About the Inn
The heartbeat of Swiss Woods, our Lancaster County bed and breakfast, is the huge sandstone fireplace with windows all around. Nature is a focal point of the Inn, and every season is visible from this room. In winter when the snow flies, the fireplace radiates its warmth.
The Biedermeier sofas are the perfect spot to curl up with a good book or a board game. Bookcases filled with an eclectic mix of reading material line the walls. Books are a real love of the innkeepers, and they have tons of every genre.
Breakfast is also served here. Hot coffee awaits the early riser who wants to walk in the quiet of the woods or to sit and watch the flickers play on a tree beside the patio and listen to the mourning doves as the sun rises. Enjoy a breakfast fit for kings prepared with fresh local foods. Produce from the Inn’s garden and fruits from the orchard are featured in variety of entrees.
Fresh quiches baked with herbs from the herb bed, cobblers chock full of fresh cherries from our trees or berries from the garden, or the best crispy, fried hash browns from our own potatoes are just a few of the immensely popular breakfast items. Baked Oatmeal is a huge hit when we serve it often layered with fresh berries. Afternoon snacks include our renowned biscotti, and a selection of cranberry cookies with brown-butter glaze, orange bundt cakes, lime coconut triangles, or double-chocolate squares. We love to bake, and it shows! A wide selection of tea and coffee are available to complement the afternoon sweets.
On the sideboard you will find a huge variety of loose teas. We love for you to try these out with our tea makers. For those of you who fall in love with a specific tea while you are here take heart, you can now order them from our online store. Our own toffee and biscotti are availabe here as well.
A guest kitchen is an added plus for vacation travelers with coolers. Take a part of Lancaster and Amish Country home with you from the local farmers’ markets. The refrigerator makes it easy to store your purchases until you leave for home.
Business travelers will find everything close at hand in our guest office. A computers with DSL access as well as a printer and workspace are available in an office with French doors leading out to a patio. Wireless Internet access is available throughout the Inn and on the immediate patios. Small meetings and group events such as scrapbooking weekends or church retreats can also be accommodated.
Meet the Innkeepers
Werner and Debbie built and opened Swiss Woods in 1986. With three small children in tow, the couple moved from Switzerland to the US to build Swiss Woods on a family plot of land at the Speedwell Forge Lake. Mirjam, Esther and Lukas settled in to the family profession of innkeeping. Jason, the youngest, joined the family a few years later.
Werner grew up on a small farm in Schlatt, Switzerland the 8th of 10 children. He studied and apprenticed within the farming community then went to Vienna, Austria where he met Debbie, working jointly with an international team for nine months. Werner then returned to Switzerland and continued his studies in Basel at the Tropical Institute for Agronomy, eventually graduating with a certificate in Tropical Engineering.
Today he is known for his landscaping skills, and his love and extensive knowledge of Church History. If he were to have a hobby it would most likely be his bees. At present he tends nine thriving hives. Every fall we spin the honey. Raw honey from our own hives can be found in the Inn gift shop.
Debbie grew up in Lancaster County, the 5th of six children. Her family operated a well known smoked meats and cheese deli in East Petersburg, S. Clyde Weaver Inc. She graduated from Messiah College then moved to Vienna to work with Operation Mobilization where she met Werner. Food was always a focus for her and she used her educational opportunities to expand her culinary horizons. Her stays in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland added dimension to her skills.
Today she teaches via food demonstrations locally at Zest! in Lititz, PA as well as at the national Innkeeping conventions using her talent in product development for S. Clyde Weaver’s. Her volunteer activities include serving as past chair of the Professional Association of Innkeepers International’s (paii.com) corporate board and on the board for Save Speedwell, the local effort to restore the lake. She is also proud to be one of the 8 Broads in the Kitchen.