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

Safe Christmas Cheer

With Christmas just a few days away many families are finishing up last minute holiday shopping, maybe decorating their tree, getting pictures taken with Santa or enjoying some classic holiday movies. 

As we approach the coming days and this new year it is easy to start adding to your list of things to do or places to see. A must add is the Sight & Sound Theater in Lancaster County, truly an experience like no other. A show you and your family will talk of in the coming days, weeks and years to come. The Sight & Sound Theater…truly remarkable! Let’s dive into what Sight & Sound Theater is as well as a way to enjoy Christmas celebrations in a safe way this year at another location in Lancaster County.

Sight & Sound Theater has been within Lancaster County for over 40 years! Founded by Glenn Eshelman who presented his artwork to a local church in 1964 where individuals within that space were blown away. Glenn partnered with his wife, Shirley to share their art around the United States until 1976 when they created Sight & Sound Theater. This theater is a live theater where shows are performed for audiences around the stories from the bible. Not too long ago, 1997 a fire destroyed the Sight & Sound location but less than 2 years later the couple were determined and opened a brand new theater. This theater is much larger creating a beautiful space for the stories to be shown to their audiences in a life-like way where audiences feel a part of the space and are absorbed by the beautiful art within this live space. With how well the theater has been doing another Sight & Sound theater was opened in Missouri so more audiences can enjoy these shows. This is a family owned business with over 600 employees all working to truly meet the mission of Sight & Sound which is. “Our purpose is to present the Gospel of Jesus Christ and sow the Word of God into the lives of our customers, guests and fellow workers by visualizing and dramatizing the scriptures, through inspirational productions, encouraging others and seeking always to be dedicated and wise stewards of our God-given talents and resources”. Sight & Sound truly a masterpiece among us!

Their Lancaster County Theater is breathtaking with 2,000 seats and a stage that is 300 feet! Casts of the shows are larger, and the use of technology is state of the art. One crowd pleaser is that the animals are real live animals within the show! There is a refreshment area for people to get some of their favorite snacks to enjoy as well as merchandise of dvds and gift cards that can be purchased to support this theater. Audience members can expect detailed shows from costumes, script, music and actions of the cast. The stories they share are done so in ways unlike any other, truly amazing! 

While right now Sight & Sound is unable to put on live shows there are ways for individuals to be a part of this experience through their Sight & Sound TV. This platform gives individuals and families the opportunity to stream and watch their favorite shows, or watch new ones from the comfort of their own home. Subscribing is easy and there is no monthly fee! This TV subscription gives people the opportunity to watch their favorite songs or even learn more about the theater by going behind the scenes and watching their story. There are also shows that are available for purchase, a great way to enjoy the theater at home while supporting the work of so many! Using the Sight & Sound TV would be a great way to enjoy Christmas celebrations with your family in a safe way! 

Do you attend a Christmas celebration every year? Are you wanting to be in person to celebrate Christmas this year? I would suggest checking with your place of worship directly to see if they are allowing in person attendants and if pre-registration is required. Some places are hosting more services with less people to ensure that everyone that wants to safely be in person has that opportunity, others may be offering outdoor services or even online. The places of worship around Lancaster County are working hard to provide Christmas celebrations to those who frequent their spaces. For example Life Church of Lancaster is providing multiple platforms for their parishioners to celebrate Christmas. Life Church is offering two in person services on Christmas eve where they are requiring individuals to wear face masks and social distance, they are doing this by having an online registration for both services to ensure that the attendance is at most 25% capacity. While in person may not be for everyone the Life Church is offering online live streaming of their services or on demand after each. A unique way to make members of their church feel as though they are in person is that they are offering “in-home experience kits” for those who are streaming the services. You can pick up your kit contactless prior to the services on a Sunday. Each kit offers candles, Christmas ornaments and other holiday surprises. This is truly a creative way to get members of their Church to be a part of the celebration in a safe way while at home and feel hands on from their home. In a time of uncertainty it is important to look or ask around as so many places and spaces within Lancaster County are doing different things to celebrate the holidays in a safe way while providing individuals with multiple choices and opportunities to get involved and engaged in whatever way they feel most comfortable. 

As we get closer to Christmas and you are making decisions on how to celebrate, know that there are ways for you to celebrate throughout Lancaster County and many through the comfort of your own home! Maybe you are social distancing and attending a Christmas service, or live streaming a service from your den, maybe you are enjoying a slow quiet morning with your children making Christmas breakfast and staying in your pajamas all day. Whatever you are doing we wish you a safe, healthy and happy holiday! Cheers to the New Year and well wishes for all! 

 Contact Mary Sue Wolf to look at homes and properties that could bring you to live in one of the wonderful communities where creativity, music and talent are right in your backyard.  You will love it here!

