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Marietta, Pennsylvania 17547
Celebrate the grape harvest during the annual “Wine Just Off the Vine” events scheduled for November 14-15 and 21-22, 2015. Hear first hand, from the 16 wineries along the Mason Dixon Wine Trail, the results of the just-pressed harvests. Sample a selection of wines and stock up for the holidays. Tickets can be purchased in advance online for $20 that includes: tastings at all Wine Trail locations during both weekends, light food items, a souvenir wine glass, and 10% discount on wine purchases. Hours are Noon to 5:00 pm.
The wineries along the Mason Dixon Wine Trail pour their passion and knowledge into making award-winning wines. The wineries are located in central Pennsylvania throughout Lancaster and York County. You’ll find a nice diversity of artisan wines as well as those using family-farming traditions offering a selection of premium wines to please every palate.
Wineries located in close proximity to the B. F. Heistand House Bed & Breakfast include: The Vineyard and Brewery at Hershey, Mount Hope Winery, Tamanend Winery and Moon Dancer Winery & Cider House. For more information about the wineries, visit the website.
As summer ends and the leaves begin to change in color, September is always a nice month for a quiet and peaceful paddle along the Susquehanna River. Just across the river you’ll find Shank’s Mare Outfitters in Wrightsville. You can rent a canoe or kayak from their full fleet of touring, fishing and whitewater kayaks in addition to the safe and stable sit-on-top kayaks for beginners to paddle the river on your own. Or participate in the Native American Rock Art Paddle Tour (last one of the season) on September 19, 2015. One of the most unique sites on the Lower Susquehanna are the rocks that contain Native American Art. Learn the story of the Native American’s that populated the river hundreds of years ago as told by expert Paul Nevin. You’ll have the opportunity to explore the rocks, enjoy a picnic lunch and do some very scenic paddling. Tour departs at 10:00 am to 4:00 pm with an experienced guide. Already have your own canoe or kayak; Shank’s Mere can assist you in navigating the river with special tips and maps.
The Wilton Armetale Factory Store is located in Mount Joy in an old turn of the century tobacco leaf-drying barn. Shop for beautiful first quality pieces or save up to 60% off select seconds, discontinued and closeout items.
Not familiar with Wilton Armetale products? Wilton Armetale is a family owned business that was founded in 1862 by the Wilton Family near Wrightsville, PA along the Susquehanna River. The company produces a variety of products made from armetale metal that is a non-toxic aluminum-based alloy. Armetale products are designed to last a lifetime and will not break, crack, chip, rust or tarnish under normal use. As substantial as they are beautiful, you’ll find a vast array of products at the Factory Store. From casual, stylish to rustic, each piece is crafted and designed to capture the spirit of life. Their products are sold throughout the U.S. and internationally at specialty and department stores.
Hot foods stay hot longer and cold foods stay cold longer. Visit the website to see their complete line of metal products. You’ll want to check out the Gourmet Grill ware. The same piece can be used to cook on the grill and to serve at the table. The website offers a variety of recipes and which piece is best to use.
A unique shopping experience that is worth the trip and is just minutes from the B.F. Hiestand House Bed & Breakfast.
Held annually at the Mount Hope Estate, 2015 celebrates the 35th season of the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire. The kingdom opens August 1, 2015 and goes for 13 weekends through October 25, 2015. Each weekend offers a unique theme that provides a different experience of entertainment, foods, contests and activities each time you come. Themes include: Myths & Legends, Chivalry & Romance, Scottish & Irish, Octoberfest, Wine Harvest and more.
Immerse yourself in the long ago days of Merrie Olde England. A variety of costumed characters and merrymakers fill The Shire with dancing, music, jousting knights and royal delights. Savor 16th Century foods at one of his Majesty’s Kitchens. You’ll want to try the turkey legs – a Faire Staple. Enjoy signature-brewed ales from the Swashbuckler Brewery. Take in a variety of shows such as Human Chess, Jousting Tournament, Boarshead Brawl and The Queen’s Variety Show. A variety of merchants are located throughout the 35-acre village with handcrafted wares.
Tickets can be purchased in advance online for a discount or at the gate. Season passes are also available to enjoy multiple weekends. Visit the website for complete details.
While you don’t have to go in period clothing, if you like dressing up for Halloween, here is another opportunity to go in costume.
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.