Swiss Woods Bed & Breakfast Inn
Innkeeper(s): Werner & Debbie Mosimann
Greenhouses abound around Lititz PA! 14 May 2015, 5:49 pm
April and now May signal planting time at our Lititz Bed and Breakfast. I love tomatoes and I especially love the heirloom varieties. My sister starts seeds from her Howard German tomatoes, a huge meaty plum shaped tomato, and shares them with me but I love variety, so a visit to my favorite heirloom greenhouse is in order. I found Sunnyside up on Rt 322 west of Ephrata, last year and they have a whole greenhouse filled with every kind of heirloom tomato you could ever want and also an impressive selection of peppers... hot peppers. Ghost peppers, Giant Jalopeno, Habernero.. and so many more. A book with pictures helps you decide just what you want.
I came back to Swiss Woods Bed and Breakfast with Chocolate Cherokee ( a purple grape tomato), a yellow pear, and some jalapenos. A few hollyhock plants begged to come home as well. All are now planted along with several kinds of Basil, parsley, and a variety of herbs.
I love spring. I love planting.
There is more to do than there are hours in the day but nothing beats watching food grow and being able to use home grown produce in our breakfasts.
During your next visit why not visit one of the many greenhouses and take a few plants home?
A great place for a special dinner in Lancaster PA 8 Jan 2015, 12:37 pm
A HIDDEN GEM IN LANCASTER PA!
Don’t you love it when you discover a hidden gem that has been in plain sight all the time? That’s what happened the other night when I joined two girlfriends for a long overdue girl’s night out for supper. Having lived in Lancaster PA for a long time, I have known about this restaurant for many years, and I pass by it whenever I go downtown Lancaster. I always admire how beautifully the exterior is kept and seasonally decorated, and as I drive by, I make a mental note to try and remember to have a meal there next time we are wracking our brains for a “good place to eat”. Can anyone relate? Well, everything came together last week, and we ended up at the beautiful Belvedere Inn at 402 N Queen St in Lancaster PA.
From the moment we walked in the door, the atmosphere was warm and welcoming. The décor is what can be called “fancy” but not in an intimidating way. Our server was very knowledgeable and rattled off the extensive specials list, with remarkable accuracy. We were all stunned by the variety of the extensive menu and when our food came, the presentation was just beautiful. We each ordered something different and in true “girls night out” style we each sampled everything! Every dish was just spectacular! From my choice of 4 hour braised short rib “comfort food”, to my friends Pan fried salmon over a succotash of corn, sweet potato, celeriac and lima beans, to the Bison Osso Bucco special, we each devoured every morsel. And then after declaring that we just could not eat another bite, we ordered dessert! Triple Chocolate Pot de Crème, need I say more!
On our way out to the easily accessed parking garage on Queen Street, we vowed to come back with our spouses and spread the word to friends, and our guests at http://www.swisswoods.com/ , that the Belvedere Inn is well worth a visit. Whether celebrating that special occasion while you visit Lancaster PA Dutch country or just spending a lovely night out with friends, it will not disappoint.
Check out the website where you can also view their menu.
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Did you know Middle Creek Wildlife Management area is only a 20 min drive from Swiss Woods Bed and Breakfast ? 12 Nov 2014, 9:17 am
Did you know Middle Creek Wildlife Management area is only a 20 min drive from Swiss Woods Bed and Breakfast ?
One of the star attractions North of Lititz, PA, is the Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area. And never is it more breathtakingly beautiful, than in the Fall when all the leaves are turning goldenrod and flaming red. The drive is part of the beauty of visiting this 6,000 acre area, operated by the Pennsylvania Game Commission for the protection, management and preservation of wildlife.
Last weekend my husband and I set out to “the Project” as it is often called by the locals, to soak in some of the beauty of nature. If you are staying at Swiss Woods Bed and Breakfast this is an easy 20 minute drive through some truly beautiful scenery. As we turned off Route 322 and drove a mile or two, we entered a gorgeous wooded area that made us feel far away from any towns and highways. The stress and tension literally started to leave our bodies as we approached the 400 acre manmade lake filled with waterfowl. We saw mallards, wood ducks and Canada Geese as well as a large herd of deer in all their glory. What a sight!
There are many hiking paths of all lengths, from the easy to more challenging, but on this Sunday afternoon we opted for the easy stroll out to the lake. We parked the car in the small parking lot, zipped up our jackets against the light breeze and set off down the half mile paved path. We ended up at a small pavilion overlooking the gorgeous lake. As we sat at the picnic tables in the pavilion, I wished that I had packed a light snack and drink, because I always enjoy a spectacular view when I am eating! We put a couple quarters in the viewing machines and picked out some deer grazing peacefully on the far bank. Next time we will be sure to bring our binoculars! (Guests staying at Swiss Woods Bed and Breakfast, be sure to ask to borrow a pair of binoculars)
We struck up a conversation with a gentleman who knew all the names of the indigenous plants and it was fun learning a bit about the vegetation. It was a wonderful afternoon and just what we needed to unwind from a stressful week. There were other families and couples who had the same idea as us, and it was great to see them taking advantage of this beautiful place. As we were leaving we passed a group of 20 year olds, dressed up in their Sunday best, toting some large pumpkins and other props. They had chosen this beautiful setting for an engagement photo shoot! I was going to hang around to watch this, but when my husband suggested we get going, to end our afternoon at the local Dairy Queen for a milkshake, I changed my mind and (almost) sprinted back to the car. A perfect ending to a perfect afternoon!
