Thursday, April 10, 2014

Waltz Vineyards



Situated on a picturesque property between Lancaster and Lebanon County, Waltz Vineyards has been producing an incredible array of fine wine since 1997. The family owned farm has been passed on for generations and continues to yield world class soil. This amazing vineyard is only a 15 minute drive from Swiss Woods Bed and Breakfast and they also have a tasting room on Main Street in downtown Lititz, PA.

During harvest, the homegrown grapes are hand-picked, sorted and aged in 100% french oak barrels, guaranteeing an exceptional product. Their bottles range from light, crisp Sauvignon Blanc, to a smooth and elegant Cabernet that are available to taste in their beautiful European inspired tasting room. There you can order either one of several tasting profiles with or without a local cheese tray to go with it. Take advantage of our May Special here at the Inn and when you book 2 nights in May, Monday thru Thursday nights we will gift you with 2 complimentary tastings of your choice either at the vineyard tasting room or in the Lititz tasting room. Please mention the May special under comments when booking online. 

Kim Waltz showing off one of their amazing wines.
Our cheese tray sampler pictured above features the Waltz Fusion or Barred Rock Red and can be enjoyed in the privacy of your room or on the grounds at one of our many secluded seating areas. These need to be ordered at least 24hrs in advance but they are so worth it!


 Can't get enough? Join their exclusive wine club and get access to one of a kind blends and private member events. If you're in the area, be sure to take a stroll through their vineyard or plan a weekend trip and enjoy one of the many local bands that play during their summer concert series! Follow this link for the upcoming schedule.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Esbenshade's Greenhouse & Nursery

Looking for the most beautiful flowers in town? Esbenshade's is your place. Located along 322 in Brickerville, the locally owned business has been operating for over 50 years. They house new, unusual and hard-to-find plants every season of every year. At Esbenshade's, they grow their own, so you know you're getting the best quality and selection at the best price. Starting in the glorious days of spring, their greenhouses are filled with over 500 varieties of beautiful annuals and over 2,000 varieties of perennials, herbs and their ever popular hydroponic vegetables.

In their well-stocked Nursery department you can find just about any tree or shrub imaginable, such as European Larch or Beautyberry. They also carry a large selection of hanging baskets, roses and combination planters. Their greenhouses are beyond beautiful. You could spend an entire day just perusing around. Unlike other businesses, Esbenshade's promotes a sense of community, hosting a variety of seminars from Backyard Birding to do-it-yourself Hydroponic Gardening. So if you're just itching to get your hands in the dirt, be sure to stop by!


Thursday, March 6, 2014

Cafe Chocolate in Downtown Lititz, Pa

Cafe Chocolate is a must when visiting historical downtown Lititz. Located on Main Street, the small cafe boasts incredible organic eats, fair-trade coffee and espresso, as well as a plethora of decadent chocolate truffles. Our favorite drink has to be the famous ''Turbo''. Steamed milk, rich chocolate and a shot of espresso make this the perfect pick-me-up! The Cafe is known for its organic locavore menu and features such interesting entrees as South African Baboti Meatloaf baked in a curried custard. The West African Peanut Chowder is both vegan and gluten free not to mention amazingly flavorful and delicious. Situated in the middle of town, it is a perfect place to stop for lunch while shopping. The locally owned business is also a proud supporter of the Rainforest Alliance in its mission to protect the people, ecosystems and wildlife. So whether you have a craving for chocolate, a taste for international cuisine, or a thirst that needs quenching, Cafe Chocolate of Lititz promises to satisfy your appetite. 





Thursday, February 6, 2014

A Trip to Middle Creek

As I approached Museum Road sunlight danced across frozen oak turning what was a dismal winter scape, into a brilliant forest made of glass. Middle Creek has always been one of my favorite places to escape. Summer brings a potpourri of wildflowers that run rampant over the foothills of the reserve followed by an October that bleeds the most vibrant spectrum of crimson and rust.

Luck didn't seem to be on my side today as I stared out at an empty lake. ''You just missed 'em'' a voice from behind me called referencing the Snow Geese and various other waterfowl that make this their winter home. ''There were a couple thousand here the other week but it seems they've made their way down to the Carolinas.'' A man peered out from behind the visitors desk combing through what appeared to be old ornithology records. He spoke of the many trails I could hike, a recent short-eared owl sighting and how the lake is only a mere four feet deep in most places. It was quiet today. The only chatter came from a couple talking about the mini-metropolis of Nuthatches they had in their backyard.

Snapping a few last pictures, I made sure my scarf was wrapped tight and stumbled out into February. Even on the most drab, goose-less of days, I always walk away with something

If you're visiting the Inn and are looking for a special getaway, I highly recommend adding Middle Creek to your To-Do List~

~Katie





Tuesday, January 28, 2014

A Warm Winter Gathering at our Lititz Bed & Breakfast


As dusk began to fall, Debbie and I hastily put the last finishing Parmesan touches on our flaky oven rolls and did a quick taste test of what was the heartiest of beef stews. Tonight we were hosting the annual meeting for the Lancaster County Innkeeper's Association and there was no time to waste. Swirls of freshly brewed coffee met the rising warmth of a crackling fire and created together, the most inviting air. One by one, owners from fourteen beautiful inns across the county began to arrive with plated treats to die for. From gooey toffee brownies to bubbling cheese dips- every bite was divine. Sitting back, I couldn't help but soak in the liveliness and welcoming energy that each person radiated. Inn keeping is a 24/7, at times arduous job, with little to no down time. I see it first hand. What I also see are the most passionate people who are brimming with spirit and character, the types of folks you meet for a minute and feel like you've known for a lifetime. ''Home'' fills their hearts and it's definitely contagious :) 

 So blessed to be surrounded by such amazing people.



 












Thursday, November 7, 2013


 

 Thinking about a winter getaway?

There’s nothing like curling up in front of our roaring fireplace with a cup of hot cocoa and a good book.  Lights of the season and a living pine tree adorn our cozy little inn and make your stay even more inviting.  Waking up to freshly fallen snow and the smell of warm homemade breakfast isn’t too bad either!
Whenever the ground turns white with a blanket of snow, the folks at Aaron & Jessica’s Buggy Rides switch from carriages to sleighs for a peaceful ride through snow-covered Amish farmlands. Enjoy the crisp winter air as well with a picturesque driving tour of our covered bridges, learn about maple sugaring during the last half of February or witness the breathtaking snow geese migration at Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area where you can see in upwards of 80,000 waterfowl. Even though it's chilly out, there is still so much to do!

 

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Shopping in Lancaster County






Hot apple cider, the crackle of a wood fire and crisp autumn leaves. Now is a wonderful time to grab a loved one and escape for a few days. If you haven’t gotten the chance to explore what this area has to offer, the opportunities are endless. A few miles south of our inn lies the historic town of Lititz, boasting a plethora of shops, local restaurants and cafes. With tree lined streets, you can only imagine the array of fall colors!

If you’re lucky enough to make it into Lancaster, be sure to check out the country’s oldest running farmer’s market open Tuesday, Friday and Saturday mornings. Locals have been gathering here for years to buy their weekly produce and freshly baked goods. So bundle up in your favorite fall attire, bring a warm drink and see all this beautiful county has to offer!