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Top Things to Do in Hershey in March

Springtime is on its way and we are excited to share with you what events you can be looking forward to. March is shaping up to be an extra fun time in Hershey, PA and if you’ve been looking for an excuse to book a spring retreat at our Hershey bed and breakfast, look no further, we have many wonderful excuses for you! If you’re a fan of music, food, or unique entertainment, there is something here for you. Check it out…

Hershey Gardens – Open Year-Round

Shake off the winter blues and celebrate the start of springtime with a trip to Hershey Gardens. Marvel at hundreds of exotic species of butterflies and interesting seasonal displays. For an even more special experience, try the Guided Walk, available every Friday and Saturday throughout the month. Learn about the natural history of the plants from experts. Price is included in admission. Learn more.

Sweet Sweet Comedy at the Vineyard & Brewery at Hershey – 4th

Join us for a night of laughs as Marc Staudenmaier brings a group of talented comedians to the Vineyard. Purchase your tickets in advance and enjoy a free wine tasting that can be redeemed at the Farmhouse until 7:00pm! Learn more.

Martina McBride – 4th

Country music singer Martina McBride is the incredible voice behind hits like “A Broken Wing,” “Wild Angels,” “Independence Day,” “Blessed,” “This One’s For The Girls,” and “Happy Girl.” Get your tickets now for her show at the American Music Theatre. Learn more.

The Classic Rock Show – 4th

Come out to Hershey Theatre to hear rock anthems and favorites during an over two hour show of hit after hit from artists like AC/DC, Aerosmith, Queen, and more. Organizers of this one-of-a-kind musical event say a sore throat is guaranteed! Learn more.

Travis Wall’s Shaping Sound – 9th

Another great act hits the Hershey Theatre stage on the 9th with Travis Wall, one of the most popular choreographers in the country with an impressive resume that includes “So You Think You Can Dance.” This show involves talented “visual musicians” telling stories through dance. It will be an incredible dance show. Don’t miss it! Learn more.

Kool Kats – 10th

Hershy Symphony presents Kool Kats, An Evening with Chris Vadala and Allen Vizzutti. These acts blend together classical, jazz, pop, and various other styles to create a unique style, all their own. Learn more.

Pasta 101 at Bricco – 11th

Foodies rejoice! Pasta 101 at a Hershey area favorite restaurant, Bricco, will show you how to make fresh pasta from scratch. Sign up, learn, and dazzle your dinner guests with your cooking skills! Learn more.

Theresa Caputo – 19th

The ever popular Theresa Caputo is back in Hershey this year! This Long Island Medium’s live show is coming to Hershey Harrisburg Theatre. Join her on an emotional journey that will include live readings and her own personal stories. Learn more.

Red Hot Chilli Pipers – 19th

What do you get when you put bagpipes and rock music together? Bagrock! A unique type of music from the Red Hot Chili Pipers, a 9-piece ensemble of pipers, guitarists, keyboards, and drummers playing at the Hershey Theatre for all to enjoy. Learn more.

The Sound of Music – 21st-26th

Watch the adored story of Maria and the von Trapp family come to life onstage with classic favorite songs including “My Favorite Things,” “Do-Re-Mi,” “Edelweiss,” and more. Don’t miss out on the magic. Learn more.

John Prine – 31st

Enjoy the music of songwriter John Prine with special guests Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams. A multi-Grammy winner, Prine is sure to deliver an incredible performance. Learn more.

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The Sweetest Valentine’s Day Recipe

Valentine's Day Recipe

There’s nothing quite as sweet as baking special treats for people you care about. Whether you’re baking this season for friends, family, or that special someone, we’ve got just the thing. Try this sugar cookie recipe to create delectable treats for Valentine’s Day. Then you can get creative with fun cookie cutters, colored frosting, sprinkles, and the toppings of your choice!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup softened butter
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar

Directions:

  • Beat butter, powdered sugar, vanilla, and egg with electric mixer on medium speed, or with a spoon.
  • Stir in flour, baking soda and cream of tartar.
  • Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours.
  • Heat oven to 375°F.
  • Divide dough in half.
  • On lightly floured surface, roll each half 1/4 inch thick.
  • Cut with heart-shaped cookie cutter.
  • On ungreased cookie sheet, place cutouts 2 inches apart.
  • Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until golden brown around the edges.
  • Remove from cookie sheet and let cool completely.
  • Get creative and decorate however you’d like.

