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

A HIDDEN GEM 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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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Did you know Middle Creek Wildlife Management area is only a 20 min drive from Swiss Woods Bed and Breakfast ?

Did you know Middle Creek Wildlife Management area is only a 20 min drive from Swiss Woods Bed and Breakfast ?

One of the star attractions North of Lititz, PA, is the Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area.   And never is it more breathtakingly beautiful, than in the Fall when all the leaves are turning goldenrod and flaming red. The drive is part of the beauty of visiting this 6,000 acre area, operated by the Pennsylvania Game Commission for the protection, management and preservation of wildlife.
  

Last weekend my husband and I set out to “the Project” as it is often called by the locals, to soak in some of the beauty of nature. If you are staying at Swiss Woods Bed and Breakfast this is an easy 20 minute drive through some truly beautiful scenery.  As we turned off Route 322 and drove a mile or two, we entered a gorgeous wooded area that made us feel far away from any towns and highways.  The stress and tension literally started to leave our bodies as we approached the 400 acre manmade lake filled with waterfowl.  We saw mallards, wood ducks and Canada Geese as well as a large herd of deer in all their glory.  What a sight!



There are many hiking paths of all lengths, from the easy to more challenging, but on this Sunday afternoon we opted for the easy stroll out to the lake.  We parked the car in the small parking lot, zipped up our jackets against the light breeze and set off down the half mile paved path.  We ended up at a small pavilion overlooking the gorgeous lake.  As we sat at the picnic tables in the pavilion, I wished that I had packed a light snack and drink, because I always enjoy a spectacular view when I am eating!  We put a couple quarters in the viewing machines and picked out some deer grazing peacefully on the far bank.  Next time we will be sure to bring our binoculars! (Guests staying at Swiss Woods Bed and Breakfast, be sure to ask to borrow a pair of binoculars)

We struck up a conversation with a gentleman who knew all the names of the indigenous plants and it was fun learning a bit about the vegetation.  It was a wonderful afternoon and just what we needed to unwind from a stressful week.  There were other families and couples who had the same idea as us, and it was great to see them taking advantage of this beautiful place. As we were leaving we passed a group of 20 year olds, dressed up in their Sunday best, toting some large pumpkins and other props. They had chosen this beautiful setting for an engagement photo shoot!  I was going to hang around to watch this, but when my husband suggested we get going, to end our afternoon at the local Dairy Queen for a milkshake, I changed my mind and (almost) sprinted back to the car.  A perfect ending to a perfect afternoon!

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Monday, August 18, 2014

Long Live the King! The PA Renaissance Faire is Open



Midway between Lititz Pa and Hershey PA in northern Lancaster County,  the 36th year of the PA Renaissance Faire is well underway! You will not want to miss this one as every year it seems to get better and better. King Henry the VIII and Kathryn of Aragon await your visit to the Shire. Read all about it here and be sure to download their 2014 Program for all the wonderful royal details.

Every year we smile as our guests make their way to the Faire all dressed up and ready for a great day and every year the Faire delivers. This year they have added new programs, a chess board, and exciting new themes. This runs for only 13 weeks on the weekends (check HERE for dates and times as well as special themes  )   you will want to plan your weekend soon!  Swiss Woods is just 8 miles from this great event (15 min ) and makes for the perfect place to stay while you are enjoying the revelry.  Fall weekends fill fast so plan your trip now and start putting that costume together!  The Faire offers a $4 discount on admission if you are dressed in period costumes.

*Thanks to Tom and Linda Page for the impressive picture!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

52nd Annual Antique Show

This Friday and Saturday the Lititz Historical Foundation will be hosting their 52nd Annual Antiques Show at John Bonfield Elementary school. Forty select dealers from several states will be offering quality items of country flair, including primitives, stoneware, hooked rugs, children's toys, kitchen items, quilts and much more. The Historical Foundation's baker's club will also be selling many delicious baked goods. All proceeds from this event will benefit the Johannes Mueller House built in 1792 and the 1793 Christian Schropp House.
For more information call 717-627-4636 or visit lititzhistoricalfoundation.com