Holidays

Holiday Table

Holiday Dishes at Carriage CornerAs I set the holiday table again – I think about tablescapes and how to make the table really visually interesting.  For me – simple is better.  I find if I try to do too much – it all goes south pretty quickly.  So, some pretty placemats and a beautiful napkin along with sparkling china and the table is ready to go.  But – I really, really needed some holiday china to really set the perfect holiday table.

My love of beautiful china runs deep.  If you’ve ever stayed with us – you may have noticed the wall of china in the office.  There are 7 sets of china in the office and 2 more in the kitchen.  In all honesty – they all get used and rotated through pretty regularly.  That being said, I’m pretty sure I’ve acquired the last set of china that I’m going to for some time.  My latest purchase was the holiday china –  I searched and searched and searched finally settling on Pfaltzgraff Winterberry.  See, while I’ve wanted holiday dishes for a long time – I didn’t want something that screamed Christmas, I actually wanted something that could be used from Thanksgiving through February – if I wanted.

These dishes are just the ticket for a beautiful holiday table that can be dressed up or down.  They come in many different shapes – round, oval and square.  You can get plates with sayings on them or pictures in the middle – like is shown here.  You’ll see what I ended up with a little bit further down in the post.

Along with the plates – I also added some new green placemats and napkins and red placemats to the cupboard that holds those things.  The red placemats work really wellWhite China with tree napkins make a beautiful Holiday Table with the tree napkins that I made last year for our holiday table.  I’ve also added some beautiful red fruit bowls.  We’ll used the dishes and placemats right through until February – but the napkins will be retired at the end of December for another year.

If you are interested in knowing how I made the napkins – hop on over to my personal blog for the details.

We look forward to having you join us at our holiday table and have a couple of special offers going on to help entice you to do so.  During the month of December, book a 2-night stay and receive 25% off your stay – you can either book directly (use code Happy Holidays) or give us a jingle at 717-768-3059 and we’ll be happy to make the reservation for you.  We also have our Winter Rates in effect from January through March – some exclusions apply (like holiday weekends).  There is no code necessary, the rates have already been adjusted.  Finally, did you know that we sell gift certificates?  These can be purchased in any amount or for a specific weekend – again – give us a call and we’ll take care of getting the gift certificate right.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

Square Winterberry plates with ruby red bowls make a holiday table that's good through February

 

Christmas Candy That Will Make You A Hero

Most people spend a day or more making Christmas Cookies – but in our house we make Christmas Candy.  It’s all gluten free and everyone can sample and enjoy it.  And because both of the recipes for Christmas Candy that I’m sharing contain almonds – they’re basically totally healthy – right?

My warning to you with the Burnt Sugar Almonds is this:  Beware of Traditions That You Start.

Years ago, I stumbled upon the recipe for Burnt Sugar Almonds over at Pioneer Woman.  That year, I made about 4 cups of Almonds – I packed them up pretty and gave them to the neighbors with their Christmas Cards.  The next year, I made about 10 cups of almonds and gave them away to my co-workers.  The third year, I wanted to do something different – but everyone wanted to almonds – with the exception of last year (our first year in Pennsylvania) I’ve made close to 20 cups of almonds annually since that third year.  They aren’t hard to make – but if you don’t want to be making them year after year – don’t start 😉

In our house, we find Burnt Sugar Almonds to be like potato chips – bet you can’t eat just one.  This is how I make mine:

sugared almonds

I think – you should be able to click on the recipe and print it.  At least I hope so.  I also want to share the Lavender Lemon Bark that I made for the Belsnickle Tour.  We had almost 200 people through the Bed and Breakfast last weekend and it was so much fun.  Meeting new people, finding out what they were doing for the holidays and sharing our home and Christmas Candy.

Lavender Lemon Christmas Candy

So – I’m going to try and make all the recipes printable from now on.   During our downtime this year – I’ll go back and edit the previous recipes.  I’d love your feed back on the layout of the recipes.

If you make either of these recipes – I’d love to hear how they turned out.  Happy Holidays everyone.

