Thursday, August 18, 2016

Martin's Carriage Auction Oct 15/16 2016 just minutes from Swiss Woods Bed and Breakfast

Here at Swiss Woods Bed and Breakfast we make it a point to keep our guests informed on all there is to do in Lititz,PA as well as Lancaster County in general, but we are fortunate to be located not far from the Lebanon County line.  Lebanon has several interesting things going on but one of the more fascinating is their twice yearly antique carriage auction.  Martins Auctioneers is known for this
unique auction which draws people from all over the US and even Europe. Carriages that are rare, in good condition find their way here. Are you a carriage collector or just interested in antiques, this is one for you. This auction also includes saddles, accessories and tack of all kinds. Perfect for any horse lover. We are located a short 12 miles from the auction (a 20 min drive) and the perfect place to come back to after a successful day. Our property can easily accommodate any trailer you might be pulling to take your prize carriage back home. Check out their website for the beauties they will have up for sale this October.
The auction begins at 9am and we are more than happy to do an early breakfast for anyone wishing to be there at the start.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Shop Clemintines in downtown Lititz for great clothing and accessories

I love this place. Our guests love this place. Today someone proudly showed us a black sweater they scored on their visit yesterday. I would describe it as upscale eclectic. Great selection, good prices and just a fun place to visit.  Clementines is just one of the fabulous stores that line Main Street in downtown Lititz, PA but it is one of my favorites. Shopping, the perfect thing to do on a cloudy chilly day. When you are all done with bags of goodies stop at the Chocolate Cafe, just across the street,  for a turbo chocolate. It is every bit as good as it sounds.
Why not plan a visit soon?

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Attention birdwatchers, the Baltimore Oriels have arrived.

Werner is excited. Sometimes it doesn't take much. Today it was the chirp of the Baltimore Oriel announcing it's arrival. Spring is finally here and it is warm weather welcomes a host of summer birds. The gardens at Swiss Woods Bed and Breakfast  are a welcome haven for a vast variety of birds. (See the picture of the Bald Eagle on the gardens page) This year we have a nesting bluebird male that sits along the Inn's windows pecking at his own reflection. There is a Phoebe trying to nest above the Appenzell balcony, a futile attempt as Werner keeps moving them. The house wren's have staked out a nesting space in the entryway and tiny Carolina Wrens are working on a nest in the dogwood tree. These are just a few of  150 bird varieties we have identified on the property.

Pack your binoculars and come visit. bird watching at it's best!

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Lancaster County Pizza maker wins Caputo Cup

The Caputo Cup..Ever hear of it? Neither had I until a local pizza maker entered her New York Style Pizza into the fray. The Caputo Cup Pizza Competition is Naples, Italy’s largest, most renowned pizza contest.  After 13 years of international success it is in it’s second year in the US.  This is a big deal in the pizza world.. who knew?

Norma Knepp of Norma's Pizza,  who hails from Manheim (right next door to Lititz) and makes her New York style pizza every Tuesday at Roots Farmers market entered and …. Drumroll! Won! So of course this past Tuesday I trekked to Roots, one of my favorite farmers markets, to get a slice of this winner.  I was obviously not the only one with this great idea. The line was long and when it was finally time to order we discovered that the wait was hours! You can call an order in we were told. Good to know so maybe next week…
This must be some pizza! Visit us on a Tuesday and we will call ahead and get us some winning New York style pizza!
You can read about her win her in the Lancaster paper.
Swiss Woods Bed and Breakfast would like to say, "Way to go and congratulations Norma!"

Monday, November 9, 2015

Christmas Time Is (Almost) Here!

While you stay with us at Swiss Woods Bed and Breakfast, don't miss some of our best local shows! With the holidays fast approaching, get in the Christmas spirit with American Music Theater's Annual Christmas Show, Deck the Halls. Playing Tuesday-Sunday through December 30, Deck the Halls features all your favorite Christmas music. And, with dancing, singing, and AMT's own orchestra, you won't want to miss this local holiday favorite.

But, American Music Theater isn't the only Christmas show in town. While you're here, check out Sight & Sound's Miracle of Christmas(Tuesday-Saturday, through January 2). Miracle of Christmas tells the story of the very first Christmas. Watch this beautiful story come to life onstage!

And, if you've got the whole family in tow, look for The Fulton Theater's Family Series production of A Christmas Carol  (playing from November 28 through December 26). See an all-new take on Charles Dickens' classic holiday tale.

Book your seats today for any– or all three!– of these spectacular
shows. And, Merry Christmas from Swiss Woods Bed and Breakfast!

