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Best Music, Dance, & Comedy Shows :: Hershey’s Giant Center

Lady AntebellumHershey’s Giant Center, a 10,000-seat indoor arena just minutes from our Inn, hosts world-class concerts and events all year long. The lineup for this spring and summer is no exception, with two powerhouse, chart-topping country bands among the highlights.

Seven-time Grammy winner Lady Antebellum plays the Giant Center on Friday, August 14 (tickets start at $39.75). The band has sold more than 11 million albums, racked up nine No. 1 hits on the country radio charts, earned six platinum singles, and captured the Vocal Group of the Year award from both the CMA and the ACM for three years in a row. Lady Antebellum will be joined by five-time Grammy nominee Hunter Hayes and top-selling artist Sam Hunt.

The raucous superstars known as Florida Georgia Line come to Hershey on Saturday, May 2 (tickets start at $37.60). Last year, the duo garnered 13 industry awards, including Vocal Duo of the Year from both the CMA and the ACM, and became only the second recording artist in history to achieve four back-to-back, multi-week No. 1 singles. Opening for Florida Georgia Line will be ACM New Artist of the Year nominee Thomas Rhett, along with singer-guitarist Frankie Ballard.

Dancing With Stars

If country music isn’t your thing, don’t worry – Giant Center has something for you! Performances slated for the coming months include:

• Gospel greats Bill Gaither and the Gaither Vocal Band on Friday, April 24 (tickets start at $29.50), along with The Isaacs, The Nelons, Gene McDonald, Charlotte Ritchie & guitarist Kevin Williams.
• Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members Daryl Hall and John Oates – the No. 1-selling duo in music history – on Monday, May 4 (tickets start at $47.85).
• The high-energy entertainment of Circus Xtreme, presented by Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey, from Wednesday, May 20, through Monday, May 25 (tickets start at $17.85).
• For the first time in Hershey since 2007, Dancing With the Stars: Live! on Sunday, June 21 (tickets start at $37.85), featuring dancers Melissa Rycroft, Witney Carson , Valentin Chmerkovskiy, Artem Chigvintsev, Peta Murgatroyd and Emma Slater.
• Multi-platinum artists Fall Out Boy & Wiz Khalifa on Friday, July 3 (tickets start at $37.50).
• Grammy-nominated comedian and New York Times best-selling author Jim Gaffigan on Monday, August 10 (tickets start at $42.35).
• Iconic hard rock band Mötley Crüe, joined by Alice Cooper, on Tuesday, August 11 (tickets start at $22.85).

Nearby: Hersheypark is right next door to Giant Center, and show-goers can receive a discount on admission to the theme park the day before, day of, or day after an event. Simply present your ticket at the Hersheypark Ticketing Services Building.

Florida Georgia Line ConcertThis summer, Hersheypark is debuting Laff Trakk, the first indoor, spinning glow-coaster in the United States. It’s being billed as a family-friendly house of laughs that’s a new experience with every ride. In addition to Laff Trakk, Hersheypark offers a dozen other roller coasters (the iconic Comet and sooperdooperLooper among them) along with plenty of water rides, family rides and kiddie rides.

Our summer, here at The Inn at Westwynd Farm, is filling very fast. Be sure to make your reservations soon

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Quilt Auction in Harrisburg, PA – Bid on One-of-a-Kind Handicrafts

 

Quilt Auction

We loving living in Central Pennsylvania. There are so many unique things to do. This auction is one of our favorites. Be inspired by the handiwork of the region’s quilters and artists with a visit to the Pennsylvania Relief Sale in Harrisburg on Friday, April 17, and Saturday, April 18.

In addition to the 59th annual Quilt Auction, showcasing more than 350 quilts, comforters and wall hangings, this fundraising event includes a Silent Auction, featuring jewelry, pottery, artwork and antiques, and a Country Auction, offering furniture, home décor, collectables and quilt racks – just the thing for those who’ve placed the winning bid on a quilt.