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Long Live the King! The PA Renaissance Faire is Open 18 Aug 2014, 8:50 am
Midway between Lititz Pa and Hershey PA in northern Lancaster County, the 36th year of the PA Renaissance Faire is well underway! You will not want to miss this one as every year it seems to get better and better. King Henry the VIII and Kathryn of Aragon await your visit to the Shire. Read all about it here and be sure to download their 2014 Program for all the wonderful royal details.
Every year we smile as our guests make their way to the Faire all dressed up and ready for a great day and every year the Faire delivers. This year they have added new programs, a chess board, and exciting new themes. This runs for only 13 weeks on the weekends (check HERE for dates and times as well as special themes ) you will want to plan your weekend soon! Swiss Woods is just 8 miles from this great event (15 min ) and makes for the perfect place to stay while you are enjoying the revelry. Fall weekends fill fast so plan your trip now and start putting that costume together! The Faire offers a $4 discount on admission if you are dressed in period costumes.
*Thanks to Tom and Linda Page for the impressive picture!
52nd Annual Antique Show 25 Jun 2014, 2:31 pmThis Friday and Saturday the Lititz Historical Foundation will be hosting their 52nd Annual Antiques Show at John Bonfield Elementary school. Forty select dealers from several states will be offering quality items of country flair, including primitives, stoneware, hooked rugs, children's toys, kitchen items, quilts and much more. The Historical Foundation's baker's club will also be selling many delicious baked goods. All proceeds from this event will benefit the Johannes Mueller House built in 1792 and the 1793 Christian Schropp House.
For more information call 717-627-4636 or visit lititzhistoricalfoundation.com
The Swiss Woods gardens, Werner's bees and Lancaster County farmers markets 28 May 2014, 12:41 pmLititz is all about shopping, food, and beauty. Here at the Inn it is no different. We love the spring and all that it brings with it... warmer days, green grass, magnificent flowers and newly opened road side markets. The bees are out and about gathering pollen for their wonderful honey and Werner is busy redoing a few things in an attempt to do rounds of comb honey. We are up to 17 hives many with new queens so stay tuned.
Roots on Tuesdays
Central Market on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday
Green Dragon on Friday
Lititz Farmers Market on Saturday
various and plentiful road side stand every day but Sunday
The one below is my new favorite. In my little kitchen garden I have black cherry tomatoes, purple plum tomatoes and several other heirloom varieties all purchased here.
Why not book a trip to Lititz this summer? We would love to see you!
Like us on facebook and you can read about all the up do date happenings.. and if you are interested in all our breakfasts, yummy treats on the sideboard and all things food like and follow my food blog at 8 Broads in the Kitchen.
And most of all.. have a great day!
Lititz Farmer's Market 16 May 2014, 2:56 pm
Speedwell Forge lake restoration under way!! 7 May 2014, 7:12 amAs many of you know, Speedwell Forge is the lake that Swiss Woods Bed and Breakfast overlooks and due to major storms needed a complete renovation of the dam. In addition a local grass roots group has secured monies from a Growing Greener grant to remove 40 years of accumulated sediment from the lake bottom.
The work has begun! All the waiting for permits, plans and contractors is over and this last week we were elated to see the first backhoes and bulldozers arrive. This is the sediment removal portion and the actual work on the dam itself should start soon as well. A big thank you to the Speedwell Wolf Sanctuary who is taking the sediment to make new wolf enclosures. The Sanctuary is located just around the corner from Swiss Woods and many of our guests enjoy the tours and special full moon events there.
All this to say our lake is on it's way back and promises to be better than ever. In the meantime there are so many other reasons to visit Swiss Woods. Our hiking trails are still amazing, Werner's gardens are set to bloom and Lititz PA is booming after being 2013's coolest small town. Second Friday's continue to grow and are a big hit. Be sure to follow the link to see all the events Lititz has planned for 2014.
For you birders out there, the wealth of birds on the property keeps growing. Over the course of spring, summer, fall and winter we have identified well over 140 different birds. Yesterday we watched a summer tanager flit through the newly greening trees and the distinctive pecking of the pileated woodpecker sounds from the forest.
Make your reservations now. Take advantage of our Swiss Woods June Midweek Special. Stay 2 nights Sunday-Thursday and we will include 2 free wine tastings at our favorite vineyard, Waltz Vineyards in Manheim, PA , a short drive from the Inn. Please mention "June Special" when booking. They also have a tasting room on Main Street in Lititz, the perfect stop while shopping!
Upcoming Concerts and Events close to Swiss Woods Bed and Breakfast 1 May 2014, 11:36 amHere at Swiss Woods Bed and Breakfast we strive to keep everyone updated on the wide variety of events there are to visit in the area. Lititz, PA is central to many including all of the concerts and shows at the Giant Center in Hershey, PA ( 30 min), the production of Moses at the Sight and Sound Theater in Strasburg (35min) and the wealth of concerts at the American Music Theater. During the summer there are also you can enjoy a dinner theater in Mt Gretna at the Timbers.
Sheryl Crow graces the AMT stage on June 1st.
The American Music Theater is adding shows constantly and just added Terry Fator for August 24, 2104, and Bill Cosby for Sept 7, 2014. Both shows will be a total sell out so get your tickets (and your rooms!) early!
3rd Annual Lititz Pretzel Fest 17 Apr 2014, 1:02 pm
Love pretzels? Be sure to check out the 3rd annual Pretzel Fest held in historic downtown Lititz! On April 26th, ten different chefs will prepare their unique recipes available for tasting. Local bands, The Lancaster Liederkranz & Ragtime Willi Band will be playing live music. Learn about the history of the pretzel as you tour through the Sturgis House, the first commercial pretzel bakery in North America. From dunk tanks, pretzel twisting competitions, to German Folk dancers, there will be something for everyone to enjoy! Tickets are available at www.lititzpretzelfest.com