There are a host of unique accommodations in the area, including numerous excellent bed-and-breakfasts. King’s Cottage Bed and Breakfast (1049 E. King St., Lancaster, 717/397-1017, www.kingscottagebb.com ), a distinguished Select Registry Inn, is one of the best. Just a short drive from the heart of the city, the Spanish-style 1913 mansion is a National Historic Landmark offering every modern amenity. Each room is unique, and many have fireplaces and large whirlpool tubs. The friendly innkeepers, Janis and Ann, are happy to help you plan your visit, and they know all there is to know about the area. Prices range about $150–325 depending on room and time of year, and a delicious homemade gourmet breakfast is included.
For a unique, modern hotel in the heart of the city, try the Lancaster Arts Hotel (300 Harrisburg Ave., Lancaster, 717/299-3000, www.lancasterartshotel.com ). Housed in a former tobacco warehouse, this boutique hotel has tons of character with original brick and stone walls, exposed wooden beams, and locally made furniture and artwork. There is also a 1st-floor art gallery and a restaurant and bar. Rates for the 47 rooms and 16 suites start around $159.
The General Sutter Inn (14 E. Main St., Lititz, 717/626-2115, www.generalsutterinn.com ) is a popular spot in the heart of Lititz. Built in 1764, it has been a local institution at the intersection of the two main drags for 250 years. A restaurant and tavern on the 1st floor draws a steady stream of locals, while visitors love the rooms decked in elegant Victorian antiques. Despite its age and creaky floorboards and windows, the hotel is in great shape and the beds are remarkably comfortable. Rates start at around $100 per night, and with several connecting rooms it is a great place for families.
For those who prefer roughing it, there is a great RV and tent campground, Spring Gulch Resort Campground (475 Lynch Rd., New Holland, 717/354-3100, www.springgulch.com ).