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Bed & Breakfasts in Lancaster to rent this Winter

15 Bed and Breakfasts to Rent This Winter in Lancaster

*Pictured Above: #6, Speedwell Forge Bed & Breakfast

There are certain things we crave in the wintertime – we can pick up the scent of chimney smoke in the cold air, think of snuggling up indoors, and we certainly drink a lot more hot coffee or tea. We long to curl up by the fire, cozy up in a blanket, and read a good book, enjoy slow and simple conversations, or just listen to the silence.

Lancaster is the perfect place to enjoy a winter getaway – below is a round-up of fifteen Bed and Breakfasts in Lancaster that will help you to relax this winter.

Twin Pine Manor Bed & Breakfast

[1] Twin Pine Manor Bed & Breakfast
A spacious mansion with nine luxurious guest rooms, all with Jacuzzi tubs and fireplaces. Located in the heart of PA Dutch Country, it’s the perfect romantic countryside retreat for you to enjoy.

From $169/night

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[2] The Hurst House
Located in the heart of Ephrata, the Hurst House Bed & Breakfast sits at the top of the Katche Boucle (Cat’s Back Hill), and overlooks traditional Lancaster County – hundreds of beautiful Amish and Mennonite farms. Your hosts, Bert and Rich will make you feel right at home.

From $170/night

[3] The Hertzog Homestead Bed and Breakfast
Maybe you’re not a morning person, or the idea of making small talk with strangers is not your thing, or you just want to focus on your partner. This is the B&B for you – it’s Lancaster County’s only private, in suite breakfast B&B. Built in 1786, the Hertzog Homestead has been in the family for nine generations and is an excellent place to experience the tranquility and peace that’s needed for a winter getaway.

From $149/night

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[4] Strasburg Village Inn
The Strasburg Village Inn puts you right in the middle of the action in Strasburg, with walkable dining and shopping, and attractions like the Strasburg Rail Road and Sight & Sound, just a five minute drive away. But be careful – you may not be able to resist the smell of freshly baking waffle cones wafting from the Creamery next-door.

From $120/night

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[5] B. F. Hiestand House Bed & Breakfast
If you enjoy local history and architecture, this gracious home is the one for you. You’ll appreciate the rare American Chestnut foyer and staircase, and the mahogany wainscoting and coffered ceiling in the formal dining room. The two parlors with pocket doors and fireplaces are the perfect place to snuggle up with a good book.

From $113/night

[6] Speedwell Forge Bed & Breakfast
If you’re looking to retreat from the world, Speedwell Forge is the best place for you – offering three elegant guest rooms and three cottages on 120 acres, between rolling hills and a natural park. And you’ll be sharing the property with some resident wolves at the Wolf Sanctuary!

From $150/night

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[7] Harvest Moon Bed & Breakfast
Located in the center of New Holland, an area known for its organic and sustainable farming, the B&B offers exciting culinary activities that include lectures, demos, tours and weekend events. All of the beautifully appointed rooms feature goose down comforters which are sure to keep you snug and warm.

From $109/night

[8] Greystone Manor Bed & Breakfast
The Greystone Manor is an elegant Victorian Mansion and carriage house with 13 beautifully appointed rooms/suites. Perched atop a hill in Bird-in-Hand on two park-like acres, beautiful gardens and ponds of abundance.

From $129/night

[9] Amethyst Inn Bed & Breakfast
Sitting high on a hill with a magnificent view of historic Main Street, the Amethyst Inn is a massive, heavily veranda home built in the 1830s. You’ll be welcomed by a huge nine foot, intricately carved front door, and the guest rooms are true to Adamstown’s heart of antiques – featuring period furnishings, captivating two-person Jacuzzis, charming log fireplaces, and some rooms feature steam showers.

From $129/night

French Country Manor

[10] French Country Manor Bed & Breakfast
For another true escape, French Country Manor is located on a secluded 40-acre estate in Southern Lancaster County. Originally built in 1776 as a 30-room iron master’s mansion, it was rebuilt in 1813 with an added mill race. This unique & historic B&B has many gardens, paths, woodlands, bridges, a barn and even an old mill stream with a waterfall.

