October 23, 2014

Carlisle House Bed & Breakfast

If you are familiar with the historic town of Carlisle, you know that there is only one Bed & Breakfast located in the borough.  What you may not know is this cozy B&B is also listed on the Select Registry.

I was able to experience the hospitality of Carlisle House B&B owners Alan and Mary first hand during a recent conference.  I was assigned to collect the conference members each morning after breakfast and get them to where they needed to go.  Being the generous hosts that they are, Alan and Mary invited me to join them for breakfast.

October 21, 2014

Cooking Classes at The Kitchen Shoppe

Okay, okay, I know that we've already written about cooking classes at The Kitchen Shoppe,  but I attended another class, and it's worth writing about - again.

If you missed the first blog about The Kitchen Shoppe's cooking classes, here is what you need to know: The Kitchen Shoppe is a super kitchen store with almost any kitchen gadget, accessory or tool you ever imagined.  You can also purchase gourmet food and teas, as well as talk with the staff for advice and tips. 

In addition to the products, The Kitchen Shoppe also offers cooking classes in two different formats - demonstration and hands-on.  Both are taught in a cozy classroom setting with lots of mirrors so you can easily watch the cook from any seat in the room.

October 15, 2014

Create Your Own Gourd at Meadowbrooke Gourds

Earlier this week I shared my Meadowbrooke Gourds tour experience, where I learned how this unique company grows and crafts gourds into fun, seasonal home decor items.  

What I didn't share, was that I also had the opportunity to take one of their gourd crafting classes to make my own Jack O' Lantern!

There is a variety of crafting classes at Meadowbrooke for all levels of skill  - ranging from children to adult.  Under the expert advice of one of their staff, you will be coached on how to paint, carve or design your own Jack O' Lantern, bowl, scarecrows and more.

October 13, 2014

Gourd Crafting at Meadowbrooke Gourds

Nothing says fall quite like decorative gourds and Jack O' Lanterns.  Luckily for me, Cumberland Valley is home of the largest gourd crafting facility in the United States - Meadowbrooke Gourds

If you're not familiar with Meadowbrooke Gourds, you can take a free public tour to learn more about this unique facility.   Tours are offered every Tuesday at 2pm and on special event weekends throughout the year.

September 19, 2014

Yoga Sunset Hike

I recently participated in a Yoga Sunset Hike hosted by the Mid-Atlantic Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC). It was a beautiful evening with blue skies and temps in the low 70s. About 30 of us gathered on the grass near the gazebo next to Children's Lake in Boiling Springs at 6:00 pm. The yoga instructor led us through a 30-minute gentle yoga session. The easy-to-follow moves were ideal for beginners. After the yoga session, we gathered for our guided hike along the Appalachian Trail. Participants had the chance to choose between two hikes: one into the woods or the other into the fields. I choose to follow the AT into the fields. There were about 18 of us in the group. We walked past Children's Lake and the Iron Furnace, over the Yellow Breeches Creek, and eventually into a what looked like a never-ending field. The trail skirted the edges of a corn field to one side and a soy bean field to the other side. With the sun shining on the mountains in the distance, it was a peaceful scene. The trail is not very wide at this point, but is easily marked with white blazes. It was also very flat and the pace of the hike was gentle to moderate. The guide mentioned that Cumberland Valley is one of the only locations where the trail is surrounded by active farm lands. As the trail came to Leidigh Road, we stopped and observed an incredibly beautiful sunset. The guide pointed out where the trail continued and suggested a hike to Center Point Knob. Another option was to explore White Rocks Trail which intersects with the AT just south of Center Point Knob.  We then turned around and headed back to Children's Lake. With dusk falling, we returned to the ATC office at around 7:45 pm. It was an enjoyable evening and I look forward to exploring more of the AT in the Cumberland Valley.