722 E. Market St.
Marietta, Pennsylvania 17547
Looking for a unique way to experience the beautiful and peaceful Amish Countryside of Lancaster County? An adventure awaits with a Hot Air Balloon Ride that offers the best birds-eye view of south central Pennsylvania. A whole new perspective awaits from the open gondola below a colorful balloon. The ride is absolutely exhilarating from lift off to floating above the landscape to touch down.
Your Hot Air Balloon Ride pilot will guide you over quilt patterned Amish farmland where you can see farmers working their fields. You’ll pass over quaint towns like Ephrata, Strasburg, New Holland, and Intercourse. On a clear day, you can even see the headwaters of the Chesapeake Bay.
The United States Hot Air Balloon Team offers rides daily at sunrise (6 am) and sunset (6 pm) and take off from Bird-in-Hand about 25 minutes from the B. F. Hiestand House Bed & Breakfast. Plan on spending about 2.5 to 3 hours from start to finish. You are invited to participate in the pre-flight preparations and can watch the balloon inflate. The flight is about one hour in duration and post-flight offers time to relax and share your experience while sipping champagne and enjoying snacks.
Private flights are available to celebrate that special birthday, anniversary or engagement. For more information about rates and times, please click here (www.balloonridesdaily.com) or call 1-800-763-5987.
A truly unique sightseeing experience!
Spend a summer evening enjoying good music and wine. Located in close proximity to the B. F. Hiestand House Bed & Breakfast, you’ll find three wineries that offer a wide variety of musical entertainment as well as serving some of the best wines in Pennsylvania Dutch Country.
Bring your folding chairs and picnic basket to the spacious lawn of the Nissley Winery located in Bainbridge, Pennsylvania. A series of eight open-air lawn concerts are held Saturday evenings from July 5 to August 23 from 7:30 pm to 10:00 pm. The series kicks off with classic light rock by Nightwind and offers a rich variety of genre from Big Band to Motown to R&B to Blues and Jazz. Find the 2014 Nissley Winery concert schedule here. Guests can purchase concert tickets and the picnic dinner package at the B. F. Hiestand House Bed & Breakfast.
The Vineyard at Grandview located in Mount Joy welcomes local singer-songwriters to play their original tunes. Enjoy live music every Friday night from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm May through September on the beautiful deck. Tickets are available at the door. Click here for a schedule of performers.
Across the Susquehanna River in Wrightsville, PA, the Moon Dancer Vineyards & Winery hosts a series of music festivals. The Annual Jazz Festival is Saturday, May 24 and Sunday, May 25 from 2:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Tickets include wine tasting and great music. See the for a list of Moon Dancer summer festivals.
Spend a weekend this summer at the B. F. Hiestand House Bed & Breakfast. Let us delight you with the things you always knew were here…Amish, farmlands, and family-style feasts; and surprise you with a variety of things your didn’t. Explore the Burning Bridge Antiques Market in Columbia or travel our backroads for handcrafted Amish quilts and furniture or shop at the array of eclectic boutique shops and artist stops in downtown Lancaster.
Nestled along the bank of the Susquehanna River and just three miles from B. F. Hiestand House , you’ll find the quaint river town of Columbia that played a big part in the building of America herself. From the frontier days, to the Revolution, to the Civil War, to the birth of industry, Columbia will give you a taste of American history.
In 1726, John Wright established a tiny settlement that would become known as Columbia in 1788. At that time, it was frontier woodlands and the Wrights were blazing the trail. Visit the magnificent Wright’s Ferry Mansion and discover how this pioneering family influenced the westward expansion of culture and industry.
The historic First National Bank Museum, built in 1814, still retains the original teller’s cage and bank vault from the 19th century and is the only known bank still preserved in its original setting in the United States. The bank museum contains the account books of Underground Railroad activists and prominent businessmen, William Whipper and Stephen Smith. Their lumber business provided employment to formerly enslaved people, and their special railroad cars included secret compartments that allowed freedom seekers safe travel to Philadelphia and northern territories.
At Zion Hill Cemetery, located at 5th & Linden Streets, is the final resting place of many soldiers who fought with the U.S. Colored Troops from Columbia during the Civil War. Not far from here is the National Watch & Clock Museum, with a collection of pieces from the Civil War that connects the past to the present in a literal sense.
