The Artist’s Inn and Gallery, 117 East Main St., Terre Hill, PA, -- the heart of Old Amish Country -- surpasses expectations. Lovingly restored Victorian features uniquely decorated guest rooms by innkeeper owners, Bruce and Jan Garrabrandt. Artist and author Bruce’s paintings of climbing roses seemingly come alive from the corner of aptly named Rose Room walls, where we stayed. Jan is a multi-tasking extraordinaire. She not only sewed hand-made window treatments throughout the house, but also serves up a different four-course breakfast each morning on a table impeccable dressed. (Knife rests!) Forget lunch, you won’t need it. Each morning of your stay, you will be treated to a special delicious breakfast and Jan’s amazing hospitality! Prepare to be graciously pampered in a style that feels like it’s from your closest friend. Bruce’s whimsical colored pencil artwork and books for purchase also can be enjoyed in the library. Pot of hot coffee, electric tea kettle, nice teas, freshly made cookies always available. Hersey candies throughout the house – Hersey World is less than an hour away. Upstairs, a Keurig coffeemaker, small frig, game room. If this is your first visit to the Pennsylvania Amish Country, then The Artist’s Inn is an excellent way to enjoy the experience. Front and side porches, offer a comfortable place to watch the constant stream of horse and buggies clip-clop past. Jan is also superior to most any hotel concierge you’ll meet. She’ll explain that there are more than Amish in Amish Country – don’t forget the Mennonite – and more than one sect, so don’t be confused by seeing some faithful ladies wearing colorful print dresses while others are in black and some men plowing fields with horses and mules while others use tractors – with metal wheels. Jan prints out directions to various local points of interest. If given enough notice, she’ll arrange a dinner with an Amish family. It doesn’t get any better than that.
I doubt I can find the proper words to express our satisfaction with The Artist's Inn and Gallery. Although we only spent one night, we throughly enjoyed ourselves. On our arrival, Jan greeted us, gave us a tour of the property, then settled us into our room. We had the Kris Kringle Room and it was tastefully decorated in a Christmas theme. The bed was nice and comfortable. We spent most of the evening on the front porch sitting in rocking chairs with a bottle of wine watching the Amish pass by in their buggies. In the morning we were treated to a delicious four course breakfast served by Bruce. I feel the word delicious is understated in this case because the food was so good. Jan and Bruce provided us with a wonderful ending to our week-long drive vacation through Pennsylvania and the Virginias. We have not stopped talking about it and will be back to enjoy the hospitality of The Artist's Inn and Gallery and explore more of Lancaster County.
Our time at the Artist's Inn & Gallery was a WONDERFUL stay. The gracious innkeepers went over and beyond to make our stay enjoyable and pleasant. The food, very plentiful, was delicious and was presented on a beautiful table. We want to go back!
From the start we were greeted with a friendly smile and a feeling of warmth. There was no awkwardness, but rather a "come in and sit awhile" feeling. As we were on our way out to the Sight and Sound show, Jan made sure we knew all the ins and outs of the house in case we came home late. Upon our return from the show our bed was turned down with chocolate turtle confections on pillows. We slept well, accommodations were superb! In the morning we enjoyed browsing through Bruce's whimsical colored pencil artwork (Even bought one!). Breakfast was wonderful ...Pecan waffles with Blueberry compote as well as home made zucchini bread. Great right down to the Stevia leaves which were a great treat! Thank you for your conversation and making us feel like we could stay for a week! A definite must try for anyone considering a visit! Fond Memories....Don & Barb Livingston
We have spent many happy days and nights at this special inn but this time we were excited to share our experience with dear friends. From the moment we arrived, Jan and Bruce made us feel completely at home. The inn itself is beautiful with each piece of furniture selected and placed with care and thoughtfulness. Jan's famous cookies had to be sampled and the gardens demanded a visit. Our rooms were perfect- clean and ready with anything that might be needed. Bruce's colored pencil drawings throughout delighted each one of us. The porch on a beautiful spring evening was the most relaxing place any of us could imagine. Both couples agreed that the beds were very comfortable and we especially loved the amazing sheets. They had a luxurious feel and did not wrinkle. Jan's breakfast presentation each day was done with style and grace. Special tableware, napkins, napkin holders... The food was delicious and different each day. Jan is definitely a gourmet cook who takes pride in what she prepares and serves. This is a destination to which we must repeatedly return - as soon as possible.
