At our Pennsylvania bed and breakfast guests are offered a unique and memorable experience. Not only do we offer romantic and luxurious lodging only 2 hours from Washington DC, but we host incredible events in Pennsylvania. What can be more romantic and fun than a French cooking class with your loved one? Or how about indulging in a three course wine pairing dinner with our incredible Chef? Turn a wine pairing dinner into the ultimate weekend getaway and stay at our TripAdvisor #1 rated Inn! Need a girlfriends getaway?
Try your hand at quilting with one of our popular Quilting weekends, a weekend of relaxation and creativity on Art Retreat weekends or embark on a new culinary adventure and get lost in the art of Cheese making. Who doesn’t love cheese? Mark your calendars and book your fun and adventure filled getaway at our beautiful bed and breakfast located near Baltimore, Hagerstown, Chambersburg & Gettysburg. Take a look at our amazing deals, indulgent packages and romantic touches, and create the getaway you always dreamed of. View our Holiday Dining Events.

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French Cooking Classes

The Mercersburg Inn is proud to partner with the acclaimed L' Academie de Cuisine of Bethesda, MD to present a series of culinary weekends offering French cooking classes throughout the year.

A delicious shrimp plate

The Class

The weekend includes two classes. You arrive Friday afternoon/evening and the first class starts directly after breakfast on Saturday morning. The second class starts after breakfast on Sunday. These are two intensive (hands-on) cooking classes and (of course) fabulous meals for you to enjoy are the results. Saturday night's Chef's Dinner, prepared by the Inn's Chef de Cuisine Dan Nowalk, is an elegant gala event.

This is not a class where you sit and someone teaches. This is a hands-on, fun weekend. Chef Francois will do a demonstration and then discuss the menu and recipes. Then the group splits into teams and each prepares one course of the lunch. This is for all skill levels. Got a question, want to know how to do something, Chef Francois is right there.

Your Instructor

francoisChef Francois Dionot is the founder and director of L'Academie de Cuisine and has over 30 years of experience in the food service industry. A native of Reims, France, Mr. Dionot was educated at L'Ecole Hoteliere de la Societe Suisse de Hoteliers in Lausanne, Switzerland, where he earned a diploma in hotel and restaurant service management and all phases of food preparation. Mr. Dionot worked at various highly acclaimed kitchens in Switzerland, France, Washington DC, and New York.

Mr. Dionot remains an integral part of L'Academie de Cuisine, handling day-to-day operations as School Director and Instructor for the theoretical portions of the school's professional programs. He also teaches vocational French cuisine classes, conducts master classes on specialized food subjects around the country, and acts as a food consultant for various professional groups. A founding member and past President of the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP), he also is a Chef Rotisseur member of the Chaine des Rotisseurs and a member of the Vatel Club.

Weekend Schedule

Friday

Arrive at the Inn

Saturday

8:00am-9:30pm - Breakfast

10:00am - Cooking class Starts

12:30pm - Lunch with wine

7:00pm - Cocktails in the Tile Room (not included in the the course fee)

8:00pm - 5 course French Chef's Dinner with wine (optional not included in the course fee)

Sunday

8:00am-9:30pm - Breakfast

10:00am - Cooking class Starts

12:30pm - Lunch with wine

Prices, Provisions & Policies

Classes: $185 per person
Optional Chef's Dinner: $85 per person (includes wine, gratuity and taxes)

Call early (717) 328-5231 for your chance to cook in the country with Chef Dionot - these weekends fill up fast!

Requires a minimum 2-night stay - Friday arrival

Upcoming Dates

 

January 25th - 27th, 2019 - Friday arrival for 2 nights stay required

<< Menu >>

Saturday:

Salmon and Bay Scallops Cake with Watercress Vinaigrette

Split Pea Soup with Chicken and Bacon Sausage

Braised Beef with Tomatoes and Black Olives

Mashed Potatoes

Caramelized Apple Charlotte with Caramel Sauce

 

Sunday:

French Onion Bisque with Cheese Souffle

Filet of Flounder with White Wine, Mushrooms, and Mussels in a Saffron Sauce

Chicken Basquaise with Potato Risotto

Kiwi and Orange Salad with Red Wine, Vanilla Sauce

 

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March 8th - 10th, 2019 - Friday arrival for 2 nights stay required

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September 13th -15th, 2019 - Friday arrival for 2 nights stay required

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November 15th - 17th, 2019 - Friday arrival for 2 nights stay required

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International Wines & Food Weekends

Join us for Wine Tasting Weekends in Pennsylvania!

