|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
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The owner, a Lititz native and descendant of PA Dutch Mennonites, has lived in East Hampton & NYC and calls this property 'Lititz Haus.' She knows the area well and her “homemade” guide books can point you to a slew of things to see and do. You are a walk away from the Wilbur chocolate factory and beautiful Lititz Springs Park. Come feed the ducks! Use our bicycles to explore Amish countryside, or drive to the “flea markets,” quilt or antique shops. 'Eat yourself full' as the Amish say, at a “smorgasbord.” Stroll through gentle Amish towns like Paradise, Intercourse.
You are a 40-minute drive from the many attractions of the more well-known chocolate town, Hershey PA, including the famous Hershey Park and Hershey Zoo, the Hershey Chocolate Museum, and beautiful Hershey Botanical Gardens.
In the other direction, about 30 minutes out, there are outlets galore, really great 'cheap stuff,' and smorgasbords alike, the Sight & Sound Theater, the historic Strasburg Railroad Museum, the 'Choo Choo Barn' miniature train museum. An old steam train with dining cars can take you through Amish farm country, and occasionally, 'Thomas the Train' stops by. Lancaster County is a mecca for families and kids and Lititz the perfect town from which to explore.... This is not only the owner's biased opinion... Budget Travel magazine recently voted Lititz the 'Coolest small town in America.' Friendly folk, fun and relaxation. My foreign guests have called Lititz and our home a 'true slice of Americana.' Kids are in heaven during the holidays in Lititz... The 4th of July spectacular in Springs Park is like no other--- kids activities like 'panning for gold,' the best firework displays in the region... Clair Bros Global (the owners relatives) supply sound and musical entertainment to the area which you'd never think to find in a small town. The Halloween parade is divine... with tootsie rolls and candy setting kids a-scrambling from the curbs... Some of the Easter egg hunts have been known to involve a helicopter with pouring out millions of treasure-filled eggs out onto a large church field -- or the local Sauders egg company will supply real, hard boiled eggs you can crack and eat... Christmas is as elegant as ever in Lititz, with the most beautiful candlelight services, Moravian stars lit above front porches all about the town... But the owner's favorite has been a Lititz tradition since the 1800s -- to hear the Moravian Trombone choir which starts playing at 2am, walking through the town and ending at the beautiful Moravian church at dawn for an Easter ceremony you'll never forget. And if you’re lucky, you’ll hear the clip-clop sound of long caravans of Amish horse and buggies, smothered in the din of rolling wooden wheels, going down Broad or Main Streets early Easter Sunday morning. In Summertime, the Lititz Springs Pool is a huge facility of 3 large refreshing pools, and the nearby Rec Center has every activity, with an indoor pool for kids that is to die for. Lititz Springs Park has events throughout the Summer -- amazing art shows, craft shows and flea markets gather there ... And if that all just sounds too confusing to choose from, or the weather outside is frightful, perhaps you want to curl up and read a good book !!
I have a common Pennsylvania Dutch surname. My paternal 'Papa' (pronounced Paw-Paw) was Mennonite. My “Nana” (which is pronounced like Banana without the “Buh’”) was “gay.” You know -- in the 1920s. 'Gay' meant 'happy! To Mennonites, 'gay' also meant 'not Mennonite.' Nana wore makeup and got her hair done ... I guess Papa decided to trade Mennonite for 'happy,' because he married Nana. So through the Depression era and WWII, Nana raised 7 children and my Papa raised several barns and houses as he was a carpenter. I think one of those kids was my Dad, yes the last one, that was him. Nana worked in the ticket booth when Lititz had a movie theater, then a seamstress in a Drycleaners, where she knew everyone in the town and did not retire from that job until she was 87. Growing up in the 60s and 70s, Christmases saw my Nana's little house filled with about 40 people, what with Aunts and Uncles all having kids and so on. I have so many cousins I've lost count -- and that's just my paternal side! I moved to Manhattan in the 80s for what I thought would be a short stint of 2 years, but then met my Manhattanite husband and ended up staying another 20. Fortunately, he liked to visit my big, happy family of 'country bumpkins,' here -- and often ... We only stayed at Swiss Woods, (my favorite Inn here!) but since we came so often it was like 'ka-ching.' Then when we had our baby, (after unfortunately Nana passed), visiting my maternal grandma 'Mom Mom' on the farm at which I spent so much of my childhood, became a dire necessity... or I would have a little baby walking around the Manhattan apartment saying 'Mom Mom. Mom Mom. Mom Mom's house' like forever. We knew we needed a 2nd home here.