From $295/night

Australian Walkabout Inn

[11] Australian Walkabout Inn
Featuring hardwood floors, oriental rugs, Jacuzzi soaking baths, hot tubs, luxury linens and massage therapists, this is the perfect place for a relaxing getaway. Australian Walkabout’s logo says it all – an Aborigine symbol which means “a journey with a resting place.” No matter what part of your life’s journey you are on, you are sure to find rest here.

From $119/night

[12] Historic Smithton Inn
The Smithton Inn has been welcoming guests for over 246 years, and their rooms are set up to afford you as much privacy or socialization as you’d like. The traditional old-world charm is paired with modern comfort and convenience, including a wine tasting room right in the Inn.

From $149/night

Kings Cottage Bed & Breakfast

[13] King’s Cottage Bed & Breakfast
Located just a few minutes away from the buzzing city of Lancaster, with a thriving arts scene and fabulous restaurants, the King’s Cottage is elegant with luxurious rooms that have cozy fireplaces. Spoil yourself (and your loved one) with a massage or a rose petal bath with chocolate covered strawberries.

From $175/night

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[14] Cameron Estate Inn
Step back in time to this 1805 Mansion featuring 15 acres of lawns, gardens, babbling streams, and woodlands. To top it off, there’s a restaurant on-site featuring farm-to-table hot-served breakfast every day, and imaginative and skillfully prepared meals for lunch and dinner.

From $149/night

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[15] The Lancaster Bed & Breakfast
The Lancaster Bed and Breakfast is an historic inn centrally located in Lancaster, PA, between its energized downtown and the heart of Pennsylvania Amish Country. Their spacious living room is the perfect place to snuggle up with a good or enjoy a game with a warm cup of coffee by the fire.

From $145/night

If you still haven’t quite found the B&B for you, you can see a full list of Bed & Breakfasts in Lancaster County here. We hope you enjoy your warm & cozy stay!

What’s New for 2018 in Lancaster?

With a new year comes new things to explore, experience, and eat in Lancaster – whether you’re visiting for the first time or fiftieth time, or even if you’re a local. We’ve got new exhibits, activities, and shops along with vibrant shows and new ways to experience the tastes of Lancaster.

Dive deeper into the new and upcoming offerings for an exciting year in Lancaster.

Explore

It’s tea time at Turkey Hill Experience! With their new Tea Discovery, you can see, smell and taste delicious Turkey Hill iced tea, all while learning where the flavors come from. A Tea Expert will walk you through the experience as you sip black tea, green tea, hibiscus tea – and more!


Slated for spring 2018, Refreshing Mountain Retreat is offering new challenges with a 2-tier Aerial Obstacle Course. With 20+ new elements that range from 10-25 feet off the ground, those up for the challenge can experience the excitement of maneuvering through the course while floating above the ground. Package this activity with even more outdoor adventure, including ziplining, horseback riding, and more.

Explore great deals on popular brands at Tanger Outlets, who recently expanded and added 23 new stores. Browse old favorites like Gap, Yankee Candle and J. Crew, and check out the new offerings including Francesca’s, The North Face, Under Armour, Columbia Factory Store, H&M, and Express.

For the train enthusiasts, the Railroad Museum of PA will be overhauling their exhibits to present new improvements, exhibits, and innovations to museum-goers, young and old. If you love trains, mark your calendars for June 2018 when renovations are slated to be finished.

Experience

New thrills, twists and turns are awaiting at Dutch Wonderland this summer as they unveil their new family-friendly suspended roller coaster, Merlin’s Mayhem. Guests will soar to up 60 feet above the ground, twist through two helix turns, and twist and dip as they zoom along. Dutch Wonderland is also home to more mild rides for younger children, making it fun for the whole family.

Sight & Sound Theatres is bringing the powerful story, Jesus, to life this spring. Known for their epic productions filled with beautiful costumes & sets, talented performers (and even live animals), and fantastic effects, Sight & Sound presents this story that focuses on a love that rescues.

Bird-in-Hand Stage’s newest musical, The Home Game, hits it out of the park. Debuting March 27, you won’t want to miss this new show, paired with a tasty PA Dutch meal.

