Life is full of events. Big ones and little ones, and as a former teacher, August and September always was and always will be A Great Event. It doesn’t surprise me that I still run on a teacher calendarI’m guessing most people who spent about 12+ years in school might feel the same way. – August signals the end of something and the beginning of another.
We all know that the end of summer doesn’t mean the end of keeping your life full, taking care of yourself, and spending time with others – or spending time alone regrouping.
It’s a refreshing, changing time that brings new beginnings and their possibilities. That’s what I love about it.
Great events for an end-of-summer weekend and a fun fall getaway? New beginnings and celebrations? Here are a few things going on in the area to help you enjoy the beautiful weather. Enjoy it all.
- Sept. 1-3: Long’s Park Art Festival Over 200 American artists from over 30 states. Music, food, wine and craft beer. Admission fee.
- Sept. 1-4: Tanger Outlet Grand Opening Expansion. Over 25 new stores. Demonstrations, prizes, music, give-aways.
- Sept. 1 AND 15: Ghost Tour Bube’s Brewery. Have dinner in one of their 3 restaurants, stay for the ghost tour and live music. Admission fee for tour.
- Sept. 2-4: Hospice Labor Day Auction Quilts, fine art, sports memorabilia. Benefits Hospice.
- Sept 4 AND Saturdays & Sundays: Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire Food, contests, shows, jousts, participatory contests, events. Dress in costume or go as a civilian. Continuing through October. Admission Fee.
- Sept 7: Meet the famous Clydesdale Horses. Mount Joy 4-7 pm for a Main Street parade and pub crawl. Stay at the Inn get 10% off your 1-night stay, 15% off two nights. Watch the parade from our Grand Balcony.
- Sept 9 AND 30: Full Moon Tour at the Wolf Sanctuary. Entertainment, bonfire (bring marshmallows!), self-guided tour. Admission Fee.
- Sept. 9 – October: Field of Screams Scary stuff and horrifying attractions. Check calendar for various dates. Admission fee.
- Sept. 15 – October: Oregon Dairy Corn Maze opens. Food, games, pumpkin bowling, pumpkin skee ball, food trucks, exhibits. Admission fee.
- Sept 16: Wool Frolic at Landis Valley Museum. Exhibits, fiber vendors, demos, dying, knitting, crocheting, spinning,weaving. Admission Fee.
- Sept. 22: Blues, Brews, and Barbecues. Fourth Friday in Mount Joy for music, beer and great food. Stay at the Inn and get 10% off for your one-night Friday stay, 15% off a two-night stay.
- Sept. 28 – Oct. 1: Antiques Extravaganza Weekend at Adamstown. Antique shops, outdoor markets, specials, and thousands of dealers extended hours.
- Tuesdays – Saturdays: Jonah, live theater, Tuesdays through Saturdays at Sight and Sound Theater. Tickets in advance. Continuing through October.
- Wednesdays: Fall craft classes at Crafter Hours, right across from the Inn. Fee for projects.
- Friday Nights: Wine By the Vine Music, food, and fun at the beautiful Vineyards at Grandview. Admission fee. Continuing through October.
- Fridays & Saturdays: Lancaster County Culinary Tours Lancaster City and Litiz. Guided tour with local recipes and tastes from around the world. Admission fee.
- Sunday – Saturday: Quilt Corn Maze 2.5 acres at Amish Farm and House. Admission fee. Continuing through October.
- Saturday & Sunday: Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire with themed weekends. Admission fee. Continuing through October.
If you need more help planning, give me a call at 717-653-4525 or email me at nancy@oldesquare inn.com. I’m happy to help you celebrate your events or help you plan your get away.
- July 2. Longs Park Fireworks and Patriotic Band. The best. Pack a picnic and a blanket and find your spot on the lawn for great free concerts every summer Sunday in the park. Admission is free.
- July 4. Lititz Springs Park Festival and Fireworks. This is Lititz’s 200 year anniversary celebration, and it’s the second to last year they will be doing fireworks. Yes, that’s it folks, so come on out and enjoy the show!
