Month: September 2018

Fall Into Lancaster

By / Carriage Corner, Lancaster County, What To Do / Comments Off on Fall Into Lancaster

Fall is a fabulous time to visit Lancaster.  The air is cooled enough you can comfortably be outside without wearing a coat.  The leaves are starting to change and there are fun things to do inside and out.

Once again – I’ve scoured the internet trying to find fairs; craft shows; live theatre; corn mazes; farms to pick gourds, fresh fruit and pumpkins; and other fun things to do.

This Fall’s Fairs

West Lampeter Fall FlyerSeptember 26 – 28 West Lampeter will be holding it’s 94th annual West Lampeter Community Fair.  This is how the fair is described on their website:  The three-day event provides friendly competition among neighbors and a wholesome, educational atmosphere for all ages. Farmers and small gardeners can compare their produce at one central location. Children can learn to appreciate quality food products and farm animals. Our Youth Program is especially designed to encourage both boys and girls to exhibit in all categories of baking, canning, cooking, art, sewing, fruits, vegetables, plants and animals.

 

Midway at the New Holland FairOctober 3 – 6, 2018 New Holland will hold it’s Farmers Fair.  Every year the streets of New Holland close to traffic and the center of town transforms into a celebration of farm and community. The crisp autumn air is sweetened with funnel cake, hot cinnamon rolls, and cotton candy. Laughter rings out and dazzling lights shine on the midway filled with thrilling rides and games of chance. The four day event kicks off with the Spectacle of Bands Parade Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. where excitement and attendance is at its peak. The entire two-mile route is flooded with spectators and is quite a sight to see. There is something for everyone throughout the week including an FFA tractor driving contest and a Swine and Sheep Show and Sale at the New Holland Sales Stables. The Tug-of-War and Pedal Power take place on Franklin Street. A Bake Sale and Kid’s Day are held in the ambulance parking lot. Saturday starts off with a Horseshoe-Pitching Contest at the park and continues with a Pet Parade and Baby Parade on Main Street. In addition, there are a whole host of exhibits to enjoy. The New Holland Farmer’s Fair, known to many as “Farm Show”, has been around for over 75 years and has a very rich and colorful history.

You can find more Fall Fairs here.

Fall Craft Shows

Creatively Lancaster has 2 Fall Maker’s Markets this year.  October 13 at the Barnstormers Arena and November 24th at Spooky Nook.  Get ready to get your handmade holiday shop on!

Will update as I find more.

Live Theatre

American Music Theatre is running Songs of the Silver Screen

Dutch Apple has Sister Act running until November 10th and then they start their Christmas Show

Treasure Island is at the Fulton until October 14th.  After that they have The Mystery of Irma Vep until November 4th.  They wrap up the year with A Christmas Carol.

Rainbow Comedy Playhouse is running Love, Lies & the Lottery until the end of October.  Then Christmas in Paradise starts.

Sight & Sound is showing Jesus.

Check our Area Attractractions Page for links to each theatre.

Fall Corn Mazes

Check out this fall post for tasty pumpkin recipes and a list of local corn mazes.

This year the Cherry Crest Adventure Farm’s corn maze theme is The Amazing Maize.

Farms

Head Over to Kinzer to get gourds at Smucker’s Gourd Farm.  You can buy painted gourds or gourds that are ready for painting.  Henry Beiler has a gourd farm on Strasburg Pike in Lancaster.

You can head to the Country Barn to pick your own pumpkins – because we all need sugar pumpkins for some of these yummy pumpkin recipes; for decorating and for carving and roasting their seeds!   Here’s a list of farms where you can pick your own.

Don’t forget to head over to Cherry Hill Orchards for you pick peaches & apples.  We went in August and had a great time!  We picked over 100 pounds of fruit – including peaches, nectarines and apples.

Other Fun Fall Things

scooter

photo: Strasburg Scooters

Head over to Strasburg Scooters and take a covered bridge scooter tour.

Or grab the list from our gift shop and head out on the Ice Cream Trail!

No matter what you choose to do this Fall you are sure to have a great time.  Don’t forget to check out our rooms and then make your reservations.  Remember, we have the firepit for your Fall evening enjoyment.

What’s For Breakfast?

