Monday, July 18, 2011

Turkey Hill Experience in Lancaster County, PA

When someone mentions Pennsylvania Dutch Country, the first thing many people think of is the Amish community, or even Hershey Park. Unbeknownst to them, they are missing a large part of the history and culture of Lancaster County: Turkey Hill Dairy. Over 75 years ago, Turkey Hill began making delicious ice cream and tea. That’s all the history I’m going to bore you with today because the new Turkey Hill Experience, a 26,000 square foot attraction in Columbia, PA, does a fantastic job of using interactive exhibits to teach its history and ice cream making process.

A walk through tour begins “on the farm” with milking cows and continues through the homogenization process, and ends with freezing. There’s even a chance to show off your business skills with research and development or package design. Where else will you have the chance to create your own flavor of ice cream? Of course you’ll be able to taste the ice cream at the end and browse through a gift shop!

Personally, I’m excited about the Creamery, which serves a few flavors that you won’t find anywhere else! They even offer sandwiches and salads if you want to stop there for lunch. It’s the one place where it’s acceptable to eat dessert before your meal, or to just substitute ice cream as your meal. We’ve all done it at some point in our life and since you’ll be on vacation, it’s just another memory to create!

Lucky for you, the Turkey Hill Experience is located near the Wrightsville Cabin and about 30 minutes from the Amethyst Inn, a luxury bed and breakfast. If you choose to stay at Adamstown Inns & Cottages, you’ll discover a home base for creating many of your Lancaster County memories.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Music in the Park

Pennsylvania summer evenings are cool and perfect for relaxing at parks and listening to music. Both Lancaster and Berks County are currently hosting their Music in the Park Summer Concert Series. After a busy weekend of antiquing in Adamstown, or hiking on the many nearby trails of the Amethyst Inn, you’ll be ready for a soothing evening of music. Many parks are located near this Lancaster pa bed and breakfast, so you’ll have options to enjoy the summer weather when you’re not lounging in your luxury suite.

Long’s Park, in Lancaster County, has been hosting free music at the park for 49 years. This summer they have an assortment of music from bluegrass, Southern rock, country, and Celtic.
This Sunday, in celebration of the 4th of July, the “Band of the Nation’s Capital” will present a patriotic concert, followed by fireworks.

All the concerts begin at 7:30pm, but feel free to spend the day at the park, and even have a picnic dinner. With 80 acres of land, you’ll find plenty of picnic tables, and walking trails. There is even a petting farm, lake, and tennis courts!

Gring's Mill Amphitheater, in Wyomissing, hosts the Berks County park music series. They also feature an eclectic assortment of bands who perform big band, polka, country, and Southern rock. On Sunday August 7th, you’ll even be able to put on your dancing shoes for their “Dancing Under the Stars” Concert Event. Louise Lamar and her dance students will lead swing and Latin dance steps.

Gring’s Mill also has the recreation facilities to spend an afternoon at the park. They have tennis courts, a softball and volleyball area, horseshoes, shuffleboard, and more. Whether you’re vacationing with the family, or on a romantic weekend getaway, an evening of music in the park will be an enjoyable treat for everyone. The kids will enjoy the fun music and the playgrounds, while your partner just might ask you to dance under the setting sun!