Monday, September 10, 2012

Farming and our Lancaster County Bed and Breakfast

Lancaster County has a reputation for incredibly fertile farmland, huge harvests, an abundance of veggies and fruit and great dairy. Turkey Hill Ice Cream is now available all over the East Coast and I even saw some in Chicago on my last visit there. At our Lititz area bed and breakfast we make an effort to serve fresh sustainable humanely raised food and I am glad to say that over the summer we have added some new suppliers.  Cage free, free range eggs with the brightest yellow yolks you have ever seen, peaches from the neighboring farm that will rival anything you can find, and tomatoes, potatoes and fruit from yet another neighboring farm. Corn Fritters from fresh sweet corn have been a hit all summer on our breakfast menu as has been the Tomato Pie with Gruyere crust and our fresh Peach and Raspberry Cobblers.

It is peach season and for years we travel the mile up Blantz Rd to the farm at the end to get our peaches. Yes, we have a few in the orchard but not nearly enough to use during our very busy season.  That farm at the end of our road is where Erma grew up and her brother now farms.  Erma, who many of you is our housekeeper, cook, and general all around great person who has been working with us since 1988!  The peaches that we get from Luke's farm are just amazing and many a guest leaves our breakfast table and makes a stop at the farm stand on their way out to pick up a basket of peaches to take home.   Just this year I discovered that they also sell farm raised Black Angus beef and I can tell you it is just the best beef you have ever had. Lean, flavorful and humanely raised. Last week Erma and I swung past the pasture to take a few pictures of these black beauties but .. not being the best photographer combined with shy cows.. and .. well you will just have to wait till either they stand still or I get better at taking pictures!

When planning your next trip to Swiss Woods, (which I hope is very soon!) I would encourage you to pack a cooler, some ice packs and plan on stopping at this wonderful farm!

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Theatre in Lancaster County, PA

Lancaster County is known for farms and scenery, good food and a wealth of interesting activities like the Strasburg Railroad,   Buggy Rides and Kitchen Kettle Village. There are also many stage productions that are incredibly wonderful and often overlooked.
Sight and Sound is known nationwide for their elaborate productions often playing to full houses. Their state of the art theater in Strasburg, PA is magnificent only surpassed by the actual productions. Make plans soon to come and see their current musical, Jonah. Afternoon showings are a good idea, allowing you to go to dinner afterwards and then make the drive back to the Inn. This show will end in December so if you have not seen it you will need to plan a trip soon.
On a totally different note there is the Rainbow Dinner Theatre in Paradise, PA.  This dinner theater does a really great job with comedy. Their plays are truly funny living up to their motto all comedy... all the time.
Unnecessary Farce starts on August 14 running thru October 28.
The American Music Theater located right across from the Lancaster outlets has a wide variety of shows with some great headline names. Anne Murray to the Capital Steps appear here as well as Celtic Women, the Irish Tenors and Gretchen Wilson. They do a great job as well with their own shows, one titled American Icons is running now. Check out their website for a complete list of upcoming concerts.
The Dutch Apple Dinner Theater usually shows musicals. An all time favorite, Fiddler on the Roof starts there August 9 and runs through September 22. This theater is located in Centerville.
The Fulton Opera House in downtown Lancaster Central Pennsylvania's premier regional theatre & National Historic Landmark combines Broadway caliber musicals, comedies and dramas with the grandeur of ornate Victorian architecture. Next up there is Gypsy, Sept 11-30 followed by Agatha Christie's Witness for the Prosecution. This is a wonderful theater, not overly big and beautifully renovated.
The Hershey Theater is just magnificent. Built by Milton Hershey it has recently been renovated to its original glory. Big name shows come through this theater. Follow the link for a complete list.

As you can see, there is plenty to choose from and something to fit every taste!