Monday, January 26, 2015

Fire & Ice Festival In Lititz, PA—Opposites Do Attract!

From February 13 to February 16, the 2015 Fire & Ice Festival turns up the heat AND keeps it cool with a full schedule of activities. Want to chase the winter blahs away?

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Check out what’s on this year’s Fire & Ice Festival agenda. It’s all happening just 8 miles from our Inn!

Friday, Feb. 13, 5 – 9 p.m.
Downtown Block Party (Main and Broad Streets)—Celebrate with retailers, take in the gorgeous ice sculptures, and enjoy the downtown energy and excitement!

Party In The Park (Lititz Springs Park)—The fun extends to the park with more awe-inspiring ice sculptures, food, games, and entertainment.

Saturday, Feb. 14, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Chili Cook-Off (Warwick High School Cafeteria)—Dig in to support over 25 charities.

Winter Wonderland Carnival (Warwick High School Gym)—Bring the family to this fun-filled indoor carnival for all ages. It features games, contests, and other activities.

Vendor Fair (Warwick High School Small Gym)—Stop by and visit with local businesses at their booths. See and learn about their products and services, and take home some free goodies as mementos.

Sunday, Feb. 15, 1 – 5 p.m.
Dodgeball Tournament (Warwick High School Gym)—Cheer on your favorite 7-8th grade and 9-12th grade teams as they battle to win.

Sunday, Feb. 15, 7 p.m.
Community Movie Night (Location TBD)—Sit back and relax with friends and neighbors in the local community while enjoying a family-friendly film.

Monday, Feb. 16, All Day
Spend President’s Day strolling through Lititz and admiring the over 50 ice sculptures dotting the streets and park.

With four days of fun ahead, I hope you’ll find a way to fit this fabulous February festival on your calendar!

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Monday, January 19, 2015

Cool Sounds Heating Up Lancaster City Nightlife At The 2015 Roots & Blues Festival

February 6 and 7 bring a musical feast to Lancaster. The 2015 Lancaster Roots & Blues Festival
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offers the opportunity to see performances by featured artists from across the United States and beyond our nation’s borders.

This year, the festival will present over 50 artists at eight venues with ten stages. And they’re all within just a few blocks of each other. Among the venues for the 2015 music festival are The Ware Center, the Convention Center at the Marriott, Tellus 360, Chameleon Club, The Federal Taphouse, Lancaster Dispensing Company, The Trust Performing Arts Center, and the historic Elks Lodge.

While all locations are within easy walking distance of each other, folks can ride from performance to performance via a bus that will travel between venues.

All the action will take place just 15 miles from the Historic Smithton Inn, so I’m telling all my music-loving guests about it. This festival is a “must,” whether you prefer jazz and blues or polka and reggae. It brings an array of talented musicians from a spectrum of genres including folk, r&b, jazz, roots reggae, funk, rock ‘n roll, and more.

For all the details and to buy tickets, visit the Lancaster Roots & Blues - A Festival of Music website.

Want a sneak peak of the caliber of talent that’s in store for you at this year’s festival? Check out this video by Jake Lewis and the Clergy.

Interested in a visit to Lancaster County to enjoy Roots & Blues? Get in touch with us to reserve a room here at our B&B. We’ll take great care of you during your stay!

By Rebecca Gallagher

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Monday, January 12, 2015

2015 U.S. Women’s Open Swinging Into Lancaster In July

Did you know that in July of this year, one of the world's most prestigious women's golf championships is coming to Lancaster County?
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From July 6 – 12, the 2015 U.S. Women’s Open will take place at the Lancaster Country Club. At last year’s event at Pinehurst No. 2 in North Carolina, a USGA (United States Golf Association) record of 1,702 golfers entered to play. This year, the 2015 U.S. Women's Open at Lancaster Country Club expects entries to exceed that number.

Whether you’re an avid golfer or a fan of the game, this is an event you won’t want to miss this. To enjoy the excitement as a spectator, you can purchase tickets online that give you access to the championship grounds all seven days of the event, complimentary parking, and much more.

For those from out of town, this is also a perfect opportunity to partake in an authentic Lancaster County experience. Reserve your room at the Historic Smithton Inn, and I’ll be here to share where to go and what to see when you’re not on the course watching the championship. Our bed and breakfast is a short and easy 20 minutes (12 miles) from the Lancaster Country Club.

If you’ll be a spectator but love to golf, our inn has a relationship with Meadia Heights Golf Club (a private club) where our guests can play a challenging championship course. I can also recommend a number of other courses nearby.

Visit our website to check out the charm, comfort, and convenience we can offer you during your stay in Pennsylvania Dutch Country. And be sure to book your room now!

By Rebecca Gallagher, Innkeeper

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Monday, January 5, 2015

Warm Up This Winter With The Ever Hot Lancaster County Theater And Concert Scene

Oh yes, the weather outside can be a bit frightful this time of year, but don’t let the cold keep you
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from experiencing the great theater and music Lancaster County has to offer.

Here’s just a sampling of what our area’s performing arts venues have on stage this winter:

Ephrata Performing Arts Center / Sharadin Bigler Theatre—Just one mile from the Historic Smithton Inn, you can enjoy critically-acclaimed community theater at EPAC. They present everything from classics to avant garde productions. With talent that rivals that of the pros on Broadway, EPAC offers star-quality theater just down the street.

Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Jr.
February 6 – 22, 2015

August: Osage County
March 19 – April 4, 2015

Fulton Theatre Prepare for an exceptional theater experience at this absolutely gorgeous venue. Just a half-hour drive from our inn, the Fulton presents unforgettable plays and musicals of all varieties.

