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Historic Smithton Inn

900 W Main Street , Ephrata, PA 17522 USA (Show map)
206 Reviews
$149 - $199
per night

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Located in the heart of Lancaster County, the Smithton Inn has been welcoming guests for over 246 years, but don't worry, the Inn doesn't feel like a museum! We strive to combine historic charm with a comfortable and cozy atmosphere. Restaurants, shops and historic sites are all close jaunts from the Smithton Inn, making it ideally situated to explore everything Lancaster County has to offer. Amenities include: - A delicious breakfast each morning - Flat Screen Cable TV / DVDs in EVERY guest room - Hair dryers, makeup mirrors & full length mirrors - Wireless Internet access and free local telephone calls - Concierge and activity recommendations and planning - Movies, books and games available to borrow - One pet-friendly suite available Our well-appointed guestrooms feature: - A temperpedic-top bed with fine linens and lots of pillows - A working fireplace and sitting area with desk - A private bathroom, some with jetted spa tub and shower - Spa-quality towels and robes - Antiques & handcrafted furniture throughout



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  • Guest room4.7
  • Service4.8
  • Value4.6
  • Cleanliness4.8
  • Dining4.9

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A Night in History

5 on November 02, 2014

We have stayed here for years and were always pleased to spend time in this historic inn. The new owners have refurbished the inn that had become a bit in disrepair over the years and it is lovely. The owners of the inn are friendly and happy to talk about the history of the building. Breafast was great.

Our suite was sweet!

4.8 on October 30, 2014

This was our second visit to the Historic Smithton Inn. We will definitely be back again!!

Relaxed place, good food

5 on October 25, 2014

My extended family stayed at Smithton Inn for three days for my son's wedding. We spent hours over excellent breakfasts in the comfortable dining room eating, laughing, remembering, without any pressure to hurry. The rooms were spacious and light, the bathrooms modern. Highly recommended.

Car Show Weekend

3.2 on October 15, 2014

The innkeepers, Rebecca and David, were extremely attentive to your needs. The breakfasts were good...fresh ingredients from their garden or locally. We stayed here during the Hershey car show and it rained the entire time. The only negative comment would be the uncomfortable Queen size bed in our room. We have a King at home so it was a little cramped.

Super Seminar

5 on October 09, 2014

Historic Smithton was the host for my Better Way To Learn Innkeeping™ Seminar last weekend. Dave and Rebecca, the owners, provided a very comfortable and private space for our all-day meeting. Lunch was provided and the Chili recipe was requested by many who enjoyed it. Our rooms were quiet, comfortable and had all the amenities expected by business travelers and many more that were an unexpected surprise. I can highly recommend Historic Smithton for small meetings, workshops or retreats.

Recent visit to the Historic Smithton Inn

5 on September 26, 2014

We stayed four nights in Sep and decided this is our favorite B & B of more two dozen that we've visited over the years. The rooms, common areas, breakfasts and hosts (including dog "Lucky") together with the convenient Lancaster Co location make it truly exceptional.

Best B&B ever!!

5 on September 17, 2014

Best place, best hospitality, delicious fresh home made food- I just can not resist coming back every year.

Nicely located; very friendly and helpful staff

3.8 on September 16, 2014

My first time staying in a B&B in the United States; don't know why I never considered it before! I grew up in the area and have driven by Historic Smithton Inn countless times in the past paying no attention whatsoever to it. I have moved away but my parents remain locally and I visit 3-4 times per year always staying in local hotels all of which lack the ambiance and charm of Smithton Inn not to mention the absolutely wonderful breakfasts! Rebecca and her staff are very friendly and knowledgeable and quite willing to help in any way possible. The prices when I stayed were actually lower than any of the hotels in the area, which were all completely booked full forcing me to find other lodgings. I am so glad this happened as I will probably never stay in a hotel again while visiting my parents...unless the Inn is booked full! I unhesitatingly recommend a stay at Historic Smithton Inn.

A couple of days away

4.6 on August 30, 2014

We thoroughly enjoyed our short stay at the Smithton Inn. Rebecca and David are wonderful hosts. Breakfast was wonderful and we liked having a friendly dog to pet. Our room was big and comfortable. We would highly recommend this inn.

Expectations were high and generally met.

