Spend your Pennsylvania vacations in Lancaster County at Swiss Woods B&B Inn and enjoy the area attractions and numerous activities.
Author Carol Martino from Good Life Destinations visited Lititz and wrote a truly wonderful blog post on the town. Her insight into the wide variety of things to do and see is inspiring and will give you a good idea of what Lititz is all about. Lititz, PA was just voted coolest small town in the US 2013 by www.budgettravel.com readers. We are so excited to share our small town with all who come to visit and are honored by the national recognition.
We do not pretend to have an exhaustive list of everything within easy reach of the Swiss Woods Inn listed here. We are smack dab in the middle of Lancaster, Hershey, and Gettysburg and within easy access of Longwood Gardens and Philadelphia, an area of the country just loaded with history, antiques, theater, museums, and parks. Following are some of our favorites, but there is so much more!
Linden Hall the nations oldest, and one of the finest, boarding and day school for girls is located in the heart of Lititz. Swiss Woods is the perfect place to stay while visiting your student here. Make plans early for special school events.
The second Friday of every month, Lititz retailers promote special events in the downtown area. There are musicians, special food, and entertainment. Join us for these fun times. The Lititz web site has an up-to-date calendar.
For all you bird watchers out there Swiss Woods is the perfect spot to access some of the best birding in Lancaster County. Every year 10's of Thousands of Snow Geese and Tundra Swans migrate through the northern end of the county and stop at Middle Creek Wildlife Preserve. Many stay stay here at the lake as well during February and March. All year we are home to several hundred different species of birds being fortunate have both water fowl, meadowland, swamp, and forest. June: Bluebirds are nesting, Cardinals have raised a brood, Baltimore Oriels and Summer Tangers are both here and Guests have spotted several Pilated Woodpeckers in the woods.
2013: We have seen the black mink at the back stream, a goodly amount of Pilated Woodpeckers, Bard Owls, Great Horned owls, flying squirrels and even a beaver.
Follow the Lancaster County Bed and Breakfast Association Blog for creative and up to the minute activities in Lancaster County. There is no end to the variety of activities available. This association also answers phones with updated info on last minute availability. Check their website for details.
Fun for Foodies in Lancaster County! Debbie teaches cooking classes at The Good Cooking Store in Intercourse PA. Check their schedule for all the wonderful upcomming classes. Stay with us any mid week 2 nights, Monday/Tuesday, Tuesday/Wednesday, Wednesday/Thursday, and attend a class at the School during your stay and we will deduct $20 per person who takes a class, (up to $40) All you have to do is show us your cooking class receipt. A one night stay and we will credit $20 of your registration. Some restrictions apply.
Red Rose Segway Tours
A totally unique way to see Lancaster City. Follow the link above to their website for the latest tours and schedules. Guest feedback on this tour has been exceptional.
Mennonite Information Center, Historical Society & The Tabernacle Reproduction
Our knowledgeable staff and exhibits interpret the faith and the practices of Amish and Mennonite peoples, explain the meaning and purpose of the original Old Testament Tabernacle, and help area visitors to better enjoy their visit to Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. This is also where you can arrange for a Mennonite Tour guide to join you in your car and show you the Lancaster County you would never otherwise experience.
Visit the "Sweetest Place on Earth." It is a short 25 min drive from the Inn. Not only is there the Chocolate Factory Tour, there is Hershey Park, Hershey Gardens, the Hershey Hotel Spa and incredible shows and performances at the Hershey Theater and Giant Center.
Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire, Mount Hope PA, (just north of Manheim, just south of Lebanon and only 10 minutes from Swiss Woods) Thousands come for this weekend Faire and all the other wonderful varied activities available throughout the year.
Just a little over an hour from the Inn, it is a wonderful drive through Amish country. We just love this botanical garden of the DuPont family. Their Web site is filled with special events. A must see if you are in this part of the country.
Renningers Flea Markets
This is the flea market of all flea markets. Several times a year they have Antique Extravaganzas.
Restaurants that we recommend:
The General Sutter Inn
On the square in Lititz, it has a wonderful outdoor patio for use in nice weather. It is the quintessential, old country inn, and you will enjoy dinner here. Adjacent to the General Sutter is the Bull's Head Public House specializing in craft beers on tap. Follow the link for an up to date listing of what is on tap today. You will be amazed! Good pub food in an old-world style , we especially love the fish and chips. If you enjoy craft beer, you will love this spot! Ask us about their specials Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday nights.
The Old Lincoln House
The Old Lincoln House is just a few miles from the Inn and has wonderful food and a great atmosphere. As us for the special discount for Swiss Woods guests.
The Log Cabin
Just a few miles from the Inn back a winding country road. This property just reopened with new chefs and a new menu. The buildings are fantastic and guests are raving about the menu, food, setting and staff. A great choice for a special occasion
John J Jeffries Located near Franklin and Marshall College, focuses on local sustainable foods served creatively. Excellent choices in a great atmosphere.
