This past weekend, thanks to Select Registry, I had the opportunity to stay at The Inn at Twin Linden. It was planned as a romantic Friday away, but last minute my partner had a conflict with a gig… musicians, sigh.
So it turned out to be a surprise Friday away of self-love and pampering just for me. I was not disappointed. The inn itself has a beautiful garden and sprawling weeping beech tree surrounded by rolling farmland.
I relaxed in a bubble bath in the evening and cozied up with a book and a beautiful view. The three-course breakfast was the cherry on top of my stay. This is the delightful get-a-way for a couple to cozy up together and enjoy a break from the buzz of the city or to treat yourself to some much needed time off.
Inn & location
The Inn is located in Pennsylvania Dutch Country in the historic town of Churchtown in Eastern Lancaster. Just off the PA turnpike, it’s very easy to locate but tucked away in Amish farmland where it is common to see a horse and buggy clopping down the main road. As you approach the Inn you feel transported to another time.
The Inn is run by a hospitable, not to mention quite beautiful, Mother-Daughter duo, Laurie and Kendall, were happy to accommodate my needs and wants.
As I drove up, just after sunset, I was greeted with the holiday season. The Inn was all lit up for the holidays and the decorations only got more extravagant as I entered the foyer and common living rooms. Lights, ribbons, and Christmas balls covered the living rooms and dining room. The ceiling was done up with taffeta and twinkling lights which gave the illusion of falling snow.
I was put up in the Palladian Suite which both Laurie and Kendall informed me was their favorite on the third floor with a private entrance from the gardens.
The aesthetic is of whites and off whites, inviting with a centerpiece of a plush queen size bed with pillows for days. The gas fireplace is located just at the foot of the bed for added warmth and ambiance. On the writing desk is a book full of “thank you’s” and stories of guests’ stays in the suite.
The large south facing window provides a beautiful view of the gardens and farmland or a lovely sunrise or sunset. The room includes its own jacuzzi and wet bar room. The black tiled, two person jacuzzi required a step stool to get into which did not stop me as I took two baths in my less and twenty-four-hour stay. After each, I wrapped myself in a soft white robe and enjoyed the view and my book.
Breakfast was served in the dining room, at 9 A.M. Natural light from the French doors filled the space and tables preset with coffee and fresh squeezed orange juice. That Friday there was just one other couple staying at the Inn and while we were seated at tables next to each other we were positioned for privacy.
As I sipped my coffee, I enjoyed a view of the garden and the fleeting of the Innkeeper’s Sheltie, Scooter as he bounded through the ivy.
The first course was an appetizer size Pennsylvania Dutch style potato pancake with roasted bell peppers and a dollop of sour cream, with a few bell pepper slices garnish with subtle hints of rosemary.
The second course, by far my favorite, was a poached pear with a fresh raspberry sauce, fresh mint from the garden, and whole raspberries. The presentation was five star with amazing flavor combination.
Even the couple next to me were taking pictures of this dish. The final plate was baked eggs with brie, fresh tomato slices, crisp bacon, finger link potatoes and apples from their trees sautéed with rosemary and olive oil. On the side there was also fresh blackberries and honey dew.
I did also note that the couple who were dining with me were vegetarian, so variations were made to accommodate their dining experience. Kendall served the courses that were cooked in their industrial kitchen, which I got a peek into the night before along with some complimentary wine and cheese, while Laurie did the cooking. After the breakfast Laurie came and chatted with us briefly about the meal, our stay, and her upcoming Holiday brunch, which they run for two weeks in December.
For those of you looking for a romantic getaway in the Palladian Suite, the room runs for $265 a night. The Inn at Twin Linden also offer rooms from $150-$295 a night, all have private baths, gas fireplaces, and their own unique decor. The stay also includes tea and snacks, use of the gardens, a delicious 3 course breakfast, jacuzzis, and cozy fires in a romantic, beautiful setting.
Because I was there by myself if was more difficult to gage LGBTQ friendliness and I had my concerns being in rural PA in the heart of Amish country, not exactly the most liberal part of the country. I asked about LGBT specific things to do in the area. The owners recommended Emily’s restaurant. I was thoroughly satisfied with my extra large Manhattan and meal when I went to Emily’s and was delighted to see several older queer couples enjoying the live music in the bar area. My lingering concerns were eliminated the next day while chatting with Kendall and Laurie about several delightful LGBTQ couples they had stay with them in the past and in particular one which they still keep in friendly contact with since their stay at the Inn over a year ago.