March Into Lancaster

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It is said that March comes in like a lion and out like a lamb.  We started the month by marching into Lancaster with snow.  By the end of March, the flowers will all be blooming and the weather will be perfect for evenings in the swing.  But, what to do in the meantime?  Well, it’s Lancaster County and there is no shortage of fun things to do, some free, some not.

Enjoy Nature:Lake with Snow Geese and bare trees

Starting March 1 – the snow geese are back at Middle Creek.  Take a camera and tripod and capture some amazing photos.  Dress warm, because the wind can really blow through here!  There are also some lovely paths to hike (literally marching into Lancaster)  while trying to find the best view of the snow geese.

Take a backroads bike tour with Intercourse Bikeworks

Spend a day at Longwood Gardens.  The meadows are lovely and filled with hiking paths for your enjoyment.  But, the orchids in the conservatory will knock your socks off!

Have a Great Meal:

March 4 – 10th – it’s Restaurant week in downtown Lancaster.  Now before you get worried about going into the ‘big city,’ know that downtown is 11 miles from Carriage Corner and Restaurant Week is the best time to check out an interesting restaurant for a fixed price.

March 5 – Fasnachts Day – head out to Roots Country Market and grab your Fasnachts from Mary Jane

March 15 – 17 Annie Bailey’s Irish Public House Straight from Annie’s website:  Everyone’s favorite holiday is upon us! And if celebrating at Downtown Lancaster’s favorite authentic Irish pub isn’t alluring enough, then perhaps an ENTIRE WEEKEND filled with loads of live music, Irish dancing, festive food, delicious drink & hanging on the deck (weather permitting!) will all help to sway you in the right direction… Sláinte!

Experience a Fabulous Live Production:

March 9 – Haven’t seen Jesus yet?  Well the show is back until October 5, this is one you don’t want to miss.  Click to read our review.  Also, note that we can get discounted tickets for you – because everyone wants to save a little money!

March 16 – Nana Does Vegas at Rainbow Comedy Playhouse – as all shows at Rainbow are, this one looks to be funny!

All month long, American Music Theater is having great concerts.

Get Crafty:

March 4 – also starts Yarn Camp at Lancaster Yarn Shop.  Check out Craft March for more information.

March 9 – shop from handmade crafts at the Maker’s Market

March 27 is the start of the AQS Show in Lancaster.

Pick Your Favorite Room:

A photo of Lancaster Rose, Queen Sized bed with beautiful Amish appliqued quilt.  So, now that you know all the fun things there are to do, why not pick your favorite room?  I did a live tour of Log Cabin and Lancaster Rose on facebook – check it out and then call to make your reservation!

Divider color barn

Friendly staff, clean rooms, and a delicious breakfast

Thoughtful amenities · Quiet rooms – Pat P., PA, via facebook

Get Away – Mud Sale Edition

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Sometimes planning a get away to a new area is hard.  So, what if we planned it all out for you?  Let’s plan a 4 night get away at Carriage Corner during Mud Sale Season, because we know you love finding a bargain!

Day 1, Thursday:

photo of the cheese plate you can add onto any stay at Carriage Corner Check into Carriage Corner, unload your bags and relax with a lovely cheese plate waiting for you.

After relaxing for a bit, get into the car and head to Pasquale’s Italian restaurant.  Their garlic knots are amazing, so make sure you order them to start.  They have gluten free pasta which is very good as well.

After dinner, come back to Carriage Corner and cozy up in the guest lounge with a cup of coffee and a book from our lending library, or your favorite hand work – it is National Craft Month, after all.

Day 2, Friday:

After enjoying a relaxing, freshly prepared breakfast that meets all of your dietary requirements, why not head over to Green Dragon?  Green Dragon is an amazing farmers/flea market.  You’ll find fabulous baked goods there as well as loads of fresh local veggies.  Don’t forget we have a fridge available for your use, so you don’t have to worry about your produce.

