Thursday, April 28, 2011

Sundays in Adamstown, PA

Now it’s time to wrap up an ideal vacation by spending Sunday in Adamstown, PA. Once again, choosing a luxury “home base” during your travels will give you the energy to see many great attractions. The Adamstown Inns & Cottages, a Lancaster Pennsylvania bed and breakfast has both romantic getaway suites and a family friendly vacation rental. Spending your last day of vacation in Adamstown will give your legs plenty of walking time before your drive home.

Your day will begin bright and early with a hearty breakfast at the inn before venturing into Antiques Capital USA. Adamstown will overwhelm you with abundant options of antique shops and flea markets. You’ll quickly become intrigued with the treasures and retro memorabilia. If you happen to be visiting during the Spring Extravaganza, April 28-May 1, you will find sales, and shops with extended hours.

Don’t forget to take a break for lunch! Boehringer’s Drive-In is popular for it’s Pennsylvania Dutch root beer and homemade ice cream. After ordering your food and a short wait, you take your food to outdoor picnic tables where you can watch ducks splash around in the creek below. And please, don’t skip on the homemade ice cream!

Stoudt’s is one place you do not want to miss. In addition to the antiques, they also have a Wonderful Good Market where you can buy artisanal cheeses and breads. Those cheeses go great with local lagers and ales from the brewery. After taking a tour and sampling specialty beers you can even try your hand at making craft beers. Don’t forget to stop for dinner in the restaurant and grab some beer to go.

If you’re not ready for dinner at Stoudt’s, then just meander through the antiques mall before trying one of the many restaurants in Adamstown. The Black Horse is a popular restaurant that offers creative cuisine in a welcoming atmosphere. The last time I was there, the lobster risotto was superb!

Unfortunately your weekend getaway must come to an end, but with so many attractions, you’ll start planning your next vacation! The innkeepers at the Amethyst Inn, a Lancaster pa bed and breakfast, look forward to hosting your getaway and making your weekend special.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

An Evening in Reading, PA

Continuing with my “ideal vacation”, let’s explore the options for spending Friday in Reading, Pennsylvania. A variety of attractions in Reading, and restaurants, will keep you so busy that you’ll have to plan more than one trip to the Adamstown Inns & Cottages! Whether you’re planning a romantic getaway in PA, or just want to relax and escape the daily grind, a weekend at a luxury bed and breakfast in Lancaster Pennsylvania is the perfect vacation for you! From hiking and architecture to sporting events and performances, Reading PA will not disappoint.
If you happen to arrive early in the day, there are many options for hiking in the great outdoors. A highly recommended hiking spot is on Mount Penn. There are routes from Antietam Lake to the top of the mountain where a Pagoda sits. It’s a strange site to see a pagoda in Reading Pennsylvania, but it has been there for many years as an iconic landmark. If you’re lucky enough to visit during its operating hours (F-Tu 12-4) they have a gift shop and a small museum.
A great place for an “old-fashioned” drive-in lunch is Schell’s on the Fifth street highway. (Their barbecue and cheese cubes are delicious, but they just changed their french fries, so beware!) In addition to stopping for lunch, they have a 27 hole golf course and a Dairy Swirl. This may sound cheesy, but I’ve been here on a couple dates and think it’s just the cutest place! They’ve been serving Berk’s County PA for over 57 years, so this the place to stop for a “vintage” date.

If you choose to each lunch and skip the mini-golf, you’ll be ready to do some walking from eating all that delicious food! Walking around the Centre Park historic district is always a treat, especially if it happens to be time for the garden tour! They host events occasionally, but even looking at the architecture and gardens is interesting. Plus it’s great to get outside, since so many of us are stuck in cubicles for the majority of the week. If it happens to be raining, check out the Vanity Fair Outlets or the Berkshire Mall.

Reading has many exquisite restaurants, but I’ll recommend Judy’s On Cherry and the Speckled Hen Pub. Hopefully by just mentioning two restaurants, it will save you time deciding where to eat dinner because you won’t want to miss your evening entertainment. Many Friday evenings you can catch a minor league baseball game, and sometimes they even have fireworks. Check the Phillies schedule to see when home games are!

Another evening possibility entails going to the performing arts center or a Reading Royals Hockey game at the Reading Sovereign Center. With a variety of shows, sporting events, and  musical groups, there is always an event that will interest every member of your group or family.

After a long day of touring Reading and eating delicious food, you’ll be thankful that you’re staying at a Lancaster pa bed and breakfast. The jacuzzi tubs and plush beds will help you get a restful nights sleep. Don’t forget to ask your innkeepers what their favorite activity in Reading is!  

