Lancaster County is special at the holidays and The National Christmas Center located in Paradise, PA is a must see! Dedicated to preserving Christmas traditions and honoring the true meaning of Christmas – the birth of Christ, you’ll leave with a richer understanding of Christmases past and be inspired to create new ways to celebrate with your family and friends.
Three big events are planned for the 2015 Holiday Season.
Countryside Christmas Market, Thursday thru Sunday November 19 to December 23. This is an outdoor event that features local retailers and artisans, food, music, light displays and so much more. Purchase your Christmas tree and wreath.
The Magic Lantern Show, November 27 thru December 31 on select days. The National Christmas Center has partnered with the...
Spring House Brewing Company is known for their unique eyebrow-raising brews. Owner, Matthew Keasey isn’t afraid to experiment with unusual ingredients. For example, he uses about 150 pounds of mango puree to make 300 gallons of imperial pale ale that is bottled as “Astounding She-Monster Mango IPA.” It is almost like a beer smoothie. The Astounding She-Monster Mango is available year round in addition to their award-winning Big Gruesome – a fully bodied stout that is scary good.
Seasonal brews now on tap include:
Lexicon Devil: Grapefruit Pale Ale
Spinal Remains: Pumpkin Stoudt
Diabolical Doctor Wit: Belgian Wit
The Martians Kidnap Santa: Egg Nog Stout
Located in downtown Lancaster city, it opened a new brewpub at 209 Hazel Street in addition to the Taproom...
Do you need a laugh? The Rainbow’s Comedy Playhouse has been producing Broadway and original comedies since 1984. Founded by working actors David and Cindy DiSavino, their goal was to provide an experience for guests to remember and return regularly. Friends and family of all ages have been enjoying wonderful comedy and delicious food.
You’ll find a variety of dining options and menu choices depending upon the season. Sunday matinees offer a traditional buffet, Friday and Saturday evening is a plated menu, or a lighter fare menu is available on Thursday evenings for $30. Wine by the bottle can be reserved and added to your check at the time of the show. Ticket prices range from $30 - $56 depending upon your show selection.
Shows available this holiday season and in 2016...
Pennsylvania Dutch Country is known for its Mennonite and Amish quilts. You’ll find exquisite artistry and detailed stitching that create works of art that are a labor of love. Wide borders, geometric shapes and deep colors, mark these artistic and yet-practical treasures. The Lancaster Quilt and Textile Museum [http://www.quiltandtextilemuseum.com ] provides a nice education on the quilts aplenty you may see for sale on the backroads of Pennsylvania Dutch Country. An Amish handmade quilt makes the perfect gift.
Explore the variety of quilt shops in close proximity to After Eight B&B.
Esh’s Handmade Quilts, 3829 Old Philadelphia Pike, Gordonville
Handstitched Amish quilts on a working farm.
Hannah’s Quilts, 216 Witmer Road, Lancaster
The shop is located...
A short drive from Gordonville, Adamstown for the last 30 years has maintained the slogan “Antiques Capital USA.” Shoppers find a wide range of collectibles dating from the early 18th century up to the Depression Era in huge antique malls, stand-alone shops and auction galleries. In September the town hosts its Fall Extravaganza with thousands of vendors. This year’s Extravaganza will be held September 24-27, 2015. Along a 7-mile strip of Route 272 in Adamstown, you’ll find dealers from across the country and nearby with more stuff and more bargains. For a complete listing of antique and specialty shops, visit the website.
After rummaging all day, rest and relax at Adamstown’s Stoudts Brewing Company who has been crafting small-batch award-winning...
Lancaster County offers a variety of dining options from smorgasbords to upscale eateries. You are destined to find the perfect place that appeals to your palate. Two of my favorites that are in close proximity to After Eight B&B are Miller’s Restaurant & Smorgasbord and Plain & Fancy Farm Restaurant & Country Store.
Part eatery, part history, the Miller’s Restaurant & Smorgasbord was founded in 1929 by Anna Miller who served chicken and waffles to truckers as her husband repaired their rigs. For 86 years, her extended family has been serving good food to residents and guests. The food is locally grown and cooked from scratch. At Miller’s you can select menu dining, traditional smorgasbord, or soup and salad smorgasbord. Beverages include local wines...
Looking for a unique shopping experience where you can find an eclectic selection of antiques, collectibles and gifts? The Cackleberry Farm Antique Mall is the place for you. It is one of the largest and finest antique malls in PA Dutch Country with over 125 dealers. The Old Time General Store is full of Barber Shop, Ice Cream Parlor memorabilia and so much more. Their newest gift shop “Not Just Baskets” offers a collection of different types of baskets along with a variety of quilts. You’ll also find a huge selection of luxury gifts such as bath and spa products, cookbooks, pottery, Pennsylvania Dutch candies and other unique items for your basket. The perfect gift from Lancaster County.
Be sure to stay for lunch and select from an extensive list of menu...
America’s original and longest running Amish tour attraction is the Amish Farm and House. The property dates back to Pennsylvania’s founder William Penn. For 150 years, Quakers, Mennonites and Amish owned the property – all operating the quintessential PA German Farm. Today, it serves as a tourist attraction where generations of visitors to Lancaster County have been educated and entertained. Tour the historic 1805 Farmhouse and 15-acre farm. The 45-minute tour provides the history of the Amish community and how they function without electricity. The Farmhouse Tours run throughout the day and offer a glimpse into the lifestyle of the Old Order Amish. Open seven days a week from 9am to 6pm. The gift shop features a variety of Amish gifts, locally made jellies and homemade...
South central Pennsylvania is known for its pretzel bakeries in Lancaster County. The Germans immigrating to PA brought the pretzel with them from Europe. Today, many of the pretzel bakeries are family-owned businesses that have been in operation for multiple generations using original recipes.
Start your pretzel tour at the Intercourse Pretzel Factory where they put a new twist on an old standard. They offer a Bavarian-style that differs from the buttery and sweeter Pennsylvania Dutch-style. The Intercourse pretzel is unlike any other with its classic bronze sheen and tangy taste. Located at 3614 Old Philadelphia Pike in Intercourse. Bakery is open 10am to 5pm or until they sellout.
Next stop is Martin’s Pretzels located at 1229 Diamond Street in Akron. Martin’s is...
Pennsylvania Dutch Country offers a variety of farmers markets in addition to numerous roadside stands commonly found throughout Lancaster County. Farmers Markets offer a little bit of everything, all in one trip. You’ll find locally grown produce, fresh meats and cheeses, a variety of baked goods, succulent fruits, and homemade jellies, relishes and chow-chow. Some even offer unique local Amish made crafts. Many are open year round and have extended hours for the summer season. If you are in the market for “fresh,” then you’ll want to make a stop at one of these farmers markets.
Bird-in-Hand Farmers Market
2710 Old Philadelphia Pike, Bird-in-Hand
A family owned indoor market open 8:30am-5:30pm year-round on Friday and Saturday, open Wednesday (April to...