Our last day in Lancaster has arrived. I was excited to wake up to another beautiful morning at the Olde Stone Guesthouse. While we waited for breakfast to be served we took the twins outside to play and I captured some photos of the garden. But first, let me show you how amazing the sky was when we returned from dinner the night before.
The Olde Stone Guesthouse is incredibly charming. It’s a beautiful oasis tucked back off the road in the middle of Amish farmland. Florence (the innkeeper) does an excellent job maintaining the beautiful gardens.
For breakfast we had a delicious egg, potato, cheese, and bacon scramble. Florence also served fresh fruit with yogurt, homemade bread and jam, and granola. After breakfast we loaded everything up in the car and headed out to Kitchen Kettle Village!
Kitchen Kettle Village
Kitchen Kettle Village is located in the heart of Intercourse, Pennsylvania and is a wonderful place to do some shopping. With over 40 specialty shops, there is something for everyone: gourmet food shops (of course my favorite), jewelry, pottery, art, quilts, and much more. It is a great place to spend the day.
Aged and Cured
Our first stop was a meat and cheese shop called Aged and Cured.
At Aged and Cured you can find a large selection of meats, cheeses, and locally made specialty products like hot sauce and beef jerky. They also feature so many delicious jams and dips. I also love the way everything is displayed, and with samples too!
We had a great time sampling our way through this adorable little store. I found a couple items that I had to take home and try: Artichoke Tomato Bruschetta Spread and Dip and Salvation Hot Sauce. I am not the type of person that can handle alot of heat but I love this Salvation Sauce! Next stop the Olive Basin!
The Olive Basin
The Olive Basin is the place to go if you are looking for premium quality Olive Oils and Balsamic Vinegars. This beautiful tasting room is a lot of fun for foodies like me because you can sample different types of oils and vinegars that you may have never heard of and you can learn a lot about how to cook with them.
Once you have gotten a taste of all the oils and vinegars it’s time to choose which one you will take home and make a part of your pantry. You pick out your empty bottle and they will bottle it up for you. It doesn’t get any fresher than that.
They also offer different types of salts and seasonings that you can add to your vinegar or olive oil to make a delicious dip. I love sopping up all that goodness with a fresh piece of bread!
My purchases: Traditional Balsamic Vinegar (this has been great on fresh tomatoes this summer), Focaccia Bread, Tuscan Herb Chef Salt, and Delizia Garlic and Chili Stuffed Gordal Olives.
Jam & Relish Kitchen
Our last stop in Kitchen Kettle Village and on our Lancaster County Adventure is the Jam and Relish Kitchen. This is THE place to go for Pennsylvania Dutch jams, jellies, relishes, salsas, and more. Everything is made right there in the store so you can watch the masters at work. A lot of love is put into these jams and jellies! They have every flavor of jam you could ever dream of!
Jellies aren’t the only thing you will find at the Jam & Relish Kitchen you will find, well relish of course, but pickles, nut butters, and soup mixes too. They even have a bakery section where you will find freshly made breads, cookies, and pies.
My purchases were: Sweet Pickle Chips, Fig Jam, and Seedless Blackberry Jam.
Kitchen Kettle Village
3529 Old Philadelphia Pike
Intercourse, PA 17534
I can’t believe we have come to the end of our Lancaster County Foodie Adventure! I hope you had as much fun as I did and that you go visit some of these places for yourself. You will not be disappointed. Thanks for tagging along and I will see you at our next Tasty Place!
I hope you didn’t forget that we are still on our Lancaster County Foodie Adventure! We have now come to dinner at Speckled Hen on Day 2. Yes, we have come back to Speckled Hen a second time because it is that delicious. We also found out that it was “Taco Night”, so how could we pass that up?
We ordered two starters: the Smoky Beef Nachos and the Chips and Guacamole. The nachos were some of the best I have ever had. Corn tortilla chips were topped with shredded cheese, jalapeno, verdant view beef (from a local farm in PA), roasted corn, and bell peppers. Sour cream and salsa was served on the side.
Now onto the tacos! My mom ordered the Kickin’ Chicken Tacos. Turmeric seasoned chicken lays inside flour tortillas along with bibb lettuce, cilantro, jalapeno sauce, and shredded cheese. This chicken had a lot of flavor from the turmeric but it wasn’t over powering. A little white rice on the side and a squeeze of lime and you are good to go!
Laura ordered the Sweet and Smoky Tacos. These were out of this world amazing and a great spin on breakfast for dinner. Caramelized onion and bacon is glazed in spicy honey and paired with roasted corn, bell pepper, and scrambled eggs. Look at these beauties…..
I went with the Beef and Queso Tacos. These are your classic tacos, simple and fresh. Flour tortillas filled with local beef, a queso sauce, bibb lettuce, and pico de gallo, boom done….delicious.