2018 brings exciting changes for Zoetropolis Art House. This year, they will be moving to Water Street (just blocks away from Lancaster Central Market), expanding to include a restaurant and distillery, and changing their name to Zoetropolis Cinema Stillhouse. Their lineup includes independent, documentary and foreign films, art shows, and community events. They’ve even secured a famous investor – Lancaster native, Taylor Kinney of “Chicago Fire” fame.

Movie buffs will love American Music Theatre’s new original show – Songs of the Silver Screen. Experience the talented AMT cast and live band as they perform cinematic songs, made famous by icons like Elvis Presley, Julie Andrews, Bette Midler, Rosemary Clooney, Barbra Streisand, John Williams and more.

Eat

Believe it or not, Lancaster has distilling traditions that date back to 1753. Stoll & Wolfe is reigniting these traditions at their distillery and tasting room in Lititz. Stop by for a taste of their Pennsylvania Rye Whiskey or the Blend of Straight American Whiskeys (or both), and try a hand-crafted cocktail that is sure to put some pep in your step.

After eight months of renovations, the Downtown Lancaster corner bar, Yorgos is open for the new year. This multi-level bar/restaurant features a sports bar (first floor), upscale steak and seafood restaurant named Kefi at Yorgos (second floor), and a cocktail lounge and roof deck (third floor). They’ve expanded their menu and beer offerings to match their renovated interior and exterior, adding to Lancaster’s night-life offerings.

After all this…

Once you’ve experienced all the new thing to do and see, why not rest up for another day of fun at the new Hotel at Rock Lititz (slated to open in fall 2018). While the hotel’s primary purpose is to serve the rock and pop bands and production crews that practice at neighboring Rock Lititz, the everyday traveler can kick their feet up there too. To add an extra splash of uniqueness and a “backstage” vibe, many of the decorations and furniture will be crafted out of repurposed gear cases, tech items and the like.

Want to experience life in a tiny house, without abandoning your not-so-tiny house lifestyle? Tiny Estates, opening this spring, could give you that experience! The former Ridge Run Campground in Elizabethtown will soon be outfitted with half a dozen tiny houses for visitors to stay in, giving them a taste of minimalist living.

A Museum for Every Interest

History to hands-on, art to industrial – there’s a museum for every interest in Lancaster and the surrounding area. They are the perfect place to spend a cold or rainy afternoon or wander around to escape the summer’s heat. You can dive into local history or let the kids learn with hands-on activities and experiments.

Find the museum that strikes your fancy and get ready to learn.

Transportation:
Automobiles, locomotives and fire trucks – oh my! Learn about these vehicles and their history, and browse many relics of past eras that relate to how people moved from place-to-place. Dive into the history and effects of these vehicles on society.

AACA Museum (Hershey) is an automotive museum featuring antique vehicles, movie-themed exhibits and the famous Hershey’s kissmobile.

Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania (Strasburg) is a railroad museum celebrating Pennsylvania’s rich railroading history.

The Pennsylvania National Fire Museum (Harrisburg) is a museum devoted to fire fighter heritage and history.

Photos from left to right: AACA Museum, Railroad Museum of PA & the Pennsylvania National Fire Museum 

 

Just for Kids:
If cabin fever has set in or you’re looking for a way to sneak learning into summer break, head over to one of Lancaster’s kid-centric museums. Science fun can be found at Lancaster Science Museum and North Museum, while kids can dive deep into their imaginations at Hands-on House. These museums making learning fun!

Lancaster Science Factory (Downtown Lancaster) is a hands-on, interactive museum featuring exhibits that tap into science, technology and engineering.

North Museum of Nature and Science (Downtown Lancaster) is a science museum specializing in natural science with a live animal room, planetarium and collections of rocks, fossils and more.

Hands-on House Children’s Museum (Lancaster) is an interactive museum featuring exhibits that promote hands-on learning through play.

The Hershey Story (Hershey) is a family-friendly museum celebrating the life and work of Milton S. Hershey, and the town known for chocolate making.

Photos from left to right: Lancaster Science Factory, North Museum of Nature and Science & Hands-on House


History:
As one of America’s oldest inland cities, Lancaster is packed with history and the historical sites that celebrate it. Many include tours with guides dressed in period clothes and special reenactments that create a truly immersive experience. From early settlers to the first (and only) president from PA, you’ll learn the way of life from back in the day.

