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Historic Smithton Inn

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#1 of 3 B&Bs in Ephrata
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4.7
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4.9
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4.9
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4.9
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The Historic Smithton Inn is a Select Registry property and one of the oldest bed and breakfasts in Lancaster County. The 1763 colonial stone inn boasts 7 guest rooms, all with en-suite baths, working fireplaces, flat screen TV/DVD players, digital alarm clocks and refrigerators. Guest rooms are spacious and blend historic charm with modern comforts. You'll absolutely love our breakfasts! Our location provides you easy access to all the wonderful Lancaster attractions.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Evening entertainment
Books, DVDs, music for children
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Couples massage
Gift shop
Electric vehicle charging station
Wifi
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor fireplace
Outdoor furniture
Express check-in / check-out
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Bathrobes
Air conditioning
Desk
Fireplace
Housekeeping
Refrigerator
Flatscreen TV
Bath / shower
Bottled water
Clothes rack
Iron
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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3.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Historic Hotel
Charming
Languages Spoken
English, French
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Victoria R wrote a review Mar 2024
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Such a beautiful inn! Loved the Crimson Dove Suite. Karen is a wonderfully accommodating inn keeper. Our breakfast was lovely and had cheese and sausage from a local Amish farm. We wanted to go to a big amish food market. Karen suggested to go to Roots country market & auction which was incredible and everything we were looking for. It’s only open Tuesdays but we lucked out we were there Tuesday and it is worth planning to see. There’s plenty other Amish stores, markets and restaurants around. We will be back soon!
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Date of stay: March 2024
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Jim M wrote a review Feb 2024
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Our stay at the Historic Smithton Inn was superb as always. We happened to be there during the turnover from Dave and Rebecca Gallagher to the new owner Karen Franzone. Karen is going to be a great Innkeeper. She is enthusiastic and has a lot of great ideas. We wish her well and know that staying at the Historic Smithton Inn will continue to be the great experience it has always been for us.
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Date of stay: February 2024
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Betty N wrote a review Oct 2023
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We loved our stay at the Smithton Inn. The owners have kept the feel of the time period but with all of the modern conveniences. Linens, soaps ect. are top of the line!! The winery on site is wonderful with great wine. Breakfast was amazing. Rebecca and Dave are great hosts and hostesses. The fire pit outside was a blessing. We were traveling with a group and it provided us with a space to laugh and visit without disturbing other guests. There is much outdoor space to sit and relax. Five stars in every category.
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Date of stay: October 2023
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out-of-here-arizona wrote a review Sep 2023
Sun City West, Arizona222 contributions111 helpful votes
We stayed in the Tailor's Cottage. The cottage is not a separate building but is separate from the other rooms in the house which made it very private. The cottage is 2 story - living & kitchen downstairs, bedroom that sleeps 3 & bathroom are up a narrow, winding staircase. The historic inn was built in the 1700's, a little rustic but still has some of its original charm. The cottage was clean and comfortable; it has a kitchenette & dining table; full size refrigerator, microwave, and Keurig which we appreciated for our early morning coffee. The inn has a wine tasting room, across the hall from the breakfast room, that is opened on the weekend; a selection of bar food is available for purchase along with beverages. Guests can have breakfast in the dining room or tasting room. The breakfasts we had were delicious and filling! Asia, the hostess on duty while we were there is friendly and offered a few sightseeing recommendations. The location of the inn is pretty central for touring Lancaster and the surrounding Amish/shops areas. The inn is also close to President James Buchanan home at Wheatland which was a great tour in itself.
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Date of stay: August 2023
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Room Tip: Tailor's cottage is not in a separate building. Bedroom & bathroom are up a narrow, windy...
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Pastor Tom F wrote a review Sep 2023
Hamburg, New Jersey1 contribution
This was one of the nicest Places we have stayed. The owners were amazing, the atmosphere was over the top and the breakfast was awesome each day. My wife and I went for a little getaway and were very pleasantly blessed. I highly recommend this for a bed and breakfast getaway. Thank You for making our getaway so special.