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

Bent Creek the Community Within

Bent Creek is a gated community as well as a country club located in Lititz, Pennsylvania within Lancaster County. This community is a wonderful place to be a part of the sense of neighborhood and a strong community could not be greater while providing safety in the gated community. Bent Creek gated golf community consists of luxury single family homes and villas. Bent Creek is close to restaurants, school and quick access to the major highways making it truly a great spot for families. The community is in Manheim Township School District which is a very highly rated school system. While it’s location and accessibility is incredible that is not all that Bent Creek community has to offer with many wonderful amenities year round and during the holiday season it is truly a gem within Pennsylvania and a wonderful space within Lancaster County.

Bent Creek Country Club was established by six Lancaster businessmen in 1987. Through working with contractors and organizations their dreams of luxury, leisure, safety and enjoyment were able to come true developing and creating an 18-hole course surrounded by 400 homes. Partnering with Jay Morrish golf course architecture firm the course was created-it’s design and layout truly makes it one of a kind! In 1990 membership began, with an overwhelming response and interest the club was able to sell over 200 memberships very quickly! Not only is the terrain of the course beautiful but the clubhouse offers an incredible opportunity for members to enjoy and relax in a beautiful setting. The club offers four types of membership you can have a golf membership, sports membership, social membership or other membership specifically based on families needs and wants. With so many options joining this establishment opens the doors to endless possibilities of enjoying your community. With that comes the amenities from tennis, to golf, and dining, swimming or special events members can find many ways to get involved and enjoy their time. 

With the course created by the 1991 recipient of Golf Course Architect of the Year the grounds are magnificent from its beauty of lakes, hills, trees and more, upkeep and challenging terrain it makes a day on the course an enjoyable one. The 18-hole course is a par 71 with a yardage range of 5,289 for women and 6,750 for men. The golf shop provides you the opportunity to book your tee time, private lessons, attend multiple events and outings as well as join either the Men or Women’s Association.  

If you are not much of a golfer that is alright, this wonderful community has something for you! The tennis program at Bent Creek provides opportunities for leisure play or competitively with professional lessons for all ages and levels. The courts are Har-Tru courts that are open daily. Like the golf community at Bent Creek there are events, competitions and U.S.T.A. team leagues to enjoy! 

On property there is also the Bent Creek competitive-sixed heated pool. WIth 6-lanes for laps and space to swim recreationally this is the ideal summer spot. Whether lounging by the pool with a new book is your go to in the summer or enjoying a nice snack after a swim, the pool is the best spot to enjoy time with your friends! If your children are interested in swimming there is a swim team they can join, family pool parties to attend and raft & grill nights! 

Aside from the snack bar at the pool within the clubhouse there is a wonderful option of fine dining. They offer casual seating at the bar, have a beautiful outdoor patio, a cafe, and formal dining room. The food is magnificent with a variety of pallets and cuisine options. The culinary staff ensures great experiences every time you go! Bent Creek offers lunch, brunch and dinner options throughout the week and a wonderful reservation system. 

While the club provides safety within the gates, activities for all to enjoy and multiple ways to get involved within the community through teams, and associations they also offer the opportunity for you to host an event on property from weddings, meetings, reunions, outings you name it! You can work with the staff to plan and execute the event of your dreams. 

This year Bent Creek has worked to get us all in the holiday spirit in a safe way with a Santa Parade! There was a parade throughout Bent Creek with Santa, Mrs. Claus, elves, reindeer and more! You were able to go out into your yard to watch the parade and receive a Christmas surprise from santa. Neighbors within the community could join in on the parade by decorating their golf carts for the holiday festivities, and the bar at the clubhouse provided an opportunity to watch the parade with beverages. The holiday feeling was so present you could see smiles on everyone’s faces young and old! 

Whether it is to find a place where you can reside with just a short walk to enjoy wonderful amenities or you are searching for a family friendly community look no further than Bent Creek their efforts to ensure neighborhood feeling mixed with wonderful events, competition and safety are unlike any other! 

 Contact Mary Sue Wolf to look at homes and properties that could bring you to live in a wonderful community like Bent Creek where you could enjoy wonderful holiday traditions with your loved ones, days on the course or games of tennis and wonderful dining.  You will love it here!

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

Support Local

As the days get colder and we are looking for ways to help others it is important to stay informed on what is open in our area. With restrictions and guidelines changing local businesses may have to close or change the way they are doing things. This list of businesses can help you find places to support during these uncertain times. It is important to note this list does not have all the restaurants and businesses that are open so be sure to check in with your favorite spots to see if and how you can help them!

http://palockdown.com

Walking in Lancaster Wonderland

Sleigh bells ring, are you listening? In the lane snow is glistening! A beautiful sight, we’re happy tonight walking in a Lancaster Wonderland! As we continue through the month of December and the holiday season it may be hard to get into the spirit. The weather is getting colder and amidst the pandemic it can be hard to find fun things to do. While Lancaster County has always gone above and beyond during the holidays that has not changed during the pandemic. Our favorite holiday activities, events and traditions are continuing in new, unique and safe ways! I would like to share three of my holiday favorites within Lancaster that you can enjoy with your family! 

