Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Celtic Fling And Highland Games At Mount Hope: Let The Summer Merriment Begin!

Yearning for some merriment as summer kicks into gear? You’ll find it at the seventeenth annual Celtic Fling & Highland Games at Mount Hope Estate & Winery on June 27 - 28, 2015. If you’ve never experienced this event, I encourage you to work it into your vacation schedule this year. The rollicking celebration is just a short and easy half-hour drive from the Historic Smithton Inn.

On the 35-acre shire, you can enjoy traditional and modern Celtic music, mouth-watering Celtic cuisine, masterly brewed Swashbuckler ales, Mount Hope’s renowned wines, and much more.

Here’s a glimpse of the entertainment lineup, featuring the rich heritage of the Irish, Scots Welsh, Cornish, Manx, Bretons, and Galecians/Asturians, at this year’s Celtic Fling:


Pipe bands at Mount Hope Celtic Fling


Plus there’s a Friday Night Concert on June 26 to kick off the weekend’s fun and frivolity!

You can purchase single day passes, two-day passes, and/or concert tickets at the gate, or you can purchase them in advance online at a discounted rate.

I hope you’ll decide to take part in this unbridled celebration of Celtic culture! And remember, if you’re looking for a comfy place for you and your visiting friends and family to stay while you’re in town that weekend, we’ll be happy to accommodate you. Make your reservations now!



Images courtesy of Mt. Hope Estate & Winery/PA Renaissance Faire

Monday, May 18, 2015

Explore Nature And History On The Northwest River Trail In Lancaster County

If you’re looking for a nature-filled getaway that exudes the rich history of Lancaster County, then
Family on bikes
you’ll love the Northwest River Trail. When fully completed in 2016, the trail will extend 14 miles and connect the historic river towns of Columbia, Marietta, Bainbridge, and Falmouth. With 10 miles already finished, it’s a great place to escape your hectic lifestyle and embark on a leisurely outdoor adventure following the route of the historic Pennsylvania Mainline Canal.

The Trail Services Building in Columbia has all the information you need for blazing the trail. For history buffs, there is quite a bit of information on the history of Columbia and the canal. The building property also features restrooms and a covered pavilion that overlooks the Susquehanna River, a perfect spot to pause and enjoy a picnic on a beautiful sunny day. 

The Northwest River Trail is ideal for everything from hiking and biking to picnicking in the great outdoors. If you enjoy riding on the river, Chiques Rock Outfitters in Columbia offers canoe and kayak rentals. You can also check out the beautiful historic river town architecture, the iron furnaces at Chickies Rock, and abandoned canal locks along the trail. For more information about what the trail offers, check out this map and brochure.

Access points on the trail are currently located at Columbia, Marietta, Decatur Street, River Front Park, Bainbridge, and Falmouth.

With the trail just a half hour drive away from the Historic Smithton Inn and open all year long, I encourage visitors to take advantage of the gorgeous scenery, beautiful foliage, and glimpses of wildlife that it offers. 

Speaking of visiting, have you booked your stay with us yet? I’d love the opportunity to meet you, share more about my favorite parts of the Northwest Trail, and give you the scoop on other breathtaking areas and attractions to explore in Lancaster County.




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Monday, May 11, 2015

Recharge Your Batteries With Tesla Destination Charging At The Historic Smithton Inn

At the Historic Smithton Inn, we’re always looking for ways to give our guests the ultimate
experience in comfort and convenience when they stay in Lancaster County.

That legacy of accommodating guests’ needs dates way back to the 1700s, way before we owned the Inn. Back in those days, guests traveling from Harrisburg to Philadelphia could get hay and housing for their horses here.

Times have changed a bit since then…or have they?

Our Big News!

No, we don't have hay to recharge horses here, but we are pleased to announce that The Historic Smithton Inn has recently teamed up with Tesla Motors to offer our guests the convenience of charging their Tesla vehicles during their stay. We’re thrilled to be one of the ever-growing Select Registry locations to offer Tesla Destination Charging.

What Tesla Destination Charging Has To Offer

With over 400 Supercharger stations along various highways across the U.S., owners of Tesla Motors vehicles have the convenience of traveling long distances with little concern.

Superchargers can recharge vehicles within 30 to 40 minutes. A full charge on Tesla’s High Power Wall Connectors allows for the travel of 265 miles, and when evening rolls around, you and your vehicle can find comfort at the Historic Smithton Inn.

