Latest Top 5 Happenings at Olde Square Inn & Main Street Mount Joy

I’m close to being the happiest person in the world now that the snow is gone, and I wanted to show you a few things that have been happening around the Inn and around town since the winter weather has broken. Everyone’s been busy!

1. We hosted our first Bridal Shower at Olde Square Inn. Melissa was treated to a beautiful luncheon by her Maid of Honor Tanya and her wonderful bridesmaids.

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2.  Pool is open! Now all we have to do is wait for a few 90 degree days so the water can warm up. By August I’ll probably wishing for a little bit of that snow we had in March. No, probably not. Ever.

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3.  Grand Balcony is open! You don’t even have to wait for a hot, hot day to enjoy this lovely spot. I had just finished putting up the indoor/outdoor carpet and bringing out the chair cushions when a guest and I thought we should test it out. We relaxed with a chat and a beverage and just enjoyed the lofty view. The Balcony is available to guests until 10 pm. Love, love love this mild weather.





4.  Two new shops have opened in Downtown Mount Joy and were featured this past weekend during our Fourth Friday event with ribbon cutting ceremonies. Next time you’re here be sure to check out Crafter Hours at 67 E. Main Street. Gather your friends together for an evening of creativity and “…inventing, experimenting, breaking rules, taking risks, making mistakes, having fun!”

If you’re looking for a great dress, jewelry, accessory for your yourself or as a gift for someone you love, take a look at Mayita’s Boutique at 83 E. Main Street. It’s a new women’s clothing shop where you can find some beautiful outfits and beautiful pieces to dress up the things you already own.

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5. The Pig Will Oink Again! Harvey’s Main Street Barbecue was damaged last June in a fire, and I know it doesn’t look like much, but take heart: this is solid evidence of recent rebuilding activity. Can’t you just taste those melt-in-your-mouth ribs, the pulled pork sandwiches, cajun sausage, mac and cheese, corn bread….? Sigh.


Don’t forget that a night at Olde Square Inn would make a fabulous Mother’s Day Gift for your  mom, auntie, your wife, a favorite friend, or you! You can book directly through our reservations page, or can give me a call at 717-653-4525 if you need any help. Looking forward to helping you treat someone special to a well-deserved break.

Lancaster County Best Kept Secrets Shopping Tour Coming in April


Look at the postcard I got in the mail the other day and check out the first April date! Have you ever been on one of these Best Kept Secrets Shopping Tours? My daughter and I did one last fall and it was a blast. Here’s how it works:

  • Follow the link above to find the location nearest you to purchase your $9 ticket.
  • When you get your ticket, you also get a bag full of little treats, entry blanks for prizes, coupons, a map and a list of all the places on the tour, which are like 37 stores!
  • You have between April 9 and April 25 to visit the places on the tour where you can enjoy refreshments, games, gifts, farm tours, demos, workshop tours, make & take projects, and all of the other free specials the businesses have planned for you.
  • You can play the Shop & Win game and enter to win over $800 in prizes or even a $200 shopping spree at one of the tour businesses you choose.
  • The businesses are unique places, and you won’t find out what they are until you get your ticket – that’s the secret part!

Two of my very first guests, Brenda and Judy, booked a room the second weekend I was open and did a Christmas Secret Shoppers Tour. They shared stories of their shopping adventures and I got to see some of the things they purchased. I tried to appropriate one of their finds – an amazing carved santa wall hanging – but they were on to me. I was hoping that if I displayed it on the mantle they would forget it was there, but it didn’t work out to my advantage. Oh well.

Here are two secrets I will share with you:

  1. Two of the businesses are in Mount Joy very close to the Inn. What a great place from which to start your tour!
  2. Book a stay at Olde Square Inn for your Best Kept Secrets Tour and receive 10% off your room when you reserve directly through our site. When you get here all you have to do is show us your Secret Shopper passport thingy filled out with your name and address and cha-ching! the discount is yours.

Aside from the cool shops handing out free stuff, the other thing that makes this fun is that you get to spend time with a favorite daughter (or mother, depending on who’s telling the story) or best friend, or new friend. You get to eat delicious snacks, find unique places, unearth great treasures.

The tour is a neat weekend away, or even a sneak-out-during-the-week getaway, since it runs 16 whole days. So, hey, Judy and Brenda, as well as all of you other Secret Tour Shoppers, I’m looking forward to seeing all of the lovely items you’ll bring back for me to display on my mantle. We’ll put them up there for just a little while. Maybe longer. I’m just sayin’.

Wine and Art for Your Mount Joy Getaway Weekend

PaintNiteLooking for something fun and different to do on a Friday night? Book your favorite room at Olde Square Inn and head on out to The Vineyard at Grandview for Paint Nite on March 27. Check in then grab a bite to eat at one of the local restaurants. With the Vineyard less than 4 miles away from the Inn, you’ll still have plenty of time to make it to your creative painting session where you’ll replicate the beautiful meadow scene pictured above.

The Paint Nite folks provide everything you need – the paints, the brushes, the canvasses, smocks and, of course, instruction! You don’t even need talent or experience, because you’re guided through every one of the steps to create your own amazing masterpiece. No stress, a lot of fun, and in about two hours you’ll be headed out the door with your treasure. As the Paint Nite people say, they will “make sure your inner Picasso is unleashed.” How much fun is that?!!

Whether its a great couples’ weekend, mother/daughter time, or a night out will the girls, make some great memories with Paint Nite at the Vineyard and breakfast the next day at Olde Square Inn. The earlier session in March is already sold out so be sure you get your March 27  tickets soon for Paint Nite at The Vineyard at Grandview.


“Mount Joy” Movie in Lancaster at Zoetropolis

Mount Joy Movie PosterI was thumbing through LNP,  our Lancaster newspaper, Thursday and found this in the Entertainment section:

“After a year on the film festival circuit, Lancaster natives Jack Lewars and M. Angelo Mena are returning to Lancaster to screen their independent feature film “Mount Joy.”

The “indie-rock romance,” which was shot in Lancaster County in 2012, will show at Zoetropolis on Saturday in a kick-off event that will include a Q&A with cast and crew, followed by a week of screenings at Penn Cinema, Jan. 16-Jan. 22.

The kick-off event at Zoetropolis will have two screenings, at 7:15 p.m. and 9:35 p.m., as well as live music from local band Trio Agave, a Q & A with the cast and crew and collectible posters by a local artist.”

I love theater and, as some of you know, spent many of my 24 years’ teaching time directing middle school plays and acting in local productions. So the fact that “Mount Joy” director Jack Lewars and writer M. Angelo Mena attended high school together and are friends from way back touched my teacher heart. These aren’t just a couple of kids playing with a camera.

The film won awards at Philadelphia Independent Film Festival and at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival AND lead Katie Hyde won for best actress at the Pittsburgh Independent Film Festival.

I thought it would be a fun way to support them and honor their work by giving away a night for two in MOUNT JOY’s cozy bed and breakfast, Olde Square Inn. Attend the festivities tonight and you’re in the running for a lovely overnight stay. The drawing will be at the end of the evening, and I will contact the winner by email to deliver the gift certificate.

Next time you come to stay with us, be sure to take a look at the poster hanging at the Inn, compliments of “Mount Joy.” Do you love that or what?!  So exciting! Tickets for the film are only $10 and you can get more info at zoetropolis.comIMDB, and the official movie page.