Sunday, January 24, 2010

Gift of Time in Lancaster, PA

The second gift of "time" was for my boyfriend. In his second year at the Virginia Military Institute, we do not get the opportunity to see each other often. That is why I chose to take advantage of the holiday season and give him “time” for Christmas!

From hearing all the positive reviews and hype about Longwood Gardens, it is no surprise that I decided to take my boyfriend there for Christmas. Only an hour and 15 minutes away from Adamstown Inns &Cottages, it is a trip well worth taking! We arrived around 3:30 in the afternoon so that we would be able to see the displays both in the light and once it got dark.

Our senses were overwhelmed upon entering the indoor conservatory. The scents from the flowers were pleasing and the abundance of colors and designs of the flowers were beautiful. I never imagined the different types of flowers, and how enormous some of them were! My favorite part was the rooms that were dedicated specifically to one type of plant. I marveled at the resemblance of bonsai trees to fully-grown trees and I was amazed at how tall cacti can grow. The orchid room was blossoming with bright colors, and fresh scents of roses adorned yet another room. Waterfalls, wreaths, and hanging baskets added to the decor of each room. Every corner that I turned, I marveled at the beauty surrounding me and found it difficult to take in every detail.

Every trip to Longwood Gardens can be different and tailored to fit your style. There were options for a buffet, caroling, and even an ice skating performance. While they did seem enticing, we bypassed them to catch the fountain and light show. Set to music, the fountains danced in the glow of the lights.

We made sure that we did not miss the train display and the terrace, which was lit up with green lights. Walking along the paths, our journey was accompanied by twinkling Christmas trees and reindeer displays. At one point during the evening, we toured a tree house that was made entirely from recycled wood that had been salvaged from old businesses. Although the house was not lit up, it was interesting to walk through. The rose garden, which I can imagine would be beautiful when they are in bloom, was lit up with blue lights, casting an elegant glow against the moon in the sky. It is difficult to describe just what an amazing trip Longwood Gardens is and the only way for you to find out is to visit it yourself!

It is not too early to start planning a special trip to Adamstown Inns & Cottages for Valentine’s Day. The Fulton will be showing “Driving Miss Daisy” and Longwood Gardens will be celebrating their Orchid Extravaganza. Take advantage of the many great places in Lancaster County and the surrounding areas to spend time with the special people in your lives.

Liz-Assistant Innkeeper
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