Spring has sprung!

It’s the first day of Spring and it feels like Summer!  Daffodil stalks have been growing since February.  Passing through town, I see many gardens are in full bloom, but no blooms on our north facing beds yet.  I think the forsythia know when Spring arrives; just yesterday there were only buds, but today’s warm temperatures (72ƒ) kicked them into high gear – the forsythia is in full butter-yellow glory. This Winter, being so mild, I just wonder what’s in store for our Summer.  Only one major snow storm, early in October; Kevin says we need rain – preparing the gardens, he found the earth to be very dry already.  The “Mud Sales” around Lancaster County have been more like “Dust Sales”! Around the Inn, some new arrivals: Kevin re-purposed a door found in the barn to close off what we call our pantry.  So in the colder months, besides having a cold storage, it’s one less room to heat. Curtains magically appeared in the kitchen, finally!  Those elves sure took their sweet old time.  Seriously though, thanks to friend Barb Kolb, our kitchen feels cozier and more finished. Some new shops in town:  Stiegel Glassworks, 210 South Charlotte Street behind the RR station; B&K Country Crafts & Quilts, 55 South Grant Street working out of Bonnie’s garage; City Star Diner, 665 Lancaster Road (Route 72) formerly Baron’s Diner (formerly Lyndon Diner). New in the Tompkins family:  grandbabies Henry James – December 2011 (Jon & Shannon) in NY and Isabel Grace – February 2012 (Dan & Viviana) in FL.  We’ll get to see the whole gang here in May when...

You can’t beat their hospitality, friendliness

After a trip to Ireland with my husband and our best friends, Louk & Linda, in 2005 we haven’t stayed in anything other than a B & B, and it’s innkeepers like Patty & Kevin that keep us staying in the B & B’s. You can’t beat their hospitality, friendliness, wonderful home cooked breakfasts and great conversation with the other guests and the innkeepers. The Tea Kettle Inn is by far the best B & B we’ve stayed in not only in the Manheim/Lancaster area but all around in any B & B on the East Coast. My husband loved Patty’s home made zucchini bread so much that she even wrapped the leftovers up for him to take home with us…which he didn’t share. But that’s ok because we’ll be back and I’ll get my share when we return next year. Thanks again Patty & Kevin for opening up you’re home to us. See you soon. – Kathy...

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Wow, how great is this place? My husband and I stayed here for a few days while we were on vacation in some of the adjacent cities, and this place was central to all of them. The price of the place just can’t be beat–and it’s adorable! The place is just lovely, so clean and homey and relaxing. The Innkeepers, Patty and Kevin, are just the nicest people–they engage you in conversation but know when to let you relax on your own and unwind. We stayed in the Chamomile Room which was so charming. I even told my husband that it was one of the most clean rooms I’d even stayed in! The bed was very comfortable and the bathroom was clean and updated. Patty asked us every night what we wanted for breakfast and it was always delicious! And what a spread! It was always very filling and very good. Parking is close by so that’s nice too. There is a small refrigerator for your water, beverages or snacks which was helpful. She even had brochures with coupons of local places! I just can’t say enough good things about this place. Everything was perfect and we were sorry to leave! You will not be disappointed staying here–the price is outstanding, the service is personal and the stay is...

Feel Right at Home & Relax with Us!

We stayed here two nights. There isn’t much in Manheim proper except a mini golf course within walking distance, but it is within easy driving distance to everything else. Patty and Kevin are wonderful hosts. We stayed in the Avonlea room. It was one of the cleanest places we’ve ever stayed. Patty took into consideration my husband’s wheat allergy and fixed nonwheat breakfasts while we were there. You get a much nicer stay than you would at a hotel of comparable price. We would definitely stay again if we are in the...

Teapot bird

Watching the birds this winter, I am reminded of an incident last Spring when cleaning off the front porch.  I kept hearing a bird call/song quite distinctive.  This happened for a while and the next time I went out, I heard it again.  On this occasion though, as I was cleaning, a bird flew right by me and into the teapot house hanging above the steps.  I got a fairly good look at it since it was hopping around on the porch ledge a while before. I ran straight to my Audubon Field Guide and flipped through the Perching birds – there are lots of perching birds!  I decided that with the eyebrow stripe and colorings it was a Carolina Wren.  Flipping to the back for the description and …what a wild surprise!  If I may quote Audubon, “Voice: Loud whistledtweedle-tweedle-tweedle or tea-kettle, tea-kettle, tea-kettle, sung all day long in all seasons.”  You can’t make this stuff up!  How cool is that?!  Hopefully our resident Carolina Wren will return again this...