- July 2 – 4. Star Barn Raising Festival. Always loved this beautiful 1877 Barn. It was a landmark for us as we drove to and from our family in Indiana. It was our beacon to let us know we were almost home! It has been saved from destruction is being resurrected in Elizabeth town. They’re holding a big festival to kick it off and your price of admission get you a great day’s worth of entertainment.
- July 7. Hops and Clocks is the National Clock and Watch Museum’s tenth annual beer tasting event. In Columbia, just 12 short minutes from the Inn. I wanna say “Who cares what time it is?!” but being a clock museum, they probably do! 6-9pm.
- July 21. American Music Theater is offering a Vegas-type show with a reception beforehand for one low price. Corks and Candies is music, dance, and magic preceded by chocolates, wine, beer, hors d’ouvres. I’ll have that!
- Now – July 23. Don’t miss Newsies at the Fulton Opera House in downtown Lancaster. My teacher friends and I (retired and otherwise) celebrate the end of the school year with a Fulton show and dinner at Annie Bailey’s. I missed this year’s, but everyone is saying that this show is fabulous. Be sure to get tickets ahead of time.
- July 7, 14, 21, 28. How great can a Friday night be? This great: Wine by the Vine. is an evening of music and tasty foods and wine in the beautiful Vineyard at Grandview near Mount Joy.
- July 8, 15, 21, 28. How great can a Saturday night be? This great: Nissley Lawn Concerts offers music and wine. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs and pack a picnic.
- July 21 – 23. Fiber Arts Workshops. You can learn to spin, dye, weave, and do all kinds of other things with fabrics when you register to attend one of these 40 workshops by the MidAtlantic Fiber Association hosted in Millersville. Or, you could just go out there and shop one of the 30 vendors. Fun!
- July 28. Our own Mount Joy is holding it’s Fourth Friday event with Cruising’ Cuisine. You get to look at cool cars, eat good food, sip a few beverages, do some shopping. Sound like a pretty good time! And if you attend the show, you get 10% off your stay when you directly book your stay with us. That’s some great cruisin’.
- July 28 – 29. Farm to Fork Fondo. If you’re a bike rider this could be the getaway event for you. You ride around to different farms, get to have dinner at one of them, can enter bike giveaways, hit some challenging routes, and attend a festival after the rides among other activities. Check out the plans.
- July 29. Rain or shine, it’s Lititz Spring Park’s 51st annual Outdoor Fine Art Show. I know you’re looking for something great to put over the fireplace. Admission is free!
I’ve been friends with Karen for a long time. We’re about the same age, we are both homeowners, we consider ourselves successful career women, we both lead independent lives, and we both like antiquing and Cosmos. We like where we are in life.
But every two years or so when we forget how much we enjoy our independent lives, we go on eHarmony or Match or some such site and inevitably both have the same results. This is in no way a man-bashing story – we like men – it’s just a story about Adventures In On-Line Dating. It starts like this.
One of Us: I think I’m joining such and such dating site.
The Other: Really? Don’t you remember? Everybody is old but lies about it. And it’s the same people all the time.
One of Us: I know, but maybe there’s someone new who is honest. Besides, such-and-such just met so-and-so and seem to be working out.
The Other: It’s a waste of time.
One of Us: You’re right.
The Other: It’s dumb.
One of Us: True that. I don’t know what I was thinking.
The Other: Okay, so call me when you join and we’ll look at their pictures?
One of Us: Right. See you Thursday.
We got together Thursday at my kitchen table. The site gives you Hundreds of Perfect Matches, so you need to set up some solid elimination factors with solid reasons behind them. As hostess for this round, I did that before we went through the list. If you were a potential suitor, in my book you could be eliminated at first glance for these reasons.
- You took a selfie in the bathroom mirror and we can see your phone. (An indication that you have no friends to take your photo.)
- You are posing with your shirt off. (Just no. Put that away.)
- You are wearing a baseball cap at dinner which is not in a ball park. (You are either bald – so what, or you have no manners – which is a big deal.)
