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Visiting Historic Architecture in Lancaster County

In 1709, Lancaster was settled by German immigrants (or Pennsylvania “Deutsch”). In the 300 years since then, many generations of residents have lived and worked here, and have helped our young nation grow. Structures ranging from modest log homes to immaculate institutions were built to provide shelter and to serve other important functions in the community. Lancaster and its built environment have played a vital role in history, serving as a meeting place during the…Read More »

Farm-to-Table in February

February doesn’t seem like the most advantageous time of year to be eating farm-to-table in Pennsylvania. Living off the land is not an easy thing to do here; the typical growing season is 6 months long. But Lancaster County is the agricultural mecca of PA. Eating local through the winter isn’t as difficult as you may think. Whether you’re planning to dine out, or shop at one of the many year-round farmers markets, there are…Read More »


Well, we’re officially three weeks into 2017 and so far the worst thing to happen is a horse and buggy breakdown on Main Street! In fact, our 2017 here at the 1777 Americana Inn B&B and Black Forest Brewery has been filled with more blessings than we can already count! So, I’d love to take this opportunity to highlight some of the fortune that we have enjoyed so far this year! December 13, 2016 was…Read More »

Hey There 2017

Hey there 2017, you’re looking mighty fine! Speaking of mighty fine, let’s talk about how you can ring in this New Year with some romance in and around the Lancaster area! Winter (as previously noted in last week’s blog is a season of ambivalent emotions) but it also brings with it some things that are beautiful…snow, warm fires, Valentine’s day, and lots of snuggling! So, you ask, what can I do that screams romance during…Read More »

Holiday Season Favorites

The beginning of December brings about mixed emotions for many people, including myself. I find myself dreading the cold and snow, but loving the warm snuggles of a fleece blanket and Christmas lights. I stress over holiday shopping and parties, but anxiously await the drinks and merriment with friends and family. I roll my eyes at the vast array of peppermint flavored coffees but sigh with great satisfaction every time I sip a mug of…Read More »

PA Dutch Cuisine

Now that we’re in one of the best “eating” seasons of the year, I feel it my duty to write a little something about the local cuisine. Anyone who has met me knows I have a passion for food. I spend my weeks reading culinary magazines and exploring new ingredients at local super markets and food stands. My weekends are spent bartending and conversing with guests about some of my favorite spots in Berks and…Read More »

Holiday Preview

A tale as Old as Time…seems to be on the rise lately with the hugely popular and classic Disney tale of Beauty and the Beast coming back to the big screen this March. But, did you know that you can catch the timeless tale and all of its musical glory at the Fulton Theater right now. Yes, that’s right we’re joining the Christmas bandwagon and hitting the holiday preview blog a bit earlier this year!…Read More »

History of Ephrata

I had a discussion recently with a very nice gentleman at the Black Forest Brewery. After pleasantries, we delved into a deeper conversation about travel; it turns out he had spent some time in India, a place I’m determined to visiting at some point in my life. We talked all about why he made his initial trip, how he financed it, what he enjoyed, and why he ultimately returned home after a prolonged stay. It…Read More »

Pumpkin Picking

Fall is notorious for a few things. Cool breezes, the start of football, and PUMPKIN. It seems to me the last couple of years, the pumpkin craze has exploded, exponentially. It’s pumpkin spice this, and pumpkin spice that, you see pumpkin EVERYWHERE! And this is where I take issue. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good pumpkin cappuccino or refreshing pumpkin beer every now and then, but this craze has molded an object  that…Read More »

Brew Fest

Let’s play a game, what is the first word that comes to mind when you hear the phrase Bed & Breakfast? Is it…comfort, homey, luxury? How about when you hear  the word, Amish? Is it…old world, horse and buggy, religious? Well today, after a particularly long weekend, I found myself thinking about another phrase, BEER. Yes, beer…when I think of beer I think of hot summer days, friends, cookouts, fun and many laughs.. All of…Read More »