What To Do

Flower Shopping

Guests after their Greenhouse Tour!Many of our guests come up to Lancaster to shop at the local nurseries, many of which just happen to be Amish owned.   It’s interesting to us how many people drive out for the weekend to buy plants – but I will say, our guests come back with beautiful plants and great deals!

So, to help you find your favorite greenhouse/nursery, we reached out to several of our guests who come just to buy annuals, perennials, and sometimes their veggie starts.  These are the places they told us you MUST visit:

 

Must See Greenhouses:

Whispering Willow Greenhouse.  Whispering Willow is located at 1137 Lancaster Avenue, Terre Hill, PA 17581.  Check the link for their hours.

Leids GreenhouseBeautiful Basket at Leid's Greenhouse.  This is a greenhouse we learned about when some Amish Friends of ours asked if we’d take them to the nursery.  I do not garden, and I loved it!  We bought veggie starts for a fantastic price – $1.29 each for 6-packs of broccoli, cauliflower and onions.  The tomatoes already had huge green tomatoes on them and the 4″ pot was less than $5!!  Mr. Carriage Corner also went crazy with the annuals and perennials, buying several beautiful climbers to plant around Carriage Corner to add lots of spring and summer color to the yard.

Riverside Greenhouse (doesn’t have a website).  Our guests say they have unique colors of petunias and that’s why they go.  This greenhouse is also located in Ephrata at 1751 Division Hwy and is open Monday through Friday until 8p and Saturday until 5.

Zimmerman’s Greenhouse.  Zimmerman’s is only open seasonally, from mid-March through July 4th.  BUT they are open Monday through Friday until 8pm and Saturdays until 5pm.  Zimmerman’s Greenhouse is located in Ephrata at 421 Brossman Road.

Greenhouse Tour Map

Route to the Greenhouses listed

I Don’t Flower.

If you’re like me and love flowers but don’t have a green thumb, well, you’ll want to check out Flower and Home Marketplace in East Earl.  This is what one of our guests had to say about the Flower and Home Marketplace:  The selection of artificial flowers is never ending!  They are so lifelike! I’m not an artificial flower person at all but I’ve purchased quite a few from there! Jenn S.; Wayland, NY.

Since you’re headed out to purchase flowers, why not make a weekend of it?  Book into our Dahlia room – named after the quilt pattern, based on the flower.  We look forward to meeting you and hearing about your greenhouse excursions.

Fun Events Around Carriage Corner this June

The following is a short list of June events.  Many are close to Carriage Corner and several are free.

Knit In Public Day*

Saturday, Lancaster Yarn Shop at Kitchen Kettle Village.  Bring a chair and your knitting and join other knitters in showing that knitting is a community activity.  (June 9)

Second Saturday at Smucker Village*

Saturday, Smucker Village.  You don’t even have to move your car for this one.  Enjoy a quick stroll into ‘town’ to check out the artisans at Smucker Village, grab a coffee and stay for the live music in the evening.  (June 9)

Heritage Days Fireworks Heritage Days*

Friday- Monday, Intercourse Park.  Share in this exciting celebration that includes everything the community has to offer ~ food, fun and fellowship (June 15 – 18)

 

 

 

 

Makers Market

Saturday, Lancaster Barnstormers Stadium.  Shop from 60+ vendors at this curated pop-up market of talented makers hawking their original creations, unique wares, and beautiful designs. Enjoy your favorite Summertime foods and local brews while listening to talented local musicians. (June 16)

Splash Into Summer*

Saturday, Kitchen Kettle Village.  Take a leisurely walk from Carriage Corner to Kitchen Kettle to enjoy a day of music and summer fun.  (June 16)

Amish Dinner Tour*

Saturdays, Intercourse Bikeworks.  This event is an 8-mile ride through our lovely farmlands.  After the ride, join the other riders around the dinner table with a local Amish Family.  Bike rentals available, space is limited, pre-registration is required. (June 16 and 23)

Full Moon Fundraiser

Saturday, Wolf Sanctuary of PA.  Enjoy a bonfire and live entertainment while touring the Wolf Sanctuary.  We’re happy to help make the reservations for you.  (June 30)

*Close enough you don’t even have to move your car.

