Flowers & Thyme Bed and Breakfast

238 Strasburg Pike, Lancaster, Pennsylvania 17602
Innkeeper(s): Don & Ruth Harnish
  • Introduction

    Flowers & Thyme Bed & Breakfast, front view Escape to our Lancaster, Pennsylvania bed and breakfast located in the heart of Lancaster County, a quiet and unspoiled location that is home to the PA Dutch, Amish and Mennonite families living on acres of stunning beauty. As you visit, you can catch a glimpse of a lifestyle that focuses on the simple way of living that hasn't changed much over the years.

    Lancaster County earns its title as the "Garden Spot of the USA" as a result of the productive land farmed by the local farmers with their tractors or mules. In some areas of Lancaster County you will see no electric lines being run to the farms. You'll observe the slow pace of the horse-drawn buggies. The Amish drive the grey buggies seen primarily in the Intercourse and Strasburg area, while the Old Order Mennonite folk drive the black buggies in the New Holland and Terre Hill areas of Lancaster County. Life is not as hurried in their communities.

    Our Lancaster bed and breakfast offers a quiet atmosphere that is within four miles of Strasburg, of center city Lancaster, and also Bird-in-Hand. We are only 1 mile from Route 30, where the Tanger and Rockvale Square outlets provide great shopping.

    Flowers & Thyme Bed & Breakfast, patio

    Flowers & Thyme Bed & Breakfast, common lounge Originally built in 1941, our house was constructed by Amish carpenters and owned by a Mennonite family. We purchased the property and in the early years of tourism here in Lancaster County, we opened up our home for five years for the overflow guests from the hotels and motels. Then in 1992, we did major remodeling and opened two years later as a B&B.

    Our bed and breakfast is nestled among mature trees on a 1 1/3 acre property in the heart of PA Dutch country. The homes' furnishings reflect comfort, simplicity and tradition. Yellow pine floors are original in the main part of the house and are accented with lovely rugs. Hardwood flooring was added during renovations to the Gathering Room.

    We have 3 common area rooms, which you can use to watch cable TV. We also have a VCR and a DVD available. Enjoy the view of the fields and the working dairy farm across the street from the comfort of a rocking chair on our wrap-around front porch. Relax in our gazebo for a spell and watch the fireflies light up the summer evening, read a book on the porch swing, enjoy a walk through our gardens, put together a puzzle, or take a nap in the hammock in the shade of our evergreen grove.

    Flowers & Thyme Bed & Breakfast, pasture

    Be sure to explore Lancaster County and enjoy the agricultural fields, stop at a roadside stand for some homemade root beer or buy some fresh produce. Take a bike ride on the back roads or explore the many historic Lancaster County covered bridges. For spectacular entertainment, the Sight & Sound Theatre and the American Music Theatre are within 4 miles from our B&B.

    Shop at the Olde Mill House gift shop (housed in a restored barn) a half-mile down the road or visit the Strasburg antique market for a prized gift. Play a game of miniature golf or ask about our favorite restaurants for fresh and delicious food. We may even be able to arrange a dinner in an Amish home for you, if we know in advance and based on availability.

    Flowers & Thyme Bed & Breakfast, gazebo

    Flowers & Thyme Bed & Breakfast, dining table

    Bed and breakfasts are an increasingly popular way to enjoy more individualized accommodations. Each bed and breakfast has its own personality. The charm of staying at a B&B property is the unique furnishings combined with privacy and a home-style feeling from your hosts. We want to be helpful and are eager to make you feel at home - everything to make your trip a memory you will cherish.

    Flowers & Thyme Bed & Breakfast, gazebo &  flowers

    Relax in the Gardens at our Lancaster Bed and Breakfast...

    Our landscaped gardens encompass 1 1/3 acres on which all variations of color schemes abound. From early spring, when the bulbs burst with color, to early summer, with the vivid poppy displays, until late into fall, with perennial flowers mixed with annuals, a colorful vista awaits our guests.

    Our clean comfortable rooms are furnished in traditional décor and each room offers a private bath. Depending on your preference, you can choose a room with a canopy bed, fireplace or 2-person Jacuzzi. All our rooms are beautifully decorated.

    Our philosophy of service is comfort and relaxing country-style hospitality,

    provided in a warm and friendly style. Visit our Bed and Breakfast in Lancaster PA Dutch Country "where thoughtfulness and hospitality bloom."

  • Breakfast

    Start your day with a Wonderful Breakfast

    Relax with your early morning cup of coffee and watch the sun rise. The Flavia coffee maker is available for coffee or hot water for tea or hot chocolate before breakfast or when you return from your day of exploring and sightseeing.

    Guests enjoy a full hot breakfast that is served at 8:30AM each morning in our Gathering Room, an airy commodious room with a magnificent vaulted ceiling and an expanse of windows overlooking the countryside. A three-course meal is served with fruit juice, blended coffee, or specialty teas for beginners. A seasonal fruit dish, followed by a hot entrée of either something savory or sweet, along with ham, bacon, or sausage to compliment the meal. The menu of the day might include Puffy Dutch Pancakes, Vegetable Quiche, Asparagus Bundles or Cornflake-Crusted French Toast with caramel sauce. We use fresh eggs, local produce and vegetables from our garden. Each breakfast concludes with a pastry of muffins, coffeecake or quick bread made from scratch. Cold cereal or homemade granola is always available.

