Lancaster Arts Hotel
300 Harrisburg Ave., Lancaster
(866) 720-2787, (717) 299-3000
Cost: From $159 for a queen studio to $289 for a two-room Arts Club Suite with refrigerator, king bed, sleeper sofa and whirlpool bath. Packages include tickets to the Fulton Theater (April’s production is the award-winning drama Doubt) or a performance by the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra.
Drive time: A little over an hour.
The scoop: In the heart of Lancaster’s artsy Uptown area, this historic tobacco-warehouse-turned-boutique-hotel combines rugged red brick and chestnut-beamed rusticity with contemporary cool, offering comfy accommodations with individually decorated guestrooms (and a first-floor gallery) showcasing paintings, sculpture and furnishings created by an array of local talent.
Amenities: Bikes and a courtesy shuttle to town. Free continental breakfast.
Don’t miss: More artistic surprises on nearby North Prince Street’s “Gallery Row” and three different outdoor mural trails. Dinner at John J. Jeffries (717-431-3307), the hotel’s chef-owned, white-tablecloth eatery known for its upscale preparations of organic, seasonal and sustainable local products.