Tuesday, August 11, 2015

All New Fun at Sight & Sound!

If you're looking for an exceptional experience right here in Lancaster, look no further than Sight & Sound Theaters, located right off of Route 30 in Ronks. Sight & Sound is a theater company that creates truly magical, show-stopping productions of classic Bible stories. Past shows have included Daniel, Ruth, Noah, and the Creation story. This year's show, Joseph, (playing Tuesday-Saturday through October 16) takes the audience through the trials and triumphs of Joseph– from his harrowing home with eleven angry brothers, to Egypt, as he is guided by God from a life of poverty to the right hand of the greatest power in the land!
         And, don't miss Sight & Sound's 2016 show, Samson, the story of one of the most infamous judges in the Old Testament. With electrifying music, spectacular special effects, and live animals, Sight & Sound lets you experience old stories in a brand new way. Get tickets for Joseph, plan to see Samson, and follow the Swiss Woods Bed and Breakfast blog to find your next Lancaster County experience! 

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Lapp Up the Best Ice Cream in Amish Country

The best ice cream in Lancaster County hides in a family farm in New Holland. Half an hour away from Swiss Woods Bed and Breakfast, Lapp Valley Farm is a dairy farm-turned ice cream shop. Lapp Valley sells fresh milk, cream, and ice cream made from their own Jersey cows. Enjoy fresh strawberry ice cream in a homemade waffle cone on the back porch, or go visit the very cows that made it. Brave the corn fields and find the best ice cream in town. You won't regret it. 


                                 photography by Jenna Strawbridge

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Faire Family Fun

Every year we look forward to the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire. The Faire invites you to go back in time with Renaissance-themed food and entertainment. Dress up and spend the day with jesters, jousters, and jugglers every weekend from August 1- October 25. Located at the stunning Mount Hope Estate, the Faire has acre after acre of fun. And after a long day of local time-traveling, come back and relax around the fire, at Swiss Woods Bed and Breakfast. Get your tickets for the Renaissance Faire here. God save the King!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Technicolor Tourism in Lancaster County

There is a lot to see here in Lancaster County. You could sightsee every weekend of the year and still miss out on some of the area’s best kept secrets. But, one of our most unmissable attractions is the Fulton Theater in Lancaster City. The Fulton has put on some of Broadway’s biggest musicals: Les MiserablesA Chorus Line, and West Side Story among others. And this summer, the Fulton presents one of the biggest shows they’ve ever done, The Wizard of Oz. Watch Dorothy and Toto (played by Nigel, Broadway’s very own dog actor!) as they discover they’re not in Kansas anymore. This wild, Technicolor ride has everything from flying monkeys to acrobatic munchkins– including your very own pair of green glasses for the Emerald City! Watch beloved songs and scenes come alive on our very own Lancaster stage. Just a twenty minute drive from Swiss Woods Bed and Breakfast in Lititz, downtown Lancaster City boasts street after street of great restaurants and unique shops. If you’re coming for a matinee show, stop at the pop-up park a block before the theater on Prince Street for cold brew coffee from Passenger Coffee and a scoop of homemade ice cream from Penny’s Ice Cream Truck. Or after an evening performance, stop in at John J Jeffries restaurant for fresh, local hors d'oeuvres and cocktails. There’s so much to see when you stay with us, here at Swiss Woods Bed and Breakfast. Get your seat for The Wizard of Oz (playing through July 19th), and stay tuned for more show-stopping local fun.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

From Golf to Gardens: Summer at Swiss Woods


Can you believe it’s already the middle of June? We spent a long winter relaxing by the fire and watching foot after foot of snow fall. But now, it’s summer at Swiss Woods. One of the first big events in the area is the Women’s Open, over at the Lancaster Country Club. The tournament is happening from July 6-12, and all the action is just twenty minutes away from our Lititz location. Beat the heat after a long day on the green with a glass of wine on our shaded garden patio. Or, relax with a cup of tea in the spacious suite upstairs. And, make sure you sample some of our fresh baked goods made with local ingredients, and herbs like mint and lemon verbena from the garden. Don’t miss out on any of the summer fun– outdoors or in. Find more information about the Women’s Open here.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Greenhouses abound around Lititz PA!

April and now May signal planting time at our Lititz Bed and Breakfast. I love tomatoes and I especially love the heirloom varieties. My sister starts seeds from her Howard German tomatoes, a huge meaty plum shaped tomato,  and shares them with me but I love variety, so a visit to my favorite heirloom greenhouse is in order. I found Sunnyside up on Rt 322 west of Ephrata, last year and they have a whole greenhouse filled with every kind of heirloom tomato you could ever want and also an impressive selection of peppers... hot peppers.   Ghost peppers, Giant Jalopeno, Habernero.. and so many more. A book with pictures helps you decide just what you want.
I came back to Swiss Woods Bed and Breakfast with Chocolate Cherokee ( a purple grape tomato), a yellow pear,  and some jalapenos. A few hollyhock plants begged to come home as well. All are now planted along with several kinds of Basil, parsley, and a variety of herbs.
I love spring. I love planting.
There is more to do than there are hours in the day but nothing beats watching food grow and being able to use home grown produce in our breakfasts.
During your next visit why not visit one of the many greenhouses and take a few plants home?

Thursday, January 8, 2015

A great place for a special dinner in Lancaster PA


Don’t you love it when you discover a hidden gem that has been in plain sight all the time?  That’s what happened the other night when I joined two girlfriends for a long overdue girl’s night out for supper.  Having lived in Lancaster PA  for a long time, I have known about this restaurant for many years, and I pass by it whenever I go downtown Lancaster.  I always admire how beautifully  the exterior is kept and seasonally decorated, and as I drive by, I make a mental note to try and remember to have a meal there next time we are wracking our brains for a “good place to eat”.  Can anyone relate?  Well, everything came together last week, and we ended up at the beautiful Belvedere Inn at 402 N Queen St in Lancaster PA. 

From the moment we walked in the door, the atmosphere was warm and welcoming.  The décor is what can be called “fancy” but not in an intimidating way.  Our server was very knowledgeable and rattled off the extensive specials list, with remarkable accuracy.  We were all stunned by the variety of the extensive menu and when our food came, the presentation was just beautiful.   We each ordered something different and in true “girls night out” style we each sampled everything!   Every dish was just spectacular!  From my choice of 4 hour braised short rib “comfort food”, to my friends Pan fried salmon over a succotash of corn, sweet potato, celeriac and lima beans, to the Bison Osso  Bucco special,  we each devoured every morsel.   And then after declaring that we just could not eat another bite, we ordered dessert!   Triple Chocolate Pot de Crème, need I say more! 

On our way out to the easily accessed parking garage on Queen Street, we vowed to come back with our spouses and spread the word to friends, and our guests at  http://www.swisswoods.com/ ,  that the Belvedere Inn is well worth a visit.  Whether celebrating that special occasion while you visit Lancaster PA Dutch country or just spending a lovely night out with friends, it will not disappoint.
Check out the website where you can also view their menu.

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