Goats!

Best Kept Secrets – Goats

Goats - or kids

Thanks to the recent Best Kept Secrets Tour and some lovely guests we found out about many great places to visit when you are in visiting Lancaster County.

I was so excited when they came back the first day and told us they had been to a goat farm.  Goats!   I love goats – I couldn’t wait to go visit Misty Creek Goat Dairy in Leola.  According to Google Maps – Misty Creek is 5 miles from Carriage Corner – and did I mention they have Goats!!

Visiting:

Thankfully our daughter and son in law came to visit right after the guests had given us this Goats - well hello there!wonderful information!  Based on Little E’s nap and eating scheduled we had a little window to check out a farm.  It was a toss up between heading to Lapp Valley Farm to see the cows and get ice cream or heading over to Misty Creek to the see the goats.  We decided to grab Lapp Valley at Kitchen Kettle and go see the goats!  Misty Creek is open from 8a to 6p Monday through Saturday.  No appointment is necessary.

E was thrilled!  She’s at that stage where everything is a doggy.  But she was reaching out and petting the goats, laughing when they nibbled on my coat, and she sampled all the cheese.  Be advised when you stop at an Amish farm like this one you’ll need to have cash for your purchases.  The cheese was creamy and delicious. The soap smell light and there were some lovely little trinkets available to purchase.  If you’re visiting Kitchen Kettle – add Misty Creek Goats to your places to visit.  You won’t regret it!

Sew Camp Spring 2018 ~ In The Books!

CarriageCornerSewCamp Spring 2018 Review:

This was the third CarriageCornerSewCamp that we have held and it was the first time that the B&B was full of women who love to sew!  CarriageCornerSewCamp finally had the vibe that I was after.  There was the feeling that you had known everyone for years and while you might not agree with everything you had more in common than not.

Several of the campers arrived on Thursday.  The sewing space was set up and once the machines and projects had been carted into the house, the first few attendees claimed their spots and sewing started right away.

SewCamp Breakfast On Friday morning – 5 ladies enjoyed breakfast of Cami’s Kentucky Muffins, fruit salad, and Baked Potato Waffles topped with bacon and eggs.  Once the remaining Campers joined us at the dining room table and had a chance to rest from their drive.  While we were getting acquainted, Jay unloaded cars, put luggage into rooms and set up sewing machines.

 

 

FabricMart Shopping:Carriage Corner Sew Camp - FabricMart

– we all loaded up and headed for FabricMart – where Julie gave us a tour of the shop and we literally shopped until we dropped.  I think we were at FabricMart for almost 4 hours!!  Then we headed down the road to a charming coffee shop for a very late lunch which included lots of laughter.

We arrived back at the B&B in the early evening and everyone went to their sewing machines.  There was lots of talk about who bought what fabric and what everyone was making.  One “Camper” didn’t even bring fabric with her because she knew she was going to FabricMart.  She purchased some amazing pieces and set about sewing them up pronto!

There was a light, snacky, appetizer dinner catered and then a deep conversation happened late into Friday night.  A few of the Campers migrated to the sewing space while several stayed in the B&B dining room for the conversation.  THIS, This is what I was hoping for when we decided to host Sew Camps – yes, it’s about the sewing and the fabric shopping, BUT it’s also about the friendships that are made, the similarities we have with each other, the knowledge that is shared.  While there was lots of conversations there was also loads of laughter – the deep belly laughs where you laugh until you cry.  There will now be a couple of ‘secret message’ type comments – that only mean something to you if you were there and will make you smile.

There was sharing of information – if you check out the hashtag #CarriageCornerSewCamp on instagram, you’ll see a video on how to do the burrito method to finish the yoke of a shirt; Cennetta shared her favorite method of doing a full bust adjustment without adding a dart; several people tried on LaQuana’s already altered Ogden Cami to see if it fit them; and there was a lesson in making tailor tacks.  Sewing items and knowledge were shared like candy, there might have even been some tears when new besties left on Sunday.

