Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Downtown Lancaster's Famous Central Market

If you're anything like me, there's something so enticing about the fall air. The sights, sounds, colors and smells all create a sense of nostalgia that we spend three whole seasons looking forward to.
Since transplanting to Lancaster County, I have always heard remarkable things about the Lancaster Central Market. It is the proclaimed mecca for farm-to-table produce, locally crafted goods, and is an all around melting pot for the different cultures within our bountiful Lancaster County. This past dreary Saturday while my aunt was visiting, we decided to venture out to see what it had to offer.
Lancaster Central Market is appropriately named as it is located right in the heart of downtown Lancaster off of Market St. Once you make it through the downtown traffic, you are lead through an enchanting alleyway that is seemingly removed from the urbane hubbub. Upon entering the indoor market,  you are greeted with the sweet aroma of baked delights and the signature Pennsylvania Dutch accents dance around your ears.

There are treasures in every corner from grass fed meats to delectable sweets, and each vendor is so welcoming and helpful.

If you are searching for fresh herbs or vibrant floral arrangements, the Market is the place to find the most beautiful gifts from the ground, cultivated and harvested lovingly by local green-thumbs.

 If you've been having endless cravings for festive smoothies or Amish-baked soft pretzels like I have, look no further! You will never leave the Central Market hungry! They have buns stuffed with meats and cheeses, cupcakes, donuts, fresh baked breads and international cuisines.

Have you been too busy to make it to the orchards for apple picking? The Market has refreshing cold-pressed cider and tangy apple butter to put you in the fall frame of mind!

After almost a year of hearing about everyone's amazing experiences at the Lancaster Central Market, I am thrilled that I was able to be a part of one of the backbones of Lancaster County culture. I would love to hear about your favorite treats to indulge in while you're there! If you see me perusing the aisles (or looking overwhelmed with the plethora of mouth-watering food), come up and say hi! I love meeting friends of The Adamstown Inns & Cottages and am overjoyed by the warm welcome I have already received from so many of you! Until our next adventure...

Lancaster Central Market
23 N. Market St
Lancaster, Pa 17603

Tuesday & Friday 6 am - 4 pm
Saturday 6 am - 2 pm

Monday, July 14, 2014

Meet Lizz- The New Kid In Town!

Do you remember as a child, your all-knowing parents saying: “Do what you love and success will follow?” I embodied that mentality while achieving my A.A. in Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management because I delight both in the art of savory cuisine and ensuring that people are taken care of to the absolute best of my ability. 

Hailing from the beautiful shores of South Carolina, it is my pleasure to bring my own personal brand of southern hospitality to the Adamstown Inn & Cottages team! Even though I miss having grits for breakfast, I absolutely love the strong family values and old Pennsylvania Dutch heritage around Lancaster County!

It’s no secret that as part of my passion for hospitality, I live for meeting new people with diverse interests so please feel welcome to reach out to me at with any questions or suggestions. I look forward to becoming a familiar face during your Lancaster County travels!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Bon Voyage Kristin!

Farewell to Kristin

Wednesday, June 25th was our farewell luncheon for Kristin Rathman, our innkeeper of the Amethyst Inn for over 9 years. We will truly miss her smiling face and wonderful breakfasts! She managed the bed and breakfast with style and compassion. We wish her every happiness as she starts her new life in beautiful and sunny Charleston, SC!

To celebrate the occasion, the staff went to Manna Fusion, 2359 Oregon Pike, Ste 104, Lancaster PA, 17601. Manna Fusion is savory Asian cuisine with authentic flair. There was certainly something for everyone on their menu!

The food was wonderful! 

We sampled a crispy chicken and vegetable tempura to start. As you can see by the empty platter, it was a huge hit!

The entrĂ©es included sushi for Katie, Liz and even Katherine.  I was worried that our youngest employee would not enjoy fusion food….but she was the most adventurous!  

Don has never experienced fusion food or dined 

with chopsticks. He soon became an expert, rivaling Tom with his skills.  
(They are always in competition.)  

Kristin and I both enjoyed the zesty green curry, my favorite, while Nancy loved her tangy pineapple chicken rice.  Jean, always our most health conscious employee, sipped her coconut chicken soup.  

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Black Horse Restaurant: Lancaster County PA

Located two miles from the Amethyst Inn Bed & Breakfast you will discover the Black Horse Restaurant.  Known for their fresh, local American cuisine, they are constantly changing the menu and providing a unique and tasteful dining experience. 

My friend Suzanne comes all the way from St. Petersburg, Fl to enjoy the mojitos they feature in the summer!  There is fresh mint growing in the restaurant garden and the bar tenders feature a variety of different types. 

Our first course was the roasted sweet corn & lobster risotto, mushrooms, & pea shoots, and let me tell you it was fabulous.  We both agreed we could skip the rest of the meal and order another dish of the risotto, but we were looking forward to the rest.

For the second course we each decided on a salad.  Suzanne ordered a field green salad and added some grilled chicken, which she thought was juicy and seasoned just right .  I ordered the warm roasted beets & goat cheese salad with a side of grilled asparagus, thyme, and olive oil.  It was so good, I loved the combination of the beets and goat cheese and the asparagus had a wonderful taste and were nice and crispy.   

This has always been a favorite of ours and after this past meal will continue to be for a long time.  So, if you are venturing into northern Lancaster County, come stay with us at the Adamstown Inns & Cottages and we will hook you up with a free appetizer or dessert coupon so you can enjoy one of our favorite Lancaster restaurants.