Next Stop: “unLimited”

Posted on Friday, October 25, 2013

At the height of the Steam Age, railroads across the North American continent offered competitive “limited” trains. Routes such as the 20th Century Limited,
Pennsylvania’s Broadway Limited, and others provided train service with “limited” stops thereby decreasing travel time from point ‘A’ to point ‘B.’ The Limiteds were often characterized by luxury accommodations and top-notch service; however, these trains were nothing more than opulent hotels on wheels, transporting guests from one place to another, intentionally bypassing the small towns while dashing toward their final metropolitan destination.

In the small town of Strasburg, there exists a shortline railroad where the journey is valued more than the destination. Boasting several living, breathing iron horses in their stalls, the Strasburg Rail Road encourages “unlimited” stops across the rails of imagination and reflection. It is precisely with this idealism that Strasburg Rail Road unveils Steampunk unLimited, a small-town event of Victorian proportions. At Strasburg Rail Road, passengers are not just transported to the end of the line and back; rather, they are given the freedom – even encouraged – to wander into the past or voyage toward an innovative and imaginative future.

Steampunk unLimited debuts November 16 & 17 at Strasburg Rail Road and pays homage to a culture and genre which intertwines the best of
Victorian style, customs, and innovation with a sort of historical fantasy. In this alternative world, steam power is iconized and the many facets of
sophisticated Victorian fashion are celebrated.

With Strasburg Rail Road’s historic steam train as the quintessential backdrop, Steampunk unLimited features musicians, notable authors,
and intriguing orators. The “Pint-sized Pufferbelly” miniature steam train and a beautifully restored motorcar will grace the Station’s mall, where guests may
also savor the light refreshments of High Tea. Stepping aboard wooden coaches, guests will be greeted by the warmth of coal-fired stoves. Should they desire
finer accommodation, passengers may choose the classy Parlor Car or the comfortable Lounge. While the locomotive dutifully performs her job, Strasburg
Rail Road’s machinists will provide a rare glimpse into the truly unique drama that unfolds daily behind the mechanical shop doors. Here, as part of a Shop
Demonstration Tour, participants will see how both antique and modern machinery is skillfully utilized to rebuild and preserve steam locomotion. Creative
vendors will peddle their wares, and the opportunity to indulge the taste buds will be available aboard both the hardy Victorian Dinner Train and the first-class
Absinthe Cocktail Tasting.

Strasburg Rail Road is not just a destination; it’s your mode of transportation. Don your top hat, polish your etiquette, and make the
past part of your future with Steampunk unlimited.

For more information on this event or the Strasburg Rail Road in general, visit or call 1-866-725-9666.

The 3 R’s of Vacationing – Rest, Relax, Rejuvenate

Posted on Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Millions of guests traveling to Lancaster County each year find that there are thousands of sleeping accommodations to choose from, and most every vacationer is only interested in one thing when it comes to ‘sleep’… the comfy bed & plump pillow they’re about to call their own!

One place that can provide an escape from the big crowds and offer a quiet, peaceful, intimate setting for a restful night’s snooze is The Barn @ Strasburg Bed & Breakfast — an old but exquisitely renovated structure now enjoying their 7th year of business.  Your hosts, Jeff & Erin — a husband and wife team with more than 25 years of experience — will go out of their way to give personalized care and attention to each one of their guests in this most unique, exclusively private hideaway.  Find out for yourself why they say, “A Warm Welcome Awaits.”

With only 3 guest rooms, The Barn may sound like a setting that’s small & cramped.  Au contraire! Even their smallest room, the Shaker Suite, has
over 300 sq. ft. of room to stretch out in!  And the private bath in each room includes a roomy, ceramic tiled shower.  Additionally, the Garden
offers a vintage claw-foot tub, and the Master Suite bath has space for a double-size jacuzzi tub as well!

So, while it’s a well-known fact that, no matter where you sleep, when we all close our eyes at night it all looks the same… you can at least choose to
wake in a setting so exclusive and peaceful, you’ll totally forget there are any other vacationers anywhere around.

Find out more at, and make reservations by phone at (717) 687-7870.

Expect the Unexpected

Posted on Thursday, August 29, 2013

Much of the fun of moving about on the back roads of Lancaster County is that you never know what’s around the next bend.  Strasburg Scooters offers to take that fun up
a notch or two with their scooter tours. Okay, so some of you are thinking, “Not me! No way I’m driving that thing!”  But Marc and John will be quick to reassure you that a scooter, with a maximum speed of 40 mph, is easy to handle, and they will make sure you feel comfortable on the scooter in their parking lot before the tour takes off.  If you’re at least 18 years of age and a licensed driver, you really should consider a scooter tour as a way to see Lancaster County sights and scenery from a different perspective.

