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

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