Attention birdwatchers, the Baltimore Oriels have arrived.

Werner is excited. Sometimes it doesn’t take much. Today it was the chirp of the Baltimore Oriel announcing it’s arrival. Spring is finally here and it is warm weather welcomes a host of summer birds. The gardens at Swiss Woods Bed and Breakfast  are a welcome haven for a vast variety of birds. (See the picture of the Bald Eagle on the gardens page) This year we have a nesting bluebird male that sits along the Inn’s windows pecking at his own reflection. There is a Phoebe trying to nest above the Appenzell balcony, a futile attempt as Werner keeps moving them. The house wren’s have staked out a nesting space in the entryway and tiny Carolina Wrens are working on a nest in the dogwood tree. These are just a few of  150 bird varieties we have identified on the property.

Pack your binoculars and come visit. bird watching at it’s best!

Goodbye from Swiss Woods…

After an amazingly wonderful 37 years Werner and I are pulling in the shingle. We will retire from innkeeping on October 31, 2022. The property will close as well because we are fortunate enough to be able to stay here.

We want to thank each and every one of you who trusted us with your vacation time, who returned time and again and have become friends. We could not have asked for a better innkeeping experience.

For your future stays in Lancaster County we highly recommend the Historic Smithton Inn in Ephrata, also a Select Registry inn.  Also: The Lancaster County Bed and Breakfast Association has inns all over the county and Select Registry has amazing inns all over the United States.

We can be reached by email at and for the time being our phone will also be connected. 717.627.3358.

Our heartfelt thanks to each and every one of you. We wish you God’s blessing.

Debbie, Werner and staff- Erma and Marie