722 E. Market St. Marietta, Pennsylvania 17547
If you’re in the mood for a bike ride through rolling farm land, past covered bridges from years past, one room school houses, and a possible encounter with a modern day working horse and buggy, then riding the backroads of Lancaster County is your golden ticket. Although if a gentle ride along the Susquehanna River is more your style, then you must come visit and enjoy the famous Northern Lancaster County River Trail.
Whatever your riding pleasure may be, Lancaster County has trails and routes ranging in difficulty that tour a diversity of the rich cultural heritage of our County. And while you’re at it, soak up the gorgeous scenery that can only be truly savored at the pace of a bicycle.
Yes, I want to tour! What do you recommend?
The Lancaster Bicycle Club has mapped out 26 routes for the public that tour the county in distances ranging from 11 miles to 58 miles. One of these rides landed in the September issue of Bicycle Magazine’s “Top 50 Rides in America.” – The Ice Cream Lover’s Ride that passes by three “killer ice cream” shops along the loop. Contact the Bicycle Club for route maps and information on the rides they’ve mapped.
Lancaster County Bike Map can be viewed online here.
Visitors have been known to use this website to explore various rides around Marietta and beyond.
What about the bicycles?
At B.F. Hiestand House Bed & Breakfast we offer our guests bike rentals, which include helmets, locks and water bottles. See the full details here. Oh, you have your own bike? We do have accommodations for them, too. You can lock up your bike on our private bike rack to keep your ride secure while you are staying with us.
Guests and locals alike have so much fun spending a few hours or a whole day riding bikes around Lancaster County. Choose from the abundance of routes and plan your visit. Stay with us and YES we’ll feed you a delicious breakfast to start your day off energized. Ready to peddle to your heart’s content?
Getting to Know York Fair
Known as the first fair in America, the York Fair was first held in the historic old Town of York in 1765, eleven years before the nation was founded. A charter to hold that fair was granted to the people of York by Thomas Penn, son of William Penn in recognition of “the flourishing state to which the town hath arrived through their industry.” Those early gatherings were reported to have been “the liveliest days of the whole year.”
The fair originally existed as a two-day agricultural market on the town commons, now known as Penn Park. The annual fair has persisted and transformed through the storms and blooming of history, reflecting changes in American culture and local economy.
In 1997, the fair expanded from what had evolved into a nine-day fair to become a ten-day fair that now includes two full weekends. It opens on the first Friday after Labor Day and closes on Sunday of the second weekend of September.
Fair Entertainment and Exhibits
When it comes to entertainment York Fair has the music covered. With headliners like Tyler Farr, Chase Rice, Alabama, “I love the 90’s Tour”, and the daily lineup on the Radio Stage and Heritage Hall there will be plenty of boot tapping and hip swinging.
This county fair takes its livestock and agriculture seriously. Check out the animal birthing center and be sure to stop by the Farm Animal Learning Center that benefits 4-H Clubs of York County. Then mosey over to the Horticulture Hall and experience fresh local produce, wines, flowers and delicious baked creations.
With so much to see and do at the Fair, you never know what or who you’ll run into wandering the fairgrounds. You can find the full story of entertainment and exhibits at the York Fair Website.
An easy 18 mile drive from our Bed & Breakfast, you can fill your days wandering the grounds of a long lineage of history at the York Fair. Feel the gentle breeze of the last days of Summer– which actually may not be a breeze at all but the brush of a ghost enjoying the festivities along with you!
Relax at B.F. Hiestand House Bed and Breakfast after a day or two at the York Fair and your ghost friends stay with you for free.
Make your reservations on our website or phone in your room request or questions.
At B.F Hiestand House Bed and Breakfast we have watched our faire (fare) share of Lords and Ladies get dressed as their favorite Renaissance personas. They then run off and play along with olde world villagers and merrymakers at the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire. In its 36th season on the grounds of Mount Hope Estate, it’s a short distance from our Bed and Breakfast.
The Faire runs every weekend through October. A unique theme is showcased each weekend offering a different experience for every visit. Enjoy themed entertainment, foods, participatory contests and activities. You’ll find living history through craft, as well as ancient sport and dance demonstrations. Each weekend is filled with new and exciting ways to put a bit o’ marry in ye. Brush up on your Elizabethan Language here.
