Monday, February 27, 2012

Honk If You Like Snow Geese at Middle Creek

The annual Snow Geese migration is really gearing up in Lancaster County, and the Middle Creek Nature Preserve, just 6 mils from the Historic Smithton Inn.  When I looked at the tracking update provided by Middle Creek over the weekend the count was at 55,000 geese (plus a few Canadian Geese & Tundra Swans for good measure).  Today it's up to 65,000+!!

The waterfowl usually stopover in Lancaster County in late winter (Mid-February to early March) on their way to their mating grounds up north. The Game Commission recommends the first weekends of March as the best time to see the most amount of birds.

The place were bird watchers are flocking is the Willow Point Trail overlook, and the best time of day for photography is early morning, but the spectacular sight of watching the birds swoop up in unison, circle the lake and land again repeats itself all day long.

So book your bird-watching getaway to Lancaster County today, you won't be disappointed!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

The American Quilter's Society (AQS) Quilt Show and Contest in Lancaster March 14 - 17

For third year, Lancaster County is hosting the American Quilter’s Society Quilt Show & Contest, March 14-17! While many of the show attendees choose to stay downtown, the best way to really  experience the charm of PA Dutch Country is by staying at a bed and breakfast like the Historic Smithton Inn, just 12 miles from downtown.  One of the charming features of this c1763 B&B are the hand sewn quilts on the beds in each guest room... you just can't get THAT at a chain hotel!

In addition to enjoying your visit to our area, known for its hand-crafted Amish and Mennonite quilts, we can point you to fantastic restaurants, quilt and fabric shops, museums, theaters and more!

The AQS show will be held at the Lancaster County Convention Center, in historic downtown Lancaster.  The quilt exhibits and merchant mall areas will be located in Freedom Hall, the Commonwealth Ballroom, and the Heritage Ballroom – all located at the convention center.

Quilters from around the world will be displaying their finest work in this international quilting event. More than $44,000 in cash prizes will be awarded in the quilt contest, with $10,000 going to the Best of Show winner. Workshops and lectures will be held in the convention center, across the street in Southern Market Center, or two blocks over at the Millersville University – Lancaster venue. The show will also feature numerous special events and exhibits.

So if you're looking for a unique way to experience Lancaster County AND the AQS Quilt Show, book your room at the Historic Smithton Inn today.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Calling All Winos! Tour de Tanks 2012

Save the Date!

Make the Historic Smithton Inn, our Lancaster County Bed and Breakfast, your home-base for this year's Tour de Tanks Wine Event!

7th Annual Tour de Tanks Event
Saturdays & Sundays
March 3 thru April 1, 2012
12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Standard Tickets: $25 each
Tickets include full event access, including a collectible wine glass, exclusive wine tastings, light food items, presentations by the winemakers, as well as an exclusive 10% discount at participating wineries.

Designated Driver Tickets: $15 each
Tickets include light food items, presentations by the winemakers and 10% off wine purchases. Designated driver tickets do not include wine tastings or a collectible wine glass. Anyone over the age of 3 is required to have a ticket to participate in the Tour de Tanks Event.

Important Ticket Notes
Must be 21 years or older to participate in wine tastings. Designated Driver tickets do NOT include wine tastings or a collectible wine glass. Anyone over the age of 3 is required to have a ticket to participate in the Tour de Tanks Event. All ticket proceeds are used by the York County Convention & Visitors Bureau for continued development of the Wine Trail and corresponding events, including Tour de Tanks and Wine Just Off The Vine. Tickets may be purchased at participating wineries using CASH ONLY or online using a credit card with no processing fee

The Wineries:

 Additional Recommendations
If you'd like to be able to visit the maximum number of wineries, plus allow everyone in the group to experience each vineyard, you may want to consider hiring a driver to get you around.  We recommend our friends at Expressions Limousine.  Call 717-556-5466 for pricing and availability.

Also, one of our favorite vineyards isn't on the Tour de Tanks, but it's worth fitting it into your trip if you can manage it.  It's Waltz Vineyard in Manheim, which is easy to slot in between Tammanend and Moon Dancer!  Note:  Waltz is only open on Saturdays during the winter.

Tour de Tanks Special:  Mention this blog post and we'll arrange your tickets to the Tour de Tanks Event in advance.  Stay two nights with us and we'll give you one complimentary pass to the event!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Catch a Show in Lancaster County

The winter months are a great time to catch a show in Lancaster County and would make a terrific addition to any romantic PA Dutch Country getaway plans.  Here's a list of our local theaters and performance venues for you to consider as you're making plans.  As you can see, we've got a lot of 'theatrical options' in the area... so there will be plenty of reasons to come back for future getaways to the Historic Smithton Inn!


Sharadin Bigler Theatre (formerly Ephrata Performing Arts Center) (website)
  • Feb. 3 - 12 - Disney's Beauty and the Beast Jr
  • March 8 - 24 - Next to Normal

Fulton Theatre (website)
  • Feb 1-19 -God of Carnage, a Tony Award winning play
  • March 14 - April 1 - Sunset Boulevard

Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre (website)
  • Feb. 9th-March 10th - 25th - Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
  • March 15 - April 28 - "9 to 5 - The Musical"

Hershey Area Playhouse (website)
  • Feb 16 - 26 -Romeo & Juliet

Hershey Theatre (website) : concerts, events, performances, & vintage films
  • Feb. 16 - 19 Come Fly Away - A new Broadway musical that brings together the lengendary vocals of Frank Sinatra and the creative vision of Tony Award-winner Twyla Tharp (Movin' Out).
  • March 9 - 10 - SPAMALOT
  • March 20 - 25 - Westside Story

Rainbow Dinner Theatre (website)
  • Jan. 27 - March 14 - Let's Murder Marsha
  • March 22 - May 26 - The Dixie Swim Club

Sight and Sound Millennium Theatre (website)
717-687-7800 or 800-377-1277
  • March 10 - Dec. 29th 2012 - Jonah - Playing one season only.
Concerts & Events:

Ephrata Main Theater (website)
  • Feb. 25 - Peter Yarrow (of Peter, Paul & Mary)
  • March 9 - Berk's Jazz Fest Warm Up - Rory Block
  • March 10 - Berk's Jazz Fest Warm Up - Sonny Moorman
  • March 11 - Berk's Jazz Fest Warm Up - Nick Moss & the Flip Tops

American Music Theatre (click here for a full listing)
  • Feb 24 - Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes
  • March 1 - Wynnona
  • March 15- Buddy Valastro - the Cake Boss
Giant Center (click here for a full listing) Hershey
  • Feb. 17 - Miranda Lambert
  • March 6 - Celtic Women
  • March 23 - The Harlam Globetrotters

Book your stay at our historic Lancaster Bed and Breakfast today!!  We hope to see you soon....