- You are lying in your bed with the dog under the covers. (No further explanation needed.)
- You are standing next to a hanging deer or kneeling with a great big fish in your hands.(I have no plans to gut anything.)
- You posted your 1973 high school picture. (We all looked good 40-some years ago.)
- You live more than 20 minutes away. (If I invite you to join me in a glass a wine, you need to get here before I fall asleep.)
Well, that wiped out 85% of the pool right there. Karen reminded me that with the remaining 15% we’d have to deduct at least 3” from their given high-school height, and add at least another 4 years to their ages. We were exhausted after the preliminary round. Further, the whole thing is a long, drawn out ordeal that sucks up your time when you could be doing other activities like pulling weeds, folding towels, or reading a book. It is painful, but we try to encourage one another to finish the process.
With that in mind, the next step at some point would be to begin typing messages back and forth to someone you chose to contact or who contacted you and appeared to have friends, was wearing a shirt, lived within wine distance, etc. My short correspondence:
Potential: Hi, I’m Michael! I loved your picture!! I’m looking for someone I can bring home to my two adult sons who live with me! I want someone I can snuggle with who will be my lifetime companion! What do you want in a relationship?!! What are you looking for?!!
Me: Umm. Wowee…I’m really just looking for someone to help me take the cover off the pool….
Michael: Hahahahahaha! You’re a kidder, I can tell!! When can we get together?!!
Me: Oh, well…we can’t, sorry. I just noticed that you’re outside my 20-minute wine radius.
Michael: Oh. They say love has no limits, but I guess they were lying.
I know many of you have met the love of your life on line, but I think my tolerance for serial dating expired a long time ago. So many other things to do – I have a business to run, people to see, contracts to sign, wine to drink, grandkids to play with, and books to write. There’s not a lot of extra time I want to forfeit.
You know how that goes, though. In a couple of years either Karen or I will come up with the brilliant idea of testing out online dating. By that time it’ll be her turn to host and we’ll be reporting from her kitchen table. Check back in 2019 for the surprising results!
I don’t even know where to start with this summer list!! There are so many awesome places to see and things to do, that I know you’re going to have a difficult time choosing. That’s okay, though – you’ve worked hard and it’s time for a break. Pull out your calendars because I know you’re going to want to put several of these in your planner. It’s time to live a little!
- June 3 – National Trails Day Celebration in Columbia from 10 am-3 pm. Free event where you can walk, hike, paddle, or ride along the trail and enjoy the views of the river. There will also be guided tours, programs, and vendors along the way.
- June 10 – Mount Joy Cocktail Trail 11am – 4 pm Downtown Mount Joy. How much fun can you have for $40? Enjoy appetizers and cocktails at 6 different restaurants and stop in at other area locations for “mocktails,” desserts and other tasting throughout the day. Limited tickets available for purchase at link above. Free early check-in with your ticket on Saturday and 25% off your second night when you book directly with us. Call me at 717-653-4525 for check-in details!
- June 10 – Full Moon Tour at the Wolf Sanctuary 7:30 pm – 10 pm. After you’ve spent the day wining and dining, come back to the Inn and relax before heading out to the Wolf Sanctuary to enjoy a bonfire, self-guided tours, and entertainment. Guides are posted along the way to tell you about the packs who live there. Book your tickets in advance – $20.
- June 17 – Grandview Vineyards Cornhole Tournament 1 pm. Well, I’ve never played this, but you and your team can win some great cash prizes and tickets to events! Your $20 registration fee also gives you admission into Cigar Night held at the vineyard following the tournament where you can enjoy cigars, food vendors, music, and wine. What a great day!
- June 18 – Father’s Day! Send your dad outta town with a weekend at the Inn and a Bites and Brews Restaurant and Pub Tour. You’ll be his favorite kid.
