Thursday, May 8, 2014

A Most Unique Visit

Whenever it comes time to write this blog, I find myself amazed at the variety of things to do in Lancaster County. When I finally think I may have run out of unique and interesting things, a local business immediately announces something out of left field, and yet they are always intriguing events that would make any vacation to Lancaster County memorable.

For instance, Cobalt Dance Company is putting on an original ballet, hosted by The Trust Performing Arts Center in Downtown Lancaster, called “Dances with Jane Austen.” It is easy to be confused at first, considering the fact that Jane Austen was a legendary novelist, not so much a ballerina. Yet the pure emotion of Jane Austen’s novels actually seem like the perfect muse to inspire a ballet.

It is described as “highlighting important themes and language from beloved Jane Austen novels.” The ballet will run from Thursday, May 15 to Sunday, May 18, and tickets range from $15 to $20. It is indeed a unique event, and a must see for anyone who has experienced a novel by Jane Austen.

Kitchen Kettle Village is also hosting an event that would be hard to find outside of Lancaster County: the Rhubarb Festival. The festival is on May 16 and May 17, and it includes activities that can only be found at the Rhubarb Festival. 

For instance, it features the world’s only rhubarb race-car derby, along with the Rhubarb Stroll, a mini parade featuring costumed characters, musicians, pink ladies, and more. It is an absolutely fascinating event that helps shape the wondrous world of Lancaster County.

For those who may not enjoy a ballet or rhubarb (but really, why wouldn’t you?), there is always the guided tours at the Wolf Sanctuary of PA. The tours are typically an hour or more in length and feature introductions to the different wolf packs in their sanctuary. 


There are also the Full Moon Tours, which allow visitors to experience the tour by the light of the moon. As the name implies, these tours are only once a month on a full moon, and May 17 happens to have that honor this month. Tickets for the tour are $20 and there are no reservations needed, only the ability to arrive at 7:30 for the tour.

As you can see, Lancaster County is constantly changing and evolving to provide visitors with an experience that they can only have here. Hotels never do the County justice, leaving the visitor with a detached feeling every time they rest their head to sleep. To fully submerge yourself in Lancaster County, there is only one way to stay: with an Authentic Bed & Breakfast of Lancaster County.

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 village_greens@verizon.net 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 padutchcountry.com, 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

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Unique Museums of Lancaster County

The unpredictable winter weather across the east coast has continued into spring, and some may call that a reason to put off travel and vacation. In Lancaster County, the opposite couldn’t be any more true. Not only does Lancaster County offer enough Amish history and outdoor farmland for multiple trips, but it includes a variety of indoor museums for a fun, interesting, and weatherproof vacation.

The Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania may come across as an exhibit aimed directly at train-enthusiasts, but in reality it is an easily digested, yet mind-boggling experiment in scale and excitement. Having experienced the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania myself (and still waiting to go back), I can confirm that literally anyone will instantly appreciate the impressive restoration of more modern trains, along with many from the late 1800s and early 1900s.

A 1875 Tahoe. Photo courtesy of rrmuseumpa.org
The standard amount of time it takes to view the 100,000 square foot exhibit is about two hours, but if you’re anything like myself then you may be inside for up to four hours. The National Museum of Pennsylvania is open from 9 AM to 5 PM on Monday through Saturday and 12 PM to 5 PM on Sundays. Admission is $10 for adults, $9 for seniors, and $8 for children (up to age 11). It is located at 300 Gap Road, Ronks, PA.

If trains don’t pique your interest, then the National Watch & Clock Museum has exhibits surrounding a concept that involve everyone: time. Located at 514 Poplar Street, Columbia, PA, the National Watch & Clock Museum began as a modest establishment in 1977 with less than 1000 items, but today it has a massive collection of over 12,000 items within its expanded exhibit space. 

Not only does the museum tell the story of timekeeping, from ancient timepieces to the modern wristwatch, but it includes some very familiar pop-culture exhibits like “James Bond Watches: A 50-Year History.” This exhibit includes the creator of James Bond, Ian Fleming’s, Rolex Explorer, the same watch worn by Bond himself. The National Watch & Clock Museum is closed every Monday and Sunday until March 31, but April 1 will resume Sunday hours. They are open from 10 AM to 5 PM on Tuesday through Saturday, and 12 PM to 4 PM on Sundays beginning April 1. Admission is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors, and $4 for children up to age 16.