In addition to their ongoing Covered Bridges tour (lasts 2-1/2 to 3 hours with an average of three unique stops along the tour), Strasburg Scooters has feature tours that will fill your afternoon and at least some, if not all, of your evening.  Feature tours currently include Bridges & Beer (covered bridge tour, dinner and beer tasting);  Jellies & Jams (shopping and tasting tour);  Bridges, Barrels & Bands (covered bridge tour, wine tasting, dinner, outdoor musical entertainment);  Amish County Mystery Tour (we can’t tell you what this tour entails because, after all, it’s a mystery!).

Your tour guides are also well-versed on Amish culture and heritage, so if you’re not lucky enough to get to meet an Amish family in person on your specific tour, your guides can still answer your questions about this religious sect.

Consider submersing yourself in the reality of Amish culture while able to travel in an “English” manner that is unique and fun.  Contact Strasburg Scooters at 717-344-2488 or visit their website at to learn more or to schedule your tour.

Hogwarts Express Party in Strasburg, Pa

Posted on Tuesday, August 13, 2013


Young wizards and witches are summoned to the Hogwarts Express Party at the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania in Strasburg on Friday, August
16 and Saturday, August 17, 2013 at 11:00 am and 1:00 pm. Come join in the fun! Registration is on a first come basis.

Strasburg Day Pass

Posted on Monday, August 12, 2013

Experience six great attractions for one super value price when you take advantage of the Strasburg Day Pass.  Included are the
Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, the Strasburg Rail Road, the National Toy Train Museum or the Choo Choo Barn (choose one), Ed’s Buggy Rides, the Amish
Village and Village Greens Miniature Golf.

The cost is only $48.00 per person for ages 12 and over and $31.75 per person for ages 5 to 11.

For more information and to purchase the pass, click this link
or call (717)687-6933 or stop in at Village Greens Miniature Golf when you arrive in town.

And don’t forget about all the other wonderful attractions, shopping, dining and lodging right here in Historic Strasburg!

Choo Choo Barn Hosts Sensory-Friendly Event

Posted on Monday, July 22, 2013

The Choo Choo Barn, located in Strasburg, PA, announces a new monthly event especially tailored for individuals on the Autism spectrum with sensory sensitivity. The Sensory-Friendly events at the 1,700 sq. ft. model train display are planned for the second Tuesday of each month, from 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. Upcoming dates are August 13, September 10, October 8, November 12 and December 10, 2013.

With input from local autism experts from Schreiber Pediatric Rehab Center, the train display, featuring more than 150 animations and 22 operating trains, will be adapted to create a sensory-friendly experience. Changes to the display include turning off the fire siren at the popular burning house scene, quieting the various musical elements around the display, covering the large mirror along the walls and shortening the amount of time the lights are dimmed during the nighttime scene. Other changes include covering the exit signs with stop signs and removing promotional signs that refer to loud noises. During the hour-long event, each child will be given a photo treasure hunt, highlighting nine different objects to find as they view the display packed with small-scale local landmarks and detailed scenes from Lancaster County.

To ensure the event is a pleasant experience for families and not over-crowded, the event is limited to 50 people. RSVPs are required. The admission price is $7 for adults and $4 for children ages 3-11. To RSVP or ask for additional details, please email Kristi at

Before buying event tickets, consider the Choo Choo Barn annual pass, available for regular admission or admission to the Sensory-Friendly events. The annual pass pays for itself within three visits. For more information visit, or call (717) 687-7911.

