Monday, March 23, 2015

Cure Cabin Fever At The Spring Antique Extravaganza 2015

Spring has sprung, and Adamstown is getting ready for its Spring Antique Extravaganza, a
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four-day event where specialty and antique shops of Lancaster County get together to display their treasures for locals and tourists. The event takes place three times a year—April, June, and September—but you won't want to miss this first opportunity of the year to get great bargains.

The Antique Extravaganza is more than just a small gathering of knickknacks. It is a seven-mile stretch of antique shops and dealers, both inside and outdoors. Something so big can't take just one day to peruse. That's why the Spring Antique Extravaganza runs from Thursday, April 23, through Saturday, April 25. If you're from out of town, the Historic Smithton Inn is only about 20 minutes from the event. Why stay anywhere else?

Here are just a few of the venues and dealers you can expect to find at the Spring Antique Extravaganza this year:

Many of the shops are open year-round, but dealers and venues often list their wares at special prices and offer extended hours for this event. If you are all about antiquing, you should take advantage of the Spring Antique Extravaganza, and book your stay at the Historic Smithton Inn. We are happy to have you.

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Monday, March 16, 2015

10 Restaurants You Might Be Surprised To Find In PA Dutch Country

Although Lancaster County is most associated with traditional Pennsylvania Dutch tourist attractions
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and eateries, it may surprise you to know we've got much more than buggy rides and shoofly pies. If you're in the mood for food with international flavor during your stay in Lancaster County, here's a list of ten restaurants that feature cuisines from various cultures across the globe.

Prudhomme's Lost Cajun Kitchen
Located in Columbia (about a half hour drive from the Historic Smithton Inn), Prudhomme's Lost Cajun Kitchen has been bringing the tastes of New Orleans to Lancaster County since 1990. It also offers guests the opportunity to experience unique, southern-style entertainment from bluegrass to Motown scattered throughout each month. The menu and a list of this month's entertainers can be found on their website.

La Borimex
La Borimex offers outstanding authentic Mexican dishes such as costillas fritas, chicken and steak chilaquiles, and more. The restaurant also has various taco and quesadilla options among others. For dessert, guests can delve into a dish of fried ice cream or consider other menu options. Located in Ephrata, La Borimex is less than a ten-minute drive from the Historic Smithton Inn.

Aromas del Sur
The welcoming and friendly staff add to the genuine Colombian atmosphere at Aromas del Sur, where you can order authentic Colombian fare in the Borough of Ephrata.  Just a three -minute ride from the Historic Smithton Inn, Aromas del Sur welcomes you to bring your own alcoholic beverages, as well. To peruse the menu, which includes gluten-free options, stop by or check out the restaurant's website.

Addisu Ethiopian Restaurant and Grocery
If you're in the mood to try something completely different, you may want to consider Addisu Ethiopian Restaurant in Lancaster. This restaurant serves real Ethiopian dishes, many made to be eaten with your hands. Or, if you know someone who would love an Ethiopian dining experience, the restaurant also offers gift certificates.

JoBoy's Brew Pub 
If you're searching for southern charm, look no further than Joboy's Brew Pub in Lititz. It's the perfect spot for southern-style barbeque and handcrafted beer. The menu features various smoked masterpieces, and there's always a variety of unique beers on tap.

La Costeña Peruvian Restaurant
La Costeña Restaurant brings seaside recipes of the Peru to Lancaster City, giving guests a unique Peruvian dining experience. The menu features a large selection of Peruvian specialties from causa rellena to lomo saltado.

La Dolce Vita Courthouse Bakery
Located in downtown Lancaster, La Dolce Vita is a family-run Italian bakery and pastry shop. In addition to its breads, cakes, and other sugary treats, La Dolce Vita also offers Italian sandwiches and salads that make ideal lunches for those on the go as they take in the many sites of Lancaster City.

Upohar Ethnic Cuisines
Upohar Ethnic Cuisines specializes in international vegetarian and vegan food with a menu that varies daily. The restaurant takes pride in providing employment opportunities to refugees in the Lancaster community and often features menu items related to their cultures and heritages. To see the latest menu, visit the Upohar Ethnic Cuisines website.

Himalayan Curry & Grill
Another unique restaurant located in Lancaster City, Himalayan Curry and Grill is an excellent spot for Indian cuisine and Nepalese food. With a buffet option, guests are able to try a taste of nearly everything the restaurant has to offer. This quaint restaurant also has takeout options and options for vegetarians.

Established in 2011, Ma(i)son  is a family-owned, “old country” inspired urban cookery located right in Lancaster City, featuring a unique name that blends the French word for “home” with the family name, Mason. The family utilizes Lancaster County resources in all of their meals, with a menu that changes weekly due to the availability of those resources.

So the next time you're staying in Lancaster County, do yourself a favor and take advantage of what at least one of these unique, inspirational eateries has to offer.

Happy dining!

By Rebecca Gallagher, Innkeeper

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Monday, March 9, 2015

Historic Smithton Inn All-Time Favorite Recipes: Banana Nutella Bread

There's nothing more welcoming than freshly baked, homemade banana bread! This banana bread,
Banana bread
featuring the hazelnut-chocolate decadence of Nutella, will have your kitchen smelling heavenly and your guests feeling blissful. The Nutella adds an irresistible twist to a classic favorite of mine. If you love banana bread, you will absolutely adore this recipe.

