Things to Do
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! In and Around New Holland (up to 10 minutes by car) Ephrata (15 minutes by car) Strasburg / Ronks (24 minutes by car) Lititz (26 minutes by car) Lancaster City (30 minutes by car) Open: Sundays Mondays Tuesdays Type: Buffet Coffee Donuts Ice Cream Italian In and Around New Holland Palermo Pizza & Italian Restaurant 51 West Main Street, New Holland, PA; 1 minute drive or 3 minute walk
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.
Vintage, Thrift, and Antiques
The Country Hearth B&B makes a wonderful home base for your thrifting and antiquing. We’re very close to several vintage, antique, and thrift shops here in New Holland, and just over 10 miles (20–25 minutes) from Antiques Capital USA. Within a comfortable walk (as long as you don’t buy too much to carry back!) you’ll find: Tannery Antiques and Screaming Lion Antiques (both at 148 East Main Street; 0.5 miles or 10 minute walk).
Visiting in Fall
Even crowded places like Kitchen Kettle Village in nearby Intercourse, PA, get into the spirit of the season. The fall is a wonderful time to plan a trip to Country Hearth B&B and enjoy some of the unique fall 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 when most Amish Mud Sales happen. Amish Mud sales have been a tradition since the 1960s. These unique events are often hosted by local fire companies.
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.