Enjoy!

Recipe from Betty Crocker.

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Fun Things to Do in February in Hershey

2017 is well under way and we are already making plans for a fun, romantic (and chocolate-covered) February in Hershey! As a town known for its incredible cocoa and sweets, this is the place to be for Valentine’s Day and all its festivities, but that’s not the only fun in February. Check out everything that’s happening next month… don’t miss it!

Chocolate Making

The Heart of Chocolate – February 1-28

Design your own chocolate treats and learn about the story of Milton Hershey. This is a 45-minute class, perfect for all ages. Classes take place from 2:00-2:45pm. Purchase tickets here.

Try it with Truffles – February 1-28

Make your own handmade truffles from rolling dark chocolate ganache to choosing toppings, 11:45am-12:30pm. Purchase tickets here.

$6 Fridays at ZooAmerica – February 3, 10, 17, 24

Every Friday in February, enjoy $6 admission to ZooAmerica – a must see for any and all animal and nature lovers. Learn more here.

Chocolate Tea

Chocolate Tea – February 4

Make your reservations now for this deliciously dainty tea time. You will enjoy finger sandwiches, chocolate desserts, and teas in The Fountain Lobby. Call 717-534-8800 with inquiries or to make a reservation.

Hersheypark Character Parade – February 4-5

Discover an unforgettably good time at Hershey’s Chocolate World with this parade, featuring the Hersheypark Band. Dance along with the crew! Admission is free and the parade starts at 2:30pm. It’s perfect for the entire family as well as couples looking for some outdoor fun. Learn more here.

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Watch Elvis’ unmatched music career come to life on Hershey Theatre’s stage. This tribute is a “multi-media and live music journey” presented by talented tribute artists. Don’t miss this unique celebration of The King and make Hershey your very own Graceland. Learn more here.

Harlem Globetrotters – February 16

The legendary Harlem Globetrotters will be at The Giant Center at 7:00pm. Don’t miss their amazing and entertaining performance. Purchase tickets here.

Brad Paisley

Brad Paisley – February 17-18

Country music fans won’t be disappointed this February – Brad Paisley is in town! Get tickets for his Life Amplified World Tour and sing and dance to top hits like Mud on the Tires, American Saturday Night, and Today. Purchase tickets.

Beer & Chocolate Pairing – February 17

Savor terrific beers paired with delectable Hershey’s chocolates at the Hershey Lodge. It’s the perfect event for couples ready for a fun and casual Valentine’s celebration. Call 717-534-8601 for more details.

Chocolate Martinis

Chocolate Martini Mixology Class – February 24

Learn how to make your own Hershey Lodge Chocolate Martini as well as other flavors. All who attend will go home with a complimentary Hershey Lodge martini glass and cocktail shaker. Reservations required. Call 717-534-8601 for details.

 

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Chocolate Covered Cherries Recipe

Hershey, PA Recipe for Valentine's Day

We’re getting ready for Chocolate Covered February. It’s a magical time in Hershey with lots of chocolate themed events. Our bed and breakfast in Hershey is no exception, you can count on some special chocolate treats every one of the 28 days!
Here is a very simple but pretty recipe to get you in the mood.

Cherries Dipped in White Chocolate
Serves 6-8, takes about 20 minutes

Ingredients
2 big handfuls of cherries
1 About 6oz. white cooking chocolate
1 packet of silver sugar pearls

Method
Line a baking tray that will fit in your fridge with baking paper.
Melt chocolate in the microwave or in a bowl over a barely simmering saucepan of water. White chocolate can be trickier to melt than milk or dark, so watch it carefully because once it starts to burn, there’s no going back.
Dip the cherries into the melted chocolate a few times then place on the baking tray. While the chocolate is still wet, drop tiny pinches of sugar pearls onto the chocolate. You may have to pick up the cherry to get good coverage, though there’s no need for precision.
Place the cherries in the fridge until the chocolate is set.
Serve with an empty bowl, ready for the discarded pips.

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Top 10 Things to Do in January in Hershey

2017 in Hershey, PA is off to a great start already with these terrific upcoming events and things to do. Treat yourself to a winter getaway at our charming Hershey b&b and enjoy all of these spectacular attractions!

