Friday, February 25, 2011

American Music Theatre Shows

Never quite sure what to do in the evenings on vacation? Of course you’re probably tired from sightseeing all day and would be content staying in your room at a Lancaster County bed and breakfast to relax or watch television,  especially since the Amethyst Inn has comfortable feather-top beds and Jacuzzis to help you relax! But you can watch TV when you’re home, so why not go out to the theatre and enjoy a live show! The American Music Theatre always impresses me, and they have plenty of shows to choose from.

March 12th: Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance--This Irish tale of good vs. evil is told through through dance, lights, and pyrotechnics.

March 23: The Man in Black Show--A riveting performance as a tribute to Johnny Cash

April 2: Bluegrass Fest--Showcasing stringed instruments and vocal harmonies of four groups

April 15: Trace Adkins--Singing his country classics

April 29: Meatloaf’s Hang Cool Tour

For a complete listing of upcoming shows, visit the American Music Theatre website. If you’d like help deciding which show to attend or would like tickets ordered and a dinner reservation made for you, the innkeepers at Adamstown Inns & Cottages are available to make your stay special. Further information can be found on the concierge page.

Friday, February 18, 2011

PA Dutch Quilt Show

It’s that time again, where Lancaster County portrays its Amish and Mennonite roots by hosting the 2nd Annual Quilt Show and Conference. From March 16-19 there will be many opportunities to view beautiful quilts, attend workshops, and enjoy the special events that are planned.

Held at the Lancaster Convention Center, in downtown Lancaster, PA, quilters from all over the world will gather to admire each others artwork and enjoy learning new techniques. In addition to viewing quilts, the conference has planned a variety of special events:

  • The Quilter´s Link, 10 -11 a.m., Southern Market
  • All-Star Review, 6 - 8 p.m., Southern Market

  • Quilter's Fun Night with Dianne S. Hire & Bonnie Browning, 7 – 8:30 p.m., Southern Market

  • Ricky Tims Concert, 7 - 9 p.m., Chapel at Lancaster Bible College (901 Eden Road, Lancaster, 17601)

  • Brunch with Karen Kay Buckley, 9 – 10:30 a.m., Southern Market

Visit the AQS website to find out more information on the conference and specific information on the following exhibits: 2011 Pilgrim/Roy Quilt Challenge, Fiber Revolution/Kalahari Quilts, New Quilts from an Old Favorite: Sunflowers, Rust-Tex Collection, and The Perfect Journey by Karen Kay Buckley.

Since, the mid-1800s, the Amish and Mennonite women of Pennsylvania Dutch Country have been creating quilts, thus it is appropriate that the quilt show is held in a city that has such a rich history. To learn more about the history of quilting, while you’re in Lancaster Pennsylvania, visit one of the many local quilt shops.

In the evenings, I encourage you to escape the busyness of the city for a quiet night at a luxury bed and breakfast. Not to mention some of the great restaurants that are nearby, and the friendly innkeepers of this Lancaster PA bed and breakfast! The comfortable feather-top beds and gourmet breakfasts will refresh and energize you for another day of exploring the Quilt Show in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Mud Sales In Lancaster County, PA

For many people, Groundhog’s Day begins the anticipation of Spring, even though it feels like it won’t ever stay warm! However, Lancaster County, PA, has its own tradition which marks the beginning of Spring: Mud Sales! I have to admit that I have never been to a mud sale and frankly had no clue what they were! But I’ve discovered that they have an interesting history and that Lancaster County, Pa is the only place where you’ll actually discover a mud sale.

Dating back to the mid-1960’s, local volunteer fire companies have held auctions to raise funds. These fundraisers are typically held in late winter/early spring when farmers have more time before they begin planting their harvest. With many of the auctions held outside on the thawing ground, it’s obvious where the name “mud sale” originates!   

Thousands of people visit mud sales to find bargains and immerse themselves in Lancaster County’s Amish and Mennonite culture. Each sale has different items, but typical auctioned items include: furniture, craft items, quilts, building materials, livestock, buggies and carriages, tools, farming supplies and equipment, garden items, groceries, and antiques. Most sales begin at 8:30 am, but continue throughout the day, especially since there’s always good food!

