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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:

Close your eyes….

Imagine you are stuck in a room full of extraordinary puzzles… and passcodes…  keys and secrets… You’ve been placed there with a seemingly impossible task, and it’s up to you and your closest comrades to solve the mystery together. The kicker? You’ve only got one hour to do it! This is the type of fast-paced bonding experience you will have at the ever-exciting “Escape. on Queen!” Escape. on Queen offers three types of rooms. Two are meant for young and adult players, and the other—Shipwrecked—is perfect for young kids. Each room is based off of rich, local history!

September 1777—ages 12+

Its September 1777 and we are in the midst of the Revolutionary War; things are taking a turn for the worse. Help George Ross and his niece, Betsy, save our nation and its flag. Can you find the flag and send it westward to safety with the Continental Congress before the Loyalist intercept it? You have 1 hour to rescue the flag before the British arrive at the Ross residence. Good luck, be brave and be quick.

 

BOOK SEPTEMBER 1777 NOW!

 

The Hideout—ages 12+

The year is 1950.  Families are growing, the economy is booming, and America is as strong as it’s ever been.  But somewhere across the Lancaster countryside a fearless newlywed couple has been accused of one of the most well-crafted and elaborately planned robberies the state has ever seen. Betty, a bank teller, and Paul the unassuming customer have made off with more cash than imaginable. They’ve been dubbed the “Banker Bandits” and now it’s your job to find them. You’ll have 1 hour to search their latest presumed “Hideout,” the Hess barn located amongst crops and cattle. Good luck and hurry up……

BOOK THE HIDEOUT NOW!

 

Shipwrecked—ages 6 to 12
A swashbuckling band of children overtook the Scarlett Lydia and have been plundering the seas and terrifying travelers for years. In the midst of a strong gale the Captain of the ship was ruthlessly tossed overboard and the pint sized pirates have run the Scarlett Lydia aground in a jungle lagoon.  They have one hour to unlock the captain’s quarters and find their way into the safety before the jungle creatures come out.


Shipwrecked is coming along slowly but surely!

 

In addition to their invigorating escape rooms, they also have a party room in the back of the building—it includes tables and chairs for baby/wedding showers, birthday parties, and other special events! Placing their emphasis on all things local, they try to use catering services from places like Prince Street cafe to keep it as Lancaster County based as possible.

So… are you ready to ESCAPE? Book your adventure now!



 

 

Escape. on Queen
43-45 N. Queen Street, Lancaster, PA, 17603
(717) 435-8049
HOURS: CLOSED Monday. 11-5pm Tuesday and Wednesday. 11-8pm Thurday. 11-11pm Friday and Saturday. 1-5pm Sunday.

Have you always wanted to live in simple elegance and luxury?

The Keppel Building is finishing up their big project, which we’ve sure you’ve had your eyes on while embarking through one of the most popular blocks in Lancaster City: the 300 block of North Queen. Centered at the heart of Lancaster’s vibrant and urban core, you will experience historical charm meeting modern comfort—where they collide to create a fresh and sophisticated living experience.

Each one- and two-bedroom apartment features modern architecture, stylish interiors, and high-quality amenities. Prices range from $865 to $2375 per month, offering unmatched comfort and convenience. They even have two commercial spaces still available! Keep your eyes peeled for updates.


This is a project between Hometown Property Management, PPM Real Estate, and Zamagias Properties.

12274261_450172335169022_1091162878886098493_nShop local this holiday season at Prince St. Park, 118 N. Prince St., Lancaster, PA. Take in Passenger Coffee’s decadent, robust brew or enjoy Penny’s smooth and flavorful ice cream — both are on hand weekly! New this holiday season, November 27th through December 27th, Prince St. Park will be offering a special Holiday Pop-Up Shoppe.

Christmas trees, garlands and wreaths will be available for sale on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 4:00 – 8:00 p.m., Saturdays, 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. and Sundays, 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

“We hope to host Santa for a weekend or two for pet and kid photo opportunities and other special events,” said Crystal Weaver.

Additionally, local vendors including Stroopies, FoxDuck Print, Little Peaches and Ellicott & Co. will be on hand! For additional questions or concerns, please visit Prince St. Park on Facebook or contact Crystal Weaver at crystal@commonscompany.com.

Built in 1763 by Henry Miller II, Historic Smithton Inn has served generations of Lancaster County visitors. Today, offering a unique blend of old-world-charm-meets-contemporary-comfort, guests at the inn can expect impeccable service and world-renowned accommodation.

According to their website, “Located in the heart of
 Pennsylvania Dutch Country, our bed and breakfast in Ephrata, PA is ideally situated to explore the multitude of attractions that Lancaster County has to offer”.

With spacious rooms, flat-screen televisions, Wi-Fi and convenient in-room charging stations, Historic Smithton Inn offers the same amenities you’d expect from a typical hotel. However, it’s Smithon’s uncanny ability to bridge these modern comforts with period-specific charm and elegance that truly makes their inn a wonderful place to stay.

As we toured their beautiful space, I was enamored with the quality of craftsmanship employed during the turn of the century. Exquisite headboards, stately fireplaces and delicate artwork adorned every corner of the inn’s magnificent interior. In fact, it was those unique details — their attention to every element — that was so astounding.

For more information including booking, rates and local attractions, please Historic Smithton Inn online! Be sure to ‘like’ them on Facebook and Twitter!

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