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Dancing with the Stars: Live! – January 4-5

Take in every type of dance from ballroom to modern with this show at American Music Theatre, a 40 minute drive from the inn. Tickets are going fast, so if you’re interested, purchase your tickets soon!

Odd Squad Live! – January 7

Experience this “laugh-out-loud, action-packed experience,” perfect for children and the whole family! Tickets are on sale now! Don’t miss out on this unique Hershey Theatre show.

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Pennsylvania Farm Show – January 7-14

This terrific attraction draws people in from all over the state! It is the largest indoor agricultural exposition in the country! The Pennsylvania Farm Show features thousands of animals, exhibits, and things to do. Learn more here.

Hershey Bears vs Binghamton Senators – January 15

Music and theatre fans aren’t the only people who have a great time in Hershey. Sports fans love it too! Cheer on the Hershey Bears in mid-January as they take on Binghamton at home. Purchase tickets here.

Tyler Farr – January 19

Country fans always have something to look forward to in Hershey. Purchase tickets to see Tyler Farr at American Music Theatre and spend the night singing and dancing along to all the hits.ballet

Swan Lake – January 27

For a magical experience, get tickets for Swan Lake at Hershey Theatre. The dancing, music, scenes, and costumes are one-of-a-kind and are sure to dazzle audiences of all ages and tastes. Learn more here.

Into the Woods – January 31

The wonderful productions continue with Into the Woods, coming to the Hershey stage in late January. Purchase tickets and read more here.

Hollywood Casino

Drive just five minutes down the street and be entertained at the Hollywood Casino. Be sure to catch the live music that’s featured on the weekends as well! It’s a blast!

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Music on the 3rd Floor: The Mill in Hershey

The Mill in Hershey is now featuring live music on Saturday nights. Come out and enjoy an incredible meal, have some drinks, and have the perfect romantic date night in Hershey. Make a reservation here.

Skiing & Tubing at Ski Roundtop

January is typically a winter wonderland in Hershey. Take advantage of the fun weather with skiing and tubing at Ski Roundtop, a fabulous place to play in the powdery white snow.

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Christmas Sugar Cookies Recipe

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Christmas just isn’t the same without some holiday baking! Set aside some time this month to put on some Christmas music and have some fun getting creative in the kitchen! Today we’re sharing a simple and delicious sugar cookie recipe that will delight your friends and family at every holiday part this year. Check it out…

Ingredients

  • 2 sticks unsalted butter
  • 1 c. sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1½ tsp. vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 3¼ c. all-purpose flour

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, beat together softened unsalted butter and sugar until fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, and then add vanilla extract and salt. Slowly add all-purpose flour, beating until ingredients are combined. (Dough will be a little bit sticky.)
  2. Divide dough into 4 parts and cover each in plastic wrap, patting into small squares. Chill until firm, around 2-3 hours or overnight.
  3. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. On a floured surface, roll out dough. Cut out cookies using fun holiday-shaped cutters. Transfer cookies to a parchment-lined baking sheet and chill for 10-15 minutes.
  4. Bake until lightly browned, about 10-12 minutes. Cool completely on pan or wire rack before decorating.
Have fun being creative – you can decorate however you’d like! Share photos with us of your cookie creations on our Facebook page.

Recipe from Country Living.

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Top Things to Do in Hershey at Christmastime

Christmas is just around the corner, and yet, there is still so much to do in Hershey to celebrate the holiday season! Join us for all the festivities left in 2016.

Christmas Events in Hershey, PA :: Christmas Concerts

Trans Siberian Orchestra – December 16th, 3:30pm and 8:00pm

The Trans-Siberian Orchestra is a multi-platinum musical group whose tours have become beloved holiday traditions for music lovers all over the world. Their tour, “The Ghosts of Christmas Eve” is coming to 61 cities in North America and Hershey is one of them! Purchase tickets here.

George Balanchine’s  Nutcracker – December 17th and 18th, Various Times

George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker is coming to Central Pennsylvania’s Youth Ballet. Be a part of the fun and experience incredible costumes, magical sets, and breathtaking dances – all to the music of Tchaikovsky. Purchase tickets here.

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Santa Sky View Flights

Make a lasting Christmas memory with Santa Sky View Flights! These balloon rides occur every day at Balloon Rides Daily by the United States Hot Air Balloon Team. Glide through the air above the Lancaster County’s beautiful Amish farmland. Admission is $169. Learn more here.

