Excellent Inns of Lancaster County
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When you find yourself craving a peaceful weekend away, look no farther than Lancaster County. These 6 excellent inns and bed & breakfasts will give you the relaxing retreats you seek, with warm hospitality from awesome innkeepers who are passionate about the area they call home.
Artist’s Inn & Gallery
117 East Main Street, Terre Hill 17581
In the quaint town of Terre Hill, you’ll find Artist’s Inn & Gallery, where innkeepers Jan and Bruce share their wonderful bed & breakfast that overlooks picturesque farmland. Bruce’s original and punny works of art decorate the walls, and you can even purchase your favorite to take home with you as a memento of your visit. Beyond the beautiful farmland and thoughtful décor, you’ll be delighted by the warm hospitality from the innkeepers, who enjoy meeting people from all around the world who stay with them while in Lancaster.
A recommendation from the Innkeeper: For an authentic look at Lancaster County, travel about a mile down the road to the Weaverland Auction. Farmers bring their best produce and plants, and restaurants, grocery stores, and other business owners come to buy produce by the truckload. Innkeeper Jan says “It’s exciting to watch and has really helped our local farmers.”
Australian Walkabout Inn
837 Village Road, Lancaster 17602
For a peaceful and romantic stay in Lancaster County, make your way to Australian Walkabout Inn Bed & Breakfast, inspired by the Aborigine symbol which means “a journey with a resting place.” Two of the rooms here have indoor hot tubs to enjoy, in addition to your relaxing stay. When you’re ready to explore Lancaster, be sure to chat with the innkeeper Lynne, who loves sharing the wide, varied selection of places to recommend to guests – all depending on the experiences they’re looking to have in Lancaster.
A recommendation from the Innkeeper: If you’re looking for a unique, durable gift for your children or grandchildren, Lynne recommends Lapp’s Toys. This hidden gem is a “treasure trove of handmade items that will be cherished for years to come.”
Carriage Corner Bed & Breakfast
3705 East Newport Road, Intercourse 17534
Located conveniently close to the town of Intercourse, Carriage Corner Bed & Breakfast is your home-away-from-home in Amish Country. Rise, shine and enjoy a fresh breakfast made with produce grown in the innkeeper’s garden and from around the county (one of Gaylen’s favorite things to share with her guests). After a day of exploring, cozy up in the common room to work on the puzzle that’s always out for guests to enjoy, then retreat to your quilt-themed room to recharge for the next day in beautiful Lancaster County.
A recommendation from the Innkeeper: Looking for creamy ice cream made from local dairy? Innkeeper Gaylen recommends heading over to Lapp Valley Farm. She says “You can't go wrong with ice cream at the farm and the peaceful relaxed atmosphere.”
Historic Smithton Inn
900 West Main Street, Ephrata 17522
Historic Smithton Inn combines historic charm with modern amenities, topped off with locally-made wine. The house and décor reflect Ephrata’s Cloister history, but amenities (spa-quality towels and robes, EV charging, and jetted spa tubs to name a few) make for a comfortable stay. Start your day with a bountiful, homemade breakfast, then toast to a day well spent in the Weathered Vineyard Tasting Room inside the inn. Innkeeper Rebecca loves to share the wonderful area with the great folks who are looking to explore Lancaster.
A recommendation from the Innkeeper: For guests looking for an authentic Amish experience, Innkeeper Rebecca recommends a trip to Fisher’s Housewares & Fabrics. The adventure continues, as she says “after they’ve had a chance to shop at that wonderful, Amish-owned general store, I tell them to “find” the 4 covered bridges that are near Fishers” for a drive around some of the most beautiful countryside that Lancaster County has to offer.
Lancaster Ridge Bed & Breakfast
534 Ridge Avenue, Ephrata, PA 17522
Relax and unwind at Lancaster Ridge Bed & Breakfast, located in the Lancaster County countryside near Ephrata. During your stay, you can take a swim in the indoor pool, and enjoy the lush property surrounding the bed & breakfast. Innkeeper Susan is happy to host guests looking to experience the beauty of Lancaster, from families with young children to couples looking for a peaceful retreat. Lancaster Ridge Bed & Breakfast is located close to activities galore, but provides a restful retreat at the end of the day.
A recommendation from the Innkeeper: Innkeeper Susan loves the growing season in Lancaster County, and recommends a stop by Ever Fresh Produce in New Holland. They have a large selection of fresh vegetables, flowers, baked goods, and more. She says her favorite thing is “their Ever-berries. I love being able to have fresh strawberries all summer long.”
Olde Square Inn
127 East Main Street, Mount Joy, 17552
Warm hospitality and old world charm are plentiful at Olde Square Inn in Mount Joy. This historic, Colonial Revival era home has been beautifully transformed into a colorful bed & breakfast. Olde Square Inn is located just two blocks from the new Amtrak station, making it easy to access for out-of-town guests. Sit back, relax and enjoy a three-course breakfast, a dip in the outdoor pool, and the small town charm of Mount Joy. Innkeeper Nancy is happy to share the history of the home with you, and would love to hear about the adventures you discover during your visit.
A recommendation from the Innkeeper: Olde Square Inn is within walking distance of 8 restaurants in Mount Joy, with choices for any time of day. Innkeeper Nancy recommends heading over to Rosie’s Tavola for a “Rosie’s Petals” – a tasty alcoholic beverage with cranberry-raspberry flavors. Tell them – Nancy sent you!