Friday, February 19, 2010

March in Lancaster, Swans and Mud Sales

It is hard to believe that winter is almost over, or at least we hope it is. The sun is shining brightly and the almost 4 feet of snow is down to about 2 feet. This is the time of year we look forward to the Tundra Swans and Whistling Swans stopping at the lake on their way north. There were several groups here before the snows and the larger migration will now start. 10’s of thousands will land here at Speedwell Forge lake but many more will stop at Middle Creek Wildlife Preserve, a short 10 minute drive from the inn. Bird enthusiasts from all over the US find there way to Middle Creek to watch the huge flocks of birds take off and land. It is truly amazing. Though it is hard to predict when the largest flocks will be there, there are significant numbers from now through the middle of March. As soon as the warm weather arrives the birds are gone so the earlier you plan your visit, the better. We are so enthused about this migration we are offering Sunday-Thursday nights, stay 2 nights and the second night is 50% off. Ask for the Migration special when booking. We also offer a late check out with this offer (subject to availability) so that you can spend a full day watching the swans.

March is also Mud Sale month! Appropriately named because the spring thaw tends to be muddy, these sales are community oriented and feature everything from quilts to farm equipment. There are handmade crafts, furniture, antiques.. you name it, the list is long. The closest one to the inn is the Penryn Mud Sale on March 20. If you follow this link you will see a list of what is all there as well as pictures from past year offerings. There is remote parking and shuttle services. Just remember to pack a pair of boots. There are mud sales every weekend from Feb 20 through April 28. Ask for our 10% mudsale discount when booking your stay.
A complete list of the wide variety of mud sales in Lancaster County can be found at the Lancaster Tourist Bureau website.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Dream Weekends in Lancaster County

Join us for the first in a series of Dream Weekends here at the inn. We are very excited about the specials we have in store for 2010 and are launching these weekends with our Wine and Wolves Weekend Feb 26 and 27.
We have been dreaming here at Swiss Woods and would like to share some of our excitement with you. There are so many things to do and explore around the Inn and we have decided offer Dream Weekend packages. Our inaugural Dream Weekend will be Wine and Wolves Weekend Feb 26 and 27, 2010.
Partnering with the PA Wolf Sanctuary which is located right across the lake from the inn and with Waltz Vineyards in Manheim we have put together a fun and educational time. Take a break in your winter routine and join us for this exceptional event.
Included in this package:
Friday check in dinner. 5-8pm whenever you arrive
Debbie’s wonderful oven roasted Beef Stew, freshly baked cornbread, and a sweet Lemon Toffee Pudding for dessert.
Saturday- Our superb full breakfast from 8:30 to 9:30 AM, off to an
11 am wine tasting tour at Waltz Vineyard followed by lunch in the barrel room at the winery. Waltz Vineyard is the area’s premier winery with some really wonderful wines. Jan and Kim will tell you about the grapes and the winemaking process. We just love this place and are excited to share it with you. They have won numerous awards in the past 2 years making them one of the premier wineries in Pennsylvania. As they say, these are the wines that will make you change your mind!

Saturday- afternoon is free to shop in Lititz or you may want to visit Middle Creek Wildlife preserve to watch the Tundra Swan migration. (10 minutes from the inn). The migration time varies from year-to-year but this should be a good weekend to see the swans. At the peak of migration the fields around middle Creek are covered with swans. Enthusiasts come from all over to photograph these amazing birds.

Dinner on your own – consider the General Sutter Inn, conveniently located on the square in Lititz or Cappricios a casual Italian Cafe. We would be happy to make your reservations to ensure that you will be finished in time for the moonlight tour.
Saturday 7:30- Moonlight tour at the PA Wolf Sanctuary. This evening includes a bonfire, tour of the wolf enclosures, music and hopefully howling wolves! They are more active in the winter than in the summer so dress warmly and enjoy this rare treat.
Sunday morning brunch at the inn 9-11am with late check out. Sleep in and enjoy a leisurely breakfast with no hurry to leave. We are extending check out on this weekend till 6pm.

First Floor Rooms: Lugano, San Bernadino, Wilhelm Tell and Emmental:
Double occupancy $450.00 plus tax

Upstairs: Lake of Geneva, Appenzell and the Matterhorn Suite: double occupancy $525 plus tax

Rooms available on a first come first serve basis so reserve yours early.