The twins didn’t get tacos but they did get one of the most amazing sandwiches ever, the Grilled Chunky Monkey. This grilled sandwich has crunchy peanut butter, Nutella, banana, and cinnamon. Who wouldn’t want to eat that every single day of their life?
Even though we were totally stuffed, we ordered coffee and dessert anyway, because we love to eeeaaatttt! We saw something on the menu that Laura has been dying to try, Affogato. Affogato is ice cream served with espresso. You pour the espresso down over the top of the ice cream and the result is magical. I went with a cup of regular coffee and a piece of Lemon Cheesecake.
This was the perfect ending to a great day in Lancaster County. Speckled Hen never disappoints. Their fresh and local plates are not what you expect when you walk into this coffee shop but it is the nicest surprise, isn’t it? We hope to be back sometime on a Wednesday night for “Burger Night”, stay tuned!
141 E Main Street
Strasburg, PA 17579
Welcome back to our journey through Lancaster County! We have seen many delicious places so far but we aren’t done yet. We have now reached one of my favorite spots…September Farm. Oh my goodness this place is amazing! Incredible! Beautiful! We love love love September Farm. We never make a Lancaster trip without coming here and doing some delicious eating and shopping. Let me show you why we love it so much.
September Farm Cheese is a family owned business where they share their passion for making delicious cheese from their own dairy cows. In 2013, they expanded from a shop on their farm and built a brand new facility where they both sell and make their cheese. Their cheese is out of this world delicious with many different flavors of Cheddar, Jack, and their newest addition, Gouda. September Farm is more than just a cheese shop. They feature a bakery, specialty food items, ice cream shop, and the most delicious soups and sandwiches at their deli. Let’s get started!
The day we visited they had local produce for sale on the front porch. It looked so lovely I had to snap a few pictures.
Walking into the shop, the first thing we saw was Razz M’ Tazz Snack Mix. My mom and Laura completely and utterly love this snack mix. It’s full of nuts, cranberries, and white chocolate. Yum!
At September Farm, cheese is everywhere and they have samples, lots and lots of samples. I love this because there are so many wonderful flavors and you get to try them all before deciding which ones will win your heart and go home with you. Some of my favorite flavors are: Joy’s Tomato Basil Jack, Chives and Dill Jack, Horseradish Cheddar, and the Smoked Gouda.
For the cheese making, they bring the milk directly from the farm and make it right where you can watch. A lot of love goes into making that cheese.
September Farm also carries many specialty food items. From chips and salsa, to crackers and dip mixes, as well as some adorable kitchen items such as bowls, mugs, and tea kettles. You are sure to find something you will love.
Look at how everything is displayed so nicely. They make it so warm and inviting. I could spend all day here.
One of the main things I love about September Farm, and something you should never miss out on, is their Sandwich Shop. Oh my word, they have the most wonderful soups and sandwiches! Now, I tell you that you shouldn’t miss out on it but the day we visited we did miss out. We had just eaten (we constantly ate on this trip) and we just weren’t ready for lunch yet. Which is very very sad because their sandwich “The Honey Brooker” was calling my name. In fact, it always calls my name and that is what I always get. It’s a toasted sandwich with turkey, bacon, tomato, cheese and thousand island dressing. So delicious!
Before you head out the door don’t forget to grab an ice cream cone for the road. They have many flavors to choose from and even have specialty cones.
So what did you think? I bet you want to take a trip there and experience it for yourself, and you should. You know what I just realized while looking at their website…you can order their cheese online! That is life changing. September Farm Cheese delivered to my front door? Sign me up!
I can’t wait to show you what other tasty places we found on our trip.
Thank you September Farm for sharing your passion of delicious cheese with all of us!
September Farm Cheese
5287 Horseshoe Pike
Honey Brook, PA 19344
Olde Stone Guesthouse
Good morning! Waking up at the bed and breakfast was so refreshing. Watching the sun come up over the corn fields, seeing horses grazing in the pasture, and being served a delicious homemade breakfast was a great way to start the day. I stayed in the Larkspur Room which was very comfortable and the twins were able to stay in their portable cribs in a spare room. Last night after dinner we went to a bookstore where I purchased a new book. I stayed up late on the couch in the living room reading and it was so peaceful. A home away from home. After waking up and getting ready for the day, we went out on the front porch swing to wait for breakfast to be served.
Florence, the innkeeper, had the dining room table set beautifully for us. Water, juice, and coffee were served as we waited for the other guests to join us. Once everyone arrived, Florence brought the food to the table, prayed over our meal, and sat to eat breakfast with us. I have never had an innkeeper pray and sit with us and I loved it! We were able to get to know her and she was really interested in what our plans were for the day. She also introduced us to the other guests to get conversations going.