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Crafters love staying at Swiss Woods Bed and Breakfast in Lititz PA

Crafters love staying at Swiss Woods Bed and Breakfast in Lititz PA

Here at Swiss Woods Bed and Breakfast, we have many guests who are avid crafters, hobbyists and collectors, and there are certainly many places in this part of Lancaster County, PA where they would be very happy!

A couple of friends and I recently revisited the Flower and Home Marketplace to check out their store, since it had recently been sold and undergone a huge face lift.   Let’s just say, if you are into Crafts of all kinds, Home Accents and Seasonal Floral designs, you will be in heaven.  This is 90,000 Sq. Ft of shopping, folks!

When we stepped through the door, we entered a magical space that was a cross between, a beautiful Christmas tree forest and a vibrant Fall wonderland.  The staff was decorating some of the most beautiful and colorful Christmas trees, while customers were shopping the sale prices on autumnal leaf garlands and faux pumpkins and gourds.

After taking in all of the floral section, which was huge, we moved into the candle section. Here we found every imaginable shape, size and color of candle, and all the decorations that go with them. Beautiful glass jars and candle holders, as well as all colors of metal and wooden candle accessories. It would be easy to find everything you needed to decorate a fabulous Fall or Christmas or Winter Wonderland   fireplace mantle, with all the amazing d├ęcor items available.  

I also loved that there were many beautiful vignettes displayed to inspire you as you walked around the store.

We then wandered to the back of the store through a doorway that opened up to a huge craft section!  This store caters to all  kinds of crafters. There are supplies available for scrapbooking and paper crafting, yarn for knitting and crocheting, beads and tools for jewelry making and many other crafts.

In yet another section, are soft goods such as throw pillows and curtains as well as lamps and many wall hangings and framed pictures.  So much to see, so little time!  We had a limited amount of time to look around, but if you are planning to really see all the store has to offer, it is good to know that there is a lovely lunch counter right there in the store.  This is great when you haven’t quite finished looking at everything, but desperately need some food and drink to keep you going.  There are tables and chairs which were occupied by a few husbands, sipping coffee while waiting to meet their wives at the register.

All in all, this is a perfect place to check out while staying at Swiss Woods Bed and Breakfast in Lititz PA, and it would be a great reason to plan a girl’s getaway for shopping and crafting fun in beautiful Lancaster PA!

Check out their website for more info:

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Read Local!

If you're looking for a brand new book to read on your getaway, here at Swiss Woods Bed and Breakfast, pick up your next favorite title at Aaron's Books. Aaron's Books is an independently owned bookstore in the heart of downtown Lititz. I had the opportunity to correspond over email with Todd Dickinson, the owner of the bookstore. I loved hearing what he had to say about his own favorite books, running a bookstore, and the importance of a place like Aaron's Books in Lititz. (And he was gracious enough to let us use a few of his pictures of the bookstore!)

1. How long have you had Aaron's Books? 

My wife Sam Droke-Dickinson and I opened Aaron's Books in July 2005, so we just celebrated our tenth anniversary. The store is named for our son Aaron, and he is now 12 years old.

(Todd, Aaron, and Sam cut the cake for the tenth anniversary of the bookstore)

2. What drew you to the book business? Have you always enjoyed reading? (Do you have a favorite book?) 

Sam and I have always loved to read, and we've passed that along to Aaron. Of course, we sometimes talk about how little time we actually have to read while we're running a bookstore, but we do find the time. I have many favorite books, but there are a few I return to whenever I can, including The Hobbit, The Count of Monte Cristo, and Watership Down.

3. What do you love about running Aaron's Books?

My favorite thing about running Aaron's Books is visiting with readers. I love finding the next perfect book for someone, and I am always learning about books that I want to read. And helping a young reader find that special book that makes them smile is a pretty great reward.

4. What do you like about being here in Lititz? What do you think makes it such a special small town?

Lititz is truly special in many ways. It is a town with a rich history that visitors can feel from the moment they arrive, but it's alive, growing, and changing, instead of being a museum. It has a variety of experiences for people of all ages and interests. With chocolate, pretzels, great places to eat, fun shops, ducks in the park, and books, what else could you want?

5. What is the place, or importance, of an independent bookstore like Aaron's Books in a town like Lititz? 

An independent bookstore enriches the community it is in. It becomes a gathering spot, a place for people to meet, learn, and share ideas. There's a great quote in Neil Gaiman's novel American Gods: “What I say is, a town isn't a town without a bookstore. It may call itself a town, but unless it's got a bookstore it knows it's not fooling a soul.” We know how lucky we are to be in Lititz. The community has embraced us, and we believe we've strengthened the community in return.

(A great shot, courtesy of Todd, features the vintage store sign.)

Be sure to check out Aaron's Books, right here in Lititz, and "Like" their Facebook page  to stay up to date on book release parties, new arrivals, and fun in-store events!