- The Gordonville Spring Mud Sale and Auction will take place on March 8th, 2014 just off of Route 30 between Paradise and Intercourse. The sale, run by the Gordonville Fire Department, features many items from antiques, to livestock, to quilts and furniture. A necessary part of the Lancaster County experience, a mud sale is a must-visit event for tourists and locals alike.
- Miller’s Smorgasbord, located along Route 30 just east of Route 896, offers great Pennsylvania Dutch-style cooking and three menu options. Customers may select the full smorgasbord option, the soup and salad option, or the option of ordering off of the ala carte menu. Miller’s utilizes locally grown fruits and vegetables in most of their dishes. When visiting Miller’s guests should keep in mind that they offer special group rates for large groups of diners.
- The National Christmas Center is located at 3427 Lincoln Highway East. Featuring displays from different eras and areas of the world, the center is open weekends in the spring from 10-6., offering thousands of square feet of displays and shopping.
Saturday, March 8, 2014
Welcome to Paradise!
Welcome to Paradise, Pennsylvania. Located along Route 30, just east of the Rockvale Outlets and three miles from Strasburg and Intercourse, Paradise is home to many Amish and Mennonite shops and restaurants, a shopping and entertainment destination for many visitors. For those who call Lancaster County home, it may truly be a paradise.
Come and Stay
As much as there is to see and do in Paradise, it is impossible to do everything in one day, so plan to spend the night, the weekend, or even a few days exploring Pennsylvania Dutch Country.
Central to outlet shopping and all of Paradise’s other attractions, After Eight Bed and Breakfast, located at 2942 Lincoln Highway East, features 8 guest rooms, including two private cottages, with rates ranging from $99-$300. After Eight Bed and Breakfast is one of the 14 B&B's in our Lancaster County Bed and Breakfast Inns Association. After Eight Bed and Breakfast is family friendly, too, so feel free to bring the kids for a family vacation. In a tastefully decorated building dating from 1809, the rooms are comfortable and elegant, and full breakfasts are served daily.
Eat, Play, Shop
Thursday, February 27, 2014
As beautiful and as fun as winter can be, being warm and cozy while watching the snow coming down outside is often something we fantasize about. When the weather is as cold as it has been lately here in Lancaster County, and when the snow keeps coming down, the thought of wrapping up in a thick quilt and sitting by a fire with a cup of something hot creeps into many people’s minds.
In Lancaster County, no winter hibernation is complete without a warm quilt. There are many places in the area that sell handmade quilts in colorful modern patterns and more traditional, muted designs.
The Innkeepers who are members of the Lancaster County Bed and Breakfast Inns Association are familiar with many of the quilt shops in Lancaster County, and often have suggestions for guests who are interested in shopping for a quilt that will keep them warm now and last for many years to become an heirloom passed down for several generations. Many visitor’s guides and websites, including padutchcountry.com, also have suggestions from all over the county.
Country Lane Quilts, a small quilt shop, has many colorful patterns to choose from. It is located in Leola at 221 South Groffdale Road. The shop can be contacted at (717) 656-8476 for hours.
Village Quilts, located next to Kitchen Kettle Village in Intercourse, sits at the crossroads of Routes 772 and 340. They are known for celebrating the art of quilting by producing heirloom quality work. They display dozens of full-size quilts and other quilted products like throw pillows and table runners. Contemporary and traditional, Village Quilts has it all.
Fisher’s Handmade Quilts is located near the Bird-in-Hand Farmers Market on Old Philadelphia Pike (Route 340). They offer a quality selection of wall-hangings, quilts and other crafts made by local Amish and Mennonite craftsmen. They are open daily 9:00-5:00, closed Sundays.These and many other shops can often be found simply by driving through the countryside of Lancaster County. Many little roadsides stands that do not advertise can also be found this way. If you are in the mood for an adventure, a short drive to visit some of these local crafter's is always worth it.
Friday, February 21, 2014
Spring Mud Sales
So, what is a mud sale? They are talked about and recommended by those who have been to one, but many people don’t even know what a mud sale is.