Let me just say – if you get a chance to attend a sewing retreat weekend where there is no teacher and you work on your own projects during the weekend – I would strongly encourage you do it because it’s the things you can’t measure that make you miss the weekend when it’s over.  Yes – going home with 4 beautiful new garments is great – but the friendships you create will last a lifetime.

The next two pictures are grids from Instagram and our #CarriageCornerSewCamp hashtag.  The first one is what comes up at first – top posts.

Most Recent:

Carriage Corner Sew Camp

Upcoming CarriageCornerSewCamp Weekends:

There is one more CarriageCornerSewCamp Weekend scheduled for 2018 and the dates are:  Friday, September 14 through Sunday, September 16, 2018.  I have also set the dates for 2019 and they are:

  • March 29 – 31, 2019
  • June 20 – 24, 2019 – this one is 4.5 days and the rates are double; and
  • September 20 – 22, 2019

If you’d like more information about Carriage Corner and our Sew Camp Weekends please send an email to:  [email protected] and I’ll add you to the mailing list.  Or you can call or text me at 717-768-3059 or send me a direct message through Instagram with your email address.  I look forward to meeting you and sewing with you in the future.

Great Places to Shop for Quilt Fabric in Lancaster County

This is by no means an exhaustive list.  This is a list that was compiled by reaching out to guests who regularly come to Lancaster County to do some serious shopping for quilt fabric.   So, one bright and sunning afternoon last week – Jay and I jumped in the jeep with the list and made a large loop starting and ending at Carriage Corner.   I am not really a quilter, but I do use quilting fabric for making Jay’s bowling shirts.  Because of that, I don’t know what the current fabric lines are so can’t really speak to that in our travels.

Quilt Fabric Route Map

Quilt Fabric Route Map

Here are the shops on the list:

  • Quilt & Fabric Shack
  • Log Cabin Quilts
  • Cedar Lane
  • Family Farm Fabrics
  • Goods

In each shop, I asked the owners if it was okay if I took photos and was careful to only photograph the fabrics and the shop layout.  I did purchase just a few pieces of fabric along the route.

Quilt & Fabric Shack – I have noticed this shop prior to stopping in – they always have beautiful quilts hanging from the front porch.  There were quilts and quillows for sale inside the store.  They stocked a large selection of Mettler thread and had a large selection of quilting cottons that were organized in a pleasing manner.  I thought the prices were very good – most of the fabrics were around $8/yard and the jelly rolls were $27.

Quilt Fabric - backings Quilt Fabric Precuts Bolts of Quilt Fabric

Log Cabin Quilts – Again, this is another shop that I have noticed in our travels up and down The Old Philadelphia Pike.  Log Cabin Quilts is in Bird-in-Hand and in nice weather has beautiful quilts hung up outside.  This shop has the most amazing cotton flannel I have ever seen in my life.  If I could have talked Jay into a flannel button down shirt I would have bought some.  The price was incredibly reasonable and the fabric felt amazing!  This shop also carried mettler thread and had a huge selection of current quilt fabric along with several beautiful Cathedral Windows quilts for purchase.

Huge Room of Quilt Fabric Quilt Fabric Panels

Cedar Lane Dry Goods – This shop is attached to a house.  Be prepared to have dog greet you when you park and you may very well be parked next to an Amish horse & buggy.  I thought Cedar Lane had the best selection of notions that I had ever seen.  Tons of snaps in various colors; a wall of bias binding in solids and prints, buckets of reasonably priced zippers and a large selection of pretty buttons.  Cedar Lane’s fabrics {to me} seemed to be geared toward the Amish Woman who is making her family’s clothing.  There was lots of wide width poly fabrics.  I felt the quilt fabric selection was small – but I would go back just for the snaps and bias binding.