Breakfast was delicious! She made her, I’m going to say famous, Buttermilk Syrup. My sister Laura has stayed with Florence before and actually got the recipe for this syrup and makes it quite often. We like to serve it with fruit at home which is totally life changing and amazing. It is the best syrup EVER! Florence served it alongside fluffy pancakes which was a heavenly combination. You could also make your own parfait with the yogurt, homemade granola, fresh fruit, and candied pecans. One of my favorite things to eat for breakfast is yogurt topped with all sorts of goodies so this was right up my alley. Yum! We also had delicious sausages.
After breakfast, I let Danny and Mackenzie run off some energy outside and of course we had to go pet the horses. My sister Laura and I both rode horses growing up, Laura still does, and we have passed on our obsession to Mackenzie. If she sees a horse she has to say hello. After the horses were thoroughly greeted, we got in the car to start another day of exploring. Our first stop was Hillside Bulk Foods.
Olde Stone Guesthouse
1599 Swan Road
Atglen, PA 19310
Hillside Bulk Foods
Hillside Bulk Foods is an Amish grocery store that is a must visit every time we are in Lancaster County. I always stock up on everything I need for the baking section of my pantry. I don’t know what it is about it but I love the way everything is in clear bags. A lot of Amish stores sell their products this way and maybe it’s the foodie in me but I think it is very cool. As I walk around I get inspired thinking…I can put these in cookies or I have never seen this type of flour I will try it. It gets my creative juices flowing and I can’t wait to get home and transfer everything from the bags into my nicely labeled glass containers (I will have to do a pantry tour. I reorganized it last year and always make sure I have everything on hand to bake something up last minute). Not only do they have everything you could possibly need to stock your pantry but they have it at great prices.
Hillside Bulk Foods
1403 W Kings Highway
Gap, PA 17527
The adventure isn’t over yet! We have lots more to see! Stay tuned!
We have finally made it to dinner on the first day of our Lancaster County Foodie Adventure. After leaving Corner Coffee Shop we drove around and saw some beautiful Amish country before heading to Fireside Tavern. It is so peaceful up there, I just can’t get enough. If you haven’t been to Lancaster County you really must make a trip.
Fireside Tavern is another one of those places that my sister Laura has been raving about. She couldn’t stop talking about their amazing daiquiris, so of course I needed to try one for myself. This cozy tavern is located in Strasburg, PA amongst beautiful rolling farmland. They provide a casual dining experience serving delicious elevated American comfort food. I love that it is family friendly and I felt very welcome bringing the twins along.
Once we were seated, Laura went right ahead and ordered her virgin Mango Daiquiri. I thought I might stray from the idea and go for a signature cocktail but I ended up choosing the Peach Daiquiri, with alcohol please :). Laura was right, best daiquiri ever. That whipped cream on top…I don’t know what they do to make it so thick and irresistible…but I could eat a whole glass, or a couple glasses, of that stuff. It’s not normal whipped cream. It is something special. Of course the daiquiri itself was good, all fizzy, refreshing, and filled with peach flavor. Yum!
Making a decision on an entrée was difficult. The menu had so many great dishes to offer like crab cakes, jambalaya, shepherds pie, ribs, and steaks. Eventually you do have to decide, so I picked the Apricot Salmon. I loved this dish! Salmon is by far my favorite fish and I get so excited when it is treated right and not overcooked. This salmon was crusted with Cajun seasoning and topped with an apricot glaze and fried “I think” spinach leaves. Served alongside were green beans and jasmine rice. The jasmine rice was sticky so it soaked up the apricot glaze and that paired with a big chunk of juicy perfectly cooked salmon is the ultimate bite. The Cajun seasoning and the apricot was a great sweet and spicy combination.
My mom chose the Prime Rib Sandwich and first impression…wow what a beauty. This gigantic piece of prime rib has been rubbed in seasonings and grilled until blackened. It had a ton of flavor and went really well with the horseradish mayonnaise its served with. Onion rings came as the side and as you can see they were huge too. Overall this sandwich was well seasoned and it’s a great dish to order if you have a big appetite!
Laura ordered the Smoked Salmon BLT Salad. Smoked salmon was served on top of a bed of mixed greens along with tomatoes, bacon, hard boiled eggs, and red onion. The dressing was a lemon dill ranch…oh my goodness was that dressing good. The salmon had tons of flavor (they really know how to cook salmon), the veggies were fresh, and coating it all in a delicious dressing couldn’t hurt.
Needless to say, we were all very happy with our dinners! We also loved our waitress who gave us great service. Thanks Fireside Tavern for a lovely dinner!
After leaving Fireside Tavern we headed to our home for the night. We stayed at Olde Stone Guesthouse which is a beautiful tranquil bed and breakfast in Atglen just a short drive from Strasburg. We were greeted by the inn keeper Florence who is so sweet and welcoming. She showed us to our rooms and we agreed on a time for breakfast the next morning. Good night everyone!
1500 Historic Drive
Strasburg, PA 17579