Kitchen Kettle Village

When some think of a weekend getaway they may brainstorm weekends in Philadelphia, New York City, the Poconos or the shore. But do they think of our own Lancaster County? Living within Lancaster you might have never thought of a well deserved weekend away down the road…but why not! There are hotels, inns, and Bed & Breakfasts located across Lancaster all wonderful places to enjoy a night away. Though it is important to pick a spot for a weekend away that includes entertainment, shopping, food and more…the perfect spot no other than Kitchen Kettle Village! Kitchen Kettle Village is located at 3529 Old Philadelphia Pike, Intercourse Pennsylvania. A quaint village within Lancaster County that is full of shops, restaurants, places to stay and more! The village offers a variety of goods to enjoy and events to participate in. Let’s dive into this incredible gem some more!

It all started with a jelly business in 1954. A family was canning jelly in their garage while also growing some animals in their backyard (where the village is now located). A true family affair is what shaped and created the Kitchen Kettle Village. The jelly is what started the village and you can still find it as well as other canned and baked Dutch goods. With 42 shops and 2 restaurants you can enjoy so many delicacies. What is wonderful about the shops is you can see the employees making things like jellies and jams while you are shopping around, it is truly remarkable to see all that goes into creating these tasty treats. Stopping by one of the shops is a great way to find a gift for a friend while supporting local artisan. While you can enjoy food and baked goods that is not all that the shops have to offer. You can find bags, accessories, shoes, clothing, jewelry, body products, pottery and so much more! Let’s look at the tasty food options- 

  • The Bake Shop- enjoy shoofly pies, and homemade cookies warm and tasty
  • The Jam & Relish Kitchen-for all your jelly and jam needs a perfect gift for a new homeowner with a nice cutting board or spreading knives
  • Harvest Cafe- warm up with soup, sandwiches and savory sides all homemade
  • The Kling House Restaurant- the perfect spot for brunch or lunch for some sit down dining 
  • Pappys Kettle Korn- the popcorn shop with combinations for everyone to snack on from savory to sweet…talk about a tasty treat
  • Pepper Lane Fudge & Sweets- made from natural ingredients hand made fudge in many flavors can be found here but also some other creative treats like barks and nut clusters
  • The Roasted Rooster-as you enjoy strolling through the shops enjoy a hot cup of coffee from the rooster a great way to start your day
  • The Pretzel Haus- Pennsylvania is known for their tasty pretzels, how does this one hold up…it may become your new favorite spot 
  • Aged and Cured- another great gift spot for a new homeowner find some cheeses, mustards and more the perfect gift for someone with a char cuterie board or cheese platter
  • Lapp Valley Farms Ice Cream- be sure to stop for a tasty treat with homemade ice cream before leaving or during a hot day to cool down
  • Waltz Vineyards- a local vineyards delicious wines are located here 
  • The Olive Basin- with over 40 premium oils a great way to get something new to try

Talk about a place full of tasty treats! With shops and food to enjoy there are also things to do with your children that they too will enjoy. There are AA Buggy Rides within a horse drawn carriage throughout Lancaster County’s Countryside truly breathtaking and peaceful. But that is not all…Kitchen Kettle Village has created an “I Spy” for children and gingerbread decorating! 

If a weekend away is what you are hoping for, enjoy The Inn at Kitchen Kettle Village, a truly peaceful space. There are 18 different options for accommodations, each just as charming as the next. There is free parking for patrons of the village and of the inn. Each morning you can enjoy a tasty breakfast while relaxing.There are rooms and cottages to pick from as well as an option to have the Happy Hour package where you can enjoy happy hour after a day of shopping or before a nice carriage ride with a cheese tray from the village and some wine from Waltz Vineyard!

With restrictions it is important to check their website before visiting the village for any new updates. Currently the village is open Monday through Friday 10am-5pm and Saturday from 9am-5pm. That being said shops may have limited hours and some are closed during the month of January and February. With that the village is offering online ordering and pick-up to ensure safety of their patrons. This is the perfect spot for a weekend away with friends but with it being right in our backyard you could also enjoy an afternoon or morning brunch! I look forward to hearing what you think of this quaint space within Lancaster County, enjoy supporting local business and artisan while appreciating a large pallet of meals, snacks, and treats!