LBC Tap Room - Bacon SamplerOn your way to the mud sale venue, take a quick stop in Ephrata at Weathered Vineyards Wine Tasting Room (don’t forget to ask us for the discount code).   Then continue on your way to preview this week’s mud sale items.  Don’t forget to register for your bidder number while you are there.  It will make getting started that much easier!

Friday evening, I’d suggest a stop into Lancaster Brewing – either the Tap Room on 30 or the main location downtown.  Their burgers are amazing – as is everything else on the menu!  Tell them you’re staying at Carriage Corner for a discount on your food.

Upon arriving back at Carriage Corner, we’d love to sit and hear all about your day.  Or curl up in your room and watch a movie before having a peaceful night’s sleep.

Day 3, Saturday:

Because the mud sale starts so early, we’ll be waiting for you in the kitchen, which a hot packed breakfast.  Bring a travel mug so you don’t have to miss out on our fabulous coffee.

Spend the day at the mud sale, patience will be your friend – especially if you are waiting for a particular item.  Grab lunch at the mud sale as the ladies auxiliary will be there with food.  Once you’ve left the mud sale, may we suggest a trip up to Lapp Valley Farm for some incredible ice cream?

End the day with reservations at the Historic Revere Tavern.  We’re happy to make reservations for you.

Day 4, Sunday:

Take your time on Sunday morning you have nowhere to be.  Enjoy your breakfast over conversation with the other guests.  Tell them all about the treasures you found at the mud sale and the great bargains.  Be prepared for show and tell.

After breakfast, take a short drive up to Columbia and spend a couple of hours at the Turkey Hill Experience.  Do try the Ice Cream Experience (where you get to create your own ice cream flavor) and also the tea experience.  When you are done there, head down the road to Burning Bridge Antiques Market and why not grab dinner at Mr. Joe’s Steak House before heading back to Carriage Corner to revisit your relaxing day?

Day 5, Monday:

4 flats or 10 dozen farm fresh brown eggsDarn! Today after your fabulous breakfast, you have to go home 🙁  We are going to be so sad to see you leave.  But we’ll tell you were to shop on your way home so you can go back with your car loaded down with fresh groceries from Amish Country.

First, we’re going to send you across the street to grab some fresh eggs from cage free chickens!  This is where we get all of our eggs and they are fabulous.  Next, why not make a stop into Centerville Bulk foods and stock up on baking supplies – I get mini chips here, as well as flavor extracts and sprinkles for cookies.  Don’t forget to stop by Kitchen Kettle Village – The Olive Basin is where we get the flavored balsamic we put on your morning fruit cup, then go around the corner to the Jam & Relish Kitchen – pick up some pickles and peanut butter smear.  Don’t forget to stop into Aged & Cured for cheese and meat for your ride home.  Finally, go across 340 and up Center Street to Stoltfus meats and stock up.

Once you are home and enjoying all your fresh fruits, veggies, eggs & meat – call to make your next reservation at Carriage Corner!

Crafty March

I am a crafty gal!  I love knitting, sewing and cooking.  I love taking a craft class and getting to meet people who have similar interests to mine.  I really enjoy spending a couple hours learning a new knitting technique and then coming home and practice that technique.  Let Carriage Corner be your base as you explore some wonderful crafts and the classes that are offered in Lancaster County.

Because I now live in Amish County, I have been starting to do some quilting too!  It’s fun.  If you’re a quilter, check out this post on places to look for fabric.  Mr. Carriage Corner likes to play with wood and dirt (he’s a gardener).  Garden season isn’t here quit yet, but feel free to check out this post on local greenhouses to visit.

There are lots of really great craft classes and crafty things going on March, regardless of your craft, here are just a few things happening around Carriage Corner during March.

Fall Colors in Yarn, Lancaster Yarn Shop, Kitchen KettleYarn

Lancaster Yarn Shop, located in Kitchen Kettle Village offers a Yarn Camp twice a year.  The Spring Yarn camp starts on Monday, March 4 with an absolute beginners class.  Followed by magic loop, lace knitting, knit night, brioche and the week wraps up with the only paid class – a full day class where you learn to make your own fair isle cowl and have lunch at the Kling House in Kitchen Kettle.