We recently stayed at the Artist's Inn and Gallery in Terre Hill, Lancaster, PA. Innkeepers Bruce and Jan Garrabrandt are hospitable hosts. The inn boasts two of their rooms with king size beds, which is not customary for a bed and breakfast inn. Bruce is an artist with an incredible sense of humor, which is depicted in most of his colored pencil drawings. He is creative and whimsical and it is almost impossible to leave the inn without a purchase of one of his drawings or books. Jan's cooking is a culinary delight. They are both attentive to every detail, printing maps and coupons for guests, along with making wonderful suggestions for restaurants, antique markets. etc. We highly recommend the Artist Inn for a memorable stay in Lancaster. You may research their website at www.artistinn.com Tom & Carole
My husband and I came to Lancaster and stumbled into the Artist's Inn. It was our lucky day because we really needed to unwind and relax. Although we were only with Jan for less then 24 hous, we were so impressed that we told all our friends and family. We even bought one of Bruce's beautiful works of art. We stayed in the suite and loved every minute, not counting a delicious breakfast by Jan the next morning. We are definitely returning. Hopefully, sooner then later. Anne & Charles, Medford, NJ
The hosts are a lovely couple who were more than helpful in providing information about the area and points of interests. The breakfast was superb, produced by someone who, you can tell, loves to cook. The room was quirky (the toilet was separate in a closet), but when you are dealing with a 160 year old house that has been retrofitted for plumbing and electricity, it is to be expected. The one thing that was missing was we could have used a chair in the room.
My husband and I have been to this lovely Inn many times but it will never be enough. As soon as we leave, we look forward to returning. Jan and Bruce are extremely caring and devoted to the comfort and satisfaction of their guests. The rooms are thoughtfully furnished and decorated. The Garden Suite, our favorite place to stay, has a large private porch from which I enjoy the view down into the valley. It's nice to sit there in the morning and read in the solitude and welcome a new day. Breakfasts are always delicious and filling enough to keep you happy all day. The gallery where Bruce's colored pencil artwork is displayed is a great place to spend time. It's impossible not to smile as you examine his humorous pieces. Every time we visit, we meet new and interesting people. Inevitably, most guests become "repeat offenders" because, like us, they find that once is not enough. Jan and Bruce can recommend a restaurant that will appeal to your specific taste. They can also guide you to amazing local nurseries and produce stands. The Terre Hill area is the only place now that we buy our plants each spring. Several dinner theatres as well as the American Music Theatre are within easy driving distance of The Artist's Inn and Gallery. Be prepared to become addicted to all the Inn has to offer, especially the sound of horse and buggy clip-clopping past on Main Street.
My husband surprised me with a visit to the Inn for our 18th anniversary. He could not have made a better choice. Jan and Bruce are the perfect hosts with warm conversation, excellent service, plenty of assistance when it came to information about the area, suggestions of places to visit, and directions. The room was beautiful and comfortable. The gourmet breakfasts Jan prepared were scrumptious with so much offered it was easy to overindulge. Jan went above and beyond when we arrived back at the inn after a celebratory dinner out and found our bed turned down for the evening with delicious homemade chocolates and a complimentary bottle of chilled champagne. Our stay was, to say the least, delightful. We hope to return again soon.
I just had the most wonderful visit at the Artist’s Inn and Gallery! I have been to Lancaster County several times and believe I have found the most perfect place to stay in this unique and loved destination. Terre Hill is a charming, quaint little town which overlooks the surrounding farmlands. The location provides such peace and an air of country living while still being convenient to all the tourist attractions of Straussburg, Bird in Hand, Intercourse, Lancaster City and all the area has to offer. But if you are looking for a getaway where the only thing on the itinerary is sitting out on the porch leisurely reading a book or going for a stroll in the country side to take in some fresh air and gorgeous views, The Artist’s Inn & Gallery is the place to come and unwind. The innkeeper Jan is a concierge extraordinaire. She has the key to the county with an extensive list of contacts of local merchants and service providers. Whatever it is you would like to do Jan can arrange it for you, map it out for you, get you coupons and still will ask you to call if you get lost. I came to her door in a sorry state after my vacation plans fell apart and Jan whisked up a perfectly tailored itinerary indulging us for the next two days. I feel like one need just arrive and everything else would be taken care of by Jan and Bruce. Breakfast is sublime. Served by candle light and coming in five courses it is a warm and delightful experience which will leave you full well past lunch. Jan and Bruce are foodies and it shows. They go well above and beyond the typical B&B fare with local fresh ingredients a wide variety of tastes and choices. So conscientious, they will adjust the menu for dietary needs and tastes. Jan really throws down in the kitchen. You will not be disappointed. I highly recommend this Inn. It is perfect for family holidays, romantic escapes, girlfriend getaways, and personal me times. I can’t wait to go back
It was so great to return ( for the 5th time) to the Artist's Inn. We usually visit during the summer, so this time it was great to turn on the fireplace in our room. So wonderful! Breakfast and company was fabulous:) Can't wait to return!
This place is fantastic! You will not be disappointed. My wife and I stayed in the Stone Cottage, which was lovely--it had a beautiful master bedroom with a great jacuzzi tub and awesome shower. The cottage was the perfect size that still felt cozy, but roomy at the same time. Perhaps our favorite part of our stay were the 4-course breakfasts Jan cooked for us and the hospitality she showed us throughout. We've stayed at several bed and breakfasts and this was by far the most hospitable of them all. She helped us from the moment we called, arranging theater tickets, a farm visit, restaurant recommendations, and more. She is a lovely woman, and makes you feel right at home (yet still on vacation...not like an awkward "inn" where you feel more like you're in your aunt's house than on vacation). While we never met her husband Bruce who was out of the area showing his art, we felt like we got to know him through his incredibly witty art on display around the inn parlor. It will give you a great laugh! This place is truly great. We will definitely return in the future!
