Holidays

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.

Late August/Early September Lancaster Festivals and Events.

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There are loads of Lancaster events happening over Labor Day Weekend and into early September.  So, make plans to visit Lancaster County before the summer is over.   Check out our Log Cabin Room and enjoy a long relaxing get away as a treat for making it through summer!

I scoured the googles and found a few Festivals happening in Lancaster County for your enjoyment!  In chronological order:

Friday, August 31:

Long's Park Art Festival AddThis year will be the 40th Annual Long’s Park Art Festival.  This Festival has been called One of America’s Top 50 Art Festivals.  The Long’s Park Art Festival runs from 10a to 6p on Friday & Saturday and 10a to 5p on Sunday.  This historic tree-lined park features walkways surrounding a tranquil freshwater lake.  Long’s Park is located just 15 miles from Carriage Corner.

Live Music – Every Friday and Saturday night from 7p – 9p all year round, The Treasure Place and the Corner Coffee shop host live music.  During nice weather the performance happens in the courtyard, so grab your favorite hot beverage and a cookie and pull up a comfortable chair and sit down and enjoy the music and the evening.  Smucker’s Village is located just a short walk from Carriage Corner.

Saturday, September 1:

Hospice & Community Care Auction – this is the 34th Annual Auction, with proceeds going to benefit Hospice and Community Care.  Solanco Fair Grounds is the home of this benefit auction.   Because these auctions are very similar to the mud sales, you can find just about anything you might be looking to buy.  The Hospice Action includes  Sports Memorabilia, original artwork and Quilts.  Check out the schedule and plan your day.  After spending a day at the auction, grab a fantastic dinner at the Historic Bullfrog Inn on your way back to Carriage Corner.  15 miles from Carriage Corner you’ll find the Solanco Fair Grounds.

Sounds of Strasburg – Both the Temple Avenue Jazz Quintet (a group of musicians that add a fresh energy to jazz classics) and The Flipside Big Band (a branch of the Lampeter-Strasburg Community Band that performs jazz and swing) will be performing beginning at 6:30 pm in the Strasburg Community Park.  You are encouraged to take a blanket or lawn chairs, if you don’t have a blanket we have some you can borrow.  You are also welcome to pack a picnic (or pick up some chicken from Amo’s Place) and eat before/during or after the concert.  There will be food vendors on site during the show.  The park is located 8 miles from the B&B – what a fun way to spend the evening.

Sunday, September 2:

Landis Valley is hosting their September Ice Cream Sunday.  Come for the art festival and relax with ice cream and music. Landis Valley and the PA Guild of Craftsmen have partnered together to add a Fine Art & Craft show to their popular September Ice Cream Sunday event.  Resulting from a competition among artists, the festival features judged artworks that have been produced outdoors throughout the summer.  The artworks will be exhibited in the grove; live music will be happening in the firehouse.  Free ice cream and wagon rides round out the event.  Landis Valley is located just 12 miles from Carriage Corner and would be a fun Sunday thing to do.

Everybody Loves a Parade

There are several parades happening in Lancaster County over Labor Day weekend.  Some on Saturday; some on Sunday; and some on Monday.  You can find a schedule here.

Saturday, September 8:

Makers Market - a Festival of all things creativeMaker’s Market.  Creatively Lancaster hosts a monthly Festival celebrating creative individuals.  Makers Market is a way for incredibly talented makers to sell their original creations, unique products and beautiful wares.  From 10a until 3p you can find talented makers at the Lancaster Barnstormers Stadium.  Creatively Lancaster says this about Makers Market:  We are more inclusive than a craft fair and more discerning than a flea market.

 

 

 

Holiday Table

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Holiday Dishes at Carriage CornerAs I set the holiday table again – I think about tablescapes and how to make the table really visually interesting.  For me – simple is better.  I find if I try to do too much – it all goes south pretty quickly.  So, some pretty placemats and a beautiful napkin along with sparkling china and the table is ready to go.  But – I really, really needed some holiday china to really set the perfect holiday table.