Contact Mary Sue Wolf to look at homes and properties not far from this magnificent village. You will love it here!

For more information on wonderful homes like: 679 Goose Neck Drive, Lititz PA 17543 call Mary Sue at 717-333-9653 or visit her website at www.WolfandWebb.com

A Play on Words

Entertainment comes in so many shapes and forms. Experiencing different forms of entertainment can be cozy on your couch watching a movie, outside enjoying live music, attending an art show or attending the theater. When someone hears theater they may think of New York City or Philadelphia, they may not realize that we have an incredible theater right around the corner, Fulton Theater. Fulton is located at 12 North Prince Street, PO Box 1865 Lancaster. The perfect spot to enjoy live theater for an evening out or a matinee with some family or friends. 

Fulton is a regional theater that emulates the creativity of our community. Each production is different from the next, putting the audience into a trans, removing them from reality and diving into story lines through tugging at our emotions. The art does not stop with the story lines it is throughout the music, the costumes and set each performance is full of so many details truly transforming the theater. 

The Fulton is located in one of our national historic landmarks, a beautiful building that has been restored to highlight the history while providing large scale productions and more! The theater community within Fulton is one for all of Lancaster, providing multiple ways to get involved and experience the theater in different ways. If you are interested in attending a production you can pick from musicals to dramas, comedies and more. Fulton Theater also has experimental studio plays and workshops to participate in. The theater works to bring our community together. Those within the theater are professional actors, directors, playwrights and more from all across the country truly putting on a show of a lifetime. The current Executive Artistic Producer is Marc Robin. Marc has been with the theater since 2001. Marc has staged over 40 productions creating remarkable experiences for all who sit within the Fulton.

The historic building goes back to 1737 when the building was a pre-revolutionary jail. In 1852 the space transformed to a community center to hold meetings, concerts and more. In 1856 the building was sold keeping the community center in mind, shifting to a performance venue taking the name of “Fulton Opera House”. The history of this space is emulated within the building through the beautiful architecture. You can see how much detail, hardwork and love went into creating a space for all to enjoy!

Something that stands out within the Fulton is their academy. This teaches artists to work to meet the needs of a diverse group of learners. They provide lessons and classes for young children (3-6 years old), elementary aged and teens. The students in these programs learn skills to focus on performing art tools, learn acting exercises and build problem-solving skills within the performing arts that can be used in their daily lives as well. By building body, voice, imagination the students learn how to dance, sing, act, produce and so much more learning from professionals within the field. While the Fulton’s mission emphasises community they offer scholarships for the academy giving all children within the Lancaster community an opportunity to experience this experience. 

An experience at the Fulton is one of a kind, to show your support you can give back to the community by becoming a supporter, you can make a gift to help support the community through transformations by participating in their annual campaign. If your business has experience the theater as an office outing out and felt moved you can become a corporate sponsor! There are so many ways to show your support for the Fulton through financial givings but also as an ambassador. Fulton Ambassadors are volunteers at least 16 years old that are hardworking individuals with a drive to help build, support and grow the theater. There are many ways to be involved in the theater as an ambassador from education and community engagement, accessibility team or administration and development. Talk about a firsthand experience in the arts!

To experience a show be sure to check their shows section of their website. Here you can purchase a ticket to experience a day at the theater. Something I would suggest is picking a restaurant near the theater for dinner or brunch depending on the time of your show. Enjoy a day out within our wonderful county, you will feel like you are in New York City or Philadelphia enjoying the theater while only within your backyard. Fulton Theater offers shows from a variety of genres, truly something for everyone! 

As we continue to look for new things in Lancaster County to have new experiences and adventures it is important to take into account the restrictions going on and how each business is operating. Fulton Theater is offering Fulton HD providing the theater in the comfort of your own home, this is a wonderful way to get a taste of the theater with your family. Be sure to follow their updates to know when ticket sales will be able to start again for Kinky Boots, Titanic, Jersey Boys and more! Enjoy a night out or in, a weekend brunch and a show to take time to experience something new. The Fulton Theater is waiting for you, you will not want to miss this experience! 

