Wednesday, May 28, 2014

The Swiss Woods gardens, Werner's bees and Lancaster County farmers markets

Lititz is all about shopping, food, and beauty. Here at the Inn it is no different. We love the spring and all that it brings with it... warmer days, green grass, magnificent flowers and newly opened road side markets. The bees are out and about gathering pollen for their wonderful honey and Werner is busy redoing a few things in an attempt to do rounds of comb honey. We are up to 17 hives many with new queens so stay tuned.

 The local produce is here! Every year we encourage our guests to pack a cooler so they can take advantage of the ultimate freshness. We welcome many from New York City, Washington DC, Philly and Baltimore and produce like this is just such a treat. This is the first pick of local strawberries. Ask us for our favorite stops or visit one of the many local farmers markets.
Roots on Tuesdays
Central Market on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday
Green Dragon on Friday
Lititz Farmers Market on Saturday
various and plentiful road side stand every day but Sunday
The one below is my new favorite. In my little kitchen garden I have black cherry tomatoes, purple plum tomatoes and several other heirloom varieties all purchased here.

Why not book a trip to Lititz this summer? We would love to see you!
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And most of all.. have a great day!

Friday, May 16, 2014

Lititz Farmer's Market

It's that time of year again! Grab your favorite cup of coffee and take a stroll through Lititz' very own outdoor farmer's market! Fresh produce, baked goods, local meats, plants and flowers line North Water Street every Saturday 8 until noon. Just a few of the vendors include Thom's Bread, Blossom Hill Gardens, Springleaf Farms, Sugar Whipped Bakery, and Josiah's Oils. You'll also find live music, chef demonstrations and children's activities!

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Speedwell Forge lake restoration under way!!

As many of you know, Speedwell Forge is the lake that Swiss Woods Bed and Breakfast overlooks and due to major storms needed a complete renovation of the dam. In addition a local grass roots group has secured monies from a Growing Greener grant to remove 40 years of accumulated sediment from the lake bottom.
The work has begun! All the waiting for permits, plans and contractors is over and this last week we were elated to see the first backhoes and bulldozers arrive. This is the sediment removal portion and the actual work on the dam itself should start soon as well. A big thank you to the Speedwell Wolf Sanctuary who is taking the sediment to make new wolf enclosures. The Sanctuary is located just around the corner from Swiss Woods and many of our guests enjoy the tours and special full moon events there.

All this to say our lake is on it's way back and promises to be better than ever. In the meantime there are so many other reasons to visit Swiss Woods. Our hiking trails are still amazing, Werner's gardens are set to bloom and Lititz PA is booming after being 2013's coolest small town. Second Friday's continue to grow and are a big hit. Be sure to follow the link to see all the events Lititz has planned for 2014.

For you birders out there, the wealth of birds on the property keeps growing. Over the course of spring, summer, fall and winter we have identified well over 140 different birds. Yesterday we watched a summer tanager flit through the newly greening trees and the distinctive pecking of the pileated woodpecker sounds from the forest.

Make your reservations now. Take advantage of our Swiss Woods June Midweek Special. Stay 2 nights Sunday-Thursday and we will include 2 free wine tastings at our favorite vineyard, Waltz Vineyards in Manheim, PA , a short drive from the Inn.  Please mention "June Special" when booking.  They also have a tasting room on Main Street in Lititz, the perfect stop while shopping!

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Upcoming Concerts and Events close to Swiss Woods Bed and Breakfast

Here at Swiss Woods Bed and Breakfast we strive to keep everyone updated on the wide variety of events there are to visit in the area. Lititz, PA is central to many including all of the concerts and shows at the Giant Center in Hershey, PA ( 30 min),  the production of Moses at the Sight and Sound Theater in Strasburg (35min) and the wealth of concerts at the American Music Theater. During the summer there are also you can enjoy a dinner theater in Mt Gretna at the Timbers.
Sheryl Crow graces the AMT stage on June 1st.
Human Nature preforms on August 12, just 2 of the long list of concerts in the next few months. Take a minute to find one you would love and plan a trip to Lititz!
The American Music Theater is adding shows constantly and just added Terry Fator for August 24, 2104, and Bill Cosby for Sept 7, 2014. Both shows will be a total sell out so get your tickets (and your rooms!) early!