Daniel Klotz

Correspondent

  • Lancaster, PA, USA

Daniel Klotz is a correspondent who covers Lancaster, Pennsylvania, for Forbes Travel Guide. Klotz writes a popular blog about cultural and political life there. He previously was on staff at the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce & Industry and is director of digital marketing at YDOP, an Internet marketing agency in downtown Lancaster. He cofounded and cohosted The Lancast, a weekly podcast of interviews with area artists and business leaders. He has served on numerous boards and committees of community organizations, and he is active in the area’s social media scene.

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    What’s the best time to visit The Inn at Leola Village?

    The Inn at Leola Village’s flowerbeds and gardens are extensive, so summer and fall are some of the best times to visit. During those seasons, you have the opportunity to experience the well-tended grounds in their full glory as well as enjoy the outdoor pool. Since the inn’s restaurants incorporate ingredients from their own gardens and from local farmers, a summer or autumn visit allows for the most variety of local ingredients in onsite meals.

    A winter trip is not to be ruled out, however; suites and signature rooms feature stone fireplaces, and with fewer weddings scheduled at this time, the Lancaster hotel is at its most peaceful.

    If you end up staying the first Friday of the month, venture into downtown Lancaster to enjoy the metropolitan buzz of First Friday, when shops and art galleries stay open late, restaurants draw crowds, and the residents fill the sidewalks wandering from stop to stop. Or check out the year-round Central Market (Tuesday and Friday 6 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.), which claims to be the country's oldest continuously operating market. Peruse the numerous vendors who hawk everything from Pennsylvania Dutch sausage to butter pickles.

    The entire experience of The Inn at Leola Village is warm, intimate and romantic, making it an ideal place for a couple to celebrate a wedding or anniversary. Regardless of the time of year chosen for a stay, be sure to add in a day to enjoy Leola Village’s spa, shops, restaurants and grounds.
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    What restaurants does The Inn at Leola Village have?

    The Inn at Leola Village has two restaurants. Osteria Avanti is the inn’s casual restaurant, where a complimentary European-style breakfast is served daily, followed by seatings for lunch and dinner. The inn’s upscale option is Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star TÈ Restaurant, which is open on Friday and Saturday evenings only. Seatings are by reservation, between 5 and 9 p.m. 

    Those dining at TÈ choose between a five-course prix fixe, where each course includes four options, or a nine-course degustation, where each course has been pre-selected. Expect to see the chef — toque John Calabrese is fond of tableside preparations and embellishments. Plus, every course is offered with a wine pairing.

    The inn’s steady wedding business allows for an in-house pastry chef, who creates not only cakes for newlyweds but also all pastries for Osteria Avanti and TÉ. All pastas are made in house as well, and many vegetables and herbs come from the inn’s own gardens. Some ingredients are flown in directly from Italy.
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    What are the best hotels in Lancaster?

    Lancaster, Pennsylvania offers elegant accommodations perfect for a weekend getaway. The Inn at Leola Village is perfect for a romantic getaway with its well-appointed cottages and rooms in the Lancaster House, its main building. Each room is individually decorated, and features complimentary wireless access. The Lancaster Arts Hotel, is a short walk from Franklin & Marshall College in one direction and Gallery Row in the other. Each room is unique, and the paintings on the walls here are anything but generic.

    The most centrally located hotel is the Lancaster Marriott, which is attached to the Lancaster County Convention Center and across the street from Central Market. The Marriott’s façade is that of the historic Watt & Shand building, which was one of the nation’s earliest and most successful department stores. On the opposite end of town is the Cork Factory Hotel, which has an industrial chic style and is a popular location for weddings.

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    What are the best restaurants in Lancaster?

    In a city with such strong agricultural roots, you’re sure to find some great food. Here are five restaurants to try in Lancaster, Pennsylvania:

    1. John J. Jeffries is the kind of restaurant travelers can’t find anywhere else, since its menu is entirely seasonal, based on the offerings of local farmers who practice sustainable agriculture. The restaurant has developed close relationships with select farmers to offer a menu that’s completely farm-to-table.

    2. Fenz is a hot spot with rave reviews for its sophisticated takes on classic foods, including a remarkably upscale version of meatloaf and macaroni and cheese.

    3. Carr’s is located adjacent to Central Market, where its chefs select the vast majority of their ingredients. Carr’s operates a wine bar, Crush, at the entrance to the restaurant, and no one would blame a person for getting distracted there and never making it into the restaurant.

    4. One of Lancaster’s newest restaurants is Pour, which has an extensive wine and beer list, and a menu that emphasizes charcuterie and other rustic meat dishes.

    5. Checkers Bistro offers a quiet, intimate dining experience with a menu inspired by French cuisine.
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    What are the best hotels in Lancaster?

    Lancaster, Pennsylvania offers elegant accommodations perfect for a weekend getaway. Make a reservation at one of the following hotels: 

    1. The Lancaster Arts Hotel, whose restaurant is John J. Jeffries, is steps away from other fine restaurants like Fenz, plus a short walk from Franklin & Marshall College in one direction and Gallery Row in the other. Each room is unique, and the paintings on the walls here are anything but generic.

    2. The most centrally located hotel is the Lancaster Marriott, which is attached to the Lancaster County Convention Center and across the street from Central Market. The Marriott’s façade is that of the historic Watt & Shand building, which was one of the nation’s earliest and most successful department stores.

    3. On the opposite end of town is the Cork Factory Hotel, which has an industrial chic style and is a popular location for weddings.

    4. The Inn at Leola Village is perfect for a romantic getaway with its well-appointed cottages and rooms in the Lancaster House, its main building.