You’re sitting at the upstairs bar with your favorite cocktail in hand, only to still be scanning the list of impressive better-than-bar wines for a pinot grigio to pair with your dinner. The bartender is attentive, yet laid back. Upbeat lounge music sets the tone. Your surroundings are contemporary, sleek and sophisticated, without the pretension. You’re comfortable in this casual, urban environment. Simply put, you’re enjoying your night, and it has hardly started.
Only ten minutes away, you can find yourself on winding, back country roads, passing Amish buggies and taking in the sight of the gorgeous surrounding farmland. Surprise surprise… you’re in Lancaster County. More specifically, you’re downtown in the heart of the city’s vibrant northwest corridor at FENZ Restaurant. This former 19th century factory building has been renovated into one of Lancaster’s most recent and refreshing restaurants. The combination of historic character and contemporary design makes for a relaxed, yet stylish atmosphere. The menu items carry that same essence. Personal small -bite favorites include the French fries with truffle oil, scallops with apple-wood bacon in a Dijon mustard sauce, and the platter of assorted cheeses.
When you’re looking to cut back on vacation expenses without giving up on class, consider Lancaster County. FENZ Restaurant is just one example of such refreshing sophistication in this area. What’s more, you’re a hop, skip and a jump from Amish Country. Enjoy the diversity of Lancaster County for yourself.
FENZ Restaurant is right down the street from Franklin & Marshall College and the Lancaster Arts Hotel. It is also only several blocks from downtown Lancaster’s Gallery Row, the Lancaster County Convention Center, Central Market, the Fulton Theatre, and other center city attractions.
Reservations are highly recommended. Call (717) 735-6999.
Planning on redoing a room in your house? Want to find some quality pieces that have been hand crafted here in Lancaster, PA? Between the incredible antique shops & malls that we have, and the handmade Amish furniture, you’re sure to find the unique piece you’re looking for.
For antiques, make your first stop Adamstown, PA where the dealing begins before the sun even begins to shine. You definitely want to hit Stoudts Black Angus Antiques Mall where there are more than 500 quality dealers under. They specialize in fine furniture, lighting fixtures, estate jewelry, china and antique toys.
You also want to go to Stoudtburg Village & Shops, where you’ll enjoy the European ambiance as you stroll through the shops, sample award-winning beer, and enjoy some special events. While you’re there, stop at the Black Angus Restaurant & Brew Pub for some great food!
We’ve got tons of handcrafted Amish furniture for you all over the County. Country Home Furniture is located across from Shady Maple Smorgasbord, and they’ve got some beautiful handcrafted home furnishings and one of the area’s largest selections of Amish furniture. So stop at Shady Maple for a great meal, and then when you’re full, walk it off looking at beautiful furniture.
Another great place is George’s Woodcrafts. They make handcrafted furniture for kitchens, dining rooms, offices, and bedrooms out of solid walnut, cherry, and oak. They’ll even custom tailor your piece just for you! I LOVE their rocking chairs.
For some more great handmade furniture, click here.
The warmer weather has finally arrived, and looks like it’s going to stick around. Will you be planting some flowers or veggies this year? I know I’ve got some tomatoes out in buckets already, and soon I’ll be planting some peppers, zucchini, more tomatoes, lettuce, green beans and some herbs. So where can I find out about these plants, or when to plant them? Why, the Herb & Garden Faire at Landis Valley Museum of course!
The Herb & Garden Faire happens yearly in early May, perfect for getting some plants for your mother for Mother’s Day. You’ll get to walk around the beautiful grounds of Landis Valley Museum, where you can see more than 65 vendors who have heirloom plants, including tomatoes and roses. Also, there’s always a variety of native plants, annuals, perennials, and art for the garden.
You can also pick up some fresh cut flowers, craft items and of course, plants. Hope to see you there!