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Did you know that Lancaster is home to the residence and final resting place of the 15th President of the United States, James Buchanan?

Wheatland, the home of Buchanan from the time he left office in 1861 until his death in 1868, is a preserved marvel of architecture located just outside of Lancaster City. This beautiful home, built in the popular federal style, contains 17 rooms that have changed very little since the time of President Buchanan.

General Admission tours are open to the public and offered Monday – Saturday at 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, and 3pm. To learn more about this wonderful vestige of American history, visit https://www.lancasterhistory.org/visit/.

Not far from Wheatland is the final resting place of President Buchanan. The gravesite, located in beautifully restored Woodward Hill Cemetery (538 East Strawberry Street, Lancaster City), is accessible to the public and may be visited from dawn til dusk everyday. The gravesite is immaculately cared for and is the location of a yearly ceremony to celebrate the birthday of President Buchanan.

If you are looking to visit a preserved piece of American history, while also honoring one of our nation’s leaders, take a day and tour historic Wheatland and the President’s gravesite. Just two of many examples of the rich history located right here in Central Pennsylvania!

 



If you were lucky enough to grow up in Lancaster County, you have likely heard the phrase “See YOU at The Buck” on more than a few occasions. What is “The Buck”? Well, it is only one of the longest-running motorsports parks in the United States! Buck Motorsports Park has been providing high octane motorsports entertainment to fans in southern Lancaster County for over 44 years. This season’s schedule is packed with fast-paced action including demolition derbies, mud bogs, monster truck rallies and more! The Buck offers a family-friendly atmosphere where fans are welcomed into the pit area to meet the competitors. Children are encouraged to take pictures and obtain autographs from their favorite competitors! Want another reason to visit The Buck? How about cheap food!!! Buck Motorsports Park works to keep their prices affordable so that all families have the opportunity to experience the action live.

If you are looking for a truly unique experience, I would strongly encourage you to pack up your family or friends and head on down to The Buck! Plan your visit today by visiting online. Join in on one of the longest-running Lancaster County traditions. See YOU at THE BUCK!!!!!!!

If you’re a fan of live music, then Lancaster City is THE place to be on Thursday, April 12th as the 10th annual Launch Music Conference and Festival gets underway! Launch runs over four days, showcasing a variety of musical genres as well as high-quality panel discussions. We could go into more detail, but we thought we’d let the founder of this amazing event, Jeremy Weiss, break it down!

“I just don’t think it’s possible to mention only one thing I’m stoked about at The 10th Annual LAUNCH Music Conference & Festival! We have the World Premiere of the film Barn Burner, the story of the incredible number of world-renown metal and hardcore bands and musicians, from seemingly the most unlikely of places: the quiet, conservative, Amish country, Lancaster County.  We have a show with multi-platinum artist, PnB Rock. We have a one-of-a-kind acoustic performance from members of seminal indie/metal icons, Underoath, we have the 2nd installment of Fest Friday at LAUNCH, where thousands gather outdoors at Binns Park for unique food, drink, and  stages of live music, and we have the 15th Anniversary Show of twice-Grammy nominated August Burns Red, featuring reunions of past lineups to include older songs, that haven’t been part of their set in nearly a decade, as well as their biggest hits! That doesn’t even BEGIN to address the panel schedule by day, STACKED with today’s most successful, insightful, and talented Industry Professionals from around the country.  I’m particularly fired up to see the panel with Talinda Bennington, widow of Chester Bennington of Linkin Park, as well as Jim Digby (Linkin Park Team) and Anna Shinoda (wife of Linkin Park guitarist Mike Shinoda), addressing mental health and the stresses of a career in music.”


See our point? Needless to say, we’re SO FREAKIN’ EXCITED!  Passes and individual tickets, as well as the full schedule of panels and nighttime entertainment, are available here.

Go for a hike.

There are a ton of local wooded areas to explore in Central PA. Landis Woods, Lancaster County Park, or even traveling to Tucquan Glen is a perfect way to get some Vitamin D in the brisk winter air. 


Breakfast for dinner.

Even if it’s just cereal and fruit, serve your milk in a fancy pitcher and your cereal in big fancy bowls. Make overnight french toast in a pan and pop that sucker in the oven so you have some time to make out with each other before you dig in.


Take a bath together.

Make a DIY bath soak by adding some green tea bags and essential oils to your tub as you fill it up. Light some candles, dim those lights, and play some sexy music.


