You Might Be From Lancaster, PA if…..

Just like many small towns and beautiful areas across this great land, Lancaster has its own unique quirks, phrases and places. Most local residents don’t even think twice about these and when we do, it’s always good for a laugh. We LOVE Lancaster!

You might be from Lancaster if…..

-Someone has asked you if you are Amish when you say where you’re from.

-Pie as a main course dish is totally normal. Chicken pot pie, spaghetti pie, cheeseburger pie….you name it!

-You know that real “chicken pot pie” has nothing to do with a pie.

-You think of a shopping mall and not skiing when you hear the words “park city.”

-You know what a mud sale is.

-You are a manure expert. By smell alone, you can tell whether it came from a cow, pig or chicken!

-The verb “to be” has been eliminated from your vocabulary. You see nothing wrong with the sentence “The laundry needs done.”

-You know that Long Johns are something you eat for breakfast, not wear to bed.

-You’ve bought roadside produce with an “honor box.”

-You know how to correctly pronounce Lancaster….it’s Lang-Kiss-ter not Lan-cast-er!

-You know what dippy eggs are.

-You pronounce the “roots” in Roots Market differently than the roots of a tree.

-You adamantly believe that doplic is a word…doesn’t everyone use it?

-You’ve been late for something because you got stuck behind a tractor or a horse and buggy.

-Your school district has off for the first day of hunting season and you have a ‘drive your tractor to school’ day.

-You know that a Wilbur Bud trumps a Hershey Kiss any day of the week.

-You’ve engaged in the age-old Turkey Hill vs Sheetz debate and have an addiction to Turkey Hill Iced Tea.

-You know the difference between an Amish and a Mennonite person.

-You know that Shady Maple is the smorgasbord to end all smorgasbords!

-You don’t even think twice about towns named Intercourse, Blue Ball and Paradise.


How do we know all of these great Lancaster Local Secrets? We are local real estate agents and residents of Lancaster for more than 30 years!

For more information on the wonderful homes in Lancaster County,
call Mary Sue at 717-333-9653 (WOLF) or visit our real estate website at www.WolfandWebb.com.

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Top Playgrounds and Parks in Lancaster County

As summer winds down and autumn is just around the corner, there’s still plenty of time to get outside and enjoy the great weather in the upcoming days. Lancaster County is full of amazing parks and playgrounds for families to utilize. Here’s an overview of some of the best!

The Treehouse Lititz – One of the newest playgrounds in Lancaster County, more than 550 volunteers finished construction of the playground in September 2020. Here you will find an abundance of Tree-themed climbing structures and features like a boat with a rocking floor. The Treehouse Lititz also has some additional features not found in other playgrounds: wheelchairs can roll right onto a Liberty Swing as well as onto an inclusive ‘spinner’ (a.k.a. merry-go-round) that’s flush with the ground. There is also a ‘double’ zip line here! One side has the common sit-on disc, the other with a chair.

Amos Herr Dream Park – An impressive, fully accessible playground located in Landisville, PA that has something for kids of all ages…even a zipline! The playground is divided into two age appropriate playground areas. Just outside the playground is a large open field, a walking track, and other great amenities.

Longs Park – Longs Park is an 80 acre park located just outside of Lancaster City that contains a lake, petting zoo, pavilions and several playgrounds. Construction just completed on a brand new playground to replace the old wooden one. Lots of fun for kids of all ages!

Oregon Dairy Playground –  A farm themed playground with animals to see as well as a large deck to enjoy hand dipped ice cream.

Safe Harbor Park – A playground and picnic areas along the Conestoga River in Conestoga, PA. This is an open and natural area great for those located in the Southern End of Lancaster County.

Overlook Park – Two age appropriate playground areas and climbing structures in the Overlook complex in Manheim Township. Walking paths, dog parks, mini golf, a public library, a public pool and more are also in the same complex!

Musser Park – A large grassy area and playground nestled in downtown Lancaster on the southwest corner of East Chestnut and North Lime Street. 

Swingsets Lancaster – Swingsets Lancaster is a facility that sells handcrafted, Amish swing sets and playgrounds. “The Playground” is located at their facility in Strasburg, PA and has numerous swing sets set up for the public to enjoy for free! 

Daniels Den – A fully accessible playground located at Manor Church in Manor Township. The playground is fully enclosed by a fence and has two age appropriate play areas. There’s also a 1/2 mile walking trail, sports fields and pavilion for everyone to enjoy.


How do we know all of these great Lancaster Local Secrets? We are local real estate agents and residents of Lancaster for more than 30 years!

