Get Away: Fire & Ice Festivals

Winter is festival season in many mid-Atlantic small towns. Go outside and play.


Winter fireworks in Somerset. Photo by Linda Seanor.

Illustration by Laura Goode.

If You Go…

Where to Eat

You will not go hungry in Lititz. Treats abound, from Sugar Whipped Bakery’s large cupcakes, including gluten-free and vegan options, to Dosie Dough bakery’s buns and breads. At Café Chocolate, you can debate between dark-chocolate fondue served with fruit, pretzels and marshmallows, or a Sweet Heart Cake with crushed walnuts and coconut. The homey, friendly café also serves soups, sandwiches and salads. The General Sutter Inn offers pub fare at the Bulls Head Public House and finer dining in the General Sutter dining room. JoBoy’s Brew Pub hits the spot with Southern-style barbecue and an impressive selection of house-brewed craft beers. Our favorite restaurant (we went twice) was the Tomato Pie Café, where musts include the fogged tea (it’s like an Earl Grey tea latte), sriracha turkey burger and spinach-artichoke pie. Wilbur Chocolate is famous for its chocolate buds (think nibs). Lititz even has its own locally brewed kombucha shop, Renewal Kombucha, with flavors such as blueberry-oolong and white-tea-lemongrass.


Where to Shop

The Moravian House Antiques has a fun collection of shabby-chic furnishings and clocks. Morton Fine Furniture is known for its beautifully handcrafted wood furniture and Mission-style mirrors. Zest! is a cool kitchen store with gadgets and cookbooks galore. Ewebiquitous, a colorful fiber and yarn store (get it?), also sells local artisan-made goods. At The Main Street Peddler gift shop, you’ll find five rooms of folk-art items and holiday decorations.


Where to Stay

Because the Fire and Ice Festival does attract crowds, we opted to stay at the Carter Run Inn, which is located within walking distance of the action, meaning we could park and leave our cars. The inn has private rooms with access to a full kitchen, fruit and some breakfast items. The Alden House Bed & Breakfast offers private rooms in a historic Federal home, three porches from which to watch the world, a full breakfast and the aforementioned Wilbur chocolate buds. You can stay in a stately Colonial Revival home at the Lititz House Bed & Breakfast, which serves a sweet and savory full breakfast. The General Sutter Inn offers elegant rooms in a historic setting, plus six luxury rock-and-roll-themed suites in its RockBlock Penthouse. (Fun fact: Greater Lititz is home to a number of music producers and vendors handling specialties like concert production and stage design.)


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