And Then There Were None (An Agatha Christie murder mystery)
January 25 – February 15, 2015

March 10 – April 4, 2015

Cinderella (part of the Fulton’s Family Series)
March 21 – April 4, 2015

Sight & Sound TheatreSight & Sound productions entertain and inspire people of all ages and religious backgrounds as they bring the stories of the Bible to life. Just 20 miles from our location, it’s an easy drive from our location. Most shows feature live animals. (Kids and adults love that!) Also consider making reservations to take a "Behind the Scenes Tour" to learn how the Sight & Sound crews create their performances.

January 2 – April 18, 2015

Mount Hope Estate & Winery—Perhaps best known for its Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire, Mt. Hope also offers theatrical and musical entertainment year round.

Murder at Mount Hope Mansion (a murder mystery who-done-it accompanied by a four-course meal)
February 6 – March 28, 2015

Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre – Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre is known for its entertaining musicals served up with a delicious meal. They also have a concert series. What could be better than dinner and a show? If you wish, you can skip the meal and attend the theater performance only.

Now through February 14, 2014

The Return (a Beatles tribute band)
March 8 – 9, 2015

February 19 – March 21, 2015

Rainbow Dinner Theatre – Did you know we have TWO dinner theaters within just a  half hour drive from our bed & breakfast? Nice, right? Rainbow Dinner Theater serves up "all comedy...all the time" along with their delicious dinner fare.

January 23 – March 21, 2015

Hershey Theatre – An array of entertainment including concerts, classic films, and Broadway performances awaits you just 40 miles (west on Rte. 322) from our inn. Hershey Theatre has it all in a beautiful performance venue.

Visit the Hershey Theatre website for their full list of events.

American Music TheatreAMT’s line up of live musical performances includes some of the most loved names in Rock, Country, Classical, Big Band, and more. Their season also includes various comedy and specialty performances, plus their own original shows. Just 20 minutes from the Historic Smithton Inn, AMT is a treat you won’t want to miss.

Here’s a glimpse of some of their upcoming shows:

Little River Band and Orleans
January 30, 2015

February 8, 2015

February 26, 2015

March 5, 2015

March 17, 2015

See the AMT website for the many other shows scheduled this summer and beyond.
As you can see, there’s lots to enjoy! I hope you’ll check out one or more of these marvelous venues. They’re the perfect places to shake off the winter chill.

Rebecca Gallagher, Innkeeper

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Monday, December 29, 2014

A Look Ahead At Lancaster County's Year-Round Fun For 2015

A New Year is upon us. A time for a fresh start—and a fresh look at what we are so fortunate to have
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within reach here in Lancaster County. As you make your New Year’s resolutions, why not add experiencing a few Lancaster County destinations to your must-do list?

Our area has so very much to offer! Here’s a short list of some of the activities, events, and places I think you’ll enjoy in 2015.

Where To Go And What To Do In Lancaster County 

Live Theater and Music

We are incredibly fortunate to have star-quality talent at the various live theater and music venues across our county. Just down the road from our inn is Ephrata Performing Arts Center at the Sheridan Bigler Theatre known for both classics and avant-garde productions. Also within about a mile of our inn is Ephrata Main Theatre, which features not only movies, but also live music performances. Speaking of live music, American Music Theatre hosts some big name musical talent and produces its own captivating productions. In Lancaster city, there’s the beautiful Fulton Theatre with Broadway caliber shows. Productions that bring the stories of the Bible to life can be seen at Sight & Sound Theatres. Looking for dinner and a show, check out our dinner theaters, Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre and Rainbow Dinner Theatre. Throughout each year, I regularly do “round ups” (like this one) of what’s showing at these venues, so watch for more of them in 2015.

Farmers Markets and Roadside Stands

Whether you’re looking for the freshest ingredients for your next meal or to buy some Lancaster County goodies to share with out-of-town visitors, our area farmers markets and roadside stands are the place to go. Farm-fresh local produce, meats, baked goods (like whoopie pies and shoofly pie!), jams and jellies, and more. Besides the Green Dragon Farmers Market within 5 miles of our inn, there are others to explore as well. Check out this post from earlier in 2014, which gives a list of our favorite markets and stands.

Mud Sales

A Lancaster County tradition, mud sales give both locals (Amish and English alike) and visitors something to look forward to as the cold winter weather begins to break.

These sales date back to the mid-1960s and serve as fundraisers for the local volunteer fire companies. These auctions often take place both inside and out... it's the outside part, taking place in fields that have begun to thaw, that earned them the affectionate nickname, "Mud Sale.”

The website has a list of upcoming 2015 mud sales in the late winter/early spring.


Microbrews and craft beer have become all the rage, and Lancaster County is earning a reputation as a brew connoisseur’s paradise. In fact, we’ve got several brewpubs within a 10-minute drive of the Historic Smithton Inn. Plus, a new brewpub within a mile of our inn, Black Forest Brewery, opened just last month.


Nearly year round, Lancaster County is home to festivals offering a variety of fun. From Lititz’s Fire & Ice and Lancaster Roots & Blues in February to summer arts and crafts festivals to fall festivals like Ephrata Cloister’s Apple Dumpling Days, there really is something for everyone. Although the dates won’t hold true for 2015, check out these past summer and fall round ups to find out more about what you can expect when you visit these events. 

I could go on and on, but for now, I think that will give you plenty to think about as you make your plans for 2015. Stay tuned into this blog for more about these destinations and others in the months to come.

From all here at the Historic Smithton Inn, all our best to you for a happy, healthy new year!


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