Elizabeth Farms is a year round establishment located at 262 Hopeland Road Lititz, PA 17543. This 8th generation family owned farm is a beautiful location to buy your Christmas tree  and home to many animals including Mangalitsa pigs! These pigs are 100% natural, free range and GMO free treated. With the pandemic the farm has moved to 3 ways of distributing their products, you can pick from pick up, have it delivered or have it shipped! A great way to support local and enjoy your favorites! What makes Elizabeth special is their annual Christmas celebrations at the farm and this year is no different! Following safety procedures and protocols the farm has been able to create their wonderful holiday ambiance for so many to enjoy! This year they are pre-cutting their Christmas trees for purchase. While at the farm you can enjoy their delicious free hot chocolate stations. Their gift shop is open and full of wonderful gift ideas for those on your list! While this year they are not hosting their horse drawn wagon ride to cut your own tree it is important to note that is an annual opportunity they offer for families, be sure to check back next Christmas for hopeful rides! A family favorite of ours is their Christmas Fantasy Barn that holds their model trains, holiday window display and Santa’s workshop where you can get your photo taken with Santa! Photos are offered 10:00am-4:00pm each weekend! The farm now has transformed into a farm to table experience where their food and drinks are unlike any other! This is a great way to enjoy local draft beer, season cider and other wonderful cocktails with friends! This family owned farm is truly bringing the Christmas cheer this year! 

Another Lancaster favorite of my family’s is Hershey Park’s annual Christmas Candylane! Every year Hershey creates a light show like no other! With millions of lights this walking lane brings you to Santa his reindeer, rides and tasty treats! To maintain social distance tickets are needed to be purchased ahead of time. If you are not comfortable with walking through their Candylane Hersey is offering a drive through opportunity for families to enjoy over 600 light displays. Get your favorite cozy clothes on, stock up on your favorite chocolate treats and enjoy cruising through this winter wonderland! Not from the area or unable to do a day trip and enjoy these holiday events? Hershey is offering cookies from the Santa room package that includes free milk and cookies to enjoy as a family before, after or during your park exploration! Before heading home a must in our family is stopping at their gift shop to stock up on all our favorite sweets-these are wonderful stocking stuffers, or little extras to add to holiday gifts! 

The last holiday attraction I would like to share with you is at Stone Gables Estates. The Estates offer a variety of Christmas attractions, there is something everyone in your family will enjoy! Every Friday and Saturday from 5:00pm-9:00pm you can drive through their Christmas Lights, a beautiful trail full of bright lights! This is a 2.6 mile drive decked out in over 600,000 LED lights. On Saturdays and a few weekdays you can hop on the Santa Express and enjoy a Christmas experience through a narrated train ride, this includes holiday sing alongs, meeting Santa and enjoying delicious hot chocolate! The Estate also offers Christmas dinner at the Star Barn. This event gives you the chance to relax in a Christmas wonderland while enjoying hors d’oeuvres, and a delicious dinner. You can enjoy their gift shop, live christmas music and their village. Each of these Christmas attractions require tickets, I suggest booking in advance to ensure you and your loved ones can enjoy all that the Stone Gables Estates have to offer! 

While these are three of my favorite holiday attractions in Lancaster they are not the only ones. Be sure to check out downtown Lancaster, Lititz and other towns to enjoy their holiday season with gift shopping, enjoying their holiday decorations and local delicacies (always a great gift idea for someone you love). The holidays are always a wonderful way to get the family together, enjoy each other’s company and reflect on the year behind while looking forward to the year ahead. Get in the holiday spirit this year by trying one of the many wonderful attractions Lancaster has to offer or get creative with your family to create a new holiday tradition! Whether you and your family hop in the car to see the christmas lights, support a local business by buying one of their cookie kits or find a group of friends to host a virtual secret santa with Lancaster County is here to make this holiday season one that is unforgettable full of laughter, joy and love! 

 Contact Mary Sue Wolf to look at homes and properties that could bring you to live in our winter wonderland every year.  You will love it here!

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

Exploring Amish Markets & Roadstands

One of the reasons Lancaster County is a unique, vibrant place to live is because of the history of the County. One piece of history are the groups of people who live within Lancaster, the Pennsylvania Amish have been a community since the 16th century. The Amish are a religious community that live amongst one another within a simple way of living. The blend between communities amongs Lancaster County is a reason why we all love to live here. Through food, produce and materials there is a wonderful community within Lancaster County where the Pennsylvania Amish and other members in the community work together to use the local land to create and provide for one another. This week’s article I am going to dive into the Pennsylvania Amish and the wonderful items they provide for so many! A great day in Lancaster is experiencing the Pennsylvania Amish markets full of food and wonderful gift ideas! 

Pennsylvania Amish is the largest and oldest Amish community within the United States. Their religious beliefs come from within the Mennonite beliefs, though different. Their traditions focus on farming, worship within homes and not moving with modern ways of being such as use of technology or electricity. They arrived within Pennsylvania in the early 1700’s settling creating their community. The Amish community can be spotted within Lancaster County by many distinctions such as driving a horse and buggy on the streets!

