Friday, February 17, 2012

Bed & Breakfast Review

How many of us need a break from the humdrum, everyday on-goings of life? *Raises hand*

How many of us want a man making us an edible gourmet breakfast? *Raises hand*

And how many of you ladies want to be surrounded by fabric shops and quilt inspiration? I should see all hands up now.

Well, I know the perfect place to go. And no, I'm not affiliated or being paid to write this. I just love this place so much I have to share it with everyone so more people can go and enjoy some time away. And I'm hoping hubs will read this and get the hint.

Out in Lancaster County, PA, there is a little B&B off of Route 30, The After Eight Inn. I'll admit, when we first visited back in 2008, I was a little disappointed by how it looked from the street. Route 30 just isn't the prettiest view. But, when we parked and went around to the entrance and saw the farmland, the garden, and the little gazebo all lit up, I felt much better.

Each room has a private bathroom and plenty of space to sprawl out and relax. A few rooms have their own private porches where you can go out and watch the sunset with some complementary tea and sweets. Most, if not all, of the furniture in After Eight is an antique. There are two family/living rooms where you can access the internet, find a board game, make a puzzle, and learn about the Amish. My favorite is the year-round Christmas tree decorated for all seasons. Here we are in front of the St. Patrick's Day tree just before leaving for the dinner theater.

Robert, the host/owner, is absolutely wonderful. His breakfasts are outstanding. You might gain a few pounds, but it's so worth it. From the fresh fruit to the homemade scones to the egg casseroles and French toast.... I'm drooling just thinking about it.

Robert knows the ins and outs of Lancaster County. Tell him what you like and he'll point you in the direction of numerous different sites, attractions, shops, and eateries. He hasn't steered us wrong yet. Plus, he has coupons for most everything. Make sure you take one of his maps with you though as it's easy to get lost on the country roads. Not speaking from experience or anything...

Did you know that there is a drive-thru homemade ice cream shop that even the Buggies go through? How cool is that?!

If you're lucky, Robert will even provide entertainment during breakfast with his jokes. Just ask.

In the evening, a fresh tray of cookies or sweets is put out, but you better grab some fast because they'll be gone quickly!

For us quilters out there, during the Lancaster Quilt Show, Robert runs a special on his rooms and the cottage. For those who are military, be sure to ask him about a military discount. Many shops and restaurants out there give military discounts too.

There is one drawback--having to leave. Mark and I feel so at home and welcomed that we actually get upset that we have to go. I have even offered to work for Robert as long as I could live in one of the rooms and have breakfast.

Colorful farm equipment at a Mud Sale. Quite an experience if you ever get to go to one.

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