Cook a meal.

Especially if you don’t usually cook, the perfect way to surprise your partner is by cooking for them. It doesn’t even have to be complicated. Spaghetti, a toasted baguette, and their favorite wine is perfect enough. The Thug Kitchen Cookbook has some fantastic vegan recipes if you’re a veg head like us. 


Create something.

Get a canvas and some paint, or some magazines and glue, and go to town! Create a collaborative painting or a collage together. You’ll have something tangible to hang on the wall to remind the both of you of your special time spent together!


Get a pet sitter or a babysitter.

Get some freakin’ alone time! You deserve it.

 

Let’s get weird this Valentine’s Day.

Dessert and Aperitifs

Alton Brown has declared the Little Gem Lettuces salad at Luca to be the best he’s ever had, so naturally, Luca has been on DO.’s radar for quite a while. We visited Luca and became huge advocates for their dessert. Luca is the perfect place to go to split a dessert, paired with one of their aperitifs (or even an aperitif flight). Aside from their wood-fired pizzas, Luca is known for their unique selection of various aperitifs! Aperitifs are a type of liqueur typically consumed before a meal to help stimulate the appetite.
Luca — 436 West James Street / Reserve a Table

Sunset in Buchanan Park + Cocoa

Bring some blankets and bundle up! Don’t forget to pick up some hot cocoa at your favorite local cafe! Quietly watching the sunset on the hill at Buchanan Park will surely spark the love within. Now, go make out!
Buchanan Park — 901 Buchanan Avenue

 

Wine Crawl

Download the Lyft app and get ready for a wine crawl! Start at Checkers Bistro. Then walk right over to Fenz. You can make your way to John J. Jeffries right around the corner, and end at The Fridge (yes, they have wine). What a perfect idea for a wintery night. Oh, and don’t be shy— order some appetizers and dessert, too!

 

Checkers Bistro — 398 Harrisburg Avenue
Fenz — 398 Harrisburg Avenue, Suite 100
John J. Jeffries — 300 Harrisburg Avenue, inside Lancaster Arts Hotel
The Fridge — 534 North Mulberry Street

Cheers, fellow Pennsylvanians!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are numerous articles out there claiming to know what people actually want for the holidays, but are they what people actually want? Here is a list of gifts that DO. thinks your list of recipients will love this holiday season! Feel free to comment with great gift ideas of your own!

Car Wash Voucher

Car washes are something people want, but don’t often dedicate funds towards—so what better way to say “happy holidays” than with the gift of a clean ride? Shop local: Mister Car Wash & Express Lube.

Movie Theatre Gift Card

Who doesn’t love movies? Gift your loved ones or friends a movie theatre gift card so they can spend some much-needed personal time on their own or with their partner to see a flick. Ideas: Regal Cinemas or Penn Cinema.

Gas Gift Card

Most people drive a vehicle and those who do obviously need gas to get around! Quick, easy and guaranteed to be a great gift. Ideas: Sheetz, Turkey Hill, Wawa, Rutters.

Makeup

Don’t know what to get someone for the holidays? Help cut costs for makeup lovers by giving the gift of face magic! Ideas: ELF is inexpensive and cruelty-free!

K-Cups for Keurig

If your person is a coffee lover and owns a Keurig, get them some delicious K-Cups. This is an easy and unexpected gift that they will be thankful for! Ideas: you can get cheap K-Cups at Ollie’s.

Alcohol

A bottle of wine or whiskey never hurts for those wine or whiskey lovers in your life. Shop local: get them a gift card for Tellus 360, The Pressroom, Springhouse or The Belvedere!

Bath & Body Anything

Literally, anything from Lush (cruelty-free!), The Body Shop, or Bath & Body Works—lotion, soap, hand sanitizer, or fragrance would be a delightful gift. Shop local: Bona Dea Apothecary, Lyes & Lathers(vegan!).

Coffee Gift Card

Because who doesn’t want a quick coffee buzz? Shop local: Perkup & Co.Square One, Passenger, BUZZ, Copper Cup as a drive-through option.

A Wine Key or Bottle Opener

We all know that wine keys and bottle openers have a magical way of disappearing. Replenish your loved one’s kitchen gadgets with these easy and inexpensive gifts. Shop local: Mise En Place Kitchen Store.

Building Character

If you’ve never been to Building Character, you should stop in! This place is FILLED with handmade local products that are super unique that would make great gifts!