LancasterHistory.org/President Buchanan’s Wheatland (Downtown Lancaster) is a history center featuring exhibits and galleries centering on Lancaster’s history and the former home of James Buchanan, America’s 15th president

Hans Herr House and Museum (Willow Street) is a historic home built in 1719 featuring several barns and outbuildings, animals, and exhibits focusing on Mennonite history and colonial and Victorian farm life

Christiana Underground Railroad Center (Christiana) is a free, publicly accessible historical site detailing the town’s involvement in the Underground Railroad, located at the Zercher’s hotel

Ephrata Cloister (Ephrata) is a historic religious community dating back to the 1730s where visitors can explore the buildings and the community’s unique way of life

Landis Valley Village & Farm Museum (Lancaster) is a 100-acre living history museum that presents Pennsylvania German history and culture

Photos from left to right: President James Buchanan’s Wheatland, Hans Herr House and Museum & Ephrata Cloister

 

Industrial:
From the production of large pieces of iron and steel to the more intricate creation of watches and clocks, you’ll get a peek at these industries – from their history to their present day artistry. If you’re fascinated by how things are made, you’ll dig the following museums.

The National Iron & Steel Heritage Museum (Coatesville) is a museum that celebrates steelmaking and the Lukens and Huston families, who produced steel used in many notable projects

Cornwall Iron Furnace (Cornwall) is a historical site that is home to America’s most complete charcoal fueled ironmaking complex, used in the early American iron industry

National Watch & Clock Museum (Columbia) is a museum solely dedicated to horology – the history, science and art of timekeeping and timekeepers, and featuring an extensive collection to clocks, watches and other timekeeping devices

Photos from left to right: The National Iron & Steel Heritage Museum, Cornwall Iron Furnace & National Watch & Clock Museum

 

Art:
For those who prefer to stroll around an art museum, Lancaster has a few to check out during your visit. Many incorporate rotating exhibits into the mix, filling each visit with new art to browse. The variety is superb – from local artists to the work of Charles Demuth.

Demuth Museum (Downtown Lancaster) is a museum housing the paintings of Charles Demuth, located in his former studio and home

Lancaster Museum of Art (Downtown Lancaster) is a small museum showcasing local, regional & international works of art

Phillips Museum of Art (Franklin & Marshall College, Downtown Lancaster) is a museum located at Franklin & Marshall Collage featuring permanent and rotating fine art exhibitions, including student art

Photos from left to right: Demuth Museum, Lancaster Museum of Art & Phillips Museum of Art at F&M 

 

Visit our Museums page to find even more to explore!

Top Soup Spots in Lancaster according to Yelp.com

Best Soup Spots in Lancaster according to Yelp

It’s chilly outside! While you may not be thinking of traveling in the Northeast this time of year, there are plenty of things to do in the winter in Lancaster. One of the best pairings to go with your activities, whether indoor or outdoor, is some warm, hearty soup, so we’re recommending the top restaurants to visit and order soup.

The first four on our list below are part of the top 10 on Yelp.com, a website that allows real users to write reviews on the best businesses in town – from burgers and hotdogs to soup and sandwiches.

1. Zoup!
At Zoup!, you’ll find twelve, always rotating daily varieties of soup, each served with a hunk of freshly baked bread. Customer top picks include Chicken Potpie, Lobster Bisque and Vegetarians Split Pea – but find your own favorite by sampling soups before you order. You will also find sandwiches and salad on their menu.

2. Tom + Chee
Soooooup! What better to pair with your grilled cheese on a cold day (or a hot one) than soup. With seasonal soups like the Blue Cheese Chili or Tomato Gazpacho, you’re sure to find a pairing that you’ll love. Or you can always get the classic favorites like Classic Tomato or Creamy Tomato Basil.

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3. Ploy Thai Kitchen
What better way to warm your belly than Thai soup. If you’re looking or a little kick to add to your meal, order the Tom Yum Shrimp Soup. My personal favorite is Tom Kha Chicken Soup, made with coconut milk, mushrooms, lemongrass and lime juice. Whatever you choose, pair it with some Thai Dumplings or Crab Ragoon.

