How to Have the Best Day in Downtown Lancaster

December 5, 2018

group of young adults in a car with overlaying text download our free vacation guideLancaster, Pennsylvania, is a city of seven square miles and 60,000 permanent residents. It offers a central, driveable location to surrounding cities like New York, Baltimore, and Washington DC. Lancaster may be easily overlooked at first glance; but upon taking a closer look, especially at the bounty of greenery and brick buildings, it begins to feel like a big small town. Instead of using Lancaster as a pass-through town on your way to a big city, stop and stay with us at the Historic Smithton Inn. Our inn has been in Lancaster since 1763, so it’s safe to say that we know how to have the best day in downtown Lancaster! For more information on the area, request our free Vacation Guide.

Your Itinerary for the Best Day in Downtown Lancaster


Breakfast at the Historic Smithton Inn

Start off your day with breakfast at our inn. Each dish is crafted with locally grown produce from dedicated farmers and artisans. A typical breakfast consists of beverages, such as our signature juice blend, plus fresh fruit, house-made pastries, and granola. You can even choose a decadent main dish like our strawberry Amaretto-stuffed French toast. This wholesome meal is sure to fuel your day of discovering hidden gems in downtown Lancaster.  

Browse the Lancaster Central Market

Stop by the Lancaster Central Market after breakfast. The market is the perfect start to your day trip and is an easy, 30-minute drive southwest from the Historic Smithton Inn. The Lancaster Central Market is the oldest public farmers market and hosts a variety of local vendors. It has something for everybody, from specialty cheeses to home decor. But, it’s only open on Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday, so plan accordingly!  

Shop Around at BUilDiNG CHARACTER

Head to BUilDiNG CHARACTER for another type of marketplace experience. This downtown market provides handmade, vintage, and recycled products. It spans 10,000 square feet of North Queen Street warehouses and is home to over 60 unique vendors. BUilDiNG CHARACTER is proud to say that most of their vendors utilize environmentally friendly practices in their craft.  

Have Dinner at Stoudt’s Brewery

By now, you’re probably hungry for a late lunch or early dinner. (And, let’s be honest — a cold drink!) Stop by Stoudts Brewing Company and enjoy a wide selection of American fare. From oysters to Angus burgers, Stoudts can satisfy any craving. Before ordering food, try one of their signature or seasonal craft beers. This brewery holds special significance because its owner, Carol Stoudt, is the first female brewmaster since the prohibition era.  

Catch a Show at Fulton Theatre

End your night by catching a show at Fulton Theatre! It’s one of the best theaters in the area and hosts shows of all notoriety. The theatre is extremely community-oriented and welcomes everyone to experience the wonders of the art. Be sure to check out their current and upcoming events and shows before visiting.  

Come Back to the Historic Smithton Inn After Your Day Trip

Chair in the garden Historic smithton InnRetire to one of our seven guest rooms after your full day out in downtown Lancaster. We recommend staying in Room 2. With a fireplace, canopy bed, and plush, complimentary robes, this room is great for unwinding after a long day. Are you ready to experience the best of downtown Lancaster? Check our availability and start booking your trip today!