Thanksgiving Dinner in Lancaster PA

September 28, 2022

While many of our B&B guests coming into town for Thanksgiving are here to visit with family, some are just coming to ‘get away’ and need somewhere to eat dinner on Thanksgiving Day.  If you fall into this category, we’ve put together a list of restaurants that are traditionally open and serving on Thanksgiving. 

We offer these additional suggestions:

  • Plan early: With so few restaurants open on the holiday, they fill up quickly.


  • Call and Make a Reservation: Reservations are DEFINITELY needed… anyone trying to go out to eat ‘on the fly’ Thanksgiving Day will be struck grabbing burgers at Sheetz!


  • TIP GENEROUSLY! Your hosts, servers and cooks are all giving up their own Thanksgiving celebrations to take care of YOU.  Showing your appreciation will be greatly appreciated.


  • Keep in mind… we’ll be serving a hearty, homecooked breakfast to our B&B guests on Thanksgiving morning, so you should probably make your reservations for early-afternoon or later… or let us know, and you can just skip breakfast.


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Restaurants connected to hotels:

Restaurants connected to large hotels are always a great place to find dinner on a holiday, because they need to stay open to give their own guests a place to eat!  We’ve personally eaten at all of these and even on a holiday when staffing can be tough & volume can be high, they put out a great spread!

Arthur’s Terrace at the Eden Resort | 222 Eden Rd, Lancaster | Website

Huckleberry’s at the Fulton Steamboat | 1 Hartman Bridge Rd, Lancaster | Website

Plough at the Penn Square Marriott | 25 S Queen St, Lancaster | Website

Loxley’s at the Heritage Hotel | 500 Centerville Rd, Lancaster | Website

Smokehouse BBQ & Brews at the Amish View Inn | 3121 Old Philadelphia Pike, Bird in Hand | Website

Olde Mill Restaurant at the Best Western Plus | 9 Queen Rd, Intercourse | Website

Per Diem at Rock Lititz | 50 Rock Lititz Blvd, Lititz | Website

Fireside Tavern | 1500 Historic Dr, Strasburg | Website

Lititz Spring Inn Restaurant | 14 E Main St, Lititz | Website

Cork & Cap | 480 New Holland Ave #3000, Lancaster | Website

Osteria Avanti at the Inn at Leola Village | 38 Deborah Lane, Leola | Website

The Imperial Restaurant at the downtown Holiday Inn | 26 E. Chestnut Street, Lancaster | Website



Miller’s Smorgasbord | 2811 E Lincoln Hwy, Ronks | Website

Bird in Hand Family Restaurant | 2760 Old Philadelphia Pike, Bird in Hand | Website

Hershey Farm | 240 Hartman Bridge Rd, Ronks | Website


Fine Dining:

The Log Cabin | 11 Lehoy Forest Dr, Leola | Website

The Greenfield Restaurant & Bar | 595 Greenfield Rd, Lancaster | Website

Cameron Estate Restaurant & Inn | 1855 Mansion Ln, Mount Joy | Website

Josaphine's | 50 W Grant St, Lancaster | Website

Blackworth Live Fire Grill | 52 N. Broad Street, Lititz | Website



Dutch Apple Dinner Theater | 510 Centerville Rd, Lancaster | Website

Reflections Restaurant | 1390 E Oregon Rd, Leola | Website

Centerville Diner | 100 S Centerville Rd, Lancaster | Website

Jack's Family Tavern | 15 S Prince St, Millersville | Online Menu

Lititz Family Cupboard | 12 W Newport Rd, Lititz | Website

Knight & Day Diner | 3140 Lititz Pike, Lititz | Website



Black Friday Events Lancaster PA!

While you’re in town for the holiday weekend, you should definitely make the most of your time here.  We have some terrific suggestions for special events & unique shopping you should check out.


Ephrata’s Annual Christmas Tree Lighting

OK, full disclosure, we're BIASED!  That said, Ephrata’s annual tree lighting is seriously awesome!  For such a small town to put on such a wonderful event with so much going on is nothing short of extraordinary.  The event is sensory overload in the best way.  If it’s cold, bundle up & grab some hot chocolate to stay warm because no matter what the temps, it’s still worth it to attend!

Here’s a link to see Full Details about Christmas in Ephrata!

  • Food Trucks
  • Horse Cart Rides
  • Laser-Light Show
  • Live Music
  • Santa’s Arrival


Live Theater

The holiday shows in Lancaster are always a real treat.  Be sure to secure your tickets early if you want to see something over Thanksgiving weekend.

Sight & Sound’s David | 300 Hartman Bridge Rd, Ronks | Website

Magic & Wonder Theater | 3065 Lincoln State Rte, Paradise | Website

Dutch Apple Dinner Theater | 510 Centerville Rd, Lancaster | Website

Fulton Theater | 12 N Prince St, Lancaster | Website

American Music Theater Christmas Show | 2425 E Lincoln Hwy, Lancaster | Website


Weekend & Small Business Saturday Shopping Suggestions:

Lancaster County has wonderful small shops and privately owned business where you can kick off your holiday shopping

The Green Dragon (Friday-only) | 955 N State St, Ephrata | Website

Prussian Street Arcade | 49 N Main St, Manheim | Website

Building Character (& the 300 Block of North Queen) | 342 N Queen St, Lancaster | Website

Tanger Outlets | 311 Stanley K Tanger Dr, Lancaster | Website

Kitchen Kettle Village | 3529 Old Philadelphia Pike, Intercourse | Website

Downtown Lititz | Website


Book Your Stay at the Historic Smithton Inn

Bed and Breakfsat The Historic Smithton Inn is a great lodging option for you Thanksgiving getaway.  We’ll be decorated for the holidays both inside and out to help you get into the holiday spirit!  Whether you want to relax in front of your working fireplace with a glass of Weathered Vineyards wine, or kick back with a craft beer in front of your personal flat screen TV to watch all the football games, we’ve got you covered!

kIng bed Choose one of our nine guest rooms or suites.  Each one appointed with luxurious amenities and comforts to take the stress out of traveling on a holiday weekend.  All rooms have private baths, super-fast WiFi, Flat Screen TVs, Keruig machines and a mini-fridge.  Some have Kitchenettes.

Book early and online for the best rates and availability.


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