When Food Consumers Meet Food Growers…

Posted on Tuesday, July 16, 2013
According to a recent consumer survey, 72% of Americans think about how food is grown and raised while purchasing groceries, yet the same percent of consumers admit they have little or no connection to farming.[1]
Verdant View Farm—a family dairy farm since 1916, a bed & breakfast since 1967, with farm tours available to the public —is the perfect place for guests of all ages to re-connect.
But making connections between food growers and food eaters, between urban and rural, and between children and parents, often involves surprises for everyone involved.  Here are five surprises encountered by Verdant View Farm visitors and family members this summer:
1. Chickens can and do lay green eggs—and children who visit the farm love collecting them from the hens’ nest boxes–but we have yet to find a pig that makes green ham;
2. Potato bugs might think they can take over the farm garden, but they don’t stand a chance when countless volunteers join the ranks to pluck them from the plants and feed them to the chickens – one enthusiastic boy said, “I wish I could do this all day long!”
3. Phyllis the curious cow enjoys grazing contentedly in the pasture, but what she enjoys most of all is clanging into the front yard and eating the farm’s recently planted dogwood tree;
4. Farm kittens have a tendency to jump into your car, and your 6-year old’s heart, if you’re not careful;
5. Swinging under the shade of the farm’s 100-year old walnut tree, overlooking fields of hay and popcorn, is relaxing for the young-of-heart as well as the young-of-age.
Verdant View Farm offers an authentic and welcoming environment for visitors to explore a dairy farm.  And now, with farm tours available throughout the day (closed Sunday), Verdant View Farm welcomes more families than ever before.  Down on the farm, families can re-connect with farm life, farm animals and, most importantly, with each other.
Learn more about staying overnight at Verdant View Farm at, or see for more details about farm tours.

When Getting Lost Becomes Finding Fun

Posted on Monday, June 24, 2013

Scheduled to open this year on July 2nd and be open through November 9th, the 5-acre corn maze at Cherry Crest Adventure Farm is an interactive activity that makes the maze more than just a walk through some corn.  But the challenge and tease of over 2 miles of paths, bridges and clues to help you find your way through is only some of the family – or group – fun to be had at Cherry Crest.

There are over 50 farm fun activities you can enjoy with your admission, and when you’ve worked up an appetite, Cherry Crest Adventure Farm also features a variety of food options to choose from.  The Home Cookin’ Café has many great food options from wraps to burgers and hot dogs. They also have a sweet shop with many sweet delights. There are many other food options on the farm to choose from. Your visit gives you hours and hours of fun for guests of all ages.  Oh and it wouldn’t be a real farm if it didn’t have a “Singing Chicken Show”, so be sure to check that out while you’re there!

Bounce Back Special—With a $20.00 admission you can come as often as you like until September 20th 2013. They also offer season passes.

For more information on activities, hours, and admission rates, visit

Posted on Friday, May 31, 2013

Strasburg residents and many repeat visitors to Strasburg know the corner of Decatur and Main Streets, right at Centre Square, because it’s been home to the Strasburg (Country Store and) Creamery since 1985.  But what many of those residents and repeat visitors don’t know is that drinks of one kind or another have been served from this location since the early 1800s.  The Strasburg Historical Society dates the property to circa 1788, and it was originally opened to the public as a tavern to serve stagecoach passengers with a rest stop on their travels between Philadelphia and Harrisburg.

Over time, the building was used for other purposes, including a meeting place for the borough’s council, the village’s post office and the site of a general store (the old S&H green stamp sign in the basement serves as a reminder of those days!).  Now the building is home to staff who are happily dipping up scoops of homemade ice cream, making homemade waffle cones, providing fresh deli sandwiches for lunch or dinner, and offering delicious treats like homemade fudge, peanut brittle, caramel corner and a variety of nut butter flavors.

You’re invited to take a stroll back in time by visiting the Strasburg Country Store and Creamery, where they look forward to tickling your taste buds with samples of the products they make fresh right there.  And remember to save room for some of the creamiest ice cream in Lancaster County!!

Want to know more? Visit them at

Not Just Another Shot in the Dark

Posted on Friday, April 26, 2013

Whether you’re looking for a fun family escape, a group outing or even a unique date night idea, miniature golf at Village Greens, Inc.  is both entertaining and healthy exercise.  And, beginning in May, it should be dark enough by 8:30 PM to try a delightful twist on the conventional game of mini golf with their First Friday Glo Golf events.

For the first Friday of every month, weather permitting, the staff will decorate the Orange Course with special lighting effects from black lights to patio lights to glo lights, and then turn off the overhead lamps.  You’ll get a glo-in-the-dark golf ball and your own glo-in-the-dark necklace to enjoy your game of miniature golf.  Each First Friday Glo Golf event will feature special genres of music or other entertainment events in addition to your round of golf.  Admission price for Glo Golf is only $10.75 for adults and $9.75 for children and seniors.  Village Greens also has a snack shoppe featuring milk shakes, ice cream, sandwiches and other assorted snacks if you work up an appetite while golfing.

Why not think about inviting your friends, your family or that special someone out for a glowing experience with Village Greens Glo Golf?  For more information, contact them at 717-687-6933, visit their website at  or email them at