Monday, November 29, 2010

December is for Decorating, Natural window boxes at Swiss Woods

It is amazing how quickly we go from a garden in full bloom to one that is dormant and resting for the winter. The cold snap hits and the last of the bright beautful blooms of summer and fall are brown and gone. It is then that, that we look at the garden with an eye toward decorating for the winter. Werner is really an artist at heart. I am continually amazed at his creative side when it comes to flora and fauna, landscaping in general. We have a huge variety of plants in our gardens. He does not cut them down or back until spring when he is getting ready for the summer plantings. Many of them have berries or seeds that feed the birds, some are bushy providing shelter for them during the cold winter months. There are long grasses with plumes, short twigs with bright red berries, prickly holly, and fragrent pine. All of this arranged together makes for interesting and beautiful window boxes and potted arrangements.
Take a walk in your backyard thinking of what can be cut and arranged to make an appealing decoration. Pine cones can be sprayed with gold paint or glitter to add some color and sparkle. Even bark can add some interest to an arrangement.
Add a little snow and you have added interest to your porch or pots in the garden.

We wish all of you much fun and enjoyment as you decorate for this holiday season.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Why I love Lititz

Cherry Acres
I am sure that I will not even hit half of the reasons why Lititz is such an amazing small town and why so many people put it on their must see list when visiting Lancaster County. Many of our guests come specifically for this quaint town filled with delightful shops, charming cafes, a really wonderful pub and permeated with the smell of chocolate. How can you not love a town that smells like chocolate while you shop?
Cherry Acres

One of my very favorite shops is Cherry Acres right on Main Street. They feature furniture made from old barn wood, enameled sinks, and a wide variety of metal artsy figures that are just plain fun. It is a place that you walk through and each time see something different. My last visit found me leaving with a wonderful old mirror framed in barn wood.
Morton Fine Furniture
Across the street you will find some of the finest furniture you can imagine at Morton Fine Furniture. Works of art, each individual piece is crafted to stand the test of time and beauty, all  from the most beautiuful wood and many designs that are just breathtaking. I am in love with a table he has on display of light wood with darker inlays. There are pieces here that would make wonderful additions to anyone's home.

These are just a few of my favorites. Main Street is lined with many small shops including one at the Moravian Church, a favorite place to purchase Moravian Stars for the holidays.
After all this shopping a break at the Chocolate Cafe for one of their smooth and rich chocolate drinks is just a perfect way to break up the day.  If you are into something stronger the Bull's Head pub just down the way has an impressive array of truly stellar beer on tap.

Chocolate Cafe`
So, it makes perfect sense to me that the Lititz Businesses called their once a month Friday's with longer hours, "lovin Lititz every Second"!  There is music, food and the shops stay open till 9pm. Why not come join us Friday December 10 for some last minute shopping, in a town decorated to the hilt and with all the charm to match! We are so excited about this event that we are offering 25% off of a 2 night stay December 6-23, 2010.  This kicks off a year of  25's for us as Swiss Woods goes into it's 25th year, but more on that in the next blog.
 Now all we need are a few snow flurries to make it all just ... perfect.

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Rooms are avaialabe at the inn on all December weekends. Gift Certificates to Swiss Woods make a wonderful gift for the holidays. And we are pleased to announce that you can now shop Swiss Woods from home at  our online store. All the teas you have come to know and love as well as our incredible toffee and biscotti are all available here.