Saturday, March 14, 2009

The Inn at Kitchen Kettle Village

On my most recent vacation to Lancaster County, I stayed four nights in room 904 of the Inn at Kitchen Kettle Village. I have been visiting KKV since I was three years old, but this was my first overnight stay. This room is on the backside of the Inn, above Village Quilts. This building used to house The People's Place, one of the earliest Amish/Mennonite interpretive tourism sites in Lancaster County, and a neat place for a Lancaster/Amishophile like myself. Anyway, the place is awesome. The only drawback is that the rooms in this particular building are upstairs (a lot of stairs), so you have to haul your luggage up the steps, so if you have physical limitations, you may be better served in the cottages or the Strawberry Street Guest Quarters. This room had a four poster massive heirloom quilt thrown king bed. There were awesome Kitchen Kettle goodies like fudge candies, KKV crackers, and KKV jellies (these were replinished after a couple of days), as well as two bottles of water each day in the fridge. The bathroom was very large and featured luxury amenities (oatmeal soaps and Egyptian cotton towels). The room also featured a nice Samsung TV (not flatscreen), a Sony Dream Machine, a microwave, a walk-in closet, quilt wall hangings, and an overstuffed red comfy chair. On top of it all, this room was quite inexpensive after discounts (less than $80 a night). We were also given vouchers for free breakfasts in the Kling House Restaurant (Fench toast with bacon or sausage, pancakes w/ bacon or sausage, or two eggs with homefries and toast) or $3 off any breakfast menu item. You were also given nice travel mugs for free coffee every day that you could take home when you checked out. You were also given a reserved parking spot right at the door. What an awesome hotel stay! I can't recommend this place enough!

While there I met much of the KKV braintrust. I would like to give a shout out to Lisa Horn, Joanne Ladley, and Mrs. Pat Burnley (co-founder of KKV) for making my wife and I feel like super VIPs. Mrs. Burnley, whom we had met a few months ago, even gave us a lemon whoopie pie which was awesome! I also wish to give major props to Lauren in the Kling House as well as the hostess (I'm sorry, I didn't get her name) for going the extra mile in getting me an awesome early 90s KKV poster called "Lancaster Preserved" (I kinda collect KKV memorabilia). Lauren was a great waitress and we really enjoyed talking with her. Charity at the Kling House was also a great waitress. The only bad thing was that Pappy's Kettle Korn wasn't open :( We even called them and asked and they said they would be there at 10 on Friday, but they hadn't shown up by 10:45 and we had to leave. Oh well, we'll get some next time.

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