Your romantic weekend away can start before dawn if you want to experience Lancaster County from a mile above the farmland. Rise before the sun and head to meet the US Hot Air Balloon Team for a flight to remember. A hot air balloon ride gives you a bird's eye view as you drift with the wind. Enjoy some quiet time with your sweetheart as you take in the sights.
After you land, grab breakfast at nearby Bird-in-Hand Bakery and Cafe. A build-your-own breakfast sandwich, donut, pasteries, or bagel will satisfy the hunger built up during your morning adventure.
If you prefer to sleep a little later and start the morning a little slower, find the perfect spot for brunch with our Brunch Guide, then ease into the day. Once your tummy is filled, stroll around one of Downtown Lancaster's independent used and new book shops, DogStar Book & Gallery and The Rabbit & The Dragonfly.
The afternoon offers the opportunity to experience a shared hobby or try something new as a couple. As you spend quality time together, you'll also experience the beauty, culture and tastes of Lancaster County. No matter the activities, you're sure to make memories together and have fun in the process.
Chiques Rock Outfitters offers couples the chance to paddle along the Susquehanna River or bike along the nearby trail with their kayak, canoe, and bike rentals, conviently located at the Columbia Crossings River Center. Stop by and choose your adventure! The staff at Chiques Rock Outfitters will assist with equipment, plus plenty of local guidance.
Estimated Time: 3-5 hours
Intercourse BikeWorks takes couples on a countryside bike tour they won't soon forget. Their Intercourse Amish Dinner Tour and Electric Bikes & Covered Bridges Tour give guests the chance to ride through the Amish countryside together, at a comfortable pace. Filled with beautiful views, new experiences and fun facts along the way, this is a great option for the active, adventurous couple.
Estimated time: 3-5 hours
Lancaster County Food Tours offers culinary adventures throughout Downtown Lancaster. For the foodies, their Chef's Table Tour would make for the perfect afternoon. Walk the city blocks and learn about the history of the city, then stop by a local restaurant where the chef has whipped up an appetizer and cocktail just for you. Then... repeat! You'll leave full, happy, and well-informed about Downtown Lancaster.
Estimated Time: 3 hours
Waltz Vineyard, located on picturesque farmland in Manheim, grows their own grapes and creates award-winning wine for guests to enjoy. Stop by the winery and tasting room to try their wines. For an extra touch of romance, pack a picnic lunch for your visit, grab a bottle of wine from their shop, and enjoy it outside as you take in the vineyard views.
Estimated Time: 1 hour
Even more romance and excitment await tonight. If you're ready to sit down for a meal, consider these fine dining options: Citronelle (intimate French BYOB with dishes with global influences), Checker's Bistro (warm bistro featuring eclectic small plates and entrees), or Ma(i)son (farm-driven BYOB eatery with a small menu focused on seasonal harvests).
For a unique dinner option, why not learn to make a new recipe? Bond with your sweetheart as you take a cooking class at Zest in Lititz, where the instructor takes you step-by-step through recipes and cooking techniques to create something truly delicious. Cuisine options range from Middle Eastern to French cuisine, summer seafood to vegan.
If you're looking to extend your evening and happen to be in town during these events, they round out the evening of romance with some extra fun.
Lancaster Symphony Orchestra performs beautiful concerts across the county, often at the Fulton Theatre. If you're in town for one of their performances, tickets can be ordered on their website. Then sit back, relax, and enjoy the beautiful sounds.
For show schedule, click here.
Wolf Sanctuary of PA's Full Moon Tour is a monthly event you won't want to miss. Venture to Lititz to visit the wolves at the sanctuary and learn through their self-guided tour. After you've ventured from wolf pack to wolf pack, relax by the bonfire.
Estimated Time: 1-2 hours
After a long day of exploring Lancaster together, it's time for some rest. The two spots highlighted below offer a peaceful retreat, rounding out your romantic weekend.
Speedwell Forge Bed & Breakfast neighbors the Wolf Sanctuary of PA, and offers cozy guest rooms for an overnight experience like no other. With quiet seclusion and elegent amenities, a stay here will fill your getaway with romance.
Cork Factory Hotel is ideal for the couple looking for a more urban retreat. The hotel is located in a restored cork factory, with guest rooms featuring cozy brick walls and luxurious amenitites. Before you retreat to your room, stop by their in-house bar and restaurant for a night cap and dessert.
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2715 Old Philadelphia Pike, Bird-in-Hand, PA 17505
(717) 768-1501 (800) 524-3429
Baked goods from the recipes of Grandma Smucker's kitchen including our famous wet-bottom Shoofly Pie, large oversized apple dumplings, our premium artisan ice cream, and more!
2737 Old Philadelphia Pike, Bird-in-Hand, PA 17505
Hot air balloon rides are the best way to see Lancaster County. Create a memory. Give the "ultimate gift" for any occasion.
465 Speedwell Forge Dr., Lititz, PA 17543
This elegant bed and breakfast, built in 1760 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, has three guest rooms and two private cottages. On the same property as Wolf Sanctuary of PA.
480 New Holland Avenue, Lancaster, PA 17602
Cork Factory Hotel is a historic boutique hotel conveniently located in the City of Lancaster, but just a short drive from major highways, scenic countryside, and Amish heritage. Our rooms and suites offer a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere with thoughtful minimalism: neutral tones, exposed wood ceilings, and the factory's original brick interior walls.
226 North Arch Street, PO Box 1281, Lancaster, PA 17608-1281
Our mission: To enrich, entertain and educate the South Central Pennsylvania Community through unique live musical performances and to provide community engagement opportunities for students of all ages.
110 W. Orange Street, Lancaster, PA 17603
Citronnelle is a chic and intimate little French BYOB restaurant located in the heart of Downtown Lancaster City. Their dishes are classically prepared yet modern with global influences from Asia and Africa.