Monday, June 20, 2011

French Creek State Park

I’m in the midst of planning a vacation to visit many state parks, so I can’t help but mention that French Creek State Park is close to Adamstown Inns and Cottages, a Lancaster Pennsylvania bed and breakfast. French Creek has many activities: hiking, swimming, boating, disc golfing, and orienteering. It’s a great place to take a picnic lunch and spend a day outside with the family or your significant other.

I like to start the day on Hopewell lake before the sun is too unbearable. I prefer a double kayak, but they have many boat rentals. Some people even fish on the lake, and there is a ramp if you have your own boat. With 68 acres to explore, you’ll discover native wildlife and plants.

Once the day warms I escape into the woods for a round of disc golf. This is a fairly new game, it’s actually a professional sport, and the course at French Creek is used for tournaments. If you don’t have Frisbees, on weekends you may find a guy selling discs out of his trunk for a reasonable price. My favorite thing about the course is the two levels of difficulty at each hole. This allows my brothers to play the professional hole, and I can play the much shorter beginner hole, but we still get to play together. We have many funny stories of how mom threw the disc into the lake behind her, so I highly recommend Frisbee golf!

After a picnic lunch, under the shade of a tree, we might head to the pool for swimming or to the woods for orienteering or hiking. With 35 miles of trails, choose a trail that fits your ability, or try mountain biking on a few (more difficult) trails.

State Parks have plenty to do that you’ll be ready to head back to the luxury of the Amethyst Inn. Sitting on the porch in the evening, while you drink wine and enjoy the gardens is the perfect end to a day at the park!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Lancaster, Pa's very own Celtic Fling

Whether or not you have an Irish background, the Celtic Fling & Highland Games at the PA Renaissance Faire, June 24-26, is an Irish festival that you don’t want to miss. The 13th annual festival opens Friday night, with a concert, and continues through Sunday, with a celebration of Celtic Culture. Scheduled for the same weekend as the Antiques Capital Summer Extravaganza, in Adamstown PA, you’ll have options to discover the past through antiques and a cultural celebration. Entertainers will share their love of the traditional and contemporary Celtic heritage through dancing, music, reenacting, and demonstrations. Merchants will be set up, and Irish food and drinks will entice you to try all the different foods. Demonstrations of sheep herding and glass blowing provide a glimpse into the traditional life of Celtic culture.

The most intriguing part of the Ren Faire is the Scottish Highland Games. Both men and women compete in traditional gaelic sports such as hurling, the caber toss, and the stone wieght toss to claim the title of “Athlete of the Day”. A caber is a 19 foot log, weighing up to 130 pounds, that is tossed in a specific manner to produce the highest score. Since there are so many activities to see at this Celtic Fling, I recommend watching many of the Highland games, as they will amaze you!

A convenient location to stay, if you’re visiting both the antiques and the PA Ren faire, is the Adamstown Inns & Cottages. Choose between a luxury bed and breakfast or a vacation cottage. The Firefly Cottage is perfect for small families and it’s also a pet friendly rental. At this Lancaster Pa bed and breakfast, you can relax in a jacuzzi tub, sit on the porch with a glass of wine, or in the gardens while visiting with family. There are only a few lodging options left, so call today if you’re interested in the Celtic Fling or Antique Extravaganza!

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Father's Day in Lancaster County, Pa

Not sure what to get Dad for Fathers Day? Surprise him with a getaway weekend at the Amethyst Inn, or bring the kids along and stay at the Wrightsville Cabin. Whether you choose a weekend alone at a luxury bed and breakfast, or a pet friendly cabin near the Susquehanna River, there are plenty of activities for Dad to have a great Father’s Day Weekend!
If your Dad enjoys music, then Lancaster County is the place to be! On Friday, June 17, Stoudtburg Village is hosting a live concert series from 5-9pm, featuring regional bands, food, and face painting for the kids. Feel free to browse through the shops, or bring lawn chairs and enjoy the music.
Another music event is Music Friday in downtown Lancaster. The shops and restaurants stay open later, and musicians perform throughout the city.

If Dad is more into sports, try a round of golf. There are 5 golf courses near Adamstown Inns & Cottages, and they even have a golf special!
Maple Grove Raceway or the Antique Auto Museum of Hershey might be personal favorites for your father.
Intercourse Heritage Days are celebrating their 257th anniversary. Showcasing foods, animals, and heritage demonstrations, this celebration will be a trip to tell your friends about! There will be a tractor pull, fireworks, roaming entertainment, and an antique tractor show.
Stoudts Brewery is a treat, and definitely recommended! They have a tour of the brewery and the opportunity to try samples. Stoudt’s also has a market, antiques, and a restaurant. It would be very easy to spend an entire day there, especially since it’s conveniently located down the road from Adamstown Inns & Cottages!
Start planning your Fathers Day trip and make him feel special with a weekend in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania!