Thursday, December 26, 2013

A Fine Family Christmas in Lancaster County, PA

Christmas holds many memories for many people. Ranging from the traditional to the modern, Christmas traditions have a place in every family and many of those traditions stem from visits to familiar places all across Lancaster County.
Dutch Wonderland, Lancaster County’s own amusement park and magical kingdom for kids since 1963, is decked out for the season in lights, with places to visit Santa, seasonal music and themed rides. Located on Lincoln Highway not far from Rockvale Square Outlets, the park charges a relatively small admission for the Winter Wonderland events weekends and select weeknights through the end of December. The schedule of dates and more information about the event can be found at http://www.dutchwonderland.com/sites/dutchwonderland.com/winter/.
When people think Lancaster County and Christmas, it is natural to think of the National Christmas Center in Paradise. With the mission of sharing the true meaning of Christmas and preserving Christmas traditions and memories, the National Christmas Center offers awe inspiring Christmas displays and a lovely gift shop. Over 20,000 square feet of walk-through, life-size displays engage children and adults alike the hours and dates for visiting the center are located on their website, http://www.nationalchristmascenter.com/.
Whether you wish to spend a single day or a weekend taking in the Christmas celebration here in Lancaster County, the members of the Lancaster County Bed and Breakfast Inns Association  offer accommodations that are as diverse as the rest of the county. From the historic and traditional to the cozy and comfortable, Lancaster County is the perfect place to celebrate old holiday traditions or create new ones.  

Friday, December 6, 2013

Small Town Spotlight: Strasburg PA

Strasburg, est. 1693
Founded by a French trader, Strasburg remains a beautiful town dotted with red brick buildings. In the 18th century, the town mainly consisted of one story log buildings, of which approximately 24 still remain. The best known historic sights of Strasburg include the Carpenter’s Cemetery, John Herr Mill at Mill Bridge Village, the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, and the Strasburg Rail Road. Visitors may also wish to take a stroll through the historic district of Strasburg’s Main Street

Attractions

The Strasburg Railroad and the Pennsylvania Railroad Museum just outside of town give visitors a glimpse into the railroading heyday. Full-size trains from the earliest days of steam engines to modern electric and diesel trains line the aisles of the museum, while the Strasburg Railroad gives visitors a chance to ride on a historic train through the idyllic Lancaster County countryside.
Sight and Sound Theater is located just outside of Strasburg on Route 896. Producing musical depictions of Bible stories for almost 40 years, the Lancaster County location is one of the top live theater destinations in the country. For a current show listing, visit www.sight-sound.com.

Accommodations:  

Lancaster County Bed and Breakfast Association has 2 different Bed and Breakfast located in or near the Strasburg Area.

At The Limestone Inn, guests are able to slow down, relax and experience Lancaster County the way it was meant to be. Perfect for relaxing or touring Lancaster County, the 200-year-old home comprises six guest rooms tastefully decorated to be comfortable and home-like with immediate access to downtown Strasburg, eateries, and attractions.
Flowers and Thyme B&B is also located close to Strasburg. Built in the 1940's the B&B overlooks a working Amish farm and is surrounded by lush gardens filled with perennials and annuals.
Dining:
The Strasburg Country Store and Creamery is located on Main Street at the town square and maintains an early 20th century atmosphere in the middle of a bustling small town. An old-fashioned soda fountain and fudge shop attract Lancaster County natives and visitors alike with sweet treats.

Located near Sight and Sound Theater, Hershey Farm is a family-friendly dining and shopping experience. Offering Pennsylvania Dutch-style food, a quaint Inn, and over 4,500 square feet of shopping in the country store, outdoor market, boutiques, and on site bakery, the Hershey Farm is more than a restaurant—it’s an attraction in and of itself.
If you are looking for more of a romantic, fine dining feel The Iron Horse Inn is located in the heart of Strasburg. They offer various wines, certified Angus beef and some great local dishes.