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Homestead Lodging in Smoketown, Pennsylvania is your "home away from home. " Bob and Lori invite you to visit their beautiful Lancaster county setting. Enjoy a walk down the lane to the Amish farm adjacent to us or enjoy a quiet evening on our porch listening to the clippety-clop of horsedrawn Amish buggies.
Homestead Lodging features a complimentary continental breakfast to get you started right. There's nothing like hot coffee or fresh baked goods to liven your spirits for a day of activities. You may wish to visit quilt, antique and farmer's markets as well as the Mennonite Info Center/Hebrew Tabernacle; Amish Experience Theatre; Kitchen Kettle Village; Strasburg Railroad; or Dutch Wonderland to name a few.
There are numerous outdoor activities including tennis, golf (eighteen hole and miniature), parks, and swimming that can fill your day in our local area.
From January to December, this area features events. Tour buses are available daily for tours of the Amish farmlands. Homestead Lodging is also located within walking distance of restaurants and minutes from farmers markets, quilt, antique and craft shops, outlets, auctions, museums. Visit the several theatres - Sight & Sound Millennium Theater; American Music Theatre; Dutch Apple dinner theatre, and Fulton Opera House.
All five accommodating rooms have a private bath. Each room offers cable/color TV, clock radio, refrigerator, wireless internet connection, queen and double beds and individually controlled heat or air conditioning.
Bob and Lori do not wish for this to be a mere overnight stop; spend your vacation with them and discover all the activities this beautiful Amish countryside has to offer.
During your stay you will be delighted with wonderful Pennsylvania Dutch cooking and fine dining. These favorite restaurants come to mind - Log Cabin, Good n Plenty, Olde Greenfield Inn, Diener's, Miller's smorgasboard and Shady Maple smorgasboard.
Hershey is a 40 minute drive, Reading is a 45 minute drive, Gettysburg is an 85 minute drive and Philadelphia and Baltimore are only a 90 minute drive
Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Bob & Lori for sharing their own secrets with BBOnline.com! Why do most travelers stay at your inn?
We are in our 31st year and many of our guests are like family.
What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?
Warm Christian hospitality and family owned.
If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?
Lancaster County simplicity/peacefulness
What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?
We stumbled upon the Homestead Lodging quite a few years ago on one of our numerous trips to the Lancaster area. On the very first visit, we were greeted by Lori and Bob as if we were extended family members. In our first conversation, we mentioned that we were planning on eventually moving to the area upon retirement and they happily provided a wealth of information that was geared toward relocating rather than just tourism. They are located just off the beaten path so you wake to the sounds of the country and the horse and buggies going past. But it is also less than a mile from most major area attractions, Sight and Sound, Dutch Wonderland, Outlets, etc. It should be noted that their rates are extremely reasonable. As for the accommodations, I agree with some of the other reviewers that they are a bit different than some Bed and Breakfasts, but that is what we like the best. The rooms are absolutely beautiful, immaculately clean motel type rooms attached to their home and provide the intimacy of a bed and breakfast with a bit more privacy. The beds and showers are great. And it is so nice on a hot day to get back to your room and be able to take an iced cold beverage out of the mini fridge, for which there is a very minimal charge of a dollar or less. The continental breakfast always includes a few delicious homemade baked goods in addition to a selection of coffees, teas, and hot chocolate. There is even popcorn available throughout the day at the breakfast area. Unfortunately, due to health issues in the family, we have only been able to make travel plans last minute and the past few times we have travelled to the Lancaster area, Homestead has been filled and we had to stay elsewhere. While there are several good accommodations nearby, none compare to the hospitality, comfort, and convenience of Homestead Lodging.
What’s the best kept secret about the area?
If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?
Sight & Sound theatre, Kitchen Kettle village, horse & buggy ride, Amish tour, American Music Theatre, Dutch Wonderland and Hershey Park, Strasburg Railroad, outlets.
Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?
Good n Plenty Restaurant
What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?
PA Dutch - Shady Maple, Good n Plenty, Dienner's
Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference? How many rooms does your inn have?
We have 5 rooms.
Do you accept pets?
We don't accept pets.; We suggest Smoketown Vet/Kennel for pet boarding.
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From January to December, there is always something to see and do! We are centrally located in the heart of the PA Dutch country. All around us are restaurants, music theatres, farmer's markets, quilt, antique and craft shops, outlets, auctions and museums.
For more information and links, please visit our attractions page on our website.
- Sight & Sound Millennium Theatre
- American Music Theatre
- Dutch Apple dinner theatre
- Fulton Opera House
History and museums are woven throughout our area
- Wheatland - President Buchanan's birthplace (15th President)
- Hans Herr House - oldest building in Lancaster County
- Rock Ford Plantation - 1794 Georgian mansion of Gen. Edward Hand, Adjutant General of Continental Army
- Ephrata Cloister - 18th century communal society known for fraktur, music & printing
- Landis Valley Farm Museum - Largest PA German folk museum
- Mennonite Info Center/Hebrew Tabernacle
- Lancaster Quilt & Textile Museum
- National Watch & Clock Museum
- Dutch Wonderland
- Hershey Park
- Strasburg Railroad
- Railroad Museum of PA
- Toy Train Museum
Shop Till You Drop: Outlets
- Rockvale Square Outlet center
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