Most of the classes are scheduled so that you can start your day enjoying our freshly prepared breakfast with a cup of coffee or two.  We are close enough to Kitchen Kettle that you can grab your supplies and walk on down when you’re ready!  After your class is over, head back to the B&B and curl up in the common area to work on what you learned or prepare the homework for the next day’s lesson.

Beautiful Display of Quilt Fabric - Log Cabin Quilt ShopFabric

The Old Country Store is located right across the street from Lancaster Yarn Shop!  The Old Country Store has a quilty retreat planned from Friday, March 15 through Sunday, March 17.  Andrea Hoke is the instructor, while this is a work on your own projects retreat, I’ve taken a class with Andrea and she is knowledgeable and patient.  The Old Country Store has lots of great classes available regularly.

While you might need to leave for The Old Country Store a little bit earlier that you’d need to leave for Lancaster Yarn Shop, it’s located a short drive away – 5 minutes tops!  We are happy to serve breakfast earlier or pack a brown bag breakfast for you.  Nobody leaves Carriage Corner for the day hungry!  Bring your go cup so you can take a cup of our popular coffee with you to class!

Quilt Week

The American Quilter’s Society holds a show in Lancaster every year that rivals Paducah.  The quilts that are shown are stunning and the vendors are amazing!  This year, quilt week starts on Wednesday, March 27 and runs through Saturday, March 30.  As always with early morning events, we’ll have grab and go breakfast so you can get to your class on time.  It’s an easy drive from Carriage Corner to the Quilt Week Venue.


Maybe you’re into all those charming wood signs with lovely sayings on them?  Well I found a place you can take classes and make one of those too!  Board & Brush is located on Fruitville Pike and has classes and they look like lots of fun!  I might have talk Mr. Carriage Corner into taking one 🙂

So, while there is always something to do in Lancaster, maybe you want to schedule a get away and do something crafty while you’re here.

Get Outta Town – You Know You Want To!

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As I’m writing up this blog post, we’re getting our first snowfall of 2019.  The yard is currently white.  If you believe the weatherman, then the snow will stop soon and it will just get very, very cold.  So – take a chance on some of these fun February events and get out while it’s not quite so busy and enjoy all the Lancaster County has to offer.

Here’s a short list of February Events and things to do happening in and around Carriage Corner for you to enjoy:

  • February 1st is First Friday in downtown Lancaster.  It’s a great chance to try a new restaurant, listen to live music and enjoy some art.
  • Live Music every Friday and Saturday night from 7 – 9 at the Corner Coffee Shop.  The Corner Coffee Shop is located across from Kitchen Kettle and is a nice 10 minute walk from Carriage Corner.
  • Chicago is playing at the Fulton Theatre until February 17th!  This is a fun show loaded with songs we all know.
  • Rainbow Comedy Playhouse starts their next show, InLaws, Outlaws and Other Family Members at the end of January and it runs until March 9.  And they are offering a special for Valentine’s Day.  Friday nights are a great time to go with discounted show tickets, chips & salsa and you can order drinks, apps and dessert off the menu for an additional fee.  A cozy winter evening at the Ephrata Cloister
  • Every Thursday through the end of March, the Historic Ephrata Cloister is offering an enjoyable escape at the annual Winter History Class
  • After celebrating a romantic Valentine’s Day, why not take your sweetie to a Murder Mystery?  The Revere Tavern is hosting May You Live Forever
  • Into hiking?  Why not join Naturalist Lisa Sanchez for a walk under the sugaring full moon?  You need to register by February 19th for the hike on Wednesday, February 20th.
  • Take a day trip out to Middle Creek to see the Snow Geese.
  • On Friday, February 15th the annual Fire & Ice Show in Lititz starts.  Festivities kick off with live music in the square, pyrotechnic and the DiMartino Ice Company carving scultuptures startin at 5pm.  Go back on Saturday and stroll the streets of charming downtown Lititz, grab a cup of coffee, lunch from one of the many foodtrucks or just have your fill of Wilbur buds.  This is one event we look forward to year after year.
  • Friday, February 22 – Mud Sale Season starts with the Strasburg Mud Sale.  Check out the full schedule on our blog.
  • February 23rd spend an intimate evening with Kristin Chenoweth at American Music Theatre.