For more information on the wonderful homes in Lancaster County,
call Mary Sue at 717-333-9653 (WOLF) or visit our real estate website at www.WolfandWebb.com.

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The Perfect Afternoon in Strasburg, PA

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Whether you live in the area or not, Strasburg, PA is an adorable, quaint spot for a day trip. It’s a picturesque little town with tons to eat and do, but today’s post is centered around what we’d consider the perfect afternoon here.

Breakfast, followed by a show, anyone???

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Start your day early by getting to Agape Café, located nearby in Ronks. It’s the most delicious, Instagrammable café in the area. Be prepared to wait! But this wait is worth it for some of the best brunch foods around… Pancake boards! Brown sugar bacon?!? When I went a couple weeks ago, I split the five egg omelet with a friend and loved it. We cannot recommend Agape enough!!!

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LANCASTER LOCAL SECRETS TIP: CALL AHEAD! I live about 40 minutes away from Agape, and luckily my friend called and put our name on the list before we left our houses.  By the time we drove there and parked, they were ready for us. I highly recommend calling ahead on Saturdays, which is when we went. *note that they are closed Sundays and Tuesdays.

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After you indulge in a memorable breakfast, drive a couple minutes down the road to the second portion of the day: seeing a show at Sight and Sound Theater.

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WOW. These shows honestly rival Broadway! And isn’t the outside just gorgeous.

I’ve taken my family here from the time my children were babies. Just when I think the shows can’t get better, the next one tops it. They are bible stories brought to life, with huge casts of talented actors, live animals (birds, camels, etc) and unreal stages/sets. I’ve had the pleasure of seeing most shows they’ve done over the years, most recently Queen Esther. It’s still playing now – hurry, get tickets before the show ends!!!

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LANCASTER LOCAL SECRETS TIP: you can’t go to a S&S show without getting their amazing roasted nuts. Have you had the nuts sold on the streets of NYC? They are like that, but better!

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And another reason to love Sight and Sound Theater… Wolf & Webb’s very own Derek Webb’s wife is an actress here! Go Gretchen!!!

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Be sure to add these to your list of things to do in the area! We have no doubt you’ll plan another visit to go back and do all the other fun activities Strasburg has to offer.


How do we know all of these great Lancaster Local Secrets? We are local real estate agents and residents of Lancaster for more than 30 years!

For more information on the wonderful homes in Lancaster County,
call Mary Sue at 717-333-9653 (WOLF) or visit our real estate website at www.WolfandWebb.com.

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Cherry Crest Adventure Farm

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Most people immediately associate Lancaster with the Amish community and beautiful farmland. Located in the heart of the PA Dutch Country, Cherry Crest Adventure Farm is a place your whole family will love!  

Cherry Crest Adventure Farm Boasts the #1 Corn Maze in the USA

From the Amazing Corn Maize (according to USA Today, Cherry Crest has the #1 corn maze in the country!) to the hay chute, straw bale tower, and feeding farm animals, this is the perfect combination of fun, family, and farms! So make plans to spend the day outside soaking up sunshine while experiencing all the fun Cherry Crest has to offer!

Check out ‘Sproutsville’ inside Cherry Crest Adventure Farm

Cherry Crest Adventure Farm is open three seasons of the year, and each one offers its own unique attractions. It’s a great place to pick your own pumpkins in the Fall and your own flower bouquet (in the sunflower & zinnia fields!) in the Summer. Oh and did we mention – popcorn! That’s right, you can pick your own popcorn in the Fall. You can pick ears right from the corn stalks, bring it home and pop it from the ear. What a cool Lancaster experience

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If you want to go at an extra FUN time, check out one of the festivals! On select Saturday’s throughout the year, they hold festivals of all kinds. My family will be at the Sunflower Festival in a few weeks!! Check out their website to see a list of other festivals they’re offering.

Live music? Say no more!!! Every Saturday from 3pm-6pm they offer live music to their visitors. This goes on till October 23rd.

So much fun to experience at Cherry Crest Adventure Farm, just outside of Strasburg, Pennsylvania

If you need a break from the farm activities, they also have a handful of stores for shopping or meandering. From local cheese and pickles, to apparel, gemstones, and homemade fudge…they really have it all available to you at your fingertips.

One review said it best: “It doesn’t matter if you are 2 or 102, you can have fun at Cherry Crest Adventure Farm” and we couldn’t agree more. Visit their website and find a date to take your family to join the fun.


How do we know all of these great Lancaster Local Secrets? We are local real estate agents and residents of Lancaster for more than 30 years!

For more information on the wonderful homes in Lancaster County,
call Mary Sue at 717-333-9653 (WOLF) or visit our real estate website at www.WolfandWebb.com.

