There are a couple of networks of experienced innkeepers in Lancaster County. These groups are exceptional resources for members, especially if you are a brand new owner-operator of a local B&B. Members offer decades of experience in the hospitality industry and can offer everything from recommendations for a reliable plumber to who is offering the best credit card processing.
One group is Authentic Bed and Breakfasts of Lancaster County, PA. This is a group of about 30 B&B's. Learn more on the website: http://www.authenticbandb.com
Another organization is Lancaster County Bed & Breakfast Inns Association. This is 14 local B&B's with more information on their website:
Lancaster City has a nice art scene, lots of great restaurants, an historic market house, a professional theater and so much more. It is great to see this article in the New York Post today that highlights many of the shops, galleries and restaurants. Read the article here: http://nyp.st/2db8hgJ
The fourth annual Lancaster City Restaurant Week is coming up, from September 19-25. There are 35 restaurants participating in this cuisine showcase, including breakfast, lunch, brunch and dinner offerings. Visit http://lancastercityrestaurantweek.com/restaurants/ to see the choices at each spot in the city. There are deals to be had, with pricing at $10, $20, $30 or $40 for a fixed menu. For example, a $30 dinner at The Stockyard Inn includes three courses with a few choices for each course. I would spend my $30 on the poached pear and goat cheese salad, then a petite filet mignon and ending with lemon citrus shortcake. Spring House Brewing Co. has a $10 dinner deal of schnitzel sushi (cabbage, apple, pork loin rolled and breaded in pretzels then deep-fried). It is located in Cabbage Hill, after all. Rachel's Creperie has a $30 "crepes and soup for two" (including 2 Nutella crepes for dessert!). Specials include local beer from Wacker Brewing Company at Pour. Or you can indulge in an all you can eat waffle and omelette buffet at The Baker's Table. Sprout of Rice & Noodles has a $10 lunch or dinner deal of 2 spring rolls or 2 egg rolls, 1 banh mi sandwich and a drink.
Take some time next week to sample the delicious food of Lancaster City. Many of the restaurants value farm-to-table locally sourced foods (John J. Jeffries) and Tellus 360 has a menu showcasing Central Market's fresh ingredients. If you can't make it next week, check out the website for a preview for your next visit.
Here are a few sample menus:
Lisa Naples, Realtor
I'm enjoying my 17th year of selling residential real estate in Lancaster County. In my past career I was an innkeeper for a 9 room local B&B. Now I enjoy the best of both worlds - finding new owners for Lancaster County bed & breakfasts. Please leave comments, I'd love to have your feedback!