Remember – the shops are all still open, it’s just the crowds that are missing.  February has 2 holiday weekends – Valentine’s Day and Presidents Day.

It’s Time to Get Muddy!

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At a Mud Sale that is 🙂   If you’re looking for something specific, you very well might find it at a mud sale.  Be aware they start early and we’re happy to make you a hot “grab and go breakfast” so you still get our B&B breakfast to give you the energy to stay till the end of the auctions.

Here’s the 2019 Mud Sale Schedule and a little report of what we’ve found at each one in years past.Glass Oil Bottles found by Carriage Corner at a Mud Sale

  • February 23, 2019 – Strasburg Spring Mud Sale We’ve won the auctions on several beautiful quilts and some wonderful outdoor furniture at Strasburg.  I’ve also seen some gorgeous paned glass windows that went for a song.  Unfortunately, we were to late to be able to purchase any of those.
  • March 2, 2019 – Bart Mud Sale Bart was probably my favorite of the auctions.  Seriously!  I never even went into the firehall to see the quilts.  We bought 2 twin beds which Mr. Carriage Corner turned into wonderful benches.  The plants were also plentiful, although you really have to be on your game to get a good price on the plants.  There were loads of Amish gathered round bidding on the plants.
  • March 9, 2019 – Gordonville Spring Mud Sale & Auction Gordonville is known for their antiques and collectibles.  Although they only have the Saturday listed, the last 2 years they have auctioned the majority of the antiques on Friday night.  So, if that’s what you’re looking for make sure you check in early.  Gordonville also had amazing quilts and loads of collectibles such as glass oil bottles with the metal carriers.
  • March 16, 2019 – Penryn Mud Sale
  • March 16, 2019 – Airville Mud Sale
  • March 16, 2019 – West Earl Mud Sale
  • March 21, 2019 – Farmersville Mud Sale This was another great sale!  Most of this one happened inside the firehouse.  The quilts were gorgeous, but the ladies auxiliary knocks themselves out with the doughnuts!  If nothing else, you wanted to attend this one for the baked goods.
  • March 23, 2019 – Gap Mud Sale
  • April 6, 2019 – Robert Fulton Mud Sale We have guests who have come two years in a row to attend this sale.  Last year they won the bid for several peanut jars – in both pink and green!  Being a Nosy Nelly, I asked what she got them for – honestly it was between a third and half of what I’d seem them go for at Gordonville.
  • April 13, 2019 – Rawlinsville Mud Sale
  • April 20, 2019 – Schoeneck Mud Sale
  • May 2019 – Fivepointville Mud Sale
  • May 11, 2019 – Honey Brook Mud Sale
  • May 18, 2019 – Weaverland Valley Mud Sale
  • June 2019 – Kinzer Mud Sale
  • June 22, 2019 – Refton Mud Sale
  • June 27 & 28, 2019 – Lancaster County Carriage & Antique Action This is the Bird in Hand Mud Sale – the weather is generally hot!  You’ll want to go by on Thursday and take a look around.  Get your bidder number and decide what you want.  This sale, like a few of the others, has lots of antiques and collectibles and dealers are in attendance.  So come prepared to pay a little bit higher price than you might at other sales.


What Can You Expect to Find?Sample Treasures from a Mud Sale

Quoting from The Official Mud Sale Guide you’ll find items such as: “building materials, horses, ponies, tack and feed, antiques, Amish-made furniture, craft items, buggies, carriages, tools, farming equipment and supplies, tractors and engines, groceries and produce, garden items, shrubbery, plants, sheds and gazebos, sporting goods, firewood, housewares, and some of the most amazing Amish quilts one could ever find.”

