritz”. I can’t wait to see this show. Another Authentic Passport partner.

Another musical and fun night is coming to the Fulton Theater September 7 through September 25 for “The All Night Strut!”. We can’t wait for opening night for this toe tapping show featuring songs "Ain't Misbehavin," "It Don't Mean a Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing" and "Lullaby of Broadway." It will be hard to sit still through this show for sure.

For all of you Beverly Lewis fans, get ready to come to Lancaster, PA. From September 14 through December 2 a new musical “The Confession” will be performed on the Bird-in-Hand Family Restaurant Stage. The musical is based on Beverly Lewis’ trilogy: “The Shunning”, “The Confession” and “The Reckoning”. It is currently running in Indiana and the cast from that show will be traveling here for the Lancaster performances.

So you aren’t into theater. A new event this year is 2nd Sunday Flavor Fair at Building Character in downtown Lancaster. There are local food vendors and live music plus the handcrafted creations of 30 local artisans at Building Character. This is an exciting outdoor happening. If you miss the Aug 14th event maybe you can catch the Sept 11th or Oct. 9th events.

The Authentic Bed and Breakfasts are waiting for your call. Get you calendar out and plan your stay in Lancaster County. There is so much to do and experience here. We look forward to seeing you soon.

Posted by Ann Willets, King's Cottage B&B

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Second Sunday in Lancaster

Hello my fellow epicureans! Just thought I would send a little greeting to all of you and fill you in on some exciting news from Lancaster County. Those of you that know I am all about the food; how to cook it, how to manipulate flavor, where to buy it, how to grow it, where to dine, got a great recipe, upcoming trends and so on… I think you might get the picture…. That’s me!

So in saying all of that, Lancaster has recently started the Second Sunday Events downtown. This event showcases new culinary trends, great restaurants, great food and great music as well. The event was made to bring attention to the important role that Lancaster plays in the culinary arena.

You see, it is a little known fact from most that Lancaster has everything that a true gourmet would/could need. Of course we can not grow tropical produce in our neck of the woods; however the area is prime for the freshest and varied of ingredients. Organic… with the recent push for wholesome, fresh local and organic, we have that topped as well.

So as the summer continues, Building Character is heading the campaign to tempt you with all that Lancaster has to offer… check them out and see for your self… Your gonna’ like it!

Below is a little excerpt from Building Character:

Join BUiLDiNG CHARACTER and East Side Community Kitchen for 2nd Sunday Flavor Fair, June through October every 2nd Sunday. Discover Lancaster’s tastiest flavor, showcasing the talents of local foodies. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. enjoy scrumptious food and live music. Located 342 North Queen Street Lancaster, PA 17603 rear warehouses.

Posted by Carl Kosko at the Harvest Moon Bed and Breakfast

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Music in the Summertime

I saw my first lightening bug tonight! Summer is here. I love this time of year because I love to be outside working in my garden, sitting on our patio bird watching or listening to music on a warm summer evening. Going to an outdoor concert is one thing I really look forward to when summer comes around. Here in Lancaster County there are so many places to go to hear great music in an outdoor venue. Just bring your lawn chairs and maybe a picnic supper and sit back and relax and enjoy.

One of my favorite places to go is to Long’s Park in Lancaster. Every Sunday night, during the summer, there is a concert held in the amphitheatre in the park at no charge to the public. There is a wide variety of music showcased with top performers. The concerts start at 7:30pm and often run until 9pm or later. There are food vendors with some light fare and also delicious ice cream (my favorite summertime treat)! This Sunday’s concert, the 2nd of a series of 13 concerts, is a traditional Scottish band, The Tannahill Weavers. There is music to please just about any listener’s taste, from blues, jazz, southern rock, bluegrass, country, and zydeco to celtic, world music, gypsy and latin jazz. And of course the exciting, patriotic Fourth of July concert, not to be missed, with the 257th Army Band, the “Band of the Nation’s Capital”, and the concert ending with a Cannon Brigade and a spectacular fireworks display, who could ask for more?!

If you want a glass of wine with your music, one of Lancaster County wineries would be another excellent  place to hear a good summer concert in the beautiful outdoors. One we like to go to is Nissley Vineyard’s, located in western Lancaster County, and not too far from Marietta. It is a wonderful outdoor venue for a summer concert. There you can hear anything from big band jazz to easy listening, 60’s & 70’s, soul, Motown, horn-driven rhythm and blues or rock out to some good old rock and roll. The concerts begin at 7:30, but you should arrive early for prime seating. You can arrive as early as 6pm. Some concert-goers are very serious about their party-fare. Some go as far as having candelabras along with their picnic fare on tables. There are food vendors if you are not into going to the trouble of packing a picnic supper. If you are staying at a B&B some innkeepers, with advance notice, will pack you a catered meal from a local restaurant all included in a weekend package.

Another great place is Twin Brook Winery, near Gap. They offer concerts on Friday night from 6:30-9:30. A wide variety of music is also offered at Twin Brook Winery concerts. There are also free afternoon concerts offered during special weekend celebrations. Ask your innkeeper for a coupon for Twin Brook. They offer a free wine tasting for two people to Authentic B&B guests. Friday Concerts run through September 2nd with music continuing into the fall with Harvest Festival Weekends. Check out the concert line-up at Twin Brook Winery.

So it is time to come to beautiful Lancaster County to enjoy summertime, watch the fireflies and listen to some great music!

I’ll see you there if I’m not in my garden or watching the birds!
Posted by: Ann Royer   Amanda Gish House Bed & Breakfast

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Springtime in Lancaster County

It seemed like Spring would never arrive this year. It was cold and rainy for too long for those of us who like the cool Spring breezes. But it finally came and in no time everything seemed to be catching up…..and it seems like everything is bursting into full bloom. First it was the daffodils and tulips to pop up to convince us that Spring really was coming. Then the flowering trees, next the lilacs and the iris and peonies, and now the mock orange bush is showing its colors and the Korean dogwood is ablaze with blooms. Many of the perennials are starting to mature and come into bloom as well as the gorgeous red poppies that are so graceful as they sway in the breeze.

The veggie garden is also producing with lettuce for cutting, the asparagus has been put away in the freezer – the fresh cuttings were great grilled with some parmesan cheese on top. The hulled peas are being harvested now and the succulent snap peas are ready for a tasty meal.

The weather has warmed up quite a bit so it’s an ideal time to sit in the gardens to take in all the beauty or to sleep away in the hammock underneath the shade of the trees. It might also be a good time to have some rhubarb punch available to quench your thirst on these warmer days. It’s so easy to make, so I will include it here for you to give it a try.

RHUBARB-LEMONADE PUNCH                                                

3 cups fresh rhubarb, diced
½ cup sugar
6-ounce can frozen pink lemonade concentrate
3 cups water
16-ounce bottle lemon-lime carbonated beverage, chilled

In saucepan, combine rhubarb, sugar, lemonade concentrate, and water. Cover and cook about 10 minutes or till rhubarb is very soft. Strain to remove pulp; chill the syrup. Just before serving, pour rhubarb syrup over ice cubes in punch bowl. Carefully pour in carbonated beverage. Makes 6 cups.

We have 40 Authentic Bed and Breakfast properties here in Lancaster County that would be happy to help you find local farm markets where you could purchase some good fresh produce to take along back to your home. Buy fresh – buy local is a good way of getting nutritional products into your diet. Give us a call at 800-552-2632 or visit us at www.authenticbandb.com to choose a bed and breakfast here in Amish country and enjoy our scenic landscapes.

Posted by Ruth at  Flowers and Thyme Bed and Breakfast

The Great Outdoors

It’s time to get outdoors and explore. Whether it’s hiking, biking, bird watching, or boating, northern Lancaster County offers it all. Middlecreek Wildlife Management Area offers hiking, biking and bird watching opportunities for all ages and skill levels. There are miles upon miles of hiking trails. The Willow Point Trail (.5 miles) is one of the easiest with a level path to a lakeside vista. We enjoy hiking the Millstone Trail (1.1miles) which is very steep with a rewarding vista at the top. The Conservation Trail (1.4 miles) is a loop from the Visitor Center that offers an interpretive guide up a ridge, though forest, field and wetlands. The Horseshoe Trail intersects the Millstone, MiddleCreek, and Elders Run Trails creating a number of rewarding routes.

The loop around the lake is about 5.5 miles of flat to gently rolling hills on paved and gravel roads and makes a nice leisurely bike ride on which you can watch song-birds and waterfowl. For the more serious road cyclists, the area offers limitless routes on back roads through farmland and forests on level roads, rolling hills, and some of the most challenging climbs in the region. For mountain bikers, the horseshoe trail and other connecting trails offer moderate to extreme trail riding opportunities.

Bird watching is a favorite at Middlecreek. The lake and many wetlands provides prime habitat for a variety of waterfowl, including the impressive migration of thousands of Snow Geese and Tundra Swans in Late February and early March. The expansive grasslands and fields provide a unique opportunity for viewing songbirds. Middlecreek is also home to a pair of Bald Eagles. The Visitor Center/ Museum (free admission) is filled with many local bird and mammal specimens that are labeled for your viewing. There is also a child-friendly area for children to explore with ‘touch-and-feel’ items and coloring pages.

For the kayaker or fisherman, Speedwell Forge Lake is a PA Fish and Boat Commission lake and offers fishing and non-motorized boating. Speedwell makes a nice quick evening paddling trip and almost always offers great wildlife viewing. We frequently see Great Blue, Green, and Black Crowned Night Herons, Kingfishers, Canada Geese, Red Tail Hawks, and turtles sunning themselves on logs. The other night we saw a variety of birds, including an Osprey, many Cormorants, and a Tern that caught a fish right in front of us. Occasionally, one of the Bald Eagles from Middlecreek stops by, and once my husband saw a beaver.