You’ll be entertained by the antics of a colorful cast of characters including gypsies, jesters, and jugglers. Watch yourself when sword fights and battles break out. There’s plenty of debauchery and spirits to keep the most chaste ladies blushing. Two acting troupes bring to life the Renaissance era–The Bacchanalians and the Blackfryars. Guests have been known to become acquainted with Noblemen, Knights, Henry VIII, King of England, France & Lord of Ireland and Queen Catherine of Aragon.
Immerse yourself in the fantasy of Merry Olde England during the day and/or evening, knowing that the comforts of your own bed and freshly made breakfast at B.F Hiestand House Bed and Breakfast await your return--an experience your inner King and Queen will relish.
So what ye say? Will you be heading out to the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire this year? We hope you do--and we hope you choose to share the experience with us,too!
It’s August. You know what that means. Harvesting of Summer produce is in full swing. Farmers markets are displaying brilliant colors and overflowing baskets. Take part in the harvest yourself and pick your own fruit straight from the tree. Here are some local spots we think you might enjoy:
Cherry Hill Orchards - With over 2,500 trees, Cherry Hill Orchards is the largest pick your own fruit farm and farmers market in Lancaster, PA. This family owned orchard has over 100 cultivars of the newest and best strains of fruit available today. Pick your own fruit basket or stop by their onsite outlet and assemble a basket from the abundance of seasonal varieties. This pick your own orchard is closed Sundays. Check out the approximate ripening dates for specific fruits to help plan your visit.
Masonic Village Farm Market - Pick your own apples and pumpkins August - October. In addition to their pumpkins, sweet cherries, tart cherries, peaches, nectarines, plums, and pears, this orchard grows over 50 varieties of apples. The availability depends on the kiss of Mother Nature. Check in with the Farm Market for specifics. The Farm Market and bakery is open all year. They not only sell the produce and delectable creations from their own orchards, but curate a farmers market that includes many other fruits and vegetables produced by local farms.
Flinchbaugh’s Orchard and Farm Market - August 6th & 13th is the 10th annual celebration of all things peachy! During the celebration visitors can pick peaches straight from the trees. Flinchbaugh’s Orchard is home to more than 30 distinct varieties of succulent tree-ripened peaches, nectarines and plums. Flinchbaugh’s Orchard is a fourth-generation family run farm located on the eastern side of York, PA. The Farm Market is open year-round offering a fresh locally sourced stock of fruits and vegetables, baked items, and a wide variety of specialty foods, gifts and plants.
Brown’s Orchards & Farm Market - The peak month for ripe juicy peaches is August. Weather permitting, you can pick peaches Monday-Sunday. You might even find some blueberries. Just 3 minutes from Brown’s Farm Market is their Yellow Church Road Farm where you can pick the available seasonal fruit. If your visit to Brown’s Orchards coincides with August 26th, you may enjoy this month’s culinary dinner experience - it’s all about the peaches.
The incomparable flavor of tree-ripened fruit keeps fans coming back to Lancaster County year after year. It may just be that the juice of a freshly picked succulent stone fruit dripping down your chin is the definition of August.
After a hot day picking fruit, continue heating up your senses and stay with us. We’ll treat you to delicious temptations and healthy delights created in our kitchen from fresh, organic, local, seasonal-fruits, and vegetables. Don’t let August sneak by!
Summer weekends are another kind of special around here. The air fills with the happy sounds of outdoor music festivals, and concerts. You’ll find romantic settings for an intimate concert with a picnic to larger venues hosting all day festivals.
Many of the area wineries become lovely spots for pairing wines from the region with great live music. You may really enjoy sitting back with a nice glass of wine and taking in the gorgeousness of a Summer evening.
One of our neighboring wineries, Nissley Vineyards & Winery, is hosting Music in the Vineyards 2016. A series of five open-air lawn concerts, Saturday evenings on their spacious lawn. Bring a picnic supper, good friends, and chairs or a blanket for all. You might just find yourself dancing the night away.
For a special treat, we offer a package when you visit on a Saturday between July 23 and August 20, 2016. The package includes:
a pair of tickets to one of the five lawn concerts at Nissley Vineyards & Winery,
a picnic dinner for two,
chairs and/or blanket to use,
outdoor skin care package (includes sunscreen, bug repellent and hand sanitizer).
