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The Historic Strasburg Inn
Please note that as of December 2004, The Historic Strasburg Inn was sold and is now known as The Netherlands Inn and Spa. Their new website is here.
This is our page dedicated to our experiences while staying at The Historic
The Strasburg Inn is basically several buildings clustered together. They are not actually old, but they were designed to look old - and the effect is remarkable. The inn's website does not do it justice...in fact, it tells you very little about the inn itself, other than providing a couple of nifty 360-degree photos. The inn has 101 rooms, 10 of which are suites, spread out among its buildings. The sidewalks and some of the drives are actually cobblestone - a nice touch. We reserved a suite with a double jacuzzi. The rates were reasonable, compared to what we were used to for comparable accommodations. The suite contained a large bedroom with a canopied queen-size bed. The room was decorated with antiques. There was a nook that had a gas fireplace tucked into it, and cable tv with a good selection of stations. There was a hall which led to a smaller room which contained a settee, deck, small refrigerator, tv mounted high on the wall, and a very nice double jacuzzi. Candles had also been thoughtfully provided. We enjoyed the jacuzzi immensely. It was much bigger and deeper than those we find in most inns, and allowed for deep immersion. There were two side-by-side lounges with back jets that felt great, and we could watch football from the comfort of the tub. Robes were also provided, as well as a portable step for the jacuzzi. There was a vanity area with sink just outside of the bathroom, which also contained a sink, toilet, and tub/shower combination. A note about the shower: it needed some adjusting...the noise that emanated from the shower head when it was being used was truly ear-piercing. The suite was extremely comfortable and did not feel like a public inn. We would definitely go back.
The inn has an outdoor pool (heated, we believe, as it was still open when we visited in October and there was steam rising from the pool water) and an outdoor hot tub next to the pool (in a gazebo).
The inn has a gourmet restaurant called The Washington House; reservations are required. We opted for a more casual evening in the By George Tavern. The food was wonderful, even if it was a less formal version of the restaurant. Keith ordered a caesar salad and petit filet mignon. Lori had a shrimp appetizer and a baked pasta entree (a special) that tasted absolutely wonderful. The bartender was extremely friendly and happily provided us with libations of our choice after dinner to take to our suite (we wanted to spend more time in the jacuzzi). We had breakfast in The Washington House the following morning (it was included with the room). It was a typical buffet breakfast.
The inn has a pub called the By George Tavern. It is one of the few places in this area of Lancaster that serves alcohol on Sundays (see Inn Food above).
The people at the front desk were very friendly. We particularly enjoyed the company of the bartender, who willingly made recommendations.
The Strasburg Inn is conveniently located near many Lancaster attractions (Amish people, outlets). We prefer to leave the Amish be, and don't necessarily like to shop till we drop...we were in Lancaster to find a china closet for our new house. There are many Amish and Mennonite furniture stores (some will custom-make the furniture for you). We settled on a beautiful cherry china closet from Sensenig's. We went to Lancaster on Sunday, stayed over, and did our furniture shopping on Monday. Note that very little is open in Lancaster on Sundays.
We ate our meals at the inn. But we arrived in Lancaster early on a Sunday afternoon in October and had to search for a little to find a bar where we could watch the football game (the Philadelphia Eagles beat the Dallas Cowboys, but unfortunately Michael Irvin suffered a season-ending injury). After a little searching, we found Your Place Restaurant, which has a separate bar, open along Route 30 (only a few miles from our inn). We settled in at the bar and had some munchies while we watched the game. They did an amazing business in take-out beer and we soon realized they were the only bar open in the region.
This is Lancaster. If you want nightlife, stay in the city. Lancaster is a peaceful place to go to get away from the big city. Enjoy some quiet time.
The Strasburg Inn is located about 60 miles west of Philadelphia, and shares the same weather. We visited in early October. It rained on Sunday (but was fairly warm), and Monday was a beautiful, sunny day with temperatures in the high 70s.
Remember that this is the Lancaster area and many things are closed on Sundays.