Romantic Getaway Ideas in Lancaster PA

March 15, 2021

If you are looking into romantic getaways in Lancaster PA, look no further! We have the perfect destination for you. Pennsylvania is a stunning place to visit, and there are a multitude of romantic things to do in Lancaster, PA. Discover the secrets of Amish culture, go on a buggy ride, soar in an air balloon, and dine at gourmet restaurants! You can do all of this and more during your visit. Don’t delay; read on to discover the most romantic getaway ideas in Lancaster, PA, and plan your stay at the Historic Smithton Inn, our Romantic Lancaster Bed and Breakfast!

wine and fire pit Discover the most romantic getaway ideas in Lancaster, PA, and learn about all the other fantastic activities in the area! Go to our "Things to Do" page and get the top local recommendations. This guide has helped so many travelers cut their planning time in half, and we want the same for you! Forget about planning and enjoy a relaxing stay with your significant other at the Romantic Lancaster PA Bed and Breakfast, the Historic Smithton Inn. Here are all the things you can find there:


  • Outdoor activities
  • Gourmet restaurants
  • Spas
  • Unique shops
  • And much more!


This post is all about the top Romantic Getaways in Lancaster PA

The Top 5 Romantic Getaway Ideas in Lancaster, PA

When you’re planning your romantic getaway, your choice of lodging sets the stage for your entire trip!  Romance is about special gestures and thoughtful touches, which is exactly what you’ll find at the Historic Smithton Inn Bed and Breakfast Lancaster PA.  Every one of our guest rooms is spacious, has a working fireplace & ensuite bathroom.  Special touches can be added onto your reservation including fresh flowers, a wine & cheese package or local chocolates package.

PRO TIP:  The most sought-after rooms are our Lancaster Bed and Breakfast Suites, so for those King Guest Suites with Jacuzzi tubs, we recommend you book early!

What are the most romantic places to see and things to do in Lancaster?  Here are 5 Romantic Itineraries:

1. Experience Outdoor Adventures in Lancaster County’s River towns

Getting out in nature and exploring the natural beauty of Lancaster County is both romantic and exhilarating.  Here’s a sample day we think you’ll enjoy:

  • Take a hike to Chickies Rock Overlook. It’s an easy half-mile long graded path to get to from the parking lot to the overlook.  A huge reward awaits you with sweeping river views and soaring birds overhead.
  • Enjoy a Kayak trip on the Susquehanna River. Just across the river in Wrightsville you’ll find Shanks Mere Outfitters.  You can rent a tandem kayak or two individual ones & go out on the river on your own.  Or if you prefer, you can sign up for a guided tour.
  • Try a wine tasting flight at Moon Dancer Winery. This winery is set high on a hill overlooking the Susquehanna River.  The views are outstanding and their selection of wines and ciders is really nice too.
  • Have dinner at John Wright Restaurant, the perfect setting for a date-night dinner when you’re visiting Lancaster PA.  The combo of natural food made in-house, stunning views of the river and indoor or outdoor dining is a sure winner for a romantic dining experience.

[RELATED:  Top 5 Outdoor Adventures in Lancaster County]

2. Discover the Amish Culture & Farms

As you explore and learn about Amish Culture, it’s easy to imagine a simpler life where you can your partner spend more time talking to one another than answering emails on your cell phone.  Turn off your phone and discover the Amish lifestyle while traversing our rolling hills and Amish Farms.

  • Take a Private Farmland Tour: One great option for romantic things to do in Lancaster, PA, is to take a private tour of our gorgeous countryside at the Mennonite Information Center.  It's a great opportunity to learn more about Amish culture! Your personal tour guide with escort you through winding roads and farmland.  You’ll visit Amish-owned businesses and hear local stories, as well as see covered bridges, buggies, barns, Amish schoolhouses, and more.
  • Go on an Amish Buggy Ride: Another authentic Amish activity is to take a buggy ride! This experience is one-of-a-kind in the country. See gorgeous farm landscapes, learn about Amish history and culture from your guide, and relax as the horse carries you around. It’s your chance to time travel, so don’t miss it!
  • Soar the Skies with a Hot Balloon Ride: Enjoy an exciting journey with your special someone on a hot air balloon ride. The United States Hot Air Balloon Team offers a thrilling experience as you fly above Lancaster County. Observe this region from a whole new perspective and take in the expansive views! After your flight, return safely to the ground and enjoy a light snack and champagne toast. This is a fun and adventurous choice for couples.
  • Enjoy a Romantic Dinner at the Log Cabin Restaurant: With so many fantastic restaurants all around us, it’s hard to have a favorite. But if I HAD to choose, I’d pick the Log Cabin as our go-to destination for a romantic evening out.  On weekends they often have musicians playing the harp or piano, which really sets a romantic tone.  There have a number of small dining rooms, which also add to the romantic charm.