White wine paired with a delicious entree

Event Schedules

There is an evening wine tasting and educational session. At the same time, guests will join with our chef, Dan Nowalk, a charter member of the Pennsylvania Culinary Society, to delight us with a 3-course dinner with wine pairings.

If you have been here for any of the above country/regional wine weekends -
the wines and dinner menu will not be the same.

Prices, Provisions & Policies

 

Price: $75 plus a tip and tax

If you want to stay, we will give a 20% discount for the rooms.

This will be a popular weekend, so be sure to make your reservation now.

Call us at 717-328-5231 to make your reservation or click here to reserve online Wine and Food Weekend and scroll down to your selected event package.

Upcoming Dates

 

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Quilting Weekends

If you are reading this then we both know you cannot get enough of it! Exercise your obsession with everything quilting at an unforgettable weekend getaway in a turn-of-the-century Georgian Mansion.

Your Instructor

Bring your enthusiasm and your supplies to a quilting retreat** and we will have for you a well-lit room, plenty of space, and a great instructor. Frankie resides in Adams County, Pennsylvania. She belongs to Everybody’s Quilt Guild in nearby Westminster, MD. She has had a lifelong love of quilting. Her expertise includes paper piecing, appliquéing by machine, machine quilting and hand dyeing her own fabric. She has been the quilting instructor at the Inn for over six years. If you have enjoyed any of Jennifer Chiaverini's novels and you are searching for your own Elm Creek Manor, you have found it.

Schedule

Friday

  • 5 pm - Social hour and Show and Tell. Meet Frankie and the owners, Steven and Tomi. Enjoy a glass of wine, beverages, and snacks.
  • 6:30 pm - Dinner in Byron's Dining Room. Chef Dan Nowalk will prepare special menu for the group. We have a full bar with a selection of wine, beer, and liquor.

Saturday

  • 8 am - Our delicious breakfast is served.
  • 9 am to 12 pm - Quilting Session. The Great Room of the Inn will be prepared for the classes. The room is bright, big, and beautiful. Beverages are served during all sessions.
  • 12:30 pm - Lunch is Served.
  • 2 pm to 5 pm - Quilting Session
  • 6:30 pm - Dinner is Served.
  • Optional - "work alone time" is available until 11:30 PM. If instead you decide to relax for the rest of the night, you may enjoy the game room with pool table, air-hockey, and other games and puzzles.

Sunday

  • 8 am - Another delicious breakfast is served.
  • 9 am to 12 pm - Quilting Session
  • 12:30 pm - Lunch is Served.
  • 2 pm to 3:30 pm - Last Quilting Session.

Guest Rooms

events-roomsLet's talk comfort. Our beds are fantastic! Every room is unique like your quilts are - take your pick. The best linens you can imagine, down pillows and comforters to embrace you, the softest robe and towels to ever touch you! Every room has a queen or king bed with a private bathroom.

 

Prices, Provisions & Policies

The price for this weekend is $499 per person and worth every penny!

Add a 2nd quilter in room with meals - $395

Add a Non-quilter in room with meals - $295

For the non-quilters - discounted golf at Whitetail - Shopping at Prime Outlets, Swimming at Cowan's Gap and more!

Includes room for 2 nights single occupancy, 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners, beverages, gratuities - single occupancy - excluding taxes, wines, beer, and spirits.  One type of lunch is for everyone.

For this event only, all rooms will be sold at the same discounted price on a first-come first-pick basis.

**We provide tables, ironing boards, and irons. You bring the sewing machine and the rest of your tools. Frankie will email you a list of required materials.

