Monday, January 30, 2012

Wineries in Lancaster County PA

Wine making is an art that Lancaster County truly embraces. From sweet to dry, the wineries create masterpieces to please everyone's palates. Because there are so many vineyards to visit in PA Dutch Country, I suggest taking a mini road trip along a personalized wine trail. Choose wineries to visit during the day, before spending each night being pampered in a different bed and breakfast. With Pennsylvania ranked 7th, as the state with most wineries, and 4th with the most bed and breakfasts, it’s only natural to make a weekend getaway combining these abundant attractions. Using the following information and an interactive map from the Lancaster County Bed and Breakfast Inns Association, you’ll have your trip planned in no time!

Some wineries stick to their roots and focus strictly on wine tasting and sales, while others offer tours and host seasonal events. Kog Hill Winery and Waltz Vineyards have shops and wine bars. There’s more to see at Mount Hope Wine Gallery and Nissley Vineyards. In addition to the wine shop and tastings, Mount Hope has a gift shop of gourmet foods and kitchenware, and shares a building with the Lancaster Beer Gallery. Their tastings include local meats and cheeses, and you also have the opportunity to sample beer while you’re there. Nissley Vineyards has music fests and is participating in the Passport to Rivertown 2012. This celebration allows you to visit different destinations and receive discounts on purchases and tours.

Tamamend Winery hosts Wine and Music Thursdays, the perfect way to start your weekend early! Moon Dancer Vineyards overlooks the Susquehanna River, making it the perfect location for festivals. In February they are hosting a chili cook-off and every week during winter they have live music by the fireside. To benefit the American Cancer Society, they are hosting a Mid-Winter Tropical Day to bring sunshine to these cold months.

Start planning your trip today, as you don’t want to miss out on the upcoming festivities. We look forward to seeing you soon and hearing about the adventures along your wine trail!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Music in Lancaster County Pennsylvania

We recently enjoyed a wonderful Christmas treat.  Some of our guests at the Alden House Bed and Breakfast introduced us to this opportunity a few years ago, and we finally made the reservations.  This December we attended a Silver, Wood and Ivory dinner concert.  Silver, Wood and Ivory is a duo, Cindy, a pianist and Tracy, a flutist.  They arrange and play their own pieces, keeping fans coming back for more. 

The dinner concert was held at Cindy’s home. Cindy greeted us at the door and surprise! The next people we saw were some who were staying with us at the Alden House. It was a beautiful venue.  Tables were set up in the sun room and living room which were beautifully decorated for Christmas with twinkling lights, fresh greens and angel-hair snow.  We arrived early enough to enjoy the view from the sun room before it got dark as we enjoyed dinner conversation with another local couple, having several areas of interest in common. 

Dinner was delicious, beginning with a fresh-squeezed, carrot juice soup with shrimp and ending with ginger cheesecake (I think there was a hint of lime).  It was prepared by friends of Cindy and Tracy who love to cook. The results were fabulous.
Last, it was time for the music.  As there were only thirty people attending, every seat was the best in the house.  We had a view of the keyboard and baby grand piano as well as Cindy’s fingers expertly flying over the keys.   Tracy’s collection of flutes also sat in front of us.  Tracy said there were 19 flutes, though she has 20 or 22.  They ranged in size from the smallest, having only four holes and the shape of a locust, to the largest contra-bass which was as tall as Tracy. 

The music was delightful.  They played different styles and told intriguing stories behind the writing and recording of the music.  The evening flew by.  As we departed, we were able to choose a CD to take some of the evening home with us.  What an experience!  And not far from home.  Cindy’s house is only three minutes from the Alden House Bed and Breakfast in Lititz, PA.

To find more information about this local opportunity, visit Cindy and Tracy’s web site at