To get the creative juices flowing, start your day with a delicious breakfast and much-needed coffee. Depending on where you start your day, the following spots provide a fresh menu that will inspire your morning: The Baker's Table (coffee, tea, pastries, quiche, made-to-order sandwiches, and a weekend breakfast buffet), Cafe One Eight (baked oatmeal, unique breakfast sandwiches, breakfast burritos, and coffee drinks), and Lampeter Cafe (traditional breakfast, pastries and muffins, french toast, and more).
Kick off your day with an art project of your own. Lancaster is home to art studios where the guests are the artist! Design the piece on your own or find inspiration around the studio. Whatever direction you go in, the piece will be a unique reminder of your visit to Lancaster.
The Pottery Works provides inspiring artists with the space and supplies to paint the perfect piece of pottery in Downtown Lancaster. Select your item - from bowls, plates and mugs to piggy banks and figurines for kids - and paint it to your liking. If beading jewlery is more your style, neighboring BeadWorks and Gem Den feature a beautiful array of beads and gems to inspire even more crafting fun.
Estimated Time: 1-2 hours
Zole Art Factory gives creative minds - young and old - a casual setting to paint and create on a variety of mediums including pottery, canvas, glass or even wood and metal. They also host canvas painting classes at local attractions, combining the fun of painting with popular Lancaster, PA attractions.
Estimated Time: 1-2 hours
If you'd rather just look at art rather than create, make Hart Road Potters the first visit of your day. They're making beautiful salt-glazed stoneware and redware pottery, and want to share their craft with the public. To tour the studio and talk to the artists, head to their Oxford location. They also sell their works in a shop in Strasburg.
Estimate Time: 1 hour
Take a lunch break for an artfully crafted meal at one of these restaurants in Lancaster: Bistro Barbaret & Bakery (classic French cuisine and beautifully crafted desserts and chocolates), Carr's Restaurant (American classics made with farm-fresh ingredients), and Sugarplums and Tea (tea room serving light lunch offerings and pastries).
Get your creative eye ready for an art-filled afternoon. Whether you head Downtown to Gallery Row, out to Intercourse, or are in town for an annual art festival, you'll be impressed with our local offerings.
Gallery Row is located along Prince Street in Downtown Lancaster, with other galleries scattered around the city. As you wander the row, take in the gorgeous works in the windows and pop in to say hi and browse some more! Local artists take inspiration from a variety of subjects - from the local landscape to far away places.
Intercourse is home to Julia Swartz Gallery and Dutchland Galleries, where there is plenty of art to gaze at. Dutchland Galleries features works from many artists, while Julia Swartz Gallery focuses on oil paintings created by Julia Swartz herself.
Depending on the time of year, Lancaster County hosts expertly currated shows that bring artists from around the nation to the area. Typically in July, Lititz Art Association hosts their Outdoor Art Show in Lititz Springs Park, which makes for a beautiful background for this annual event. Just outside Lancaster County, the Mount Gretna Outdoor Art Show is beloved by locals. Held in August, this event features a wide range of fine art exhibitors. Over Labor Day Weekend, Long's Park holds their yearly Art Festival where art lovers gather at the park to enjoy fine art and high-quality crafts, along with tasty food, beer & wine, and activities for kids.
The day isn't over yet - it's time for a show! Whether you're craving a Broadway-caliber musical performed on stage at one of America's oldest continuously operating theaters or a delicious buffet dinner paired with a super show, we have the experience for you.
Fulton Theatre has been entertaining audiences for over 150 years. Today they host Broadway-caliber musicals, comedies, and dramas that will capture your heart and have your toes tapping. While you're there, admire the beauty of the theater with its ornate architectural detail and regal atmosphere.
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Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre combines an all-American buffet and world-class entertainment for a memorable evening. Swing by for a musical featuring upbeat hits or take in the heart-felt melodies featured in a classic drama.
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For a more intimate performance ranging from dance, plays, lectures, and films, check out the Ware Center or Trust Performing Arts Center in Downtown Lancaster. Both are associated with local universities and bring in performances that typically run for one evening in a cozier setting.
What a day! After a day of creativity and music galore, it's time to rest. Consider these artful options:
Lancaster Arts Hotel is located in Downtown Lancaster, and lives up to its name with currated art throughout the lobby and rooms. This boutique hotel offers amentities that will help you to relax and recharge for another day in Lancaster.
Artist Inn and Gallery is a romantic Bed & Breakfast in Terre Hill, PA that combines cozy accommodations with the Amish Countryside and an art gallery featuring pieces created by the innkeeper himself. Enjoy a good night sleep, then listen to the clip-clop of horse and buggies as they pass in the morning.
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3518 Old Philadelphia Pike, Intercourse, PA 17534
Bold textured oil impressionism and realistic watercolors by Julia Swartz. View Gallery Row from the 2nd floor, sip a latte from the café below, and watch Julia as she paints.
42 North Prince Street, Lancaster, PA 17603
Millersville University – Lancaster is the City’s fabulous community center, providing an exciting venue for live performances (music, dance, art, film, lectures), state of the art meeting and conference facilities, and breathtaking spaces for private/community special events.
1441 Harrisburg Avenue, Lancaster, PA 17601
Each year Long's Park is home to a whole host of activities including the free summer-long music series, a nationally acclaimed fine art and craft festival, and the world’s largest chicken barbecue. Long’s Park also boasts other outdoor amenities including picnic pavilions, a petting farm, children’s playgrounds, and a three-acre, spring fed lake, tennis courts and a fitness trail.
17 W. Main Street, Strasburg, PA 17579
Offering pottery painting, group canvas painting, and workshops in a fun, vintage art studio. Great opportunity for families and team members to connect in a relaxed atmosphere. Purchase locally crafted artisan treasures in their unique retail shop.
at Kitchen Kettle Village, 3529 Old Philadelphia Pike, Intercourse, PA 17534
Dutchland Galleries is located in Lancaster County in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch Amish Country at Kitchen Kettle Village in Intercourse, Pennsylvania. Specializing in premier local and regional artists.