 

We hope this list helps with any holiday gift-giving anxiety! Happy Holidays from DO.

The weather is getting slightly too cold for camping these days—but if you still want that feeling of unplugging your electronics and settling into the beautiful outdoors, we highly recommend booking a cottage or cabin at Refreshing Mountain Retreat Center! Rejuvenate your relationship with both nature and your family/friends.

Refreshing Mountain’s newly built family-style cabins provide a clean, restful, and wholesome opportunity to get away with your entire family or friend group. All you have to worry about is relaxing and having fun. You can take a hike on their woodland grounds with gorgeous overlooks or enjoy togetherness around a campfire. If you’re feeling especially adventurous, add one or more of their outdoor adventure activities to your cabin rental—canopy zipline tours, horse rides, or the farm animal experience! They even offer a special discount for this combination.

The cottage cabins are fully furnished, sleep up to 8 people in 2 bedrooms (1 queen bed and 4 bunk beds), have a private bathroom, a living room, and a kitchen. Every cabin is heated for your comfort (and has AC in the summer, too.)

Bonus: All pricing includes WiFi, linens, and towels. There are also meeting spaces in select cabins.

 


 

Each Cabin Rental Includes:

  • 2 bedrooms (1 queen bed, 4 bunks)
  • Sleeps up to 8 people
  • Private bathroom
  • Living room area with fold-out futon
  • Kitchen with electric range (no oven), microwave, and refrigerator/freezer
  • Cabinets stocked with pots, pans, utensils, bowls, plates, and cups
  • Linens & towels
  • Free Wi-Fi internet access
  • Air-conditioning & heat
  • Campfire pit
  • Free outdoor pool access (seasonal)
  • Note: There is no television in the cabins

    (717) 802-8173 | Book Here | Request Info Here

 

 

 

Have you ever looked into your genealogical background or the history of your family and their impact on Lancaster county? The LancasterHistory.org Research Library contains over 15,000 volumes, maps, family families, subject information files, microfilm, and CDs regarding geneology and lush local history.

Over 70,000 photographs are also available in their collection, as well as a variety of manuscript documents, county records, and city records for your researching pleasure and curiosity!

This Research Library is located inside the headquarters of LancasterHistory.org on The Campus of History, located at the intersection of Marietta and North President Avenues. Off-street parking is available, and the facility is on the same grounds as Wheatland.

Mon-Sat 9:30am to 5pm, closed on Sundays & major holidays

featured photo by www.funfix.com

The 319 café at Refreshing Mountain is officially open for the summer!

Refreshing Mountain is a year-round retreat and adventure center, and has provided family-friendly fun and refreshment for over 30 years in Lancaster County, PA. They provide facilities and services for large group retreats and even rent cabins for overnight getaways. Additionally, they also provide a variety of outdoor adventures, day field trip,s and corporate team building events with activities including zipline canopy tours, high ropes course, climbing tower, problem solving challenges, and much more.

Built on 80 acres of beautiful Pennsylvania woodland, Refreshing Mountain is conveniently located just 25 minutes north of Lancaster, 30 minutes east of Hershey and 90 minutes west of Philadelphia. Come and be refreshed!

Whether you are relaxing by the pool or cooling off after an exiting zipline tour, the 319 Café has refreshments to quench your thirst and satisfy your hunger! Plus, valid Saturday only, they’ll have panini sandwiches to pair with your favorite frappe for $2 off! They offer sweets, yummy food, hot chocolate, lattes, chai, frozen drinks, and so much more!

 

“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” —Albert Einstein

Refreshing Mountain was founded in the early 1980s as a place for families to feel refreshed. Marlin and Sharon Harnish originally started out with two bunk houses and a stable where a horse camp used to stand. Currently, Refreshing Mountain hosts hundreds of groups and thousands of individuals each year.

Refreshing Mountain offers several types of packages to enrich lives of visitors and fulfill their innate sense of curiosity and connection with themselves, animals, and nature. Through their Farm Animal Experience, guests will experience a close-up and hands-on experience to explore some common (or not so common) farm animals such as horses, ponies, goats, alpacas, chickens, pigs, and more! Your group will learn how to safely handle and interact with these animals and you’ll even have the chance to pet, brush, or feed them. Ideal for ages five to fifteen years old, each session is guided by a qualified staff person.

Hannah Harnish, Refreshing Mountain’s Equine Programming Coordinator, gave Things To Do Lancaster a general overview of their Discover Package during an interview: