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
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