Month: June 2017

Turkey Hill Experience

The magic 3Earlier this week, we finally got the chance to do the Turkey Hill Experience.  It took us approximately 30 minutes to drive to Turkey Hill from the B&B and most of that is getting to the freeway.  It was very easy to get to – straight down 340 until you reach 30 (the longest part of the trip) and then straight down 30 for about 10 miles.  You can see the Turkey Hill sign from the freeway, so you know when you should take your exit.  They had someone in the parking lot helping with parking, so that was nice.  We didn’t have to drive all around to find a spot, he directed us to the closest spot to the front.

We arrived at just about the perfect time.  Once we had our tickets and a map of the place, we had 10 minutes to wait until our taste lab started.  Taste Lab is an additional fee, but you get to make your own ice cream flavor – within limits.  There will be no maple bacon ice cream with pecans – at least not yet because those flavors aren’t available.

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Pat Milking the Cow 2After making our own ice cream flavor and eating all of it – we then went back upstairs to the exhibits and other fun stuff.  There were 3 computerized stations which you need to do in order – if you are going to do them.  Start with creating your own ice cream flavor – again, it has limits, but this time you get to name it.  Once you have your flavor created, you then get to design the perfect package for it.  Finally, you can create your very own commercial for your ice cream flavor.  Jay, Eleanor and I all created a flavor and packaging.  Eleanor made a commercial.

But that’s not all – there is a tiny playground along with several other interactive exhibits.  You can milk a cow – it’s not real, but you JB Driving the Delivery Truck 3 copylearn the process; drive a delivery truck, find out your tea personality; sample Turkey Hill tea, haymakers, sorbet and ice cream; and really just have fun.  All together we spent about 3 hours inside the Experience.  Taste Lab is about 40 minutes and the rest wandering around, playing, creating, laughing, taking pictures and having fun.

Several times on the drive home – one of would say “That was really fun!”  The Turkey Hill Experience is open 7 days a week, so if you have in Lancaster on a Sunday and have nothing else to do – check it out!  Our opinion is that you don’t have to have children to enjoy this experience.  Be advised – it’s not a factory tour but more like a hands-on learning exhibit.  We’ll go again – it was really fun!

 

Antiques Lover?

Are you a lover of antiques?  Or maybe just a fabulous window shopper?  Well, did you know that 3 times a year Adamstown hosts three (3!!) Antique Extravaganza weekends?

I did not!  But I’m certainly excited about the next one.  Starting June 22 and running right through June 25th, Adamstown (known as being the Antiques Capital of the USA).

Last month, we had a friend visiting from Seattle and one day she just wanted to go for a drive and see the countryside.  In Lancaster County the countryside is quite different from you’d see in the Pacific Northwest where we are from.  So, we were happy to oblique her.  Without any sense of purpose, we set out on a drive.  First we stumbled across this darling little hobbit house.

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But we kept going, through woods and farmlands.  Watching farmers out working the land with their giant mule teams.  It really is breathtaking.

Then, we came across the Adamstown Antiques Mall and we were all smitten.   The Antiques Mall is a collection of booths, but curated and put together quite differently.  Like items seem to be grouped together inside – at least the tiny little section that we explored.  There was everything you were looking for and I plan to go back and find a high chair – maybe during the Antiques Extravaganza weekend at the end of the month.

After leaving the Antiques Mall we stopped across the street at Oley Valley Architectural Antiques where my mouth literally fell open at the beauty of the salvaged items.

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Our final stop on this outing was stopping at Appalachian Brewing Company in Lititz for dinner.

We still have rooms available that weekend – why not plan a little weekend get-away and do something fun?  We’d love to make your downtime something relaxing and special for you.

Wedding Season

WeddingWedding season is in full swing  over at the Stoltzfus Homestead.  Starting in April and running through November  each year, there are weddings happening every Friday, Saturday and some Sundays right across the street from Carriage Corner.  Many people don’t know that Carriage Corner is located – literally – across the street from the Stoltzfus Homestead  – an incredibly popular wedding venue.  We enjoy seeing the people and hearing the music from our front lawn.

We’d love to invite you, your wedding party and your guests to stay with us as you celebrate your love.  While we don’t have a traditional ‘bridal suite.’  We do have one lovely, large room that is separated from the other four guest rooms and would be perfect for a bride to stay and pamper herself prior to her wedding.  This is our Lonestar Room – it has a four-poster queen bed with a beautiful lonestar quilt.  A small sitting area with 2 comfortable chairs facing the fireplace and television.  It’s the only room with a bathtub.  We provide bath salts and bubble baths for guests in this room.

Because our Bed & Breakfast is small, we are the perfect size to host your bridal party or just some special members of the family.  Because we are a bed & breakfast and not a big hotel, you can feel comfortable running through the halls in the plush robes we provide while getting your hair and make-up done or looking for that one lost items – because we all know, that happens :\

Or maybe, you want to suggest that your travelling guests stay here.  Again, we’re super close.  Wedding time?  It’s a quick walk across the street, it might take you longer to drive over.  After the reception has ended and your guests want to continue catching up – we have a firepit in the backyard with comfy chairs around it and they can stay up visiting as long as they like.  We also keep the lights on in the gazebo all night and you can sit and enjoy listening to the buggies clip-clop by long after the sun has gone down.

Finally if 1 wedding party takes up the entire B&B, we’ll take 5% off your total stay.  I hope you’ll consider us as a place for either your wedding party to stay and relax before and after your wedding, or for your out of town guests to stay and be close, or even for both.  Congratulations on your upcoming wedding – we wish you the best!

Room Names

*Edited:  Contest Closed, Winner Notified.  Thanks for playing.  

Many people have asked about the names we gave the room.

LonestarThat is one thing we did change.  You see, when we got here the rooms were a jumbled mess – at least to us.  They all had fruit or color names – depending on your view.  But they had numbers on the doors.  AND the room decor didn’t really have any tie in to the name.  See we had Plum, Strawberry, Lemon, Pineapple & Cranberry.  So, you’d arrive and check in.  I’d see you’d booked the Strawberry room and then take you to the room with the off white walls, green quilt, solid beige chair and a the number 2 spelled out on the door.  It was confusing for me!

Being new to the area and not having a chance to explore BUT wanting to do the ‘rebranding’ of rooms before the new website went live – I had no idea how to name the rooms that made sense.  I grabbed a book on Amish Quilts off the bookshelf and started thumbing through it.  Cranberry already had a beautiful Amish made, hand-quilted lonestar quilt on the bed – with that a theme was born.

 

So now our rooms are all named after quilt patterns.  3 of the 5 rooms have quilts that match their names.  The new names are:  Log Cabin, Lancaster Rose, Tumbling Blocks, Dahlia, Lonestar and the office/gift shop also got a quilt name:  Drunkard’s Path.  If you were a loyal guest of the previous owners and want to stay in the same room you always stayed in – give me a call.  Tell me the old name of the room and I’ll tell you what the new name is.  I have a cheat sheet so I don’t forget.  😀

So – let’s have a little contest.  Click over and check out the room pictures then come back and comment on which 2 rooms don’t have quilts that match their names.  The room pictures are updated with the the new quilts and names.  Leave a comment telling me which rooms don’t have bedding that matches their name.  Make sure I have a way to contact you.  I’ll draw 1 person from the comment to win 50% off their second night!  Good luck

Edited – I’m closing this contest on June 20th and the answer is in the comments.

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