Membership Benefits

Membership Standards

We have developed a series of recommended standards to ensure that members provide the highest quality Bed and Breakfast accommodations in Lancaster County. These guidelines are designed to assist innkeepers in providing a high level of safety, comfort, cleanliness and hospitality. And above all, members have the knowledge that all other members are inspected with high standards to offer the inn-going public.

SEO Website / Online Reservations — Over 21,000 Visitors Annually

As a member, your property is featured on Your listing will feature full color photos, a description of your property, a display of your inn’s amenities, a link to your website and booking engine. An availability search engine, powered by RoomCalendars, is used on Authentic’s Availability web page and displays all participating members and links to your booking engine for direct bookings. A member only view is included for participating members availability to assist with member to member referrals. The participtating member’s availability is automatically updated by the RoomCalendars program. The RoomCalendars program is an opt-in option as there is an additional yearly fee for this service.

Social Media

We have an active social media presence, through Facebook, Twitter, Newsletters, Pinterest and our Blog. This helps keep us on the minds of travelers who want to hear from us, and who are interested in a Lancaster County B&B.


Networking opportunities at Annual Conferences, Trade Shows and Lodging/Hospitality meetings are great places to talk with other B&B owners to discuss best practices and offer friendly advice. Our association encourages availability referrals among members, and information and support when challenges arise. Frequent meetings, with opportunities for small group discussions, innkeeper enrichment and networking, are also held.

Inclusion in Gift Certificate Program

Get new and repeat business from this exclusive membership program which is promoted on our website. Gift certificates can be purchased on the association website for any dollar amount, and have no expiration date.

The Passport Program

We offer guests, who stay five times in at least three different members of the Authentic Bed & Breakfast of Lancaster County, $50 off their fifth stay. We also have numerous local businesses which have partnered with us to give our guests discounts which vary in value according the the vendor’s discretion.

Belsnickle Tour

This is an opt-in opportunity to showcase your property during the first weekend in December for Authentic’s annual “Find Your Belsnickle” Christmas tour. The tour gives guests a reason to visit Lancaster County in December and allows us to donate to a local chartiy and spotlight a Passport business partner.

Exposure Through Association Membership on High Traffic, Online B&B Directories

We maintain an association listing on

Association Cookbook

Each B&B may participate by contributing recipes to the cookbook for free. Members receive wholesale priced copies for sale at their B&B. Each participating member receives a self-written description page of their inn including contact information and website.


We work closely with the Discover Lancaster Visitors Bureau, with cooperative advertising including a sponsored television commercial which is featured on

We invite you to become a member and enjoy the benefits of our vibrant organization.
We offer tangible benefits plus opportunities for networking, education and professional growth.

Take a Fresh Look at Hospitality!

Join us and continue sharing and learning the art of hospitality in Pennsylvania Dutch Country.

For additional information about joining our association, please contact
Karen Eppig @ 717-629-1097 or email