Sunday, June 29, 2014

The Smorgasbord: A Lancaster County Tradition

When visiting Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, one of the things on your must-experience list should be a good old fashioned Pennsylvania Dutch smorgasbord! There are several places to visit in the county, which are within an easy drive of inns of the Lancaster County Bed and Breakfast Inns Association, where you and your whole family will get a hearty meal that tastes just like traditional home-cooked local food. From dishes like scrapple to Swedish meatballs, there are dishes at these local favorites to suit the pickiest eaters

Shady Maple Smorgasbord

Known all over the country for their long buffet line, delicious home-made donuts, and over-all excellent food, Shady Maple is the premier smorgasbord in the region. They serve breakfast starting at five every morning and guests come from all over to experience a meal there, as well as to shop in their huge gift shop and visit the Shady Maple Farm Market next door.
They do not offer a la carte ordering, but they do cater to large groups and events. A typical breakfast at Shady Maple offers made to order egg and pancake bars, all kinds of breakfast meats, potatoes in any fashion you can imagine, desserts from donuts to croissants, plus fresh fruits and breads. Breakfast is truly the most important meal of the day at Shady Maple.  
Whether you a looking for a venue to hold a catered event or just want to experience real Pennsylvania Dutch cooking, a visit to Shady Maple is a great start.

Left ImageMillers Smorgasbord-

The restaurant of choice for many returning guests to central Lancaster County, Millers offers an a la carte menu along with an extensive home-style buffet!  After a visit to the outlets or a day in Strasburg, Paradise, or Intercourse, Millers is the perfect place to take your family to dinner.
The service is fast and friendly, while the rustic d├ęcor and focus on family and tradition make guests feel right at home. From the first bite of salad to the last bite of shoofly pie with ice cream, Millers is a place that should stay at the top of your list of places to visit in Lancaster County.

Friday, June 6, 2014

4th of July in Lancaster County

This Year’s Independence Day Calendar: Five Days of Celebration

July 3rd ~
Don’t miss the Annual Independence Day Parade held in downtown Lititz, PA, on July 3rd. The parade features military personnel, police and fire personnel, fire trucks, dance teams, bands, cars (antique and otherwise) and other unique displays for an extravagant celebration. Also, the candidates for Lititz’ Queen of Candles pageant—to take place on July 4th—will ride with the local corvette club. The parade starts at 6:30 pm at West Lincoln Ave. and Warwick St and travels through downtown Lititz. For a more detailed route, visit the Lititz Springs Park website. There will be entertainment following the parade in Lititz Springs Park.
July 4th ~
Following the Lititz Independence Day Parade, the town’s 195th 4th of July celebration will take place in Lititz Springs Park, Lititz, PA. The celebration has been held continuously since 1818. The gates open at noon and an entrance fee is charged. The entertainment from the day consists of reenactments, the annual Baby Parade, games, a food court, and the Queen of Candles Pageant. After dark, as part of the pageant, over 5,000 candles will be lit on scaffolding over the creek that runs from the natural springs. An amazing finale to the evening, hi-tech fireworks with synchronized sound will begin as soon as the darkness is complete (rain date Saturday, July 5, 2012).
July 5th ~
Visit historic Wheatland, the home of Pennsylvania’s son, President James Buchanan, for a special living history tour of the house and grounds. The estate is located at 1120 Marietta Ave., Lancaster, PA. The premise of the day: July 1863. Dedicated to portraying life only two days after the horrific Battle of Gettysburg, this day is a fun way to immerse yourself and your family in local, state, and national history over the anniversary of our country’s birth.
July 6th ~

On  Sunday, July 6th, celebrate Independence Day weekend and the anniversary of our freedom by attending the free concert at Long’s Park. The evening will feature the premier Army Band known as “Pershing’s Own” for an evening of patriotic music for every member of your family. Bring blankets and lawn chairs and enjoy a picnic in the park. The festivities begin at 7:30 p.m. as part of a favorite Lancaster County Independence Day celebration.