4.  Saladworks
Looking to eat healthy in the New Year? Why not head to Saladworks and pair your favorite salad with a delicious, warm, filling soup. Two fan favorites are the Turkey Sausage and Kale and the Chicken Tortilla.

Here are some more of our personal favorite soup spots you may want to check out:

5. Isaac’s Restaurants
Isaac’s soup is so delicious that they have a soup calendar each month that you can check out to see if they have your favorite today – and during the months of January, February & March, Isaac’s donates one gallon of soup to a local soup kitchen or shelter for every 100 cups of soup they sell. So warm up your belly, and contribute to warming someone else’s too! Local favorite? The pepperjack tomato soup.

6.  Annie Bailey’s Irish Public House
In the heart of Downtown Lancaster, you don’t want to miss out on some deliciousness in their seasonal menu and the warm, authentic Irish Pub atmosphere. Our personal favorites is the Five Onion Bisque, made with Irish ale, cream, and bleu cheese croutons. If you’re thinking of French Onion, it’s nothing like that – the cream makes it a thick, rich consistency, and the blue cheese croutons add the perfect crunch.


7.  The Brasserie
Looking for a homey setting to sit by the fire and dine? Head over to the Brasserie, which literally was a home, built back in 1925. Whether you’re stopping in for lunch or dinner, enjoy their famous tomato bisque. In the warmer weather, ask to be seated on their back deck and enjoy the breeze.

8.  Commonwealth on Queen
A trendy farm-to-table spot in Downtown Lancaster, Commonwealth on Queen features two soups daily – black bean soup (vegetarian & gluten free) and a soup of the day – both made from scratch, with love, and served with homemade bread. If you get their early, you can snag one of the armchairs by the fire place.

9.  Café Chocolate
Head into Lititz for a globally inspired menu featuring homemade soups like Mulligatawny Soup (lentils, chickpeas, tomatoes & broth), Portuguese Chicken & Rice, and West African Peanut Chowder. And true to their name, you’ll find everything chocolate – hot chocolate, chocolate dipped fruit, chocolate crepes, chocolate cake & truffles, and you can even try chili made with chocolate.

10.  Tomato Pie Café
Here’s another favorite in Downtown Lititz – a restaurant with a simple, but artful menu, and lots of charm. The flavors, textures, home cooked comfort and savory spice combine in each dish to give your world a vibrant, fresh perspective on food. They live by the motto “everything tastes better with friends,” so grab a few friends, and head on over for a warm conversation over a warm cup of soup.

Top Things to Do in Lancaster this January

It’s always good to try something new, and embrace new challenges each year. It helps us to continue to grow and learn new skills. To ring in the new year, why not learn some new things, try some activities you haven’t done before, or perhaps, take your family to try an experience you did as a child. There are so many things to do in Lancaster this winter, you’ll fill up every weekend. Below we have complied a list of are our top things to try in January.

Take on an Indoor Adventure
We have put together a list of some awesome indoor adventures you can partake in. Stay nice and warm while you tackle new challenges.

Go Snow Tubing
If you are a snow-bunny at heart, one of the most popular winter attractions in Central PA is AvalancheXpress Snow Tubing. Bundle up and beat your family’s cabin fever by heading over to the hills for some great outdoor fun.

Take in a New Cultural Experience
Think you aren’t cut out for arts and culture? Lancaster offers a number of high caliber theatre performance from Broadway-quality musicals, comedies, dramas, orchestra performances, and nationally renowned musicians. You can certainly find a show you will enjoy. Check out the schedules at the American Music Theatre, The Fulton Theatre, The Ware Center, and The Trust Performing Arts Center to see what fits your calendar. You may find you love the symphony after all, if you give it a try!

Embrace Your Inner Artist
Everyone can be an artist, some just need some coaxing to let their creativity flow. Head to Zole Art Factory to paint pottery or canvas and get your inner Van Gough on. Group classes for children and adults are also offered. Where professional instructors guide you through easy step-by-step instructions to create your personal masterpiece.

Savor Seasonal Flavors
Many of the restaurants in Lancaster change their food and drink menus seasonally to feature local ingredients that are currently being harvested. You might wonder, what can be harvested in January – actually a lot! Root vegetables such as beets, potatoes, and carrots are all in season and make for delicious, hearty dishes to share.