- June 19 – Vince Gill at the American Music Theater 7:30 pm. If you’re of the great generation who remembers Pure Prairie League (I know you’re singing it right now – “Amie, what you want to do? I think I could say with you for a while maybe longer if I do…..”), you’ll know that Country Singer Vince Gill got his start there. His credits include 20 Grammys, 18 CMA Awards, and a sale of more than 26 million albums. Tickets are almost sold out at $78.
- June 22-25 – Load up the truck, Jed, we’re going out to Adamstown for their Antique Extravaganza! If you love vintage, antiques, and the stuff that you threw out at a kid but is now worth hundreds of dollars, this is totally the place for you. Lots and lots of shops with specials, extended hours and places to eat along the way. What else can I say?!
- FOURTH OF JULY! Lititz is celebrating its 200th Fourth of July and they’re having quite a little party. Most events are free, and there will be fireworks in the evening. Click here for what they have in the works.
Ongoing Summer Events
- Longs Park Summer Music Series – This is an amazing free event on Sundays has music that ranges from IndieRock and Jazz to Orchestra and County. Take a blanket or chairs and snacks, or purchase something delicious from the food trucks.
- Guided Bicycle Tours – With your guide, bike to an Amish farm and join the family for a true farm-to-table dinner that you’ll experience nowhere else! You’ll need to book at least one week in advance. How much fun is that?! $68.90 per person.
- Grandview Vineyards Wine By The Vine – Music on Fridays from 6 – 8:30, but the vineyard opens at 1pm so you can get in earlier, take a tour and then get a a seat. They always have a food truck and, of course, wine for purchase. Admission is $8.00.
- Hershey Park – Whether you want the park itself, the Boardwalk at Hershey Park, or Zoo America, it’s open and only 28 minutes from Olde Square Inn!
Where to Stay
- Where do you think?!! Book your room on line or call me directly at 717-653-4525 if you’d like some help. Relax at the pool and take in the sites and the events. Know someone with a summer birthday? People love a night away with an Olde Square Inn Gift Certificate!
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From the time I entered the boutique hotel to right this very minute, I’ve felt renewed, pumped up, energized, open to new ideas, and awed by the events and people at the American Small Business Championship in Dallas, TX. Thank you to everyone who helped put me here by supporting Olde Square Inn during the contest earlier this year.
Our all-expense paid trip was a gift from SCORE and Sam’s Club, awarded to two Champions from each state. I met two #Bizchampions at the airport, exchanging names and ideas before we even handed our bags over to the shuttle driver. We met later for dinner to continue the conversation we had started in the ride from the hotel, and added other entrepreneurs to our group. We collected ideas like kids collect Pokemons.
Our celebration and training began the next morning at 8am with a beautiful breakfast buffet and registration. The meals throughout the day were exceptional – they definitely didn’t let us even think of being hungry. We sat together at tables of eight and had time to exchange business cards and listen to the outstanding stories of our fellow small business owners. Some people had been in business for less than 12 months, and others for over 22 years!
Our presenters were outstanding: Gisell Champman with Secrets of Top Performers, John Pietro talking on Effective Communication, Hal Shelton, who not only discussed The Secrets to Writing A Successful Business Plan, but also gave each of us his book of the same title. We also heard from Besty Dougert the Communications Manager at SCORE, and one of my favorites – Ron Cates @Roncates, a digital marketing expert.
Energetic, entertaining, and a wealth of information, Ron taught us about the ins and outs of having a digital presence, something important now to all businesses. When he was up on the stage, I kept thinking I knew him from somewhere. It dawned on me that he looked like the guy who used to play Ben on the series Lost. Remember him? I mentioned that to him afterward and he said he gets that a lot. Take a look at the picture. It’s Ben.
