Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Beer Festivals of 2010

With autumn just around the corner, it also means that Oktoberfest will be starting soon! Stoudt’s Brewery in Adamstown, Pa hosts a month-long celebration of beer, along with other breweries in Lancaster and Berks County. To guarantee that you’re in the center of all the activities of Beer Festivals 2010, make sure to book a room at the Adamstown Inns & Cottages, a luxury bed and breakfast right down the road from Stoudt’s Oktoberfest. Both the Adamstown Vacation Home and the Amethyst Inn, a Lancaster PA bed and breakfast, offer gracious hospitality and attention to detail that will make your weekend special!

Oktoberfest opens on Saturday September 25 at 2pm with German music, food, beer, dancing, and Cleevagheevin contests. Not quite sure what Cleevagheevin is? It’s a contest to see who can lift and hold the greatest number of full beer steins and is one of the highlights of Stoudt’s Oktoberfest! The celebration continues for the next five Sundays from 12 to 6 pm. There is different music every week and tickets can be bought in advance or as a packaged deal. Stoudt’s is proud to carry on their heritage in the Gemutlichkeit Bier Garden with live German music and authentic German food.

There are many other beer festivals happening throughout the month as well. The Reading Liederkranz is celebrating their 200th anniversary of Oktoberfest from September 30-October 3 and Berks Beer Barn is hosting a sampling of Lancaster Beers on Friday October 8 from 3-5 pm. If you thought the Oktoberfest beer at Stoudt’s was plenty, then you’re in for a treat because they are also having their Microwbrew festival on October 16th. This is one event that your taste buds will be glad you didn’t miss, especially since there is more German food and of course beer sampling!

What better place to celebrate German beers and culture than in PA Dutch Country? Book your stay today at a Lancaster PA bed and breakfast, the Amethyst Inn, so you can stay near all the events. Plus, you’ll have a quiet room to return to and get a good nights sleep before another round of Beer Festivals 2010.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Lancaster, PA is Pet Friendly

Pet Friendly Cabin in Wrightsville, Lancaster PA
Dogs, more than ever, are taking their role as “man’s best friend” very seriously. Pets are viewed as members of the family, so its obvious that they do not get left behind during vacations. Taking pets on vacation will save money on boarding costs and relieve you of concern over how your dog is being treated. However, more research is required to find pet friendly hotels and activities that allow dogs. Within minutes of Internet research, you’ll find that a Lancaster PA bed and breakfast, The Adamstown Inns & Cottages, is pet friendly. With the accommodations of a pet friendly vacation rental, you'll have the freedom to do activities with or without your dog.  

If you’re looking for a place to let your dog exercise, you could take it to the Buchanan Dog Park in Lancaster. They have a small fenced in area where you’re allowed to let your dog loose. Certain attractions permit dogs, especially in Amish Country, PA. Abe’s Buggy Rides and The Amish Farm and House both allow dogs on the premises. Even Kitchen Kettle Village welcomes dogs, as long as they are on a leash, and they can even join you on a carriage ride! Of course there are always plenty of hiking trails and lakes where pets are free to enjoy themselves! Not sure what to do for dinner? If you don’t feel like eating in, as most people choose not to when they are on vacation, then Boehringer’s Drive In is right down the road from Adamstown Vacation Home and has outdoor picnic tables. In addition to their wonderful homemade ice cream, they serve a variety of fast food sandwiches and fries. Even if you don’t have a dog, I recommend stopping by for lunch one day!

Adamstown Inns & Cottages has 3 facilities that can accommodate a pet friendly vacation. The Firefly Cottage and the Dragonfly Cottage both have 2 bedrooms, which is comfortable for a small family. The Adamstown Vacation Home has 5 bedrooms and is perfect for extended families or friends. Check out the websites for more specific information about amenities and rates. All three of the houses are pet-friendly and accept well behaved, housebroken dogs. A security deposit of $50 per dog is required and the dogs may not be left unattended in the cottage. We do have crates available upon request.