One of the ways our communities flourish is through the Amish Markets, there are no better places to pick up fresh produce or delicious baked goods. Stopping over to a market on your way home from an early morning walk or to stock up for a weekend family gathering is your best bet to ensure everyone is eating with a smile on their face! With so much to choose from you are sure everyone will be satisfied. A few of my favorite market finds are 

  • Fresh Flowers
  • Homemade Jellies
  • Fruits
  • Homemade Root Beer
  • Seasonal Vegetables 
  • Whoopie Pies
  • Chicken Pot Pie
  • Baked Breads and Sweets

What is wonderful about the Amish markets are that we can buy fresh and local produce that is truly tasty! Being able to buy the local and fresh produce also gives us the advantage of consuming healthier produce since the food we are buying are not traveling to us. A few markets to check out for some Amish delicacies are:

  • Darrenkamp’s Market
  • Bird-In-Hand
  • Green Dragon Farmers Market & Auction
  • Kissel Hill Fruit Farm Orchard & Market
  • Lancaster Central Market (a historic farmer’s market in downtown Lancaster City)

While going to a market is a great way to get an array of items at one stop be sure to stop at a Roadside stand next time you pass one! Roadside stands are stands on the side of the road where you can pick up produce – literally farm to table shopping. Most roadstands are on the backroads a few of my favorite stands are:

  • Sheep Lane Produce Stand 
  • Fisher’s Festivals
  • The Corn Wagon

One way to enjoy the Amish markets or Roadstands is take your family there and pick out your produce to then create a meal together, this makes it a family affair and also a great learning opportunity for young children to cook while also learning about seasonal produce and the nutrients that come from the foods you choose to cook with. Consider trying this out, a great way to get the family together, learn a new recipe and enjoy one another’s company! 

While the markets and roadstands meet your needs for food and beautiful floral arrangements it is important to learn about the Amish delicacies and craftsmanship that you can also enjoy when in Lancaster County or take home! Let me share a few of my favorite handcrafts for you to check out:

  • Peaceful Valley Furniture offers wooden handmade furniture such as tables, chairs, bookshelves, bed frames and more! If you are new to the neighborhood or wanting to mix up your house decor look no further! Wellmade and long lasting furniture your whole family can enjoy~
  • Family Farm Quilts & Handcrafts put aside your blankets and grab an Amish quilt they are beautifully made with colors and patterns galore as well as incredibly warm. As the winter days get colder these quilts are a great gift for your holiday shopping~

While these two stores have wonderful items there are more homegoods you won’t want to miss as you explore Lancaster’s Amish shops and markets. A few of my favorite buys are:

  • Brooms
  • Baskets
  • Soaps
  • Linens
  • Pottery
  • Potholders
  • Birdhouses

A few things to know when shopping at Amish markets or Roadstands is that the shops are closed on Sundays as well as certain holidays due to their religious faith. Be sure to bring cash when shopping because credit cards are typically not accepted (when stopping at a roadstand look for where to put your money, if someone is not there you will typically find a jar, container or box for you to pay for your items). 

Whether it is a day in Lancaster County or you are looking to move into the area Pennsylvania Amish provide wonderful fresh and local food as well as incredible craftsmanship. Their markets and learning about their community is a must see and do! Head to Lancaster County to experience it for yourself, the perfect way to spend the day as a family or to get out with your friends for some holiday shopping, a wonderful way to support locally and experience Lancaster flavor!   

 Contact Mary Sue Wolf to look at homes and properties that could bring you to experience the farm to table food and locally created home goods of Lancaster County’s Pennsylvania Amish whenever you hope.  You will love it here!

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

No Work & All Play

Are you starting to plan for your retirement, have you recently retired, or are you in the midst of those great years looking for something new? Deciding to retire or where to move can be daunting especially after years in one home or if you are someone that has moved around a bunch. Finding that perfect forever home for the wonderful years of retirement does not have to be, especially if you can live in a community that brings you everything you can ask for; from a lively downtown to roaring hills and privacy Lancaster County is calling your name! 

Ranked number three of best places to retire by Dave Ramsey, after interviewing people across the country and looking into cost of living David Ramsey created a list of top ten places to retire within the United States. Focusing on quality of life and cost of living there are four things Ramsey says you should focus on when looking for a place to retire and those are tax rates, housing costs, quality of healthcare, and overall happiness of residents. Lancaster excelled in all four! 

Lancaster County provides a true variety of things to do, places to live, and a quality of life where you will enjoy every day. When you retire you are provided so much time to do things you enjoy, the options of how you spend your retirement are endless but Lancaster County has a few things that might interest you. With restaurants, food, shops, local activities, part time jobs and multiple terrains Lancaster County provides ample opportunities to enjoy your retirement years. 

