Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Our last mini vacation for a while

A photo of the beautiful quilt on our bed at the Inn at Kettle Kitchen in Intercourse PA.   This was our last mini vacation for probably a year. It was our third long weekend trip to Amish Country in PA. We paid cash for the entire trip, and I was proud that we stayed within budget and did everything we set out to do.

Kitchen Kettle Village is a quaint (yes, a bit touristy, but not too much) group of stores, petting zoo, restaurants and 17 guest rooms hidden among all the shoppes.  We had a beautiful room, that included two travel coffee mugs that we could have filled at three locations in the village for free, chocolates in the room, a dozen cookies that we could pick from the bakery in the village and breakfast in the main restaurant each morning (not Sunday, hence the cookies).  We stayed in room 905 which is above the quilt shop.

We also had crackers and Kitchen Kettle jam 
with a nice welcome card signed by the staff.  Every day there was also bottles of water replenished in our in room refrigerator.

All of these were included in the price of our room.  With tax we paid $349.54 for three nights.  With all the extras included we were quite happy with the price.  Since we usually only eat twice a day when away our budget was quite stretched with the free breakfast.  The choices for the breakfast were french toast with your choice of bacon or sausage or two eggs with choice of toast and hash browned potatoes or baked oatmeal with fresh fruit.  (Don't forget the unlimited coffee/tea in our reusable mugs.  We could also choose to get anything else off their menu and take $3.00 off.

We also enjoyed one almost free dinner at Shady Maples smorgasbord.  On our last trip to PA we had lunch here, and DH filled out a raffle ticket.  We won a gift card!  Came in the mail months after our last visit, and we used it on this trip.  Dinner on a Saturday was 21.99 per adult (all inclusive...including tip)  We paid 13.98 out of pocket after the gift card.  I had several different tastes of baked/broiled fish for my protein, as well as a crab cake and a cod cake.  The best pierogies I have ever had as well as raw broccoli and mushrooms rounded out my dinner.    DH had some ny strip, cucumbers, mashed potatoes, and two pieces of broasted chicken.  He finished it off with some fresh fruit.

Another meal was at Wimpy and Dee's 50's style diner.  A fun place, the entire meal with tip was $21.00.   DH had a chocolate shake, hotdog and fries with pickles.  I had a BLT on rye with chips and pickles.  I always have water as my beverage.

Sunday was the hardest to find a dinner meal (as nothing is really open in the area we always stay in)  We went antiquing in Adamstown and ended up having a nice meal at a locally owned franchise (they have three locations)   I had tomato soup and an open faced tuna melt.  DH had wings and a steak Caesar wrap and a beer.  This was the most expensive OOP meal, with tip $54.00.

Snacks of pretzels (hard and fresh baked soft) were a MUST!

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