Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The Other Side of Lancaster County

Lancaster County is known throughout the United States as one of the largest homes to the Amish, as well a historically rich area of Pennsylvania. What many people do not realize is the ever changing, constantly expanding art scene, as well as Lancaster’s great focus on the health of both body and mind.

For instance, there are multiple yoga studios in downtown Lancaster, as well as weekly yoga classes at Tellus360, an almost impossible to classify venue that does a bit of everything...with beer of course.

Lindsey Smith
On April 30, Tellus360 will host Body Love Yoga + You!, a collaborative effort by the Food Mood Girl, Lindsey Smith, and yoga instructor Sarah Yukie Gingrich from Pop-Up Yoga Lancaster. The event will cost $20 before April 24 and $25 after, but it is a 3 hour event that includes everything from local health vendors to a full Slow Flow Vinyasa class. The three hours center around loving and accepting your body, and it will finish with body love meditation, a shot of green juice, dark chocolate, and a musical performance. It is a perfect introduction to the world of yoga and natural living.

Lancaster is indeed a historically rich area, but that history does not only center around the Amish. Art exhibits are incredibly common in downtown Lancaster and beyond, and Demuth Museum is a great example of this.

Demuth Museum is hosting a very unique exhibit until July 6 called James Warhola: Visiting A Pop Icon. The exhibit centers around the original watercolor illustrations by James Warhola from his children’s book, “Uncle Andy’s.” The book describes Warhola’s childhood visits to his uncle, Andy Warhol, in his New York City townhouse. The exhibit will not only feature artwork from James Warhola, but pages from Andy Warhol’s sketchbooks will also be on display.

An illustration by James Warhola
This event is great way to understand the genius of Andy Warhol from a family member’s perspective, and a great stop on any trip to Lancaster. The event requires no tickets, only admission by donation.

Whether you appreciate the simple living of the Amish and their farms, or you wish to experience something even more unique and unexpected, Lancaster County is always brimming with new and interesting things. As always, it is one thing to experience all that Lancaster County has to offer, but you will only receive luxurious treatment while doing it if you stay at an Authentic Bed & Breakfast of Lancaster County.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Lancaster County in the Spring

The weather is finally getting warm and sunny here in Lancaster County! Take advantage of everything the county has to offer, and get some fresh air with these perfect for springtime activities!

Village Greens Miniature Golf of Strasburg, the top rated miniature golf course in the county, has recently opened for the season. Village Greens has two courses, the Gold course and the Orange course. The Orange course provides a more traditional mini golf experience, including a walk through a covered bridge and a cave. The Gold course was built using the hillside landscape to create a course beautiful enough to compete with any garden.

 The foliage along the courses is part of what makes Village Greens so special. The head gardener, Jim Fairchild, will be conducting National Arbor Day Tours of the grounds on Arbor Day, April 25. Tours start at 10 AM, 2 PM, and 6 PM and cover over 50 varieties of trees and shrubs. You can preregister for a tour by emailing or by calling (717) 687-6933. Remember to ask for a punch ticket to receive a free game after playing 10!

If you are interested in seeing how the Plain people of Lancaster County live, and want to enjoy the fresh air, try a Buggy Ride. Aaron and Jessica’s Buggy Rides take you on a tour of privately owned working farms in the heart of Amish country. Enjoy some homemade pretzels, cookies, lemonade, or root beer. On the road, see Amish businesses such as a butcher, a grocer, quilt shop, saddle and harness shop, buggy factory, blacksmith, horse dealer, and six one room schools. If you have any questions about the Amish lifestyle, your buggy driver will gladly answer.

Enjoy one of Aaron and Jessica’s routes, or make a reservation for a private tour in your own buggy. Choose “The Cookie Run” for a three-mile ride through an Amish farm with a stop for drinks and cookies. “The Amish Town Tour” includes a four-mile ride through an Amish village, see the Amish-run businesses and enjoy a brief stop for refreshments. “The Amish Farm Tour” provides an intimate look at the life of the Amish, the driver will take you to their own farm home to tour the barn and meet the cows and the Clydesdale working horses.

Book your stay at one of the Authentic Bed & Breakfasts and enjoy the outdoors in Lancaster County!

Submitted by: Theodore R. Griffiths for Authentic Bed & Breakfasts of Lancaster County

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Mud Sales and Fine Dining...The Perfect Odd Couple

Fine dining is something that Lancaster specializes in, but on April 9 fine dining will be turned on its head and brought to Seasons Olive Oil & Vinegar Taproom with special guest Chef Rafael. Chef Rafael is known for his modern French menu at Citronnelle in downtown Lancaster, but for one day he will join Seasons to highlight the versatility of their products.

Seasons is known for its large collection of fresh extra virgin olive oils and traditional balsamic vinegars, each of which are on tap for customers to try before they buy. According to the Seasons website, their “stainless steel Italian ‘fustis’ keep each product as fresh and cool as possible while preserving the highest level of quality, flavor and antioxidants.”

To show off their diverse selection of products, Chef Rafael will be teaching attendees how to prepare three courses using Seasons’ products. The first course is a Brandade de Morue using Seasons Meyer Lemon EVOO, Cayenne EVOO, and Champagne Vinegar. The second course, Pork Loin Proven├žal with French Lentils and Braised Fennel will use Seasons Herbs de Provence EVOO and Juniper Berry Dark Aged Balsamic. Chef Rafael’s third course, the dessert, is a Dark Chocolate Mousse Napoleon using Seasons Black Cherry or Raspberry Dark Balsamic Vinegar.

The event is located at 36 W King St, Lancaster, PA on April 9 from 6 PM to 7 PM. Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased at Eventbrite.

Obviously, Lancaster County has much more to offer than just food, and now Mud Sale season is in full effect here. For those of you that have never attended a Mud Sale, it is a term used to describe an annual auction or sale at a specific local fire company. The events are described by, stating, “The sales, appropriately named for the condition of the thawing ground, attract thousands of people looking for bargains on anything from Amish quilts and antiques to lumber, buggies, and lawn equipment.”

There are two Mud Sales in the month of April that many guests of the Authentic Bed & Breakfasts would be wise to attend. The first, later this week on April 5, is the Robert Fulton Sale at the Robert Fulton Volunteer Fire Company, located at 2271 Robert Fulton Highway, Peach Bottom, PA. The second, on April 12, is the Rawlinsville Mud Sale at the Rawlinsville Volunteer Fire Company, located at 33 Martic Heights Drive, Holtwood, PA. 

Whether you come to Lancaster County to enjoy the wonderful food or the bargains at our unique Mud Sales, there is no better way to enjoy your stay than with one of the members of Authentic Bed & Breakfasts of Lancaster County. The innkeepers are dedicated to creating a comfortable, welcoming, and warm environment, providing each guest with an experience they won’t soon forget.

Submitted by: Theodore R. Griffiths for Authentic Bed & Breakfasts of Lancaster County