Lancaster County

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.

Paint

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

 

 

 

Flower Shopping

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Guests after their Greenhouse Tour!Many of our guests come up to Lancaster to shop at the local nurseries, many of which just happen to be Amish owned.   It’s interesting to us how many people drive out for the weekend to buy plants – but I will say, our guests come back with beautiful plants and great deals!

So, to help you find your favorite greenhouse/nursery, we reached out to several of our guests who come just to buy annuals, perennials, and sometimes their veggie starts.  These are the places they told us you MUST visit:

 

Must See Greenhouses:

Whispering Willow Greenhouse.  Whispering Willow is located at 1137 Lancaster Avenue, Terre Hill, PA 17581.  Check the link for their hours.

Leids GreenhouseBeautiful Basket at Leid's Greenhouse.  This is a greenhouse we learned about when some Amish Friends of ours asked if we’d take them to the nursery.  I do not garden, and I loved it!  We bought veggie starts for a fantastic price – $1.29 each for 6-packs of broccoli, cauliflower and onions.  The tomatoes already had huge green tomatoes on them and the 4″ pot was less than $5!!  Mr. Carriage Corner also went crazy with the annuals and perennials, buying several beautiful climbers to plant around Carriage Corner to add lots of spring and summer color to the yard.

Riverside Greenhouse (doesn’t have a website).  Our guests say they have unique colors of petunias and that’s why they go.  This greenhouse is also located in Ephrata at 1751 Division Hwy and is open Monday through Friday until 8p and Saturday until 5.

Zimmerman’s Greenhouse.  Zimmerman’s is only open seasonally, from mid-March through July 4th.  BUT they are open Monday through Friday until 8pm and Saturdays until 5pm.  Zimmerman’s Greenhouse is located in Ephrata at 421 Brossman Road.

Greenhouse Tour Map

Route to the Greenhouses listed

I Don’t Flower.

If you’re like me and love flowers but don’t have a green thumb, well, you’ll want to check out Flower and Home Marketplace in East Earl.  This is what one of our guests had to say about the Flower and Home Marketplace:  The selection of artificial flowers is never ending!  They are so lifelike! I’m not an artificial flower person at all but I’ve purchased quite a few from there! Jenn S.; Wayland, NY.

Since you’re headed out to purchase flowers, why not make a weekend of it?  Book into our Dahlia room – named after the quilt pattern, based on the flower.  We look forward to meeting you and hearing about your greenhouse excursions.

Fun Events Around Carriage Corner this June

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The following is a short list of June events.  Many are close to Carriage Corner and several are free.

Knit In Public Day*

Saturday, Lancaster Yarn Shop at Kitchen Kettle Village.  Bring a chair and your knitting and join other knitters in showing that knitting is a community activity.  (June 9)

Second Saturday at Smucker Village*

Saturday, Smucker Village.  You don’t even have to move your car for this one.  Enjoy a quick stroll into ‘town’ to check out the artisans at Smucker Village, grab a coffee and stay for the live music in the evening.  (June 9)

Heritage Days Fireworks Heritage Days*

Friday- Monday, Intercourse Park.  Share in this exciting celebration that includes everything the community has to offer ~ food, fun and fellowship (June 15 – 18)

 

 

 

 

Makers Market

Saturday, Lancaster Barnstormers Stadium.  Shop from 60+ vendors at this curated pop-up market of talented makers hawking their original creations, unique wares, and beautiful designs. Enjoy your favorite Summertime foods and local brews while listening to talented local musicians. (June 16)

Splash Into Summer*

Saturday, Kitchen Kettle Village.  Take a leisurely walk from Carriage Corner to Kitchen Kettle to enjoy a day of music and summer fun.  (June 16)

Amish Dinner Tour*

Saturdays, Intercourse Bikeworks.  This event is an 8-mile ride through our lovely farmlands.  After the ride, join the other riders around the dinner table with a local Amish Family.  Bike rentals available, space is limited, pre-registration is required. (June 16 and 23)

Full Moon Fundraiser

Saturday, Wolf Sanctuary of PA.  Enjoy a bonfire and live entertainment while touring the Wolf Sanctuary.  We’re happy to help make the reservations for you.  (June 30)

*Close enough you don’t even have to move your car.

Goats!

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Best Kept Secrets – Goats

Goats - or kids

Thanks to the recent Best Kept Secrets Tour and some lovely guests we found out about many great places to visit when you are in visiting Lancaster County.

I was so excited when they came back the first day and told us they had been to a goat farm.  Goats!   I love goats – I couldn’t wait to go visit Misty Creek Goat Dairy in Leola.  According to Google Maps – Misty Creek is 5 miles from Carriage Corner – and did I mention they have Goats!!

Visiting:

Thankfully our daughter and son in law came to visit right after the guests had given us this Goats - well hello there!wonderful information!  Based on Little E’s nap and eating scheduled we had a little window to check out a farm.  It was a toss up between heading to Lapp Valley Farm to see the cows and get ice cream or heading over to Misty Creek to the see the goats.  We decided to grab Lapp Valley at Kitchen Kettle and go see the goats!  Misty Creek is open from 8a to 6p Monday through Saturday.  No appointment is necessary.

E was thrilled!  She’s at that stage where everything is a doggy.  But she was reaching out and petting the goats, laughing when they nibbled on my coat, and she sampled all the cheese.  Be advised when you stop at an Amish farm like this one you’ll need to have cash for your purchases.  The cheese was creamy and delicious. The soap smell light and there were some lovely little trinkets available to purchase.  If you’re visiting Kitchen Kettle – add Misty Creek Goats to your places to visit.  You won’t regret it!