Zippers - Quilt Fabric Bias Binding - Quilt Fabric Snaps - Quilt Fabric

Family Farm Fabrics – Honestly, this was probably one of my favorite stops of the day – and I have to say it was because the woman working there was so incredibly nice.  We just happened to stop in on the random “if you name starts with M – get a 15% discount” day – and we did take advantage of it.  Jay picked out a conversation print for year round bowling shirt and I got some knitting themed fabric for project bags.  This shop also had a large selection of current quilt fabrics, lots of precuts – but my favorite was the selection of soft books and dolls panels that they had.  They were very neat and the prices were reasonable at right around $8 a panel.  I passed on them – which I’m sure I’ll regret as Eleanor gets older.  Also – attached and connected to Family Farm Fabrics in Martin’s Sewing Machine repair.  I took my serger to them and they did a wonderful job with it.  I believe they also do long arm quilting.

Doll Panel Quilt Fabric Table of Precut Quilt Fabric

Goods – Goods was our last stop of the day and while I wandered around the fabric section – Jay wandered around the entire store.  See Goods is an “everything but food” store.  Goods carries the Moda line of quilt fabric and it’s priced at just under $8/yard.  They also have a large selection of good quality, reasonably priced elastic, as well as other notions.

Beautiful Display of Quilt Fabric Quilt Fabric - selection of precuts

So – If you are a quilter – why not plan your Quilt Fabric Route as part of your trip.  If you have a favorite shop that sells quilt fabric that isn’t on the list – let me know, I’ll check it out and add it to the next round up.

Just a few reminders – We have the following specials happening – through the end of March get one night free when you book 3 using the code LUCK.  In April, book a 3 night stay and get double loyalty nights toward your free night.  Give us a call at 717-768-3059 or to book your stay in one of our quilt themed rooms!  You can always book your room directly through our website.  We look forward to meeting you and seeing what gorgeous quilt fabric you come back with.

What Is A Mud Sale?

vintage lawn game purchased at the Farmersville Mud SaleThis is a question we get asked often – what is a mud sale?  Are they selling mud?

The answer is no, they are not selling mud.  But you may be up to your knees in mud while attending one.

Mud Sales

A mud sale is basically a community fundraiser that supports the fire department.  In Lancaster County many of the fire departments are volunteer.  Over the years, they have figured out what does and doesn’t work to generate funds to support the fire department.  Mud Sales are the Giant Dahlia Quilt purchased at the Strasburg Mud Salething!  Because the mud sales start at the end of the Winter and many of the items are being auction off in the field, the fields can get quite muddy – hence the name.  Pro Tip:  Pack your wellies.

What Can You Buy at a Mud Sale?

I think a better question would be – what can’t you buy?  You can buy hand quilted Amish Quilts; furniture; buggies; horses; outdoor furniture; architectural elements and all manner of crafty items – from birdhouses to wooden flowers.   Pro Tip:  Know what you are looking for.

Beautiful wood swing purchased at the Strasburg Mud Sale

Food

At each of the mud sales we attended last year – the Ladies Auxiliary was set up and selling food – coffee, water, donuts, and corn chowder to name a few of the items readily available.  Also, there were several food trucks on the premises so you don’t have to leave when you get hungry.

Things to Know

Earlier this year, I wrote a blog post about attending the Mud Sales last year and what we learned.  Hopefully it will help you too.  The Mud Sales 

Vintage sled and old cast iron pot bellied stove purchased at the Gordonville Mud Sale

Are Coming!

Schedule

I posted the schedule through March on our Area Attractions page.

Book Your Stay

When you book your stay for one of the mud sales – let us know in the comments that’s what you’re coming in for.  We are offering a ‘grab & go’ breakfast for the people who want to get a jump start on the day.

We love going to the Mud Sales and look forward to hearing about your adventures and seeing your treasures!

Fire & Ice Festival

13th Annual Fire & Ice Festival

Fire & Ice Festival 2017

Friday:

It’s not too early to make plans to shake off your cabin fever and attend the Fire & Ice Festival.  2018 is the thirteenth annual Fire & Ice Festival.  The schedule works out so that you can check into your room at Carriage Corner and then head over to Lititz to watch the ice being carved into amazing sculptures.  Last year (2017) we had both of our girls with us and our grand daughter too, the weather was a balmy 70 degrees and the ice was melting – fast!  There is no danger of that happening this year – so pack your long johns and layer up!