You can find the Nissley Vineyards & Winery Summer Concert schedule on their website.
Discover the music and festivals taking place this summer at other nearby wineries here.
Summer Music Highlights Beyond the Vineyards
Long’s Park Amphitheater Summer Music Series is regarded as a top musical entertainment destination in one of the best outdoor venues in Central PA - Over 50 years of music, every Sunday, always free. The series features a variety of musical genres, from indie rock and jazz to Latin rhythm and bluegrass. Get the performance schedule here.
Hershey Park Stadium - Known as the most prominent outdoor venue between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. Hershey Park Stadium is hosting two pop music festivals in August: Mixtape festival boasting the title of “biggest pop music festival in the U.S.” and
in it’s second year, The Show of Summer.
Hershey Theater - August 21st, storming onto the main stage are international megastars Celtic Thunder, with LEGACY, a brand new show that celebrates the influence of Irish and Celtic music around the world.
Giants Center at Hershey Cirque du Soleil, OVO, Seven shows between August 31 & Sept. 4th as part of a global tour in arenas around North America.
As you can see, there are a lot of opportunities to enjoy the long summer days, warm evenings, fireflies, friends, and great entertainment. Keep the magic going at the end of the evening with a visit to B.F. Hiestand House Bed & Breakfast. It’s a great place to wake up!
Summer baseball season is in full swing in Central Pennsylvania. Fans from all over are arriving to take in a live baseball game! The small-town feel of the home-team stadiums on a warm July night, coupled with the big-game players (there’s no shortage of talent!) can make a fan out of just about anyone.
If it’s a rivalry you’re looking to experience, plan your trip when the Lancaster Barnstormers are facing off against the York Revolution. These two minor league teams have had a healthy rivalry for years. It is often referred to as “The War of the Roses”. The phrase was coined prior to 1959 when the teams were the Lancaster Red Roses and the York White Roses. You’ll find the teams battling for their wins today in the Atlantic League.
In the Eastern League, you’ll find two local MiLB teams:
Harrisburg Senators have been phenomenally successful. Over the past 12 years they have sent up more than 100 players to the Major Leagues. If you’re a Washington Nationals fan (or not!) you’ll certainly enjoy watching this talent pool in action.
Reading Fightin Phils, a team that’s hard to beat with the best record in baseball! Root for the “Fightins” in the oldest ballpark in minor league baseball’s Eastern League. FirstEnergy is ranked as one of the top stadium experiences by Stadium Journey. If you go, we’d love to know if you agree.
The central location of B.F. Hiestand House Bed & Breakfast in relation to the stadiums makes it an easy choice for your accommodations during your visit. The difficult choice may be which games to attend! Click here for a map locating the four team stadiums.
While you may be all about baseball day and night, chances are not everyone you’re traveling with feels the same thrill watching the poetry of a game unfold...and unfold...and unfold. Rest assured, Central PA has lots of activities to choose from for all travelers. So, decide on your baseball tickets, and then click on our website Attractions tab or give us a call for a chat. We will fill you in on the latest happenings and suggestions for your visit. Make your visit a home run for the whole gang.
Northwest Lancaster County River Trail stretches nearly 14 miles along the east bank of the Susquehanna River between Falmouth (near the Dauphin County line) and Columbia, Pennsylvania. Along the way, you can stop to view relics of the historic Pennsylvania Mainline Canal towpath, which the trail follows, including abandoned canal locks, iron furnaces, and an old quarry at Billmeyer. In 1833, the canal began operations but ended in the 1860s when the Pennsylvania Railroad arrived.
The northern piece of the trail, located between Falmouth and Bainbridge, runs along the Conewago Canal, which is part of the original Mainline Canal. It was built to bypass Conewago Falls on the Susquehanna River. On this route, you’ll be able to see original stonework such as old bridges and locks.
The trail’s southern half runs through Marietta to Chickies Rock County Park. This park offers more than 400 acres of woodlands and meadows. This section goes by the name of Susquehanna Heritage Trail and at the very end you can take a trip through an old railroad tunnel called the Point Rock Tunnel. Don’t miss the 100-foot-high rock outcropping for spectacular views of the river and the Norfolk Southern Railroad below.
