A BOUTIQUE HOTEL EXPERIENCE. RICH IN HISTORY & BURSTING...
Cork Factory Hotel at Urban Place
480 New Holland Avenue Lancaster, PA 17602
Attention history buffs! It’s one thing to read about history but it’s a whole other experience to stay overnight at a historical hotel, bed & breakfast, or inn. Here’s a round-up of historic places to stay around Lancaster County.
Located in Lancaster’s Urban Place, the buildings that make up the Cork Factory Hotel, were formerly the historic Lancaster Cork Company, later Armstrong Cork and began production 1895. In 2009, after years of restoration, the Cork Factory Hotel opened its doors, carefully preserving the rustic industrial charm of its past, exposed brick walls and stunning architecture. As a member of the Historic Hotels of America, the Cork Factory Hotel offers today’s modern comforts, on site dining, free WIFI, private group event space in an unmatched and relaxing atmosphere. The Cork Factory Hotel is ideal for family and business travel, tour, corporate and social groups as well as weddings, plus it’s convenient to Lancaster’s attractions with easy access and free parking.
Lancaster’s only four-star luxury boutique inn – The Inn at Leola Village & Spa is a member of the Historic Hotels of America and located in the town of Leola. This historic property once an Amish tobacco farm now features select lodging in restored antique cottages and tobacco barns. Committed to sustainability, The Inn features Chef’s herb and vegetable gardens, stunning perennial gardens and adaptive reuse structures with original wood beams and corncob joints. Enjoy indoor and outdoor dining, wellness treatments in The Spa and a truly a memorable stay in Lancaster. The Inn at Leola Village & Spa is ideal for leisure and romantic escapes, distinctive group gatherings and luxury weddings. The Inn, due to its historic nature is not suitable for young children.
The Artist’s Inn & Gallery, built in 1848, is a Federal-style home nestled in a small town surrounded by Amish and Mennonite farms. Guests can enjoy the beautiful works of art around the inn along with the natural artistic beauty of the landscape. Sit by one of their fireplaces, soak in a whirlpool or simply observe and admire the artwork - it's the perfect place to relax, unwind and rejuvenate your spirit.
Built in 1763, The Historic Smithton Inn offers an upscale experience in the historic small town of Ephrata. With the on-site wine bar and restaurant, you won’t have to leave your peaceful oasis for the duration of your stay. Add a romantic touch to your getaway with a wine & cheese platter, fresh flowers, bath salts or chocolates. Nearby historic attractions include the Ephrata Cloister and the Gameseum: Mega-Arcade & Museum.
The Lancaster Arts Hotel is housed in Falk and Rosenbaum Tobacco Warehouse from the 1800s. This beautiful hotel features exposed wooden beams, original brick and stone walls and locally made furniture. The hotel is listed on Pennsylvania’s Register of Historic Places and has tastefully maintained its historic relevance through its architecture and atmosphere. Perhaps what makes the Lancaster Arts Hotel so unique is the art! The works of 36 local artists are on display throughout the hotel and many are available for purchase.
Experience history when you stay at the Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square. This massive hotel is built within the 110-year-old Watt and Shand building – a Baroque-revival design dating back to the 1700s. Not only are you steps away from historic downtown Lancaster City, but you are surrounded by history within the walls of the Marriott. The newly excavated Thaddeus Stevens and Lydia Hamilton Smith Historic Site displays reminisce of Thaddeus Stevens’ law office where he and his housekeeper, Lydia Hamilton Smith lived. An underground cistern was found to have been altered and provided basement access from the Steven’s adjacent brewery to transport fugitive slaves. The duo’s role in the Underground Railroad is beautifully preserved for guests to view and tour on the bottom floor of the Marriott. Additionally, The William H. Montgomery House, built in 1804 has been renovated and repurposed to host events at Marriott.
The Colonial Stone house known today as the Historic Schoeneck Hotel Bed & Breakfast, was founded by Swiss Mennonites as a hotel and tavern in 1792. The house features the original deep windowsills and doors, oak planks, fireplaces, crystal chandeliers, artwork, and rugs. Located in the heart of PA Dutch Country, it’s the perfect place to relax and escape.
The 1777 Americana Inn Bed and Breakfast is a newly renovated colonial home built in 1777. Enjoy one of their themed rooms, each with a cozy fireplace. A special homemade breakfast will be waiting for you each morning in addition to complimentary snacks and beverages each evening. Take advantage of the on-site craft brewery and tasing room – Black Forest Brewery.
The historical 1805 Federal mansion known as the Cameron Estate Inn makes their guests feel right at home. Located in Mount Joy on 15 acres of secluded land, this peaceful inn invites you to relax and return to simpler times. Many of original mansion’s features are intact including European antiques. Their onsite restaurant offers fine dining and an eclectic menu with something for everyone to enjoy. Book your stay with this member of the Distinguished Inns of North America.
The historic Lititz Springs Inn & Spa brings contemporary and classic together for restful stay in the quaint small town of Lititz. The recently renovated rooms and spa offer and upscale experience that guests are sure to remember. There are two on-site restaurants – The Bull Head Public House, an authentic British style pub and winner of “Best Beer Bar in PA” five times in a row and the elegant Lititz Springs Restaurant. Both restaurants offer indoor and outdoor dining and in the warmer months, guests can enjoy live music on the outdoor patio.
1786 The Limestone Inn was at one time the home of the Chief Burgess of Strasburg, the head-master house and dormitory for the Strasburg Academy. For the past two decades the inn has been welcoming guests into the dwelling to unwind while surrounded Strasburg’s rich heritage.
In 1986, the Musser family bought the New Providence General Store and began a 17-year restoration project. The Musser family first arrived in America in 1722 and generations later the family is still living, farming, and raising families in Lancaster County. The family is eager to welcome guests to their Historic Country Suites and the charming town of New Providence.
Visit the 1913 Mission-style mansion – King’s Cottage Bed & Breakfast near historic downtown Lancaster. Every guest room has a fireplace for a cozy and luxurious experience. When you visit, you will truly feel like a ‘King’ with their gourmet breakfast and their on-site therapeutic massage option.
The 18th Century Bird-in-Hand Village Inn & Suites is listed on both the Lancaster County Register of Historic Places and the National Register of Historic Places. The property was formerly an 11-room bed & breakfast built in 1852. The antique décor and furniture paired with modern amenities make for a memorable experience in Amish Country.
Stay down on the farm at Eby Farm Bed & Breakfast. The seventh-generation family dairy farm was built in 1814. Guests can milk a cow, feed a calf, gather eggs, or play with the goats. This is truly an experiential overnight destination that allows families to make lasting memories in the wide-open countryside.
The Moonstone Manor is housed on land formerly known as the Conewago Manor Farm. In May of 1742, Samuel Smith – a local miller - received the original deed from the William Penn family to reside on the land. In 1800, Henry Bates Grubb, Ironmaster of the Hopewell Forge bought the property and remodeled the stone mansion, expanded the farm to 3,000 acres and renamed it Mount Vernon Estate. In 1899, the Mount Vernon Estate was acquired by the Pennsylvania Vaccine Company. Dr. H.M. Alexander, owner of the company used the stone barn as a laboratory for his experiments. Moonstone Manor has, over the course of time, served as a United States Post Office, a railway ticket office for lines including the Pennsylvania Railroad, an Inn, and now as a property exclusively available to brides and guests as a magical venue for their dream celebrations.
Enjoy a taste of history at one of these long-standing and historic dining establishments.
When you choose one of these five unique lodging options in Lancaster, you are guaranteed not to have a run-of-the-mill hotel experience.