Thursday, April 7, 2011

A Day in Strasburg, PA

My ideal vacation consists of staying in a central location to three different cities which offer lots of activities. Therefore, you can just imagine why I think Adamstown Inns & Cottages is the perfect getaway for an eventful weekend. Spending Friday night in Reading, Saturday in Strasburg, and Sunday in Adamstown provides the best combination of activities. I’m sure I don’t even need to mention how luxurious it is to stay in a Lancaster Pennsylvania bed and breakfast!

Someone recently mentioned they wanted to see Sight and Sound’s production of Joseph, in Lancaster County. They immediately got my attention because the show just opened March 19 (and runs through (October) and I’ve seen two other shows at the Millennium Theatre and loved them! It reminded me of my childhood adventures of spending a day in Strasburg with my family. Obviously I remember certain attractions more than others, but I encourage you to try and visit my favorite things to do in Strasburg!

The morning was usually spent at the Amish Village or the Strasburg railroad. History was never my first interest, so needless to say I enjoyed myself, but can’t remember specific details. I do know my brothers had a blast! For lunch we stopped a small Amish owned restaurant called Katie’s Kitchen for tasty sandwiches.

After lunch it was finally time to head to the Sight and Sound Theater in Lancaster County. I’ve seen both Noah and David, so I can highly recommend Joseph. These musical productions will keep you amazed from beginning to end. From the live animals to the “flying” actors and even the intricate sets, not a detail is missed as you watch an inspiring story unfold all around you, literally! Ask your innkeepers for help in reserving tickets.

Dinner at the Fulton Steamboat was always a treat before we played a round of mini-golf at what is probably the most gorgeous course I’ve ever seen! The Village Greens has two golf courses to choose from, one even has 23 holes! My favorite part is a  “trick” hole that returns the ball behind you, which my family indefinitely took advantage of my naivety when I couldn’t find my ball. You’ll have to let me know if you come across any laughs there!

To wrap up such a wonderful day we stopped for ice cream at the Strasburg Creamery. Upon entering the store, the aroma of waffles fills the air and sends a smile to your face when you realize they are making fresh waffle cones! My mother loves this place because they always have teaberry (yes, that’s the ice cream that tastes like pepto-bismol!).

It may be surprising that we fit all of these attractions into one day, but that’s why a hearty breakfast and a good nights sleep is essential to an activity packed vacation. Of course you don’t need to follow this exact schedule, as you might want to relax in the gardens at the inn or enjoy a relaxing bath in a jacuzzi. Whichever you prefer, the Amethyst Inn is the luxury bed and breakfast of choice for a getaway! For a family vacation, the Dragonfly cottage or Adamstown Vacation home will be the perfect home base during your travels throughout Lancaster County Pennsylvania.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Farmers Markets

The official arrival of Spring, even if the weather isn’t acknowledging it, has me excited about local farmers markets and gardening. Lancaster County, home to Amish and Mennonites, is the perfect location to discover farm-fresh produce, beautiful flowers, and handcrafted items. Whether you enjoy buying seeds/plants to grow your own garden, or you prefer to let the farmers do the work for you, Lancaster County Pennsylvania is a hot-spot for farmers markets. Soon the fear of frost will have passed and flowers will start to bloom. Spring is an exciting time for a Lancaster Pennsylvania bed and breakfast because of their colorful gardens that guests can enjoy and the many PA Farmers Markets in the area.

The Lancaster Central Market has been in downtown Lancaster City since the 1730s. Many different stands offer locally grown foods, desserts and breads, flowers, and meats and cheeses. I distinctly remember tasting chevre goat cheese for the very first time here and buying fresh cut flowers for myself just because they were so beautiful! This Lancaster market is open Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.
Green Dragon Farmers Market and Auction , in Ephrata, is a gem that needs to be experienced. Only open on Fridays, you can wander around and discover tons of bargains and every type of collectible and food that you could ever imagine. This place is a treat that you do not want to miss!

The Village Farm Market, also in Ephrata, specializes in homemade baked goods. Open everyday but Sundays, they bake daily to offer fresh breads. Seasonal items and produce are also available.

For even more farmers markets in Lancaster County Pennsylvania, ask your innkeepers at the Amethyst Inn, or search for the Columbia Market, Bird-in-Hand Farmers Market, or the Fairgrounds Farmers Market.

Stoudt’s Wonderful Good Market and Farmer’s Co-op is right down the road from Adamstown Inns & Cottages. In addition to offering breads, cheeses, produce, and flowers, they also sell Stoudt’s Black Angus Steaks. I’m sure it’s obvious by now that The Amethyst Inn should be your number one choice for lodging in Adamstown PA, not just because of the luxury and hospitality that you will experience, but also because of the convenient location to the many farmers markets in Lancaster.