The Artist’s Inn is a wonderful, relaxing place to stay! Jan and Bruce are wonderful hosts and made us feel so welcome. Their home is beautiful and the breakfasts that Jan prepares are to die for! An added treat is getting to see all of Bruce’s artwork!
My family stayed here for 5 days for a trip to Lancaster county. Jan and Bruce are the best, helped out with directions or whatever you could have asked for including stocking the kitchen for your arrival. Terre Hill is a beautiful quite town away from it all but close to everything. Helpful hint, there is not alot open on Sundays. We stayed in the Carriage House and it was like being at home much better than any hotel.
Unbelievable - Beautiful and you could not meet nicer folks that take care of the OWNERS of the house! Sweetie is still my favorite! An incredible getaway in a beautiful, amazing home! Not to mention the awesome food. We were so spoiled! We look forward to going back. Eric and Nancie Zanker
My husband and I just had our first Bed and Breakfast experience. We stayed two nights at the Artist's Inn and Gallery in Terre Hill, PA. The innkeepers, Jan and Bruce, have made this a very comfortable, inviting and relaxing place to stay. We purposely ended our shopping day early just so we could go back and enjoy the place. The four course candlelight breakfast was so delicious and enjoyable. It made me feel like I was in England. The beautiful flowers, the porch off the "Garden Suite" and the humorous artwork, all made for a wonderful memory of our 30th wedding anniversary!
Our arrival was not only late but not booked and Jan & Bruce made us feel so welcome. The room was so pretty and comfortable. The 4 course breakfast was to die for not only for its taste but the presention was so creative and beautiful. The friendly happy chatting around the breakfast table all made it into a wonderful start to the day. We would have loved to stay longer but it wasn't possible on our timetable. Whilst settling the bill we wandered around the guest lounge sitting room and enjoyed the amazing creative art work done by Bruce. We enjoy our book of your art work Bruce, great coffee table book. thank you both once again. you could spend a good week enjoying the surrounding areas. The Aussies
We just got back from our 6th stay at the Artist's Inn and Gallery and once again, we had a fabulous time. Charming, clena, comfortable rooms, delicious (and huge!) breakfast by candlelight, and Jan and Bruce are always ready with recommendations for dining, shopping, anything you want! We're already planning our next visit!
Yes, it's hard to have high blood pressure after five minutes on the side porch looking at the lovely gardens and the farmland beyond. Inside, the rooms are beautiful and very welcoming. The wonderful art work by Bruce brings smiles as you meander throughout the rooms and the fabulous smells of breakfast in the morning let you know that Jan is busy creating a delicious and artistic breakfast. We can't wait to go back. Shopping locally for herbs and tomato plants (especially heirlooms) is a bonus.
We stayed here for a weekend and we're pretty picky about where we stay (not into the cheesy types of places, very picky about value and food) and we were really happy! The cost was amazing considering the amazing service. They were sweet without being interfering, and the food was AMAZING! They create a new menu every morning based on what they have, AND based on dietary restrictions. I am a vegetarian and don't eat eggs and I had too many things to choose from! I highly recommend this place.
This was our first bed & breakfast experience. On this trip, besides myself, were my mother and 13 yr old daughter. My daughter was turning 13 on the day of our arrival, so we were there to celebrate her birthday with a bed & breakfast and to see Joseph at Sight & Sounds (which was an awesome show, by the way) The Artist's Inn is soo cozy, we felt at home from the moment we walked in the door. Jan & Bruce are just the most pleasant people and they made this stay extra special by adding special touches for my daughter's birthday. My mother was thrilled with the antiques throughout the Inn and it seemed to have brought back some good memories for her. The rooms are all very nicely decorated, the pictures just dont do it justice. And you do hear the clip clopping of horses going down the street!! Breakfast was.........superb, elegant. Jan is an excellent cook. Jan & Bruce are a very classy couple. The entire stay was wonderful and next time, oh yes there will be a next time, I will be bringing my hubby.
We felt very pampered -- Jan & Bruce were very pleasant and helpful in suggesting places in the area. Our breakfasts were delicious and the table beautifully laid. Jan cooperated with our family's requests.
Everything was great -- from the warm welcome with tea & cookies to the excellent 4-course gourmet breakfast each day to the care and concern for giving lots of area info -- our every need was met and exceeded.
My husband and I were delighted by our stay at Artist's Inn. The room was adorable, quiet, and private. Bruce has a very enjoyable sense of humor and fantastic artwork, and Jan's cooking is amazing. We can't imagine you'll find a better breakfast or friendlier hosts anywhere! -- Keith and Sue
The Artist's Inn is a wonderful place to stay. Jan is the epitome of the perfect hostess, who anticipates and attends to her guests' every need. The breakfast is sumptuous, the house oozes charm. and the art gallery provides a view into Bruce's slightly warped sense of humor. Delightful!
Filled with art owrk and lovely old charm, the over 150 year old B&B is a great place to spend some relaxing time on the front porch while Amish buggies go by. A great gourmet breakfast as well.