Contact Mary Sue Wolf to look at homes and properties right around the corner from this true space of art and history. You will love it here!


For more information on wonderful homes like: 679 Goose Neck Drive, Lititz PA 17543 overlooking the 13th-hole fareway call Mary Sue at 717-333-9653 or visit her website at www.WolfandWebb.com

Howl’ You Doin’

What is absolutely wonderful about where we live is all that Lancaster has to offer. There truly is something for everyone be it movies and plays, cuisine and restaurants, clothing and shops or activities! A unique feature of Lancaster County is the wolf sanctuary, a space for wolves to seek refuge for treatment cultivating a life that is protected will provide the space for natural instincts and growth to occur. What is unique about a sanctuary is animals that go to these will spend the rest of their lives in that space.

Lancaster County holds one of these incredible spaces, located in Lititz at 465 Speedwell Forge Road. The Wolf Sanctuary of PA is located on over 80 acres of natural land to provide the wolves a terrain identical to the wild they would be roaming. This sanctuary is run by the Darlington family and has been for over 40 years. Within the sanctuary you will find not only gray wolves but wolf-dogs as well which are just as the name states a mix of a domestic dog and wolf such as gray, eastern, red or Ethiopian. This space started as a private rescue but now is an educational space where patrons can learn all about wolves, their habitat, history, and so much more! 

The Wolf Sanctuary of Pennsylvania is currently home to over 60 wolves each with their own unique personality, fur coat, and ways of life. The sanctuary does an incredible job to bring to light each of the wolves personalities through detailed biographies on their website as well as wonderful photos and videos. This sanctuary is a 501 c3 nonprofit where you can fully immerse yourself in the life of these wolves through their virtual videos or through an in person visit. Visits are done through tours where you follow a walking trail through the acres of land being able to witness the life of the wolves inside. It is suggested that proper walking shoes are worn as well as attire, being outside it is important that you dress accordingly to ensure you are comfortable. While exploring the sanctuary you are allowed to take photographs but lenses cannot be longer than 5 inches, you cannot take videos or use tripods, selfie sticks or monopods. It is important when attending a tour you follow the guidance of your tour guide this ensures the safety of yourself, those around you, and these magnificent creatures. Currently the sanctuary offers 5 different tours:

  • Saturday Guided Public Tour- a 1 to 1.5 hour tour on Saturday mornings
  • Full Moon Fundraiser- a 2.5 hour tour on Saturday closest to the full moon
  • Professional Photography Session- Mondays through Thursdays with a 30 minute minimum and a 2 hour limit
  • Tuesday/Thursday Tours- morning tours that last 1 to 1.5 hours
  • Private tours- offered Saturdays and Sundays a 2 hour detailed tour

Each of these options give individuals the opportunity to pick what is best for themselves or their party and to ensure that you see all you would like, experiencing the wolves with the help of an expert by your side. Each varies in cost depending on the duration of the tour as well as it’s focus, prices can be found on their website. Tours need to be booked in advance right now and can be done on the sanctuary’s website with immediate payment options. It is important to note that during the tours you are going to be walking pack to pack around the acres of the sanctuary and will be following the tour guide taking time to pause and learn about each wolf.

After touring the sanctuary if you fall in love you are welcome to return at any time, try another tour experiencing all it has to offer! Or become a volunteer, you must visit the sanctuary at least once prior to submitting an application and be at least 18 years old. Being a volunteer gives you the opportunity to help the sanctuary run daily where you help with many facets including special events or weekends. In order to be approved as a volunteer one must participate in an orientation process and training to ensure you meet all the necessary requirements needed for this program. Being a volunteer is a wonderful way to get involved in the local community, help a nonprofit and experience a strong work environment where you will build many skills in a unique atmosphere! Talk about an incredible experience…unique and making a difference for our wildlife. 

