Monday, April 13, 2015

Historic Smithton Inn All-Time Favorite Recipes: Pear Streusel Muffins

Ripe pears

For those of you looking for an easy, grab-and-go brunch dessert, this recipe may be your next favorite. These pear streusel muffins, which yield the same great taste and texture of a coffee cake, are simple to make and the results are well worth the minimal time and effort they require.

This unique take on your average coffee cake is sure to please family, friends, and neighbors of all ages. Our guests at the Historic Smithton Inn love it!

For The Muffins
  • 1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 ¼ tsp baking powder
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ cup whole milk
  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 ripe pears, unpeeled, cored, and chopped (1 ½ cups)

For The Streusel Topping
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 tbsp cold unsalted butter, chopped
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon

Heat oven to 400 degrees. Spray muffin tin with nonstick baking spray.

1.     In medium bowl, combine flour with baking powder, sugar, salt, and cinnamon.
2.     In separate bowl, beat egg and mix in milk and melted butter.
3.     Pour wet ingredient mixture into dry mixture, add pears. Mix well.
4.     Divide mixture evenly between muffin cups.

Streusel Topping
1.     In another separate bowl, mix sugar, flour, cold butter, and cinnamon.
2.     Using your fingers, pinch and stir ingredients together until well combined.
3.     Sprinkle over batter in muffin cups.

Bake muffins for approximately 14 minutes, until golden and dry on top and toothpick comes out clean.

Cool in pan before serving.

These pear streusel muffins make a perfect addition to any spring picnic or brunch. If you're looking for the taste of a coffee cake in convenient portions, you'll be delighted with this recipe. Enjoy!

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Monday, April 6, 2015

Get A Taste Of What’s New In Springtime Entertainment In Lancaster County

Spring is here and Lancaster County theater venues are celebrating all season long with exciting
shows of many varieties.

Here’s a lineup of some of the entertainment options in store for you:

Ephrata Performing Arts Center / Sharadin Bigler Theatre – EPAC showcases Broadway-quality performances featuring blossoming talents. And it's all just one short mile from the Historic Smithton Inn. This season features classic comedy at its best.

April 30 to May 16

June 11 to June 27

Ephrata Main Theatre – Located in the gorgeous art deco inspired Brossman Business Complex, the Ephrata Main Theatre runs feature and classic films, plus it has a live stage where it hosts concerts and where Community Arts Foundation of Ephrata (CAFE) presents top-notch theater productions.

Friday, April 24

Fulton Theatre – Within a half hour ride from our location, the Fulton Opera House is considered America's oldest continuously run theater. Its history alone is breathtaking. In addition to the various plays and musicals, starting May 29, 2015, guests can register for tours of the building.

April 21 to May 17

May 2 to May 16

Sight & Sound Theatre – Just 20 miles from the Historic Smithton Inn, Sight & Sound literally brings life to stories of the Bible. Each experience is both enlightening and entertaining, with many shows even featuring live animals. You can even register for a behind-the-scenes experience during which you can get a firsthand look at how the crew of Sight & Sound gives life to these beloved Bible stories.

Now through April 18

May 22 through October 17

Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre – If you're looking for dinner and a show, the Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre gives you just that. Events range from musicals and murder mysteries to evenings of musical tributes. If you have other dinner plans, you can always purchase tickets solely for a show.

Now through May 2

Dream Lover (Bobby Darin tribute)
April 26 and April 27

May 7 through June 13

Satisfaction (Rolling Stones tribute)
May 31 and June 1

Rainbow's Comedy Playhouse – Comedy is plentiful at the Rainbow Dinner Theater. Enjoy dinner and a show just half an hour from the Historic Smithton Inn.

Now through May 23

Hershey Theatre – West on Route 322, only 40 miles from the inn, the Hershey Theatre brings guests a wide variety of entertainment. From concerts to Broadway performances and classic films, you are sure to have an exciting experience at any event.

Brit Floyd (Pink Floyd tribute)
April 13 and April 14

Beethoven's 9th (Hershey Symphony)
April 17

See the Hershey Theatre's website for even more captivating upcoming events.

American Music Theatre – This classic favorite venue offers spectacular musical performances from a wide array of genres, including but not limited to country, classic rock, and classical. AMT also creates its own original productions that vary from season to season.

(AMT Original Show)
April 14 through October 9

The Temptations & The Four Tops
April 24

Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo
April 26

Bob Newhart
May 15

“Weird Al” Yankovic
June 8

For a list of all shows, see the lineup at AMT's website.

This is just a taste of what Lancaster County has to offer for your enjoyment this season. So many unforgettable experiences await you here, and I hope you will take advantage of at least one this spring.

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Monday, March 30, 2015

All The Comforts of Home During Your Business Trip to Lancaster County

Business trips can sometimes be a hassle—getting lost, missing your check-in time, etc. But at the Historic Smithton Inn, you’ll discover a business-friendly environment where you can get things done AND relax. We offer many amenities and perks to business travelers so you can get down to business without sweating the details.

Free Wi-Fi

We offer free Wi-Fi for all your internet needs.

Personal Workspace

Instead of going to a busy coffee shop or another high-traffic area to do last-minute prepping before meeting with your client, each room at the Historic Smithton Inn includes a desk and chair so your bedroom can also serve as your own personal workspace. Each desk has a charging station that also has USB ports, so you don't have to go crawling around under the desk looking for an outlet. With the station in plain sight, you're not likely to forget your charger as you're headed out the door.

Early Breakfast

We also offer an excellent breakfast as early as 7:00 a.m. If your schedule prevents you from making the 7:00 a.m. breakfast, we can provide you with a delicious continental breakfast even earlier when you inform us the night before.

Flexible Payment Options 

Here at the Historic Smithton Inn, we make it easy for you to arrange your stay. We accept everything from cash and checks to Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and even American Express.

Special Business Rates

If you plan to stay in Lancaster County on business for ten nights or more throughout the year, book with us and we will lower your travel expenses by offering you unlisted rates at the Historic Smithton Inn.

Flexible Cancellation Policy

We understand that business plans occasionally fall through, which is why we are willing to work with you in the event you should need to cancel your stay with us.

Ideal Location in Lancaster County

Located along Route 322 West, right outside of the Ephrata Borough, we are in an ideal spot for your Lancaster County travel needs whether you need to reach the Reading, Lancaster, or Lititz area. Also nearby is the Denver Exit of the PA Turnpike and Route 222.

For suggestions on great places to socialize with your clients or just to unwind after a trying day, check out this list of unique Lancaster County breweries.

So, if you're looking for comfort and convenience during your stay in Lancaster County, we hope you will consider what we have to offer when booking your stay. We look forward to doing business with you!

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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