Has the really cold, snowy Winter followed by an overly warm March given you Spring Fever yet? Why not celebrate Spring with an art getaway weekend in Lancaster, PA? An easy drive from NYC, DC, Philly, and Baltimore, Lancaster has a vibrant art scene that will be showcased during this year’s Spring Art Walk weekend, April 17th & 18th.
During the Art Walk there will be all kinds of events, kids activities, concerts, and, of course, the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen’s Spring Craft Market where, along with 40 other artists, I will be selling my work. So come out and make a day or a weekend of it. Make sure and stop by my booth to say when you visit. Below I have some links to make your trip more enjoyable.
Places to Stay:
Lancaster Arts Hotel – Why should the art stop when you go back to the hotel at the end of the day? Not only does this hotel have an art gallery inside it, it is home to the John J. Jeffries restaurant where you can order food from locally sourced farms.
Marriott at the Lancaster Convention Center – Lancaster’s newest hotel, it’s located right at the Square downtown. You’ll be in walking distance to almost everything!
Places to Eat:
Want a nice microbrew with your dinner? Check out Lancaster Brewing Company (a few blocks from the Lancaster Museum of Art) and the Lancaster location of Iron Hill Brewery (just a couple blocks from the Arts Hotel).
Want something with caffeine in it? Check out Rachel’s Cafe and Creperie on the 300 block of North Queen conveniently surrounded by galleries (and one block from the Craft Market!). Get a delicious crepe and wonderful coffee. Or if you just want a great cuppa, go to Square One Coffee on Chestnut and Duke streets where the coffee is always fair trade, organic, and delicious (it’s where I buy all my beans). Both places also have art on display.
Lancaster has an ever-increasing number of small ethnic restaurants as well as the ubiquitous pizza places, cafes, and fine dining choices. Just walk down the street and you’ll find something tasty.
Galleries to Visit:
There are tons of great galleries to visit during the Spring Art Walk (or whenever!), so I can’t list them all here. Some of my favorites are:
Progressive Galleries on Queen Street (near Rachel’s!)
Red Raven Gallery on Prince Street’s Gallery Row
The PA Guild of Craftsmen’s Gilded Tulip on Prince and Walnut streets.
Lancaster Museum of Art on Lime and Chestnut Streets