Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Save Speedwell, an update

As many of you know the Speedwell Forge lake was drained in October 2011 because the dam sustained damage during a storm. Soon after we were encouraged that Governor Corbet allotted money out of the State Capital budget, 6.4 million to be exact, to repair the dam. Those funds however did not include dredging the sediment from the bottom which has accumulated over the last 40 years and is negatively impacting water quality below the dam.  The Save Speedwell group has been working diligently to make applications to various organizations interested in clean waterways in an effort to find funds to remove the sediment before the lake is refilled.   This afternoon we got word that Growing Greener has awarded Save Speedwell with 430K to do just that.  We are so very grateful that not only will the lake be restored, but that it will be done well and with the future in mind. Our thanks to all who have helped in this effort.

As we wake these mornings and go to bed we hear the calls of the whistling swans migrating north. No, they are not stopping here as there is no lake, but hearing them we are reminded of why we do this. Yesterday Werner spotted the eagle flying overhead and we were encouraged to know that they have not disappeared completely and we hope they will once again call Speedwell Forge Lake home.

In the meantime, the hiking trails are still very much here and the area is beautiful. We are just very thankful to know that the lake will be back, sooner rather than later.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Lititz, PA leads the voting...

..in Budget Travel.com's coolest small town contest. You can read the details and vote here.  Is it any surprise to us that we are even in the running let alone far ahead? No! Lititz is filled with small town pride, a wonderful main street with shops and merchants who love what they do. The park is filled with events all summer long from the Art festival displaying amazingly beautiful artwork, to the ever popular craft festival that takes over town the second weekend in August.

Not only are there events to attend there is our weekly farmers market in the summer boasting the bounty of Lancaster County, there is a nano brewery as well as the Appalacian Brewery/Resturant and a classic English Pub with a great tap list.  Lititz is home to Wilber Chocolate and those yummy Wilber buds and who could miss the pretzle factory and the twist your own pretzle tour.

Lititz has something for everyone and tourists love it, but I can tell you it is even better to live here and raise a family here. Werner and I have been proud residents of Lititz, albeit the Inn is not downtown but is fortunate to be located just out of town with woods and meadows surrounding. Our children all attended Warwick School district, graduated and went to state universities. The community here lives and works together responding to crisis and need as well as fun and festivities.  It banded together with neighboring communities when the lake needed to be drained and monies found to rebuild the damaged dam.... and working together made it happen in record time.  ( see Save Speedwell for more information)

I love Lititz. Our guests love Lititz. Thousands of visitors a year love Lititz. You will want to include this gem of a town in your next trip to Lancaster County, and of course cast your vote for the coolest small town in the USA today!

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Winter in Lititz- whats to do?

          Lititz, PA in winter, a cozy/happening  place to be.

As I write this it is cold outside and there is a light snow falling. The fireplace is roaring full tilt in the common room, and a fresh batch of chocolate biscotti are coming out of the oven.  Early February finds us getting ready for the busy times over Valentines and Presidents Day, when so many people want to escape. Cabin fever has set in and we are the perfect remedy.
But, you may ask, what is there to do in Lititz in the winter?  The weekend of the 17th is the annual  Fire and Ice festival. This event  has grown over the years to be quite wonderful. Ice Sculptures are created while crowds watch on Friday night, Feb 15 followed by a block party. Saturday is the Chili cook-off.   Follow the link for the schedule and photos.
Other weekends you can take in the Wolf Tour at the Speedwell Wolf Sanctuary just around the corner from Swiss Woods.  The full moon tour happens once a month in the evening, Feb it is on the 23rd. 
Any weekend is a good time to visit the beautiful Waltz Vineyard tasting room for a relaxing sampling of their award winning wines complimented by local cheeses.  To finish the day restaurants abound! From the cozy and popular Bull’s Head pub with its amazing selection of craft beers to the incredibly upscale Log Cabin, there is something for every taste.  Of course there is time to just relax, read a book, have a cup of tea and enjoy this wonderful, if somewhat chilly, time of year.