We are so proud to be a part of the town voted “America’s Coolest Small Town 2013”. There are so top Lancaster County PA events, activities, restaurants, and shops in the Lititz area that it is no wonder it smoked the competition! 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 website has an up-to-date calendar. Also check out our favorite things to do in Lancaster County PA for more ideas on the best attractions for your next getaway!

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.

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 or The Press Room 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. “Jesus” is currently running and well worth a visit.

American Music Theater

A wide variety of shows from Anne Murry to the Capital Steps. The link will take you to their current events. Plan your stay around a performance by your favorite entertainer.

The Dutch Apple Dinner Theater

Musicals at their very best.

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 calendar 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.

Demuth Foundation

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.

President Buchanan’s Wheatland

Home of President Buchanan, this is a part of Lancaster history and worth a visit. We love it during Christmas Time when it is beautifully decorated.

Historic Lancaster Walking Tours

The perfect way to see downtown Lancaster and hear all the fascinating history that is a part of this beautiful city. The tours start right next to the Central Market, the oldest continually operating farmers market in the US located in a beautifully restored building. Plan your tour for a Tuesday, Friday or Saturday when the market is open.

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