Weekend Getaway: Lancaster’s Cork Factory Hotel
This Pennsylvania Dutch town is known for its charm.
Cork Factory Hotel
480 New Holland Ave., Suite 3000, Lancaster, (717) 735-2075
Drive time: 1 hour, 15 minutes
The scoop: Built in the late 19th century, this building in downtown Lancaster was once home to cork—and then glass—manufacturing. Common room décor pays homage to the site’s history of industrial enterprise with original brick interior walls and exposed wood ceilings.
Amenities: The on-site Cork & Cap Restaurant serves up contemporary twists on classic Pennsylvania Dutch dishes. The Baker’s Table gives you a front-row seat to watch decorating artists turn out creative cakes and other sweet delights as you relax over coffee and fresh pastries.
Don’t miss: Unleash your inner Monet or Picasso during one- or two-hour small-group drawing and painting lessons, for ages 6 through adult, at Crystal Reflections Art Studio & Gallery in nearby Lititz. Try to solve “whodunit” during an afternoon or evening of murder and mystery at Mount Hope Mansion in Manheim.