Friday, April 23, 2010

Lancaster Pennsylvania Flavor Fest

Have you made any plans for Memorial Day weekend yet?
Are you tired of doing the same old thing every Memorial Day?  If these summarize how you are feeling as you think about Memorial Day, well, you are in luck.  I'm confident I can offer you something original and exciting all at the same time.  Sounds to good to be true, you're saying.  You may be right.  On May 29th and 30th, this Memorial Day weekend, you will have the opportunity to enter flavor country.  The good news is, flavor country is not that far from the Adamstown Inns and Cottages.  Mount Hope Estate & Winery, on the grounds of the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire, will hold Pennsylvania Flavor Fest from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the 29th and 30th of May.  The admission this festival of flavor is free, so is the parking...you are running out of reason why you should not attend this PA food frenzy.  Not only will have the chance to taste the wide variety of culinary offerings, but there will also be an array of wine, beer for you sampling enjoyment as well. 

While savoring the many choices at the Flavor Fest you can also enjoy cooking demos each day that spotlight chefs from regional and local restaurants, or attend workshops focusing on the culinary art of pairing beer and wine with a variety of meals as well as other topics presented by industry leaders.  If you feast upon something you particularly like you will also have the opportunity to buy many of the items provided by the local Pennsylvania-based specialty food vendors, wineries and beer distributors.
But what about the kids?  Good questions, this tastebud extravaganza welcomes kids as well.  Children will be encouraged to experience Pennsylvania’s culinary and artisan worlds in the Crafty Kids area with hands-on activities, demonstrations and cooking lessons that will dazzle their imaginations and fill their bellies all at the same time.
While you perusing the 35 acre estate, absorbing the sights and smells, the Flavor Fest will also feature a mixture of music performed by national and local musicians so that your ears to not become jealous of the other senses.  So, food, drink, music, shopping, tastebud explosion, sounds like a once in a lifetime Memorial Day weekend opportunity.  I will have the Cottages and Vacation home standing by.



Friday, April 16, 2010

Antique Extravaganza Time

Every year when Antique Extra-
vaganza time rolls around here at the Inns I'm reminded why little quaint Adamstown, PA is the antiques captial of the United States.  Even to this day I'm still astounded by the fact that this small section of  Northern Lancaster County has become the place to travel for thousands of antiques and collectabiles.  Well, in just a couple short weeks many people will descend upon Adamstown for a long weekend of browsing, bartering, and buying.
From April 22nd through April 25th Antique Extravaganza will be taking place only minutes from the Adamstown Inns and Cottages.
At 25 plus locations, inside or outside, single owners and multi-dealer malls will offer you an enormous selection of antiques.  One of the reasons why you may want to plan your antique shopping excursion around and an Antique Extravaganza weekend pertains to the extended hours all the dealers remain open.  All of the stores participating in this extravaganza will have longer hours to allow people coming to town, for this special weekend, to visit every shop that they possibly can, if indeed it is possible.  It's always fun for us here at the Inns to see all the treasures brought back, and listen to all the stories about their history.  After hours upon hours of walking around all the shops, I'm glad we can offer you some time to relax and rejunevate at the Amethyst Inn, or if you are traveling with friends and family perhaps our Adamstown Vacation home and Dragonfly and Firefly cottages may be more restful.  We look forward to experiencing with you another eventful Antique Extravaganza weekend.   

Friday, April 9, 2010

Lancaster County Flower Show


Spring is finally here, although today it feels like summer here at the Adamstown Inns and Cottages.  As I walk around the properties I am witnessing new life emerge in the flower beds and on the trees.  We have already begun our flower planting here, and I am anticipating spending many more hours planting flowers due to Kristin's love for the local flower auction where she can purchase flowers in bulk, and believe me, she does.  Well, as I survey events happening in Lancaster County I notice we are not the only ones itching to get back into the flower beds and gardens.  All across the area the excitement of Spring is budding with the many flower shows, art festivals, craft shows, and even music festivals taking place.
On April 15th thru April 18th the Lancaster County Flower shower will bring a flower and garden experience to the communities of Lancaster County.  The vision of the Lancaster County Flower Show is "to make the show captivating and engaging for both the local community and those outside the area. It will be a “spectacle” of color, life and vibrancy – an eclectic mixture of flower and garden exhibits, vendors and events."
Also on April 17th and 18th the city of Lancaster will host its 26th annual Spring ArtWalk.  During this festival you have the opportunity to visit dozens of studios and meet various artists of the Lancaster area galleries.  Some of the galleries include Annex, Christiane David Gallery, Demuth Museum, Julia Swartz Gallery just to name a few.  Happening in Lancaster this same weekend, the Pennsylvania's Guild Spring Craft Market will be held on the corner of Prince St. and Walnut St. in Lancaster.  The craft market will feature the work of 40 of the Guild’s finest craft makers in pottery, woodturning, leather, traditional German folk art, jewelry and lots more.  The craft market provides much more than just great buying opportunities, the guild will also hold live demonstrations and allow people the chance to speak with the artists and learn about their handmade crafts.


While you are in the city, perhaps you want to enjoy some music as you peruse the shops and markets.  On April 15th thru 18th Lancaster will welcome music artists from all over the United States. Launch Music Conference will be held at the Lancaster County Convention Center and will host more than 150 music acts who perform throughout downtown Lancaster. Those participating in the festival will range from developing to established artists from all over North America. You will be able to hear a wide genre of music during the course of this festival, such as Jazz, Rock, to Americana, or Pop, even Punk and I'm only scratching the surface.  The city of Lancaster will be thriving with music opportunities galore.

Not only does the city of Lancaster offer a plethora of art viewing opportunities, the University of Franklin and Marshall display their love for the arts from April 15 thru 25th.  This festival is student-generated and will highlight Dance, Film & Media, Spoken Word, Poetry, Theatre, and the visual arts.  There will be much to see and do during this two week long celebration of creativity and innovation in the arts.  Wow, I can't believe how much is happening in Lancaster County for folks to see and do.  So now is your chance to get out in the beautiful weather of Spring and soak in all that Lancaster and the surrounding area has to offer.  We at the Inns, look forward to sharing in your adventures this Spring.