Bird-in-Hand Village Inn & Suites

2695 Old Philadelphia Pike, Bird-in-Hand, Pennsylvania 17505
Innkeeper(s): Penny Hershey
 

Taste the Farm Fresh Difference! 3 Jun 2014, 8:58 am

If you think this winter’s weather played havoc with your world, imagine what it did to all our neighboring Amish and Mennonite farmers.  After contending with extended cold, snow, snow, ice and snow, their fields were soaked by rainstorm after rainstorm.  Spring plantings had to be postponed many weeks, pushing Lancaster County’s first harvests back into May and June.

But good things do, indeed, come to those who wait.  After much anticipation the farm fresh season has come to Lancaster County—and to the Bird-in-Hand Family Restaurant & Smorgasbord and Bird-in-Hand Bakery & Cafe.  Our salad bar and salad selections are now an ever-changing medley of fresh green, red and romaine lettuces and spinach.  Joining these greens to garnish your salads are freshly picked radishes, green peppers, cucumbers, red beets, grape tomatoes, tomatoes and broccoli.  Sides and Grandma Smucker’s favorite casseroles feature such fresh vegetables as cabbage, kale, sugar peas, yellow wax beans, red, new and sweet potatoes, green peppers, zucchini, broccoli, cucumbers and sweet corn.  And don’t forget dessert!  Strawberries debut the season, soon followed by blackberries, raspberries, cantaloupe, watermelon and peaches.  Our bakers can’t wipe the smiles off their faces!

Put smiles on your face by visiting us any time you can this season.  You never know what our farmers have harvested for you to enjoy.

We Call It “Porching”… 5 May 2014, 10:52 am

Sundays in the Lancaster County Amish tradition are all about church and family.  After morning chores—cows still need to be milked and animals fed, even on the Day of Rest—Sunday begins in earnest with worship at a neighboring farm or family devotions.  As noon approaches, the day transitions over lunch, and the time for visiting friends and family begins.

That’s why visitors to these parts are fascinated by all the buggies they see on the road Sunday mornings.  If they’re lucky, they may discover a field of buggies, there for that morning’s worship.  Ah, but the afternoon is all about “porching” with family and friends.

“Porching” may not be an Amish term, but for the Smucker family—now Mennonite Anabaptists by faith—it’s how they continue this tradition of Sunday afternoons and evening porch visits with grandparents, great-grandparents and friends.  Intergenerational love and laughter abound as tales are told, stories shared and memories kept alive.

Drive around the back roads of Bird-in-Hand and Intercourse along the Old Philadelphia Pike most any warm Sunday, and you’re sure to catch glimpses of “porching” in progress.  We invite you to carry the spirit of this custom home with you.

Fast Time in Slow Country… 31 Mar 2014, 6:59 am

It’s daylight saving time here in Lancaster County.  For the “English” in the community, that is.  Many of our Amish neighbors remain on “slow time.”  After all, you can’t turn milking time forward for dairy cows.  When their udders are full, they’re ready to have their delicious warm milk drawn into a pail.

A typical conversation at The Counter at the Bird-in-Hand Family Restaurant & Smorgasbord gets a little more complicated.  Scheduling a meeting requires identifying whether it’s on “slow time” or “fast time.”

To our mind, it’s always “slow time” in Lancaster County.  There’s plenty of time to kick back and unwind…to sit on the lawns at our inns, motels and campground and watch buggies make their way to market…to relax by our pools and catch up on your reading…to set aside time in your day to take in the “Half-Stitched” musical at the Bird-in-Hand Stage…to treat yourself to a casual meal and enjoy Grandma Smucker’s favorite recipes at our Restaurant and at the Bird-in-Hand Bakery.

We hope you’ll be able to take time to escape your busy world and come slow down in ours.

Seasons of Bird-in-Hand 27 Nov 2012, 8:25 am

For 40 years, the Smucker Family of Bird-in-Hand has shared the homemade goodness, fresh foods and family recipes from generations of Smuckers with their neighbors and guests. From season to season and generation to generation, the legacy of our grandmothers’ kitchens and gardens live on.  The Smucker family is pleased to share these rich traditions of local home grown food and delicious Pennsylvania Dutch recipes with the many guests who come to Lancaster County to enjoy the goodness of the earth and gentle ways of life.  From our family to yours – May these foods bring joy and blessings to our friends and may we never forget to be grateful for a wholesome and bountiful harvest.

Bird-in-Hand highlights six seasonal flavors throughout the year at Bird-in-Hand Family Restaurant & Smorgasbord, Bird-in-Hand Bakery and the Bird-in-Hand Family of Inns.  Throughout the year we will be featuring products made with fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables.

January
Vanilla Pie

February
Fasnachts
Cherry Cheese Streusel Cake

March
Mint Whoopie Pies
Irish Soda Bread
Hot Cross Buns

April
Fresh Strawberry Pie

May
Strawberry Rhubarb Pie
Strawberry Rhubarb Bread
Strawberry & Cheese Streusel Cake
Strawberry & Cheese Danish
Made with fresh, locally grown strawberries!

June
Strawberry Rhubarb Pie
Strawberry Rhubarb Bread
Strawberry & Cheese Streusel Cake
Strawberry & Cheese Danish
Wildberry Bread
Wildberry Cheese Streusel Cake
Zucchini Bread – made with fresh, locally grown zucchini!
Focaccia Bread – made with fresh, locally grown tomatoes, onions & peppers!

July
Blueberry Crumb Pie
Wildberry Bread
Wildberry Cheese Streusel Cake
Blueberry Crunch Cake
Zucchini Bread – made with fresh, locally grown zucchini!
Focaccia Bread – made with fresh, locally grown tomatoes, onions & peppers!

August
Fresh Peach Pie
Peach Dumplings
Peach Melba Bread
Peach Crunch Cake
Zucchini Bread – made with fresh, locally grown zucchini!
Focaccia Bread – made with fresh, locally grown tomatoes, onions & peppers!

September
Jewish Apple Cake
Pumpkin Pie
Pumpkin Bread
Pumpkin Bars
Zucchini Bread – made with fresh, locally grown zucchini!
Focaccia Bread – made with fresh, locally grown tomatoes, onions & peppers!

October
Jewish Apple Cake
Apple Strudel
Pumpkin Pies
Pumpkin Bread
Pumpkin Bars

November
Pumpkin Pies
Pumpkin Bread
Pumpkin Bars
Pumpkin Rolls

December
Pumpkin Pies
Pumpkin Bread
Pumpkin Bars
Pumpkin Rolls
Cranberry Walnut Bread
Christmas Cookies