Quilt AuctionBeyond the auctions, there are a variety of booths with such items as handmade linens, clothing and crafts, plus fair trade goods, books, plants, gardening accessories, and sewing and quilting supplies. Another popular attraction is the homemade food, from soups, salads, sandwiches, fries and milkshakes to fruit breads, donuts, apple dumplings and strawberry pie.

We love living in Central Pennsylvania. There are so many unique things happening all of time . This auction is one of our favorites.

Be inspired by the handiwork of the region’s quilters and artists with a visit to the Pennsylvania Relief Sale in Harrisburg on Friday, April 17, and Saturday, April 18.

In addition to the 59th annual Quilt Auction, showcasing more than 350 quilts, comforters and wall hangings, this fundraising event includes a Silent Auction, featuring jewelry, pottery, artwork and antiques, and a Country Auction, offering furniture, home décor, collectables and quilt racks – just the thing for those who’ve placed the winning bid on a quilt.

Beyond the auctions, there are a variety of booths with such items as handmade linens, clothing and crafts, plus fair trade goods, books, plants, gardening accessories, and sewing and quilting supplies. Another popular attraction is the homemade food, from soups, salads, sandwiches, fries and milkshakes to fruit breads, donuts, apple dumplings and strawberry pie.

On the entertainment schedule: Bluegrass singers Amos and Margaret Raber perform Friday night, and children’s activities, Quilt Auctionincluding their own auctions, are planned throughout the event.

Proceeds benefit the Mennonite Central Committee, which provides aid for impoverished communities worldwide.

  • When: Friday, April 17, 4 pm to 9 pm, and Saturday, April 18, 6:30 am to 3 pm
  • Where: Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex, 2300 North Cameron Street, Harrisburg, PA
  • Drive: 25 minutes or more
  • Cost: $8 parking fee; free admission
  • More: Schedule of events

Nearby: To experience even more handcrafted beauty, schedule a free 30-minute guided tour of Pennsylvania’s stunning Capitol building. Focusing on art, architecture and history, tours take place from 8:30 am to 4 pm on the half hour Monday through Friday and at 9 am, 11 am, 1 pm and 3 pm on Saturday and Sunday. Call ahead for reservations (1-800-868-7672) and arrive at least 15 minutes early.

Whether you’re coming to the auction or have another stay planned at the Inn, our current special let you add a third night at a 50% discount.Take time to truly relax.

*Photos from: http://www.pareliefsale.org/auctions

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Monkey Bread Muffins :: Delicious Breakfast Recipe

Monkey Bread RecipeThis quick little monkey bread muffins breakfast treat looks pretty, tastes wonderful and is so easy. Who could ask for more – actually, your family will be asking for more and more!

Ingredients
1 tsp. apple pie spice
¼ cup sugar
1 can refrigerated grand muffins biscuits – separated. Cut each biscuit into 6 pieces
½ cup brown sugar
3 Tbl. butter
1 tsp water
chopped nuts and /or raisins (OPTIONAL)

Directions

Preheat oven to 375. Line muffins with paper liners

Combine apple pie spice and white in in small bowl. Roll biscuit pieces in mixture to coat.

Divide the coated pieces between the prepared muffin tins – about 4 pieces per tin. (Optional- Sprinkle with nuts and/or raisins)

Combine brown sugar, butter and water in small sauce pan over medium heat. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Allow mixture to boil until sugar is completely dissolved. Spoon over biscuit pieces

Bake in preheated oven until golden brown and top springs back lightly when touched – 8-12 minutes.

Best served warm.

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A Sweet Taste of Summer in Hershey, PA

Here’s another video to get you thinking about Summer and all the fun waiting for you in The Sweetest Place on Earth – Hershey, of course.

Join us in our Hershey bed and breakfast!

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Sweet and Sour Pork :: Easy Dinner Recipe

Recipe of the Week – Sweet and Sour Pork

recipe of the week

Here’s a family favorite that I’ve been making for close to 40 years. The children loved it growing up and Frank still asks for it for his birthday dinner!

