Being born and raised in Lancaster County, you’d think I would have experienced just about everything here, right? Well, I am embarrassed to admit that I sometimes catch myself thinking there is nothing in PA Dutch Country that I have not seen. Ridiculous, I know. So anytime I’m presented with an opportunity to be surprised by one of Lancaster’s hidden treasures, I welcome it.
A few days ago I had the wonderful treat of visiting Terre Hill and spending the night at the Olde Stone Cottage, part of the Artist’s Inn & Gallery. Remember how I thought I had seen everything there is to see in Lancaster? This just in… I was wrong.
Meeting the Innkeeper
After I checked in at the cottage, I took a short stroll (about five doors) down Main Street to see the Artist’s Inn & Gallery. I was greeted by the property’s innkeeper, Jan Garrabrandt, and taken inside to see all of the wonderful artwork lining the walls of this beautiful, 19th century home. Jan’s husband, Bruce, is a full-time artist who specializes in finely detailed, colored pencil drawings. He is also the artist behind all of the pieces in the Inn’s gallery. Bruce’s drawings are the perfect addition to the Garrabrandt’s Federal-style home, providing visitors to the Bed & Breakfast with a unique glimpse into the Pennsylvania Dutch lifestyle.
Speaking with Jan about her husband’s work and their adventures running the Inn was fascinating. It didn’t take me long to understand why guests love staying here.
An Evening to Relax
It was soon time for me to head back down the road and settle into the Olde Stone Cottage. Priority number one: finding the fully-stocked cookie jar in the kitchen. Mmm. Guests of both the cottage and the Inn are always welcomed with homemade, chocolate chip cookies. They are delish! I then played through a couple of choruses on the cottage’s upright piano while belting out the lines of “Love Song” by Sara Bareilles – the only song I know how to play on the piano. If playing tunes isn’t your cup of tea, don’t worry. The cottage provides cable TV, a DVD player, wi-fi, and an open living room where you can watch your favorite movie or simply relax with a good book.
Venturing upstairs, I noticed some interesting photos on display. A small collection of photographs signed by Hollywood stars like Doris Day and Dick Van Dike line the wall leading to the cottage’s second floor. I peeked into “the yellow bedroom” first, and was impressed with room’s cozy atmosphere and welcoming reading nook. Proceeding around the corner I found the master suite. After having a long workweek, it didn’t take much time for me to settle into the suite’s king sized bed. The next morning, I cooked up an egg breakfast and enjoyed the quiet morning outside on the porch.
Terre Hill and Beyond
My stay at the Olde Stone Cottage was just what I needed to relax after a stressful week; but it is also the perfect place for a couple’s getaway, or for guests looking to enjoy Lancaster County from a cozy town like Terre Hill. Guests who stay at the Artist’s Inn or the Olde Stone Cottage enjoy bicycling through miles of scenic farmland, antiquing in nearby Adamstown, taking brewery tours, and tasting the many flavors of Lancaster County restaurants. Terre Hill is a great place to relax and enjoy rural Pennsylvania while being close to countless shops, attractions, and restaurants. The Artist’s Inn & Gallery is located just minutes away from Shady Maple Smorgasbord, Maple Grove Raceway, Antiques Capital, USA, and more! Guests can also drive to attractions like Rockvale Outlets, Kitchen Kettle Village, and Bird-in-Hand Farmers Market within 20 minutes.
Terre Hill is definitely the kind of hidden treasure I was looking for. But this small town is no secret to the guests of the Artist’s Inn. Jan and Bruce have gotten to know many repeat guests who have been coming to the Inn for almost ten years. In fact, some visitors enjoyed their stay so much they decided to move to Terre Hill! I definitely recommend giving the Artist’s Inn & Gallery a visit.
To learn more, go to www.artistinn.com.