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

December 29, 2014

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 LancasterPA.com 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!

Rebecca Gallagher

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