After a visit to the sanctuary if you have fallen in love with one of the many wolves you can participate in the Adopt a Wolf program. These are symbolic adoptions where you can help to provide care for a wolf. Through a payment you can receive the adoption package which holds a personalized adoption certificate, 4×6 professional photo of your wolf, a detailed letter about the wolf, a detailed letter from sanctuary founders and a fact sheet about wolves. There are deadlines to submit adoption requests so be sure to check in with the sanctuary when looking into this process.

If you are interested in touring the wolf sanctuary be sure to go to their website and make a reservation, currently they are not able to offer walk-ins but through social media and their website you can check to see how to make a reservation and when the walk-ins will be allowed again. Visiting the wolf sanctuary can be fun for the whole family, a great outdoor birthday party through having a private tour or just a wonderful way to learn more about these incredible creatures. 

Contact Mary Sue Wolf to look at homes and properties not far from the incredible wolf sanctuary. You will love it here!


For more information on wonderful homes like: 679 Goose Neck Drive, Lititz PA 17543 overlooking the 13th-hole fareway call Mary Sue at 717-333-9653 or visit her website at www.WolfandWebb.com

Just Wining Here

As we enter the new year many people set new year resolutions as a way to have something to work for and hold themselves accountable. While many say they want to whine less we are wining here… hidden gems of Lancaster County are the wineries in the area, each unique providing patrons wonderful experiences in beautiful atmospheres. Let’s jump into the top 3 wineries in Lancaster County: Waltz Vineyards, Thorn Hill and Moon Dancer. 

Waltz Vineyards, a winery that is full of breathtaking views across Lancaster County with three locations. One in Manheim township, Gordonville, and Lititz; each provide a unique and personalized experience. Waltz is owned by a 6th generation Lancaster farmer and his wife who pride themselves on using the land to produce award winning wine. The farm that holds the grapes is located on a hill that holds a micro-climate that is perfect for creating air flow to create mouth watering tastes. The first wine at Waltz was created in 2000 within their garage learning the art of blending and fermenting. Each wine is made from hand-picked fruit…talk about using the local land and produce! The winery opened in 2009 to provide patrons wine tasting experiences within their tasting room. This space provides individuals a space to learn about the history and work that goes into making Waltz wine. One of the major reasons I appreciate this vineyard is all their partnerships with local businesses, there is an entire section on their website where they provide you lists for restaurants, breweries, experiences, hotels, inns, bed & breakfasts, caterers, and grocery stores. Each name is linked to their website, Waltz provides us the opportunity to learn more about local businesses we may not know of and an easy way to find out more about how to support them! Let’s dive into the wines at Waltz, they offer Red, White and Rose. The reds available to enjoy are Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Dry Red Blend, and Semi-Dry Red Blend. The whites available to enjoy are Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Reserve Chardonnay, Semi-Dry Blend, Semi-Sweet White, and Wine Club Exclusive. Wine Club you read that right…Waltz Vineyards offers a wine club membership a wonderful opportunity to enjoy their wine regularly! This membership has so many perks, first you can pick from 3, 6 or 12 bottles quarterly while also having the opportunity to enjoy complimentary tastings, access to pre-released wines, discounts and exclusive events. What is important to note…this membership provides you with award winning wine regularly! Waltz has changed their hours for the upcoming weeks. They are open Thursdays & Fridays from 12-4pm as well as Saturdays from 11-5pm at their Manheim location. Their bottle shop is open the same hours on Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays but also Sunday from 11-3pm this shop is located in Lititz. Their wine shop at Kitchen Kettle Village has hours Monday through Thursday 10-4pm and Fridays & Saturdays 10-5pm. What is wonderful about Waltz is they are taking extra precautions for all their patrons you are able to arrange a personal appointment by emailing them or going during their hour of opperation at Kitchen Kettle Village specificially for high risk. Multiple wines made in Waltz have won awards from competitions, showings, and top reviews, enjoy a glass or two soon!  

