722 E. Market St.
Marietta, Pennsylvania 17547
Take a break from the summer heat with a tour of Indian Echo Caverns where the temperature is a consistent 52 degrees year around. This 440 million years old limestone cave is an amazing natural wonder. Guided tours are offered that last about 45 minutes and showcase the natural underground beauty of the passageways, rooms and its array of geological formations. View stalactites, stalagmites, columns, and crystal clear lakes that sparkle in a show of colors. Your professional interpretive guide will explain the geology and history of the cavern.
As you enter the cavern, you’ll walk on the same paths as the early explorers and Susquehannock Indians who inhabited the area over 300 years ago. After the tour spend time exploring the gift shop that offers a variety of local, regional and national gift selections.
Indian Echo Caverns is located three miles west of Hershey along US Route 322 and 30 minutes from our Bed & Breakfast. It is open everyday except for Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.
Looking for furniture that is still made the old-fashion way? At George’s Furniture each piece is handmade by master craftsmen, signed and dated. These beautiful one-of-a-kind pieces of furniture are carved from solid cherry, oak, maple or walnut with a variety of stain options. Only the finest quality products are used to craft each piece of furniture. You won’t find any veneers, particle board or softwoods. You’ll find a wide variety of designs including: country, mission, shaker or straight line traditional.
You can watch the craftsmen making furniture at their store located at 9 Reichs Church Road in Marietta about 10 minutes from our Bed & Breakfast. Each piece is handcrafted, no factory assembly line. Through every stage of the process from selecting the lumber to the final inspection, a high level of commitment and detail goes into each piece. Handcrafted furniture is a seasoned skill to produce superior quality. The furniture in our dining room and the Blakemore room is solid cherry and made by George’s.
Free tours of the workshop and showroom are offered Monday through Friday. It can be arranged for you to watch your own furniture being made. George’s Furniture is a second-generation family owned business. You won’t find their furniture at your local furniture store or at any furniture store.
The furniture is amazing and well worth a visit.
There are lots of factory tours in York City and the surrounding area. Experience true American craftsmanship. York County offers everything from a working dairy farm to crafting violins and everything in between. One-of-the-best factory tour is the 45-minute real life tour at the Harley Davidson Motor Company. Visit the Factory Tour Capital of the World website for a complete list of factory tours. Some of my favorites are:
York City Pretzel Company is York’s first craft pretzel bakery. Learn the history of the pretzel and see their on-site baker demonstrate the rolling and twisting techniques. Tours are by appointment. Location: 39 W. Market Street, York, 717-467-3556.
Sunrise Soap Company offers natural body care products including soaps, shampoos, butters, scrubs, lotions and lip balm in their open-air kitchen. All soaps are made in small batches and hand-cut and hand-wrapped. A mini-tour is available for walk-ins or you can call and schedule a longer tour. Location: 29 N. Beaver Street, York, 717-843-SOAP.
Perrydell Farms is a working family-owned dairy farm. See how cows are milked and fed, and how milk is bottled on a free self-guided tour. After the tour, enjoy a hand-dipped ice cream cone. Location: 90 Indian Rock Dam Road, York, 717-741-3485.
Harley-Davidson Motor Company offers a behind-the-scenes tour to watch the making of a legend. The tour begins with a short video and then continues onto the factory floor. You’ll see the manufacturing of key components for the Softail, CVO & Trike motorcycles. The tour is free and is available Monday thru Friday and on select Saturdays from 9:30am to 1:00pm (June 20, July 18 & August 15). Location: 1425 Eden Road, York, 717-852-6590.
Bluett Bros. Violins demonstrates the process of how a violin is crafted, the wood selected, carving and tap toning to the finished product. Location: 122 Hill Street, York, 717-854-9064.
Free admission! Free Parking! Free wine sampling!
