Saturday, January 28, 2012

Romantic Holiday in Lancaster, PA

Even though stores have been boasting Valentine’s decorations and candy filled hearts since the beginning of the year, I believe the holiday is more about spending time with your loved one, than showering them with impractical (yet sometimes adorable) gifts. Planning a weekend getaway together just might be the perfect way for you to celebrate this holiday of love. Adamstown Inns & Cottages has the perfect setting for a romantic getaway, and it is near Hershey PA which is celebrating Chocolate Covered February.

Naturally, chocolate is a great gift for women, so tastings and chocolate spas are fitting events for your holiday getaway. At Hershey's Chocolate World you can follow cocoa beans from the rain forest, all the way to the free sample at the end of the tour! Then try your hand at making a candy bar, spending time learning about the origins of chocolate, or sampling featured desserts. Most weekends in February they host a parade and hot cocoa tasting at the Hershey Museum (located on Chocolate Avenue). Zoo America is also open, and they are featuring artists who paint with chocolate.

The Hershey Spa has specials for extreme chocoholics. Get silky smooth with a chocolate sugar scrub or take a whipped cocoa bath. Try the new edible chocolate facial, or even the chocolate martini. They’ll satisfy your chocolate cravings while refreshing your body.

If you’ll still be craving chocolate by the end of the day, make sure to order chocolate covered strawberries or the chocoholic delight to add to your room at the Amethyst Inn. Spend the evening relaxing in your jacuzzi tub or snuggled up by the fireplace.

Before you depart for the weekend, make sure to stop by some antique malls, as they will have discounts for the holiday. No trip to Adamstown is complete without at least one shop at an antique store! As always, ask your innkeepers for their favorite shops and restaurants to help you plan your romantic weekend getaway. Happy Valentine’s Day!

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Reading Pennsylvania

Typically we focus on events in Lancaster County, but since its the new year, lets branch out and explore Berks county. Reading, PA is just down the road and is another great place that offers activities for everyone. Since Adamstown Inns & Cottages is so conveniently located between Lancaster and Reading, it will be easy to split your time if you want to see attractions in both cities!

The most famous place to visit is the Reading Pagoda. Located on top of Mt. Penn, you can learn about its history and grab a small bite to eat in the cafe. After enjoying the views of Reading, stop by the gift shop to take home a memory of your visit.

If you enjoy art, the Goggleworks Art Theatre has daily shows and exhibits that change often. They celebrate First Fridays and Second Sundays, where the public is encouraged to view new galleries, explore the workshops, and even make a small project to take with you. For musical entertainment, check out the Metropolitan Opera shows at the IMAX or the Reading Symphony Orchestra.

Have a sports fan with you? The Reading Royals are in the midst of an exciting ice hockey season. If you are an outdoors person, Mt. Penn has many hiking trails, and Crystal Cave is nearby in Kutztown.

If you’re staying in Adamstown for the abundance of antiques, you don’t need to fret if you’ve covered all the markets. While it is a challenge to visit them all in one trip, you have more options, if that’s the case. Renningers Antique and Flea Market is nearby in Kutztown. And while you’re in that area, swing over to Premise Maid Shoppes for ice cream, chocolates, and baked goods. All their goodies are made on site and they have a large gift shop and many displays to see, including a giant chocolate grandfather clock!

In the New Year, I challenge you to visit a couple different cities while staying in one location. You’ll have more opportunities to visit the local restaurants and get a feel for the culture of the towns. We hope to see you soon and wish you a happy and safe 2012!