Some Tips

We’ve found that if you can stop by the venue the day before you can have a good look around and get a schedule of the auction times for the day of the auction.  It’s also helpful to get your bidder number in advance of the auctions actually starting, that way you don’t miss out on something you really want while you are standing in line waiting for your number.

I also find it really helpful to know what I’m looking for and what I’m willing to pay for said items.  I am a tough cookie when it comes to auctions and I have a firm “don’t go over” number in my head from the get go.  I’m also not good at deciding if I want something in the heat of the moment – I could still kick myself for the missing out on a beautiful singer treadle when the auctioneer said sold (for $12!) while I was still trying to puzzle out where I would put it.  Don’t be me.

Book your rooms early and book direct!  The mud sales are incredibly popular and we will fill up.  As I mentioned, we have a few grab and go hot breakfast items we’ve been working on to get you out the door earlier so you won’t miss a thing.

Handmade Holiday

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Do you and your family go the “Homemade Holiday” route?  Are you running out of time to get your gifts made?  Me too.  So, what’s a crafter to do when they’ve run out of time to make it themselves?  Let me tell you – book a little get away at Carriage Corner and hit up some of the wonderful Holiday Bazaars that are happening in December.

Christmas BazaarDisplay of holiday trees

Description: Bazaar will have 30 unique vendors will be featured in addition to a children’s craft corner and refreshments.

Date: Saturday, December 1 from 9:30a to 2 p.m.

Location: Calvary Church, 1051 Landis Valley Road

Bart Township Fire Co. Christmas Bazaar

Description: 40+ craft tables plus food, pies and homemade chicken corn soup. Santa arrives on a fire truck at 10 a.m. and will stay until noon.

Date: Saturday, December 1 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Location: Bart Township Fire company, 11 Furnace Rd, Quarryville

Lancaster East Side Market Holiday Arts Market

Description: Market will feature a selection of regular season vendors plus a variety of local crafters, artists and food artisans for a total of more than 50 vendors.

Date: Saturday, December 1 from 9a to 3p

Location: 308 East King Street, Lancaster

December Makers Market

Description:  Shop small, support local and get all your holiday shopping done in one place at the Creatively Lancaster December Makers Markets.

Date:  Saturday, December 8, 15 & 22 from 9a to 5p

Location:  Park City Center, in the former Bon-Ton Space

Christmas Folk Art Show

Description: Find a unique gift from a dozen vendors in this show in a fascinating building.

Date: Friday, December 14 from 3p to 8 p and Saturday, December 15 from 10a to 2p

Location: Manheim Railroad Station, 210 S. Charlotte St., Manheim

That should give you something fun and handmade to fill your Christmas lists!

And if that doesn’t help you fill the list with handmade holiday goodness well, I can tell you were there’s great shopping for supplies to finish the crafting yourself!

Christmas Kick Off

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Thanksgiving weekend has always been known as the ‘start of the holiday season.’  Granted, it seems like it’s starting earlier and earlier each year.  Here at Carriage Corner, we don’t start any decorating for Christmas until Thanksgiving is done.  We are hosting Thanksgiving this year for our daughter, son-in-law and granddaughter so we’ll be here.  If you want to get away from the hustle and just enjoy kicking off Christmas in Lancaster  – why not come out and spend a few days with us?

Lancaster is known for it’s great shopping – and I’m not talking about the outlet mall.  Between Kitchen Kettle Village and Bird-in-Hand you should be able to find the perfect gift for everyone on your gift giving list.  We’ve got some great ideas for you to relax and enjoy Christmas in Lancaster.

If you stay with us on Thanksgiving, you might be treated to a new savory breakfast I’ve wanted to try.  But – I’m not giving any details away until after.

Do you watch Hallmark Movies?  I do – I love them.  Always so cheerful and with a happy ending.  My favorite part of most of them is the big community tree lighting.  While Intercourse doesn’t have a community Christmas Tree, Lancaster does.  Lancaster hosts the lighting of The Mayor’s Tree every year at 7:15p on the Friday after Thanksgiving.   You won’t want to miss it!  Watch Santa parade into town, and marvel at the Christmas tree lighting at Penn Square! Experience all these exciting events to the sound of the Tuba Christmas carolers. You can head to the Central Market for more festivities following the ceremony. After all, celebrating Christmas at the oldest farmers market in the country makes for magical memories!

