Thursday, December 22, 2011

New Years Eve in Lancaster, PA

New Years Eve holds traditions for many people. Some choose to fight the crowds in NYC, others visit their local pubs, and many stay home with friends and family to watch Dick Clark (Ryan Seacrest) ring in the New Year. Last year, I broke my tradition with Dick Clark to enjoy a relaxing holiday at a bed and breakfast. It was a memorable trip and I highly recommend starting a new tradition of spending your New Years at the Adamstown Inns & Cottages.

Lancaster County abounds with energy during the holidays and even has some of their own traditions. Downtown Lancaster celebrates 3...2...1! with events at the local YMCA and by dropping a giant red rose in Clipper Stadium. There are events for the entire family, including ice skating, fireworks, music, food, games, and entertainment.

If a tradition celebration isn’t what you’re looking for, then try the Mount Hope Estate Gala. Don your best Victorian style clothing and ring in the new year with a 19th century charm. The American Music theatre will be featuring Cirque de la Symphonie. Listen to the sounds of the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra while watching the acrobatic and aerial dancers interpret the music. If you’d prefer to dance the night away, then visit Manheim for their Dancin’ in the Streets Celebration. For a more traditional night, you could visit Stoudts brewery and then return to a jacuzzi tub and feather bed to watch the ball drop in New York City.

Whether you decide to create a new tradition with a weekend getaway or you choose to bring the entire family and gather around to watch Dick Clark (we have tvs!), Adamstown Inns & Cottages has the accommodations for any family. There are only a couple rooms and cottages left at the Amethyst Inn, so make sure to book soon and have a memorable beginning to 2012!

Friday, December 9, 2011

Lancaster County Christmas

The Christmas Season really snuck up on me this year, so you’re right to assume that I have not decorated yet or gotten a Christmas tree. Hopefully you’re a couple steps ahead of me and are planning vacation getaways as gifts, or one last hurrah before the relatives visit. Luckily for you, the Adamstown Inns & Cottages is beautifully decorated for the season and ready to celebrate. Lancaster County knows how to have a merry season with lights, ice skating, caroling, Christmas villages, trains, and shows. The following activities are sure to make you appreciate family time and enjoy the Christmas season.

The closest celebration to the Amethyst Inn, is right down the road at Stoudts. The Christkindlesmarkt is a large gathering of antiques dealers and shoppers, focusing on Christmas crafts and toys. As always, the Bier garten will be open and there will be food and music for the entire family to enjoy.

At Hersheypark Candylane you can wander through the quaint village shops to get some gifts before jumping on some rides. You’ll want to grab some hot chocolate after riding the Scrambler and take some time to listen to the carolers! Millions of lights will be glowing while you find your favorite candy bar dressed up in holiday style.

Whether you’re looking for an old fashioned Christmas, or a little bit of country, there are plenty of options in Lancaster County. Kitchen Kettle Village has a variety of shops to buy those last minute gifts, as well as carolers, s’more making, and holiday demonstrations. The Landis Valley Museum celebrates their German roots with “der Belsnickel”, crafts, and decorations. You can visit an Amish Farm to learn about their Christmas traditions, or take a candlelit tour at an old homestead.

You can chat with Santa at the Turkey Hill Experience, visit with Dicken’s characters at the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire, go ice skating at Clipper Stadium, or enjoy a Christmas show at the American Music Theatre.

Obviously, the most visited attractions are lights and Lancaster County has plenty to choose from. Elizabeth Farms is hosting a brand new display this year, while Longwood Gardens and Hershey Park continue their annual festivals.

I’m always amazed at all the Christmas celebrations that Lancaster County offers because they are truly a one-of-a-kind experience. And if you can’t find time before the holidays, then make sure to get a gift certificate and surprise a loved one in the New Year!