5 Reasons to Stay at a Bed and Breakfast Ephrata PA

July 21, 2021

5 Reasons to Stay at a Bed and Breakfast Ephrata PA


Figuring out where to stay is one of the most important parts to planning your visit to Lancaster PA. You want to be near all the attractions and wonderful Amish Country things to do, but don’t want to be bogged down in traffic & tourist congestion. If you’re wondering where the best place to stay in Lancaster PA is, we offer these 5 reasons to stay at a Bed and Breakfast Ephrata PA.


At the Historic Smithton Inn Ephrata Bed and Breakfast, we’re able to offer guests the best of both worlds. We’re located in a very easy-to-reach location with access to major roads.  Drives to all the attractions and hot spots you’ll want to visit while you’re here are quick and simple.  We have shops, hikes, attractions and parks all within minutes.  Yet, our Ephrata Bed and Breakfast has a cozy, nearly hidden back garden that’s an oasis from the hustle & bustle of life. Since we only host a few guests at a time, you don’t have to worry about fighting for a spot near the fire pit or rocker on the front porch.


Picture yourself gliding under a shade tree before driving a few short miles to go to the coolest breweries, wineries or distilleries in Lancaster – we make that a reality.


Need more reason to stay at a Bed and Breakfast in Ephrata? Here are 5 of them!


#1. Save Money on Uber or Lyft

Uber and Lyft make it more affordable than ever to catch a ride wherever you need to go, but rides add up and can end up costing you a lot of money. You can save a lot of money on rides by staying at an Ephrata Hotel / Ephrata Bed and Breakfast with their own on-site wine Bar & live entertainment on weekends (Check out our on-site wine bar, Weathered Vineyards Ephrata).


Plus, staying at an Ephrata Hotel or Ephrata Inn right on Main Street in Ephrata makes it easy to walk or take a short drive to other great craft breweries, distilleries, pubs & restaurants. There are at 3 craft breweries, 2 distilleries and more than 10 great restaurants within 5 miles of the Historic Smithton Inn Bed and Breakfast Ephrata. If you decide you want venture farther afield, you can always take a quick Uber or Lyft right down the road to Lititz or Lancaster for more great entertainment options. It won’t break the bank since you don’t have to go far at all (8 miles to Lititz, 14 miles to Lancaster).


#2. Easy Access to Amish Culture, Shops & Markets

Probably the largest “draw” for visitors to Lancaster County is seeing the Amish, a unique and intriguing community seemingly stuck in time.  One of the best ways to encounter the Amish as you tour the area is to shop at an Amish-owned business or to visit a market where the Amish themselves shop.  Here are a few suggestions for you that are either in or near Ephrata:


#3. Surrounded by History

For history buffs you’ve got to admit it’s pretty cool to spend the night in an Ephrata Inn that existed before the US was even a country!  The Historic Smithton Inn was built in 1763 as a Tavern / Stagecoach Stop on the route between Philadelphia and Harrisburg.  Nearby there are several historic sites and museums you should visit while you’re staying in Ephrata.  Here are a few that we recommend: the Historic Ephrata Cloister, Landis Valley Museum, Cornwall Iron Furnace & the Winters Leadership Memorial.


#4. Close to Nature and Outdoor Attractions

In addition to terrific pubs and cozy restaurants, there’s a natural side to Lancaster that can be experienced when you stay at the Historic Smithton Inn Bed and Breakfast in Ephrata.  There are countless rail trails, parks, nature hikes and the Susquehanna River you can visit to escape the city scene and see beautiful countryside and wildlife.


#5. You’re Close to the Turnpike

Ephrata and the Historic Smithton Inn are just 6.7 miles from exit 286 on the PA Turnpike.  Ephrata PA is an ideal place to stay for visitors from New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and Delaware!


Stay at the Historic Smithton Inn

Historic Smithton Inn exterior Enjoy the comfort of Lancaster PA, while you stay in Ephrata!  The Historic Smithton Inn offers guests a touch of history, charm, comfort and so much more. We hope you’ll check out our accommodations and book your stay with us!



Wondering what other guests have to stay about their experience at the Historic Smithton Inn?  Here are some recent reviews by our guests posted on Google:

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