Lodging at one of the country inns of Lancaster County is a good solution for those who wish to soak up the homey charm of the Pennsylvania Dutch region without sacrificing comfort and elegance.
If you cringe at the thought of sharing a bathroom with other guests or eating around a communal breakfast table, Lancaster's
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may not be for you.
On the other hand, if you wish to experience something more unique to the region than a possibly run-of-the-mill, cookie-cutter hotel or motel, one of the country inns of Lancaster County, which dot the region, may just be the perfect solution for you.
Imagine lodging in a large room in a Georgian stone house built in the 1780's, tastefully furnished with period antiques, Pennsylvania Dutch crafts, traditional furniture and handmade quilts. Sleep in a canopied queen-sized bed, enjoy the sunset on your private balcony, or spend a cozy evening around your own fireplace.
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you will have plenty of opportunities to meet your hosts who often provide invaluable tourist recommendations as well as colorful stories of the region.
However, like a fine hotel, you can choose to stay in a country inn that offers such amenities as a jacuzzi, indoor or outdoor swimming pool, tennis courts, universal fitness room, video game room, soda machines and laundry facilities.
Nearly all the country inns in Lancaster County offer private baths, telephones and televisions. Also, most offer coffee shops as well as formal dining rooms where lunch and dinner is served.
If you are a smoker, you can usually stay in one of the guest rooms reserved for smokers. If you have a pet, some country inns in Lancaster County do permit these four-legged children. However, call ahead to find out what the policy is and if an additional pet fee will be charged.
The number of rooms available varies from inn to inn. There may be as few as seven rooms or more than forty. So, if you prefer a more cozy and intimate setting, you may want to stay in one of the smaller country inns. If you prefer more anonymity, select one of the larger inns.
In any case, you should be able to locate an unforgettable country inn in Lancaster County that is especially suitable for your individual or family needs.
The Village Inn of Bird-in-Hand
Old Philadelphia Pike (Route 340), Bird-in-Hand, PA 17505
This elegant Lancaster accommodation was built in 1734 and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
The Victorian inn offers eleven rooms with four suites. All the rooms have private baths, king or queen-sized beds, and cable television. Two of the rooms even have whirlpools.
As a guest, you will have free use of the tennis courts as well as the indoor and outdoor swimming pools.
There is also a complementary Continental Plus breakfast which is served each morning.
Route 23, Churchtown, PA 17555
Phone: (717)- 445-7794
Located in the center of Churchtown, this 18th Century fieldstone inn offers eight guest rooms with queen-sized beds and antique furnishings. You will also enjoy the five-course breakfast that is served each morning in the handsome glass enclosed garden room.
This country inn of Lancaster County also provides special events scattered throughout the year. For example, there are murder mystery weekends where you can try to solve a fun mystery, entertaining musical weekends, and the annual Victorian Ball. You can also make arrangements to have dinner with a local Amish or Mennonite family.
The Inn at Twin Linden
2092 Main Street, (Route 23)
Churchtown, PA 17555
Phone: (717) 445- 7619
This Lancaster lodging offers seven rooms with private baths, antique furniture, stenciled walls, and a queen-sized beds. Some rooms have either a fireplace, a canopy bed, or a two-person Jacuzzi. For added luxury, you can choose the Palladian Suite which includes a private entrance, fireplace, Jacuzzi, wet bar, and a beautiful view of the countryside.
There are also elaborate breakfasts served each morning. Furthermore, you can also spend an romantic evening with a candlelight dinner which are served on Friday and Saturday nights with reservations only.
Doneckers - The 1777 House
301 West Main Street, Ephrata, PA 17522
Phone: (717) 738- 9502
One of four Lancaster County country inns owned by H. William Donecker in Ephrata, the 1777 House was built by a clockmaker named Jacob Gorgas who was a member of the Ephrata Cloister.
This country inn of Lancaster County offers ten guest rooms as well as two carriage house suites. The stone masonry, hand-hooked rugs, hand-cut stenciling, and tile floors add to the grandeur.
Named after members of the Ephrata Cloister, each room has a private bath and a large bed. Some include such amenities as a fireplace, Jacuzzi, refrigerator, and a private entrance.
A continental breakfast is also served to the guests.
The Guesthouse at Doneckers
318-324 North State Suite, Ephrata, PA 17522
The Guesthouse provides twenty elegant rooms with private bath. Some also have fireplaces, Jacuzzis, balconies, or private entrances.
The rooms are very handsome with stained glass windows, inlaid floors, designer lines, hand-stenciled walls, and country antiques.
A continental breakfast is available each morning.
The Inns at Doneckers - The Homestead
251 North State Street, Ephrata, PA 17522
Phone: (717) 738-9502
The Homestead offers four suites and rooms. Each has either a fireplace or a Jacuzzi. Local crafts decorate the rooms. A continental breakfast is available for you.
