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About the B&B


Making every breakfast fresh from scratch means we have ample opportunities to test and adjust our favorite recipes. We hope you’ll try making a few of these at home. When we were first preparing to own and operate a B&B, we expected to need large batch recipes that could feed a crowd. However, once we were up and running we were quickly drowning in leftovers. What we actually needed was to be able to tune the recipes based on how many guests would be joining us each morning.

About the Innkeepers

James & Thomas Thomas & James invite you to stay with us in our historic home. During your time here, we encourage you to find time to play one of our more than 200 board games, or fall in love with a book from our shelves. Thomas (he/him) grew up on a small farm in rural Ohio and worked at his hometown newspaper after graduating from Marietta College. He moved to Boston where he worked in higher education while also studying theology and computer science (a true life-long learner).


Enjoy a full vegetarian breakfast each morning at 8:30 a.m. in the Gathering Room. This is a plated meal (not a buffet or continental style), and each table seats 2 to 4 people. If you need to get on the road extra early, we can provide a to-go bag—just let us know in advance. In season, we serve fresh fruits and vegetables purchased directly from the Mennonite and Amish farm stands.

Common Rooms

Guests have shared use of three common rooms during their stay. Gathering Room Hearth Room Library Gathering Room The Gathering Room features several tables, a bookshelf laden with board games, and a variety of beverages. Locally made candles are available in the gift shop in addition to mugs, coffee, soaps, and other products. More than 200 board games are available to play. Many are found in the Gathering Room. Filled with natural light during the day, the Gathering Room is a bright and multipurpose space.

Memberships and Certifications

Certified LGBTBE Country Hearth Bed and Breakfast is a Certified LGBT Business Enterprise by the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce. This third-party certification increases visibility of queer-owned businesses and helps anyone looking to support LGBTQIA+ owned-and-operated businesses. Discover Lancaster The Country Hearth is a Discover Lancaster partner. Discover Lancaster is our local visitors bureau and an excellent resource for anyone planning a visit to the area. Whether you browse their website, flip through their magazine, call their offices, or drop by the visitors center and speak to a travel consultant, you’re certain to find a new suggestion for whatever you’re looking to do or see.


Breakfast—A full vegetarian breakfast is served at 8:30 a.m. each morning. Earlier or later times (or a to-go bag) may be available when arranged in advance. Please be sure to tell us about any Dietary Considerations. Check In—Between 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.; please call or email to arrange a different time. For arrivals after 5 p.m., we may arrange for a self-check-in. With notice, we will try to accommodate early check-ins (no earlier than 2 p.