Later that afternoon when the speakers had finished, Resa Kierstein, Vice President of the SCORE Foundation, presented each of us with a $1,000 gift card from Sam’s Club. I don’t know how a fantastic day could have been made even better, except for maybe that, right? Well, it did! We all met for dinner at the Iron Cactus, where SCORE and Sam’s Club treated us to drinks and great Tex-Mex cuisine. Our events were coordinated by the ever gracious Naina Vasuveda, event planner for SCORE
Later that night when I sunk into my so-comfortable bed at the Joule, I finally understood how truly great it is to get away, no matter how much you love the work that you do and the family that you call your own. Whether you’re picking up the tab or it’s gift someone has given you, stepping out of your every day environment is truly cleansing. Your mind is invigorated with new ideas and new sites and isn’t focused on those 1001 things that have to be done before you can sleep. It’s like new life is breathed into you. The work I love to do is providing people with that kind of getaway, and I experienced how truly renewing it is.
I have two takeaways here:
- If you are a small business or are thinking of starting a business, this award can be yours next year. Go to SCORE.org to get a free 1:1 mentor in your area, plug into their video training, and take advantage of on of their on-line tools. In January you’re going to see how to enter this event. Watch for it.
- Get out of town. It’s okay to put aside your responsibilities and take some time off for yourself. I know. That’s the work that I love to do. Come and see me at the Inn and I’ll help you get a fresh take. See you soon!
I’m pretty excited to invite you to our first-ever Hungarian Night at Olde Square Inn! This special event is premiering Saturday, March 11, 2017 at 6pm. The donation is $75 per couple or $50 per person in addition to the cost of your room.
Look what I have planned for our fun Hungarian evening together!
- Check in is the regular 3-6pm, but at 6:00 we’ll begin the night with a reception where we can relax with a drink over some traditional Hungarian music, catch up with one another, and meet some new friends.
- From there we’ll move to the dining room to continue our night with a demonstration of delicious Hungarian home cooking. Even if you’ve never experienced European cuisine, I know you’ll love trying these.
Lesco (leh’-cho) – Onion, pepper, and tomato with sausage, sautéed in bacon drippings and served with dark pumpernickel bread.
Barackpalinka (bah’-rahk-pah’-leen-kah) – Apricot brandy.
Paprikás csirke (pah’- pree- kahsh cheer’-kay) – Chicken braised with onion, garlic and paprika, served in a smooth sour cream sauce over homemade egg noodles along with crusty bread.
Uborka (ooh’-bor-kah) – Thinly sliced cucumbers and onion with vinegar and ground pepper.
- After enjoying some great foods we’ll take a little break. Then you can stretch out in the living room or stay cozied up to your table for coffee and treats.
Makos (mah’ kosh) – Sweet poppy seed and almond filling in a raised yeast dough.
Kifli (kee’ flee) – Apricot filling in a light pastry dough, sprinkled with powdered sugar.
As some of you may know from my blog posts, my Little Hungarian Mother passed in the middle of December. At 95, she lived a great life where she shared her wisdom and some of her best recipes with her daughters. I would love, love, LOVE to share those with you Saturday, March 11.
The date is blocked out on our site since we want to keep everything exclusive for our honorary Hungarians, but it’s easy to reserve your spot.
You can phone me at 717.653.4525 and I can make your reservation directly, or you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll give you a call back. I’d love to see you!
I’m so excited for our first Hungarian Cooking Demonstration Event and can’t wait to talk to you! We’re going to have a blast!
Winter is a great time to plan a little road trip or pack a bag and grab the car keys for a spontaneous getaway. Yes, I know it’s cold and snowy and it gets dark early, which is exactly why you need something to boost your spirits. Additionally, it’s the slower season for museums, shops, inns and boutiques, making it the perfect time for your reprieve.
If you need convincing, here are five great reasons for a getaway this winter.
- Places are less crowded. Maybe like me, you prefer to avoid areas where people are shoulder to shoulder and you can’t turn sideways without looking up someone’s nose. That was fun a long time ago (a crowd of people, not looking up someone’s nose), but now I like a little more elbow room. A slower time of year pays off big for you with shorter lines, more personalized attention, and space to breathe.
- You’ll be happier. According to a Wisconsin medical journal, people who get away at least two times a year are less likely to be depressed, are more content with their jobs, and feel more connected to their families upon their return. That’s a big benefit for a couple nights away – leaving everything behind for even a day or two can revive, refresh and renew your spirit.