There must be at least one person per room participating in the quilting class retreats. Full regular room rates will apply if there is not at least one person per room participating in the quilting class. The class and dining package are not available unless there is one participant per room.

***Shopping Bonus***

Several wonderful quilt shops in the area have offered us discounts! Shop Hop anyone?

Upcoming Dates

 

March 29th - 31st, 2019

Pattern: Tweet, Tweet…

Use a wonderful new curve-creating ruler to make your own springtime wall hanging.

Pieced units are perfect every time.  Great weekend project!

Quilt Size: 32” X 63”

Skill Level: Confident beginner and beyond

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March 29th - 31st, 2019

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July 5th - 7th, 2019

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November 8th - 10th, 2019

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Cheese Making

Cheese Making Weekends in Pennsylvania -- with Three Shepherd's Cheese

Students make their own cheese

Your Instructors

Join Dr. Larry and Linda Faillace of Vermont's Three Shepherds Cheese at The Mercersburg Inn for a weekend of fun and informative cheesemaking!

Linda and Larry, along with their three children, Francis, Heather, and Jackie, began a family farm enterprise located in the heart of Vermont's beautiful Green Mountains in 1993. They are committed to sustainable practices and quality artisanal products with a focus on cheese.

Larry and Linda are passionate cheeseophiles and food enthusiasts. Over the past eighteen years they have taught the art and science of cheesemaking to nearly 3000 students from around the world. Three Shepherds' cheeses and cheesemaking classes have been featured in numerous publications and television shows including: "Food Finds” on the Food Network, Martha Stewart Television, "Gourmet," "Cooking Light," "Ski Magazine," "Elle," and "Travel and Leisure," to name a few. Linda and Larry’s cheesemaking adventures have taken them across the United States, and they were the first to teach traditional artisan cheesemaking techniques in Bermuda and Belize.

Schedule

Friday
Cheese students arrive for a weekend of fun and delicious activities. Included in the course is the "Three Shepherds Artisanal Cheesemaking Manual" complete with lots of fascinating cheese information and all the necessary recipes for the weekend. During the evening hours, Larry and Linda will lead a short introductory discussion followed by the starting of two cheeses. These cheeses require a full night of incubation and transformation into curds and whey.

Saturday
Class begins after breakfast and includes a full day of hands-on cheesemaking along with discussions of the history and discovery of cheesemaking, the principles of artisan cheesemaking, the types of milk needed for cheesemaking (as well as those to be avoided), and the tools and ingredients required for the foolproof creation of delicious cheeses at home. We will complete the soft-ripened cheese and Quark begun on Friday evening, make a batch of Feta, as well as some whole milk Ricotta.

The Faillaces will also work with the class to make their signature lunch, based on the morning’s activities.

The class will also provide cheese to the Inn’s chef, to be incorporated into the optional Saturday evening meal.

Saturday Night
Optional 4 course dinner with wine using some of the cheeses made during the Saturday Class. $50 -includes tax and gratuity.

Sunday
Another day of cheesemaking begins after Sunday breakfast. Students will complete the cheeses made on Saturday, including a discussion and demonstration of salting and brining. The class will also make the always popular fresh Mozzarella, as well as whey Ricotta. The highlight of Sunday is Linda’s cheese tasting and wine pairing lunch. Lunch is like a class of its own in cheese appreciation, pairing, and serving, and includes a wonderful array of select cheeses. Upon completion of the class, students will have the opportunity to take several cheeses home with them and the knowledge and skill to make them at home.

Prices, Provisions & Policies

$395 per person plus room - Requires 2 night stay.

Former Cooking Class guests - 10% discount on class fee.

This will be a popular weekend, so be sure to make your reservation now.

Call us at (717) 328-5231 or 1-866-628-7401 to make your reservation.

Upcoming Dates

 

September 14-16, 2018

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March 1-3, 2019

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November 1-3, 2019

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Art Retreat

If you are reading this, then we both know you can’t get enough of creating art! Exercise your obsession with a group of creating and like-minded people at an unforgettable weekend getaway in a turn-of-the-century Georgian Mansion.

