Two years ago we stumbled across a gem! Now every time we travel to Lancaster, PA we make it a priority to stop at The Speckled Hen. Located in the heart of Starsburg this charming cafe is known for its fresh, local and delicious menu. The Speckled Hen Coffee is the perfect place to get breakfast while vacationing in Lancaster because of its ideal location, atmosphere and appetizing menu. Some of their featured items include craft coffee, espresso and tea and an array of pastries and fresh off the skillet recipes that are fresh, local & simple.
One of the things I love the most about this cafe is its atmosphere. While at the same time as it being simple and elegant it is also warm and inviting. You can tell that The Speckled Hen is kid friendly and family focused by their ability to recognize the needs of parents and their little ones. They truly show that they value families by incorporating a scrumptious and healthy kids menu, plethora of high chairs and children’s corner nearby tables so families can relax and unwind while children play.
It’s nice to enjoy delicacies and the beauty in little things; which most of the time as a mom I feel I’m not the audience typically catered to. At the Speckled Hen presentation is everything from fresh flowers on the table to heart shaped designs in the coffee, every thing has a special touch. I wish we had a place like this in Southern Maryland; with the only options being Star Bucks and Dunkin Donuts at home the Speckled Hen is definitely a special treat.
A few years ago while visiting the Outer Banks my family and I had the chance to enjoy Duck Donuts. We were super excited to find out that a new location just opened up in Lancaster, PA. Our family LOVES fresh donuts. We especial love Duck Donuts!
When arriving you don’t have to worry about your favorite donuts selling out because the donuts are made fresh to order. When ordering you get to choose a glaze and toppings. Than you can step back and watch the process. It’s pretty cool to see the dough made, mixed, poured and cooked than dipped in a glaze and drizzled with toppings. The donuts are placed in a box and are ready to eat. They are always served fresh and warm!
Calories don’t count on vacation so I always get at least two and a hot cup of coffee to pair with. I also love how darn cute the store is. Murals and posters of a duck character and quotes are displayed around the restaurant. They are whimsical and hilarious- this place is sure to bring a smile to your face.
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TOTSICLES Date: FRIDAY’S ONGOING (Call first on holiday’s to double check the schedule) Time: 10:00 AM- 11:00 AM Description: A half-hour of self-paced orientation to movement on ice, followed by a cup of hot cocoa and a story read aloud in our warm lobby. Stickers for all after storytime! Children may wear skates or shoes for snow and ice (no smooth-sole or open-toe shoes). Adults wear shoes for snow and ice. Location: Capital Club House Event Type: Parent/Child Age Group(s): 2-5 Registration: Not Required Cost: $10 LINK
Details: Lego STEAM of Charles County is a homeschooling group that meets at the local Playground on Fridays at noon. In preparation for each event, students complete the “Home-build Challenge,” which is announced at the beginning of each week. During the event, students participate in a surprise “Instant-build Challenge” which they complete in 7-minutes using loose Legos brought from home. Students present their Lego builds to their colleagues and adults
Details: A second opportunity for a Friday night of family fun – what better day than National Pick Strawberries Day to pick berries?! Our friends from Gato Tacos, OTP Wing Wagon, Pizza Hotline, Lucky Dog Ice & Mrs. Moo’s Corner will be joining us for your dinner and dessert options! In case you can’t make it to Friday Night on the Farm, this should be just as fun! Strawberry season can be short, let’s enjoy it!! No pets PLEASE, No entry fee, and No reservations needed. Picnic style family fun
Details: Join us for Food Trucks, Games, Music, Face Painting, Crafts and more at our LES Spring Carnival!!! You won’t want to miss all the fun. This is a free event, the only costs will be food purchased from Food Trucks or Face Painter.
Location: Capital Clubhouse- 3033 Waldorf Market Pl, Waldorf, MD 20603
Details: Open Skate schedule for Capital Club House changes so be sure to check their online calendar before attending. Please keep in mind that this is a recurring event; always check the Capital Club House calendar first before attending. Schedule Link
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