Tuesday, June 26, 2018

The Sights and Sounds of Summer

As summer kicks off, Lancaster County continues to provide a line up of unique and eventful attractions visitors are sure to enjoy. In this blog, we've highlighted just a few of the events coming up in the next months. And for those who are visiting over the Fourth of July holiday, follow this link for a complete list of festivities taking place in Lancaster County: http://www.discoverlancaster.com/lancastories/fireworks-in-lancaster-pa. There's never a dull moment here in Lancaster and our innkeepers can't wait to share in your experience, so be sure to book an inn at www.authenticbandb.com and enjoy all Lancaster has to offer! 
The original story of Aladdin is being performed at Fulton Theatre now through July 14. A performance for all ages, the audience is introduced to Aladdin, the street urchin, princess Zenovia, the genie and more. Or check out their performance of The Hunchback of Notre Dame taking place now through July 21. You're sure to be entranced with the costumes, music and sets. Visit www.thefulton.org for ticket and show information.
The Wizard of Oz is on stage at Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre through August 4. Enjoy dinner and a show with "breathtaking special effects, dazzling choreography and classic songs." For complete information, visit www.dutchapple.com.
Join the folks at the Strasburg Railroad for an Evening Breeze Tour now through August 26. Guests are invited to relax and enjoy a 45-minute evening ride through picturesque Strasburg. For prices and more information, visit www.strasburgrailroad.com
Head to Nissley Vineyards this summer for their open-air concert series through September 1. Guests are welcome to bring a picnic, enjoy a bottle of wine or beer, local musicians, and are encouraged to dance the night away. Food trucks are also on-site. Nissley hosts an amazing concert series, so be sure to check it out when visiting an inn.
Explore parts of Lancaster from the water during self-guided paddle tours at Shank's Mare. Shank's, whose tours never disappoint, provides the transportation and rental of kayaks. Take in the beauty of Lancaster from a kayak and let Shank's take care of you. For additional questions, specific times and additional details, call 717-252-1616.
Celebrate summer during Terre Hill Days July 19-22. Guests can enjoy live music, carnival rides, an arts and crafts fair, outhouse races (yes, you heard that right) and much more. For more information and a schedule of events, visit www.terrehilldays.com.
American Music Theatre is introducing the first annual Rock at the Park festival. Taking place at Clipper Magazine Stadium, the event features bands Fuel, Eve 6, Sister Hazel, Long Beach Dub Allstars, and more. Also featured is over 20 local brewers, food vendors, and much more. This event is won't disappoint. Ticket information can be found by visiting www.rockatthepark.com.
And that's just a few events coming up this month! Be sure to find a local inn at www.authenticbandb.com to complete your trip to beautiful Lancaster County and stay tuned for more events highlighted in our next blog. 

Monday, June 4, 2018

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!

Lancaster County is known for its Dairy Farms, resulting in an abundance of fresh and flavorful local milk for folks to enjoy. But it's always a welcome treat when farmers take it a step further and use it to whip up creamy, mouth-watering ice cream. In this blog, we've highlighted ice cream stops and shops that feature locally made ice cream that are definitely worth a visit. What better way to spend a summer getaway than sampling ice cream while staying at one of our Authentic Bed & Breakfasts of Lancaster County?
Oh, hello there, Pine View Dairy Cow
Pine View Dairy is located at 2225 New Danville Pike, Lancaster, and not only churns some of Lancaster's best ice cream, but they also invite customers onto the farm. The dairy offers over 25 flavors to choose from including butter pecan, orange creamsicle, maple walnut, classic flavors and much more. In addition to its ice cream, Pine View sells a variety of flavors of milk, local produce, baked goods, sandwiches and other items. You can enjoy your ice cream on the patio or take a stroll around the farm and watch the cows being milked. Visit Pine View's website for hours and more information.
Ice cream and a view at Fox Meadows 
Surrounded by picturesque farmland in Ephrata is Fox Meadows Creamery and Country Market, which offers an array of classic flavors, but also kicks it up a notch by creating innovative flavors like honeyed lavender, banana cream pudding, and brown butter almond. In addition, they offer the baked fox (ice cream stuffed into a chocolate chip cookie or brownie), the Fox Meadow affogato (vanilla ice cream, espresso, whipped cream and a pirouette) or custom milkshakes. Ice cream is made on site for guests to watch, you can purchase local and novelty items at the market, or enjoy light fare from their menu. Visit the website for more information about Fox Meadows.
Relatively new to Downtown Lancaster is Penny's, scooping locally made Carmen & David's ice cream and creating amazing sundaes with homemade confections and sauces. There is indoor and outdoor seating at Penny's or keep an eye out for the Penny's ice cream truck, often spotted at events or downtown.
Lots of options at Penny's 
For an authentic Lancaster County experience, check out Lapp Valley Farm in New Holland. The farm is located on rolling pristine farmland with dairy cows, farm cats and kittens, bulldogs and even a peacock roaming around the grounds. Enjoy your ice cream on the wrap-around porch overlooking the farm or get it to-go from the drive-up window. For hours and additional information, call 717-354-7988.
Peacocks and ice cream at Lapp Valley
Enjoy a unique ride through Lancaster trying different ice creams during a scooter tour with Strasburg Scooters. After a lesson on driving a scooter, you'll follow along with a group on an ice cream tour beginning at a local dairy where you'll receive a lesson on how to make ice cream, followed by a few stops at local ice cream shops. Book a scooter trip during your next visit, you won't regret it.
Other spots to visit for local ice cream include Chestnut Hill Cafe, 532 W. Chestnut Street, Lancaster; Oregon Dairy, 2900 Oregon Pike, Lititz; Lickity Split, 209 E. Main St., New Holland; Scoops Ice Cream & Grille, 312 Primrose Lane, Mountville; Boehringer's Drive-In, 3160 North Reading Road, Adamstown; Strasburg Creamery, 1 W. Main St., Strasburg; and Isabella's Ice Cream Parlor, 110 E. Main St., Lititz.
Wherever you find yourself while visiting an Authentic Bed & Breakfast of Lancaster, be sure to put an ice cream date on your list of things to do. You'll be glad you did.