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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

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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.

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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!

 

Upcoming Events – Area Attractions

Hi everyone – I’m pretty sure I’m in the minority – but I’m really looking forward to snow.  I love snow and honestly, part of the reason we moved to Central Pennsylvania was to experience 4 seasons.  We arrived during a particularly lovely Fall and even had a chance to get out and do some driving through the mountains in early November to really see the colors.  But now, now it’s Winter and Winter means snow.  My understanding is that Seattle is getting all of our snow and we are enjoying beautiful, bright, clear – but incredibly cold days.  Thankfully, we’ve been up to our eyeballs in freshening up the rooms, so other than quick dog walks have been inside.

photo from Lititz Fire & Ice Festival website

photo from Lititz Fire & Ice Festival website

Anyway – if you are coming to Lancaster in February, I’ve updated the Area Attractions page with upcoming events.  There are some really fun things happening around the area this month.  Starting with the Fire & Ice Festival in Lititz the 17 – 20, I’ve checked the schedule and there are some fun things happening – I may drag Jay out to view the ice sculptures and maybe for the chili cookoff – that’s his style.

Lititz Springs Park is located just 16 miles from Carriage Corner and it’s an easy drive to enjoy the Fire & Ice Festival and all the fun events.

The next weekend, February 24  – 26, 2017, Downtown Lancaster is celebrating the roots of American Music with their Lancaster Roots & Blues Festival.  A full calendar can be found here:  Roots & Blues Schedule.

And once all that is done – well, then the Mud Sales start.  I’ve been hearing so much about the Mud Sales and I’m really looking forward to attending, as well as donating loads of stuff we’ve decluttered to our local volunteer fire department.  I will keep the Area Attractions page updated monthly and details can be found here.

Also – during the month of February, we are running a Winter Special – Sunday through Thursday, any room just $99 a night.  This includes all of the regular amenities that are available.  We have a coffee/snack station to get you through to dinner time which is stocked with fresh baked cookies and fruit, a large assortment of tea and a keurig if you need coffee or cocoa.  The fireplace in the common area is always ready to be turned on so you can snuggle down into the loveseat with a good book, maybe one about the Amish or one of the mysteries that line the bookshelves of the common area.  We also have a jigsaw puzzle partly done at all times during the cold months – there’s just something about find that one piece, isn’t there?  Or possibly you want to beat the pants off your travelling companion at Scrabble – well we have that too!  The price is already adjust through the booking system so you don’t need to do anything special, and if you booked before the special when live – well, your price has been adjusted because that’s the right thing to do.

I hope you’ll give us a chance when you come to Lancaster County.  We look forward to meeting you.    Gaylen & Jay, your hosts