It doesn’t get any better than that. Experience the annual FlavorFest this May 23-24, 2015 at the Mount Hope Estate & Winery in Manheim from 11am to 5pm. Complimentary wine samples, of popular vintages, will be poured by over 20 wineries. In addition to the wine tasting, this festival is a diverse culinary experience. Enjoy cooking demos with regional chefs and culinary workshops. At Flavorfest, you’ll find the finest in Pennsylvania artisan crafts. It is a weekend of fun entertainment, delicious food and excellent wines.
A small quaint historic river town, Marietta is located on the east side of the Susquehanna River in Lancaster County. In the 1800s, Marietta was at the center of the lumber and iron industries that accounted for the town’s prosperity. Its designated Historic District is a recognized center for restoration. Today it is known for its historic charm, bed and breakfasts and unique restaurants. Come and experience our beauty, history and charm at one of the many upcoming events planned in May and June.
Spring is finally here! What better way to shake the winter blues, then a tour of the Lancaster County countryside on the back of a scooter. Strasburg Scooters, located in Strasburg, offers a variety of tours and packages that include the scooter rental, helmet and professional guide.
The Covered Bridge Tour, available daily, is a three hour tour where you’ll explore over 40 miles of Amish country back roads passing some of Lancaster’s oldest covered bridges, Amish farms and schoolhouses. Other tours offered include:
For more information, visit the Strasburg Scooters website.
Guests of the B.F. Hiestand House Bed & Breakfast can receive a special discount.
At the May 8 & 9 Herb & Garden Faire, you’ll find heirlooms, natives and other hard-to-find varieties. Over 80 vendors showcase plants, herbal skin products, garden art, and jewelry. Held annually at the Landis Valley Village & Farm Museum, visitors can listen to one of many informative speakers, tour the gardens or get something to eat from a variety of food vendors.
The Landis Valley Village & Farm Museum, located in Lancaster, is a living history village and farm that tells the story of the Pennsylvania German rural community. Offering a diverse collection of artifacts, visitors can experience farm life in Lancaster County during the 18th and 19th century. View the schedule of special events held throughout the year.
If you love beer, then you’ll love the annual Susquehanna Ale Trail Passport Event. Create your own “hoppy” memories during two weekends – April 10-12 and 17-19. The Susquehanna Ale Trail is comprised of breweries, brewpubs and craft brewing outlets in the lower Susquehanna Valley.
Discover the craft of microbrewing at participating establishments for special guided tours and exclusive beer tastings. The brewmaster is often on hand to answer questions and offer advice. While enjoying a pint, you’ll learn the science behind the brewing process and how recipes are tweaked to achieve perfect flavors that led to the finished product in your mug.
The Susquehanna Ale Trail is a self-guided tour that allows you to explore at your own pace. In addition to tours and tastings, the Passport also includes a souvenir beer glass! Hours are Fridays 4 – 8 pm, Saturdays Noon – 5 pm, and Sundays Noon – 4 pm.
You’ll find some of the best lagers, pilsners, stouts and ports in the country at the breweries along the Susquehanna Ale Trail many in close proximity to the B.F. Hiestand House Bed & Breakfast.
So get your friends, pack the car and book your stay at the B.F. Hiestand House Bed & Breakfast. Explore the Susquehanna Ale Trail year-round.
Throughout the year, the American Music Theatre hosts over 300 live performances and produces original shows. An AMT Original Show is written, directed and produced completely in-house. Ideas for these shows are obtained from audience feedback and surveys. These shows attract some of the best talent, many who have performed on Broadway! All the sets and costuming are done on-site as well. The goal of these Original Shows is to deliver the highest level of entertainment.
Original Shows for 2015 include “Inspire” and the ever-popular annual Christmas Show.
Inspire will run from Tuesday, April 14 to Friday, October 9. Enjoy the power of music through beautiful songs in the style of Josh Groban, Sarah Brightman, Celine Dion and others
The 2015 Christmas Show is on stage from Tuesday, November 3 to Wednesday, December 30. Don’t wait until the holidays to purchase tickets. This is their most popular show and sells out early. Treat yourself to the sounds of the season that remind us of the true meaning of Christmas.
Tickets can be purchased online or by calling the Box Office at 800-648-4102.