Susan purchased this townhome in 2007
I don't even know if I saw any other homes, but when I came into this one, this was it -- the house I had always dreamed of when growing up in Lititz. My husband and I had NO idea of ever renting it out. I just made it cozy for us to have some peace of mind from the city. I first fell in love with the kitchen, then the washer/dryer IN the kitchen, then the fact that I could watch TV FROM the kitchen, or drift outside to the porch and BBQ. It seemed so much bigger on the inside than it looked from the outside. And even though it is the end of a 6-unit townhouse, it seems like a house of its own -- private. Lititz is such a nurturing and fun-filled town for children ... I wanted to furnish it as the cozy quintessentially Lititz-style home like the impeccably furnished and kept homes of my Lititz Aunts, but also give it the comfort of the Hamptons.
Location, location ! Little did we know Lititz would be dubbed the 'Coolest Small Town in America' by Budget Travel magazine... But it really is. There really is enough to do within bike riding distance, like take our daughter to the beautiful Lititz Springs park and feed the ducks and do the playgrouand... then to the chocolate factory or to make our very own pretzel at the first Pretzel bakery in America..Sturgis. Or have the chocolate 'turbo' coffee at the Chocolate Cafe. Now there are places like Bulls Head pub and ABC brewery. And Glassmeyers is now Tomato Pie. Capriccio's is always good if we missed the NYC real-Italian-family run places... And although there is one of the most beautiful public swimming pools with Lititz Springs Pool, and lots to do in Summertime, with exquisite craft and art shows and flea markets... Wintertime in Lititz is quite cozy as well. If you want to venture out to Middlecreek about 1/2 hour away, January and February sees 100,000 to 200,000 snow geese which is depicted by a large photo in Lititz Haus. And the Lititz Rec Center has one of the best indoor swimming pools I've ever seen, plus mega workout facilities. Landis Valley has a large indoor tennis facility as well. Most all of these places have childrens rooms or baby sitting... and of course, there is even a little children's museum which is a lot of fun... There are always animals... And if it's too cold to go and see them at the farms, you will probably see a horse & buggy pass, especially on Sundays. Fridays, the Green Dragon in Ephrata is the best place to go see a great flea market with great food... (You must do the little diner inside)..and see the Amish and farmers' animal auctions. Tuesdays the flea market to go to is Roots (which rhymes with Toots as in Tootsie Roll) ... There is really so much to do in Lititz all year round and then again, the best thing about this house is that you don't have to do nothin! Curl up with a good book. Enjoy !!
Our family recently travelled to Pennsylvania Dutch country in hopes of enjoying some rest and relaxation and also touring the area. Our accomodations exceeded our expectations. The house was quite spacious, tastefully decorated, extremely clean and tidy, and well equipped with the top of the line modern conveniences for every day life. We felt spoiled!
The home is well situated and centrally located for taking in local and non-local attractions. We were able to bike into town and enjoy the quaint shops within Lititz. By vehicle, we were able to explore caves, be intrigued by Amish country living and culture, satisfy our chocolate craving at the Hershey Factory, and enjoy some live theatre at Sight and Sound Theatre. This vacation proved to be an AWESOME getaway for all members of our family as we thoroughly enjoyed exploring the area and relished our restful times for refreshment and reflection at our home away from home.
