Monday, June 28, 2010

Fourth of July in Lancaster County

Want to get out and have an exciting Fourth of July, but aren’t quite sure where to go or what to do? Lancaster County has many opportunities to celebrate and relax. Conveniently, Adamstown Inns & Cottages is centrally located to many celebrations.

Start your weekend on Friday in Downtown Lancaster at First Fridays, their monthly celebration of the arts. There are new exhibitions and performances, as well as spontaneous creativity. Hundreds of art enthusiasts attend this event, which is sure to be interesting to all.  

If you’re more into shopping than art, head over to the Rockvale Outlets for their sidewalk sale. There will be plenty of bargains, so hopefully you’ll score some great deals!

For a more traditional celebration, join the Lititz Lion’s Club as they host the 193rd Independence Day Celebration. On Friday night, starting at 6:30, enjoy the parade followed by Flamin’ Dick and the Hot Rods. Saturday has activities starting at 11 am such as a baby parade, a 3-legged race, musical performances, and fireworks at 10 pm.

On the Fourth of July, join the 257th Army Band to hear the “Band of the Nation’s Capital”. There will also be a cannon brigade and fireworks. This event starts at 7:30pm and is located at Long’s Park in Lancaster.

The last adventure of the weekend is to visit Longwood Gardens for their fireworks and fountains display. The beautiful gardens are always a treat, but there will also be fireworks and fountains dancing to festive music. It is easy to spend an entire evening at Longwood Gardens, but make sure you reserve your seat for the firework show that stars at 9:15 pm.

The Fourth of July weekend can surely be a busy one, but no doubt lots of fun! Start making your plans today, as Amethyst Inn Bed and Breakfast only has a few more rooms left.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

A New Look at Art in Lancaster PA

A recent day trip to downtown Lancaster with a friend opened our eyes to the many interesting sites of the city. Downtown Lancaster not only has art galleries on many of its streets, but they also have shops that have an eclectic selection of items for sale that can satisfy many tastes. We only got to sample a few of the artistic elements that the city has to offer, but we sure did enjoy ourselves!  
Typically art is associated with an art museum such as the Philadelphia Art Museum or the Metropolitan Museum of Art. But when I think of art, I often perceive everything around me as being artistic in one form or another. Whether it is food, flowers, clothing, or an actual art museum; each one of these things appeals to my senses in one way or another. I have recently found that cities can be filled with hidden gems of art.
Our first stop was the Central Market, a large farmers market with regional foods. Each stand had a different character and fresh vegetables, meats, cheeses, and pastries. My eyes enjoyed the bright colors of the vegetables and fresh flowers while my mouth got a chance to try Chevre goat cheese for the first time. If I had been going right home I would have bought some, but I don’t think it would have lasted in a warm car for hours!
After making our rounds through the market, we ventured into nearby stores because it was raining. The stores had a diverse range of items. Some pieces were really great, like a human size chess set, but wouldn’t have been practical to have around the house. The stores felt like art galleries because of the nontraditional pieces.
Soon we popped into Carmen and David’s Creamery and were surprised at the variety of flavors available to us. Grape Nuts, toasted coconut, molasses, and fluffer nutter were all surprisingly delicious! The funky d├ęcor of the ice cream shop and the creamy treat was a wonderful addition to our artistic adventure.

Our last stop was the Pennsylvania Academy of Art and Design. We were able to walk through the displays from this past years students. The more traditional museum feel was comfortable after wandering through artistic stores and galleries all afternoon.
After enjoying art all day, it only seems fitting to spend the night relaxing in a place just as artistic as the city you spent your day in. The Adamstown Inns & Cottages is the perfect getaway, just 25 minutes away, to relax in the evening. Built in the 1830’s the Victorian Painted Lady is an artistic creation that you will want to explore. It includes architectural elements such as a large carved front door and wooden corner blocks. Each room in the Amethyst inn is named after a different gemstone and decorated accordingly. There are also a myriad of antiques placed throughout the entire bed and breakfast.
Plan your artistic visit to Lancaster today and discover the many exhibits that await you! In addition to what we saw there are shows, mural trails, antiques, and factory tours. Lancaster County has it all; from the stores, to the farmers market, to the ice cream shop, and even to the lodging at Adamstown Inns & Cottages.