The following is a list of the upcoming Lancaster County Pa Mudsales 2011:

February 26--Strasburg Spring Consignment & Mud Sale
8 a.m., Strasburg Fire Company.
March 5--Bart Township Annual Auction/Mud Sale
8:30 a.m., Bart Twp. Fire Company
March 12--Gordonville Spring Mud Sale & Auction
8:30 a.m., Gordonville Fire Company
The largest firemen's auction/sale on the East Coast, featuring 500-600 Amish quilts, antiques, collectibles, new & used furniture, tools, farm equipment, horses, mules, buggies, lawn & garden, barns, utility sheds & trailers, construction equipment.
Craft show: March 7, 6-9 p.m.
March 19--Bart Township Building Materials Mud Sale
8:30 a.m., Bart Twp. Fire Company
March 19--Penryn Fire Company 3rd Annual Mud Sale
8:30 a.m., Penryn Fire Company #1
March 26--Gap Annual Spring Mud Sale/Auction
8 a.m., Gap Fire Company
April 2--Robert Fulton Volunteer Fire Company Mud Sale
7 a.m. breakfast, Robert Fulton Fire Company

There’s plenty of mud sales to visit, so if you’ve never been, I encourage you to visit the Lancaster Amish and see what bargains you can find! Plus, staying at a Lancaster Pennsylvania bed and breakfast will ensure that you have an enjoyable time! Your hosts will be hospitable and be able to give you tips on how to have a successful day at the mud sales!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Chocolate and Beer

The first thing that I think of when someone mentions Valentine’s Day is chocolate. The entire month of February is a legitimate excuse to splurge on chocolate and not feel bad about it! And this month the men won’t feel left out because beer is also celebrated at the Winter Brewer Fest. Spending time in February at a Lancaster Pennsylvania bed and breakfast is the perfect getaway for couples. From events at Stoudt’s Brewery in Adamstown to a tour of the Wilbur Chocolate Factory, or dinner at the CafĂ© Chocolate of Lititz, February is sure to be a romantic month.

Stoudt’s Brewery is hosting a Folk Festival  on February 19 from 4 to 10 pm. A wide selection of music ranging from folk, jazz, rock, and alternative country music will benefit the Hospice of Lancaster County. Stoudt’s winter brewer’s fest will be Friday February 26 from 7 to 11 pm. Various breweries will have winter warmers and specialty aged beers for tasting during a gourmet dinner. Live music by "The Octavia Blues Band” will set the mood for this Winter Brewer Fest!

Visiting the Wilbur Chocolate Candy Factory will be entertaining and educational, not to mention delicious! There is a self-guided video tour that describes the chocolate making process from beginning to end. Walking through the museum you’ll catch a glimpse of nostalgic tins and slogans and even an antique collection of rare chocolate pots from around the world. Make sure to spend lots of time in the store and don’t leave empty handed!

After a chocolate tour, you’re sure to be craving more chocolate, so stopping at the Cafe Chocolate of Lititz only seems like the next logical place for a meal! Serving breakfast, lunch, dinner, and of course dessert, the cafe is committed to sustainable agriculture, so you know you’re getting fresh/local produce. Even if you’re not a fan of chocolate, you should go just for the ambiance of the chocolate fountain or to peruse the shop.

There aren’t many romantic weekend getaways where you can enjoy beer and chocolate with that special someone. Be sure to take advantage of staying at a luxury bed and breakfast, near Stoudts, and be pampered when you’re not out savoring chocolate!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Valentines Day at a Lancaster Pa Bed and Breakfast

Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching, so it’s time to start planning a romantic getaway in PA. Choosing where to go is a simple decision because Adamstown has a romantic bed and breakfast to set the mood for a special weekend. There’s also plenty to keep you busy without springing for one of those typical Lancaster PA romantic getaway packages. Planning your own romantic getaway at a luxury bed and breakfast will make your significant other feel special with such a personalized experience. Whether you’re interested in theatre, dancing, ice skating, wine, or chocolate, there are many events throughout the month of February to help you have a truly Happy Valentine’s Day!

Start your Valentine’s Day Weekend off with a trip to the theatre. The Fulton is showing “39 Steps”, a comedic version of a Hitchcock show with a bit of romance. Or you could visit the Rainbow Dinner Theatre for “Send Me No Flowers”. This comedy about a hypochondriac who thinks he only has a short time left will keep you laughing as he tries to find a new sweetheart for his wife.

Saturday afternoon try outdoor ice skating at Clipper Stadium in downtown Lancaster.
In the evening you can swing on over to the Twin Brook Winery for Wine and Chocolate Tastings and then stay for a swing dance. Before departing the area on Sunday, stop by Hershey’s Chocolate World for an assortment of chocolate events. Enjoy a chocolate parade, tastings, and even a ride to learn how the candy is made.

While there’s plenty to do in the area, it’s also perfectly fine to enjoy a romantic weekend getaway relaxing at the bed and breakfast. Be sure to peruse the indulgences on the website to add that special touch of flowers, chocolate covered strawberries, or a massage. As for dinner reservations or any other suggestions the innkeepers have plenty of suggestions and are excited to help with surprising your Love with the romantic getaway that they deserve.