Travelers have lots of fresh reasons to visit Lancaster County

There’s always something new to see, do, and enjoy in Lancaster. Here’s the latest:

- “Day Out With Thomas” returns to the Strasburg Rail Road, Sept. 16-24 – now with pal Percy by his side. Or get a “taste” of ziplining with Refreshing Mountain’s new Flying V format.

- In Lititz (Budget Travel’s 2013 Coolest Small Town in America), great tours & rentals are available from recently-opened Lititz Bike Works (including their detailed but user-friendly route maps), the Bulls Head Pub was just named PA’s top beer bar for the 2nd year in a row by CraftBeer.com, and the new Stoll & Wolfe whiskey distillery and tasting room should open by late summer.

- On the theaters front, AMT’s new original show Vegas Legends runs through 10/7, and Bird-in-Hand Stage’s new show Mennonite Girls Can Cook runs through 10/28.

- Explore the amazing Azerbaijani carpet art of Faig Ahmed at the Pennsylvania College of Art & Design’s Main Gallery, Aug. 4 - Sept. 22. And local weavings & inspirations can be found at the Old Country Store in Intercourse – one of Quilt Sampler’s latest national Top 10 quilt shops.

- A major expansion of 25 new stores and 147,000 more square feet at Tanger Outlets is slated to open Labor Day weekend.

- The Red Caboose Motel & Restaurant in Ronks is getting a steady re-freshing & additions (as well as a summer music series) under its new ownership, and a Tru by Hilton (for the “Millennial mindset”) just opened east of Lancaster City. Plus, there’s the recent makeover of the very cool Log Cabin Restaurant in Leola.

- A brand new map & website make it easier than ever to explore the Susquehanna Riverlands recreational activities ‘round Columbia, including a new boat/bike offering from Chiques Rock Outfitters.

- Yummy new Callaloo Trinidadian Kitchen is now open in Lancaster City, or try the fabulous downtown fare at Barberet Bistro & Bakery, where co-owner Cedric Barberet is one of France’s newest Knights of the Order of Agricultural Merit for his promotion of French food and culture.

- Check out the new Ninja Warrior gym and much more at the massive Spooky Nook Sports complex in Manheim, named a Top 10 U.S. Multi-Use Sports Facility by SportsEvents magazine.

- Get your favorite Plain & Fancy PA Dutch dishes or the added meat & suds specialties at the newly-renovated & re-named Smokehouse BBQ and Brews in Bird-in-Hand, or take in the new intimate Alois Jazz Experience every fourth Friday at Bube’s Brewery in Mount Joy.

- Enjoy the 125th anniversary of Mount Gretna this summer – a true hidden gem, offering recreation (swim, bike), sweets, music, theater, artwork, and daily activities & talks on a wide range of subjects.

Added to all this are Discover Lancaster’s own new driving trails highlighting our thriving arts, bountiful beverages, and active outdoors, as well as our #DiscoverItForYourself videos of expected and unexpected experiences that provide visitors with more detail using authentic voices and compelling visuals. Both of these initiatives aim to further promote Discover Lancaster’s recently expanded tourism brand for the area.