After Eight Bed and Breakfast

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Amish, Lancaster PA, Amish Lifestyle

Lancaster Pennsylvania has been know for years as a farming community and for the Amish culture.  In fact, Lancaster has some of the most productive non-irrigated farmland in the country.  This is probably one of the reasons that the Old Order Amish, Mennonites, Brethren and other "Plain People",  find the area so appealing.  Their priorities are first to God and second to their families and farms.  There are many different variations within the the "Plain People", but it is their faith and literal interpretation of the Bible scriptures that keep them to be separate from many of the modern ways of the "English".  The Old Order Amish will not have electricity or telephones in their homes.  They will not own a car or a tractor, which is why you will see them riding buggies and using draft animals to pull their farming equipment.  Lancaster is a great place to mingle with the Amish, learn about their culture, discover and become intrigued with people that can remain faithful to their beliefs, even with all the modern culture surrounding them.   

Some local business owned by the Amish and Mennonites are great places to have person to person contact, they include:  Riehl's Quilts and Crafts, Countryside Road Stand, Lapp Valley Farm (dairy and ice cream), Dienner's Family Restaurant, and the Mennonite Information Center.   Other local businesses that have tours of farmhouses and buildings depicting the way the Amish live include:  Amish Farm and House Tours, The Amish Village, and the Amish Experience

Centrally located to all these activities and destinations is the 
After Eight Bed and Breakfast
where you can find a home away from home.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Strasburg PA, Easter Bunny Train, Lancaster PA

Strasburg Railroad located in Lancaster PA will have their annual Easter Bunny Trail rides on April 2-4, 2010.  Don't forget all the other train attractions in Strasburg, PA, which is a quaint town located in the Amish countryside of rolling hills and picturesque farmland.  The large minature trains at the Choo Choo Barn will take at least an hour to see and you probably will want to go around a second time as you see the layout go from day to night.  The Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania has on display a large array of locomotives and cars, you must allow at least 2 hours to discover and enjoy this collection.  The National Toy Train Museum is just a couple minutes away and has an large collection of miniature trains, don't forget to press all the buttons and the joy of being a 'kid' again.  All of these attractions and many more are only minutes away from the After Eight Bed & Breakfast.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Sight and Sound Theater, Lancaster bed and breakfast

Sight and Sound Theater has opened their new production "Joseph", which will run for 8 months, through October 2010.  This is a $3 million production with a cast of 45 professional actors, live animals, special effects and 30 foot tall sets with stages on three sides.  The sound track includes 13 original songs, with a score composed by Don Harper, whose credits include "National Treasure" and Disney's "Lion King 1-1/2".  Live singing is accompanied by pre-recorded music by the Prague Symphony Orchestra.  The After Eight Bed & Breakfast is conveniently located only 4.5 miles and about 10 minuets away from the theater.

American Quilters Society, Lancaster PA Lodging

American Quilters Society Quilt Show
Lancaster Pennsylvania
March 24 - 27, 2010

Lancaster Pennsylvania is the host for American Quilters Society Quilt show. There are expected to be 17,000 visitors to this years event. The After Eight Bed and Breakfast is proud to be one of the local lodging facilities welcoming quilters to this much anticipated show. There will be over 300 vendors participating in this show and contest, displaying over 300 quilts. Lancaster Pennsylvania is a great destination for those interested in quilts with many locally made Amish quilts and all the supplies and fabrics for those dedicated quilters.

After Eight Bed and Breakfast is centrally located in
Lancaster County PA,
near many of the farmland attractions, towns and markets.