Banana Nutella Bread Recipe

What You'll Need:

  • 2 cups ripe mashed bananas (typically 3 to 4 bananas)
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 4 ounces (½ cup) unsalted butter, melted
  • ½ cup milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup Nutella

How To Make It:

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees, and grease 2 bread pans.

2. Mash the bananas, leaving them still a little lumpy.

3. Using a hand mixer, combine the brown sugar, melted butter, milk, eggs, and vanilla.

4. In another bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add to the sugar mix, blending until smooth.

5. Mix the mashed bananas into the batter.

6. Soften the Nutella in the microwave for about 20 seconds.

7. Pour approximately two-thirds of the softened Nutella into the bread batter. Gently fold with a spatula, swirling the Nutella throughout the batter.

8. Divide the batter evenly between two greased bread pans. Top loaves with the remaining Nutella, swirling it into the batter in the pans.

9. Bake for approximately 45 minutes or until testing knife can be inserted and removed cleanly.

Allow to cool for 10 minutes before cutting.

Served warm or at room temperature, this bread is a treat in all seasons. Enjoy!

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Monday, March 2, 2015

Swing Into Spring At The 25th Annual Boscov's Berks Jazz Fest

This spring, celebrate a quarter of a century of jazzy entertainment with the 25th Berks Jazz Fest.
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From Friday, March 13 to Sunday, April 19, you'll have an opportunity to check out local musical and artistic talent, and even take part in educational events, at multiple locations throughout Reading, PA.

For the past 25 years, the Berks Arts Council in Reading has been featuring the Berks Jazz Fest as a way to support and promote the arts in the Berks community. What better way is there to help people of all ages see the beauty of the visual and performing arts than by showcasing local talent? And great for out-of-towners, venues are only about a half hour drive from the Historic Smithton Inn.

Just a few of the many performers at various venues are listed below. For a full list, visit the Berks Jazz Fest website.

·       Dance Hall Docs
·       Randy Hanson
·       Dianne Reeves
·       U.S. Army Jazz Ambassadors
·       Tedeschi Trucks Band
·       Jessy Carolina and the Hot Mess
·       And so many more!

Don't miss out on the fun. I highly suggest getting your tickets in advance, so you're guaranteed spots at these exciting events. Prices for performances vary, so refer to the lists of events on their website for more information. Some performances are free!

There is always something for everyone, so you are bound to have a blast at this year's jazz festival!

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Monday, February 23, 2015

Drinking and Dining in Northeastern Lancaster County: Unique Breweries in the Ephrata Area

If you're planning a visit to Lancaster County, why not take time to enjoy a few of the many local micro-breweries and eateries? With several to choose from just minutes away from the Historic Smithton Inn, you can enjoy the welcoming atmospheres, expertly crafted brews, and delicious food without venturing too far away.
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Black Forest Brewery

Proudly brewing true tavern ale, Black Forest Brewery serves both ales and wines. If you're looking for a good meeting spot, whether as tourists or on business, Black Forest Brewery offers you time and space, with snacks available and a menu that varies. Black Forest Brewery is barely a hop, skip, and a jump away from our inn here in Ephrata!

St. Boniface Craft Brewing Company

Just five minutes from the inn, St. Boniface fills growlers and serves pints and even services draft accounts throughout Lancaster County to share the tastes of their brews with customers across the county. The food of St. Boniface is offered at Little Nicky's, a local Italian restaurant, as well as from a rotation of food trucks.

Special Event Alert: Meeting of the Saints – Sat., March 14, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.; featuring traditional Irish music by Down By The Glenside and delicious Irish eats by Bountiful Feast, and what's an Irish celebration without a little beer!

Union Barrel Works Restaurant and Brew Pub

Once a hardware store, then a garment factory, this building now houses Union Barrel Works. You can choose from over a dozen hand-crafted brews to enjoy with your meal at this restaurant, located within 15 minutes from our inn by following N. State Street from Ephrata directly into Reamstown. Also, be sure to check out their website for information on upcoming events, including live music.

JoBoy's Brew Pub

Started in April 2010, JoBoy's Brew Pub offers a family-friendly atmosphere where you can enjoy hand-crafted beer and take advantage of some great food featuring homemade sauces and meat rubs. They even allow you to purchase those homemade sauces and rubs for your own personal use! JoBoy's Brew Pub is located 15 minutes from our inn.

Stoudts Brewery and Black Angus Restaurant and Pub

Stoudts Brewery uses organically farmed ingredients that are grown locally for its various special craft and seasonal beers. If you're around on a weekend, the brewery offers free tours at select times, as well. The Stoudts Black Angus Restaurant and Pub is a good spot to satisfy your food cravings, and the restaurant even offers catering services. Stoudts Brewery and Black Angus Restaurant and Pub are approximately half an hour from the Historic Smithton Inn. Check out upcoming events here.

So while you're enjoying your stay in beautiful Lancaster County, I hope you take the time to consider adding one or more of these local breweries to your itinerary. If you do decide to take advantage of the goods provided at any of these locations, please remember to drink responsibly and never drink and drive.

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