My very favorite kind of lodging is a bed and breakfast inn, and there’s no more delightful place to enjoy the bed and breakfast scene than in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. My husband and I have sampled a number of the county’s lovely B &B inns. From rustic farms, to elegant inns, to historic homes lovingly restored, Lancaster County has it all. Here is a sampling.
An 18th century fieldstone mansion has been lovingly restored into the Churchtown Inn in the tiny community of Churchtown. The inn is listed in the National Register of Historic Homes, and its location on the quiet Main Street is ideal. The guestrooms are decorated in period antiques and handmade quilts. A four-course breakfast is served each morning in the garden room, where you look out on gardens and Amish farmlands. Innkeepers Jim and Chris can even arrange for you to have supper in the home of one of their Amish neighbors. (Readers of my books will easily recognize the inspiration for the Three Sisters Inn series.)
The After Eight Bed and Breakfast is housed in an 1818 colonial home and located right on the main route through Lancaster County, bringing it within easy reach of many attractions. The common areas of the house include the elegant Parlor and a living room, where guests enjoy getting to know each other over a jigsaw puzzle, along with cold drinks and homemade treats. The host is an excellent cook, and you can’t help but enjoy the full hot breakfast as well as the lively conversation. In the back garden, you can sit and watch the neighboring Amish farmer cutting hay.
A lovely Colonial Revival home situated just a few blocks from the center of historic Lititz, the Lititz House welcomes guests, and the proprietors are eager to provide you with comfortable period guest rooms, a sweet and savory breakfast, and to tell you about their special community, where there’s much to see and do. Lititz is home to Linden Hall, the oldest all-girl boarding school in the United States, and it sits next to the Moravian Church on a pedestrian street right in the downtown. No visit to Lititz would be complete without a visit to the Julius Sturgis Pretzel Bakery, oldest in America.
Marta Perry’s lifetime spent in rural Pennsylvania and her own Pennsylvania Dutch roots led her to write about the Plain People who add to the rich heritage of her home state. She is the author of more than fifty inspirational romance novels, including the Pleasant Valley, Three Sisters, and Watcher in the Dark series, among others. Her two latest novels are Susanna’s Dream and Abandon the Dark. She lives with her husband in a century-old farmhouse.
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