    Flowers & Thyme Bed & Breakfast, breakfast

    Flowers & Thyme Bed & Breakfast, cookies

  • Beautiful Gardens

    Flowers & Thyme Bed & Breakfast, garden

    A garden to live in, dream in, escape in

    Flowers & Thyme Bed & Breakfast, hammock

    The grounds are landscaped in the cottage garden style featuring plants and flowers - old-fashioned poppies mixed with knockout roses, gooseneck loosestrife or echinacea at every turn. The gardens are especially colorful early to mid-July when the biannual poppies put on their display. (The innkeepers might even give you some seed, if you ask).

    Retreat from the crowds to this place of peace. You just might want to drift off to sleep in the hammock underneath the canopy of evergreen trees. The gazebo is a place where you will want to sit and stay awhile - in the inviting oasis under the grove of trees. Sit and listen to the chirping of the crickets or watch the fireflies on a July summer evening. And in the evening when the sun goes down, linger in the gazebo for a quiet respite.

    We are honored to have been featured in the Birds and Blooms magazine.

    Flowers & Thyme Bed & Breakfast, red flowers

    Flowers & Thyme Bed & Breakfast pink flower

    Flowers & Thyme Bed & Breakfast, yellow flowers

    Flowers & Thyme Bed & Breakfast, flowers gate

  • Meet The Innkeepers

    Flowers & Thyme Bed & Breakfast, innkeepers

    We both were raised on farms. After our marriage, Don worked as parts manager for a farm machinery store, and then went into home appliance installation. Ruth worked as a bookkeeper before marriage and then was a stay-at-home Mom, but did payroll/bookkeeping when the children were in school. She also worked part-time at a greenhouse during those years.

    We enjoy traveling and the last couple years find us heading to Texas and Wyoming to see our 2 children and their families. Flowers and gardening are Ruth's enjoyment plus scrap booking when time permits. Don loves to refurbish and refinish furniture. His love of woodworking is evidenced throughout the house. Both of us enjoy tandem biking.

    Bed and breakfasts are an increasingly popular way to enjoy more individualized accommodations. Each bed and breakfast has its own personality. The charm of staying at a B&B property is the unique furnishings combined with privacy and a home-style feeling from your hosts. We want to be helpful and are eager to make you feel at home - everything to make your trip a memory you will cherish.

  • Guest Comments

    Flowers & Thyme Bed & Breakfast, hammock

    "The theme of flowers and herbs extends from the bedroom door to the gardens surrounding the house. There is a gazebo for relaxing, and a front porch swing for watching traffic. The hosts are very pleasant and more than willing to assist you in planning visits, or recommending local spots. The breakfasts are great, and the common area rooms are comfortable. Overall, a memorable experience." Coventry, RI

    "Your home is truly a place to call a "haven." I am so impressed by the beautiful atmosphere and décor. To find such a warm and cozy home to spend away from the routine of life was a wonderful blessing. We have never been to a B&B before, but we have been truly inspired by your graciousness and hospitality. Thank you so much." St. Paul, NC

    "Thanks for your charming inn and gracious Lancaster hospitality. The room was great. Our experience here was more than we expected and we will be returning to visit again." Sayre, PA

    "Flowers and Thyme B&B was the warmest, most hospitable place to spend our first anniversary as a married couple! We always felt like we were at home and that was a plus! The owners made sure that our every need was met. Flowers & Thyme had the most beautiful landscape and was local to everything we wanted to visit. We would recommend this B&B to anyone." N. Brunswick, NJ

    "Are you looking for that special get-away from your everyday craziness? This is the perfect place. They serve the greatest breakfast in the area. Their hospitality is terrific. The place where you can kick back and feel at home away from home minus the children. We go every six months just to enjoy the quiet and the great company of the owners." Pottstown, PA

    "What a beautiful B&B! You put so much love and care in the glorious garden and warmly decorated rooms. There is such a spirit of peace here. Thanks." Bucks County, PA

    "We are truly blessed to have met you and been able to get to know you. We loved the Garden Room - a true reflection of your talented abilities and hard work in all your awesome gardens outside. The gazebo and front porch swing are the perfect places to relax and unwind. You are truly tops in the B&B trade." Bechtelsville, PA

    "We really felt God's peace and presence in this home and your gardens. We can't wait to tell our friends about this treasure we've found in the heart of Lancaster County." Shickshinny, PA

  • Things to Do

    Flowers & Thyme Bed & Breakfast, train

    Lancaster County offers an array of shopping and cultural experiences. There is something for everyone. You'll find activities here in abundance. You'll need more than one day to discover the hidden gems and to absorb the diversity of Lancaster County.

    Lancaster County attractions and activities include:

    • Covered bridge tours
    • Miniature golf
    • Hiking
    • Self guided tours
    • Hot air balloon rides
    • Horseback riding
    • Birding
    • Art galleries
    • Auctions
    • Beautiful drives
    • The Strasburg Railroad and steam train
    • Homemade root beer
    • Wineries
    • Gardens
    • and much more!

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