Lancaster County meets all of your dining pallets from restaurants focused on international cuisine to peaceful cafes. One of my favorite things to do is try out the restaurants that use locally grown produce, farm to table is a great way to enjoy the local community while also learning about it! If you are passionate about cooking there are a handful of farmers markets for you for fresh baked goods, local produce and so much more. The farmers markets within Lancaster County provide a sense of serenity with the beautiful array of produce, the perfumed pleasures of baked goods and breathtaking flowers. While there are plenty of markets to pick from one of my favorites is right downtown, Lancaster Central Market, a true piece of history that was established in 1730!

Supporting local businesses is a great way to get ready for the holiday season. Lancaster County has great shops full of wonderful finds from clothing, to home decor, books and antiques you could find the best gifts for all your loved ones while showing them a piece of your new home town. If art is an interest of yours you will not want to miss First Friday. This is one of the best ways to see and buy artwork within the city of Lancaster. The first friday of every month from 5:00pm-9:00pm you can explore true creativity! 

While shopping, art and dining are great ways to spend your time Lancaster County offers so much more! Lancaster is a wonderful space to build community and get to know your neighbors. A great way to do this is by getting involved in the local community through joining programs, groups, or memberships. 

Lancaster Recreation Commission provides ambles of activities for individuals to sign up for and enjoy. This is a great way to meet new people, or those with like interests, get active and involved within the community. From exercise classes, clubs and discussion groups there is something for everyone. Lancaster Recreation Commission provides weekly activities to get individuals involved within the community in a fun and interactive way to continue a life of wellness. Lancaster Rec Senior Center is within this commission located at 525 Fairview Avenue, Lancaster PA. It provides adults a computer center, full size gym, kitchen, dance room and more. This is a great center to become a member if you are interested in building a community where you have a space to meet and try new things.  

Spooky Nook is known for sports tournaments, it is the largest indoor sports complex in North America but it is not just for high school athletes. Spook Nook Sports has programming for adults 50+ with a variety of classes from circuits, spin, pickleball, dance classes and more you will find a way to get active in a fun way! It is open every day from 9:00am-12:00pm for adult activities. 

After a week of exercise you may want to relax or if you have the travel bug a great idea would be getting to know your new home by visiting Lancaster! Lancaster County has multiple regions each providing you a mix of terrain and great weekend getaways! You can enjoy the countryside, small towns or city feels all at your backdoor and a quick drive. Each provides you beautiful views, fun ways to spend your days and a wonderful way to absorb your new home. Truly make it a weekend away by staying in one of the many hotels within Lancaster giving you a night away in the country, camping under the stars or an adventure within one of the top tourist attractions.   

When it comes time to pick a place to retire many individuals consider moving into retirement communities. Three of the best communities that come to mind are:

Willow Valley Community is an award winning 55+ living community offering an array of living options from apartments to one-story villas, two-story town homes and more with the ability to work with their complementary interior design service to truly make this space your forever home. Not only does Willow Valley have a variety of homes to pick from they also have plenty of amenities that you will surely find yourself busy and enjoying your days. From multiple dining locations and services you are definitely able to enjoy meals with your friends, loved ones and for special occasions. Offering a large fitness center as well as many smaller ones across the community you will be able to work out every day in many ways from swimming, walking, to weights you are sure to mix up your routine while having fun! If you are new to the community a great way to meet others is to join in on a club or the travel that Willow Valley offers its residents!

Another great community within Lancaster County for retired residents is the Moravian Manor Community. With two campuses prospect residents have the opportunity to pick a style of home they would like to live in as well as amenities like laundry, patios, car garages, bedrooms, and different floor plans. The Moravian Manor also offers opportunities to get involved within the community to make friends, continue a passion, learn something new, or just have fun! 

The last retirement community is Brethren Village, also a space that offers a variety of living options as well as personal care, memory support or 24-hour nursing care should someone need it. Brethren Village too provides individuals the opportunity to get involved in their community, make friends and live independent lifestyles with wonderful amenities at their back door. With social activities and dining services residents can build their own sense of community while enjoying things they always have at a pace best for them.

All three of these communities truly emulate relaxing while enjoying life and all at different prices there is a fit for everyone’s budget! If a retirement community is not for you, do not be discouraged Lancaster County offers a variety of homes to meet everyone’s needs and wants! 

Whether you are new to retirement or you have been retired for some time Lancaster County provides you the peace of mind of a retirement where your money is well spent, your health is a priority and there are numerous ways to enjoy your time. Look no further than Lancaster County where should you choose you do not need to work and you can always play (or enjoy your days)!

 Contact Mary Sue Wolf to look at homes and properties that emulate your own piece of paradise as you look to take the next step towards retirement. You will love it here!

For more information on wonderful homes like: 5253 Summerfield Drive, Mount Joy PA 17552 call Mary Sue at 717-333-9653 or visit her website at WolfandWebb.com

Ticket to Ride

Whether you are someone who enjoys day trips or long weekends to new places or COVID has you wanting to move out of the city~full time train transportation in Lancaster County will provide you with your needs and assurance that you can travel to your destination. Located just about a mile from Downtown Lancaster!

