Mount Joy, Pa., is about 120 miles from Washington. From the Capital Beltway, take Maryland Route 295 north to Interstate 195 west toward Catonsville, Md. Merge onto I-95 north, then take Exit 49B toward Towson, Md., to I-695. Merge onto I-83 north toward Timonium/York, Pa. In York, follow signs to Route 30 east. After crossing the Susquehanna River, exit toward Columbia/PA 441. Turn right onto Pennsylvania Route 772 and follow it into Mount Joy. Turn left onto South Market Street and continue to Bube’s Brewery, 102 N. Market St.
Amtrak offers service between Union Station and Mount Joy, with fares starting at $130 round trip.
The Victorian Rose Bed and Breakfast
214 Marietta Ave.
Enjoy the year-round Christmas tree in the living room and lots of seasonal decorations. Huge breakfasts. Four rooms from $80.
Olde Square Inn
127 E. Main St.
Pet friendly, with an outdoor swimming pool in season. Six rooms from $139. A private carriage house is also available from $195.
In Bube’s Brewery, serving steaks, veal, pasta and seafood. Entrees start at $22.
Dining only for special events, including murder mysteries, and large groups. Three-course menu served family style. Chicken and beef the night I was there.
Bar food, sandwiches, burgers and entrees. The Biergarten is open weather permitting. Entrees start at $10.95.
Murder mysteries run most Saturday nights throughout the year. $42 per person, including a complete dinner at Alois. Reservations required.
Jean Ellis, a local author and descendant of Alois Bube, leads a ghost tour on the first and third Fridays of the month, starting at 10 p.m. $3 per person. Not recommended for children younger than 12. Reservations recommended.
Bube’s has a home-brew shop for do-it-yourselfers. Malted grains and extracts, yeast and hops are available. Also has start-up kits. Open daily after 4:30 p.m.
Diners at the Catacombs receive a tour of the old brewery and microbrewery by their hostess.