So, make sure you get out and explore our big beautiful outdoors. Hope to see you out there.

Posted by: Liz Ehrhart, Innkeeper at Furnace Hills Bed and Breakfast

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Easter in Lancaster County

Welcome to Lancaster County where you can share the many aspects of Easter. We will have the traditional Easter Sun Rise Services held at many churches throughout the County followed by the regular Easter Services. You might want to go to Sight and Sound Theatre for the Easter Show  http://www.sight-sound.com/ I do recommend you get your tickets ahead of time. You can spend Saturday before Easter shopping at the outlets or specialty shoppes for the gifts you want to take home. 
Then there is a train ride with the Easter bunny at Strasburg Railroad http://www.strasburgtrainride.com/ or the Easter egg hunt at Kitchen Kettle Village http://www.kitchenkettle.com/ . Ahh, you say I want quiet, let your innkeeper http://www.authenticbandb.com/  help you take a back road drive through the farmlands and see the Spring lambs by their Mother’s side, or the farmer out working ground, and watch the countryside greening and getting ready to produce a bumper crop for you to enjoy this summer and fall. We have it all.

Submitted by Vogt Farm B&B

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Soap for Hope

Last week we attended the Mid-Atlantic Innkeepers’ Conference, held here in Lancaster, PA. We learned SO much! Hey, even Innkeepers have to keep up with the latest and greatest information.
Attendees were encouraged to bring their used soap. “Used soap?” you might ask, “What on earth are Innkeepers going to do with a bunch of used soap?” Well, the innkeepers have teamed up with Clean The World Foundation.  

Clean the World has recognized that every year more than 5 million lives are lost to diseases that are completely preventable simply by hand washing and other good hygiene habits. Clean the World has made it possible for us innkeepers who would otherwise throw away hundreds if not thousands of little bars of soap every year to get these cast-offs out of our landfills and into the hands of people who need them.

During the 3-day conference, over 300 pounds of soap were collected. Your Authentic Bed & Breakfast Innkeepers were responsible for donating well over half of that amount! So, when you stay at one of our inns, rest assured that any soap that you might leave behind is going to a good cause.

Posted by: Bob and Lynne Griffin, Innkeepers at the Australian Walkabout Inn Bed and Breakfast

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Special Weekend

Last summer, one of our most favorite guest weekends was the week of the Mud Race held in Quarryville. We all wondered about it as the one guest who was participating talked about the event in future tense. He was excited and he was so pumped for the race and prepared and very disappointed that his buddies stood him up. They (his buddies) had talked about it for the past year and wanted to join him but in the end, he was here for the race ALONE as he had no team to enjoy it with. What he did have was guts and determination and spirit and that’s what he spread around at his overnight spot here in Lancaster County.

The other guests rallied around him. No one else was interested in that particular race, it was muddy and crazy. They loved sharing his anticipation and his enthusiasm for what was his fun of choice for the weekend. They all wished him well over morning coffee and they all watched as he carried his duffle bag full of clothing (well t-shirt and shorts and EXTRA clothing) that we all knew he would need for his ride home and for his pass back into this bed and breakfast place. No one wanted to see mud and no one wanted to have to deal with that on his return. EVERYONE hoped he'd have a great time and push beyond his limits and feel the satisfaction of being a bit on the crazy side and experience the push-through needed to make it at the mud race.

Hours passed and everyone had plans

We were all here to welcome him back. Everyone wanted to see what his enthusiasm got him and if it was all he hoped for and dreamed for. We all wanted him to have something to take back to his buddies who had decided last minute to not show up. His face said it all... HE MADE IT TROUGH. It was harder than he thought it would be and had many more obstacles than he expected. The race brought him more satisfaction than was hoped for, to feel the ability to do something this crazy and this challenging was more fun and more rewarding than anything. HE WAS SMILING BIG!

There are so many things that happen in Lancaster County that are less fun and challenging, at the same time Lancaster offers so much to be enjoyed and experienced. It truly is a destination with unusual offerings and something for everyone, the mud race just an example of fun that is individualized. What I loved most about that day was how ALL OF OUR GUESTS rallied and lived their lives through the life of this mud race athlete. He came alone without teammates and without family and how everyone rallied around him. It was truly a weekend to remember. It had little to do with the race or entertainment choices but rather had so much more to do with people and how they stepped up to make it GREAT weekend for another person in their group. The only thing they had in common at the beginning of the weekend is that they ended up at the same place for very different reasons. I believe they went home richer for the experience of sharing together the excitement of a housemate who found people who cared about him and about him having a great time.

That’s one thing that sets bed and breakfasts apart ... people finding connections with each other and realizing OTHER reasons to choose to come here. We love seeing that happen over and over again.

Submitted by: Carl and Sharon Shirk, Innkeepers at the Stumptown Manor B&B