Sunday, March 22, 2015

Lancaster Restaurant Week

Spring in Lancaster County is a time for famous mud sales and auctions, blossoming produce and our absolute favorite in the Bed & Breakfast industry- Restaurant Week! We love recommending innovative restaurants for our out of town guests, so Restaurant Week gives us the perfect opportunity to sample all the little culinary gems found in Lancaster County! Most of these top-notch establishments graciously offer dining packages so you can have the luxury of trying the very best signature dishes while saving money!

If you are going to be a guest of the Adamstown Inns & Cottages during this exciting event, please feel welcome to ask us about making you reservations to some of our own staff picks! Bon appetit!

American Bar & Grill  $10 & $20 Menu Packages
1081 N. Plum St.  •  717-394-8021

Annie Bailey's Irish Pub  $10 & $30 Menu Packages   
28 E. King St. • 717-393-4000

Aussie & The Fox   $10 & $40 Menu Packages
38 West King St. •  717-826-4040  

Belvedere Inn  $10 & $40 Menu Packages  
402 N. Queen St. •  717-394-2422 

Café di Vetro  $20 & $30 Menu Packages
400 N. Prince St. • 717-471-3422

Café One Eight  $10 Menu Package
18 W. Orange St.  • 717-509-4500

Character's Pub   $10 & $20 Menu Packages
38 N. Christian St. •  717-735-7788 

Checkers Bistro  $30 Menu Package
398 Harrisburg Ave. • 717-509-1069

Citronnelle   $40 Menu Package
110 W. Orange St. • 717-208-6697

Commonwealth On Queen  $10 & $30 Menu Packages 

301 N. Queen St. • 717-208-3394

East King Culinary  $10 Menu Package
110 E. King St. • 717-725-4184

Federal Taphouse  $10 & $20 Menu Packages    
201 N. Queen St. •  717-490-6932

Fenz Restaurant & Late Night  $30 Menu Package
398 Harrisburg Ave.  •  717-735-6999

The Fridge  $10 & $20 Menu Packages 
534 N. Mulberry St. • 717-490-6825 

Horse Inn   $20 Menu Package
540 East Fulton St.  • 717-392-5528

Iron Hill Brewery  $20 & $30 Menu Packages
781 Harrisburg Pike  •  717-291-9800

Isaac's Pickle Bar   $20 Menu Package
25 N. Queen St. •  717-394-5544  

Issei Noodle  $10 & $20 Menu Packages
44 N. Queen St.  •  717-449-6800

John J. Jeffries
   $40 Menu Package
300 Harrisburg Ave. •  717-431-3307

Lancaster Brewing Co.  $20 & $30 Menu Packages    
302 N. Plum St. •  717-391-6258 

The Loft  $30 Menu Package
201 W. Orange St.  •  717-299-0661

Marion Court Room  $20 Menu Package
7 E. Marion St.  •  717-399-1970

OKA Asian Fusion  $40 Menu Package
721 Harrisburg Ave.  •  717-396-8998

Penn Square Grille  $30 Menu Package 
2 E. King St. •  717-207-4033

POUR  $20 & $40 Menu Packages
114 N. Prince St. •  717-290-8080

The Pressroom   $20 Menu Package
26 W. King St. •  717-399-5400

Quips Pub  $20 Menu Package457 New Holland Ave. • 717-397-3903

Rachel's Cafe & Creperie   $20 Menu Package
201 W. Walnut St. •  717-399-3515  

The Red Rose  $20 Menu Package
101 E. King St. • 717-392-8620

Skinny Park Juice  $10 & $20 Menu Packages
443 N. Mulberry St. • 717-394-4840

Spyro Gyro  $20 Menu Package
241 N. Queen St.  •  717-397-3939

Souvlaki Boys  $10 & $30 Menu Packages
1 W. James St.  •  717-925-0005

The Stockyard Inn
  $30 Menu Package
1147 Lititz Pike  •  717-394-7975

Taproom by Spring House Brewing Co.  $20 Menu Package
25 W. King St.  •  717-399-4009 

Yorgo's   $10 & $30 Menu Packages
66 N. Queen St.  •  717-394-6977

Monday, February 23, 2015

Spring Into Spring 2015!

This absolutely frigid winter sure has tested the fortitude of all of us Lancaster County locals! We hope that while you are chipping inches of ice off your windshield each morning, you are daydreaming about how beautiful the Amish country will be come Spring! Even if Punxatawny Phil is right and we are in for another few weeks of snow and slush, our staff has put our heads together and churned out a list of our favorite all-season activities that you absolutely must try if you are a local or traveler escaping to Lancaster County for a snow-cation. 

The Inns of Adamstown
Bucket List Challenge

        Visit the Green Dragon on a Friday in Ephrata for amazing Lancaster County baked goods (try their Monkey Bread or sticky buns- they are staff favorites!