Most towns and villages in Lancaster County, like much of Pennsylvania, are protected by volunteer fire companies who are often in need of funds. These country auctions and consignment sales are one way that the fire companies raise the funds to keep operating. Many mud sales take place in the spring during the season when the snow is melting and the ground is muddy, thus the nickname ‘mud sales.’
Mud sales are famous for selling quality goods and quality food. These mud sales are great places to find local crafts and antiques, but many people visit the mud sales just for the good food and a chance to get out in the early spring sunshine. The innkeepers with the Lancaster County Bed and Breakfast Inns Association are always happy to provide directions and information about local mud sales and other events.
A relatively complete and current list of mud sales can be found at http://lancasterpa.com/mud-sales/, and a few of the early mud sales of the spring are listed here.
- Strasburg Spring Consignment and Mud Sale February 22nd, 2014
Benefiting the Strasburg Fire Company, the items to be sold include furniture, quilts, crafts and much more. The sale starts at 8:30 in the morning and will include lots of good food and hot drinks.
- Bart Township Auction and Mud Sale March 1st, 2014
To benefit the Bart Township and Quarryville area firefighters, the sale will feature food items like hamburgers, hot chicken corn soup, fresh pie and much more in addition to the auction items ranging from quilts, crafts and small goods all the way up to farm equipment.
- Gordonville Spring Mud Sales and Auction March 8th, 2014
To benefit the Gordonville Volunteer Fire Company. The mud sale will take place just off of Route 30 between Paradise and Intercourse along Leacock Road. The items to be sold include antiques, furniture, livestock, quilts and many more items.
- Penryn Fire Company Mud Sale March 15th, 2014
Located in Manheim, the mud sale benefits the Penryn Fire Company. Items include produce and crafts, as well as farm equipment and other farm-related items. The food here is also exceptional and completely homemade. The food will be served all day after the sale starts at 8:00.
Tuesday, February 4, 2014
In Northern Lancaster County, when you think about an upscale evening out Lily’s on Main is one of the first places to come to mind. The restaurant is located within a short drive of many bed and breakfasts with the Lancaster County Bed and Breakfast Inns Association: The Alden House, the Kimmel House, Hurst House, Adamstown Inn and Cottages, and Swiss Woods. Located on Main Street in Ephrata, Lily’s is a modern, urban-style restaurant where the ambiance and cuisine combine to create an atmosphere where elegance meets comfort.
Specializing in American fare with its own unique twist, Lily’s brings high-quality food to downtown Ephrata at reasonable prices. Serving breakfast, lunch, dinner, and brunch, the chefs at Lily’s strive to provide the atypical and the unusual within their American style. The dinner menu includes the typical items like Lily’s special salad and gourmet cheeseburgers, but is also expanded to include many unusual dishes like Raspberry Chicken and Pork and Scallops.
Lily’s on Main sources many of their ingredients from local farmers and organic distributors, supporting the local economy. An example of the food that they procure this way is the cheese for the Local Organic Cheese Platter, which is served off of the appetizer menu. Lily’s Steak and Fries dish is also made with Lancaster County beef procured from local farmers and merchants.
In addition to the creative and tasteful cuisine, Lily’s on Main is known for the atmosphere. Decorated in the style of the 1930s and ‘40s, the restaurant is comfortable yet sophisticated in its style, with a selective wine list and prompt, friendly service. Modern and urban yet warm and welcoming, Lily’s achieves a balance that makes diners feel at home.
Lily’s on Main also offers a unique opportunity for a complete evening out. The restaurant is upstairs from Ephrata Main Theatre, which offers $8.00 movies for all ages as well as selected live shows and concerts. The theater is unique for the area in that it serves cocktails and other drinks for customers with valid identification. Most shows start at convenient times for moviegoers to catch a matinee and then proceed upstairs to an elegant dinner or enjoy a leisurely dinner before an evening showing of a movie. Recent movies that have been showing at Ephrata Main include Frozen, Saving Mr. Banks, and The Nut Job.
Recommended by many residents of Lancaster County, innkeepers, and returning visitors alike, Lily’s on Main keeps customers coming back with the quality food, friendly service and comfortable atmosphere.