Swiss Woods Bed & Breakfast Inn
Innkeeper(s): Werner & Debbie Mosimann
Read Local! 23 Sep 2015, 2:48 pm
If you're looking for a brand new book to read on your getaway, here at Swiss Woods Bed and Breakfast, pick up your next favorite title at Aaron's Books. Aaron's Books is an independently owned bookstore in the heart of downtown Lititz. I had the opportunity to correspond over email with Todd Dickinson, the owner of the bookstore. I loved hearing what he had to say about his own favorite books, running a bookstore, and the importance of a place like Aaron's Books in Lititz. (And he was gracious enough to let us use a few of his pictures of the bookstore!)
1. How long have you had Aaron's Books?
My wife Sam Droke-Dickinson and I opened Aaron's Books in July 2005, so we just celebrated our tenth anniversary. The store is named for our son Aaron, and he is now 12 years old.
(Todd, Aaron, and Sam cut the cake for the tenth anniversary of the bookstore)
2. What drew you to the book business? Have you always enjoyed reading? (Do you have a favorite book?)
Sam and I have always loved to read, and we've passed that along to Aaron. Of course, we sometimes talk about how little time we actually have to read while we're running a bookstore, but we do find the time. I have many favorite books, but there are a few I return to whenever I can, including The Hobbit, The Count of Monte Cristo, and Watership Down.
3. What do you love about running Aaron's Books?
My favorite thing about running Aaron's Books is visiting with readers. I love finding the next perfect book for someone, and I am always learning about books that I want to read. And helping a young reader find that special book that makes them smile is a pretty great reward.
4. What do you like about being here in Lititz? What do you think makes it such a special small town?
Lititz is truly special in many ways. It is a town with a rich history that visitors can feel from the moment they arrive, but it's alive, growing, and changing, instead of being a museum. It has a variety of experiences for people of all ages and interests. With chocolate, pretzels, great places to eat, fun shops, ducks in the park, and books, what else could you want?
5. What is the place, or importance, of an independent bookstore like Aaron's Books in a town like Lititz?
An independent bookstore enriches the community it is in. It becomes a gathering spot, a place for people to meet, learn, and share ideas. There's a great quote in Neil Gaiman's novel American Gods: “What I say is, a town isn't a town without a bookstore. It may call itself a town, but unless it's got a bookstore it knows it's not fooling a soul.” We know how lucky we are to be in Lititz. The community has embraced us, and we believe we've strengthened the community in return.
(A great shot, courtesy of Todd, features the vintage store sign.)
Be sure to check out Aaron's Books, right here in Lititz, and "Like" their Facebook page to stay up to date on book release parties, new arrivals, and fun in-store events!
All New Fun at Sight & Sound! 11 Aug 2015, 10:20 am
If you're looking for an exceptional experience right here in Lancaster, look no further than Sight & Sound Theaters, located right off of Route 30 in Ronks. Sight & Sound is a theater company that creates truly magical, show-stopping productions of classic Bible stories. Past shows have included Daniel, Ruth, Noah, and the Creation story. This year's show, Joseph, (playing Tuesday-Saturday through October 16) takes the audience through the trials and triumphs of Joseph– from his harrowing home with eleven angry brothers, to Egypt, as he is guided by God from a life of poverty to the right hand of the greatest power in the land!
And, don't miss Sight & Sound's 2016 show, Samson, the story of one of the most infamous judges in the Old Testament. With electrifying music, spectacular special effects, and live animals, Sight & Sound lets you experience old stories in a brand new way. Get tickets for Joseph, plan to see Samson, and follow the Swiss Woods Bed and Breakfast blog to find your next Lancaster County experience!
Lapp Up the Best Ice Cream in Amish Country 15 Jul 2015, 10:26 pm
The best ice cream in Lancaster County hides in a family farm in New Holland. Half an hour away from Swiss Woods Bed and Breakfast, Lapp Valley Farm is a dairy farm-turned ice cream shop. Lapp Valley sells fresh milk, cream, and ice cream made from their own Jersey cows. Enjoy fresh strawberry ice cream in a homemade waffle cone on the back porch, or go visit the very cows that made it. Brave the corn fields and find the best ice cream in town. You won't regret it.
Faire Family Fun 10 Jul 2015, 9:58 pm
Every year we look forward to the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire. The Faire invites you to go back in time with Renaissance-themed food and entertainment. Dress up and spend the day with jesters, jousters, and jugglers every weekend from August 1- October 25. Located at the stunning Mount Hope Estate, the Faire has acre after acre of fun. And after a long day of local time-traveling, come back and relax around the fire, at Swiss Woods Bed and Breakfast. Get your tickets for the Renaissance Faire here. God save the King!
Technicolor Tourism in Lancaster County 24 Jun 2015, 6:56 pm
There is a lot to see here in Lancaster County. You could sightsee every weekend of the year and still miss out on some of the area’s best kept secrets. But, one of our most unmissable attractions is the Fulton Theater in Lancaster City. The Fulton has put on some of Broadway’s biggest musicals: Les Miserables, A Chorus Line, and West Side Story among others. And this summer, the Fulton presents one of the biggest shows they’ve ever done, The Wizard of Oz. Watch Dorothy and Toto (played by Nigel, Broadway’s very own dog actor!) as they discover they’re not in Kansas anymore. This wild, Technicolor ride has everything from flying monkeys to acrobatic munchkins– including your very own pair of green glasses for the Emerald City! Watch beloved songs and scenes come alive on our very own Lancaster stage. Just a twenty minute drive from Swiss Woods Bed and Breakfast in Lititz, downtown Lancaster City boasts street after street of great restaurants and unique shops. If you’re coming for a matinee show, stop at the pop-up park a block before the theater on Prince Street for cold brew coffee from Passenger Coffee and a scoop of homemade ice cream from Penny’s Ice Cream Truck. Or after an evening performance, stop in at John J Jeffries restaurant for fresh, local hors d'oeuvres and cocktails. There’s so much to see when you stay with us, here at Swiss Woods Bed and Breakfast. Get your seat for The Wizard of Oz (playing through July 19th), and stay tuned for more show-stopping local fun.
From Golf to Gardens: Summer at Swiss Woods 16 Jun 2015, 5:29 am
Can you believe it’s already the middle of June? We spent a long winter relaxing by the fire and watching foot after foot of snow fall. But now, it’s summer at Swiss Woods. One of the first big events in the area is the Women’s Open, over at the Lancaster Country Club. The tournament is happening from July 6-12, and all the action is just twenty minutes away from our Lititz location. Beat the heat after a long day on the green with a glass of wine on our shaded garden patio. Or, relax with a cup of tea in the spacious suite upstairs. And, make sure you sample some of our fresh baked goods made with local ingredients, and herbs like mint and lemon verbena from the garden. Don’t miss out on any of the summer fun– outdoors or in. Find more information about the Women’s Open here.
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!