Test Your Baking Skills
Learn how to twist and bake your own pretzels at the first commercial pretzel bakery in America. At Julius Sturgis Pretzel Bakery, you can get a hands-on lesson in pretzel twisting and learn the history of pretzel baking in the United States.

Experience Something First Hand
Lancaster has a number of great places for children to learn in a truly hands-on, interactive way. Depending on your child’s age and interest, try heading to Tiny Town, The Lancaster Science Factory, or The North Museum of Nature and Science for a day full of learning and fun.

Try a New Look
New year, new you! Spend the day shopping at Tanger and Rockvale Outlets to add some new pieces to your closet and shake up your wardrobe.

Discover a New Perspective
It’s always important to learn about new cultures that are different from our own. Whether you are a “from here” or a “come here” there is a lot we can all learn from and about the Amish community. Try one of our many Amish and Farmland tours that are available around Lancaster County to learn about a new way of life

Indoor Adventures in Lancaster

The holidays have passed, and the weather is frigid- what’s there to do to burn off some pent-up energy? Plenty! Not only does Lancaster have beautiful outdoor resources for hiking, biking, and exploring, we also have loads of indoor adventures as well. Come check out some of the locations below to start off the new year with active, healthy activities that will keep you busy all day long.

Escape. On Queen
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Not all adventures are physical, some challenge your mind as well. See if you and your crew can solve all the clues and get out before your hour is up!

Go ‘N Bananas
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You name it, and you can probably find it at Go ‘n Bananas. With their Ball-o-city, laser maze, mini-bowling, and indoor ropes course, spin zone, and laser tag, you can spend all day here with the kids.

Indian Echo Caverns & Echo Dell
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So, this isn’t technically indoors, but at least it’s warmer. Down in the cave the temperature remains at 52 degrees Fahrenheit allowing you to engage your inner explorer. Check out what’s under the earth for a change of scenery- tours generally last 45 minutes.

Lancaster Ice Rink
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What better winter activity is there than ice skating? Head over to Lancaster Ice Rink for public skating sessions, or sign up for one of their learn-to-skate or learn-to-play hockey clinics. Even though its chilly in there, we will bet you will still work up a sweat.

LANCO Fieldhouse
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If you thought LANCO Fieldhouse was just for indoor soccer practice, you stand corrected. LANCO Fieldhouse also offers bubble-ball, and if that is not challenging enough you can also try zombie ball, kickball, dodgeball, or king/queen of the ring. So, gather your group and head over.

Laserdome
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Laser tag at the Laserdome is like an adventure in another galaxy. You and your crew can battle it out in the giant alien space ship arena all afternoon. Each game session is 40-minutes long.

Rocky Springs Entertainment Center
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Rocky Springs Entertainment Center has a number of indoor activity options including bowling and laser tag. Plus, there is no need to worry about lunch, stop in their Red Pin Bar & Grill for a delicious meal.

Sky Zone Trampoline Park
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Ever wish you could dunk like Mike Jordan or flip like Simone Biles, you can at Sky Zone (or you can at least try)! This indoor trampoline park is fun for little ones and adults alike, you can literally bounce off the walls. Sky Zone offers a number of activity options such as open jump, dodgeball, or fitness classes.

Spooky Nook Sports
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You don’t need to be a gym member to check out all the awesome indoor adventures at Spooky Nook. Being the largest indoor sports in America, there is plenty to do. We suggest you take on their 15-foot rock-wall, or try the obstacle-loaded Clip ‘N Climb course.

Tiny Town
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Do you have little ones in tow? They need to burn-off energy too! Head over to Tiny Town for an adventure that they can create with their own imaginations. This indoor play-place for children is all hands-on created to inspire curiosity and creativity.