In June of 1863, as Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia was set to cross into Columbia to capture Lancaster on its way towards Harrisburg, militia from Columbia along with locals, Union soldiers, and African American militiamen burned the Columbia-Wrightsville Bridge. What was once the longest covered bridge in the world was now just a charred reminder of the sacrifice and burden that crippled their economy for a decade. The span’s massive stone piers remain marking its crossing of the wide Susquehanna River.
Before you leave Columbia you have to stop at Prudhomme’s Lost Cajun Kitchen. Food flavored with inherited family recipes from the world-famous Cajun connoisseur Paul Prudhomme fills the menu. His nephew has created a place you can’t believe is north of Mississippi much less in a town that held strong for the Union Army.
Take home a treasure from our history. Explore the antique shops, galleries, and arts and crafts proprietors. Book your stay at the B. F. Hiestand House Bed and Breakfast so you can explore Columbia at your own pace.
If you love beer, then you’ll love the annual Susquehanna Ale Trail Passport Event. Create your own “hoppy” memories during two weekends – April 4-6 and 11-13. 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
We are offering this add on package to your stay with us during the passport event weekends. Cost is $75.00 You will receive:
2 passports to the Susquehanna Ale Trail ($15 each)
Maps and directions to the Ale Trail
An Empty Lancaster Brewing Company Growler or Mudhook Brewing Company Growler (which you can have filled at your expense when visiting)
2 B. F. Hiestand House Beer Steins
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.
What is a Mud Sale? They are annual Amish auctions/sales to benefit local fire companies in Lancaster County. You’ll need to wear your boots because they are held in the fields that are often muddy from the early spring thawing. Held annually before the planting season, you’ll find a mud sale every weekend from now through April.
Thousands come to some of them with one of the largest in Gordonville on March 8. One of the biggest draws to mud sales is the interaction with Amish people in a friendly, person-to-person way. You’ll find numerous Amish auctioneers selling everything from livestock, buggies, lumber, furniture, handmade quilts, books, housewares, and more. And the food is awesome! Choices abound from hearty farm fare like chicken corn soup and potpie to hot cider and sticky buns to Pennsylvania Dutch shoofly pie and much more.
For a complete list of Lancaster County Mud Sales, click here. [http://www.padutchcountry.com/towns-and-heritage/amish-country/amish-mud-sales.asp]. The closest mud sale to the B.F. Hiestand House is the Penryn Volunteer Fire Company Sale in Manheim on March 14 and 15.
Plan your weekend with a stay at the B.F. Hiestand House and take advantage of our Cabin Fever specials – buy one night get one free!
Wow have we had a lot of snow this winter! I don't know about you, but I have a bad case of cabin fever! Too bad we are unable to get away right now! Do you have the need to get away? If so, take advantage of our cabin fever special! Weekends at our Lancaster County Inn will be buy one night get one night free, for the following weekends: January 24th-26th, January 31st-February 2nd, February 7th-9th, February 21st-23rd and February 28th-March 2nd. Please give Pam a call at 717-426-8415 to book your favorite room!
It’s time to take a break from sipping wine and begin exploring the avenue of beer!
Susquehanna Ale Trail is the name, craft beer is their game! The York County Convention and Visitors bureau created an ale trail throughout the area, so craft beer enthusiasts can explore many establishments that offer tours, classes and tastings. The Susquehanna Ale Trail is a self-guided tour of 13 breweries, brew pubs, craft brewing outlets and 1 distillery in the PA Dutch Country region.
Beginning April 12, 2013, for two weekends, The Ale Trail will have a special Passport Event. Tickets are $15 per person, which includes exclusive tours, tastings, presentations by the brewers and a souvenir mug.
The dates for the Susquehanna Ale Trail Passport Event are:
April 12-14, 2013 and April 19-21, 2013.
Hours of operation for that event are as follows:
Fridays: 4 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Saturdays: Noon - 5 p.m.
Sundays: Noon - 4 p.m.
We are offering a special add on package for these weekends. For $60, you will receive 2 passport tickets, trail map and directions, an empty Lancaster Brewing Growler or Mudhook Growler, to be filled at your expense during your visit to the breweries and a $25 gift card to Mudhook Brewery.