We had a great time in Lancaster this past weekend. The home was cozy and very clean. The owner also has several binders with attractions near the home as well as the manuals to all the utilities within the home. The home is near many attraction is located in a quiet community. Over all my family enjoyed out stay here and would recommend home anytime!
The Lititz Haus is a very nice home in the charming town of Lititz. From this location, we were able to access a lot of great stuff--including a day trip to Philadelphia. We've done a lot of vacation rentals, and this one is probably the best-equipped one that we have ever had (with the exception of no wine glasses).
The beds are super comfortable and everything is very high quality. We especially appreciated the comfy seats in the living room--so nice after an exhausting day of sightseeing. Also, the owner has included books and videos on the Lititz area which were really interesting and enriched our stay. I would agree with the other reviewers that light blocking drapes in the master bedroom would be a good addition. The management of the place is outstanding and we really appreciated the prompt refund of our deposit!!
We just returned from a 2 week stay in Lititz Haus. We had a wonderful time. The house was clean, quiet and well equipped with everything we needed. It was in a perfect location to go in many different directions. We went to Gettysburg, Valley Forge, Baltimore, the huge outlets in Reading, and it is so convenient to all the small Amish towns. We also took 2 bus tours out of Lancaster. A one day tour to New York City and a one day tour to Atlantic City. We had a wonderful vacation and I would recommend this rental to anyone coming to this area.
Pine Grove, CA
We just came back from Lititz. What a great memory of this simple and easy vacation. Reservation process was super easy. House is located on the dead-end street with minimal traffic. Also, there are sidewalks all around - I was surprised. All the people around are nice and friendly. This is a family oriented neighborhood with a good number of kids around.
All of us (2 adults and 2 kids - 6 yo and 1) had a great time. The house is spacious, comfortable, clean and has everything necessary for a relaxing break. it feels very cozy and warm. The kitchen is great, beds are comfortable and soft. Overall, furniture at the house is top notch and it is local. Having a smaller dining table for the kids - what a great idea!!! Our two boys enjoyed eating at that table and now we are thinking of getting something similar for our home ;) There are a lot of kids books, dvd's and enough books to read for adults. The house does not have the wireless internet, but wired internet is available - please bring your laptop. The internet is fast and reliable.
The town of Lititz has a lot to offer. Wilbur chocolate factory is about 1 mile away or so. People who like Hershey chocolates - never tried chocolate from Wilbur factory. :)
A lot of farmers markets around, selling great fresh fruits, vegetables and baked goods. there are several large supermarkets around, which also sell some of the local produce
Public pools are good. Clean water and not too many people.
Hershey park about 45 minutes away.
This was by far the best vacation our family had in PA and mostly because of the quality and cleanness of the house. Thank you very much.
This house had all the comforts of home! We loved every minute of our say at the Lititz Haus! The kids especially loved the loft area. The house was centrally located for a trip that included Hershey Park on day one, Lancaster on day two and Gettysburg on day three.
The beds were so comfortable that we decided to sleep in on day two and bum around the house for the majority of the day. We have already started to plan our next trip.
Thanks for everything Neva!
4 Miles from Lancaster Airport, 40 min. to Hershey, 30 min. to Strasburg RR or Sound & Light Theater, 30 min. to heart of Amish country, Intercourse
Other Activities: Wildlife viewing, hot air ballooning, shopping, mini golf, biking, health/beauty spa
Golf: Only 6 miles from Lititz Haus (Route 501 toward Lancaster), Overlook is Lancaster County's favorite golf course. This beautiful full golf facility is adjacent to some of the best restaurants in the area and Overlook Swimming pool, a large public pool also a favorite of locals.
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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$250|
All Reservations must be made two weeks in advance.
** 10% OFF your stay with full CHECK payment at the time of booking (offer does not apply to online payments, we apologize). This OFFER expires May 31st, 2015.
Look forward to having you as our guests at Lititz Haus! -- Susan Richardson, Owner
Refundable security/damage deposit must be paid online to hold reservation.
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.