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Inn and Spa at Intercourse Village
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the Inn and Spa at Intercourse Village, Lancaster County, PA.
The bathroom was located off the hall that connected the sitting room and the bedroom, and contained a large shower and toilet. One note – the shower had a waterfall style shower head. It sounds like a cool thing, but the concept was better than the execution, as the water often went to one side and simply ended up coming down on our heads much like a garden hose. A plain old shower head or a rainshower one would have been better. (That was honestly our only complaint about the accommodations.)
There were some low walls with wood beams that seemed designed to serve as a mild delineation between the tub and sleeping areas, yet let the light in. An interesting feature was that there was a speaker for the TV located near the tub and also in the bathroom so that one wouldn’t miss anything from those locations. There was a separate volume control for those speakers. We commented that it seemed perhaps the owner had actually spent time in the suite to figure out what he/she would want and then made sure it was available, including plenty of thick, thirsty towels. The HVAC system was excellent, and since our stay was during a very cold, windy weekend, we loved the fireplace and soaking in the warm tub.
The inn has a gazebo and waterfall out back which we understand is a very popular location for weddings. There are non-alcoholic drinks and snacks available in the kitchen. Videos and DVDs are available for guests to use. The suites located in the buildings behind the inn (where we stayed) have their own TVs; the Victorian rooms in the house do not, but there are guest sitting rooms. There is a laptop computer with wireless Internet access available on the first floor of the main house – this is a nice convenience, as we used this to check out the menu of a local restaurant before making a reservation. The inn is in a great location – right across the street from Kitchen Kettle Village, so guests can walk to many shops. A nice feature is electronic locks – no big, bulky keys to carry around.
The food was fabulous! The inn advertises – and delivers – a five-course breakfast on fine china. The first course is some type of breakfast bread/muffin, followed by a second course of fruit/pudding/oatmeal, a main dish, the chef’s own granola mix, and a final “dessert” course. Our first morning we loved a chilled cantaloupe soup mixed with a dollop of vanilla yogurt. Keith especially cherished the chocolate mousse that was our final course one morning. One interesting offering was a side of beef bacon. Even the oatmeal was good! Note that there are two servings for breakfast. We had the early (8:30) sitting our first morning in order to make our morning appointment at the spa. The later sitting (which we had the following day) was 10 a.m. If you want to ensure you get the breakfast sitting time of your choice, you may want to call in advance. She did tell us if the sitting we wanted was full, they would have delivered breakfast to us.
Part of our couples spa package included a gourmet lunch. We opted to have it served in our room. When we returned from our morning pedicures at the spa next door, our lunch was awaiting us in our suite’s refrigerator. It was a wonderful chicken Caesar salad sandwich on crustless wheat bread, fruit with a honey yogurt cinnamon dip (the dip made everything taste like Cinnabon!), a dessert cake, and raspberry iced tea. It was a very nice lunch and we enjoyed it.
This is a bed and breakfast and as such, does not have a bar. We brought our own. They did provide us with a bottle of non-alcoholic bubbly, but we were unable to open the bottle, believe it or not!
The people were extremely professional. The inn is run very smoothly and seamlessly. Things are coordinated very well. They even clean the rooms while you are eating breakfast – which they can plan ahead, since they know who will be eating at what times. Our first morning our lunch was also put in our room while we were eating breakfast. There is one thing we found odd that we must mention. When we called to make the reservation, we requested a specific suite. The person taking the reservation said that if we wanted to request a specific room, there would be an additional $10 charge per night. It didn’t make sense to us. There were three classes of rooms – grand suites, country homestead suites, and Victorian rooms, and of course there was a different price for each type of room. The inn’s website shows the 3 different grand suites and their amenities. If they go ahead and spell it out on the website, why wouldn’t a guest be able to request the suite they wanted? They all cost the same – why charge an additional $10 per night for that? The suites are not inexpensive to begin with, so we thought this was over-the-top, but we wanted a specific suite, so we went ahead and paid the fee. We would suggest the innkeeper abolish this charge in the future. Interestingly, the inn does not appear to have a two-night minimum stay on weekends, as we met several couples who were staying only one night.
Intercourse is a charming village in the heart of Lancaster County, home to the Amish and the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch Country. Kitchen Kettle Village has plenty of shops to keep you busy for awhile. We loved the shop with all the sauces and mustards – you can try everything, and we walked out with an armload of goodies. If you like pretzels, visit the Intercourse Pretzel Factory, only a block from the inn. You can watch pretzels being made, try it yourself, and sample and buy some excellent pretzels – both hard and soft. Mix it up with some fresh lemonade, and it’s heaven! We also visited the Flower & Craft Warehouse in Blue Ball – they have a fantastic selection of fake plants and craft supplies. We visited one of our favorite Pennsylvania wineries – Twinbrook Winery in Gap, PA, near Strasburg. They have a good selection of white and red wines, as well as a sparkling wine, and tastings are done in a charming barn. The people are friendly and the winery boasts seasonal concerts. Visit Lancaster County’s tourist site for additional information on area attractions.
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OK, this is Lancaster County. People are religious here. You can probably find some nightlife if you really look, but why not do as we did – cuddle up with that special someone in front of a fireplace with a drink?
Lancaster County gets all four seasons – cold in the winter and hot in the summer. The weekend we visited in early March was unseasonably cold – the daytime temperatures did not get out of the 30s and there was a blustery wind the whole time. We needed coats and gloves when we were outside.
Don’t be afraid to try a restaurant that isn’t on the innkeeper’s list! Our preferred experience was a restaurant that wasn’t on the “A” list.