Located 7.5 miles from the BF Hiestand House, The Vineyard at Grandview's tasting room awaits you. The view is phenomenal! It over looks the 5 acres of meticulously groomed vines, which were planted in 2009. The beautiful oak and black walnut hardwood floors were milled from trees on the property. You may choose from eight premium wines; Chardonnay, Rose' of Pinot Noir, Crimson Quartette, a blend of four red varietals, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sun-Kissed, a semi sweet blush, Sapphire White, Ruby Red and Mom Kennel's Blackberry. Dallas loved the Blackberry. He says it satisfied his sweet tooth! I am not a dry wine lover, so I really enjoyed their sweet Sapphire White and the Blackberry. You may also pair local chocolates and cheeses with your wine for a nominal charge. Tasting hours are Saturday, 10 a.m..-4 p.m.. and Sunday, noon-4 p.m.., or by appointment. For more information, check out their website here. The Vineyard at Grandview is a member of the Mason-Dixon Wine Trail. Over 20 wineries from Lancaster, York, Dauphin, Adams counties in PA and down into Maryland make up the Trail. During the month of March the trail offers the Tour de Tanks, a special tasting event. Tour tickets are $25 each and entitles you to a collectable wine glass, light food, tasting wine from the barrels before it is bottled, tours and presentations by the winemakers and 10% discount on your purchase. For more information, check here. Come join the fun!
How do you know Spring is on it's way? The annual Mud Sales have begun!
Mud sale, you ask?
Mud sales are annual auction/sales at local fire companies held on Saturdays. These sales are one of the ways the fire companies raise money. Mud Sales are also an Amish gathering as it is a time of year when farming activities have not yet begun and the Amish have time to enjoy these auctions. Mud Sales get their name from the time of year held, during the spring thaw. Various items are sold/auctioned at these sales and the items can vary from fire company to fire company. Antiques, quilts, farm equipment, horses and buggies are just a few examples of items being auctioned. Here are list of up coming sales.
March 2 & March 16
Bart Township Annual Auction/Mud Sale
8:30 a.m., Bart Twp. Fire Company, 11 Furnace Rd., Quarryville. 717-786-3348 or Bart Twp. Fire Co. website
Antiques, quilts, furniture, new & used equipment, small goods, hay & straw, livestock, buggies, tools, crafts and food.
Gordonville Spring Mud Sale & Auction
8:30 a.m., Gordonville Fire Company, Old Leacock Rd., Gordonville. 717-768-3869 or Gordonville Fire Co. website
The largest firemen's auction/sale on the East Coast, featuring 500-600 Amish quilts, antiques, collectibles, new & used furniture, tools, farm equipment, horses, mules, buggies, lawn & garden, barns, utility sheds & trailers, construction equipment.
Craft show: March 7, 6-9 p.m.
Penryn Fire Company Mud Sale
8:00 a.m., Penryn Fire Company #1, 1441 N. Penryn Rd., Manheim. 717-664-2825 or Penryn Fire Co. website
Woodcrafts, furniture, antiques, quilts, crafts, farm equipment, food and more. Parking will not be available on site. Satellite parking with shuttle bus service will be available at various neighboring locations.
Airville Mud Sale & Quilt Auction
8:30 a.m., Airville Volunteer Fire Company, 3576 Delta Rd., Airville. 717-862-3723 or Airville Fire Co. website
Quilts, Animals (goats, lambs, chickens, rabbits, roosters), tractors, farm equipment, lumber, household goods, crafts, hay & straw.
West Earl Mud Sale
8:00 a.m., West Earl Fire Company, PO Box 969, Brownstown. 717-656-6791
Handmade quilts and comforters, homemade baked goods, theme baskets, wooden crafts, household items, groceries, lawn & garden equipment, tools, pre-cast concrete, lawn furniture and more.
Gap Annual Spring Mud Sale/Auction
5 p.m., Gap Fire Company, 802 Pequea Ave., Gap. 717-442-8100
Sporting goods, windows & doors, new & used furniture, quilts, crafts, dry goods, groceries and more.
Robert Fulton Volunteer Fire Company Mud Sale
8:30 a.m. breakfast, Robert Fulton Fire Company, 2271 Robert Fulton Hwy., Peach Bottom, 717-548-8995
Crafts, plants, tools, antiques, farm equipment, furniture, food, buggies, wagons, groceries, horses.
Rawlinsville Annual Mud Sale
8:30 a.m., Rawlinsville Fire Company, 33 Martic Heights Dr., Holtwood. 717-284-3023
Antiques, horses, crafts, building materials, lawn equipment, new and used furniture.
Honeybrook Annual Auction/Mud Sale
7 a.m., Honeybrook Fire Company, 679 Firehouse Ln., Honeybrook. 610-273-2688
Quilts, crafts, new furniture, Winross trucks, Smuckers bells, farm-related supplies, tools, buggies, heifers..