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25 Free Birthday Treats in Lancaster, PA

You may already have plans for your birthday, but if you’re looking for an additional adventure, then check out these local businesses that offer FREE birthday treats and discounts! We created this guide to cover the best 25 birthday offers in 2021, but note that some businesses change what they offer each year.

Wolf Family Tips: It’s a good idea to sign up a few weeks before your birthday! We use this guide as a birthday scavenger hunt!

From all of us at Wolf & Webb, we wish you a very Happy Birthday and here’s to many more!

1. Applebee’s – free dessert
Sign up for Club Applebee’s

2. Arby’s – free shake with any purchase
Sign up for the email list on the website

3. Auntie Anne’s – free pretzel
Sign up for Pretzel Perks

4. BJ’s Brewhouse – free Pizookie
Sign up for BJ’s Premier Rewards Plus

5. Chipotle – free chips and guac with a $5 purchase
Sign up for Chipotle Rewards

6. Cinnabon – free cold brew
Sign up for Cinnabon Rewards

7. Dairy Queen – free blizzard
Sign up for the Blizzard Fan club

8. Duck Donuts – free donut
Download the app and sign up for rewards

9. Dunkin Donuts – free beverage
Sign up for DD Perks

10. Moe’s – free burrito
Sign up for Moe Rewards

11. Nestle Toll House Café – free cookie
Sign up for Nestle Toll House Café Club

12. Panera Bread – free pastry
Sign up for MyPanera

13. Qdoba – free cookie with any purchase
Sign up for Qdoba rewards

14. Rita’s – free Italian ice
Sign up for the Rita’s Birthday eClub

15. Ruby Tuesday – free burger or garden bar entrée
Sign up for So Connected email club

16. Sonic – free shake
Sign up for Sonic Rewards

17. Starbucks – free beverage or pastry
Sign up for Starbucks Rewards

18. Taco Bell – free Baja Blast Freeze
Sign up for Taco Bell Rewards

19. Wendy’s – free frosty
Sign up for Wendy’s Rewards

20. Redbox – free 1 night rental
Sign up for Redbox Perks

21. Bare Minerals – free gift
Sign up for Good Rewards

22. Sephora – free gift
Sign up for Beauty Insider

23. Ulta Beauty – free gift
Sign up for Ultamate Rewards

24. Vera Bradley – birthday coupon
Sign up for VB emails

25. Yankee Candle – free gift
Sign up for Fragrance Family Rewards

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Cinnabon, PhillyVoice, Moes, Hip2Save, Yankee Candle


How do we know all of these great Lancaster Local Secrets? We are local real estate agents and residents of Lancaster for more than 30 years!

For more information on the wonderful homes in Lancaster County,
call Mary Sue at 717-333-9653 (WOLF) or visit our real estate website at www.WolfandWebb.com.

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Tubing is Back!

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Haven’t we been spoiled with these low-80s temps? If you want to make the most out of Lancaster’s beautiful weather, look no further than tubing down the Pequea Creek at Sickman’s Mill!

Located just a few miles from downtown Lancaster, Sickman’s Mill offers you the ultimate summer experience. The tubing takes about 2 hours round trip, but that time will fly as you float past the eagles, hawks, deer and many other animals. You’ll finish at the creek and be picked up and shuttled back to Sickman’s Mill, where you have even more entertainment waiting for you!!!

New this year – thanks to the new owners – is Jimmy’s Place. This is the summer hang out spot located at Sickman’s Mill, where you can kick back and relax with a beer or a drink. They have live music and special events posted on their calendar for the rest of summer. It’s a perfect treat for after your float, or make it an adventure in itself! You don’t need to go tubing to enjoy Jimmy’s Place…everyone is welcome. 🙂

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Typical hours are 10am-5pm, but do you work full time until 5? The perfect solution to making sure you can hit the creek is the extended float and sunset cruise every Wednesday evening. Listen to live music, enjoy a drink at Jimmy’s, bring s’mores and get ready for a perfect summer night.

If you’ve never been tubing before, it might be a good idea to sign up for a Guided Tubing Tour. This 4-hour float with an experienced tour guide is a mix between gentle floating and a couple river rapids, all while soaking up the beautiful Lancaster County countryside. On the other hand, if you love tubing and know you want to go more than once, consider purchasing a season pass.

There is something for all levels at Sickman’s Mill! Visit https://outfitters.sickmansmill.com/ for ticket information and pricing. Remember – it is cash only.

