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3 Great Places to Get Ice Cream in Lancaster County

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Since purchasing a bed and breakfast in Lancaster County – my world revolves around food.  Seriously, it’s all about what to make for breakfast; where I can find good local produce; finding the freshest local eggs – and good Lancaster County Ice Cream.

Lancaster County Ice CreamWhile we really enjoyed doing the Turkey Hill Experience and suggest it as great rainy day or Sunday activities for our guests.  One of my favorite things to do is to stop by Lapp Valley Farm and get ice cream.  Go prepared because they only take cash – but the ice cream is made right there at the farm and it’s creamy and delicious!  Lapp Valley is located closest to Carriage Corner and we’re happy to show you were it is on the map.

Another place worth stopping to get the ice cream?  Strasburg Creamery.  Not only is their ice cream delicious, but our guests have been known to purchase bags of the broken waffle cones to take home and snack on until their next visit.  Strasburg Creamery is open on Sundays!

Finally – don’t forget to head out to Fox Meadow Creamery and maybe have some lunch before your ice cream.

With 3 great places to get ice cream you’ll want to stay at least 3 nights so you have time to check out each one!

Sight & Sound – Review

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Last Friday night, March 9th – Jay and I got all dolled up.  I put on a sparkly silver linen dress and red high heels.  Jay put on his suit and a snappy red and silver striped button down.  I straightened my hair and found out that all of my mascara has dried up.  But there is no photographic proof – because we didn’t take photos.  If I had to guess – I would say we looked vaguely like this photo from a couple of years ago – I mean – I wore that dress, but Jay had on his suit.  Silly us.

Carriage Corner Dresses Up for Jesus at Sight & SoundYou might be asking yourselves what we got all dressed up for.  Well, it was the premium of Sight & Sounds new production Jesus.

See – since arriving in Intercourse, we haven’t had a chance to attend a show at Sight & Sound.  When the beautiful invite for the premier of Jesus arrived – we jumped on that!  We have heard from our guests who attended Sampson in 2016 and Jonah last year what an amazing theatre Sight & Sound is.  That they use live animals in the productions.  That they truly bring the bible to life.

Well – let me tell you – Jesus did not disappoint.  From the beginning when the theatre lights dimmed and the stars started to twinkle right up until the very end this show was magical.

The sets were amazing – in front of us and on both sides.  I think you could go several times and see a different production every time because you were looking someplace else.  It’s truly incomprehensible of all that is going on at the same time.  Large boats are sailing – actually sailing on the stage in water!  There is walking on water and rain.  The show is filled with live animals as well – I saw Indigo the blue healer several times around the set, horses, goats, pigs, doves and sheep – that I can remember.

I have included Sight & Sound’s Facebook live video from the premier.  I don’t know how long it is – but this show was amazing.  Regardless of your religious beliefs, we believe you will enjoy this show!   Jay and I give this show a 10!  In fact, we are considering seeing it again – just to see what we might have missed.

We wanted to let you know that when you book a room at Carriage Corner, we are able to get slightly discounted tickets to productions such as Jesus at Sight & Sound.  Just make a note when you make your reservation.  We wandered around the theatre and honestly, there are no bad seats here (although you could possibly be too close to the front) whether you sit in the center front, or in the balcony you’ll be thrilled you attended the show!

Broadcasting live from the world premiere of JESUS! Check out this exclusive sneak peek of the first scene from the show! #Jesus2018 #SightandSoundTheatres #WheretheBibleComestoLife

Posted by Sight & Sound Theatres on Friday, March 9, 2018

 

What’s Happening October?

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Carriage Corner Fall

October is right around the corner with it’s cooler temperatures and show-off trees.  We pretty regularly take the dogs up to Chambers Lake and I’m pretty sure you can find something similar to this lake view there.  Chambers lake is a short drive from Carriage Corner and will take you through some hilly farmland before you arrive at the lake.  On your way back, you’ll want to stop at Hilltop Garden, Whitehorse Antiques and possibly the Whitehorse luncheonette – if you’re hungry.

Or take a scenic drive toward the south and end up at Cherry Crest Farms to tour the corn maze.  Bring a flashlight and plan on getting through the flashlight maze.  Cherry Crest is open until 10p on Fridays and Saturdays through October – making it a good option for once the shops for the night.

Kitchen Kettle Village Events

Kitchen Kettle Village is 3 blocks away – that’s close enough to walk and not have to deal with traffic and parking.  The Village is much bigger than it appears and there is enough to keep you busy all day.  There is always something happening at Kitchen Kettle – but a few of the things that caught my eye?  On October 19:  Sip & Plant Succulent  Pumpkin Centerpieces; and on October 28:  Harry Potter Party!