The Homestead is the original site of the first family business of H. William Donecker.
The Inns at Doneckers - The Gerhart House
287 Duke Street, Ephrata, PA 17522
Phone: (717) 738-9502
Built by Alexander L. Gerhart in 1926, this country inn of Lancaster County provides five guest rooms that have original pine floors, stained glass windows, and chestnut doors. Each room has a private bath. You can also choose a room with canopied queen-sized bed, personal balcony, and private entrance.
Historic Smithton Inn
900 W. Main Street, Ephrata, PA 17522
Phone: (717) 733-6094
This Lancaster County country inn was built by Henry and Susanna Miller who were prominent members of the Ephrata Cloister. The inn was opened to guests in 1763.
Today the inn accommodates seven guest rooms and one three-room suite. All rooms have working fireplaces, private baths, a sitting area, private refrigerators, and canopied beds with handmade quilts.
A full breakfast will be served to you each morning.
Country Living Inn
2406 Old Philadelphia Pike (Route 340), Lancaster, PA 17602
Phone: (717) 295-7295
This centrally located Lancaster inn offers 34 rooms and two suites decorated in the old German art of wallprinting. Each room provides a private bath, cable television, and either double or queen-sized beds.
Although a complimentary breakfast is not available, coffee, tea, and hot cocoa is available during the morning hours. Furthermore, from May to October, complimentary pastries are served on the porch on the weekends.
Smoking rooms are available. Children under five stay free.
General Sutter Inn
14 East Main Street, Lititz, PA 17543
Originally established in 1764 by Moravians with the name Zum Anker, this historic country inn of Lancaster County was later renamed in the 19th Century after the famous California gold digger, John Sutter. Today, it is one of the oldest operating inns in the region.
The Victorian-styled inn provide twelve comfortable rooms furnished with period antiques as well as handmade crafts. All rooms have private baths and televisions.
Breakfast and lunch are served in a coffee shop and there is also formal dining that serves you lunch and dinner.
Pets are permits as long as they are not left in your room unattended.
Cameron Estate Inn
1895 Donegal Springs Road, Mount Joy, PA 17552
The Cameron Estate Inn is probably one of the prettiest of the country inns of Lancaster County. Situated on 15 secluded acres of landscaped lawns with a trout stream twisting through the meadow, the 1804 Federal house was actually built by President McKinley's great-grandfather.
This Lancaster lodging provides seventeen rooms for you to choose from. All the rooms have private baths and about seven of them contain a fireplace. The rooms located on the second floor tend to be the largest and are furnished in a Federal and Victorian style. The rooms under the eaves on the third floor are smaller.
As a guests you will receive a complimentary continental plus breakfast served on the soothing porch. The inn also has a restaurant which specializes in continental cuisine and local meat and fish, as well as seasonal produce. An afternoon tea and cookies is also served daily in the library.
Although children over twelve are welcome, pets are not.
Fulton Steamboat Inn
Route 30 & 896, Strasburg, PA 17579
A Lancaster County inn that may appeal particularly to your children is the Fulton Steamboat Inn. Built in the shape of a steamboat, your family has the choice to sleep in the Promenade Deck (first floor), the Observation Deck (second floor), or the Sun Deck (third floor). All rooms contain queen-sized beds, a refrigerator, microwave, cable television, and a telephone.
Also, all rooms are tastefully furnished in either Early American, country or traditional furniture.
The rooms on the Sun Deck are the largest and have whirlpool bathtubs along with a balcony. These rooms tend to be the most expensive.
The inn also offers a cafe, dining room, gift shop, indoor pool, jacuzzi, fitness room, video game room, and laundry facilities.
The Historic Strasburg Inn
Route 896, Strasburg, PA 17579
This Lancaster accommodation is perhaps one of the largest country inns in the Lancaster region. The colonial style inn offers 104 guest rooms and provides valet service, an outdoor swimming pool, a volleyball court, bicycle rental, and a game room.
Dogs are permitted for an additional fee.
There is a restaurant on the premises which serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
33 East main Street, Strasburg, PA 17579
This country inn of Lancaster County is conveniently located in the historic district of Strasburg, PA. It consists of a Georgian stone house that was built in 1786. It is historically significant since it was originally built for the first chief burgess of Strasburg. In fact, the Limestone Inn is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The inn provides five guest rooms which all have private baths. The rooms vary in size as does the size of the beds.
A full breakfast is served each morning in the formal dining room. You can also arrange in advance to have an evening meal with a local Amish family.
The facility also provides a large living room, a small library, and an area to store your bicycles.
Note: Holiday and weekend visits require a minimum two-night stay.
If you would like to learn about other Lancaster accommodation opportunities other than lodging at one of the country inns of Lancaster County, please see:
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