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Flowers & Thyme Bed and Breakfast

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

    Flowers & Thyme Bed & Breakfast, front view


    Our bed and breakfast is located in a rural area of Lancaster County. We are within a mile of Route 30 and are located on 1 1/3 acres of landscaped beauty opposite a working farm. You can enjoy the pastoral views from the rocking chairs on our wraparound porch.

    We offer a peaceful setting here yet are within 4 miles of the town of Strasburg as well as the center city of Lancaster. Bird-in-Hand and Intercourse are about 15-20 minutes away. If you are interested in outlet shopping, Tanger's is 1/2 mile away and Rockvale Square is 1 mile.

    Flowers & Thyme Bed & Breakfast, patio

    Flowers & Thyme Bed & Breakfast, common lounge

    We have 3 bedrooms to choose from, each a bit different so you can choose one that reflects your wishes.  All have private bathes.  There are 3 common area rooms downstairs for you to use to watch TV, read a book or to put together a puzzle.

    Outside you can relax in the gazebo and watch fireflies light up on a summer evening or just take a walk in our gardens.

    Flowers & Thyme Bed & Breakfast, pasture

    There is much to do here in the county – ride or bike the back country roads and see our Amish neighbors at work in the fields, explore the covered bridges here in the county, or perhaps take in a show at the American Music Theatre a mile from us or visit Sight & Sound Theatres for a Biblical show, about 4 miles away.

    Flowers & Thyme Bed & Breakfast, gazebo

    Flowers & Thyme Bed & Breakfast, dining table

    The Old Mill House gift shop is ½ mile from us, the Strasburg antique market is a special place for antique lovers, a few miniature golf courses are minutes away and we can recommend some good restaurants nearby for dining. There is so much to see and do here that you can hardly do it all in one day.

    If you would like more individualized accommodations than a hotel would provide, then try a bed and breakfast. We would love to help you make your getaway a memory you will cherish.

    Flowers & Thyme Bed & Breakfast, gazebo &  flowers

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

    Our property sits on 1 1/3 acres with landscaped gardens of various displays of color. Beginning in the Spring with the flowering bulbs in full bloom to Spring and early Summer when the various perennials provide a colorful vista, especially the vivid poppy display in early June.

  • 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, Waffles or Cornflake-Crusted French Toast with caramel sauce or maple syrup. We use farm fresh eggs, local produce and vegetables from our garden. Each breakfast concludes with a pastry of muffins, coffeecake or quick bread made from scratch.

    Flowers & Thyme Bed & Breakfast, breakfast

    Flowers & Thyme Bed & Breakfast, cookies

  • Beautiful Gardens

    Flowers & Thyme Bed & Breakfast, garden

    Flowers & Thyme Bed & Breakfast, hammock

    A garden to live in, dream in, escape in

    We like the garden cottage-style here where biannual flowers like larkspur, spider flower or the poppies come up wherever their seed has been scattered. The knock-out roses are in bloom most of the Summer and into early Fall when the Echinacea are also bursting with their blooms.  So sit and stay awhile listening to the chirping of the crickets and enjoy the beauty underneath the canopy of evergreen trees. Our tagline wraps up our objective - come “where thoughtfulness and hospitality bloom”.

    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

    Don & I were raised on farms – we married – Don found work as parts manager for a farm machinery store & later went into home appliance installations while Ruth stayed home with the children and worked as a bookkeeper from home, later working part-time in a greenhouse before doing bookkeeping fulltime.

    As of 2015, we have been innkeeping for 21 years and recently our daughter Beth has come in to help us part-time. Both of us enjoy traveling and visiting family in Texas. We also enjoy tandem biking. Ruth loves to cook and finds solace in gardening while Don loves to refurbish and refinish furniture in his spare time. Evidenced throughout the house can be seen some of his woodworking detail.

  • 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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