Monthly Archives: August 2009

Lancaster Arts Hotel & John J. Jeffries

My husband & I just celebrated our first anniversary, and he planned a big surprise for me. He told me to pack for an overnight stay, but didn’t tell me where we were going.

Well, it ended up that he got us a room at the Lancaster Arts Hotel, which I have been dying to go to ever since I moved to Lancaster and saw photos of it! Such a classy place. We got there to check in a little after 4, and headed up to our room. The room was beautiful – and the bed was SUPER comfortable (a definite plus for any hotel).

Our room had a mini-kitchen, with a sink, microwave, and coffee maker. That was located in one half of the room, along with a couch, desk & tv. We didn’t take our computer along, but they have complimentary internet connection there – and they have a computer room that guests can use. We had a whirlpool tub, and my husband had gotten a bottle of champagne & roses sent to the room. (Very romantic!)

I love the artwork that’s all through the hotel – there are different artists from around PA. My husband is a history buff, so of course he enjoyed the history of the building – which, if you don’t know, you should check out on their website. AND – did you know that the hotel has bicycles that you can borrow for the day to ride around downtown! That is a great amenity.

We went to John J. Jeffries for dinner, that’s the restaurant that’s attached to the hotel. Did you know that the restaurant got it’s name from a tobacco inspector from the late 1800s, who signed an inspection stamp that was found in the floorboards during renovations? Fun fact!

JJJThe menu at John J. Jeffries is always a little different, because they believe in using local, fresh products. Basically, they’ve got a “from farm to table” philosophy, and let me tell you – the food is absolutely delicious!

I guess when my husband made the reservations, he told them that it was our anniversary, so they brought us out complimentary glasses of champagne! They started us out with two kinds of bread, some sweeter, muffin type bread, and some white bread. The bread was served with butter, sliced onions & sweet peppers.

My husband had the Grilled Friendly Farm Organic Chicken (a boneless half bird with peas, tomato & sweet onion relish), and I ordered the “Gordita” (pork shoulder, cooked to perfection, over black beans over a cornmeal cake with sauce drizzled on it). I had some of both, and they were so good. I would recommend John J. Jeffries in a heartbeat – the staff was so welcoming, and it was a great experience. They all told us Happy Anniversary as well!

For dessert, we needed to walk off our dinners, so we headed to Prince Street Cafe, and got some peanut butter pie (mmm…). It was great to just walk around downtown, and a wonderful first anniversary in Downtown Lancaster.

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