5 things to do with Mom on Mother's Day
Still unsure of what to do with mom for Mother's Day? There is plenty going around central Pennsylvania on May 8 — don't forget it's early this year. Check out a list below of different events and meals to celebrate mom's special day.
Ride a dinner train
What: A 45-minute train ride billed as a memorable escape to the golden age of steam railroading. Take in views of the Lancaster County countryside while enjoying a Mother's Day menu featuring "a traditional Lancaster County meal" on the Strasburg Rail Road's Mother's Day Dinner Train.
When: Trains running May 8 at noon, 1, 2 and 3 p.m. from Strasburg Station
More: Tickets are $10 for children under 2, $25 for kids ages 2 to 11 and $44 for people 12 and older. Buy tickets online at StrasburgRailRoad.com or call 866-725-9666. Unsold tickets, if any, will be available at the station on a first-come, first-served basis.
Head to the street fair
What: A Mother's Day tradition for decades, this annual arts and crafts festival — York's 41st — is held in downtown York in and around Continental Square. More than 100 craft and food vendors line the streets while four performance areas and strolling performers entertain thousands of visitors.
When: 12:30 to 6 p.m. May 8
More: Check out the event page at yorkcity.org/oldeyorkstreetfair.
Explore local history
What: The colonial courthouse at 157 W. Market St. will be open, where visitors can get a dose of political intrigue, tavern life and 18th century culture. Learn more about local history at the York County Heritage Trust's museum at 250 E. Market St. Visitors can tour Golden Plough Tavern and General Gates House for $1, where people can reflect the year 1778 when the Continental Congress met in York. See a reconstruction of the colonial courthouse, where the Second Continental Congress met during York's nine-month tenure as Capital of the United States, just across the street from the Plough Tavern. Take a break from the street fair with some ice cream at the Auxiliary's Ice Cream Parlor on the first floor of the museum.
When: Noon to 5 p.m. May 8
More: Ticket information, tours and a visitor guide can be found online at yorkheritage.org.
Escape to serenity
What: Visit Allegro Winery in southern York County for a lazy Mother's Day afternoon sipping wine and sharing a basket of cheese, crackers, bread, fruit and chocolates. Enjoy the peace and beauty of the winery's covered deck, bask in the sun or the shade at tables now covered with umbrellas.
When: Anytime after 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. with advance registration.
More: Space is limited. Click the "Events" tab at allegrowines.com or call 717-927-9148 to purchase tickets.
Enjoy the great outdoors
What: Not into crowds or seeking respite? Take a hike or have a picnic amid mother nature just about anywhere in central Pennsylvania.
When: Anytime there is daylight
Mom's on Main
Where: Downtown York, First Friday
When: 5 p.m., May 6
Mother's Day breakfast
Where: Bendersville Community Fire Department, 144 Park St., Bendersville
When: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., May 8
Mother's Day breakfast buffet
Where: Mezzogiorno at Central Market, 34 W. Philadelphia St., York
When: Seatings at 7:30, 9 and 11 a.m., May 8
Mother's Day brunches
Where: Naylor Wine Cellars, 4069 Vineyard Road, Stewartstown
When: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., May 8
Where: Inn at Herr Ridge, 900 Chambersburg Road, Gettysburg
When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., May 8
Where: Otto's Kitchen and Cocktails, 19 N. George St., York
When: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., May 8
Pizza Patio on Mother's Day
Where: John Wright Restaurant, 234 N. Front St., Wrightsville
When: 3 p.m. to 9, May 8
"One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest"
Where: York Little Theatre, 27 S. Belmont St., York
When: May 8