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Date of stay: September 2023
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juliesaunt wrote a review Jul 2023
Dayton, Ohio12 contributions8 helpful votes
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The Inn is a step back into the 1700’s in terms of age of the structure and decor. We had the Tailor’s Cottage for 2 nights. It is so beautiful, comfortable. It has a screened in back porch, which we enjoyed in the evening and morning. That said, mod cons were present. TV downstairs and up with DirectTV. (Bring your Netflix, prime and/or other sign-in passwords, as they’re available. Jacuzzi in the bath, which we didn’t use and an excellent shower, which we did. Microwave, Kuerig and refrigerator in kitchen. The breakfasts were tasty, varied and not rushed. We ate in the beautiful dining room of the main house.
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Date of stay: July 2023
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K B wrote a review Mar 2023
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My husband and I stayed here for our short "baby moon/anniversary" trip to Lancaster County. We stayed in the Red Room; the room was well kept and the amenities were great. Rebecca cooked an amazing breakfast both mornings and was a very friendly host. We appreciated the reserved parking for B&B guests. We wish we could have enjoyed the back yard fire pit and the patio but were unfortunately rained out. Thank you for a wonderful stay!
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Date of stay: March 2023
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Response from Rebecca Gallagher, Owner at Historic Smithton Inn
Responded Apr 2, 2023
I'm SO glad you enjoyed your stay with us!! And you're right, the fire pit is lots of fun, so you'll just have to come back to give it a try! No need to get a baby sitter... just book the Tailor's Cottage!!! I look forward to cooking for you guys again soon!!! :) ~Rebecca
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Tracee T wrote a review Jan 2023
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Doesn't get any better!!! 3 of us stayed in the Tailer's Cottage for a girl's weekend and had a fantastic time. Owner/Inn Keeper goes above & beyond. Friendly staff. Food was amazing, room was cozy, clean and had everything we needed... perfect! Coming back in August with my husband.
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Date of stay: January 2023Trip type: Traveled with friends
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John K wrote a review Jul 2022
Lebanon, Pennsylvania405 contributions215 helpful votes
We decided to stay here for a few nights based on the recommendation of a friend. I intend to listen to anything that friend tells me in the future. This is an historic building (18th century), and there are features within the building that display that reality. That doesn't mean it's in bad shape; it's just that one can appreciate the original flooring in areas as well as the overall setup. The proprietors clearly have taken great care to update it while addressing the original aspects of the building. The room we stayed in was very comfortable; the breakfasts are to die for, and the B&B is located near some nice eateries and ice cream shops. It's literally a few minutes away from the historic Ephrata Cloister, and about a half hour from the Strausburg Railroad Museum, definitely worth a visit. There's even a pub -like atmosphere in the evenings on the weekend, a first for us from any other B&B we've ever been to. It's a great way to hang out with the other guests besides breakfast. Very often visitors want to know about access to irons and microwaves. There is access to an iron and ironing board, as well as a microwave on the first floor. The rooms do have a small refrigerator. Oh, and I have to say that it didn't break the bank for us, and we really appreciated the concerns the proprietor has for guests regarding Covid issues.
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Date of stay: July 2022
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Sandie E wrote a review May 2022
New Freedom, Pennsylvania12 contributions3 helpful votes
The Smithton Inn was a wonderful place to stay. The room was beautiful, with everything we needed for our stay. It was clean and well furnished. The owner was very friendly with lots of interesting stories about the Inn. The location was convenient to everything we wanted to do and see.
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Date of stay: May 2022
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Frequently Asked Questions about Historic Smithton Inn
Which popular attractions are close to Historic Smithton Inn?
Nearby attractions include Ephrata Cloister (0.3 miles), Ephrata Performing Arts Center (0.4 miles), and Weathered Vineyards Wine Tasting Room (0.00 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Historic Smithton Inn?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and free parking.
Which room amenities are available at Historic Smithton Inn?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Historic Smithton Inn?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast and free instant coffee during their stay.
Is parking available at Historic Smithton Inn?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Historic Smithton Inn?
Conveniently located restaurants include Black Forest Brewery, Chris's New York Pizzeria, and Isaac's Famous Grilled Sandwich.
Is Historic Smithton Inn located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.9 miles away from the center of Ephrata.
Are pets allowed at Historic Smithton Inn?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Historic Smithton Inn?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and French.
Are there any historical sites close to Historic Smithton Inn?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Ephrata Cloister (0.3 miles) and Erbs Covered Bridge (3.5 miles).
Is Historic Smithton Inn accessible?
Yes, it offers reduced mobility rooms. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.