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Visiting in Summer

The sunflower field at September Farms in Honeybrook is a spectacle to behold (and makes a nice photo op for your vacation scrapbook or social media). Summer is a wonderful time to visit New Holland. You’ll certainly have no trouble finding outdoor activities around Lancaster County, but there are also several festivals and seasonal events to explore. Starting on first Saturday in June is the annual Lancaster VegFest which is a two-day focus on everything vegan from food to clothes to advocacy.

Amish and Mennonite Culture

Horse-drawn carriages are a common sight on Main Street, New Holland, and throughout the region. Many visitors to Lancaster County come here because it’s “Amish Country” (or Pennsylvania Dutch Country). With many Amish and Mennonite families in our community, it’s inevitable that you’ll come across a few during your stay. You’ll see (and hear!) their carriages and buggies pass by the bed and breakfast. You’ll shop beside an Amish family at a thrift store or quilt shop.

Board Games & Card Games

Country Hearth B&B is itself a board game and card game destination. We have more than 200 board games available for you to play during your stay as well as standard bridge, pinochle and poker decks for guests who prefer a game of cards. You can play in one of our common rooms or take them up to your room. We recently played through two campaign games, Clank! Legacy and Eila and Something Shiny.

Dining & Snacks

Looking for something to eat? Here are some of the spots closer to home, listed by travel time. This isn’t an exhaustive list, and we’ll be adding to it over time. Is your favorite place missing? Let us know! We recently tried Doc & Bubba’s up in Mohnton (about 25 minutes’ drive north) and found it worth the trip. Guests looking for vegan options might also want to review vegan-friendly restaurants compiled by the Animal Advocates of South Central PA or HappyCow.


We are surrounded with beautiful and varied scenery including rolling hills and cultivated farmland. A short walk from the Country Hearth in several directions will lead you to the edge of a field. Just over a mile east is the New Holland Park which hosts live entertainment throughout the summer including a craft show in June, an Independence Day celebration in July, an antique car show and a BBQ competition, as well as music most Wednesdays and weekends.

Quilts and Quilting

Lancaster County is home to many quilt shops featuring beautiful, hand-sewn quilts. And if you’re quilter yourself, you can find several quilting and fabric shops carrying everything you need. Quilts Here are some of the close-by places to browse and buy your next quilt. Hometowne Quilt Auction 339 East Main Street, New Holland, PA; 3 minute drive or 16 minute walk The quilt auction is held six Tuesdays each year at the Garden Spot Firehouse in New Holland.


Here are a sampling of the shops in and around New Holland with a focus on the smaller establishments. Many guests are also heading to the Tanger Outlets, Shops at Rockvale, or other nationally known stores. If you like discovering new shops, consider buying a ticket to the Best Kept Secrets Tour. In April and October, the tour features 40 stops located all over Lancaster county and ticketholders will be treated to discounts, raffles, games, or other specials at each stop.

Visiting in Fall

Even crowded places like Kitchen Kettle Village in nearby Intercourse, PA, get into the spirit of the season. Visiting in the fall is an opportunity to enjoy foliage around the countryside and a variety of unique autumn activities in New Holland and throughout Lancaster County, PA. In October, nearly every roadside stand is bursting at the seams with pumpkins, gourds, and butternut squash for sale. Plus, when the nights start to get chilly you’ll be able to enjoy the fireplaces throughout the inn!

Visiting in Spring

The bright colors of spring quickly fade memories of dreary winter! In the spring the world is waking up from winter and the flowers start peeking through. It’s a great time to visit New Holland! Come to wander the countryside, see a show, or indulge in retail therapy. Late winter and spring are the traditional time for Amish Mud Sales. (Discover Lancaster has compiled a schedule of area mud sales.

Visiting in Winter

During your stay in December, our common rooms and halls will be decked for Christmas, and the toasty warmth of our fireplaces will drive away the chill. Winter is a magical time and we can’t wait to have you stay with us and join in the fun. During your stay in December, our common rooms and halls will be decked for Christmas, and the toasty warmth of our fireplaces will drive away the chill.