Things To Do In Winter

It’s that time of year, we want to get away, but what is there to do really?  Well, we’ve put together a list of things to do in Winter in Lancaster County that can take a couple of hours or a couple of days.

Lancaster has a lot to offer, including a wide range of attractions and historical landmarks! The winter months are a great time to explore all of them. There are less crowds during this time of year, and often, you can take advantage of special behind-the-scenes tours. Some of our favorite hotspots include the Ephrata Cloister, Landis Valley Museum, National Clock & Watch Museum, and the Amish Farm and House.

Behind the Scenes Tours

photos of a hard twisted pretzel like you can learn to make at the julius sturgis pretzel factorySeptember Farm Cheese in Honey Brook not only offers lovely lunch options, but you’ll see, smell, taste, and experience a wide variety of truly Farm to Table products.

Learn how to make pretzels at the Julius Sturgis Pretzel Factory in Lititz.  In 1861, at the age of 26, Julius Sturgis purchased the house at 219 E. Main Street in Lititz and opened the first commercial pretzel bakery in America. Julius lived in the house with his family and added an addition to the house for his bakery.  Their family has been making pretzels there ever since!  Take a tour and learn how to twist a pretzel.

There are two brands of potato chips made in Pennsylvania and both are a short day trip from Carriage Corner.  Herr’s is located in Nottingham, Pennsylvania.  They offer a guided walking tour for a fee of $4 per adult and $3 for kids.  The tour lasts about an hour and you are most likely to see a ‘live tour based on production’ Monday through Wednesday.  Let us know if you need help scheduling your tour. The tours start on the hour begining at 9am with the last daily tour at 3pm.

Martin’s is located Thomasville, Pennsylvania and they offer tours on Tuesdays only at 9, 10 or 11 am.  What a great way to extend your weekend 😉 You have to call to make an appointment to tour Martin’s.  Both the 10 and 11 am tour times give you enough time to enjoy a leisurely breakfast before heading off on your tour.

Explore Covered Bridges

a photo of the paradise bridge

You may be aware that Lancaster County still has 29 covered bridges and that 23 of them are still in operation.

We have prepared a map and driving tour loop from Carriage Corner to help you find 6 of the covered bridges.  Touring covered bridges is a great thing to do in the Winter because they aren’t as crowded and you can get some really beautiful photographs of the bridges.

If you’re lucky – you may even see an Amish buggy go through one.

Fun Winter Events

One of our favorite events to attend is the Fire & Ice Festival in Lititz!  You’ll want to check in early so that you can get over to Lititz and enjoy the Friday Night festivities. This year the festival coincides with Valentine’s weekend – so why not make a weekend of it?  Pick your favorite room and spend the weekend with us.

photo of the carriage corner sew camp spaceAn Extra Day to Sew!  We are hosting a long retreat weekend starting February 27 right through to March 1.  The calendar was nice enough to provide an extra day to sew this year, wasn’t that thoughtful?

If you love to sew, we think you’ll love attending a Carriage Corner Sew Camp.  You get 4 nights stay in our bed and breakfast as well as a trip to FabricMart, catered lunches and dinners, snacks and beverages available 24/7.  We have been busy between camps working with local fabric stores to negotiate discounts for our Sew Camp attendees.  Registration is easy – just email me.


And if that wasn’t enough fun things to do in Winter, you might plan your trip around the Snow Geese migration.  The snow geese land by the thousands in Middle Creek.  Take a camera and you’ll get some amazing photos of the geese.  Dress warm and enjoy a little hike to get to the best pictures spots.

Or maybe you’d like to visit the Wolf Sanctuary?  Tours are available every Tuesday, Thursday.  Or you can schedule a private tour on the weekends. Or our personal favorite – the Full Mood Fundraiser Event!

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