Give the Perfect Lancaster County Gift

From Secret Santa gifts to a special something for your special someone, it can be tough to find the item that will make the recipient smile. Never fear! We’re here to help. We’ve collected a few idea from across the county for you to consider:

To Wear

— Lancaster-centric T-shirt from Fox Duck | 11 W King Street, Lancaster
— Navy Keystone Cap from Ellicott & Co |45 N Market Street, Lancaster
— Handmade jewelry from Mio Studio | 154 N Prince Street, Lancaster
— Hand-crafted leather bag from Forest Hill Leather Craft | 225 Forest Hill Road, Bird-in-Hand

For the Kitchen

— Jam Lovers Basket from Kitchen Kettle Village | 3529 Old Philadelphia Pike, Intercourse
— Infused olive oils & balsamic from Olio Olive Oil & Balsamics | 41 S Broad Street, Lititz
— Green TEAse Green Tea Set from Spice & Tea Exchange | 20 W Orange Street, Lancaster
Lancaster Central Market Cookbook | 23 N Market Street, Lancaster (Open Tuesday, Friday & Saturday)

For the Home

— Candle from Hamilton Wax Co from Sophie Stargazer Boutique | 323 N Queen Street, Lancaster
— A Fair Trade Frame from Ten Thousand Villages | 240 North Reading Road, Ephrata
Garden Party Soap from Building Character | 342 N Queen Street, Rear Warehouses, Lancaster
— Wood & Marble Coasters from Cocalio Creek Country Store | 2359 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster

For the Kids

Dutch Wonderland Tickets or Season Passes | 2249 Lincoln Highway, Lancaster
— Tickets to Turkey Hill Experience | 301 Linden Street, Columbia
— Toy Trains from Strasburg Train Shop | 226 Gap Road, Strasburg
— Alpaca wool gloves or socks from Eastland Alpacas | 2089 Rissler Mill Road, Mount Joy

To Experience Together

— Scooter Tours with Strasburg Scooters | 242 Gap Road, Strasburg
— Amish Dinner Bike Tour with Intercourse Bikeworks | 3614 Old Philadelphia Pike, Intercourse
— Helicopter Tour with Smoketown Helicopter Tours | 311 Airport Drive, Smoketown
— Hot Air Balloon Ride with the United State Hot Air Balloon Team | 2737 Old Philadelphia Pike, Bird-in-Hand

Of course this is just a small sampling of the wonderful gifts available in Lancaster. Browse our list of shops for more idea and to plan your shopping trip.

What’s on Tap? – Winter Edition

Brewers in Lancaster and the surrounding area are creating beers that channel warm holiday flavors including spices, cherries and even egg nog. These toasty libations are best enjoyed after a long day of shopping, while celebrating the season with friends, or paired with a warm meal shared with a loved one.

So when it’s time to get out of the cold and warm up, do so with a pint of one of the area’s winter brews:

Odin’s Ale from JoBoy’s Brew Pub | ABV: 9%
JoBoy’s winter ale is an ode to Odin, the god of intoxicating drink from medieval folk lore. A true taste of the season, this ale is brewed with ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, orange and honey, then aged to perfection over the year.

Grab one on tap or in 22 oz bottles at JoBoy’s in Lititz.

Mad Elf & Mad Elf Grand Cru from Tröegs | ABV: 11%
A winter beer list wouldn’t be complete without Tröegs cheerful Christmas beer, Mad Elf. With an ABV of 11%, this brew packs a punch with notes of cherries, raw honey, cocoa, cinnamon, clove and allspice. This year, Tröegs is escalating the madness with Mad Elf Grand Cru – a twist on the classic elf made with tart Balaton cherries.

Catch a Mad Elf at Tröegs Tasting Room in Hershey, along with select locations around the county. Mad Elf Grand Cru is only available in cork & cage bottles, and may be a little harder to find.

Naughty & Spiced Winter Warmer from Vineyard & Brewery at Hershey | ABV: 8.4%
For a taste of Christmas, the Vineyard & Brewery at Hershey is serving up a winter-spiced Wee Heavy (like a Scottish ale). This warming brew is full of seasonal spices and notes including cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and orange zest – much like a liquid gingerbread cookie.

Served up at the Vineyard & Brewery at Hershey in various vessels including on tap and in 12 oz cans.

Winter Warmer Ale from Lancaster Brewing Company | ABV: 8.9%
For a winter warmer with gusto, check out Lancaster Brewing Company’s Winter Warmer Ale – a full-bodied ale with deep, malt richness. This winter ale doesn’t feature the typical spices of the season, but is sure to warm you up.

