March 9, 2022
Spring is a wonderful time to visit Lancaster County, PA! Amish Country is bustling with things to do outdoors when the weather is seeing warmer, longer days. Or if the sky is threatening spring showers, there are plenty of indoor options for you too.
These annual fire company fundraisers are great for bargain hunters and people watchers alike! Locals & tourists, Amish & English, there’s something for everyone to enjoy at a Mud Sale! In addition to all the handcrafted items being auctioned off, the food is definitely a treat! There are plenty of stands & food trucks selling funnel cakes, shoofly pie, chicken bbq and smoked meat on a stick. Click Here for a link to the full calendar of 2022 Lancaster PA Mud Sales.
The annual snow geese migration in Lancaster PA is nothing short of epic! From early February to Mid-March, thousands upon thousands of snow geese and tundra swans pass through Lancaster County on their way back north for the summer. Bring your camera & maybe an umbrella… just sayin’!
Click here for tips for seeing the Snow Geese Migration
Lancaster PA is “all about the food”, and these restaurants have a unique vibe or cuisine that’s uniquely Lancaster!
From storied pasts as brothels to gathering spots only the locals find, Dive Bars are often the best hidden gems in town. Soak in the atmosphere & really get a sense of life in Lancaster County at these four local hangouts!
Lancaster County has some terrific art galleries and art museums in the downtown district (Gallery Row) and throughout the county. Here’s a website you can use to plan your art tour of Lancaster! Lancaster Art Galleries and Museums
And when we say “kick back” we mean it! This wonderful LOCALLY OWNED movie theater has the most comfortable stadium seating you’ve ever experienced! Pre-order your tickets online and enjoy the show in blissful comfort!
Irish / British Pubs are a great choice at ANY time of year, but March makes them extra-appealing with St. Patrick’s Day on the calendar. Many of these venues will have special menus full of authentic Irish fare & live concerts with Celtic performers.
Sometimes a day of touring, shopping, hiking and eating can take its toll. If you need to put a little pep back into your step, here are a few of our favorite coffee venues:
Lancaster’s craft brewing history has some people referring to the region as “Little Bavaria”! While there are over 40 craft breweries in the county, here are a handful of our favorites for you to visit this Spring:
Fox Meadow Creamery is simply fantastic! Their slogan is “Cow to Cone”, and since the dairy farm supplying the milk for their ice cream is their own property, immediately behind the ice cream shop, they truly LIVE their slogan! In addition to delicious ice cream, Fox Meadow Creamery also serves an assortment of soups, salads and sandwiches. Our recommendation: Don’t leave without trying the “Baked Fox”!
The bartenders / mixologists at the Horse Inn are known for whipping up amazing concoctions. Combine that with cozy atmosphere and delicious food and you’ll see why locals flock to the place!
Lancaster PA is full of “makers” including some of the best dessert makers around! Laura the Cookie Lady in Ephrata even won a national cookie baking contest!!
These two Lancaster concert venues manage to book fantastic acts which visitors can enjoy in a relatively small setting. Check their websites for upcoming shows and to purchase tickets.
Lancaster is a great place for hiking and these three hikes will provide you with fresh air AND a rewarding view!
Dating back to the early 1700s, the Ephrata Cloister is a special historic site in Lancaster County. Learn about early American religious life while strolling the lovely grounds. Definitely don’t miss the gift shop where you can purchase lots of locally made crafts with historic ties.
The historical Conestoga House and Gardens has been one of the most beloved gems of the Lancaster area since the early 1800s. The gardens are gorgeous & a wonderful tour idea in spring! Tours are $10 per person on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays beginning late Spring 2022.
Antique collectors know, Extravaganza Weekend is the place to be! These events happen 3x a year and it’s when the antique vendors pull out the stops! They’re open for extra hours, additional inventory and discounts you’re going to love. Click here to read all about the Antique Shops in Adamstown.