What This Means For Our Guests

The Historic Smithton Inn has one 80A Tesla Wall Connector and one Clipper Creek Universal Connector so you can experience the familiar convenience of the charging process.

And the best part of it all? Guests can charge for free! Those not staying at the Historic Smithton Inn may also charge their Teslas for just $15.

Now that we are a part of Tesla Destination Charging, both you and your vehicle can get the rejuvenation you need before continuing your journey on business or pleasure.



Monday, May 4, 2015

Savor Nature's Beauty During The Summer Performance Series At Longwood Gardens


Sunflower in nature
Only a mere hour and fifteen minutes away from the Historic Smithton Inn, Longwood Gardens offers an entertaining way to enjoy the sights and sounds of summer during its much-anticipated Summer Performance Series.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with Longwood Gardens (located in Kennet Square, Pennsylvania), it’s the world's premier horticultural showplace offering unique displays in its conservatories and outdoor gardens. Longwood Garden’s Summer Performance Series runs from May 23 to September 26 and brings you the opportunity to attend performances by multiple Grammy Award-winning artists and groups as well as other types of live entertainment. Tickets for most events include all-day admission to the Gardens.

The Summer Performance Series Of 2015

Both big name and local performers are set to give you a summer experience you won't want to miss. There's a little something for the whole family. Just a few of the acts are listed here:

·       PHILADANCO and BalletX – Come see two amazing Philadelphia dance companies showcase their talents on May 30. Show starts at 7:30 p.m.
·       Mary Chapin Carpenter with special guest Aoife O'Donovan – Mary Chapin Carpenter is a five-time Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter who is coming to Longwood Gardens to perform a sample of some of her greatest hits on June 23. Show starts at 7:30 p.m.
·       Peter Yarrow & Noel Paul Stookey – Two gents from the popular Grammy Award-winning '60s folk group Peter, Paul & Mary will play on July 7. Show starts at 7:30 p.m.
·       Gizmo Guys – This show is free with regular Gardens admission! Allan Jacobs and Barrett Felker show off their juggling skills for the whole family on July 15. Show starts at 5:00 p.m.
·       The Brandywiners – Check out a performance of Fiddler on the Roof on multiple nights in July into August. See website for specifics.
·       Lake Street Drive – A fun musical group showcases their pop sounds on September 6. Show starts at 7:30 p.m.


There’s Even More Awaiting You at Longwood Gardens This Summer

Every Wednesday through Saturday from July to October, adults can enjoy the evening excitement during Nightscape at Longwood Gardens. This year's displays feature work from Philadelphia artists Klip Collective and original music accented by moving imagery and lights. Also during Nightscape, you can enjoy the Longwood Gardens Beer Garden where you can treat yourself to Longwood's signature brew as well as the outstanding food they have to offer while enjoying a night out under the stars. See the website for more information about tickets and starting times for the Nightscape experience.

Plan Your Visit Now!
If you're in search of a one-of-a-kind experience that brings together the performing and visual arts while surrounded by the beauty of nature, then I highly recommend checking out the fun at Longwood Gardens. And don’t forget to make your reservations at the Historic Smithton Inn before the summer rush!



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Monday, April 27, 2015

A Delicious 3-Night Mother's Day Getaway In Lancaster County


This year, Mother's Day falls on Sunday, May 10. Instead of getting another flower or
knickknack...again...why not treat your mother to a weekend getaway far from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, and create memories that will last a lifetime?

The Historic Smithton Inn has a great offer to let you do just that. Mother's Day weekend only, we are offering a delectable deal, so you can give your mom a relaxing retreat to beautiful Lancaster County.

A three-night stay at the Historic Smithton Inn has never been sweeter. Choose one of these two options:

·       One half-price night: During your stay, you can opt to take advantage of one night's stay at half price—either Thursday or Sunday night! We are happy to accommodate whichever works better with your schedule.
·       Complimentary indulgences: If you'd rather satisfy her sweet tooth, we will provide you with delicious chocolate-covered strawberries and a bottle of champagne.

In addition, we would be happy to work with you to create a distinctive Lancaster County experience to remember by recommending some of our favorite destinations. Whether you're looking for a shop-'til-you-drop weekend, a unique theater experience, or the finest in dining, we can suggest plenty of places to satiate your appetite for leisure and entertainment.

All of us at the Historic Smithton Inn look forward to accommodating you with all you need to make this Mother's Day a day to remember. Call us at 1-877-755-4590 to make reservations or reserve online today!