3.2 on August 25, 2014

The problem with having such a strong reputation is that expectations are heightened - hence a majority of 'met expectations' ratings for our visit. The Smithton Inn is a most welcoming place and the philosophy of the staff is evidently to be extra helpful at all times. We also found that other guests tend to follow suit with advice on places to see and visit which worked well for us as first time visitors to the area. Comfortable bedrooms (though be aware that the Red room's bath / shower is raised such that a degree of suppleness is required to use it) and common areas plus a hearty breakfast makes it a quality offering. Location is more 'edge of town' than central but we walked to the Old Lincoln Inn for dinner which was great and there are plenty of other choices a short drive away.

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Rooms & Rates

4. Guestroom Four - Blue

Queen pillow-top bed, sitting area

  • Maximum Capacity: 3

2. Guestroom Two - Yellow

Queen pillow-top, canopy bed, sitting area

  • Maximum Capacity: 3

1. Guestroom One - Sage

First floor guestroom. Queen pillow-top bed, quaint sitting area. Overlooks back garden.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3

3. Guestroom Three - Chocolate

Queen pillow-top canopy bed, sitting area

  • Maximum Capacity: 3

7. Guest Suite Seven - Tailor's Cottage

Three-room retreat with private entrance, kitchenette and living room with fireplace. Queen pillow-top bed with additional built-in single. Private bath with spa tub and shower. Fold-away bed in Living Room.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3

5. Guestroom Five - Red

Queen pillow-top four poster bed, sitting area

  • Maximum Capacity: 3

6. Guestroom Six - Crimson Dove Suite

King pillow-top bed, extra large sitting area with fireplace. Private bath has heated floor.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3


Location Type

Countryside, Small town


Philadelphia, PA (PHL) 64 miles

Directions to property:

The Smithton Inn is located on Main Street (US 322) at the junction of South Academy Drive in the borough of Ephrata. From the PA Turnpike: Take Exit 21 and follow Route 222 South to the Ephrata Exit; turn right on US 322 West. Travel approximately four miles through Ephrata. Pass under PA 272. The next traffic light is South Academy, take a left and then a right into our parking lot. From Lancaster: Travel North on Route 222 to the Ephrata Exit; turn left on US 322 West. Travel approximately four miles through Ephrata. Pass under PA 272. The next traffic light is South Academy, take a left and then a right into our parking lot.

Area Attractions

Amusement Park, Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Historical interests, Museum, National/State parks, Antique Shops, Ephrata Cloister, Buggy Rides, Green Dragon, Amish Farms, Shops and Attractions, Outlet Malls, Performing Theater, Religious Services, River, Vineyard, Winery

Inn Details

Establishment type

Bed and Breakfast, Historic Inn

On-site amenities

Board games, Computer, In-room internet, Fax Machine, Internet Service, Library, Piano, Telephone, Videos, Washer/dryer, Wi-Fi , One suite has private entrance and is pet-friendly, Hand-sewn quilts on every bed, Flat Screen cable TV in every room

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Bath robes, CD player, DVD Player, Desk, Fireplace, Fridge, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Ironing Board, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV

On-site activities

Shopping, Sight-seeing

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  • Check In:: 4:00 - 9:00 pm
  • Check Out:: 11:00 am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: No For the comfort of our guests
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided Yes
  • Suitable For Children: Limited
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Prior approval required We have one pet-friendly suite with a private entrance
  • Disabled Access Limited

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: From April 1 through October 31, there is a minimum stay of 2 nights on weekends
  • Accepted payments Other
  • Deposit Amount Required: 50% deposit required.
  • Cancellations: With 10 days notice, deposit will be returned, minus $15.00 cancellation fee. With less notice, deposit is forfeited if we are unable to rent the room(s).



Rebecca & David Gallagher

Languages spoken

A little French

Resident Pets

Cats , Dogs

About the innkeepers

Rebecca and Dave love cooking, traveling and entertaining. They love to sail and used to own a 38 foot Beneteau. Ask Dave what it's like to sail UP the Mississippi! Rebecca runs and bikes to stay in shape. She's done 9 marathons, including Big Sur in California. Their eleven year old son, Patrick, will be helping out in the B&B as well... whenever he's not playing baseball that is!

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  • Time Served: Coffee at 7:00, Bkfst at 8:30
  • Serving Location: Dining room and Living room.

Special meal options


Signature Dish

Baked Eggs in a Ham Cup with Cheesy Polenta
This dish is as yummy to look at as it is to eat! It's the first dish we served back in June and it's been a guest favorite ever since.

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900 W Main Street , Ephrata, PA 17522 USA (Show map)

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