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Attention birdwatchers, the Baltimore Oriels have arrived.

Bird sitting on a branch

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…

From Golf to Gardens: Summer at Swiss Woods

Can you believe it’s already the middle of June? We spent a long winter relaxing by the fire and watching foot after foot of snow fall. But now, it’s summer at Swiss Woods. One of the first big events in the area is the Women’s Open, over at the Lancaster Country Club. The tournament is…

Greenhouses abound around Lititz PA!

April and now May signal planting time at our Lititz Bed and Breakfast. I love tomatoes and I especially love the heirloom varieties. My sister starts seeds from her Howard German tomatoes, a huge meaty plum shaped tomato,  and shares them with me but I love variety, so a visit to my favorite heirloom greenhouse…

Speedwell Forge lake restoration under way!!

As many of you know, Speedwell Forge is the lake that Swiss Woods Bed and Breakfast overlooks and due to major storms needed a complete renovation of the dam. In addition a local grass roots group has secured monies from a Growing Greener grant to remove 40 years of accumulated sediment from the lake bottom.…

A Trip to Middle Creek

As I approached Museum Road sunlight danced across frozen oak turning what was a dismal winter scape, into a brilliant forest made of glass. Middle Creek has always been one of my favorite places to escape. Summer brings a potpourri of wildflowers that run rampant over the foothills of the reserve followed by an October…

Save Speedwell, an update

As many of you know the Speedwell Forge lake was drained in October 2011 because the dam sustained damage during a storm. Soon after we were encouraged that Governor Corbet allotted money out of the State Capital budget, 6.4 million to be exact, to repair the dam. Those funds however did not include dredging the…

Outdoors at a Lititz Bed and Breakfast

So often when talking about the Inn we forget to mention the truly spectacular setting that Swiss Woods enjoys. 35 acres of bliss as one of our recent guests put it. Overlooking Speedwell Forge Lake and bordering on state conservation land not only affords us a very quiet setting, but a wide variety of outdoor…

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 swisswoods500@gmail.com 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