Lancaster Arts Hotel: Weekend Packages in Pennsylvania Dutch Country
But let's face it, all that old-fashioned country goodness can be a bit much if you're getting it around the clock. So instead of a B&B, consider staying at the Lancaster Arts Hotel. This 63-room boutique property is in a renovated 19th century tobacco warehouse, and while it's a member of Historic Hotels of America, there's nothing twee or sweet about it. Exposed brick walls and beams are paired with sleek modern décor, and the work of local artists are on display throughout.
The hotel is quite near Lancaster's emerging arts district, which has many galleries, some not-quite-ready for prime time, others that would be at home in any resort destination. Either way, it's the most fun to experience it when there's a crowd on hand, since, as a former industrial city, Lancaster can feel a bit depressing when it's empty. This is not a problem on the first Friday of the warmer months, when there's usually a great turn out for First Fridays -- all the galleries stay open to at least 9 p.m. The Lancaster Arts Hotel offers a few arts weekend packages among them, a First Friday package. Rates are about $200 a night for a studio room to around $300 a night, and up, for a suite.