The first realization of Longwood Reimagined is finally here! The Orchid House serves as a new garden experience and we are thrilled to send our guests there check it out. Now, visitors can see hundreds orchids up close in custom frame trellises that were handcrafted by artisans from across the country—all while enjoying stunning views through restored bronze cases showcasing their beauty like never before (and if it rains-no problem really! One of the transformations in this exhibit is a newly refurbished glass roof).
Weathered Vineyards Ephrata hosts live music, year-round, EVERY Friday & Saturday from 5 – 8 pm. Until the weather turns warm enough, musicians play indoors in the wine bar. When the warm weather arrives in late spring, musicians move outside to the spacious outdoor courtyard area.
The Berks Jazz Fest dates back to 1991 and is a premier event for seeing top jazz performances in the Northeast. Wynton Marsalis, Shirley Horn, Count Basie Orchestra, Everette Harp, David Sanborn, Clarence Spady, Chick Corea & Bela Fleck are just a few of the famous performers who have graced the many stages at Berks Jazz Fest. Tickets are on sale now.
Sometimes you just want to LAUGH, and Lancaster PA has some options for you!
Lancaster’s central PA location makes it the perfect home base for day trips, and here are a few springtime suggestions for you:
Everyone’s excited to see Sight & Sound’s latest production, David! Tickets are on sale now, and with demand higher than ever before, we highly recommend you buy your tickets early to ensure you can see the show when it works for you.
The Magic and Wonder Theater is appropriately named because their shows are just that, WONDERFUL!
There are several options for experiencing the Strasburg Railroad. You can enjoy a simple scenic tour or book a special tour such as a Wine & Cheese Tour (our favorite!) or premium car tour.
Check out these stunning views of downtown Lancaster!! Enjoy a cocktail & appetizers while sitting by a charming fire pit and just soak it all in!
Lancaster County may not be as well known for wines as Napa Valley, but we are home to some really terrific local wineries & wine tasting rooms. A tour of these four venues may just change the way you think about Pennsylvania wines!
For anyone in the mood for a little “Retail Therapy” during your visit to Lancaster, we highly recommend this collection of shops!
The Reading Pagoda has been the “Symbol” of Reading for over a century. Recently they’ve undertaken a number of improvements to the incoming roads and surrounding trails, making a visit to the Reading Pagoda even better than ever. You’ll see sweeping views and soaring birds as you stroll the grounds.
Rail Trails are a terrific way for armature cyclists & biking enthusiasts to enjoy the great outdoors without having to worry about road traffic (mostly) or massive hills (yes, Lancaster has lots of them). These three rides will give you as short or long a biking experience as you’re ready to tackle.
Chef John Moeller, a former White House Chef, is a gracious host & chef at his Lancaster PA Fine Dining Restaurant, the Greenfield Restaurant. Enjoy wonderful farm-to-table meal like the dignitary you are!
So Meads, Ales & Axe throwing… what could possibly go wrong? NOTHING actually!!! They’ve got pros on site who will teach you everything you need to know to successfully throw an axe into a target. Let loose your inner-Viking & return home with bragging rights!!
Lancaster County is probably best known for being home to one of the largest populations of Amish in the country. If you’d like to learn more about Amish culture, traditions and history, here are some venues to check out:
If you’re looking for an exhilarating outdoor activity during your visit to Lancaster PA, then Refreshing Mountain Zip Lines is is the place for you!
If you’re visiting Lancaster PA and your favorite team is playing, you NEED to find a great sports bar, right?! We’ve got just the place where you can catch the game in a cozy, locally owned sports bar that has all the TVs, wings, burgers & beers you’re craving! This is a locals hang-out so root against the Eagles, Flyers or Phillies at your own peril!
We hope you’ll choose to stay at the Historic Smithton Inn as you tour your way through all the wonderful things there are to see and do in Lancaster PA this Spring!! We have 9 fantastic guest rooms & suites to choose from, all with ensuite bathrooms, charming décor and luxury amenities! If breakfast is your favorite meal of the day, you’re in luck, its ours too!! We’ll treat you to a delicious, homemade farm-to-table breakfast every morning that will have you snapping photos to make your friends envious!
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