5 Things to Do in Intercourse on a December Friday

Looking for things to do on a Friday night in Intercourse?  This little town can be a little sleepy.  Most of the year the sidewalks roll up around 6p, sometimes even earlier.  BUT during December – Intercourse comes alive on a Friday Night.  Here’s a quick list of 5 things to do on any given Friday in December:

Friday Night knitting in Intercourse - yarns

 

  1.  Shop at Kitchen Kettle – Between Thanksgiving and Christmas Kitchen Kettle Stays open until 9pm on Fridays.  Giving you more time to stroll through the Village and find that perfect gift.
  2. Drop into Lancaster Yarn Shop – they really are your LocalYarnShop even if you aren’t local.  On Fridays during December there is Open Knitting – working on holiday projects and need some time away from the family to get them done?  Now’s the time.  This is a wonderful group of women who are incredibly warm, inviting and helpful.  You’ll find all the support you need to complete your project in time.
  3. Head over to the Corner Coffee Shop – between 7-9p the Corner Coffee Shop has live music.  If the weather is nice, the performance will be outside on their patio which is decorated for holidays.
  4. Do a little Christmas Shopping at The Treasure Place – this is truly one of my favorite shops in Intercourse.  If you’ve stayed with us – you’ve most likely seen my ‘collection’ of farm animal paintings – well, they all came from The Treasure Place.  I adore their re-purposed furniture and am constantly inspired by their room displays.  AND
  5. Work on a holiday puzzle at Carriage Corner Bed & Breakfast.  During the month of December the puzzle will have a holiday theme to it.

Grateful

 

 

So Grateful for You, Our Guests

Today, on Black Friday – one of the busiest shopping days of the year, Jay & I wanted to take a moment and share with you just how grateful we are for you – our Guests.

Without you coming to stay with us, sharing your stories and your vacation time with us – well we couldn’t do this.  We know you have many choices on where you spend your hard earned dollars and your precious vacation time and we truly do appreciate you choosing to stay with us.  Our lives are richer because of you.

Thank you.  We look forward to seeing you again in the coming year.  Hearing about your life, your kids and grandkids and your travels.

Happy Thanksgiving and may the upcoming Holiday Season fill you with peace, joy and much love ~~ Jay & Gaylen

Find Your Belsnickle

Tour of BelsnicklesAuthentic Bed & Breakfasts are hosting the Lancaster Belsnickle Tour.  So, I’m hearing you say – what’s a Belsnickle?  According to Wikipedia:

The Belsnickle character originated in the Rhineland. When people immigrated to Pennsylvania, they brought their German traditions with them.  Belsnickle was known in Pennsylvania in the early 1800s.  Amongst the Pennsylvania Germans, Belsnickle is the character who visits homes prior to Christmas to check up on the behavior of the children. The traditional Belsnickle showed up at houses 1–2 weeks before Christmas and often created fright because he always knew exactly which of the children misbehaved.  He would rap on the door or window with his stick and often the children would have to answer a question for him or sing some type of song. In exchange he would toss candies onto the floor. If the children jumped too quick for the treats, they may end up getting struck with Belsnickle’s switch.

Frosty SantaAuthentic Bed & Breakfasts of Lancaster County have figured out a way to make Belsnikle fun – for the third year in a row, Authenic is hosting the Belsnickle Tour – where you have a chance to visit our homes prior to Christmas.  This year, the Belsnickle Tour happens on December 2 and 3rd, 2017 and 19 bed and breakfasts are opening their doors for you to take a peak.  Each one will be decked out in their holiday finery and have a Christmas cookie available for you to sample as well as the recipe to collect.

Jay and I attended the Belsnickle Tour last year.  We managed to visit 9 of the participating bed and breakfasts on the only day we had available.  We had a great time!  The cookies were amazing and the houses – wow!  I loved being able to peak into all of them.  Most of them will allow you to look into guest rooms provided they are not occupied. Holly Jolly Santa

Because we had such a fun time touring the houses last year, we have decided to put Carriage Corner on the tour this year.  We have been making Christmas decorations for a few months now and purchasing decor at the mud sales and local shops.  We have decided to offer 2 complimentary tickets to guests who book 2 nights during the tour.  We have 1 room available for Friday & Saturday and 2 rooms where you could come in on Thursday and leave on Saturday.  Saturday evening, we plan to have a little evening event with cocoa and homemade marshmallows.  We hope you can make it.