Ma(i)son is one of the newest additions to Lancaster's restaurant scene. It is just north of the Fulton Opera House specializing in intimate farm-driven urban cookery. Local, sustainable and wonderful! Check out their menu.
Gibraltar's Mediterranean Grill
This would be our recommendation if you are looking for a seafood dinner. Zagat rated and truly amazing. It is in downtown Lancaster near Franklin and Marshall College
Lily's on Main
Who would think meatloaf could be served in such style! Our guests rave about the raspberry chicken. If you are here in summer save room for the citrus cake! Ask us for the coupon for Swiss Woods guests.
If you are looking for casual bar food, Scooters is hard to beat. Plenty of TVs to catch whatever sports is going on as well. Great drinks at the bar.. from margaritas to mojitos.
Other Area Attractions:
The PA Wolf Sanctuary
Located just a short mile from the Inn on the upper side of Speedwell Forge Lake, this sanctuary is fascinating and well worth a visit. If you are interested in the rescue of this type of wild animal, this is a must see. Our guests have especially enjoyed their monthly full-moon tours. These take place on specific Saturday evenings and include music and a bonfire. For a complete description and full list of dates, visit the events part of their Web site.
Rainbow Dinner Theater
We love dinner theater and this is one not to miss. Comedy at it's best. Allow a good half hour to get there from here. Matinees are a wonderful option.
The Fulton Opera House
Built in 1852, the Fulton features the graceful elegance of the Victorian Era. This national historic landmark offers behind-the-scenes tours with stories of some of the biggest names in entertainment and the rich history that makes this theatre unique. Check out their schedule. We recommend dinner at Ma(i)son followed by a performance at the Fulton.
Sight and Sound Millennium Theater
Inspirational theater with sets to rival Broadway! Follow the link for current productions and tickets. Jonah is running in 2012 and has received rave reviews!
American Music Theater
A wide variety of shows from Anne Murry to the Capital Steps. The link will take you to their events for 2012/2013. Plan your stay around a performance by your favorite entertainer.
One does not usually think of vineyards in Lancaster, but Nissley Vineyards is located in Marietta along the Susquehanna River. In the summer, their lawn concerts are a must do. Ask about our Picnic Baskets. Tickets are available here at the inn. We would love to help you plan your evening in the vineyard. Watch for our special picnic packages!
The Waltz family started the vineyards on the family farm that has been theirs for generations.. Not only does the location have an amazing view over Lancaster County farmlands, but the wines are wonderful. They are a short drive from the Inn and well worth a visit. Closed Sunday.
Just this month they have also opened a small store in Lititz! Sure makes it easy for our guests to source some of their amazing wine to take home.
The Ephrata Cloister
National historic landmark founded in 1732. German religious community. This is a beautiful place to walk and interesting to visit. The tour of the restored buildings is also fascinating.
If you are visiting with us in December, the evening candlelight choral performances are a must see. Ask us for the schedule. We update our calander with the most current activities going on here.
Cornwall Iron Furnace
Cornwall Furnace, in blast from 1742 to 1883, is one of the best-preserved, 19th-century, charcoal, iron-making facilities in the world. The massive stone furnace, steam-powered, air-blast machinery, and several related buildings survive intact. Primarily a producer of pig iron products, Cornwall Furnace cast cannons for the American Revolution. .
Restored home and garden of early American, modernist painter Charles Demuth (1883-1935), in historic Downtown Lancaster, are open to the public as a museum with a permanent collection of Demuth art and memorabilia and rotating exhibits. Adjacent to the Demuth Tobacco Shop c. 1770 - the oldest operating tobacco shop in America.
The Hans Herr House
The Hans Herr House, built in 1719 by Hans' son, Christian, is the oldest surviving dwelling place of European settlers in what is now Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. It is the oldest still-standing Mennonite meeting house in the Western Hemisphere. It is reputed to have been the home of Hans Herr and his wife, Elizabeth. It was certainly the home of Christian Herr and his wife, Anna, and several of Christian and Anna's children. Both Hans Herr and Christian Herr were bishops of the Mennonite faith.
Landis Valley Farm Museum
Landis Valley Museum is a nationally significant, living-history museum that collects, conserves, exhibits, and interprets Pennsylvania German material, culture, history, and heritage from 1740 through 1940. Parts of the movie, "The Color Purple," were filmed here.
This is the classic estate auction site that has auctions most Wednesdays. Just 10 minutes drive from the Inn it is a great way to spend a Wed afternoon. Guests have come back with some real finds from this auction.
Hot Air Ballooning
For those wanting a balloon ride over Lancaster County, the views from the air are simply amazing. Be sure to let them know you found them on our website.
Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire
Experience the fantasy of the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire! This venue is just 10-15 minutes from the Inn and well worth the trip.
The Lancaster estate of President James Buchanan.
Lancaster's Central Market
The oldest inland farmers market in the US. The building has been beautifully restored and is open Tuesdays, Friday's and Saturday.