Travel writer Jenny Mayo recently spent time in Lititz, Pa. Here's her reporter's notebook.
About 2 1/2 hours from the Beltway
$195 -- Lodging: $175; Wolf sanctuary: $20
Take Interstate 95 north, then I-695 north, then I-83 north. In Pennsylvania, take U.S. Route 30 east, then Lititz Pike/Route 501 north.
WHERE TO STAY
Rates at Speedwell Forge B&B (465 Speedwell Forge Rd., 717-626-1760, http://www.speedwellforge.com) are $125-$250. (No children younger than 10.) Just a mile down the road at Swiss Woods Bed & Breakfast Inn (500 Blantz Rd., 717-627-3358, http://www.swisswoods.com), rooms are $135-$210. In central Lititz, the General Sutter Inn (14 E. Main St., 717-626-2115, http://www.generalsutterinn.com) has been a fixture for nearly 250 years and offers easy access to downtown museums, restaurants and shopping. Its rates are $70-$169 weeknights, $75-$189 weekends.
WHERE TO EAT
The General Sutter's cozy dining room and bar (and patio, weather permitting) serve good modern American cuisine. Cafe Chocolate of Lititz (40 E. Main St., 717-626-0123, http://www.chocolatelititz.com) offers decadent drinks and desserts, as well as savory options such as salmon cakes and flatbread pizza. (Just be warned that service can be slow at times.) The no-frills Glassmyer's Restaurant (23 N. Broad St., 717-626-2345) is an old-fashioned soda fountain that does breakfast and lunch.
WHAT TO DO
Tours of the Wolf Sanctuary of Pennsylvania (465 Speedwell Forge Rd., 717-626-4617, http://www.wolfsancpa.com) are available at noon on weekends ($7 adults), by appointment during the week ($10) and one Saturday evening a month at 7:30 (age 16 and older only, $20). There is an additional $5 fee per camera. The next moonlight tours are April 11 and May 9. Three-hour sessions for serious photographers are $75; weekends, by reservation.
Speedwell Forge Park (Speedwell Forge Road and Long Lane, http://www.co.lancaster.pa.us/parks) is within walking distance of the Wolf Sanctuary, just south on Speedwell Forge Road at Hammer Creek, and features a hiking trail. The nearby Speedwell Forge Lake (West Brubaker Valley Road and Lakeview Drive, http://www.fish.state.pa.us/lakes.htm) attracts boaters, fishermen and picnickers.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Downtown Lititz has dozens of diversions; for more details about boutiques, the town park, seasonal events and more, visit http://www.venturelititz.com.