It seems like we just arrived at the Apple Bin Inn and became residents of Willow Street, PA living on Willow Street Pike North.   Now it is time to welcome new bed and breakfast owners on Route 272 North, the place where the Hans Herr family was generously granted land from William Penn in 1710.  […]


Before we purchased the Apple Bin Inn on New Year’s Eve 2015 (December 31, 2015), we knew it was time for a new chapter in our lives.  We attended a seminar titled Aspiring Innkeepers Workshop hosted by Pennsylvania Association of Bed and Breakfast Innkeepers (PABBI) in State College, PA.  At this seminar we gained an […]


SUGGESTED ITINERARIES Many times guests ask for our ideas of suggested itineraries for what to do during their visit.  Lancaster County has always been a destination with a plethora of choices to make every traveler’s head spin when trying to decide what to do.  The first thing that might pop into your mind when mention […]


As a member of Pennsylvania Association of Bed & Breakfast Inns, we are participating in the PA Bed & Breakfast Inns Promise.  The mission of PABBI is to elevate and grow the bed and breakfast industry in Pennsylvania by providing support, guidance, and education to innkeepers; building strong relationships with key industry leaders; and lobbying […]


UPDATES and REMINDER Today we sent out an email campaign to all former guests that we have in our address file.  The communication was regarding updates and reminder message that will be sent out five days prior to all guest reservations.  Guests are asked to please respond 2 days prior to arrival answering three active […]


DO YOU HAVE A FAVORITE HOUSE SALAD? What are your favorite house salads?  When folks visit our Inn we try our best to create breakfasts that typically would not be prepared at home in your own kitchen.  We provide quite the variety of breakfast foods.  Guests are provided with a full country breakfast that includes […]


WHAT WEBSITE SCAVENGER HUNT?  We are about to take an APPLE BIN INN WEBSITE SCAVENGER HUNT for a chance to win great prizes!!   A ONE NIGHT STAY at APPLE BIN INN.  A PRIVATE YOGA SESSION to unwind.  A PACKAGE ENHANCEMENT added to your reservation.  AND a DISCOUNT off of your scheduled stay just for participating!! […]


PLANNING YOUR VISIT CREATES GREAT FIRST IMPRESSIONS Often guests that visit the Apple Bin Inn are new to Lancaster County and you know what they say, first impressions count.  They may be new to a bed and breakfast experience as well.  We thought it might be a good idea to fill newbies (and maybe some […]


Gift Certificates and Gift Cards are convenient and a nice surprise for just about anyone.  There has been a recent change that you might want to be aware of.    Bed and Breakfast.com Gift Cards We will no longer be accepting Bed & Breakfast.com Gift Cards. The program for gift cards has been discontinued. As […]


It’s getting close to that time of year again for the 4th annual tour of the inns dressed for the holidays. What a better way to get you in the holiday spirit than a Lancaster County house tour. Enjoy festive decorations, entertainment, goodies, collect recipes, beautiful countryside, drawings for prizes, and raise money for a […]

Nature…Hiking…Adventures – Lancaster County PA

Nature in Lancaster County is more than visiting a farm or riding along country roads.  Visitors come to Lancaster County for a variety of reasons…to learn about the Amish culture, outlet shopping, theater, art & music, education, farmers markets, antiques…the list goes on and on.  Sometimes it never occurs to travelers what spectacular attractions Mother […]


It is a perfect Spring day outside today. The skies are blue, there a nice breeze in the air, and it stopped raining at least for today.   It makes you wonder…what everyone is doing on such a beautiful day.  Here at the Inn, it is a painting day.  There are always updates to do at […]


What are OTAs anyway and why should it matter to travelers as long as they are booked where they want to stay?   The acronym OTA stands for Outside Travel Agency.  For travelers booking their trip online, it is sometimes taken for granted or thought to be a necessity to book through another source besides directly […]


Planning an intimate event in serene Lancaster County?  Are you looking for a special place to have a small wedding with just a few friends and family?  Or maybe you would like to renew your wedding vows and gather together to celebrate?  Perhaps a venue for a memorial service for a loved one to keep […]


The Apple Bin Inn strives to provide the most relaxing stay while you are visiting our Inn.  We are proud to introduce to you our Triskele Labyrinth with a welcoming meditaive walk in celebration of World Labyrinth Day, May 6, 2017 from 11:30AM-2:00PM. Triskeles are very common in Celtic art. They can be found in […]


APPLE BIN INN EARNS 2016 TRIPADVISOR CERTIFICATE OF EXCELLENCE WILLOW STREET, PA, USA MAY, 2016–APPLE BIN INN Bed and Breakfast today announced that it has received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence. Now in its sixth year, the achievement celebrates hospitality businesses that have earned great traveler reviews on TripAdvisor over the past year. Certificate of […]

Massage Therapy

  The Apple Bin Inn is pleased to have Massage Therapy available for our guests.                                                                                   […]

New Beginnings – Reborn

Today marks the beginning of a new month.  This new month features a few significant changes at the Apple Bin Inn.  First, the McIntosh Room is now offering a larger bed.  That’s right!  The quaint red wooden full size bed has been replaced.   Tom did his magic and built a platform bed that supports an […]

Apple Bin Inn Inducted into TripAdvisor Hall of Fame

Apple Bin Inn Inducted into TripAdvisor Hall of Fame

After winning TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence award for the fifth consecutive year, the Apple Bin Inn has been inducted into TripAdvisor’s Hall of Fame. “Winning our Certificate of Excellence award for 5 consecutive years is a remarkable feat”, said Marc Charron, President of TripAdvisor for Business. “By putting a spotlight on businesses that are focused […]

Our Getaway at the Apple Bin Inn

by Christina RohrerBlogger for “Discover Lancaster” (PA Dutch Convention & Visitors Bureau) Reprinted with permission As parents of three young children you may imagine that getaways for my husband, Adam, and I are rare. However, we happened upon a Saturday night without kids. Although it was only for one night, we were excited to get […]

Ex-Engineer Presents Comfort in an Apple Crisp

by Stephen KopfingerCorrespondentLancaster Intelligencer Journaland LancasterOnline.com Jamie Shane likes to call herself a “hospitality engineer,” and it’s a title that suits her well. After all, Shane, 54, was engaged in an industrial engineering career for many years. Her husband, Steve, worked in ceramic engineering. And their son, Dylan, 19, is studying mechanical engineering at Vanderbilt University […]

At Home with B&Bs’ History

An excerpt By MARY BETH SCHWEIGERT Staff Writer Lancaster Intelligencer Journaland LancasterOnline.com Most of Steve and Jamie Shane’s guests at the Apple Bin Inn ask a lot of questions.  The top two are pretty predictable. “After they ask where is a good place for dinner, their next question usually is, ‘Tell us about your house,’ […]

Gettysburg 150

Gettysburg 150

2013 marks the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, the pivotal battle in our nation’s greatest struggle.  This turning point in the Civil War took place July 1-3, 1863, and Lincoln’s famous Gettysburg Address was delivered that November 19th to commemorate the battlefield as a national cemetary.  The commemoration of the battle will involve many […]

Apple Bin Inn Welcomes Bestselling Author

Apple Bin Inn Welcomes Bestselling Author

During August 2009, bestselling author Mindy Starns Clark was a guest at the Apple Bin Inn while doing research for two upcoming books about the Amish in Lancaster County…  A Pocket Guide to Amish Life (release date: January 2010), and Secrets of Harmony Grove (release date: November 2010). Ms. Clark is the author of Shadows of […]