Thorn Hill Vineyards, the second winery I would like to highlight. Thorn Hill is owned by Jack and Amy Thorn, where they create wonderful wine for so many to enjoy! The grapes in their wine come from California vineyards providing patrons the opportunity to taste so many flavors from California fruit to earthy tastes, winemakers creating an experience for their customers unlike any other through not only flavor but with experience as well. Thorn Hill has two tasting locations one in Lake County, California and the other in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. This family winery creates award winning wine with flavors for all to enjoy. Learning about winemaking is best done by a winemaker that is passionate and detailed, when looking at Thorn Hill Amy Thorn does just that. There are seven steps in winemaking that are shared in detail on Thorn Hill’s website: One being grapes, cultivating wonderful grapes that are an essence of the terrain, two being harvesting, picking grapes when ready is the next step, three being fermentation, grapes need to be crushed and fermented so they can age properly, four is picking a barrel, this is where the wine will age barrels matters as it affects the flavor and process, five is fermentation again, six is blending to create the flavors a winemaker desires, the final step is bottling, properly bottling the wine so when ready can be enjoyed. This year marks nine year of wines within Thorn Hill to celebrate they are hosting events on February 12th and 19th where attendants are asked to wear silver or black and enjoy plated tapas, friends and wine to celebrate! To RSVP head to their website as they have limited number of guests allowed each night. If you have the opportunity to go to one of the tasting rooms to experience the creations of Amy Thorn I highly suggest that you go, you won’t regret it!  Be sure to check out their events page and join Thorn Hill soon for an incredible experience. Enjoy a glass in our backyard of Lancaster County and when the time to travel comes head over to California and experience one of their villa experiences! 

The last winery I would like to highlight is Moon Dancer Winery Cider house & Taproom. Moon Dancer is located in Wrightsville, Pennsylvania providing patrons a wonderful experience of not only wine but food, beer and ciders as well. Moon Dancer was established in 2004 located on the Susquehanna River, a beautiful location where you feel like you are transported to another place. They offer wine tastings, tours and space to enjoy time with your friends with fireplaces, live music, patios, and more. The name comes from the Moon Dancer Legend, a man who appears during the harvest late at night providing star-filled nights, rain and appreciation of simpleness. If you are looking to experience this space of tranquility be sure to check their events section of their website because tickets may need to be purchased depending on the day and the event. Moon Dancer offers 5 ciders, two of which are seasonal from their on property cider house. If wine or cider is not your drink of choice don’t worry they offer local PA beers on tap, by bottle, or can…there is something for everyone. While enjoying a drink you most definitely should also get a handmade pizza from their on property wood fired oven, Ta Ta Kua. While Moon Dancer provides an afternoon of relaxation with friends and a space to enjoy local wine, cider, beer, and pizza you also have the ability to host a private event on property. Moon Dancer is known for a dream location for weddings! This year take an afternoon to get lunch and a drink with some friends soaking in the beauty of the river! 

As you look to the new year why not make a resolution to try new things and go to new places? Checking out one or all three of these wineries will provide you with wonderful weekend adventures with your friends or family. You will feel like you are away soaking in the landscape while being able to support some of the many wonderful local businesses within Lancaster County! As we continue through the new year take time to find local buisnesses and support them how and when you can, they are working so hard to accomodate all, providing many options and services to ensure not only safety but comfortability to anyone that works with them.

Contact Mary Sue Wolf to look at homes and properties not far from all the wonderful wine trails in Lancaster. You will love it here!

For more information on wonderful homes like: 679 Goose Neck Drive, Lititz PA 17543 overlooking the 13th-hole fareway call Mary Sue at 717-333-9653 or visit her website at www.WolfandWebb.com

New Year New Home Cheer

Happy New Year to all our Lancaster Locals! May this year bring you joy, happiness and exciting times! If you have been debating buying a new home or have been wanting to move for some time now but do not know where to start? Look no further, I have compiled a helpful chart of must do’s and tips for starting the moving process. 

