Saturday, August 31, 2013

L.C.B.B.I.A. Has Now Partnered with The Good Cooking Store!

If you take a drive down Old Philadelphia Pike, an old country road in quaint Intercourse, Pa., you will come to The Good Cooking Store. Purveyor of bake ware, cooking and serving ware and many other types of useful kitchen and dining implements, The Good Cooking Store has everything that a cook needs and puts the products to use in the cooking classes that they offer.  

By partnering with The Good Cooking Store, participating inns in the Lancaster County Bed and Breakfast Inns Association are offering a discount to guests who provide proof of attendance at a cooking class offered by The Good Cooking Store. More details on this special are available at http://www.padutchinns.com/GoodCookingStore.php.
Cooking classes are offered in areas from whoopie pies to cast iron cooking by local home cooks for other home cooks. A complete list of currently open classes and upcoming courses can be found at The Good Cooking Store’s website. Participants in The Good Cooking Store’s cooking classes are also entitled to a discount on store merchandise.
Most cooking classes run from one hour and 15 minutes to an hour and 30 minutes, a short enough time to fit well into a relaxing Amish Country vacation.  

The Good Cooking Store is located in Intercourse, PA, at 3474 Old Philadelphia Pike. Contact your local innkeeper today at 1-800-848-2994. When planning your visit to The Good Cooking Store, be aware that their hours are Monday through Saturday from 9-5, but they are closed on Sunday.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Small Town Spotlight: Ephrata

A choice location in northern Lancaster County, Ephrata offers many different options for entertainment, dining, lodging and information.
Ephrata’s Main Theater, located in downtown and, as the name suggests, on Main Street, offers visitors a wide range of entertainment choices. From the newest movies to hit the box office to live Jazz concerts, The Main Theater has something for everyone.
No need to venture far from the theater for a great meal. Lily’s on Main, a quality fine dining restaurant, is located in the same building as the Main Theater. Lily’s serves fine American cuisine to tempt  even the choosiest diner, jazzed up with a touch of sophistication, while diners enjoy a warm and relaxing atmosphere.
Also located on Main Street, Ephrata Cloister is a well-loved destination for tourists and locals alike. The Cloister was founded in 1732 to be a place where people who aspired to spiritual things rather than worldly success lived in a small community.  The Cloister is now an educational museum, offering tours in much the same way as a living history museum during their special events. Regular tours are available daily, though the hours change from season to season.
Planning to stay longer than one day? Ephrata is also home to some lovely places to stay, including the Kimmel House Bed and Breakfast, and the Hurst House Bed and Breakfast.
Hurst House Bed and Breakfast is a large Victorian mansion overlooking Amish and Mennonite farms just outside the town of Ephrata. Guests enjoy private balconies, long covered porches, comfortable common rooms and tastefully decorated, spacious guest rooms.

Kimmell House is located just outside of the downtown buzz on quieter State Street. The Bed and Breakfast is housed in an 18th century Shaker Colonial farmhouse, a style noted for beautiful simplicity and lasting quality. Each morning, guests enjoy a candlelit colonial breakfast and complimentary coffee. Settled on two acres of land, Kimmell House offers plenty of off street parking and easy access to downtown Ephrata and the Ephrata Cloister.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Small Town Spotlight: Adamstown, PA Northern Lancaster County

Adamstown in known for several things, but perhaps the most impressive is its title as the Antiques Capital of the U.S. This small Lancaster County town is renowned for its thousands of antiques dealers and vast antiques malls. The town has been a destination for antiques hunters since the first few shops moved in during the 1960’s. Located in scenic Lancaster County, visitors can spend days at a time browsing the shops while enjoying local foods and quaint lodgings.



272 Antiques Mall: Touted as “where dealers shop,” this vast antiques mall encompasses more than 15,000 square feet, with nearly 150 booths open daily. Antique, vintage and collectible items are sold.
Adamstown Antique Gallery: The gallery prides itself on selling high-end merchandise at auction and through a showroom. Visitors may purchase some items on the spot, while also previewing and bidding on other items.
Adamstown Antique Mall: Advertised as offering a fine collection of antiques from fine china to furniture, the antique mall sits at the traffic light in Adamstown. Visitors should be aware that the mall is closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays throughout the year.
These are just a few of many antique stores located in Adamstown. For a more complete listing, be sure to visit www.antiquescapital.com .
Food:
Though Adamstown is renowned for its antiques, it is still a part of Pennsylvania Dutch country and, as such, holds a part in the long tradition of good, hearty, home-style cooking and various other types of food that are sure to please. For a list of restaurants in or near Adamstown, click here.
Lodging:
Adamstown is home to a member of the Lancaster County Bed and Breakfast Association, Adamstown Inn and Cottages. Adamstown Inn is a high-end collection of inns and cottages throughout Lancaster County. Called a premier bed and breakfast of Lancaster County, Adamstown Inn offers many amenities and a relaxing atmosphere for antiques hunters and vacationers alike.
Events:
Throughout the year, Adamstown is home to many events like sidewalk sales, Christmas in July Weekends and more. For an event calendar, please click here.