        

 

<< March 15th - 17th, 2019 >>

Batik Watercolor

We will be working on at least 3 Batik Watercolor paintings, and a silk scarf, no previous experience is necessary. Susan will be sending photos soon.

 

<< June 14th - 16th, 2019 >>

A Woman's Joyful Journey of Self-Discovery through Art

 

<< September 20th - 22nd, 2019 >>

Pet's Portrait

 

<< December 6-8, 2019 >>

A Holiday Painting Extravaganza, Ornaments, Christmas Cards, etc.

 

 

Your Instructor

 

Art instructor, Susan Shaffer, will lead you through painting your pet. Residing in Franklin County, Pennsylvania, Susan is the owner of Joyful Arts Studio in nearby Greencastle PA. She has a love for painting over 32 years and received her Bachelor's in Fine Art from Wilson College in 2010. Her expertise includes painting in acrylics, watercolor, watercolor Batiks, oils, Silk scarf painting, and much more.  She has been a painting instructor in her studio for over 20 years.

Susan will do the drawing of your pet on the canvas and have it ready for you upon arrival. She will bring all your supplies needed, brushes, paints, and much more. You simply need to come excited and ready to paint your furry family member. Please be sure to submit an electronic or digital image of your pet by September 1 in order for Susan to complete your drawing in time for our retreat.

 

 

All supplies, paints and brushes will be provided, just pack your suitcase and come for a great weekend event!

Requires a Saturday night stay. Enjoy a 20% discount on your guest room when you book this retreat.

With a room: $210 per person – includes the Art Retreat, 2 breakfasts & 2 lunches. One type of lunch is for everyone.

Without a room: $260 per person - includes the Art Retreat & 2 lunches. One type of lunch is for everyone.

Dinner is optional.

Call us at (717) 328-5231 to make your reservation or Book Online.

The schedule for this retreat is outlined below:

Saturday

  • 9:30 am to 12:30 pm - Painting Session. The Great Room of the Inn will be prepared for the classes. The room is bright, big, and beautiful. Beverages are served during all sessions.
  • 12:30 pm - Lunch is Served.
  • 1:30 pm to 5:30 pm -Painting Session
  • 6:30 pm - Dinner is Served.

Sunday

  • 8 am - A delicious breakfast is served.
  • 9:30 am to 12:30 pm - Painting Session
  • 12:30 pm - Lunch is Served.
  • 1:30 pm to 5 pm - Last Painting Session.
1:30 - : Project

Upcoming Dates

 

March 15-17, 2019

Batik Watercolor

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June 14-16, 2019

A Woman's Joyful Journey of Self-Discovery through Art

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September 20-22, 2019

Pet's Portrait

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December 6-8, 2019

A Holiday Painting Extravaganza, Ornaments, Christmas Cards, etc.

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Quilting Mid-Week

Exercise your obsession with everything quilting at an unforgettable mid-week getaway in a turn-of-the-century Georgian Mansion. Bring your enthusiasm and your supplies to a quilting retreat** and we will have for you a well-lit room, plenty of space, and a great instructor.

Your Instructor

Carol Gibson-Weik resides in Linden, VA, just outside of Winchester. She is a certified teacher for “Studio 180 Design” and “Quilt in a Day” and has traveled throughout the United States teaching classes at quilt shops, retreats, guilds, and several quilting cruises.

Carol has taken classes from some of the most innovative and renowned teachers in the industry. Carol’s mission is to create a fun, educational, and relaxing environment for all levels of quilters where they can meet new friends, improve their skills and enjoy the art of quilting.

Schedule

Tuesday

  • 5 pm - Social hour and Show and Tell. Meet the instructor, Carol. Enjoy a glass of wine, beverages, and snacks.
  • 6:30 pm - Dinner in Byron's Dining Room. Chef Dan Nowalk will prepare special menu for the group. We have a full bar with a selection of wine, beer, and liquor.

