Welcome to
Blue Heron Barn
A quiet vacation rental home in Pennsylvania

Things to Do and See

Located on 50 unspoiled acres, the Blue Heron Barn provides visitors with the best of both worlds. We are within easy driving distance of Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington DC and New York City, and only minutes away from outlet shopping and Amish Country attractions. The barn is located just outside the town of Lititz, which features charming shops, restaurants, parks and attractions. We’ve provided a listing of just a few of the many things to do nearby, but you may find you’ll just want to stay “home” all day.

Longwood Gardens

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We invite you to visit Longwood Gardens, which now encompasses 1,050 acres of gardens, woodlands, and meadows. Enjoy over 11,000 types of plants, more fountains than any other garden in the US, educational and visitor programming, and over 400 performances a year.

Ephrata Cloister

Ephrata Cloister

At the zenith of the community in the 1740s and 1750s, about 300 members worked and worshiped at the Cloister. Today, the National Historic Landmark is open for tours, special programs, and on-going research opportunities.

Landis Valley

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Landis Valley Museum, a living history village and farm, collects, preserves and interprets the history and material culture of the Pennsylvania German rural community from 1740 to 1940 and enhances understanding of their successful practices, interactions with others, and the impact on the state and nation for citizens of and visitors to the Commonwealth.

Cornwall Furnace

Cornwall Cornwall Furnace

Cornwall Iron Furnace is part of a National Historic Landmark District by the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service. It has also been designated a National Historical Landmark by the American Society of Metals, and a National Historic Mechanical Engineering Landmark by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, citing Cornwall Furnace as “the only one of America’s hundreds of 19th century charcoal fueled blast furnaces to survive fully intact.”

Historic Schaefferstown

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We dedicate ourselves to the preservation of not only the history of our town, but for all the historic areas in the county. We believe it is imperative to save our heritage for future generations to enjoy. Thank you for visiting our site, and we hope to see you soon at one of our many, family-oriented events!

Middlecreek Wildlife Refuge

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The Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area, located on the Lebanon-Lancaster County line about one mile south of Kleinfeltersville, is a special tract owned and set aside by the Pennsylvania Game Commission for the protection, propagation, management, preservation and controlled harvest of wildlife. This area of more than 5,000 acres provides habitat for waterfowl, forest wildlife and farmland wildlife and includes a 400-acre shallow water lake and a 70-acre impoundment.

Hershey Park

Hershey Park

Hershey Park has over 110 acres and over 60 rides and attractions. It is located in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Hersheypark admission also includes entry into ZOOAMERICA, an adjacent zoo. Also adjacent is Hershey's Chocolate World, a visitors' center that is open to the public and that contains shops, restaurants and a chocolate-themed ride. Both Chocolate World and ZOOAMERICA are accessible from outside the park boundaries, with Chocolate World offering free admission.

Hawk Mountain

Hawk Hawk Mountain

Scenic Hawk Mountain Sanctuary offers visitors an outstanding, year-round nature experience with its mountaintop vistas, 8 miles of hiking trails, and thrilling autumnal raptor migration. In 2006, Hawk Mountain counters recorded an astonishing 25,156 hawks, eagles and falcons--the largest number of migrants in two decades.

Entertainment

Ephrata Area Community Theater

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Ephrata Area Community Theater produces year-round live performances and sponsors a variety of cultural programs. They are affordable and appropriate for audiences of all ages and backgrounds. Performances include everything from full stage productions, children’s shows and concerts in the elegant Grand Theater located in the Brossman Complex in downtown Ephrata to snappy outdoor popcorn melodramas in historical settings during the summer

Fulton Opera House

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The Fulton Opera House Foundation is a not-for-profit public charity that exists to produce professional regional theatre of a quality that honors, affirms and extends the Fulton's role in the history of American theatre as a National Historic Landmark, and to provide educational, artistic and cultural benefits that engender community ownership.

Gretna Theatre

Gretna Gretna Theatre

Gretna Theatre, a professional summer stock company located in Mt. Gretna, Pennsylvania, has been producing quality live theatre since 1927! We are proud to be continuing this tradition with another great lineup of shows.

PA Renaissance Faire

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The Pennsylania Rennaissance Faire at Mount Hope Estate is a recreation of a 16th century Elizabethan village. Held every year from August through October the Faire has food, entertainment and shopping

Lancaster Barnstormers

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Come see the 2006 Atlantic League Champions play at the beautiful Clipper Magazine Stadium!

In the Winter, the Barnstormers put away their spikes and get out their ice skates for the popular Ice Park at Clipper Magazine Stadium!

Food

The Stouch Tavern

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It has been 211 years since George Washington last visited the Stouch Tavern. The tavern has changed a few tavernkeeper's hands in that time. Today, the tavern is operated by Diane and Bill Crumrine and their daughter Candy El-Lakany. A lot of hard work and dedication keeps the quality of the restaurant in full throttle. The Stouch Tavern continues the tradition of the well known colonial dining atmosphere and gourmet foods. The tavern is Western Berks' finest restaurant, and offers some of the best foods in the county. Stop by and experience some of the American History right here in Womelsdorf, Pa.!

Tony's Mining Company

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Tony's Mining Company Restaurant, located in Cornwall, Pennsylvania, was built in 1974. Tony's was the vision of Anthony Cek, a second generation miner, who wanted to serve great food in an environment that captured the essence of the industry that made Cornwall famous. Family owned and operated since its inception, Chef David still serves many of the same items that appeared on the menu when Tony's first opened. With superb fare and an elegant atmosphere, Tony's is the perfect place for any occasion.

Nikkos

Nikos Nikkos

The passion in our food comes from the passion in our chefs. Our food is prepared lovingly with only the freshest of ingredients, authentic recipes and pride. Niko's Restaurant is the one dining experience that has all the right ingredients, where everything comes together for a memorable meal, served one dish at a time.

Shopping

Stoudt's Black Angus Antiques Mall

Stoudts Black Angus Antiques Mall Stoudt's Black Angus Antiques Mall

Once upon a time, we didn’t all use the internet to solve our every need, we went and searched through dusty antiques shops and grandmothers attics for hidden treasures and forgotten gems. It is hard to believe but there is an entire generation of collectors out there who have never stepped foot into an antique shop! The down side of this is obvious; one is deprived of the hands on experience that is so very important to any serious antique collector. The physical hunt is in itself a cherished part of the process.