Even if you aren’t able to stay at Carriage Corner – we do hope you’ll check out one of the other Authentic Bed & Breakfasts and book your stay.  Or just purchase your Belsnickle Tour Tickets – proceeds go to Make-A-Wish.  Along with the tour tickets, you get an admission ticket for the National Christmas Center – if you haven’t had a chance to visit this treasure, you’ll want to do so this year as we’ve learned it will be closing the doors for good in January 2018.  You don’t want to miss this!

We look forward to meeting you and showing your around Carriage Corner!  Happy Holidays.

Find Your Holiday Spirit In Lancaster

In Lancaster Holiday Spirit is Around Every Corner

Christmas Tree In Lancaster Holiday Spirit is Around Every Corner
 
Need to get away and take a break during the madness of the holiday season? Why no slow down and reconnect with the reason for the season? Let us help you find your holiday spirit in Lancaster? With tours, train rides & live theatre you are sure to find your holiday spirit in Lancaster County. 

Tours:

Authentic Bed & Breakfast Belsnickle Tour. December 2 & 3, 20 bed and breakfasts open their doors to let you see their holiday finery.  Each inn will have a “hidden” Belsnickle. Find him and enter into a drawing for a stay at one of our inns valued at up to $325. Each inn will offer a signature cookie. Start your cookie recipe collection with the recipe cards at each inn.

Honeybrook Community Church hosts a live Nativity each year. Allow an hour to walk through the 7 scenes of the Nativity and enjoy the provided refreshments. This event is free.  The website is not updated for 2017 yet, but it appears that the live Nativity is the second weekend of December.

 

Train Rides:

Strasburg Railroad has a couple of Christmas train ride options.

  1. Take the Christmas Tree Train to Leaman Place Grove where you choose a pre-cut tree. Your tree will be delivered to the station on the train’s flatcar.
  2. Take a ride with Santa when you climb aboard the Santa Express.

Don’t forget about the shows.

Lancaster is well known for its amazing live theatre. You can see anything from bible stories to crazy comedies and all are sure to have you talking over breakfast the next day. A sampling of what’s available.

Magic Lantern Christmas Show – Classic Christmas stories, poems, and much more will fill you with the Christmas spirit. Your Showman will take you on this wonderful trip through the joys and heartfelt emotions of the Holiday Season as he presents iconic stories and poems like The Night Before Christmas, with stunning visual images, heartfelt music and legendary storytelling.  Amish Experience at Plain & Fancy Farm.

Guess Who Is Coming to Dinner – All Nancy wants is for her two families to get to know each other over Christmas dinner. Nancy invites both her grown children and her new boyfriend’s. Will anyone show up for the turkey dinner? And if they do show up, will there be peace on earth good will, or will the police arrive to cart them off to lock-up? It’s Christmas at Rainbow, what could go wrong?

White Christmas – Based on the beloved movie, veterans Bob and Phil are a successful song and dance team when they meet a sister duo and follow them to an inn in Vermont. They discover it’s owned by their old General who fell on hard times, so they decide to put on a show to save the inn and their General’s future.  Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre

A Christmas Story – It’s not sugarplums dancing in Ralphie’s head; it’s a Red Ryder air rifle! On a desperate quest to prove to his mother, teacher and even Santa that he is Snow Sceneresponsible enough to be the proud owner of this Christmas wish, Ralphie isn’t going to let any opposition stop him from getting what he wants, including the schoolyard bullies! Bundled with your favorite film moments, fans will rejoice as they relive the triple-dog-dare flag pole incident, the worst Christmas present ever (pink bunny pajamas) and the FRA-GEE-LAY top prize (leg lamp). A Christmas Story, The Musical hits the bullseye for holiday family fun!  Fulton Theatre

Home for the Holidays – Inspired by warm memories of family Christmases, Home for the Holidays celebrates the joys and merriment of spending the holidays with the ones we love. This show takes place on a festive Christmas Eve and features many beloved traditions. American Music Theatre.

Get Your Holiday Shop On.

Kitchen Kettle Village is open until 9pm on Fridays between Thanksgiving and Christmas, so you can do some late shopping.  Don’t forget that the Corner Coffee Shop offers live music on both Friday and Saturday nights. 

A weekend get away to Lancaster might be just what you need to get you feeling the holiday spirit again.