The Long Weekend: Details on the Wolf Sanctuary of Pennsylvania in Lititz, Pa.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

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.


Rates at Speedwell Forge B&B (465 Speedwell Forge Rd., 717-626-1760, 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,, rooms are $135-$210. In central Lititz, the General Sutter Inn (14 E. Main St., 717-626-2115, 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.


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, 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.


Tours of the Wolf Sanctuary of Pennsylvania (465 Speedwell Forge Rd., 717-626-4617, 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, 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, attracts boaters, fishermen and picnickers.


Downtown Lititz has dozens of diversions; for more details about boutiques, the town park, seasonal events and more, visit

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