Catch Spring Fever in Lancaster County

April 23, 2010

“The air is like a butterfly
With frail blue wings.
The happy earth looks at the sky
And sings.”
– Joyce Kilmer, Spring

Here are the top 10 “symptoms” to be on the lookout for:

1. Flowers & Bunnies: With the warm weather, both flowers and bunnies are out and about at the Smithton Inn. As soon as the daffodils began to wilt, the tulips were in full bloom. And when those began to wane, out burst the azaleas…. I can’t wait to see what springs up next!

2. Sight & Sound’s latest shows are definitely worth catching. They include “Joseph”, “Psalms of David”, plus the “Behind the Scenes Tour”. I highly recommend the tour…!

3. Spring planting: Farmers all over the county are getting their fields ready for spring planting. It’s not often you see a farmer with a team of 4 horses pulling a plow, but it’s not an uncommon site around here these days.

4. Cycling: Both the pedal-powered & gas-powered kinds! Lancaster County’s rolling hills and scenic countryside are perfect for 2-wheel exploring. There are lots of roads with wide shoulders, adding to the safety and enjoyment. Check out our covered bridges, rolling farmland and wooded back roads with the wind blowing through your hair!  The Smithton Inn has maps of good routes and bike storage / parking.

5. Segway Tours: Speaking of two-wheel tours, have you ever tried out a Segway?! Red Rose Segway Tours combines sightseeing with adventure as they glide along the walkways of Lancaster City, taking in historic sites, galleries, museums and parks in style.

6. Quilts: Quilters have spent the winter months hand-sewing quilts which will be sold during the summer ‘tourist’ months. Shopping for quilts in the spring gives you first shot at their wonderful work…. You’ll return home with a quilt AND a story. 

7. Attractions that were closed for the winter are thawed out and opening back up. Dutch Wonderland, Strasburg Railroad, Cherry Crest Farm and others are all gearing back up again and eager for their first visitors of the season.

8. Lets face it, farms are fun in Spring… and Lancaster County is full of them. Check out Lapp Valley Farm for ice cream, September Farm for cheese and Eastland Alpacas Farm for unique knits. 

9. Don’t tip-toe..WALTZ through the Tulips! Taking time to smell the flowers is a great idea, even better with a good glass of wine in hand. For this we recommend Waltz Vineyards & Winery, a relatively new winery with some terrific wines and atmosphere to match.

10. I hope I’ve spelled it out for you, but if not, here’s my final reason to come visit us this spring: The Ephrata Performing Arts Center (EPAC) is putting on “25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” April 29th – May 8th. (Get it…? Spelled it out… Spelling Bee…!) I PROMISE, the Smithton Inn’s breakfasts are better than my jokes!!