Monday, May 24, 2010

That wonderful day kids wait for all year long is almost here....the LAST DAY of school.  Now let the fun begin.  Fortunately for you, our Lancaster Bed and Breakfast provides an ideal location to take advantage of all the summer happenings.  Hershey Park provides an entire day of fun at their amusement park, Chocolate World, the Chocolate Spa, the Hershey Zoo, the Hershey Museum, Hershey Gardens, or you can catch a sports show or concert.  Our Adamstown Bed and Breakfast not only puts you in a prime spot for Hershey Park, but also provides great access to the Lancaster area.  From Dutch Wonderland, the Strasburg Railroad, to Cherry Crest Farms, and all the PA Dutch attractions there is plenty to do Lancaster and Berks County this summer.  
Perhaps you enjoy the outdoors and would appreciate Blue Marsh Lake, Nolde Forest, or Hawk Mountain.  No matter what your pleasure, let our Lancaster Bed and Breakfast serve you this summer and make one you will always remember.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Maple Grove Raceway

Have you completed your yearly car wash yet?  Now that we are heading into summer everyone wants to make sure their car looks good as the sun gleams off the freshly washed paint.  My car is still dirty as ever, but I'm not to worried because I'm not showing in any of the local car shows.  Our Lancaster Bed and Breakfast is at a prime location for the VW June Bug Classic XXIII.  You don't have to be a lover of everything VW to enjoy this car show, but if you live and breath Volkswagens then this show is definitely a must for you.  A number of years ago I attended this car show, and I couldn't believe my eyes when I surveyed all the wild things people did with their VWs.  In fact my brother in law has shown his car here before and has taken home best of show.  Not only can you wander about and see hundreds of beautiful cars, the raceway also becomes a drag strip for people to illustrate that their car is not only for looks.  Our Lancaster Bed and Breakfast will provide a great retreat from a day in the sun. 

Perhaps you are not a VW fan, well in Hershey, PA, the 20th Annual Meeting of the Marques will be held on June 5th from 9am to 3pm.  In conjunction with the Children’s Miracle Network Community Celebration on the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center campus, Hershey PA.  This motor show is open to all vehicles and for 2010 features a special Pontiac Corral and a Hershey Hillclimb Race Car Reunion.  Or you could head to Reading, Pa, only 15 minutes from the Adamstown Bed and Breakfast, for the Vette-tational.  This car show will display, you guessed it, gorgeous corvettes.  On July 10th, beginning at 9am, hundreds of corvettes will converge at Bob Fischer's Chevrolet in Reading.

In August Sertoma Club of Lancaster will host Mid Summers Night Dream car show at Longs Park.  On August 14th, a day of cars and entertainment will take place sponsored by the Lancaster Sertoma Club and the Vagabonds Rod and Custom Car Club.  Lots of food, arts and crafts, and of course lots of classic cars.  So if you need an excuse to visit one of the local car shows, just plan your romantic getaway around one of these weekends.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Lancaster County's Antique District

Lancaster’s Spring Antique Extravaganza is over and we are still feeling the rush of excitement. Lancaster County’s Antique District has over 5,000 dealers within a 5 mile radius of Adamstown Inns & Cottages. The extravaganza has ended but it doesn’t mean all the antiques disappear. Adamstown Antique Extravaganza in April only begins the fun filled summer season throughout Lancaster County.

The extravaganza draws in people from all over the country: dealers, serious collectors, and those who just love to browse. One couple that cannot resist the lure of antiques is the Leonetti’s. Arthur and Stephanie have visited with us every November for the last 4 years to celebrate their anniversary. They are some of my favorite guests, so full of life and a joy to be around. I love to sit and talk with them about their Lancaster vacations and compare notes on great areas to shop. They, of course, browse all the Antique Shops when they visit.

They have grown quite fond of the Jade Room at the Amethyst Inn Bed and Breakfast. The first time they stayed Stephanie commented about how she loved the old perfume bottles on the pump organ in their room. On her next visit, she informed me that she went home and decorated her bedroom with some old perfume bottles she acquired during her antique searches. Stephanie also loves Wanda’s decanter set that adorns a table in our dining room, and since she has seen it she continues to hunt for one of her own.

During their annual stay this past November, the Leonettis and I were discussing the antique extravaganza weekends that take place here in Adamstown and the scores of people that flock to the area for these events. So this year, Stephanie and Arthur decided to see what all the talk was about. They returned for a visit this past weekend. They arrived Friday morning, and by the time they had checked in they had already visited Pine Hills, Shupp’s Grove and Green Dragon. Stephanie was very excited once I informed her that the outside stands open at 4 am. Arthur was not as excited and vetoed that idea. He simply informed Stephanie that it doesn’t matter what time you start, there will be plenty for you to buy. I tend to agree with Arthur: 4am is just too early, even for shopping. All in all, I believe they had a great time. They found a great deal on a rug, and exchanged information for pictures of other rugs from a dealer at Stoudt’s Antique Mall.

The Leonettis live near Red Bank, New Jersey which has some antique shops, but not nearly as many as Adamstown’s Antique Mecca. They believe they found better deals during the April extravaganza then they do in November, which is the off season for antiques.

I look forward to seeing the Leonetti’s soon. Maybe they will start visiting us twice a year instead of just once. We still have two more extravaganza’s coming up so don’t miss out. The Summer Extravaganza is June 24-27 and the Fall Extravaganza is September 23-26. Hope to see you here.

Kristin-Innkeeper Adamstown Inns & Cottages