Lancaster County is an area with seemingly unlimited options for entertainment, and these local museums are no exception. Pair these historic exhibits with the luxurious, welcoming, and equally historical inns of Authentic Bed & Breakfasts of Lancaster County and you have the recipe for a perfect weekend. 


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

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

A World of Comedy in Lancaster County

Welcome back to the Authentic Bed & Breakfasts of Lancaster County blog. We have uploaded all of the previous blog entries for a reference to seasonal activities in Lancaster County and the surrounding areas. This entry will begin a weekly updated passport to Lancaster County, providing you with up-to-date events and activities.

This week will focus on the theatre of Lancaster County, an aspect of the county that may be overlooked by a visitor only searching to learn more about its rich history. This month holds many opportunities for hilarious dinner theatre shows, or a more traditional theatre experience with “Young Frankenstein,” a faithful adaption of the classic Mel Brooks film.

"Weekend Comedy" at Rainbow Dinner Theatre
Two dinner theatres in Lancaster County have critically acclaimed comedies this month, both showing through March 22. Rainbow Dinner Theatre, located at 3065 Lincoln Highway East, Paradise, PA, is showing “Weekend Comedy” by Sam Bobrick, a play that has been described as “Thoroughly enjoyable...A steady rat a tat of laugh lines” by the Kansas City Star. “Weekend Comedy” centers around a middle-aged couple who go to a cabin for a lovers’ weekend only to discover that they’ve been double-booked with a young couple on their first romantic getaway. Rainbow Dinner Theatre describes the play as “Mature love vs. new love...and the laughs keep coming!” Tickets must be requested at rainbowdinnertheatre.com, where the box office will process your request for tickets as well as your wine selection.

The Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre, located at 510 Centerville Road, Lancaster, PA, is showing a similarly hysterical comedy by the name of "Caught in the Net." The play, a sequel to "Run for Your Wife," follows taxi driver John Smith, a man with two families in different parts of London. Unfortunately for him, a boy from one of his families and a girl from another fall in love after meeting on the internet and request to meet each other. In their review of the play, the Daily Mail called it "Brilliant...The funniest play of the year." The price of tickets range from $17 to $42 and can be purchased at dutchapple.com.
"Young Frankenstein" will run through March 30

Finally, the historic Fulton Theatre will be presenting the Mel Brooks Musical "Young Frankenstein" through March 30. The Fulton Theatre describes the show as, "Faithfully adapted from the hilarious Mel Brooks film, 'Young Frankenstein' brings all the familiar, zany characters to life on stage, including a very large, very green monster." Tickets range in price from $25 to $65 and can be purchased at thefulton.org.

As you can see, Lancaster County offers a wide variety of shows and venues, and it has a vibrant theatre scene that can please even the most experienced of viewers. Not only will a trip to Lancaster County at one of the Authentic Bed & Breakfasts provide you with unparalleled food, service, history, and atmosphere, but it will provide you with an artisitic flair that is not usually found outside of cities like New York. Take a week, a weekend, or even a day, and experience the incredibly diverse world of Lancaster County.

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

Friday, January 25, 2013

Presidents Weekend in Lancaster, PA

As you plan your special Valentines Day retreat with that special someone, don't forget that this year Valentines Day runs into the Presidents Day weekend holiday.  Thus, you will want to have some more ideas for that extended celebration.  Here are a few things the two of you may enjoy during your romantic getaway in Lancaster County, PA.
 
 
 
One thing you do not want to miss is the:
Naturally the "sweetest place on earth" is going to help couples celebrate Valentines Day by making February its everything chocolate month.  Here is just a sampling of some things to do on your weekend excursion
  • Chocolate-Infused Dinners - From the Chocolate Dinner Extraordinaire at The Hotel Hershey to menu specials and more!
  • Chocolate-Covered Children’s Teas at Hershey Lodge
  • Hershey’s Chocolate Tasting Adventure at Hershey’s Chocolate World Attraction
  • Wine & Chocolate Pairings - a Chocolate-Covered February must-do at The Hotel Hershey!
  • Try It With Truffles - create your own confections at The Hershey Story Museum
  • Decadent chocolate treatments and specials at The Spa At The Hotel Hershey

If you're not feeling in the mood for chocolate you could escort your significant other and enjoy one of the many shows the various theaters in Lancaster, PA have to offer.


Fulton Theatre
Good People

Rainbow Dinner Theatre
Have I Got a Girl for You

Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre
Run for Your Wife

American Music Theatre
The Time Jumpers

Stitches Comedy Club 
Comedian Basile