Historic Smithton Inn

900 West Main Street, Ephrata, Pennsylvania 17522
Innkeeper(s): Rebecca & David Gallagher
  • Introduction

    Front view of the Historic Smithton InnIf you're looking for a comfortable, charming place to stay while you're exploring Lancaster County and Dutch Country in Ephrata, Pennsylvania, then the Historic Smithton Inn is for you. The Historic Smithton Inn turned 250 years old in 2013, making it one of the oldest B&Bs in Lancaster county. The owners have spent the last four years restoring the property, maintaining the wonderful historic attributes of the home, while enhancing guest comfort with modern conveniences.

    Located in Ephrata, which is in northern Lancaster county, the Historic Smithton Inn has great accessibility to all the attractions in and around the county that guests most want to visit. Best of all, if you need to get somewhere the 'fast-easy' way, we've got terrific roads to get you there.

    The Borough of Ephrata (pronounced F-ra-ta) is a quaint, historic town with a PA Museum Site (the Ephrata Cloister), plus lots of great restaurants, shops, walking trails and parks, many of which are walking distance from the Inn.

  • Insider's Info

    Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Rebecca & David Gallagher for sharing their own secrets with BBOnline.com!
    Why do most travelers stay at your inn?

    Travelers stay at the Historic Smithton Inn for so many reasons! Most love the historic charm of the building, especially since it combined with modern guest comforts and amenities like private baths, air conditioning, flat screen TV/DVD players, iPod docking stations, free WiFi. Guests also like the location of the Historic Smithton Inn. Ephrata is a terrific location to base yourself when exploring all of Lancaster County. We're surrounded by great restaurants, local shops and attractions, and it's an easy drive to get to just about every community / attraction that's on your to-do list. And finally, guests rave about our breakfasts. Rebecca, the innkeeper LOVES to cook and based on the reviews, our guests love to eat her food!

    What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?

    The Historic Smithton Inn is known for being one of the oldest bed and breakfasts in Lancaster County (we're celebrating our 250th Anniversary in 2013!). It's that unique experience of staying at a historic property that was built before the United States was even a country, while being treated to superior customer service, where all the little details to make your trip special have been considered.

    If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?

    Just a quarter mile from our B&B is the Historic Ephrata Cloister, a wonderful PA State Museum site that's listed in the book "1,000 Places to See Before You Die". (BTW - the Historic Smithton Inn is also listed in that book!)

    What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?

    We've gotten so many wonderful compliments for our property and service, but I think my favorite is when a guest tells me that they're never able to get a decent night's sleep when they travel, but that they slept soundly through the night with us,because our B&B felt SO comfortable and homey. I just love that we're able to deliver that kind of service to a self-proclaimed "tough guest".

    What’s the best kept secret about the area?

    The best kept secrets around our B&B are the "foodie" treats that surround us. We have a number of new and growing craft beer breweries, my favorite, St. Boniface, is just over a mile up the road from us. We also have nearby wineries, cheese makers, hard pretzel makers, ice cream shops and specialty bakeries!

    If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?

    If I had just 4 days to spend in the area I'd spend 2 days seeing Lancaster County. I'd do a scooter tour of Amish Farms & Covered Bridges, catch a show at a local theater, visit a winery/brewery (or two), go to one of the many special festivals or outdoor events, and take in a few of the many historic sites/museums. Then I'd do two day trips. One day in Gettysburg (just 1.5 hours from the Inn), and one at either Hershey (45 min) or Longwood Gardens / Kennett Square (1 hour).

    Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?

    Our Inn is walking distance to the Historic Ephrata Cloister, restaurants, a Rail Trail, and local retail shops.

    What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?

    This is SO hard because in this area... its' ALL about the food! We have so many great restaurants nearby and so my favorite really depends on my mood! We have a "fancy", art deco restaurant right in downtown Ephrata, Lily's on Main. There's a terrific old tavern with a restaurant, pub and outdoor deck, the Olde Lincoln House Tavern. There's a 'comfy-cozy' restaurant with a 5-star, Culinary Institute trained chef, The Black Horse Restaurant. And there's an 1800s Log Cabin that's situated in the back of a residential neighborhood that you have to drive through a covered bridge to get to (also a Culinary Institute Chef), The Log Cabin. We also have a Columbian restaurant, authentic Mexican restaurant, and a great burger place that's 100% outdoors. So finding great restaurants isn't the problem, deciding BETWEEN them is!

    Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?

    Our local Visitor's Bureau has a great website for ideas on things to see and do in the area:www.padutchcountry.com

    How many rooms does your inn have?

    The Historic Smithton Inn has 7 guest rooms. One is located on the first floor, the rest are on the 2nd floor. One room has a king sized bed. All the rooms can accommodate 3 guests by prior arrangement (with a $25 extra guest charge.)

    Do you accept pets?

    We accept pets in one guest room, Guest Suite 7, the Tailor's Cottage. If the Tailor's Cottage is not available and you'd like to board your pet, we can help you find something nearby.