On Friday or Saturday nights once the shops have closed up – why not experience drive out to the Star Barn Village?  Every Friday & Saturday from Thanksgiving through the end of the year you can travel along the 2-mile route at the Star Barn Village all dressed up for the holidays.  Your ticket includes a CD of Christmas music and the Christmas story.

Looking for other ways to ring in Christmas in Lancaster?  How about creating a special memory at Dutch Winter Wonderland?  You don’t have to be a kid to enjoy the themed rides, tasty holiday treats, dazzling light show or even share your wish list with Santa.

Christmas at Rock Ford PlantationHow about stepping back in time and celebrating an 18th Century Christmas at Rock Ford.  Did you know that in the 18th Century, Christmas Day was the beginning of the Christmas Season?  Why not spend a few hours at Rock Ford Plantation talking to people in historic dress and learning about how life used to be?

Check out this post for more things to do on a Friday night in Intercourse.

You’re Gonna Love Longwood Gardens over the Holidays

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Have you been to Longwood Gardens yet?

Located less than 30 miles from Carriage Corner, Longwood Gardens and Kennett Square offer three opportunities to enjoy a festive Saturday spent shopping, dining and strolling.  On these Saturdays:   November 24th, December 1st and December 8th, there will be a shuttle between Kennett Square and Longwood Gardens.  Head on down to Kennett Square and wander around the streets of this charming town.  Maybe grab a bite to eat before catching a shuttle to Longwood Gardens.  You will need a ticket and we’re happy to help you purchase them.  Just give us a call at 717-768-3059 and let us know you are interested when you make your room reservation.

Holiday trees at Longwood GardensLongwood Gardens is a botanical garden. It consists of over 1,077 acres of gardens, woodlands, and meadows in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania in Brandywine Valley.

Longwood’s story is one of legacy, innovation, and stewardship.  The gardens are a living expression of all that the founder, Pierre S. du Pont, found inspiring, meaningful, and beautiful. From the intricate fountain systems to the meticulous gardens to the architectural grandeur, awe-inspiring discoveries await at every turn.  
A Christmas fantasy awaits guests to Longwood Gardens from late November through early January each year. This holiday season, Longwood Gardens pays homage to the Christmas tree with an imaginative display featuring traditional favorites and inspiring new twists.  Dazzling floral displays, festive firs suspensed from above, towering tannenbaums created from books, stained glass and other unexpected materials, holiday music, 500,000 outdoor lights, dancing fountains and ice skating under the stars are just a few of the highlights of the popular Longwood Gardens Christmas.

Experience the Magic

Christmas Lights at Longwood Gardens

The 4.5-acre heated Conservatory is filled with thousands of poinsettias accented with amaryllis, narcissus, begonias, cyclamen, and tulips flourish. Elegantly decorated trees shimmer elegantly decorated trees shimmer and sparkle with festive flair. In Longwood’s Exhibition Hall, dazzling icicles fashioned from lights hang from the vaulted glass ceiling, creating a frosty ambiance for the stunning poinsettia tree gracing the Exhibition Hall Stage.

Explore the Outdoors

Outdoors you will find gloriously illuminated trees that will lead you on an enchanting holiday journey through the Gardens. Sip cocoa and warm up by three strategically placed and welcoming firepits, listen to carolers sharing the melodic sounds of the season, and relish in the beauty and wonder of A Longwood Christmas.

As you stroll through the grounds, you can marvel at the more than 500,000 outdoor lights which illuminate trees in classical and free form styles.  The fountains dance day and night to holiday music beneath glimmering starry snowflakes.  The wildlife trees are decorated with edible ornaments for Longwood’s feathered and furry friends.  