Lancaster Train Station opened in 1929 as a Pennsylvania Railroad station but is now an Amtrak station, located at 53 McGovern Avenue, Lancaster PA 17602. This train station provides transportation to Philadelphia and Harrisburg through this connection individuals can continue their travel to New York City or Pittsburgh! There are trains to meet your schedule from Lancaster to Philadelphia, Baltimore, New York City and beyond. The average trip from Lancaster to Philadelphia is 1 hour 13 minutes so sit back, read your emails, or just relax before your day in the office or adventures in Philly.

The Lancaster Station  once was a part of the Pennsylvania Railroad which began in 1857 but the current building was not created until 1929. Built of beautiful red brick the station is a piece of history with high ceilings, marble, skylights for beautiful natural lighting, and full of antique wooden benches it is a part of the National Register of Historic Places, a true piece of history. The station is smaller and easy to navigate with two train platforms. There are information and ticket booths located within the station for your convenience with questions, ticket purchases and more.  If in Lancaster Train Station be sure to look for 6 gorgeous vintage style clocks, gifts from a Lancaster based jeweler~Brent L. Miller, truly remarkable!

Having just two train tracks Lancaster Train Station is easy to navigate and ensure getting to your proper destination. Track one takes you East towards New York or Philadelphia while Track two takes you out West towards Harrisburg or Pittsburgh.

The train station was completely refurbished in June 2009 which was put on through Amtrak and Lancaster County. The waiting area, ticket booths, landscape and parking lot are just a few of the improvements from this effort. In 2012 the interior was restored: the waiting area of benches, walls, paintings, windows, and the accessibility was also refurbished.

Do you live in Lancaster County and are looking to take the train for a day trip or a long weekend? Here are a few of my favorite places to go always easy by train:

  • Philadelphia-For a great dinner or any of their seasonal pop-ups like ice skating at the Christmas Market, the Flower Show or Lantern Festival!
  • New York City- The best place to experience your first Broadway show or the holiday lights in December and enjoy a weekend walking the highline or shopping in the fashion district! 
  • Pittsburgh-Holds some of the best places to take in great food and artwork galore!
  • Baltimore-Full of wonderful shopping, a beautiful harbor and wonderful restaurants!
  • Washington D.C.- A wonderful opportunity to visit museums and national monuments!

Before buying your train ticket be sure to check out Amtrak’s website to buy your ticket ahead of time or get a discount. Amtrak ensures a quality ride at a great cost; children 2-12 get 50% off, senior citizens get 10% off their tickets, Military Personnel and families get 10% off, Military Veterans get 10% off and more. It is important for you to take a few extra minutes to save a few extra dollars. If you are taking a trip with a group of 20 or more of your close family or friends there is also a group discount where you also have the ability to make a reservation request, truly being able to enjoy the journey all together!

The Lancaster Train Station is open at 5:00am on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays where it closes at 11:59pm. Weekend hours are Saturday and Sunday opening at 7:15am and closing at 11:15pm.

Whether you’re packing up a backpack for a day of fun in New York City or riding along the tracks on a commute home from your Philadelphia work commute, you will be sure to see roaring landscapes and enjoy the peaceful commute to and from Lancaster County full of rolling hills and countrysides. Truly a breath of fresh air! When you return to Lancaster  you can enjoy a walk in a park or by the river, visit your favorite restaurant in downtown Lancaster or check out one of the local farmers markets. The peace felt within Lancaster County is magnificent!

Contact Mary Sue Wolf to look at homes and properties that can provide you the commute you desire, you will love it here!


For more information on wonderful homes within Lancaster County like 115 Market Street, Bainbridge PA call Mary Sue at 717-333-9653 or visit her website at WolfandWebb.com

Lancaster Country Club

Your own Piece of Paradise!

Golf, pool, tennis, fine dining and more: Lancaster Country Club is the best place to spend your weekends. This prestigious private club is full of wonderful amenities that it has something for everyone. Located at 1466 New Holland Pike, Lancaster PA 17601 it is the perfect location to take in the trees and perfect terrain for a round of golf. The country club was started in 1900, originally a 9-hole course near Lancaster Catholic High School. Thirteen years after opening, the country club moved to its current location on New Holland Pike where a 9-hole course was created along with tennis courts. Over the next 80 years, the club purchased land to create an 18-hole course and an additional 9-hole Highlands Course due to such high demand in membership. In 1929 the club added a swimming pool to add to the amenities for members to enjoy. The rich history of the club goes deeper than the amenities and the work done on the grounds and clubhouse; the Lancaster Country Club has hosted many well known golf tournaments of the past 120 years including the Armstrong World Invitational in 1974 and the Women’s U.S. Open Championship in 2015. If you are passionate about golf you will notice that professional golfers, celebrities and athletes have had the opportunity to enjoy this beautiful course! As the Lancaster Country Club continues to update and provide for their members, the history of the club is the perfect example of Lancaster County and the wonderful experiences you can enjoy regularly. To follow their changes be sure to look at the defining moment on their website as they continue to be prestigious and innovative. What’s coming within the next year to two years is going to be remarkable!

