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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:

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  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.

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.

What’s Happening October?

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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.

KitchenKettleVillageEvents

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.

 

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!

What Happening Around Town?

So – why would you come to Lancaster? I mean, what is there to do? I’ve been doing some research – some of the actual attended it myself and had a great time variety and some of the online variety.

SwingIn the next couple of weeks there are some really, really fun things happening. Seriously – if you’ve never been to a mud sale – get yourself out here. We’ve now been to 3; Strasburg, Gordonville, and Farmersville. Most likely, your first question is what is a mud sale? Well, typically, the mud sales happen in the Spring (check) when the snow is melting (check) and the fields are full of mud. So, bring your boots and come prepared to get dirty. Next, everything at the mud sale is sold auction style, so when you arrive get your bidder number. Also know that everything sold supports the fire department of the city/town/village that is holding the mud sale. Last – know what you are looking for and what your top bid is before you go in. Everything – and I mean literally everything – is available to be bought (won) at the mud sale.

At the Strasburg sale we managed to pick up an Adirondack chair for the yard and a beautiful swing. Jay also added a bunch of birdhouses to the yard and we’re enjoying watching the birds find them. We also found 2 quilts – a beautiful one for Dahlia’s bed and one for the pull out in Log Cabin.

DresserAt the Gordonsville sale we couldn’t get near the quilts if we tried, and we did try. Gordonsville’s sale was HUGE! We managed to stumble into the yard furniture section just as they were finishing and picked up a couple of candy colored chairs and a table for the back yard. There are plans for a fire pit and you need to be able to sit around it. We also picked up some fabulous furniture which has been cleaned and moved into the B&B. Lancaster Rose has a lovely new dresser and the snack station has a new sideboard that has room to house the table linens.

Finally, at the Farmersville sale – I found the quilt of my dreams and hubby won the bid on it.  We also bought several quilts, some for the B&B and some for resale.  That wasn’t our original intention, but we ended up with many, many beautiful quilts and we don’t need them all.  So, if you are staying here and fall in love with the hand quilted quilt on your bed, ask – it might just be for sale.  Quilt of Dreams

If you haven’t already figured it out – I had a fabulous time at the mud sales.  I’m going to start a list of the things I need in preparation for next years’ sales and be on the look out for that one just right piece that will complete our vision of the B&B and make that perfect blend of comfort and relaxation.

The mud sales aren’t over yet – the Gap Mud Sale is this coming weekend, Friday, March 24th & Saturday, March 25th .  And there are sales in early April, May, June, August, September & October, the full list of sales can be seen here.  The Gordonville Fall Sale is a another good one for getting a hand-quilted quilt – and it’s not too early to book your room now.

Also happening around town in the near future?  Gardenspot is hosting their annual full & half marathon on April 7.  If you book a room – let us know if you need drop off and pick up service for the race.  We’re happy to provide that to make your race a little bit easier.

That will get us into early April.  May will bring the rhubarb festival at Kitchen Kettle Village – but more will be coming about that soon.  So – talk to me people, the comments are working – what do you want to know about?  Do you want recipes?  Do you want to know what inspires me to try a new breakfast?  Do you want to see more pictures of the B&B?  Or do you just want to know what specials we are offering?  Talk back to me – I want to know and I’m looking forward to hearing from you.

Lititz Fire & Ice Festival

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Krystle, Eleanor Leigh, and Jessica in the Ice Chair – brrrr

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Beautiful ice castle. This thing was huge – actual castle proportions 😉

This is our first Winter in Lancaster County and as I research fun things for you all to do while you stay here, we’re taking advantage of some of them too.

So, on President’s Day Weekend, when our oldest daughter was visiting from Seattle and our youngest daughter (the new Momma) and our beautiful brand new granddaughter (Eleanor Leigh) were in town visiting, we loaded everyone up and headed into Lititz to wander around the Fire & Ice Festival.  Lititz was a short drive, made a bit longer by all the traffic heading to the festival.  We stayed off of the main freeways and enjoyed the driving along the farmroads.

Luckily for us, it was an amazingly warm Spring-like day.  Which had the crowds out in huge numbers – but caused the ice to melt much, much faster than it would have normally in February in Lancaster County.  You can see, except for the baby, we were all walking around in our shirtsleeves.

There was so much to do at the Park where the Fire & Ice Festival was held.  You should check out the “official photos” of the event, because the Ice Sculptures were amazing, but like I said, starting to melt by the time we got there.

There was also a chili cook-off which we really wanted to attend, but not knowing where to purchase the buttons, we decided to grab lunch from the food trucks available at the park. We were amazed to find plenty of gluten free and dairy free options for the girls who have food issues.  And Jay & I had some amazing smoked chili, smoked mac & cheese and nachos.  Other than all the things smoked – there was no rhyme or reason to what we ate.  Also, since Eleanor isn’t really old enough yet, we skipped the carnival this year.  But will take her in a few years.

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Eleanor Leigh with the Ice (we’ve bought her sunnies since then).

After walking all around the park, looking at the all the Ice Sculpture and trying to figure out what they were before they started melting, we headed to main street.  There was a giant chair made of ice.  The girls (mind you, they are our kids, but obviously, they are adults!) wanted to sit in the chair.  They stood in line and waited their turn.  Krystle was wearing the baby, so she stayed warm.  Kystle said, even though there was a pad on the seat that it was COLD!  Jessica was the smart one and just stood behind the chair.

After leaving the park, we crossed the street and headed for Wilbur chocolates.  My first experience with Wilbur was last November when guests brought us a box of milk chocolate buds.   These little buds are darling to look at, but the chocolate is heavenly and they just melt in your mouth.  We came home with both milk & dark chocolate buds, some salted caramels and chocolate covered raisins.  I’m hoping they last a long time, but the buds will most likely end up in a candy dish in the common area.

We felt like the Ice Festival was a lot of fun. It was a short drive along beautiful farmlands and didn’t really get congested until we got very close to the park.  It’s an annual event and we’re looking forward to going again next year!