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the Annville Inn in Annville, PA.
Downstairs is a finished basement with a pool table, games tables, and a computer. Adjacent to that room is an unbelievable home theater. The hosts have a nice selection of DVDs to watch in the home theater. We enjoyed a private showing of National Treasure.
This is a bed and breakfast and breakfast is the meal they serve. They had one seating at 9 a.m. when we visited. A selection of juices was offered along with coffee. They brought everything out on one plate, which was actually a nice idea, because if guests were anxious to get going, they didn’t have to sit through a long multi-course breakfast. One morning we had a mixture of fruit, a crust-less quiche, delicious turkey bacon, and chocolate and nut muffins. Another morning we had fruit, apple pancakes, and a soft-boiled egg with Canadian bacon. If you let them know any dietary concerns/preferences ahead of time, they do their best to meet your needs. Lori is allergic to mushrooms and they were careful not to serve her anything with mushrooms. One woman we dined with couldn’t have dairy, and they came up with excellent substitutes.
There is no bar save for a wet bar with non-alcoholic beverages provided for guests. The innkeepers are happy to supply glasses, ice, and ice buckets.
Rosalie and Craig George are the energetic, friendly innkeepers. Craig did quite a bit of work on the place himself. There are whimsical touches throughout. They are continually improving the place (although it is great already). They take the time to show you around when you arrive, greeting each guest warmly. They happily recommend things to do and restaurants. They also print out directions for you – a handy thing to have. They appear to really love what they do and it shows. We met a couple who were staying at a B&B for the first time and they loved it and said they would return.
Annville is close to Hershey (home of the famous chocolate). Hershey Park is only 10 minutes away. Harrisburg is about 20 minutes away. There is also a college in town (Lebanon Valley College – where Lori initially went to school). We’re sure this will be a popular place for parents of students. It’s also not far from Mount Hope (the winery and location of the Renaissance Fair). One afternoon we drove to Palmyra (a 5-minute drive) and went to see The Simpsons Movie at the local theater.
We stopped in at West Hanover Winery (7646 Jonestown Road, Harrisburg, PA 717-652-3711) and did a tasting. They had plenty of wines available to taste. We bought a few bottles of white merlot (yes, strange as it sounds it is good and is a white wine that can stand up to bold meats), a couple bottles of dry red wine, and a chardonnay. The winery was about 15 minutes from the inn.
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This is Pennsylvania Dutch Country so nightlife isn’t the forte, although there are certainly bars and bands to be found. One may have to go closer to Harrisburg. We were staying at a nice place, so there was no need to stay out late at night.
South central Pennsylvania in the middle of summer can be pretty stifling, and our visit was no exception. Daytime temperatures were in the 90s and the humidity was considerable. There were several downpours/thundershowers during our visit. Night time temperatures only dropped into the 70s. Air conditioning is a must-have in the summer. Note that Hershey Park does have a water park for hot days.
Do listen to the locals – they can tell you the good places to go. We did listen to our hosts and they steered us in the right direction when it came to dining. If you visit on a weekend (especially in the summer), reservations for dinner are recommended. If you plan to visit Hershey Park, try to do so during the week (the crowds won’t be as heavy). If you must go on a weekend, try to start earlier in the day when it is cooler.