Wednesday

  • 8 am - Our delicious breakfast is served.
  • 9 am to 12 pm - Quilting Session. The Great Room of the Inn will be prepared for the classes. The room is bright, big, and beautiful. Beverages are served during all sessions.
  • 12:30 pm - Lunch is Served.
  • 2 pm to 5 pm - Quilting Session
  • 6:30 pm - Dinner is Served.
  • Optional - “Quilting in the Parlor” is available until Midnight! If, instead you decide to relax for the rest of the night, you may enjoy the ambiance and amenities of the beautiful historic Inn.

Thursday

  • 8 am - Another delicious breakfast is served.
  • 9 am to 12 pm - Quilting Session
  • 12:30 pm - Lunch is Served.
  • 2 pm to 3:30 pm - Last Quilting Session.

Guest Rooms

events-roomsLet's talk comfort. Our beds are fantastic! Every room is unique like your quilts are - take your pick. The best linens you can imagine, down pillows and comforters to embrace you, the softest robe and towels to ever touch you! Every room has a queen or king bed with a private bathroom.

 

Prices, Provisions & Policies

The price for this mid-week getaway is $499 per person and worth every penny!

Add a 2nd quilter in room with meals - $395

Add a Non-quilter in room with meals - $295

For the non-quilters - discounted golf at Whitetail - Shopping at Prime Outlets, Swimming at Cowan's Gap and more!

Includes room for 2 nights single occupancy, 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners, beverages, gratuities - single occupancy - excluding taxes, wines, beer, and spirits. One type of lunch is for everyone.

For this event only, all rooms will be sold at the same discounted price on a first-come first-pick basis.

**We provide tables, ironing boards, and irons. You bring the sewing machine and the rest of your tools. Carol will email you a list of required materials.

There must be at least one person per room participating in the quilting class retreats. Full regular room rates will apply if there is not at least one person per room participating in the quilting class. The class and dining package are not available unless there is one participant per room.

Upcoming Dates

Pattern: "Dahlia"

Take a break from rulers and tools and still maintain accuracy using a unique technique to construct this quilt. All you need is a layer cake (10”squares) and some yardage for the background. Approximate size is 65 x83...but the size can be adjusted by changing the number of blocks. This is constructed using large half square triangles which are ‘sliced and diced’ and rearranged. Due to the unique way this block is constructed, you will have limited intersections and bulky seams to deal with. So grab a layer cake or cut10”squares from your stash...select a neutral background and enjoy a fun retreat with other quilters.

 

 

Pattern: Crown Jewels...A Studio 180 Design Pattern

This difficult looking pattern is a cinch using Deb Tucker's Rapid Fire Lemoyne Star tool. The units are strip pieced and constructed so that there are no 'y" seams to stitch. The diamonds are trimmed to a perfect size before assembling so they match beautifully, and the block sections are oversized so they can be trimmed to exact measurements so everything fits together with ease! Give this stunning quilt a try and be amazed at how simple the project is to make and easy to finish during the retreat. The project size is 38" x 38".

And to put a different twist on this retreat, here is another option:

If you have any UFO’s of the Studio 180 Design patterns and would like to spend your time completing them, bring your Tucker Tools, pattern, and unfinished parts and I will guide you through the completion of your project.

 

March 19 - 21st, 2019

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August 6th - 8th, 2019

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Scrapbooking Retreat at the Mercersburg Inn

Join us for a weekend to create a scrapbook for your photos to display the wonderful memories you captured during trips, parties, graduations, weddings, etc. You will be creating your own personal photo scrapbook album for each month of the year. All supplies are included. Intriguing designs have been carefully chosen. Class is limited to 36 people. Book early to ensure your spot.
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Halloween scrapbook pages

Reserve your room by October 31st and receive a 20% discount off the room rate and 40% discount off the class. 2-night minimum stay. Class is $210 per person; includes 2 breakfasts and 2 lunches. All supplies included.

After October 31st, regular room rates apply; receive a 20% discount off the class. 2-night minimum stay. Class will be $280; includes 2 breakfasts and 2 lunches. All supplies included.

Day Option: Class is $350 per person and includes 2 lunches. All supplies included.

4th of July themed scrapbook

Upcoming Dates


July 12th – 14th, 2019

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October 4th – 6th, 2019

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Scrapbook page with the 4 seasons

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