My love of beautiful china runs deep.  If you’ve ever stayed with us – you may have noticed the wall of china in the office.  There are 7 sets of china in the office and 2 more in the kitchen.  In all honesty – they all get used and rotated through pretty regularly.  That being said, I’m pretty sure I’ve acquired the last set of china that I’m going to for some time.  My latest purchase was the holiday china –  I searched and searched and searched finally settling on Pfaltzgraff Winterberry.  See, while I’ve wanted holiday dishes for a long time – I didn’t want something that screamed Christmas, I actually wanted something that could be used from Thanksgiving through February – if I wanted.

These dishes are just the ticket for a beautiful holiday table that can be dressed up or down.  They come in many different shapes – round, oval and square.  You can get plates with sayings on them or pictures in the middle – like is shown here.  You’ll see what I ended up with a little bit further down in the post.

Along with the plates – I also added some new green placemats and napkins and red placemats to the cupboard that holds those things.  The red placemats work really wellWhite China with tree napkins make a beautiful Holiday Table with the tree napkins that I made last year for our holiday table.  I’ve also added some beautiful red fruit bowls.  We’ll used the dishes and placemats right through until February – but the napkins will be retired at the end of December for another year.

If you are interested in knowing how I made the napkins – hop on over to my personal blog for the details.

We look forward to having you join us at our holiday table and have a couple of special offers going on to help entice you to do so.  During the month of December, book a 2-night stay and receive 25% off your stay – you can either book directly (use code Happy Holidays) or give us a jingle at 717-768-3059 and we’ll be happy to make the reservation for you.  We also have our Winter Rates in effect from January through March – some exclusions apply (like holiday weekends).  There is no code necessary, the rates have already been adjusted.  Finally, did you know that we sell gift certificates?  These can be purchased in any amount or for a specific weekend – again – give us a call and we’ll take care of getting the gift certificate right.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

Square Winterberry plates with ruby red bowls make a holiday table that's good through February

 

Christmas Candy That Will Make You A Hero

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Most people spend a day or more making Christmas Cookies – but in our house we make Christmas Candy.  It’s all gluten free and everyone can sample and enjoy it.  And because both of the recipes for Christmas Candy that I’m sharing contain almonds – they’re basically totally healthy – right?

My warning to you with the Burnt Sugar Almonds is this:  Beware of Traditions That You Start.

Years ago, I stumbled upon the recipe for Burnt Sugar Almonds over at Pioneer Woman.  That year, I made about 4 cups of Almonds – I packed them up pretty and gave them to the neighbors with their Christmas Cards.  The next year, I made about 10 cups of almonds and gave them away to my co-workers.  The third year, I wanted to do something different – but everyone wanted to almonds – with the exception of last year (our first year in Pennsylvania) I’ve made close to 20 cups of almonds annually since that third year.  They aren’t hard to make – but if you don’t want to be making them year after year – don’t start 😉

In our house, we find Burnt Sugar Almonds to be like potato chips – bet you can’t eat just one.  This is how I make mine:

sugared almonds

I think – you should be able to click on the recipe and print it.  At least I hope so.  I also want to share the Lavender Lemon Bark that I made for the Belsnickle Tour.  We had almost 200 people through the Bed and Breakfast last weekend and it was so much fun.  Meeting new people, finding out what they were doing for the holidays and sharing our home and Christmas Candy.

Lavender Lemon Christmas Candy

So – I’m going to try and make all the recipes printable from now on.   During our downtime this year – I’ll go back and edit the previous recipes.  I’d love your feed back on the layout of the recipes.

If you make either of these recipes – I’d love to hear how they turned out.  Happy Holidays everyone.

5 Things to Do in Intercourse on a December Friday

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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:

Friday Night knitting in Intercourse - yarns

 

  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.

Grateful

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So Grateful for You, Our Guests

Today, on Black Friday – one of the busiest shopping days of the year, Jay & I wanted to take a moment and share with you just how grateful we are for you – our Guests.

Without you coming to stay with us, sharing your stories and your vacation time with us – well we couldn’t do this.  We know you have many choices on where you spend your hard earned dollars and your precious vacation time and we truly do appreciate you choosing to stay with us.  Our lives are richer because of you.

Thank you.  We look forward to seeing you again in the coming year.  Hearing about your life, your kids and grandkids and your travels.

Happy Thanksgiving and may the upcoming Holiday Season fill you with peace, joy and much love ~~ Jay & Gaylen

Find Your Belsnickle

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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

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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.