Lancaster Country Club’s course was designed by William S. Flynn, one of the most prominent golf course architects in the 20th century. He designed clubs like Cherry Hills, Merion Golf Club, Shinnecock Hills and so many more! William S. Flynn is well known for using the natural terrain to create landscapes that are strong in competition, making golfers work all sides of the art of golf from short and long games as well as strategy while emulating the beauty. You can find a plaque in his honor at the first tee. Though Flynn designed the course, it is important to note that course restoration has occurred ensuring that the course is well maintained and continues to be a joy for golfers. There are three parts to the course: Meadowcreek is the first 9-holes of the round(1-9), Dogwood is the final 9-holes (10-18) and Highlands another set of 9-holes (1-9). This gives golfers looking to play a full 18-holes or 9-holes multiple options. The dress code for the golf course is set for men and women but no golfers are permitted to wear denim jeans, cargo shorts, athletic shorts, or sweats. Golf shoes are required for playing.

If you are not a golfer, don’t worry! Lancaster Country Club has many other amenities to enjoy such as tennis. The Tennis pavilion was rebuilt in 2007 to accommodate the needs and wants of members such as adding a lounge, locker rooms, a pro shop and wonderful views to enjoy the match. There are 3 Har-Tru courts. Har-Tru courts are clay courts that have playing surfaces created by unbound mineral aggregate, shale, brick or crushed stone. These courts are outside and are the world’s leading clay court surfaces. The other 6 courts are hard courts indoors allowing for year round tennis. The club started providing indoor tennis in 2003, making the tennis facility a total of 9 courts, some outside behind the clubhouse with a beautiful view of the river and others perfect for the winter months! Paddle tennis is also available at the country club. They offer 3 courts to enjoy this outdoor sport. Paddle tennis was adapted from tennis. The differences are that the court is smaller, the net is lower, there are no double lanes and you play with a solid hard paddle as well as a depressurized tennis ball. Paddle tennis has similar play to tennis but is a great alternative should you want to try something new! The pool is a mix of a baby pool and a competition-size pool. Surrounded by lounge chairs and a snack bar, the pool is a great way to spend your summer months with friends or family. It is the perfect way to relax whether your hope is to enjoy a nice book in the sun or cool off with a few laps.

Lancaster Country Club does not stop there. The staff also provides Junior Programming for the children in your family as well, truly making the country club a place for everyone to enjoy. There are multiple ways for your children to get involved with the club while building new skills and building lifelong friendships. In the summer months they can join the swim team, attend summer camp, junior golf or one of the many children oriented events. The club offers Friday nights at the pool and each one is themed. Plus, there are father daughter dances, parties, fests, cooking classes and private lessons. Your children will be able to enjoy the Country Club just as much as you while being able to learn life long skills and having fun with others attending programs. Lancaster Country Club truly is the place for family enjoyment!

Lancaster Country Club offers amenities for everyone including golf, swimming, paddle tennis, and being able to play tennis in the winter with their indoor courts. The country club staff work to provide an enjoyable experience for all members and their guests year round. One way they ensure this is through hosting annual social events and activities. A few favorites are the Independence Day Celebration, and the Christmas Party. The events hosted by the club are a great way to build annual traditions with your family and have a day or evening full of laughter, creating wonderful memories together. As a member, you also have the ability to host your own special event. This gives you the ability to host major milestones in your family’s life surrounded by your loved ones without worrying about details. The Director of Catering and Events ensures that your experience is everything you hoped for. While you have the opportunity to enjoy annual events or host your own, the country club has superb options and locations for dining regularly from casual dining, quick dining and elegant dining. The menu is always enjoyable and there is something for each member of the family to enjoy. The culinary team at the country club is magnificent!

Does this sound like a place you would like to enjoy with your friends and family? The benefits of membership continue to be some of the best. To learn more about membership amenities or ask about membership, visit the Lancaster Country Club website. You will be hooked!

A weekend in the life of Lancaster Country Club History…new renovations, history of hosting elite golfers, golf, tennis, pool, dining, activities for the whole family. Does it make you want to be a little closer to the Country Club?

Contact Mary Sue Wolf to look at homes and properties that emulate the history, beautiful landscapes, and your own piece of paradise at Lancaster Country Club. You will love it here!

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Trails of Fun!

Have you ever been for a bike ride, with your friends, family or on your own? Lancaster has wonderful trails across the county where you can see the leaves changing colors, ride through scenic routes and take in the terrain. Enjoy the peace of waterways, preserved nature lands, majestic overlooks of the river and the beauty of the landscape.