By / Carriage Corner, Food / Comments Off on What’s For Breakfast?

What’s for Breakfast?  We get asked this question quite often.  The answer depends, quite honestly, on several things.

Zucchini Spice MuffinsDeciding Factors on What’s Served for Breakfast

1.  Are there any dietary restrictions we need to accommodate?

Personally, I hate being the one person who is single out at any event.  So, if someone at the table is gluten free, I’m sorry, but you’re all eating gluten free for a meal or two.  Will you know that?  Nope.  I don’t broadcast that the meal is gluten free, I just let the one person know that they are able to enjoy it.

2.  What day is it?

Bread or Eggs?  See – we alternate our main course daily.  Between eggs and bread.

3.  How many guests are there?

There are some things that I won’t make when we have a full house.  Mainly because they are too time consuming or it just takes too much time to do it correctly.  Examples of this would be the following:  Baked potato waffles; bacon; and or poached eggs.

4.  What’s in Season?

I always take into account what’s in season currently as far as fresh fruit and veggies.

Breakfast HashWhy Chef’s Choice for Breakfast?

There’s a couple reasons for this.  The main one is that our kitchen is open to guests and it’s a standard home kitchen.  I don’t have any official training nor a commercial kitchen.  It would be incredibly hard for me to cook 5 different dishes and have them all ready at the same time with everyone watching me make a huge mess.  Trust me when I say, I make a big enough mess doing just one main dish.

Next, when we used to go away and stay at bed and breakfasts, I honestly liked the surprise of finding out what’s for breakfast.  I did have a few unfavorable reactions including:  nothing but bagels and lox and surprising good – pork chops with eggs & potatoes.  Also, if we serve something that you absolutely do not like and forgot to mention, we are happy to scramble up some eggs or offer you the ever present cheerios.

Ham & Cheddar SconesWhy Do We Only Have One Breakfast Serving Time?

Have you stayed with us?  If so you can probably guess the answer.  If not. let me tell you.  We have one huge, beautiful dining room table.  I believe it gets a little awkward for people who arrive later to breakfast to join the table.  Although we always accommodate guests who are late.  Also – see Why Chef’s Choice above.  Because of the size of our home and the floor plan, there really isn’t the ability to add more tables and let people chose when to eat.

Isn’t the point of staying at a B&B to meet other people?  How do you do that if you are eating by yourself?  The communal table encourages conversation, laughter and lingering over breakfast.

bowl of sliced fresh peachesFresh is Best When it Comes to Breakfast

If you follow us on facebook  or Instagram you may notice that I often use the hashtag #freshisbest or #eatyouryard I am always trying to find ways to serve up what is currently being picked from the garden – you may have been served a side salad with lettuce picked that morning from the back deck; fresh basil on your freshly picked tomatoes; butternut squash that we grew added to your breakfast hash or hashbrowns.  This summer I developed a recipe for Zucchini Spice muffins and the zucchini came from the garden.

I would say that 9 times out of 10 if there is jam on the table, I’ve made it from fruit that was either grown by Mr. Carriage Corner or that we picked locally.

On top of that – we source our eggs from a local farm right down the road – these are cage free hens and they eggs are super fresh.  We buy butter and milk from Lapp Valley Farm.  Fruits and Veggies that we don’t grow ourselves we get from the local fruit stand at the nearest farm.  Oh, and that balsamic that we put on the fruit?  It comes from The Olive Basin at Kitchen Kettle!  The only thing we haven’t successfully sourced yet is good local pork – because let’s face it, pork is really the only breakfast meat.  Well, unless it’s Father’s Day and we’re grillin’ up some steak and eggs.

Feedback – All About Breakfast

So, talk to us.  What do you like about breakfast at a B&B?

  • Is it the conversation?
  • Breakfast you wouldn’t normally make at home?
  • A little dessert to finish off your breakfast?
  • Lingering over a cup of coffee and fresh peach scone?

Why Not Book at Room and Join us for Breakfast?

All of our rooms are named after quilt blocks.  Read about how we made those decisions and then view our rooms and pick your favorite.  We make it really easy to book – you can call (717-768-3059); text (717-768-3059); book online; or message us through facebook.  We look forward to meeting you and visiting over breakfast.  It really is our favorite meal of the day.