Previous families who have traveled with their dogs have appreciated the beautiful accommodations of the inn and the ability to bring their “best friend” along with them. After all, it’s really not a family vacation, if the entire family isn’t present! While there are both pros and cons to vacationing with your pet; as long as you do your research, the whole family will have a great time! Be sure to start planning your pet friendly vacation today and let us, here at the Adamstown Inns & Cottages, know if we can assist you in your planning in any way.
Tom & Cecil

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Lancaster PA's Antique Extravaganza

It’s that time again! Time for what you may ask? It’s time to search for treasures amongst the large collection of antiques at the Fall Antiques Extravaganza in Adamstown, PA. During the week of September 22-25, 2010 join thousands of shoppers in the excitement of finding the perfect antique to take home. Many of the dealers have special collections that they save specifically for the extravaganza weekends.

Located throughout various stores and markets in Adamstown, you will be amazed at the wide selection of collectibles available. Some of the antiques include: fine furniture, paintings, jewelry, glassware, military memorabilia, toys, coins, and quilts. Smaller galleries are open on Thursday and Friday which will get your feet wet and spark your excitement for Stoudt’s on Saturday and Sunday. To conclude the weekend, Stoudt’s is hosting their Fall Extravaganza on September 26-27 from 7:30 -4 pm with more than 400 dealers.

Since there are so many places to visit and treasures to discover, there’s no doubt that you will need a comfortable place to relax at night to refresh you for the next day of antiquing. Adamstown Inns and Cottages is located just minutes down the road from the main hub of all the antique activity. The rooms at the bed and breakfast are perfect to get away from the hustle and bustle of the day. You can relax in your jacuzzi tub or enjoy the beautiful flowers on the porch. The scrumptious breakfast in the morning, available from 7:30 to 9, will excite your taste buds and give you the energy to visit all the antique dealers. If you want to make this a family event or travel with a group of friends there are even some nights available in our vacation home and cottages that will fit your needs. You will not be disappointed with the friendly service and the atmosphere of the inn so call us today to book your stay!   

If you’ve been to an extravaganza weekend before then you know that you won’t want to miss the excited crowds and all the new rarities that will discover. If you’ve never experienced an extravaganza weekend, then come out to visit as the Antiques Capital and Adamstown Inns and Cottages are anxiously awaiting your arrival!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Lancaster PA Renaissance Faire

With Summer coming to an end and school starting up, it marks the beginning of cooler days, the anticipation of autumn, the beginning of the PA Renaissance Faire, and perhaps the last chance to get away before schedules start to get hectic. Why not book a weekend stay at the Amethyst Inn (Adamstown, Pennsylvania) for a fun weekend away, or you could rent the Adamstown Vacation home for your entire family! Lancaster County, Pa is the place to be for fall fun!

The Renaissance Faire, in Western Lancaster County, is fun for everyone, and an experience that you won’t soon forget. When I think of the faire, I remember my friends dressing up in medieval garments, watching the mud wrestlers, gnawing on a turkey leg for dinner, and the anticipation throughout the day that led up to the final joust. While they still have many of the same activities, the events and themes are different every year, and sometimes even change with themed weekends.

The scenario this year is titled the “Thirty Year Love Affair”. It encompasses the celebration of the end of the Spanish Armada, the dawn of the Golden Age and the 30th birthday of the Good Shire of Mount Hope. The merriment and festivities will be abundant, as the anticipation of the Human Chess Match and the Ultimate Joust will prove who the Queen’s favorite is.

In addition to the shows and games, there will be demonstrations from merchants: glass blowing, woodcarving, and archery. You’ll also run into jesters and jugglers, and even parades of pirates! Make sure you attend some of the shows, the human chess match and the final joust, so that you stay up to date with the events of the day!

After visiting the medieval era, you’ll enter the Victorian era when you visit the Amethyst Inn and appreciate the decor and quiet setting. You’ll also be thankful to have your own private (and clean) bathroom and room in which to relax. The breakfasts won’t be as exotic as a turkey leg, but will be both delicious and filling! You won’t want to miss this season of the PA Renaissance Faire and remember that they are open on Labor Day too!