The 2016 Christmas Show: Winter Wonderland – Now through December 30th

Experience a beautiful Christmas show at the American Music Theatre. Make it a family or couple tradition! Purchase tickets here.
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Christmas Candy Lane – Now through January 1st

Enjoy everything fun and festive at Christmas Candy Lane at Hersheypark. There will be holiday-themed rides, activities, lights to view, food to eat, and so much more. Santa and his reindeer will be there as well as musical events and story time for children. Get more details and purchase tickets here.

Hershey Sweet Lights – Now through January 1st

Marvel at the most brilliant display of Christmas lights around with Hershey Sweet Lights. This is the perfect Christmastime thing to do with friends and family of all ages. Learn more here.

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Chive and Garlic Mashed Potato Recipe

a favorite westwynd farm recipe for thanksgiving

With the weather getting colder and the holidays upon us, comfort food is a must! One of our favorites are these yummy chive and garlic mashed potatoes. They are perfect to enjoy with your favorite entree anytime or to enjoy with turkey this Thanksgiving!

Ingredients
4 to 6 pounds gold potatoes, peeled
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 cup heavy cream
1/2 stick (1/4 cup) unsalted butter
4 cloves garlic, lightly crushed
3 sprigs fresh thyme
2 tablespoons chopped chives

Directions
Put the cut potatoes into a large pot, cover them with cold water, and add a pinch of salt. Bring to a boil and simmer until the potatoes are tender, about 20 minutes. Drain well. In a small pot heat the cream, butter, garlic, and thyme. While the potatoes are still warm, press them through a potato ricer or food mill into a bowl. Stir in the warm cream a bit at a time, straining out the solids, until the potatoes are fluffy. Season with salt and pepper and gently fold in the chives. Then they will be ready to serve.

Enjoy!

Recipe from foodnetwork.com.

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Tortellini and Spicy Sausage Soup Recipe

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Patti Barber loves to make this delicious soup for her family to enjoy on Sundays while watching football together. It’s perfect for any weekend gathering with family! The tortellini melts in your mouth when you eat the soup and if your family doesn’t like spicy food, substitute sweet sausage and add a few shakes of red pepper flakes to the soup.

Tortellini and Spicy Sausage Soup

3/4 of a pound of hot sausage removed from the casing
One small onion, grated
One large carrot, sliced thin
One yellow pepper, diced
One can of diced tomato, 14 ounces
32 ounces box of your favorite chicken stock (vegetable stock works too)
A large bag of cheese tortellini, 13 ounce bag
One bay leaf
Salt, pepper

In a large stock pot cook the sausage- Breaking up into small pieces as it cooks. When the sausage is fully cooked add the grated onion and carrots and cook until onion is translucent. Add the peppers cook for another minute. Add tomatoes and stock. Add Bayleaf and salt and pepper to taste. Simmer for about 10 minutes. Add the tortellini and cook until tender. Remove Bayleaf before serving.

Serves 4-6

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A Warm Fall Recipe :: Pumpkin Spice Waffles

 

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Who says you can’t enjoy a sweet pumpkin treat for breakfast? No need to wait to enjoy these scrumptious Our Hershey b&b is bringing you a new fall recipe again today. We cannot get enough of these warm, sweet recipes. This decadent pie is the perfect treat to enjoy on a cool autumn day or a great dessert to bring to your family holiday gatherings.

Ingredients

1/2 cup coconut oil

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup brown sugar, packed

15 ounces pure pumpkin puree

2 eggs (separated)

1/2 cup whole milk

1 teaspoon Pumpkin Pie Spice Extract

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour

1 tablespoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

Directions

Preheat waffle iron according to directions.

In a large bowl, whisk the coconut oil (in liquid form), both kinds of sugar, pumpkin puree, egg yolks, and milk together until smooth.

Add the pumpkin pie spice extract and vanilla extract and stir.

In a separate bowl mix the flour, baking powder, and salt together.

Stir the flour mixture into the pumpkin mixture, just until combined.

In the bowl of an electric mixer, whisk egg whites until they are white and fluffy with soft peaks.

Carefully and gently fold the egg whites into the batter.

Scoop about 3/4 cup of batter onto the waffle iron and cook (batter will be thick).

Top with butter, syrup, whipped cream, and/or cinnamon if desired.

Enjoy!

Recipe from Lovely Little Kitchen.

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