  • Breakfast

    Historic Smithton Inn breakfast

    One thing to know about Lancaster County is that it's all about the food here! As a farming and agriculture community, we're lucky to be able to get many of our ingredients from local farmers including eggs, cheese, fruits, vegetables and meats! Add to that the fact that Rebecca, the Innkeeper, loves to cook and you can see what guests tend to rave about the breakfasts at the Historic Smithton Inn!

    The Historic Smithton Inn is known for their breakfasts. Guests are given the opportunity to choose when they'd like to eat, between 8 - 10 am, or earlier by special request. Dishes are all homemade, typically from local ingredients which are found in abundance in Lancaster County. Special diets can be accommodated, just let the innkeepers know your needs ahead of time.

    Dining Room at the Historic Smithton Inn.  Bright and cheerful with hand crafted furniture.  Guests can sit at their own tables or with other guests.

    Breakfast is a combination of "continental-style" foods and a hot plated meal. We set out the continental-fare on our handcrafted sideboard for guests convenience, including fresh fruit, homemade breads, muffins, assorted yogurts and cereals and homemade granola.

    Once you've gotten some fresh coffee, tea or hot chocolate and other goodies to get you started, we serve your hot plated meal which alternates daily between a sweet (french toast, pancake, waffle, crepes) or savory (baked eggs, crustless quiche, strata) breakfast & sides. Special dishes can be made up to accommodate allergies or food preferences, just let us know in advance!

  • Guest Room Amenities

    Historic Smithton Inn patio

    For you to Enjoy

    • A seriously delicious breakfast every morning
    • Help planning your visit including ideas for things to do, places to see, and dining options
    • Keurig machine wtih lots of coffee, tea and hot chocolate options to choose from
    • Fresh baked cookies
    • A big dvd collection to choose from, including every Academy Award winning Best Picture since 1976 (we've got earlier Best Pictures too, we just loose sequential order!)
    • Free WiFi
    • Books, magazines, games, cards
    • Outdoor fire pit
    • Ample, well lit parking
    • Iron and ironing board

    Each Guest Room Includes

    • Comfortable beds with terrific sheets and towels ('cause lets face it, that makes a BIG difference!)
    • Private baths, working fireplaces and individually controlled AC
    • Mini Fridge
    • Complimentary snacks & bottled water
    • Hair dryer, make up mirror and full length mirror
  • Weddings, Events, & Gatherings in Lancaster County

    Historic Smithton Inn Wedding bouquet If you're looking for a venue to host a family reunion, party, small wedding, meeting or other event,  you should consider the Historic Smithton Inn.

    The Inn is set on a half-acre of land, most of which is behind the main building, making for an ideal location to put up a tent for your special event.

    The dining room and living room can accommodate small dinners, cocktail parties, showers and meetings.

    Contact the Innkeepers for a quote.

  • Attractions

    Historic Smithton Inn night time

    Unless you're one of those people who swims between Cuba & Florida just for fun, it's likely that you'll run out of energy or time before you run out of things to do in Lancaster County!!  You name your interest, and it's pretty likely that we've got an attraction to match, very close by!

    For foodies, we've got some of the best restaurants, craft breweries, wineries, cheese makers, fresh food markets and cooking schools in the northeast (in my humble opinion!). If you like good theater, we've got a great combination of nearby community theater, opera/symphony, dinner theater and concert venues, plus Sight & Sound, which is in a league of their own!

    For history buffs, we've got lots of options for every era, from colonial times & the Revolutionary War to the Civil War and WWII, plus a few very cool and interesting specialty museums. There are great hiking trails, parks and bike routes for the outdoorsie-crowd. And of course, there are TONS of ways to see and learn about Amish Culture!!

  • Directions

    Historic Smithton Inn directions

    The Historic Smithton Inn is located at the corner of W. Main Street (PA 322) and Academy Drive.Our parking lot entrance is actually on Academy.

    If You're Coming From 222

    Reading is north of us, Lancaster is south.

    1. Exit at 322 and head west for about 4 miles
    2. You'll drive through the downtown district (isn't it cute!)
    3. Keep going just 1 mile to go!
    4. You'll pass the Ephrata Cloister on your left, then you'll drive under a small overpass (272)
    5. The next traffic light is Academy Drive
    6. Take a left, then an immediate right into our parking lot

    If You're Coming From 76

    Philadelphia to the east, Harrisburg to the west.

    1. Take exit #286
    2. You can take 222 south and then follow the directions above to get to us
    3. Or continue to 272 and take it South for about 5 miles
    4. Then take 322 West
    5. The first traffic light is Academy Drive
    6. Take a left at the light, then an immediate right into our parking lot

    If You're Coming From 322

    Downington to the east, Hershey to the west.

    1. Just keep an eye out for Academy Drive
    2. If you're arriving from the west, if you go under 272 you've gone too far!
    3. If you're coming from the east, see the directions above!