[RELATED:  Our Favorite Amish Restaurants in Lancaster PA]

3. Stroll Through Charming Downtown Lancaster PA

Downtown Lancaster (aka Lancaster City) has the advantages of a city with the charm of a small village.  Founded in colonial days, you’ll walk the same streets as Lewis & Clark, Thaddeus Stevens, Milton Hershey and President James Buchanan.

  • Shop in the country’s oldest indoor market! Central Market is open Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 6 am- 3 pm.  The historic red brick building his home to quaint shops, bakeries, butchers and florists.
  • Buy a special memento of your romantic getaway at one of the unique shops & art galleries located in the downtown District. In particular, we recommend the shops of 300 Block of North Queen Street and Gallery Row.  There’s nothing more romantic than finding a piece of art you both love, to hang on your wall at home.  Then you’ll have something to remind you of your romantic Lancaster vacation for years to come.
  • Take a Distillery Tour. Thistle Finch is a downtown Lancaster craft distillery offering tastings, tours and food.  Learn the history of distilling in Lancaster while you tour the hip, renovated warehouse building that houses the distillery operations.
  • Enjoy a romantic dinner on the roof of the Penn Square Marriott! The Exchange is Lancaster’s premier rooftop bar and lounge.  Enjoy a craft cocktail and a meal with an unbeatable view!!  With panoramic scenery of the historic district, this restaurant is a destination in its own right.
  • Catch a Show at the Fulton Theater, or if the Fulton is between shows when you visit, then how about going Bowling or play the Arcade Games at Decades!  Either way, you’ll be transported to another world & time and you'll come away with some good stories.

[RELATED:  Lancaster Central Market & Our Favorite Daytime Eateries]

4. Hang out in America’s Coolest Small Town:  Lititz PA

There are so many reasons why Lititz was voted the Coolest Small Town in America in 2016.  We encourage you to discover them together as you stroll through the streets and parks in this special town.

  • Buy gifts for your friends and family. Romance isn’t only about the two of you, it’s also about reflecting on your network of friends and supporters and what they mean to you both.  Lititz is well known for being home to a number of small privately owned shops and galleries.  If Etsy owned a mall, this is what it would look like!  That’s why Lititz is the best place to buy special, handcrafted gifts for your favorite friends.
  • Take a promenade through Lititz Spring Park & feed the ducks. This is the perfect park to take a stroll and reflect on what you both mean to each other.  Sit on a bench feeding the ducks and envision yourselves doing this 30 years from now!
  • Enjoy a cocktail at Blackworth, a trendy bar located on the first floor of The Wilbur Hotel and across the street from the relocated Wilbur Chocolate Shop, Blackworth offers creative drinks in a hip, open warehouse-style bar & restaurant.
  • Try dinner at Lititz Springs Inn, the anchor of downtown Lititz.  On a lovely evening we recommend eating under the lights of their courtyard where you can people-watch as locals and visitors make their way to their favorite shops.  On weekends in season they often have live music outside too.

[RELATED:  9 Best Lititz Restaurants]

5. Simply Spend the Day Cuddling Up at the Historic Smithton Inn

Sometimes the most romantic thing to do is nothing at all.  A romantic-restful day of that at the Historic Smithton Inn can look like this:

Romantic Getaway Ideas in Lancaster PA, Historic Smithton Inn

  • Wake up to Breakfast in Bed. With advance notice we’re happy to prepare your breakfast and deliver it to you room for you.  You can even add on a bottle of Champagne & Orange Juice for your own Mimosa Bar!
  • Arrange a Couples Massage. We have a local Spa less than a mile up the road where you can your sweetheart can enjoy a romantic couples massage together.
  • Take an afternoon stroll along the Winters Memorial Trail. The tranquil walking path is tree lined and graded with benches scattered along the way if you want to simply sit down and take in the beauty around you.
  • Try Mediterranean Bistro Cuisine at our on-site wine bar, Weathered Vineyards Ephrata. Enjoy a wine tasting flight while you listen to fantastic live music by local musicians (Friday & Saturday nights when in-season).
  • Stoke up the fire pit in the back garden where you’ll be mesmerized by the flickering flames with our colonial bed and breakfast stands in the background.
  • Watch a romantic movie on your large screen Smart TV. Sign into Netflix, Amazon Prime, Apple Play or whatever service you subscribe to.

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