- You can get more for your money. During this laid-back time of year, retailers provide some nice sales and destination sites have some great discounts. Feel the need to get out of Dodge? Check out our Cabin Fever offer: Stay One Night, Get the Second at 50% when you book directly through our site. Go online at oldesquareinn.com/reservations, and when you make your reservation leave a note that says “Cabin Fever”, or call me at 71-653-4525. I’ll be happy to help you line up a good little retreat.
- Create new experiences. All that stuff you bought for Christmas was fun, but that joy doesn’t last as long as memories that are connected with experiences. You’re more likely to have pleasurable thoughts of sitting in front of the fireplace at a cute little B&B in Mount Joy, Pennsylvania, or enjoying a delicious breakfast that you didn’t have to prepare, than you would of the last sweater you bought.
I make the best breakfast in town. I’m just sayin’. You know where to find us.
Who knew you could live longer, be more creative, save money, make memories, and be happier by just taking some time off? Make a step to reconnect with yourself this winter and take advantage of the great opportunities around you. To quote Tony Robbins, “Life happens for you, not to you.” Don’t be afraid to reach out and enjoy all of it. Have a great week everybody!
Did you have a fun Thanksgiving weekend?
Hope so! Out here in beautiful Lancaster County, the Inn was filled with great people all week who were out visiting family and friends for food, holiday shopping and just getting together. But wait, there’s more!
Isn’t it great that this awesome season is upon us? I love the decorating and the preparing and the cooking and the get-togethering – any day is is great for a quick party or something fun and festive.
Look what you can do for our first holiday weekend on the cheap or for free:
1. Mount Joy Winterfest December 3, from 4-7 pm. Have dinner at one of our great downtown restaurants, enjoy live music, family activities and even pet a reindeer or visit Santa. Finish the evening with the tree lighting ceremony and caroling. Other than purchasing your dinner, it’s free!
2. Crafter Hours is offering a first-come, first-serve event to make your own snow globe ornament until it’s sold out. You can RSVP on the website to save your spot. The shop is just across the corner from the Inn and you can visit for a little bit of warmth and a whole lot of fun for this family friendly activity. Owner Karen will have all the supplies for you – for $5 each this is a no-brainer.
3. Hershey Sweet Lights offers two miles of beautiful Christmas lights that you can enjoy no matter what your religious practice might be. For a carload of people it’s about $19 and beats the price of a movie any day. They also sell tickets to visit Hershey Christmas Candylane and Dutch Wonderland which is great for the little ones.
4. American Music Theater has begun their 2016 Christmas Show, and they have matinees on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at 3pm and an evening show on Saturday at 7pm. All of our Inn guests who have attended have loved this show, and because it’s near Rockvale Outlets, they snuck in some Christmas shopping beforehand! Be sure you call in advance for your tickets.
5. Sit in front of the fire at Olde Square Inn and do your Christmas cards. Friends Brenda and Judy come out for a couple of days to get away from their jobs and just take a little time to regroup, address their cards and go through our Lancaster County Best Kept Secrets Christmas Tour. It’s a fun thing where for only $9 you get a list of 12 shops and 2 restaurants that are off the beaten path. When you visit each place you get a little treat and a chance to win a prize in addition to visiting some great shops. By the way, my friends had to cancel their reservation because Judy broke her ankle. So sad for Judy, but that means we have a spot for you. You can book today – just tell me you want Judy’s room. (Sorry Judy. I’ll have it ready for you when you’re better.)
I know a lot of people get jacked up over holiday events about what they’re going to buy and what they’re going to do, and how they have to talk to relatives they’re kind of mad at, but don’t forget that God’s always got your back. Don’t even worry about it, my friend. As they say, if He takes you to it, He’ll take you through it, so don’t sweat. Relax and enjoy all of these great gifts and experiences that are open to you. Merry start of the Christmas season. Love of love to all of you this holiday.
