FALL in love with Lancaster

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Well, it finally feels like Fall! With the leaves starting to change and the air adopting a gentle crispness, it’s the perfect time to plan out your Fall fun for the season. Thanksgiving is just a few weeks away!! If you aren’t already in full-on Christmas mode (like my daughter!), take a look at these Fall activities in our area!

Cherry Hill Orchards

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Nothing says FALL more than picking apples and apple cider donuts! Unfortunately, the “pick your own” apples are done for the season, but you can still stop by the produce market and pick up a delicious bundle, as well as cider and other baked goods! It’s good, wholesome fun for the whole family!  And be sure to add it to your list for next year!

Jason’s Woods

Halloween has come and gone – but are you still looking for a scary adventure? This is for our thrill-seeking readers! Visit this haunted wood place if you are looking for a scary local adventure. I can’t personally vouch for it because I am very easily spooked, but its been around for years and years and my kids loved going to it while growing up.

Take a hike

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This time of year, there are so many trails that are glistening with red, orange, and yellow leaves! It’s the best time to take a hike. Check out our post highlighting the best hikes in our area.

Cherry Crest Adventure Farm

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Another place we’ve highlighted before, but it really shines this time of year with all the Fall-filled-fun! It has one of the largest and oldest corn mazes in the country. There is so much to do at Cherry Crest that they recommend you allot 4-6 hours of time here!

And if you want to experience something totally insane…

Hot Air Balloon Ride

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What better way to see Lancaster than from the sky?! If you are an early riser, you may have spotted hot air balloons flying in the sunrise before. Most people can’t say they’ve done this before though! The Fall foliage looks even better from the sky…

Happy Fall Y’all!

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Lancaster is EXTRAORDINARY

With the holidays right around the corner (can you believe it?!), you might begin thinking of ways to give back to the community.  Continue reading to find ways to give back to Lancaster this holiday season!

Giving back to your community can look like many things: you can volunteer your time at the food bank or animal shelter, donate canned food or clothes, or simply a monetary donation to a fund that is special to you. The point of it all is to just say thank you to your community for providing you so much every single day!

Ten years ago, Lancaster county made the idea of “giving back” to the community a huge celebration. Usually held the Friday before Thanksgiving is THE EXTRAORDINARY GIVE ~ Lancaster’s largest day of giving! This day is dedicated to raising funds and donations for small businesses in our town.  You, too, can join the thousands of people who support Lancaster organizations on this special day of giving!

In the ten years since it began, this incredible event has raised more than $63 million for regional organizations in Lancaster county. The list of participating businesses is HUGE. There are hundreds of choices to choose from, all in different industries! Aaron’s Acres, A Week Away Foundation, Manheim Township Library, and Columbia Food Network are just a few options.

This year, the EXTRAORDINARY GIVE is being held on November 19. Mark your calendars!!! It’s an event you won’t want to miss.

*Remember, no donation is too big or too small. Even if you don’t donate on this day, supporting local businesses is always a wonderful idea, and we have so many great ones to choose from!

The Best Amish Bakeries in Lancaster, PA

In my opinion, you haven’t truly lived in Lancaster, PA until you’ve visited an Amish bakery. Okay, okay…. If you haven’t at least TRIED an Amish goodie, you are really missing out! My daughter – who was born and raised here – recently informed me that she had never had shoofly pie. We made it a mission to explore Amish Country and find the most delightful treats, which we could share with you!

Below is the list of Amish bakeries we’ve tried out, broken down by town.

LITITZ

Cake and Cup Bake Shoppe – 12 W. Newport Road, Lititz

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  • Adorable cakes and cookies that taste even better than they look. Also a great place to go for a cup of coffee with friends as they have an incredible espresso bar. If you’re sticking with the “Amish” theme, their take on whoopie pies is outstanding. They use Wilbur’s cocoa (our chocolate factory in Lititz)! How cool!?!

LEOLA

Achenbach’s Pastries, Inc – 375 E. Main St, Ephrata

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  • WOW!! Put this at the top of your list! This is the “home of the long john” and if you are a fellow donut lover, you will love this place as much as we do! It’s been a Lancaster staple for over 67 years…you know it has to be amazing then!

EPHRATA

Scratch Bakes – 3 West Main Street, Ephrata

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  • Your typical Hallmark-movie bakery. This is a must! The food goes beyond baked goods here. They offer an extensive menu of breakfast, lunch and snack items! But before you go, be sure to check out their list of specialty flavors which rotate weekly. We plan to go back for the Pumpkin Spice cupcakes. and BONUS: they recently opened up a downtown Lancaster location!

STRASBURG

Katie’s Kitchen – 200 Hartman Bridge Road, Strasburg

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  • Now THIS is where you go if you want an authentic Pennsylvania Dutch meal. Mmmmm! Great for breakfast and lunch, but make sure you save room for dessert! They offer an array of Amish desserts from pies, apple dumplings, and rolls, to milkshakes and sundaes. If you’re lucky you may even spot Horse and Buggies in the parking lot.

5 Hikes To Do This Fall

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It’s officially Fall, y’all!  There are so many great walking trails and hikes in our area.  Between cooler weather and leaves beginning to turn, Fall is the best time of year to check these out!

  1. Pinnacle Scenic Overlook
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This trail is home to arguable one of the best views in Lancaster County. A 2.75 moderate-to-difficult trail leads to a scenic overview of all the farmland and rolling hills in our area. If hiking isn’t your thing (which is okay too!), you can drive straight to the scenic overlook to see that stunning view.

2. Conestoga Greenway Trail

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This trail is located closer to downtown Lanc and is good for all skill levels. It runs 2.6 miles in length and features a beautiful river and lots of overhead shade from the tree canopies.

3. Turkey Hill Overlook Trail

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Another hike offering stunning views of the Susquehanna! You can make this hike a loop when you pair it with the Enola Low Grade Trail which is a flat rail trail down along the river. It is equally as gorgeous, as these views of the river totally make the hike worth it. It’s also a great place to spot local birds.

4. Conewago Recreation Trail

This trail is perfect for families, as it is as long or as short as you want it to be. You’ll pass bikers, other walkers, and even horses if you’re lucky! If you want to make an afternoon of it, once you arrive in Mt Gretna, you can leave this trail and head over to…(see #5 below)…

5. Governor Dick

A classic trail in our area! Get your fix of nature and history as you walk the Gov. Dick trail in Mt Gretna. What is heavily forested today once was stripped of trees (200 years ago). During the height of Cornwall’s Iron Furnace production, this area was barren due to the need of charcoal furnaces for iron production. Today, its’ beautiful dense woodlands offer the ideal hiking trail. And if you’re up for it, climb to the top of the observation tower, which is about 1.5 miles from the trail head. We usually walk there and back for the perfect hike duration!

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Juisibox: Lancaster’s Best Juice Company

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It’s no secret an emphasis on healthy living has become more and more common over the past few years. Think of all the boutique gyms and smoothie places you see! Lancaster has their fair share of these places, but what it doesn’t have a lot of is fresh-pressed juices. That’s why we are so excited to feature Juisibox this week!

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Juisibox is a juice company that offers cold-pressed juices, detoxes, and other wellness drinks to health-conscious people throughout communities. They probably have one of the freshest/healthiest menus in Lancaster including everything from smoothies to salads to energy shots to homemade energy bites and more. They are all Fresh, Raw, Vegan and 100% Natural. And we can vouch that it’s all SO GOOD!

We discovered Juisibox this past summer while driving by their storefront and wondering what they offered. It’s conveniently located off of Fruitville Pike in Hawthorne Center (across the street from Five Guys). This also happens to be near our gym I am Limitless; there is really nothing more refreshing than a cold-pressed juice after a sweaty workout!

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We stopped in and bought way more than we intended to. Their juices are filled with a huge variety of fruits and veggies – with combinations you would never think “work” – but they do. I can’t get enough of them, especially the Yellow Lily juice! This is filled with pineapple, pear, mango, yellow pepper, squash, lemon, lime, orange, and ginger.

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If you’re looking for an easy way to increase your fruit and veggie consumption, GO HERE! And even if you aren’t a big fan of fruits and veggies, still give it a try…I think you’ll be surprised.

Juisibox has so kindly offered our readers a DISCOUNT!!!

All you have to do is mention Lancaster Local Secrets at checkout (in person) and you will receive a 15% discount. This is valid ONLY this Monday, September 20 through Monday, September 27 – so hurry over and see what all the excitement is about.

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.

First Friday Fun

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If you live in Lancaster, odds are you’ve been to (or at least heard of) First Friday. If you aren’t local or are new to the area, this is a fun event you definitely need to check out!

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On the first Friday night of every month, local businesses downtown come together and celebrate our community. These businesses include everything from art galleries and museums to restaurants, bars, and shops. They keep their doors open later while people from the surrounding area come and enjoy this fun atmosphere. There are street musicians playing and the sidewalks are always crowded with locals – the city truly comes alive!

First Friday events run yearlong from 5pm to 9pm, though many businesses stay open much later. These events are never the same! Each month offers different events and specials. Be sure to check https://visitlancastercity.com/city-events/first-friday/ to see current events scheduled for the next First Friday on October 1st.

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A great place to start your evening at First Friday is Gallery Row on North Prince Street. Pop into some of the galleries and chat with local artists! Take in the sights and scenes on the quaint and charming North Prince St. If art galleries aren’t your thing, simply strolling down the block is just as much fun.

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If you’re bringing the family, be sure to stop at the Lancaster Science Factory. They offer free admission from 5-7pm every first Friday – it’s a great place for kids and families to explore over 70 interactive exhibits.

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.

The One and Only Lititz, PA

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We know there’s a Lancaster, PA – there’s also a Lancaster, SC and a Lancaster, CA. There’s a Lancaster, TX and even a Lancaster, Ohio!

As much as we love our Lancaster, PA, it’s not the only Lancaster in the world… but there IS only ONE Lititz, PA!

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Strolling through the charming streets of downtown Lititz will make you feel instantly transported into a Hallmark movie. Walk down Main Street and take in all the sites of cottages and homes lining the street, families walking their dogs and shop owners waving hi as you pass them; this is what being in a small town is all about.

There is an abundance of local boutiques to stop at, cafes to sit at, and even candy shops to graze at. We recommend Tomato Pie Café, located just off Main Street, if you are in the mood for a drink or bite to eat! They offer a variety of traditional and seasonal dishes and pastries – we have been countless times and each time is better than before.

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You absolutely cannot miss a trip to Wilbur Chocolate when in Lititz. I mean, doesn’t that just prove how Hallmark-like this town is?! There is a chocolate factory!! They serve some of the most delicious chocolate candies…Wilbur buds are the best treat for you to bring home and remember your time in Lititz.

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Are you a fan of pretzels? They were invented in Lititz! Sturgis Pretzels, America’s first pretzel factory, is located on Main Street and they offer tours of the bakery (and free pretzels at the end)!!

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After you spend time eating and shopping, burn some calories at Lititz Springs Park. This park is ideal for a stroll any time of year. In the summer you can feed the ducks or catch a movie at the summer film series in the park. Valentine’s day brings the “Fire and Ice” sculpture festival, and 4th of July offers an amazing firework display. It really has it all!

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Oh, and we didn’t even talk about Rock Lititz, the haven for famous singers and artists. We’ll save that for another post!

This quaint town is home to only 9,000 residents and is only 2 miles in size. It sure has a lot to offer for its small size! In fact, it was awarded “Coolest Small Town in America” by Budget Travel in 2013…One trip to Lititz and you will see exactly why!

For more information on things you can’t miss in Lititz, visit our “Lititz” tab to read previous articles posted by our staff.

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.

An Afternoon at the Polo Fields!

If you’re looking for a relaxing, fun activity to do on a Sunday afternoon this Fall, look no further than a polo match at Forney Fields in Rothsville, PA – minutes from downtown Lititz.  

The Lancaster Polo League has polo matches every Sunday from June through mid-October. Check out their website for more information on their home match schedule.

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The gates open at 1 pm and matches begin at 2:30pm. Children under 12 are free! Anyone above 12 is $5. Remember – this is weather permitting! Check the website for weather updates the day of.

Each match has a theme or benefits a special organization. For example, September 5th is accepting donations for our local SPCA. Later in the month, there will be a food truck offered! We know that October is breast cancer awareness month, and the first week of October is benefiting this important cause!

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Here’s what you can expect:

Drive through the gates and park anywhere under the trees on the perimeter of the field. Grab some friends, blankets and chairs to sit on. Set up your tailgate and unpack your delicious spread to enjoy before and during this classic game.

Halfway through the game, you will be invited to “divot stomp”, which is an age-old polo tradition! This is when you stomp on the divots in the field, which helps preserve the field and enhances safety for the players (and horses). This is an activity that thrilled my kids when they were little! According to their website, even the Queen of England stomps divots when she attends a match!

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So if you want to feel like royalty, or be transferred to the English countryside, visit the Lancaster Polo Club and let us know what you think!


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Eating Guide: Downtown Lancaster, PA

Most people picture farmlands and horse and buggies when they think about Lancaster, Pennsylvania.  

Did you know downtown Lancaster has recently been dubbed “Little Brooklyn” due to all the restaurants, attractions and nightlife it offers? The food scene in Downtown Lancaster, PA might be one of the best parts about the city! There are so many restaurants and cuisines downtown that the list may seem endless.

We’ve rounded up a list of what restaurants to try for your visit to downtown Lancaster. We love to support local businesses, so note that the list does not include any chains.

COFFEE

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Café One Eight

You know those cozy bakeries that make you want to wrap up in a cozy blanket and sit down with a hot cup of coffee and good book?! Well that’s Café One Eight!  I love to meet up with friends here for coffee or a quick bite of food and relax in their beautiful, welcoming space. I recommend any of the seasonal coffees and teas!

BRUNCH

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Shot and Bottle

It doesn’t get more “downtown Lancaster” than brunch at Shot and Bottle! Situated in the center of Penn Square, the heart of downtown, you can soak up all the historic charm the city offers while dining on a delicious brunch! And maybe sipping on one of their signature lunch cocktails.

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DRINKS

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Conway Social Club

A true secret gem in Lancaster County! Why is it a secret, you might ask? Because it’s a speakeasy! Located above Annie Bailey’s Irish Pub, you enter Conway Social Club by knocking three times on the door from the street. After walking up the staircase, you will be greeted with the dim, intimate ambiance inside. The curtains are pulled back and smaller dining areas make for a cozy dining experience. If you love a good craft cocktail, this is the place for you! The best cocktails in Lancaster. The cocktails are robust and uniquely presented. The Yellow Canary cocktail even comes in a glass bird-shaped glass. Delicious and so cool!

Dinner

Luca


Last but certainly not least is Luca. Make sure you make reservations because this place books up FAST – because it’s THAT good! Luca combines traditional Italian fare while paying homage to Lancaster County. It sources the freshest local greens and veggies. Everything on the menu is divine, but you need to make sure you order at least one of the wood-burned pizzas and handmade pastas.

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.


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.