Summer in the Countryside

By: E.J. Bowman

Lancaster County offers our guests a wide variety of happenings, events and activities to enjoy throughout the summer months. While we love the energy of downtown Lancaster, we also encourage our guests to head to the countryside. There they can experience local craft shows, summer concerts, fairs, festivals and other outdoor activities like hiking and kayaking. Here are our top three places to be in Lancaster County this summer.


Mount Gretna is a short drive from our B&B and offers a multitude of happenings. You can enjoy a day at the lake soaking up some summer rays and then head over to the Jigger Shop for a sweet treat.

“Mt. Gretna was born in a forest of chestnut trees that for more than a century provided charcoal to the Cornwall Furnace that one forged cannons for George Washington’s army. The site was discovered in 1883 as a pleasant place to spend a summer day along the extinct Cornwall and Lebanon Railroad linking the Reading Railroad in Lebanon with the Pennsylvania Railroad near Elizabethtown.”

This eclectic art community holds several events throughout the summer including the and the Cicada FestivalMt. Gretna Outdoor Art Show and the Summer Craft Market.

Lititz was voted America’s coolest small town, and for good reason. Located just a few minutes from the E.J. Bowman House, Lititz boasts an idyllic main street complete with locally owned boutiques, specialty shops and restaurants. One of the highlights of the summer months is the Lititz Craft Show, which will be held Saturday, August 8th. This is one of the largest craft shows in the area, showcasing jewelry, art, pottery and other crafts created by artisans from around the country. Admission is free and there are plenty of delicious food vendors to help you maintain the stamina to see all the crafts and arts vendors have to share.

Take a step back in time when knights rode their chargers to honor the queen and to defend the maiden. The Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire is a medieval village in the heart of Lancaster County. From jousting knights to grilled turkey legs, the PA Ren Faire has an abundance of fun period events and activities to entertain the whole family. During the summer, the faire hold several special theme days including Blues & Brews and in August the PA Ren Faire begins their 35th season.

“The castle gates swing wide-open August 1, 2015 for 13 weekends of mirth and merriment amidst jousting knights and royal delights! A cast of hundreds of colorfully costumed characters will fill the Shire with music, dancing and more every Saturday and Sunday (plus Labor Day Monday) until October 25! With over 90 stage shows daily, 22 Royal Kitchens and scores of artisan merchants with handcrafted wares, the Renaissance Faire invites guests to immerse themselves in our 35-acre village and experience the fantasy!”

Book your stay today and enjoy all the fun activities Lancaster County has to offer! Do you have a favorite Lancaster County activity? Please share your top three things to do this summer in the comments section below.