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“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.

 
Finding the peace you thought was lost.

A Week Away is throwing its annual benefit concert to help raise money for families in need. A Week Away coordinates and finances respite weeks for families who are battling a life threatening illness. The goal of this incredible organization is to provide these families with the hope and support they need to continue their fight—which, many times, can feel very chaotic.

This year’s benefit concert—featuring three bands (The Jayplayers, Tyler Burkhart, Big Boy Brass Band, and Smoky Willows)—will be held on March 16 at Tellus360 from 7pm to 10pm. One-hundred percent of the proceeds will go directly to A Week Away.

Ticket sales will range from $5 to $50 with different levels of perks.
$5 = entry to concert
$10 = entry  + AWA Pint Glass
$20= entry + special edition AWA concert t-shirt
$50= entry + special edition AWA concert t-shirt + AWA beanie

Enjoy some music, swag, and contribute to an amazing cause in Lancaster!

Tyler Burkhart: https://tylerburkhart.bandcamp.com/ (Also, here’s a piece XPN wrote on him)
A Week Away
941 Wheatland Avenue, (717) 742-5481, info@aweekaway.org
Tellus360
24 East King Street, (717) 393-1660

We’ve been pretty huge fans of Our House Cafe for a while now, so we’re here to let you know they also offer custom, affordable, and prompt catering services—meeting anyone’s dietary needs and desires!

With custom tastings occurring for every order and the ability to create meals based around gluten-free, vegan, or any other dietary need, Our House Cafe is the answer for your varied guests’ tastes—which can sometimes be challenging to satisfy.

Our House Cafe also procures their ingredients from carefully selected sources. Their catering menu offers only fresh, locally sourced, affordable options.

Brownie Points:
1. You can order via their app-based program. This allows you and your guests/employees to select from a specially prepared menu specifically for your event.
2. They offer personal chef delivery. Our House Cafe sends the chef who prepared your meals to personally deliver them, as well.

Go to www.ourhousecafelancaster.com/catering to fill out their catering request form!
Or, you can call (717) 617-7745 or stop in at 608 Richmond Drive, Lancaster, PA, 17601 (corner of Fruitville Pike and Petersburg Road).

 

Everyone speaks burrito. But Silantra has a different dialect. And they’re straight killin’ it.

#TTDLanc experienced a burrito from Silantra Asian Street Kitchen for the first time ever last week. Our stomachs growled and we quivered with anticipation as we watched customers before us building their custom scallion pancake wraps, salads, and rice bowls. With a 4.9 rating on Yelp, you know you have to try it!

Here are some examples of combinations you can get:
scallion pancake wrap / salad / rice bowl
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brown rice / coconut rice / bed of greens
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chicken / steak / shrimp /mushroom /tofu
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pepper and onion / steamed broccoli / seaweed salad / edamame salad / wasabi coleslaw / lettuce / spinach / cucumber / cilantro/ teriyaki garlic sauce / sesame ginger sauce / sweet and sour sauce / mandarin orange vinaigrette / yellow coconut curry / cooler than the underside of your pillow hot sauce / sriracha / hoisin

Hungry yet? Order online for pick-up!

 

BROWNIE POINTS: THEY SELL BEER.

MORE BROWNIE POINTS: $14 SIX-PACKS.

 

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Do you love cutting-edge clothing? Are you a trendsetter? Are you looking for some fresh digs every week?

Basura Thrift Boutique (106 East King Street) has it all, and more. Jae Santiago—owner of Basura and also co-founder of High Fever parties here in Lancaster—is constantly adding new items to her zesty thrift boutique, for men and women. The shop showcases all the funky, cool clothes that many of us trendsetters can’t wait to get our hands on! She also regularly adds local artisans to her carefully selected collection.

Platform shoes, funky sweaters, brightly patterned dresses, and denim skirts often find their way into Jae’s hands. Cute, miniature clothespins decorate the clothing as her price tags and she is always changing things around as items fly off the shelves.

Make sure you also follow her in Instagram and Facebook. Jae has a knack for styling outfits and posting outfit inspirations quite frequently.

 

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Instagram: @dig_basura
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/shopbasura

It’s been a little while since you’ve blasted your coworkers with laser tag guns and flashing vests, hasn’t it? Landing Zone (403 Granite Run Drive) is the perfect place to come together for the holidays.

Now booking holiday parties December 23 through January 2, you can make your next company event a memorable adventure of fun-filled games and awesome food.

Landing Zone’s holiday party package, for a minimum of 8 people, includes a three-hour unlimited play gaming block for you and your employees, as well as 50 minutes in their modern, private party room—where you can enjoy two 16” pizzas and one fountain drink per person with unlimited refills. There’s even an event coordinator who will prep, serve, and clean the space for you!

Visit their website to reserve your party now–December 23 through January 2.

 

 

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Landing Zone

403 Granite Run Drive, Lancaster, PA, 17601
(717) 826-9023
info@lzlancaster.com