Northwest Lancaster County River Trail is one of my favorites. This is a trail created in 2003 where you can bike, walk or run that is 14 miles long following the Pennsylvania Mainline Canal. Created over more than 20 years ago this trail is a great example of the prosperous community all of the boroughs within Lancaster County emulate. This is a great trail to see some history within Northwestern Lancaster County. The canal era started in the late 1700’s within Pennsylvania to move people plus materials and to improve water transport within the state from Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. Miles of different canals along the state range from 10 miles to over 100 miles long! When riding along the Northwest Lancaster County River Trail you will see parts of the Pennsylvania Mainline Canal including original towpaths and parts of the quarry at Billmeyer, it’s like a ride through some history! You can start the trail at multiple locations like at Koser Park but if you start the trail by Columbia River Park there are boats, kayaks, bike rentals, shuttle services, picnic areas and historical markers for educational information about the local community, terrain and culture over the years.

A few must sees during your time on the Northwest River Trail:

  • Chickies Rock County Park- you get to go through Point Rock tunnel which is an abandoned railroad path cut through rock!
  • White Cliffs of Conoy- just minutes off the trail and truly breathtaking!
  • Marietta- a borough within Lancaster County full of historic buildings to wander around and learn about!
  • Conoy- a township within Lancaster County, when you get to this point of the trail you will get to go under the Shocks Mill Railroad Bridge!

While the trail is 14 miles long you do not need to do the whole thing in one day. Consider breaking up the trail along multiple weekends or months giving you the opportunity to absorb and soak in all the beauty within the Northwest Lancaster County River Trail. The trail is continuing to be added to so consider using the trail map on their website to map out your outdoor adventure, they are currently working to expand the trail another 4.5 miles.

 A few things to consider before you take on the trail for the day: the trail is open year round conditions permitting from sunrise until sunset. If you want to bring your family dog on the trail be sure you have them on a leash and clean up after them as well as yourselves. This trail is a carry out trail, there are great places to enjoy lunch or a snack across the trail so be sure to bring a bag to collect your trash. The trail is ADA accessible, wheelchairs and other power-driven mobility devices are permitted. There are sections of this trail that go over bridges, roads, and railways that are active so cross with caution and be aware of your surroundings.

Packing Suggestions:

  • Windbreaker/Sweatshirt if you are going in the colder months
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat and sunglasses
  • Lunch or snacks (though there are great places right off the trial where you can stop off and enjoy a new restaurant for lunch)
  • Plenty of water 
  • Small first aid kit, if you are trying out biking for the first time or just taking a leisure walk this can always come in handy for yourself or someone you may pass on the trail
  • Map of the trail 
  • Your phone fully charged
  • Gator or mask 

If you enjoy the trail along the river consider checking out one of the many water trails by boat, there is recreational fishing, boat marinas and more. Going by boat is another wonderful way to see the beauty of the river. If you are planning to go by a rented boat or bike be sure to look up the hours of the Columbia Crossing River Trail Center, though the trails are open year round the trail center has set visiting hours. 

Lancaster is full of great trails, places to walk, hike and bike. Another gem within Lancaster County is the Enola Low Grade Trail . This trail is off of the Pennsylvania Railroad and over 28 miles long! While on this trail you will see beautiful scenery, parts of the river, bridges and more. To reach the start of the trail you will have to go to Manor Township and you can find parking at Turkey Hill Nature Preserve. If you decide to take the day and hike this trail be sure to bring a backpack with water, snacks and sunscreen! You may recognize this trail as Atglen-Susquehanna Trail, this was the name it used to be called. While the trail is in Lancaster County it is also in Chester County. It goes through many townships!

After a day outside on the water or on land you will have experienced stunning landscapes and plenty of wildlife. One of my favorite things to do after time on the trail is for my family and I to share fun memories, laughs, and favorite parts over dinner. It is the best way to end the day! While the Northwest Lancaster County River Trail is one of my favorites it is not the only trail in Lancaster County you should check out, there is an abundance of trails to check out and experience: Conewago Recreation Trail, Conestoga Greenway Trail, Lancaster Junction Recreation Trail, Enola Low Grade Rail Trail and Turkey Hill Trail & Natural Preserve, these are a few more trails that I really enjoy on nice days. Getting outside and walking, hiking or biking on trails is a great way to get active and mix up your day, Susquehanna River Lands gives great information on a handful of trails and all the ways to enjoy the outdoors within Lancaster! 

Whether you have been an avid biker, leisure biker, or want to try something new, the trails across Lancaster County will provide you a peaceful afternoon and great exercise. If biking isn’t for you the River Trail is great for hiking, walking, or running too especially since it is smooth, flat and paved. Consider trying one of the trails out during this upcoming beautiful weekend!

A day in the beauty of Lancaster’s outdoors making you think of moving to the County? Contact Mary Sue Wolf to look at homes and properties that are immersed within the rich history, beauty, and prosperous community. You will love it here!

For more information on wonderful homes like: 115 Market Street, Bainbridge PA 17502 just minutes off of the Northwest Lancaster County River Trail as well as those beautiful White Cliffs.  Call Mary Sue at 717-333-9653 or visit her website at WolfandWebb.com