Love in Lancaster: Grown-Up Getaways in Pennsylvania Dutch Country
Lancaster and surrounding Lancaster County brim with family-friendly activities like the Hands-on House Children's Museum of Lancaster (721 Landis Valley Rd., Lancaster, PA) or the Dutch Wonderland Family Amusement Park (2249 Lincoln Highway E., Lancaster, PA). When it's time for a grown-up getaway, check into one of Lancaster County's dreamy bed-and-breakfast inns tucked in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch Country. All pricing is accurate as of Summer 2017.
Summer Splendor: King's Cottage Bed & Breakfast
Price: $175 to $289 nightly
Feel like royalty in a lushly decorated room at King's Cottage Bed & Breakfast (1049 E. King St., Lancaster, PA). Your suite comes with a whirlpool or soaking tub and a gas or electric fireplace and lavish decor. King's Cottage rolls out a full menu of romantic add-ons, such as chocolate-covered strawberries for two, a rose petal bath, sparkling wine and more. Although the bed and breakfast is open year-round, summer is the perfect time to enjoy a covered bridge picnic tour. King's Cottage packs you a lunch of warm bread, cheeses, seasonal fruit, sparkling cider and more. The picnic tote and accessories are yours to take home as souvenirs and reuse for romantic picnics wherever you go.
Autumn Colors and Flavors: The Inn & Spa at Intercourse Village
Price: $149 to $309 nightly
Enjoy touches of Amish craftsmanship in a historic 1909 home once occupied by a Mennonite family at the Inn & Spa at Intercourse Village (3542 Old Philadelphia Pike, Intercourse, PA). The Zimmerman Room at the historic main house rolls out Old World elegance with a panoramic second-floor view. Or, stay in a 400-square-foot Homestead Suite or large Grand Suite with Jacuzzi tub. Wake up to a five-course gourmet breakfast in a candlelit Victorian dining room. Pamper yourself at an on-site spa or head across the street for a wine tasting at Waltz Vineyards Wine Shop. Go in September to see autumn color and explore Lancaster County's wine trail by bus or limousine during harvest.
Winter Wonderland: Hurst House Bed and Breakfast
Price: $130 to $180 nightly
Stay in a charming Victorian house in the heart of Amish farming country at Hurst House Bed and Breakfast (154 E. Farmersville Rd., Ephrata, PA). Snuggle into a queen-sized brass bed with a view overlooking the lake in the Swan Lake Suite. Swan decor surrounds you inside as friendly swans swim gracefully in the lake below. Go in winter to overlook a magical winterscape with snow frosting the lakeside gazebo and winter village scenery as far as the eye can see. January and February brings 6 to 8 inches of fluffy snow, and mid-February brings thousands of migrating snow geese and swans through the area. Head to Lancaster on first Friday evenings or Lititz on second Fridays for art exhibits, music, special restaurant menus, tastings and more. In late February, look for the local mud sales, fast-paced auctions where you can pick up quilts and other handcrafted items with the proceeds benefiting the local volunteer fire departments.
Spring Spectacular: Rocky Springs Bed and Breakfast
Price: $129 to $269
Springtime brings temperatures in the 50s and 60s and just 3 to 4 inches of rain in March and April. Relish trees breaking out in spring greenery and flowers blooming on 17 partially wooded acres at Rocky Springs Bed & Breakfast (1441 Millport Rd., Lancaster, PA). Catch romantic views outside your Mansion House window or tuck away in the private cottage with an in-room spa, fireplace, kitchenette and dining table for two. Pack a picnic and stroll down to the Conestoga River at the property's edge or head into town to enjoy al fresco dining. Rent a bike and ride to enjoy covered bridges, birding and blooms.
In the Thick of the Action: The Lancaster Bed & Breakfast
Price: $145 to $245
Stay in central Lancaster for easy access to area attractions like The Amish Farm and House, Dutch Wonderland, Sight & Sound Theatre and more. Tuck into the Hawthorne Suite at the Lancaster Bed and Breakfast (1105 East King St., Lancaster, PA). The spacious second-floor suite is ripe for romance with an electric fireplace, conversation area, dressing room and en suite bathroom with soaking tub. Gardens and goldfish ponds provide backdrops for stolen kisses or hand-in-hand strolls from spring through autumn.
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Indulging her passion for vacation vagary through the written word on a full-time basis since 2010, travel funster Jodi Thornton-O'Connell guides readers to the unexpected, quirky, and awe-inspiring.