There is a chill in the air – frosts have hit the county killing off any remaining flowers in the gardens.

Shops stuffed with Christmas treasures are bursting with open houses and discounted sales for the Christmas holidays. Both the Rockvale and Tanger outlets are excellent stops to find just the right Christmas item. Small specialty or boutique shops can be found in Lititz, Strasburg, Intercourse, or Bird-in-Hand.  If antiques are your passion, good stops would be Adamstown, Columbia , or Strasburg.

Several shops worthy of mention are the Olde Millhouse Shoppes on the Strasburg Pike with both the house and barn garnished with seasonal displays. Another barn filled with Christmas treasures is the Country Creations Barn on North Star Road near Strasburg.

For ideas to spark your imagination, you MUST try the Flower and Craft Warehouse in Blue Ball for crafty ideas and supplies to make your own or just wander the many aisles and rooms for ideas and ready made items to purchase.

There is something for everyone. You might need several days to explore Lancaster County’s treasures. Check with the Authentic Bed and Breakfast Inns Association for rooms for your stayover. Or call us for your reservation at 800-552-2632.

Submitted by: Ruth Harnish, Flowers and Thyme Bed and Breakfast