• When Pigs Fly…at The Inn at Leola Village

    POSTED November 15, 2016

I can’t think of a better way to spend a mid-fall weekend than with a country getaway, and I was lucky enough to escape this past weekend for a quick trip to the Inn at Leola Village. This charming inn took home top prize for Best Inn at our Best of PA Readers Choice event this year, and I decided it was time to see it for myself. Anyone who knows me knows I am a pig fan through and through. Come inside my house, and there are pigs everywhere—on top of my refrigerator, on my walls, and I even have one in my windowsill. I just love pigs, so when I pulled up to the Inn at Leola Village and saw one hanging from the entrance, I was delighted. I quickly noticed that the Inn has a thing for pigs too…they were everywhere in the nooks and crannies. While walking to the guest room, the desk agent shared a delightful reason why there were so many pigs; it’s one I wanted to share too.

The Inn at Leola Village is a delightful country inn complex complete with two restaurants (including the five-diamond TE), a spa and several boutiques in the heart of PA Dutch Country. You can even hear the clip-clop of the Amish and Mennonite buggies (Cool Fact: I didn’t know you could tell the occupants by the color of their buggy—gray is Amish and black is Mennonite). The Inn is located on a former tobacco farm and like any true Cinderella story, what is now a luxury inn was once completely run down. In fact, when the owners decided to purchase the land and advised the local planning board that they wanted to transform it into a multi-star inn with a five-star restaurant, the board retorted, “when pigs fly.” Fast-forward and the owners made good on their promise, but the winsome pigs decorating the property are more than just cute decoration; they are a terrific reminder to fulfill your vision no matter the naysayers.

There was plenty going on for Global Meetings Industry Day on April 4 (the fourth annual Meetings Mean Business Coalition event), but NYC & Company caught everyone's attention by turning some of the city's most iconic buildings blue. Using MMBC’s signature color, the goal was to raise awareness of the impact that face-to-face meetings have on the global economy and NYC.

The following buildings stayed blue from sundown to 2 a.m.:


Location: Recognized as “the gateway to New Jersey,” Elizabeth is an ideal destination for meetings and events on a budget while boasting a New York City feel. Located 30 minutes outside New York City and 10 minutes from Newark Liberty International Airport, Elizabeth is easily accessible by plane, train, boat or major highway. With just over 132,000 residents, Elizabeth is the fourth largest city in the state of New Jersey after Newark, Jersey City and Patterson.


Sister properties shine in the Dominican Republic.