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This is another activity my family loved doing while growing up. Even my daughter, who is not a fan of the outdoors, loves going to Sickman’s Mill for a float. Your family is sure to love it, too. Tubing is a great mix between relaxing and exploring the outdoors. Hop on an inflatable tube, strap on to your friends, and enjoy your float under the beautiful green canopy of trees!


How do we know all of these great Lancaster Local Secrets? We are local real estate agents and residents of Lancaster for more than 30 years!

For more information on the wonderful homes in Lancaster County,
call Mary Sue at 717-333-9653 (WOLF) or visit our real estate website at www.WolfandWebb.com.

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3 Sweet Spots to Try This Summer

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Ice cream is pretty much synonymous with summer, right? If you want to try a new sweet treat, instead of your typical ice cream run, here are three places in Lancaster that are sure to satisfy your sweet tooth!

Lancaster Cupcake

To know this place, is to love this place. They offer a variety of flavors from classics like chocolate and vanilla, to lemon lavender and peanut butter caramel crunch. The menu is always changing based on the season and holiday!

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Not only are the cupcakes delicious, but the atmosphere is adorable. You can find them a few different places: one downtown at Central Market, one at Market at the Wilbur, and one on Granite Run Drive in Lancaster. Make sure to stop in and see all the charm it has! Better yet, if you have an event coming up, hire their Cupcake Truck! It is sure to steal the show…

Javateas Coffee Shop

My daughter saw this promoted online and we made a point to visit this weekend. Located in Ephrata, it has been around for 15 years and they also have a location within the Ephrata Wellspan Hospital.

What drew us to visit Javateas were their coffee flights!!! For around $10, you get to enjoy a flight of coffees.  How creative?!? They change the drinks in the flights monthly, so we are excited to go back in in the Fall and Winter.

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If a coffee flight doesn’t sound like your thing, they had a huge menu serving breakfast, lunch AND dinner! If you are thinking about getting food, look no further than the Montecristo sandwich….we have been dreaming about this yummy sandwich dipped in maple syrup ever since!

Oola Bowls

Last but certainly not least – Oola Bowls!!! Our family favorite. It’s such a delicious, refreshing treat to have in the summer. You can visit them at Central Market or visit their new & adorable store on Fruitville Pike (which even has a drive through).

We usually get the original acai bowl, but recently discovered the almond dust topping – you NEED to add it the next time you go! Make sure you join their loyalty program – you’ll love Oola Bowls so much that you’ll earn yourself a free bowl in no time.

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How do we know all of these great Lancaster Local Secrets? We are local real estate agents and residents of Lancaster for more than 30 years!

For more information on the wonderful homes in Lancaster County,
call Mary Sue at 717-333-9653 (WOLF) or visit our real estate website at www.WolfandWebb.com.

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Whatever Floats Your KAYAK!

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Can you believe we are heading into August already? What a great – albeit fast – summer it has been so far! It is the perfect time to make the most of the next few weeks of summer and do all the fun outdoor activities our amazing Lancaster County has to offer! We know exactly where you should start… Shank’s Mare!

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Are you a fan of water sports? Whether you’re a pro or a beginner, Shank’s Mare has something for the whole family!

Located on the shores of the Susquehanna River, Shank’s Mare Outfitters offers sales and rentals of countless outdoor activities. They specialize in the sales and rentals of kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding, along with a full schedule of classes you won’t want to miss out on.

For the beginners: If you’ve ever wanted to give kayaking or stand up paddle boarding a try, this is the place to do it! Sign up for a private lesson or get a group together to kayak alongside instructors at one of their guided outings.

For the pros: If you’re feeling brave, try their Yoga class. But wait…it’s on a paddle board…actually over a shallow area of the river. Talk about a workout! I can’t personally recommend this one from experience, because I can promise you I haven’t tried it before… but if you do, you need to share a picture with us after.

For EVERYONE! Paddle & Pizza with John Wright Restaurant is offered every other Wednesday night in the summer. What better reward for a nice kayak workout than pizza (besides cocktails)!

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Shank’s Mare’s motto is to………….GO PLAY OUTSIDE! And they are sure to give your family all the tools needed to go do just that! So get out there and make some great memories!

Be sure to call 717-252-1616 to make rental reservations and ask about signing up for a class. All classes require you to register in advance.


How do we know all of these great Lancaster Local Secrets? We are local real estate agents and residents of Lancaster for more than 30 years!

For more information on the wonderful homes in Lancaster County,
call Mary Sue at 717-333-9653 (WOLF) or visit our real estate website at www.WolfandWebb.com.

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Mt. Gretna ~ A Hidden Oasis

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At the beginning of every summer, my family compiles a list of activities we want to accomplish before the season ends. We get really creative and add things that we’ve never tried (such as OGO Balling – more on that in another post!)  But one activity that is on our summer “to do” list every single year is a visit to Mount Gretna. Now is the perfect time to go!

