About Our B&B in Lancaster PA

Flowers & Thyme Bed and Breakfast offers accommodations in a quiet atmosphere that is four miles from Strasburg, center city Lancaster, and also Bird-in-Hand. Originally built in 1941, our house was constructed by Amish carpenters and owned by a Mennonite family. Soon after purchasing the property in 1964, we opened up our home for overflow guests visiting Lancaster County on vacation. We operated this “tourist home” for about 4 years. In 1994, we remodeled the house and opened the Bed and Breakfast.

Our bed and breakfast is nestled among mature trees on a 1 1/3 acre property in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch country. The homes’ furnishings reflect comfort, simplicity and tradition. Yellow pine floors are original in the main part of the house and are accented with lovely rugs. The Gathering Room features hardwood flooring and a vaulted ceiling and is where breakfast is served daily. Sitting areas are available to relax and enjoy a good book. A puzzle is always in progress for you to work on during your stay. Complimentary Wi-Fi, televisions in the common areas, and homemade cookies are for your enjoyment.

Meet the Innkeepers

Don and Ruth Harnish began the Bed and Breakfast in 1994. Both grew up on farms and have a rich heritage in Lancaster County tracing their ancestors back to the early 1700s. After their marriage, Don worked in a farm machinery store as a parts manager. After several years, he began installing home appliances. Ruth was a bookkeeper and then became a stay-at-home Mom, doing payroll/bookkeeping while the children were in school. She also worked part-time at a greenhouse during those years.

Traveling is a highlight for them as they go to Texas to visit their son and family. Other recent trips were to Scotland, Ireland, and Alaska. Flowers and gardening are Ruth’s enjoyment plus scrapbooking when time permits. Don loves to refurbish and refinish furniture. His love of woodworking is evidenced throughout the house. Both enjoy tandem biking.

Dennis and Beth Jordan have always enjoyed the bed and breakfast experience. Beth is the daughter of Don and Ruth and this was her home during her childhood. Dennis and Beth both worked in the real estate, construction and hospitality industries. Dennis currently works as Controller at a local commercial construction company. They enjoyed the opportunity to operate a dude ranch in Jackson Hole, Wyoming for three years – meeting the guests and offering horseback riding, fly fishing, hunting, and snowmobiling near Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks were a highlight for them. Dennis loves to fly fish, read, and travel while Beth enjoys reading, traveling, finding new recipes, and being outdoors. They are proud parents of four children.

We want to be helpful and are eager to make you feel at home – everything to make your trip a memory you will cherish.


A garden to live in, dream in, escape in —

The grounds are landscaped in the cottage garden style featuring plants and flowers. Old-fashioned poppies mixed with knockout roses, gooseneck loosestrife or echinacea are some flowers that you will find while walking around the gardens. The gardens are especially colorful mid-June to early-July when the biannual poppies put on their display. (The innkeepers might even give you some seeds, if you ask). A peach tree, raspberry bushes and a large vegetable garden with asparagus, rhubarb, and seasonal produce offers the guests fresh produce during the summer months.

Retreat from the crowds to this place of peace. You just might want to drift off to sleep in the hammock underneath the canopy of evergreen trees. The gazebo is a place where you will want to sit and stay awhile – in the inviting oasis under the grove of trees. Sit and listen to the chirping of the crickets or watch the fireflies on a July summer evening on the outdoor patio area. And in the evening when the sun goes down, linger in the gazebo for a quiet respite.