Thursday, August 18, 2011

Lake Tobias

Did you know that you could enjoy a wildlife safari without having to fly across the Atlantic to Africa? That's right, just a short journey from this Lancaster, PA Bed and Breakfast you have the ability to see lions, tigers, emus, monkeys and all sorts of different wildlife. Lake Tobias, in Dauphin County, provides an array of activities for the entire family. From reptile show in their brand new Reptiles and Exotics building, to simply walking the different paths to view all kinds of animals, even taking a safari tour on one of their make-shift buses across 150 acres of rolling hills. Lake Tobias not only offers lots of fun things to view and do, they also provide great picnic areas and have a wonderful playground for the kids.

Recently, my family and I had the opportunity to visit the wildlife park and we were thrilled with our experience. One of the great benefits of this place is the closeness of the park and the great price. To enter the park and take the safari ride it only cost my wife and I $20. We took our own lunch, although they do of course have snack stands, and spent about six hours in the park which allowed us to do all the activities and see all the animals. We had 12 in our party, so the price was great for us, and the park itself is well taken care of which often is not the case when the cost is so low. We definitely got our money's worth at Lake Tobias. All the kids had a great time, and even the parents enjoyed the trip. So if your family is looking for something to do when you stay at the Adamstown Inns and Cottages, I would certainly recommend a trip to Lake Tobias.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Mt. Gretna Art Walk

While there are many different styles of art, everyone has their personal preference of what makes them smile. Some people enjoy a simple watercolor, a wooden bowl, or antiques similar to the ones displayed at Adamstown Inns & Cottages, a luxury bed and breakfast. I always enjoy a nice photograph of nature, or a home that has an architectural flair. So it’s no surprise to hear that I enjoy the town of Mt. Gretna and their Annual Art Walk


Walking through the cottages and small houses of Mt. Gretna always reminds me of beach houses, or country homes. It’s difficult to describe the intricacies of Mt. Gretna, so I encourage you to visit and see for yourself!

While a stroll through the shaded community of Mt. Gretna is a treat, every August, they invite hundreds of artists to display their work during the Annual Art Walk. This year, August 20-21, artists of all types will be sharing their love of art. Whether you enjoy oils, pottery, glass, jewelery, photographs, wood, or watercolors, you’ll find pieces that speak to you.

In addition to the arts, there will be live music from jazz and pop artists, as well as strolling entertainers. There will be food available, or you can visit a nearby restaurant. I highly recommend the Jigger Shop for some ice cream!

After enjoying the art, return to the Amethyst Inn and relax on the porch while enjoying the Victorian architecture of the inn, or in your private jacuzzi. The luxurious stay at a Lancaster County bed and breakfast, paired with the Mt. Gretna art walk, will make you feel like you’re floating on clouds the entire weekend!