When you come to stay at B.F. Hiestand House Bed & Breakfast, rest assured that we will help you discover something fun to do as you head outdoors! We’ve got plenty of maps and brochures, and we also provide bike locks and a bike storage area on our property.
Take a Hike: Explore the trail via foot. You’ll immerse yourself in nature and are sure to witness some amazing flora and fauna along the way.
Take a Ride: Jump on your bike and and take a ride. Bike paths are often shared with pedestrians, so be sure to share the road.
Take a Dip: Looking for an up-close and personal view of the water? Rent a kayak, canoe, or paddleboard and hit the water.
Take a Skate: Strap up your inline skates and zip along the paved sections of the trail. Old railroad trails make great skating surfaces because they follow an even plane and there is generally less than a 3% grade change.
Take a Climb: Climb one of the highest walls in the Southeast Pennsylvania area! Visit Chickies Rock Park to test out your rock climbing skills.
Cast a Line: Bait up your hook and throw in your line. Rail-trails have excellent fishing access because they are built along existing rivers, canals and towpaths.
If you see an outdoor activity you’d like to try, but don’t own the gear, we will help you find a reputable rental company, so you can get outside and enjoy Pennsylvania! Two of our favorite rental companies include:
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What could be better than a relaxing stay at the B.F. Hiestand House Bed & Breakfast in the heart of Pennsylvania? How about a relaxing stay coupled with our Wine & Brew Tour?
The Lancaster, York, and Hershey, Pennsylvania area is rich with wineries that produce beverages and ambiance of surprising quality. Our fun-loving innkeeper, Dallas, will chauffeur you around the area, providing you a relaxing tour experience. You will enjoy sprawling vineyards, boutique tasting rooms, and welcoming winemakers.
As you travel from winery to winery, or winery to brewery (you get to choose!), you’ll learn about the history of the region. The tour explores the art of wine and beer making and includes a picnic lunch. The best news is that you don’t have to worry about drinking and driving!
The Wine & Brew Tour is offered Thursday through Saturday and begins at 12:00pm and concludes around 5:00pm. Your tour includes:
Wine tasting at four (4) select wineries,
A gourmet fruit, cheese, cracker and chocolate platter to be enjoyed at your second stop,
Bottled water available throughout the tour, and
As you travel from winery to winery, you’ll learn about the history of the region.
Here are just some of the wineries and breweries we include in our tours from the many located around Lancaster, York, and Hershey, Pennsylvania. We’d love to treat you to a Wine & Brew Tour on your next visit with us!
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March was such a warm month here, and we were so excited to get outside to start cleaning up our flower and raised vegetable beds. Dallas started growing pansies, spinach, and lettuce in the basement under the grow lights. He has since started tomatoes and peppers. The fruit trees were pruned. We purchased flats of alyssum, pansies, petunias, begonias, and geraniums at our favorite Amish greenhouse, Conestoga Valley Greenhouse in Lancaster. New cocoa mat liners for the hanging baskets were found at Rohrer’s Seeds in Smoketown as well as all of the organic seeds needed for our vegetable garden. We also bought 25 new everbearing strawberry plants to put in this year. We’ve been so busy!
A cold snap happened in the first two weeks of April that caused us to come to a complete stop. We even had SNOW on April 9th, which is so hard to believe! We are now scrambling to get everything planted. Dallas and Mike (our part time helper) spent the better part of the past two days cleaning up and planting the flower beds. Dallas planted the spinach and lettuce in garden, but his pansy seedlings didn’t do too well. We are worrying about our peach trees, as they had bloomed prior to the late freeze. The apple and pear trees are just beginning bud break, so they should be okay. Guests can look forward to some amazing organic fruit, herbs, and vegetables coming from our garden over the next few months!
We are hoping to have a good crop of blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, raspberries, apples, peaches, pears, cantaloupe, tomatoes, zucchini and yellow squash, peppers, onions, potatoes, sweet potatoes, (oops, that reminds me, I still have to order my sweet potato slips and organic potatoes!), garlic, basil, mint, thyme, rosemary, sage, chives and lavender! If anything fails, we are so lucky to live in Lancaster County where there are many roadside stands and farmers markets to fill in the gaps!
Come and visit...we promise there will be plenty of variety and colorful plates here at the B&B this summer and fall!