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Hurst House Bed & Breakfast


Location: 154 E. Farmersville Road, Ephrata.

Drive time: A little over an hour.

Rooms $130-$180 (includes full breakfast).

The scoop: Perched atop what’s known locally as Cat’s Back Hill, this Victorian-style B&B affords spectacular views of a pristine portion of Lancaster County dotted with Amish and Old Order Mennonite farms. The six-bedroom mansion was built by Rich and Bert Hurst, and is filled with antiques and exotic finds from the couple’s travels around the world.

Amenities: All rooms have fireplaces, refrigerators, microwaves, DVD players, free wireless Internet, and private balconies. The pristine grounds feature a small lake and two water gardens teeming with fish.

Don’t miss: A fall performance by the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra (lancastersymphony.org) at the historic Fulton Opera House (opening night is Oct. 9). Head to nearby Lititz (home to the Wilbur Chocolate Factory) for a stroll along shop-lined Main Street and lunch at Café Chocolate (chocolatelititz.com), with its selection of organic and fair-trade sweets, rare single-origin coffees and high-altitude teas.

(717) 355-5151, hursthousebandb.com

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