Dine at Longwood

Once you have wandered all around Longwood Gardens, you have several options of where to enjoy a meal:  1906 which offers a fine dining experience (reservations required), the Cafe which serves fresh and seasonal cuisine or the Beer Garden where you can enjoy tasty pub fare and Victory Brewing Company beers on tap.

Return to Relax at Carriage Corner

After an enjoyable day of shopping in Kennett Square and taking in all the holiday sights and sounds at Longwood Gardens, return to the comfort of Carriage Corner.  We’re happy to light the fire in the guest lounge, slip off your shoes and relax with a freshly baked cookie or two and a cup of cocoa.   Check out Lancaster Rose and make your reservation soon!  There’s only a few holiday weekends.

It’s Harvest Time!

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Fresh is Best – and it doesn’t get any fresher than this!

Fresh produce is abundant in Lancaster County.  If you drove out here, now’s your chance to load the car with beautiful fresh produce to take back home!  Since moving to Lancaster County, we’ve learned:  the best prices are off the beaten path.  So, with that in mind – let’s take a little trip to some fabulous farm stands.

Driving Tour of Lancaster County Farm Stands.

When you leave Carriage Corner, head straight down the Old Philadelphia Pike to Kauffman’s Fruit Farm & Market.   Purchase a half bushel bag and fill it from the ‘seconds’ apple bins out front.  Growing in Kauffman’s orchards are varieties of apples I’ve never heard of.   We use a mixture of them in the applesauce we serve during breakfast.  Kauffman’s is a one of a kind shopping adventure that you’ll want to experience for yourself.

Old Homestead Farm is a 60 acre farm that grows a wide variety of fruits and vegetables which is sold not only at their farmstand, but they also are at several farmer’s markets and offer a CSA box.  They also have pick your own strawberries, but you’ll have to come back in the Spring for those.  The farmstand is located at 361 Hartman Bridge Road Ronks, PA 17572.  They are open year round from 8a – 5p Monday through Saturday.

Lapp’s Farm Market is the next stop on our small tour of Lancaster County Farm Stands.  The Market opens each year around May 1, eager to share springtime harvests of onions, asparagus, lettuce, and lots of delicious strawberries.  Each Market season ends with winter wreaths, swags, fresh cut Christmas trees, and an assortment of festive holiday decorations.  Lapp’s Farm Market is stop #3 on our tour and is located at 1406 Lampeter Road, Lancaster.   You can shop Lapp’s Farm Stand Monday – Saturday until 5:30p.

Next up on our tour of lovely, local produce is King’s Fresh Produce.  King’s is located in Leola and this is what their website has to say:  In the early spring, King’s opens their growing season with homegrown asparagus, onions, and juicy on-location “hothouse” tomatoes.  Stop by throughout the summer and feed your family well with plenty of field-to-table varieties that are picked fresh daily including sweet corn, string beans, cantaloupes, watermelon, and much more.  The fall season always brings an abundant harvest of colorful mums, pumpkins, and autumn gourds.  King’s is open until 6p Monday through Friday and they close at 4 on Saturdays.

Hammond School Farm Market is our next stop.  The Hammond School Farm Market is located at 611 Ranck Road, New Holland 17557 and it’s open from 8a to 8p  Monday through Saturday.  Take advantage and do a little shopping at the end of the day when things have cooled down a bit and lots of other places are closed.

Beiler’s Fruit Farm is located on 897 in the foothills of Welsh Mountain.   A beautiful drive this time of the year.  Beiler’s is probably my favorite place to stop and get fruit and veg and apple cider.   From the beginning of apple harvest season through as late as April, stop by Beiler’s Fruit Farm for their freshly pressed, non-pasteurized apple cider.  Beiler’s is open year round, weekdays until 6p and Saturdays until 5.

Reserve your Room

So, pick your favorite room,  (mine varies between Log Cabin and Lonestar)  book a get away and follow our map to check out these beautiful farm stands as well as other interesting placing to visit in Lancaster County.  We are looking forward to meeting you!

Map with Farm Stands

Farm Stand Loop

Fall Into Lancaster

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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.


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


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.