On your walk to the Village, don’t forget to stop at Sweet Shenanigans Cupcakery – she’s making her Fall Flavors and they are fabulous!

If theater is your thing – there are loads to choose from.  Check out the updated Area Attractions page to see what’s currently playing.

We look forward to being your resting spot for all your Fall Adventures in Intercourse!  Give us a call to book your room – 7177683059.

 

The Kindness of Guests

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For a long time I have wanted a treadle sewing machine.  I think they are beautiful and the fact that I enjoy sewing adds to the beauty of them – for me anyway.

The Bird-in-Hand mud sale happens in late June each year.  This mud sale looked like a good one.  Jay loves going to these auctions and it’s fun for an afternoon.  But you have to be quick about what you want and how much you are willing to pay for it.  I managed to pick up a sled for a great price which will be piled high with wrapped gifts as part of the holiday decor, but that’s another post . . . this post is about the treadle.  See, we were in the furniture tent and the sewing machines started coming up.  Like I said, I have always wanted one – but it wasn’t what we were looking for and I wasn’t sure I had a place to put it.  So when the first machine came up and sold for something like $12 I could have kicked myself.  I wasn’t quick enough.  Jay finally ended up winning the bid for a cabinet without a machine.  That cabinet was in rough shape!

We just happened to have guests sitting in the swing and gazebo when Jay was unloading the items he bought at the mud sale.  R – helped him move some of the furniture and put it into the house.  Well, come to find out R has a small collection of sewing machines and people regularly give him treadles and other sewing machines.  Many of them they have put into a museum.  When R came to stay again in August, they brought a beautiful light colored treadle cabinet and a machine that would fit in it – that only needed a belt to work.

One day last week – I said to Jay, maybe you can move the base from our machine into the cabinet from the machine that R brought us.  I’d like to swap that table out for our guest book.  It feels like a piece of me in the guest common areas now.  It’s smaller than the table that was in the same spot previously, but I like this *sew* much better.  Sadly, the machine doesn’t fit into this cabinet – not without loads of modifications, but someday, we’ll have a working treadle in this spot.

Pretty Singer Treadle greats Carriage Corner Guests when they arrive

For now – this will do just fine.

View of the Singer when you come in Carriage Corner's front door

View from the front door

Turkey Hill Experience

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flavors available at Turkey Hill, a really fun thing to do while staying at Carriage Corner in Lancaster County, PAEarlier 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.

Jay, Krystle & Pat making their own ice cream flavors at the Turkey Hill Experience

Pat Milking the Turkey Hill CowAfter 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 Mr. Carriage Corner Driving the Turkey Hill Delivery Truck learn 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!

 

Room Names

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

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

Lonestar Quilt on Lonestar Guest Bed at Carriage Corner B&B, Intercourse That 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.

drunkard's Path Runner

Do You Pouf?

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BeeKind Shower Dispensers in all Carriage Corner guest bathrooms

One of the early upgrades we made to Carriage Corner was to stock the bathrooms with BeeKind toiletry items.  We made the decision that rather than purchase tiny individual sized items that either don’t get used up and then have to be thrown away or just get taken (which is fine).  That we were going to go with the BeeKind line of products as we liked their philosophy.  All of the BeeKind products are made without parabens, phthalest or artificial ingredients.  Both Jay and I felt that the fragrance was light and citrus-y enough to work for either men or women.

The next decision was to put refillable bottles with pump dispensers into each shower.  Each bathroom has a supply of Shampoo, Conditioner, Body Wash (doubles as hand soap at the sink) and Lotion.  packaged pouf on a black makeup cloth, just a few of amenities at Carriage Corner

At that point, our older daughter said, if we were supplying body wash in the showers rather than bar soap, we needed to also supply poufs.  So – we ordered a case of poufs and we put a brand new pouf sealed in a plastic bag in each bathroom.  One per stay.

 

BeeKind and pouf in the shower - for display only.  But – I’ve noticed that people rarely use them and I don’t know why?  I’m looking for ideas here.  I find that when I use a bath pouf, I get better suds from my body wash than if I used a wash cloth.  I also use less body wash to get clean.

Personally – I love my pouf.  So – I’m wondering – would you use a pouf?  If not – why not?  Talk to me, because I really do want to know.  I also need to know if this a good expense or a waste of money that could be spent elsewhere?