Find it at Lancaster Brewing Company in Downtown Lancaster and Lancaster Brewing Co. Taproom & Grill, along with select locations around the county.

Grinnin’ Grizzley Holiday Spiced Ale from Appalachian Brewing Company | ABV: 5.7%
A holiday brew that will have you grinning from ear to ear, Appalachian Brewing Company’s seasonal brew is an amber ale full of the cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and fresh orange zest. You’ll love this well-balanced ale, especially if you enjoy light hop notes and mild spiciness.

Swing by their Lititz BrewPub to find this ale on tap.

The Martians Kidnap Santa! Egg Nog Stout from Springhouse Brewing Company | ABV: 8.4%
Springhouse Brewing Company’s winter milk stout puts a spin on the classic Christmas concoction with a quirky name to match. This festive beer is rich and creamy, topped with cinnamon and nutmeg, and will get you in the holiday spirit.

Head over to their Hazel Street Brew Pub or Taproom on King Street to find this tasty milk stout.

the martians kidnap Santa egg nog stout now available in 16-ounce 4-packs or cases.

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Other than Beer:

Gingerbread Cider from Lancaster County Cider | ABV: 5.5%
Hard apple cider meets gingerbread cookies with Lancaster County Cider’s holiday beverage. Semi-sweet cider is combined with brown sugar, ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg, creating a light and refreshing holiday spirit.

Try it for yourself at Mount Hope Estate & Winery.

Dry Cranberry Cider from Levengoods of Lancaster | ABV: 5.5%
Levengoods of Lancaster is a local cidery, fairly new to the brewing scene in Lancaster. In addition to their fantastic original ciders (original, dry and sweet), they’re serving up a dry cranberry cider this holiday season, rich with cranberry and apple flavors – fresh, clean, and crisp.

Grab a pint at their shop on King Street in Downtown Lancaster.

#DiscoverTheHolidays Scavenger Hunt

The holiday season is a joyous time of the year, but we all know it can be stressful. Every year December flies by – we blink and suddenly it’s Christmas. But it’s never too late to delight in the season! Take some time away from the madness to reconnect with your favorite people. Grab your friends or family, hop in the car, and take a break from the stress with this very merry scavenger hunt.

Here are a couple of quick rules before you get started:

1. We need evidence! You must take a photo or video at each stop as proof.
2. Everyone in the car must participate.
3. You don’t have to complete the scavenger hunt in order, but for each item you complete and share with us on Instagram, you will be entered to win.

Five merry winners, chosen at random, will receive a $50 gift card to one of the following:

–  Federal Taphouse
–  Bistro Barbaret
–  Annie Bailey’s
–  Carr’s Restaurant
–  Lancaster Brewing Company

Ready. Set. Go!

1. Go to Penn Square and get a photo with the Christmas Lights while jumping in the air

2. Find a house completely decked out with Christmas lights

3. Find a gallery or shop that has a window decorated for the Holidays

4. Snap a photo with a local gift you bought for someone

5. Catch a picture with Santa in Lancaster County (some places you might find him are Dutch Wonderland, Strasburg Rail Road, and Park City)

6. Hold up your holiday show ticket stubs and snap a shot

Use #discovertheholidays when you post your videos or photos on Instagram and be entered to win a sweet gift card to a local restaurant. Contest runs through December 31, 2017. Winners will be chosen and contacted on or around January 2, 2018.

Happy hunting!

Holiday Light Shows in Lancaster, PA

Holiday Light Displays in Lancaster County

There are so many signs of the holiday season here in Lancaster. Stores put up their holiday displays, the Mayor officially lights the tree downtown, and gingerbread and peppermint flavored goodies start appearing everywhere.

Nothing quite puts me in the mood for the season like the lights displays. Especially when holiday budgets are tight, driving around to see neighborhood lights can be a less costly tradition.

With the help of our friends over at LancasterOnline, and the local community, we’re providing a map below for you – so pile in the car, turn on some holiday tunes (or tune to the station noted for a synchronized performance), and enjoy!

If you’d like to do some activity along with your lights, you may want to check out Dutch Winter Wonderland (for the littles), Hershey Sweet Lights, Kitchen Kettle Village or Longwood Gardens (for all ages).

 

 

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