Hello All My Fellow Adventure Seekers!!!!

Do you like great food? Of course you do, who doesn’t?!?!?!! Let me share with you a superb restaurant in the heart of downtown Lancaster, PA. It’s called the Belvedere Inn and you can’t miss it. Make sure you add it to your itinerary. It’s the most beautifully restored 1869 Victorian Italianate style city mansion on the corner of West Chestnut and North Queen Streets, once owned by the late John S. Rohrer, a tobacco dealer from Strasburg, PA, to entertain his guests while visiting the city. He incorporated Belvedere in the Inn’s name because Belvedere means “beautiful view” and the view on top of the mansion gave his guests a beautiful view of downtown Lancaster.

I was torn between the chicken piccata over a mound of mashed potatoes and asparagus, or the seafood pasta that had lump crabmeat in it, shrimp, mussels and snails covered in a lite garlic butter sauce. I decided on the pasta dish where my friends had the chicken piccata. When food is so good, the table’s quiet. Each and every bite from each dish was like fireworks going off in our mouths—soooooo good!!!! The bread that was served with the meal was a focaccia bread—that too was the best we’d ever had.  Since it was my birthday, they brought out the most yummy warm chocolate butterscotch bread pudding, topped with a hefty scoop of Gifford’s vanilla ice cream, which we shared until each and every morsel was forked into our mouths–it was amazing!!!!

The Belvedere Inn restaurant opened in 1998 and is an award-winning restaurant in Lancaster, PA, known for its delicious contemporary American cuisine and elegant dining atmosphere. They’re committed to using the freshest local Lancaster County produce and ingredients, plus unique foods from around the world. The restaurant has a fun and relaxed ambiance where you can enjoy life, food, family and friends, both old and new. The first floor’s dining room has high ceilings and the many mirrors scattered throughout the area magnify the spaciousness of the room. The décor is warm with rich colors of red, gold and black. Work by local artists graces the walls. The focal point is a marble-framed fireplace.

Upstairs there’s a lovely baby grand piano where you can enjoy live jazz in Crazy Shirley’s Piano Lounge. It’s named after Shirley Fultineer, a long time staff member who’s semi-retired. Everyone knows Shirley. Outside on the ledge are tables for dining but when it gets cool they offer igloo dining enclosures that even have small computerized roaring fires blazing inside them. We didn’t know about these but will definitely request one the next time we’re in town. Their hard plastic windows have beveled edges which provide an air of elegance to them. In the warmer weather the ledge transforms into a lush gardenscape filled with plants and a fountain, adding to its charm and hosting incredible views.

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😍 I’ll be planning our next adventure together so stay tuned!!! 😍

Huggles and Smoochies,
Your Friend, Susan