A weekend in October is the best for getting out and revelling in the weather and making great memories – one of the greatest times to relax and enjoy yourself with family and friends. Think about it: you’re not shopping for Christmas gifts, stuffing a turkey, worrying about whether everyone will appreciate the vacation you’ve planned, or hoping Easter dinner works out. You’re not mulching in the hot sun or weeding a garden or shoveling 28 inches of snow. Your biggest October concern is likely what kind of candy to hand out for trick or treaters or what your costume is going to be this year. Ahhh. Love it!
Here’s a sample of some fun things just waiting for you this month.
- October 1 – Bridge Bust is like a giant Antique/Craft/Food/Stuff Fair on a bridge – the Rte 462 bridge between Columbia and Wrightsville to be exact. Obviously it’s closed traffic or that would be no fun, but you can shop the 1 and 1/4 mile bridge with a $2 admission charge. Check it out at PaRivertowns.com.
- October 1 through Mid November – Field of Screams has gotten bigger and better every years since the joint opened. Never having been because personally, I can’t see the point in paying someone to give me nightmares (but I know some of you are into scary), I hear from guests about the frightfully good time they’ve had, haha. Go to Field of Screams for more info about events and tickets.
- October 6/7, 13/14. 20/21 – The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is an interactive play being presented at the Rockford Plantation. It’s staged inside the mansion and you get to tour the joint by candlelight and talk to Ichabod Crane and his cronies. Tickets are $15 and the place sells out every year since each performance is limited to 20 guests. You can get your tickets at Rockfordplantation.org.
- October 6-12 – The Best Kept Secrets Tour is totally for you if you love shopping, exploring out-of-the-way places, surprises, food, and gifts. If you’ve never been on one of these, it’s a fun way to see the county, and you have seven days to drive to the shops of your choice. Here’s the trick – you don’t know what the places are until you purchase the ticket and get the guide. It’s worth the $9. For tickets go to Best Kept Secrets Tour.
- October 8 – Chocolate Walk in Lititz can be a dream come true for chocolate lovers. Your pre-purchased ticket is your magical pass to leisurely explore the town while divulging in candy-licious treats from 10am-4pm. One year they even had a chocolate fountain! To find out more go to Chocolate Walk.
- October 8 & 9 – 57th Annual Harvest Days at Landis Valley Farm Museum represents an historical celebration of a year’s work for folks in
a Pennsylvania German community from 1740-1940. You can go on wagon rides, taste heirloom fruits, take part in demonstrations and pick pumpkins. Find out more at Landis Valley Museum. Incidentally, I spent two years teaching 7th and 8th graders there with the entire acreage as our classroom. Pretty cool.
- October 21-31 – Best Fall Foliage occurs in Lancaster County. While leaves are turning throughout the entire month, according to the Pennsylvania Weekly Fall Foliage Report this is the very best time to enjoy the beautiful colors of the season, whether it’s a weekend or week day. And it’s free. Take that, Field of Screams!
- October – Brubaker’s Corn Maze is a 14-acre maze right here in Mount Joy and is totally affordable for only $5 per person. At the end of the journey there’s a campfire and little snack bar, then you get a wagon ride back to your car. Get the low down on this and other fun mazes by clicking on this Guide To Amazing Corn Mazes.
- October – The American Music Theater offers a pretty good variety of live shows, where you can purchase tickets for anything from Jay Leno to Abba: The Concert to The Price Is Right game show. And here’s the bonus: the theater is right across the street from outlet shopping. Cha-ching!!
After all that running around, you’ll be happy to relax on the porch or balcony at Olde Square Inn or to grab something fabulous to eat at one of nearby restaurants. At the end of the day get ready to snuggle into one of our cozy beds made up with soft, soft Comphy sheets for an unbelievable night’s sleep.
Wake up to a deliciously hot, three-course breakfast and you’ll be ready for the new day’s adventures.
October is a busy month around here, and you want to be sure to reserve your room now for your great October weekend. To book your room you can go to our reservations calendar or you can call me at 717-653-4525, and I’ll be happy to help your arrange your stay. I’m looking forward to seeing you soon!