Ingredients:

3 Tbl. Butter

1 egg

2 Tbl. water

1 1/2 lb  boneless pork shoulder cut into one inch cubes

1 cup Bisquick baking mix

Sauce (recipe below)

4 cups rice

Heat oven to 400. Hat butter in 9×13 pan in oven until melted. Beat egg and water slightly. Dip pork in egg mixture, then coat with baking mix — I shake in a bag. Arrange pork in pan. Bake uncovered 35 minutes. Turn bake 15 minutes longer.

Prepare sauce. Stir in pork heat through and serve over rice.

Sauce:

1/3 cup brown sugar

3 Tbl.  corn starch

1 can (20 oz) pineapple chunks drained – reserve syrup

3 Tbl. vinegar

2 Tbl. catsup

2 Tbl.  soy sauce

1 small to medium green pepper, cut into 1 inch pieces (or some green and some red pepper)

1 small onion sliced.

Mix brown sugar and cornstarch in 10 inch skillet. Add enough water to reserved pineapple syrup to measure 21/4 cups. Stir in vinegar, catsup, and soy sauce into skillet. Cook over medium high heat, stirring constantly until mixture thickens and boils. Stir in pineapple, green pepper and onion, reduce heat  Cover and simmer 5 minutes.

 

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Raspberry Chocolate Ganache Pie :: Perfect Valentine’s Dessert

Romantic Desserts

Raspberry Chocolate Ganache Pie

This is the perfect Valentine’s dessert. The creamy, sweet inside of a truffle, poured on top of a pie shell. It’s like heaven on a plate, topped with fresh berries.

What You Need:

2 pkg. (4 oz. each) BAKER’S Semi-Sweet Chocolate, broken into pieces
1 Cup whipping cream
6 Tbsp. seedless raspberry jam, divided
1 OREO Pie Crust (6 oz.) – 24 Oreos ground up , mix with a ¼ cup of melted butter of butter. Pat into pie dish
2 Cups fresh raspberries
1 Tbsp. water

Make it:

MICROWAVE chocolate and cream in microwaveable bowl on HIGH 2 min. or until chocolate is almost melted, stirring after each minute. Beat with whisk until chocolate is completely melted and mixture is well blended. Stir in 2 Tbsp. jam.

POUR into crust. Refrigerate 4 hours.

ARRANGE berries on top of pie. Microwave remaining jam and water in small microwaveable bowl on HIGH 30 sec.; stir until well blended. Brush onto berries. Keep refrigerated.

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Sausage Cranberry Quiche Recipe

 

Quiche Recipe

Sausage Cranberry Quiche Recipe

This recipe is guaranteed to brighten any winter morning. So good to enjoy as you watch the snow come down.  It’s quickly become a guest favorite here at Westwynd Farm. The puff pastry crust is a  nice change from regular pie crust and the cranberries and sausage taste so good together.


1 sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed
1 lb. Savory Sage Roll Sausage
1/4 c. chopped onion
3/4 c. dried cranberries
1 1/2 c. shredded Monterey Jack or Sharp Cheddar Cheese
5 eggs, lightly beaten
2 c. Half & Half

Preheat oven to 400º. Spray 9″ square baking pan with non-stick spray. Unfold puff pastry & line baking pan. Press firmly in place, then set aside. Crumble & cook sausage & onion in skillet over medium heat until sausage is browned. Sprinkle cheese on bottom of pan. Top evenly with sausage & cranberries. Combine eggs & half & half in bowl; whisk until blended. Pour egg mixture over sausage & cranberries in pan. Bake 35-40 min. or until knife inserted into center comes out clean.

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We Have Been Named One of the Top 10 US Inns by BedandBreakfast.com

Another Award — all thanks to our wonderful guests! The Inn at Westwynd Farm has been named one of the Top 10 Inns in the US by BedandBreakfast.com.

You brightened our lives with your visits … and now your five star reviews have resulted in another important recognition for us. We are so very grateful for your support.

This award is probably the most important in our industry and it is based largely on your reviews plus the input of an independent panel of judges.

Top 10 Inns in the US by bb.com

Here’s the full story:
Finalists were chosen based on a qualitative and quantitative analysis of traveler reviews on BedandBreakfast.com from the past year, and winners were ultimately selected by an independent panel of guest judges.

