Looking to get an insider's view of the Pennsylvania Dutch Country? Consider lodging at a Bed and Breakfast. Lancaster, PA offers a wide range of charming possibilities

One of the best ways to experience Pennsylvania Dutch Country is by staying at a Bed and Breakfast in Lancaster, PA. Not only will you enjoy attention that is more personal and authentic than the average hotel, but you will also get the chance to sample delicious home-cooking and make friends with locals who have lived in the region for generations.

In a Bed and Breakfast, you will be staying in the renovated home of a local family. Since there are usually less than five rooms available for guests, Bed and Breakfasts can become quite intimate. As a result, visitors tend to have a lot of contact with their hosts and fellow travelers.

One of the major advantages of a Bed and Breakfast in Lancaster, PA is that most likely your hosts come from families who have lived in the region for many generations. This provides a unique opportunity to listen to some fascinating stories that can't be found in any tourist book. Also, your hosts can be a great source for free, expert advice on the best restaurants to eat at and the most authentic sights to visit.

In fact, it is not unusual for your hosts to introduce you to the Amish and Mennonite communities.

Although a Bed and Breakfast in Lancaster, PA may lack many of the amenities of a hotel, such as a swimming pool, they more than make up for it with their cozy atmosphere. It is not unusual to stay in a high-ceilinged room laden with Victorian antiques, handmade Amish quilts covering the sturdy king-sized beds, old-fashioned claw-footed bathtubs, and country-style arts and crafts adorning the walls. Many of the Bed and Breakfasts have terraced gardens to admire and fireplaces in which you can relax in front of after a long day of sightseeing.

Bed and Breakfasts offer either a continental or a full country breakfast. A continental meal usually consists of homemade bread items such as muffins and biscuits in addition to a beverage such as coffee, tea, milk and juice. A full country breakfast, on the other hand, tends to include a hot entree including eggs and breakfast meat, fruit, and a beverage. Many of the produce is gathered fresh from the kitchen gardens.

While some frequent visitors to Lancaster County strike up friendships with their hosts and enjoy returning to the same Bed and Breakfast over time, others prefer to sample the charms of a new location at each visit. Each Bed and Breakfast has its unique flavor depending on the hosts of the establishment.

Lancaster County offers a wide range of choices for those seeking this one-of-a-kind experience. There are so many different types of Bed and Breakfast in Lancaster, PA. Do you prefer a Victorian cottage located in a small town? A charming, romantic cottage in the woods? Or, a 19th Century, limestone working farmhouse nestled amongst 200 acres of scenic rolling hills? Whichever you choose, you are sure to find a restful oasis from a long-day of sightseeing.

In order to find out if a Bed and Breakfast in Lancaster PA is right for you, you will need to ask yourself some questions.

  • Do you thrive in social environments or do you prefer a more private setting?
  • Do you have young children who require constant entertainment?
  • Are you a smoker or someone who likes to drink alcohol in your room?
  • What type of amenities do you require?

In a Bed & Breakfast, you won't be as anonymous as you would be if you stayed in a large hotel or motel. It might be hard to avoid frequent interaction with your fellow travelers and hosts. For example, while some Bread & Breakfasts serve their guests meals at separate tables, others serve their guests meals at a communal table or a large dining room table.

While some people thrive on such an atmosphere, it is quite possible that you are the type that would prefer more privacy in the mornings or after a long day of sightseeing.

Most Bed and Breakfasts do accommodate for children. Before booking your reservations, however, inquire into the age requirement for children. In most places, the age requirement is 12, but it does vary.

Also, most of the Bed & Breakfasts don't have the amenities geared to keeping children entertained. Don't expect to find a swimming pool, gift shop, or game room. In fact, while many do have televisions in a central location, most guest rooms do not contain a T.V. set.

On the other hand, some Bed and Breakfast hosts go out of their way to make the stay special for the children. For instance some of the Bed & Breakfasts at rural farmhouses cater to the kids by letting them feed the goats, gather eggs from the hen house, observe the baby lambs, and help out with minor chores.

It is not uncommon for there to be smoking and alcohol restrictions at most Bed and Breakfasts in Lancaster County. Smoking and drinking are generally not permitted indoors. So, if you are someone who prefers a glass of wine or beer before going to sleep, you might find a hotel or motel more to your tastes.

Also, the typical Bed and Breakfast in Lancaster, PA don't have many of the amenities found in other establishments such as a gym, gift shop, bar, laundromat, and internet hook-up. Most don't even have telephones or television in the guest rooms, even though they may be available for use in a common room.

Some things to consider when choosing a Bed and Breakfast in Lancaster, PA:

  • Rooms Rate will vary. Expect to pay between $75 and $125 per night. Rates tend to be for two people per night.
  • Make your reservations early. Since rooms are so limited, it is wise to make your reservations up to 6 months in advance. If you are planning on staying during the off-season, make sure the Bed and Breakfast will even be open. In any case, it is good planning to have several backup choices lined up in case your top-choice won't be available.
  • Choose your location carefully. If you plan on spending your vacation "town-hopping," it might be convenient to pick a Bed and Breakfast that is centrally located.
  • Check-In usually begins at 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. while check-out will vary from 10:00 a.m to noon.
  • English tends to be the only language spoken.
  • Pets are usually not welcome in Bed and Breakfasts.
  • Be sure to inquire if certain amenities important to you are available. While most rooms have a private bathroom, don't make any assumptions. It is better to ask your questions now and avoid any embarrassment later.
  • Because many of the Bed and Breakfasts in Lancaster, PA are run by Amish and Mennonite families, please show the utmost respect and manners at all times.

For detailed information on some of the most charming Bed and Breakfasts in Lancaster, PA, please click on the link for the area that you would like to stay:

Lancaster City
Mount Joy
New Holland

If you would like to learn about other Lancaster accommodation opportunities other than lodging at one of the region's Bed and Breakfasts, please see:

Country Inns of Lancaster
Lancaster Farm Accommodations

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