  1. Let’s make a plan– you are ready to list your house and move first things first is making a plan with your family. 
  2. Find a realtor agent you mesh well with– it is important to find a realtor that you can relate to, one that knows the area better than anyone else

Before continuing through the moving list I want to be sure to touch on the benefits of using a realtor when you are looking to sell or buy a home. There are many ways you can benefit from hiring a realtor and specifically it is their expertise. Expertise in finances, area, location, community, regulations, rules and more. A realtor is a licensed professional that can help guide individuals purchase, sell or rent a property. They advise their clients on the market, give guidance on how to sell their house and assist in many other ways. If you have been considering using a realtor contact me today I would be happy to talk more about my role and how I can help you! Back to our moving list…

  1. Create a timeline– it is important to create a timeline and stick to it, especially if your house has sold and you need to move out by a certain date.
  2. Set up a moving budget– by setting a moving budget you will be sure to not waste money or spend money you were not expecting to spend.
  3. I suggest you check out our declutter blog-this blog will give you some ideas for going through everything in your home, moving can be daunting but with time and focus you can really make a dent in your project of going through your things. Make separations of what is going to the new house, what is garbage and what you will donate. 
  4. Schedule-schedule times to go through your stuff, to pack, to move your things, and to donate your things. Setting up a schedule that sets aside days or times is key!
  5. Gather– start collecting supplies you will need to help you move. This can be boxes, string, tape, bubble wrap or newspapers. Knowing you will be or are planning moving you can start to collect materials or ask those you know to start saving their boxes. This is a great way to be sustainable and save time when it comes time to pack and you don’t have to worry about scrambling to get the materials.
  6. Stress less– look at and remind yourself of the bigger picture. Moving can be very stressful and daunting. It is a lot at once and at times can be a lot in a short amount of time. It is important to remind yourself of what the outcome is, your forever home! I suggest listening to music, or asking for your friends or family to come over and help pack while ordering take out! It is a great way to catch up, get some extra hands and enjoy each other’s company at times you’ll feel like it is more of a hang out and not stressing over the work.
  7. Change- Be sure you take time to change your address with all your subscriptions, bills, credit cards, jobs are aware & family is aware. Share your new address with everyone who needs it and make changes so you don’t miss bills. Take time to change your cable, wifi, license, doctors, school and phones to the new address too.
  8. Organize- Keep your boxes and bags organized during the move. It is important everything is labeled and you know where everything is going or who is taking what. You do not want to misplace any important medical documents or other personal and financial information that you need no matter where you live!

It is the day officially it is your moving day…what do you need to do?

  • Arrange for help if you have children, pets or need extra hands for the move
  • If you hired movers be sure you have cash to tip all those who helped
  • If you have friends and family helping be sure to place a takeout order to the new home so you all can eat after a hards day of work
  • Be sure to do a final clean of your old property
  • Get rid of all trash
  • Do one last walk through of the house (connect with your realtor of all last minute things you need to get done)
  • Set the thermostat to the correct temperature
  • Lower the shades or blinds
  • Lock all doors and windows
  • Leave a nice note or treat for the new homeowners 🙂 

It is time to settle in, how do you get started?

  1. First and foremost do a first go around of cleaning and a walk through of the house (with any questions that could come up reach out to your realtor for advice)
  2. Unpack the essentials first all things that are necessary for the first few days of being in your new home
  3. Plan each room-walk through the house to see what each room will be for you. Where is the den or your dining room, who gets what bedroom? 
  4. Go room by room starting with the kitchen first, setting up all your appliances and cupboards
  5. The second room or rooms to tackle are the bedrooms setting up your closets, your furniture and organizing your closets- each person should unpack their own room to truly make it their own space
  6. After the bedrooms are done the bathrooms should be the next room you start to unpack and fully stock with all necessities
  7. Do not feel pressured to rush-take time ordering new appliances or furniture should you need and enjoy the space you now get to be in every day. Take time to truly make it your space a place that meets your needs-an office, outdoor dining, cozy rooms whatever it may be! 

As we enter 2021 the year is ours with endless possibilities and opportunities. Have you been debating moving, selling your home or finding a new piece of property? Why not take that chance in 2021 and start the process…New Year New Home…Let’s Cheer! Mary Sue and Derek are both available to be the realtor to get you to the spot where you will enjoy the rest of your 2021 and wonderful years to come! 

 Contact Mary Sue Wolf to look at homes and properties within wonderful Lancaster County, as a realtor she can provide you with tips and tricks to moving and finding your forever home.  You will love it here!

For more information on wonderful homes like 679 Goose Neck Drive call Mary Sue at 717-333-9653 or visit her website at www.WolfandWebb.com