    Stop by America’s oldest running market in downtown Lancaster- the Central Market where you will find a plethora of fresh produce, delectable confections and local vendors every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday

      Grab a famous Long John doughnut at Achenbach’s Pastries 
      Take a tour of the Wilbur Chocolate Factory in downtown Lititz (America’s Coolest Small Town, 2013)

      Sample a microbrew at Stoudt’s Black Angus Brewery 

      Find a treasure at the local favorite Renninger’s Antique Market, open on Sundays
    Have your picture taken with Wobbly Bob at Union Barrel Works in Reamstown

    Hop on a train ride at the Historic Strasburg Railroad

   Walk through one of the local orchards and pick your own fruit (seasonal)
    Ride around town on an Amish Buggy ride (seasonal)

    Learn about the history of wolves and meet some 
      rescued friends at the Wolf Sanctuary in Lititz 
    Return to simpler times by taking an authentic Amish 
     tour at the Amish Village in Ronks
    Stuff your bellies full of home-style Pennsylvania Dutch cuisine at Shady Maple Smorgasbord
    Take a picture of a beautiful rural sunrise or sunset in Lancaster County
     Indulge in good old-fashioned PA Dutch Kettle Corn at Kitchen Kettle Village in Bird-in-Hand
       Map out and go on a covered bridge tour of Lancaster County (over 28 covered bridges)
    Go on a tour of the Historic Ephrata Cloister
    Treat yourself to an authentic PA Dutch Whoopie Pie (any variety)

We love a good contest around here at the Adamstown Inns, so we are calling it our "Lancaster County Bucket List Challenge!" If you can visit every destination on the list (guests of the inn: it may take a few visits), you will be eligible to win all sorts of fantastic prizes! We'd love to see pictures of your endeavors and the easiest way to include us would be to follow us on Instagram @adamstowninns and tag us in your photos using the hashtags #adamstowninns or #amethystinn.  

Thursday, December 4, 2014

It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like...

Season's Greetings to all our friends of the Adamstown Inns & Cottages! We hope that you are still recuperating from a delicious Thanksgiving feast with your family and friends! We are in the process of transforming into a veritable Winter Wonderland here at the Amethyst Inn and we'd love for you to stop by and join in the festivities with us.
For those of us who have the pleasure of living here year round, we know that Lancaster County is one of the best places to live during the holiday season. The antiquated charm of old stone houses, horse-drawn Amish buggies and homemade local goodies can make even the grinchy-est person glow with Christmas spirit! Whether you are traveling with little ones or taking a romantic getaway for two to the Amish countryside, Lancaster is the perfect backdrop for your holiday escape.

Does anyone remember the magical book "The Polar Express" with its' whimsical train adventure into the North Pole? Rekindle your childhood nostalgia when the book comes to life at the famous Strasburg Railroad with both Santa's Paradise Express and the Night Before Christmas special! Don your favorite pair of holiday jammies or longjohns and enjoy fresh baked cookies and milk while you are read "The Night Before Christmas" aboard a vintage train car rolling through rural Lancaster County. If riding a train isn't your cup of cocoa, there is also a model train display at the Choo Choo Barn in Strasburg. Kids can visit with Santa, and every Friday you receive free admission to the display if you bring in a non-perishable food item for charity!

The best thing about the Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa/etc season is that calories don't seem to count! (Until New Year's when you step on that mean little scale). With that in mind, Hershey Park, the chocolate promise-land hosts a Christmas Candylane celebration with incredible decorations, rides, and village shops to peruse. Oh, and how could I forget, CHOCOLATE!

If you need to get some last minute holiday shopping done, Lancaster County has a mecca of stores to explore! The Kitchen Kettle Village is famous for its unbelievable decorations and quaint little specialty shops (leather shops, cheese shops, jam and jelly shops).

For those of you responsible ones who braved Black Friday and can cross stressful shopping off your list, you may want to catch a local Christmas themed show at The American Music Theatre, Sight & Sound or the Fulton Theatre!

If you will be staying with us this holiday season, give us a call at 717-484-0800 so that we can help you book a magical itinerary for your whole family!

By Lizz, Innkeeper

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Take A Drive Through Wine Country

There's something so special about November- how the determined leaves fight for one last burst of firey color against the muted gray sky. This is my favorite time of year to enjoy a scenic drive through the rolling Lancaster hills, where there never seems to be a shortage of picturesque backdrops. Sometimes it's nice to have a destination in mind- that's why the vineyards of Lancaster County provide the perfect oasis while thirsting for wanderlust.

This past weekend after attempting my Christmas shopping at the famous Root's Market in Manheim, Pa (open every Tuesday), my family and I decided that the sweetest ending to a perfect day would be a crisp glass of the popular Moscato at the Waltz Vineyards. You have probably heard the name Waltz somewhere in your travels- they have a cozy tasting shop in downtown Lititz and a breathtaking vineyard (with tasting room) in nestled in the countryside in Manheim.

The staff is warm, inviting and incredibly knowledgeable and their locally grown and produced wine is nothing short of enchanting on your tastebuds. Their Moscato is a fan-favorite, selling cases at a time at an astonishing rate! It has apricot, peach, lime and floral notes and is truly perfect for every season and every occasion. If you prefer a bolder red wine, their silver medal winning Baron red demonstrates rich plum, cherry and cedar aromas. The options don't end there- Waltz Vineyards boasts over 10 delectable varieties of wine for every palate!
Such a vast selection of wine can only be enhanced with their menu of local cheeses, crackers and dark chocolate!

Lancaster County is an ideal location for gorgeously panoramic vineyard settings and here is a list of reputable ones to start you out on your wine tour!

Waltz Vineyard
1599 Old Line Rd
Manheim, Pa
Mon - Sat 11 am-5 pm

Twin Brook Winery
2813 Lincoln Hwy E
Ronks, Pa
Open Daily (ask for hours)

The Vineyard at Grandview
1489 Grandview Rd
Mt Joy, Pa
(Limited weekend hours)

By Lizz