The 2014 BedandBreakfast.com Annual Awards guest judges were: Michael Franco, travel writer for TravelMag.com and former About.com B&B guide, Stirling Kelso, freelance travel writer for Travel + Leisure, Money and other publications Caroline Morse, features editor with SmarterTravel and Laura Motta, director of publishing for ShermansTravel.

The Inn at Westwynd Farm is also a member of BedandBreakfast.com’s Diamond Collection™, an exclusive group of professionally inspected and guest-reviewed luxury inns.

BedandBreakfast.com is the most comprehensive global site for finding bed and breakfast properties around the world, with more than 11,000 properties worldwide representing nearly 75,000 rooms.

Each November, BedandBreakfast.com names 30 overall top inns based on the quality and quantity of traveler reviews from the past year. Starting in December 2011, BedandBreakfast.com also decided to recognize more of the world’s best inns and began a monthly awards program to honor 10 more B&Bs every month in a special category. Earlier in 2014, The Inn at Westwynd Farm was additionally recognized as a Top Ten Farm Stay in the US.

“These award-winning inns, including The inn at Westwynd Farm, really showcase bed and breakfasts and inns that often become a destination to discover, and not just a place to stay,” says Matt Laessig, general manager of BedandBreakfast.com. “Travelers select bed and breakfasts because they enjoy staying in a one-of-a-kind place that offers not only character, special amenities and unmatched hospitality, but also enables them to discover new experiences.”

Our hearts are brimming with gratitude to you. We are kicking off six weeks of celebration ending March 10th. New reservations will enjoy a 10% discount on stays between now and March 10th as a small thank you to you.  Use the promo code Top 10 in the booking engine.

*Not available Feb 13-15, 2015.

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Vegan Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookie Recipe

Vegan Cookie Recipe

Vegan Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookie Recipe

Special diets are a specialty at Westwynd. We delight in finding wonderful treats for all our guests. These hearty cookies put smiles on our vegan visitors faces and everyone else likes them too!

 

What you need:

1/2 cup vegan margarine (I use Earth Balance)
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup maple syrup
1 teaspoon molasses
1 cup pumpkin puree
1 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon cloves
1/2 teaspoon ginger
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
2 cups oats
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1/3 cup raisins
1/3 cup cranberries
1/2 cup chopped walnuts

What you do:
1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
2. In a medium bowl, cream together margarine and sugar until fluffy. Stir in maple syrup, molasses, and pumpkin puree.
3. In a separate large bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and spices (cinnamon cloves, ginger, and nutmeg).
4. Fold pumpkin mixture into flour mixture. Stir in oats, chocolate chips, raisins, cranberries, and walnuts.
5. Place rounded spoonfuls onto cookie sheets and bake for 12 minutes. After you’ve taken them out of the oven, let the cookies cool on the sheet for a couple minutes and then transfer to a cooling rack.

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Recipe of the Week – Baked Ziti

Baked Ziti Recipe

Recipe of the Week – Busy Day Baked Ziti

So Quick, So Easy, So Good! This time of year can be hectic. Here’s a dinner dish that can be put together in minutes. Just add salad and some crusty bread and you’ll have a meal that’s perfect for a cold winter day.

 

1 pkg.  (16 oz.) ziti pasta

1 jar  (26 oz.) spaghetti sauce

1 container  (15 oz.)  Ricotta Cheese

1 pkg.  (8 oz.)  Shredded Mozzarella Cheese, divided

¼ cup  KRAFT Grated Parmesan Cheese

PREHEAT oven to 350°F. Cook pasta as directed on package. Drain pasta, reserving 1/2 cup of the pasta cooking water.

MIX spaghetti sauce, ricotta cheese and reserved 1/2 cup pasta cooking water in large bowl. Add pasta and 1/2 cup of the mozzarella cheese; mix lightly. Spoon into 13×9-inch baking dish sprayed with cooking spray; sprinkle with remaining mozzarella cheese and the Parmesan cheese. Cover.

BAKE 30 min.; uncover. Bake an additional 10 min. or until heated through.

 

Enjoy this warm dish at our Inn at Westwynd Farm on your next visit!

 

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