Mount Gretna is truly one of Central Pennsylvania’s hidden gems. An 18-mile drive from downtown Lancaster will instantly make you feel like you’ve traveled hours away. It’s always cooler in temperature, completely shaded by tree canopies overhead, and offers visitors the quaintest small town in the area.

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Not only is it full of charm, Mt. Gretna is a summer staple because of the activities it has to offer.

Mt. Gretna Lake & Beach

In need of some diversion from going to the pool? Why not visit the Mt. Gretna lake? This is the perfect place for families to spend a summer day. There are lifeguards stationed around, kids dock to swim to, 8 acres of beach and lawn to sprawl out on, and a snack bar. For the older kids (or yourself, if you are adventurous!) try kayaking, jump off the high dive, go on the swing in the middle of the lake, or climb on the giant oversized chair and snap a picture. You’ll want to remember what a fun day you had!

The lake is open between May 27-Sept 4, from 11:30am to 6:30 pm. Due to capacity limits, admission tickets must be pre-purchased. To purchase tickets, visit: https://mtgretnalake.com/

Gretna Emporium

If you like shopping for little tchotchkes, you can’t miss the Gretna Emporium. It is overflowing with eclectic gifts and souvenirs and there is surely something that will catch your eye!

Open daily from 11:30am to 9:30pm.

Mt Gretna Theater

Whether you’re a fan of theater or not, you will love this charming, not-for-profit theater. Enjoy a mix of Broadway musicals and comedies in America’s oldest open air Summer Theatre. Saturday mornings offer theater productions for children!

Gretna Theatre in Mt. Gretna

Tickets are available for purchase by calling the box office (717-964-3627) or in-person at the theater.

Jigger Shop

Saved the best for last! The words “Jigger Shop” are truly synonymous with summer in our house and you’ll see why after your first visit. Step back in time and into this old-fashioned ice cream parlor, which offers everything from burgers, sandwiches, and salads to ice cream sundaes and milkshakes.  After all, it’s been around for 100 years – you know it has to be special!

**Wolf Family Tips**

  • They have the best root beer in frosty mugs, fresh beignets, and loaded fries!
  • Go EARLY – the line can wrap around the building!
  • Dog Friendly!

Your perfect summer escape is waiting for you under the trees of Mt. Gretna. Make sure to plan your visit before summer ends!!!

Photo credits: Wikipedia, Lancaster Online, PennLive, LancasterCountyMag

For more information on the wonderful homes in Lancaster County, call Mary Sue at 717-333-9653 or visit her website at www.WolfandWebb.com. No home is too big or too small for our team.

A REEL Good Time!

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Have you returned to movie theaters since Covid hit? If you are looking for something to do on one of the rainy days we are expected to have this week, or wanting an escape from the 95 degree heat, check out Reel Cinemas – Lancaster!

Reel Cinemas, located 1500 Christopher Place in The Crossings at Conestoga Creek (by Wegmans), opened in 2020 just before Covid struck. Since reopening, they have implemented safety protocols such as distanced seating between parties. If that’s not enough, you even have the option to have a private screening by reserving an entire auditorium for groups of up to 50 people!

One thing that stands out about Reel Cinemas is their PROMOTIONS! Who doesn’t love a discount?!

  • Tightwad Tuesday – $6 admissions ALL DAY!
  • Before 4 pm – matinee prices for $10.50

***MONEY SAVING TIP: Pre-purchasing your tickets on Fandango allows you to pick your seats online after purchasing AND is cheaper than buying tickets at the theater. (Groupon does not allow you to select your seats online).

One thing our family loves to do together is watch movies, and we really missed watching new releases during the pandemic. There is nothing better than sitting in a dark theater, watching a movie while munching on buttery popcorn! But something perhaps even BETTER than Reel Cinema’s promotions… is their food. Their menu goes far beyond popcorn and candy: they offer appetizers, entrees, desserts AND they deliver it to you at your seat.

They also have a FULL BAR. We know we got your attention now!!!!

Currently, Reel Cinemas is offering seven movies with multiple show times. Go to their website to see their offerings and plan your next movie escape: https://www.rclancaster.com/Browsing/Cinemas/Details/lancaster and let us know how your experience was!

For more information on the wonderful homes in Lancaster County, call Mary Sue at 717-333-9653 or visit her website at www.WolfandWebb.com. No home is too big or too small for our team.

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  • Cinema Treasures
  • Reel Cinemas Unlimited
  • Reel Cinemas Lancaster