Once you’ve had your fill of watching the ice being carved, why not head over to Appalachian Brewing Company for dinner?  This is one of our favorite places to go.  The service is always excellent.  They have a good appetizer menu and we enjoy the beer.  After dinner, take the scenic drive back to Carriage Corner where you can enjoy fresh cookies and a cup of coffee in front of either the gas flame fire in the common room or the electric fire in your guest room.

Saturday:

Fire & Ice Festival - Ice Throne

Krystle, Eleanor & Jessica

After enjoying our filling hot breakfast – head back over the Lititz to wander around and see the finished ice sculptures.  Stand in line to sit in the ice throne (we’re looking forward to getting years of photos of Eleanor in the Ice Throne).

Options for lunch are plentiful:

  • eat at one of the many food trucks at the park;
  • enjoy the chili cook-off (the fire); or
  • stop into a local cafe.

Don’t forget there is also a carnival at Warwick High School from 11a – 3p.

The Fire is the Chili Cook – Off:

So, we’ve talked about the Ice, but what is the Fire part of the Fire & Ice Festival you ask?  Well, that would be the chili.  There is a chili cookoff that included chili from 20 different local chefs.  You do need an admission button to sample the chili at the chili cook off.  Buttons are $10 and should be purchased in advance at Stauffer’s of Kissel Hill.

This year’s Fire & Ice Festival starts on Friday, February 16, 2018 – so plan to celebrate your Valentine in style with a beautiful weekend away, a fun festival that supports the local community and some good food.  Call 717-768-3059 to book your room now!  We can’t wait to meet you and hear about your weekend at the festival.  Maybe we’ll bump into you while we’re waiting to get Eleanor’s 2018 Ice Throne photo!

The Mud Sales Are Coming!

Furniture finds at the Mud Sales

We bought this beautiful piece of furniture which now holds the coffee and snacks

Do you know about the Mud Sales?

Mud Sales are a Lancaster County “Thing” and a pretty big thing too.  Every weekend from the end of February straight through to early April there is a mud sale somewhere in Lancaster County.  Each community fire department has a mud sale where people bring items to auction off.  Think high end garage sale – you can find antiques, hand-made quilts, outdoor furniture, indoor furniture, sewing machines, buggies, food and even horses!  If you are looking for it – it can be found at a Lancaster County Mud Sale!

Tips to help you enjoy the Mud Sales

Last year was our first year in Lancaster County and our first experience at Mud Sales.  We have some tips:

  • Go early – either the day before or prior to the start of the sale to get your bidder number and have a little look around
  • Know your spending limits – mud sales are auctions and it’s easy to get carried away with the excitement of it all
  • Have a shopping list in mind – if you only need a sled to decorate for the holidays – look at the sleds and not the swings 🙂
More Mud Sale finds you can't live without

I loved this set of metal wash bins

Schedule of the February and March Mud Sales

I’ve put an asterisk* by the sales we attended.

  • Strasburg Spring Mud Sale* – February 24, 2018
  • Bart Township Mud Sale – March 3, 2018
  • Gordonville Spring Mud Sale* – March 10, 2018
  • Airville Fire Co. Spring Mud Sale – March 17, 2018
  • West Earl Fire Company Mud Sale – March 17, 2018
  • Farmersville Mud Sale* – March 22, 2018
  • Gap Fire Company Mud Sale – March 24, 2018

Honestly – Farmersville was our favorite of the bunch.  It was smaller and in the evening.  But Strasburg was amazing and Gordonville is huge and very well known.

 

Short video of a Mud Sale Auction

Tips for attending:

 

  • Dress warmly – you never know what the weather will be
  • Bring your checkbook – most of the fire departments will take a personal check and many will add a surcharge for using a credit card
  • Stay someplace where you can get a good hot breakfast to keep you going all day.  We will be offering a hearty grab and go hot breakfast during mud sale season
  • Book your room early – the mud sales are very popular and people come from far away to attend.  Last year we met people from New York, New Jersey, North Carolina, Tennessee and Kentucky during the mud sales.

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.

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.