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April 9, 2008

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Joel Cliff, Media Relations Manager

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PA Dutch CVB announces recipients of

2008 Spirit of Hospitality Awards at its Annual Meeting

 (Lancaster, PA)  The Pennsylvania Dutch Convention & Visitors Bureau celebrated its 50th anniversary on the evening of April 7, with an annual dinner meeting at the Eden Resort Inn & Suites that included the awarding of its 2008 Spirit of Hospitality honors to five individuals who exemplify the best of travel and tourism in Lancaster County. Nearly 300 guests were in attendance.

Adolph Neuber, founder of The Amish Farm & House in Lancaster, was honored with the “Pat Burnley Lifetime Achievement Award” for his crucial role in developing and shaping Lancaster County’s tourism industry over many decades. Neuber had spread the word about Lancaster’s charms for years as owner of The Willows restaurant, and after the opening of his new attraction, The Amish Farm & House, in 1955, he greatly expanded this outreach, leading the efforts to brand this area as “the Amish country” and create the first county information center, which became the PA Dutch CVB.

 Carl Kosko, owner of Harvest Moon Bed & Breakfast in New Holland, received the “Spirit of Innovation Award,” which recognizes dedication to innovation in such areas as creative marketing or promotion, exemplary customer service programs, or partnerships with other regional properties. Kosko was honored for his creativity in providing unique culinary events and experiences for his guests, as well as for his lead efforts in developing new joint promotional opportunities for his fellow members in the Authentic B&Bs of Lancaster County Association.

 Jan Garrabrandt, owner of Artist’s Inn and Gallery in Terre Hill, received the “Team Spirit Award,” which recognizes outstanding leadership in collaborative efforts to promote Lancaster’s travel and tourism community. Garrabrandt was honored for her teamwork with B&B association members and her partnerships with many other area properties – all to the benefit of Lancaster tourism. 

 Pat Rhoads, server and team leader at Miller’s Smorgasbord in Ronks, was the first of two individuals who received the “Spirit of Service Award,” which recognizes industry members who distinguish themselves in promoting Lancaster County tourism through exemplary service and dedication to the consumer. Rhoads was honored for her hard work, leadership by example, local knowledge, and assistance to guests and co-workers alike for the past 30 years at Miller’s.

 Malinda Yoder, lead breakfast hostess at Traveler’s Rest Motel in Intercourse, also received the “Spirit of Service Award.” Yoder was honored for her reputation for unmatched guest hospitality, trip guidance, and employee mentoring during her 25 years of service at Traveler’s Rest.

 Upon receiving her award, Garrabrandt seemed to speak for many in the local travel and tourism community:  “It’s so easy to promote Lancaster County because it truly is like nowhere else on earth. As I always tell guests – the hills, the people, and the peacefulness will call you back again and again – you’ll know when it’s time for a visit. I’m so grateful to be here and to call my little corner of Lancaster County home. It is a truly a joy and privilege to share all that we have with others.”

 For more information, please contact the Pennsylvania Dutch Convention & Visitors Bureau. The Bureau is dedicated to promoting Lancaster County as an ideal vacation destination, with its Amish, heritage, scenic back roads, opportunities for family fun, and all that make the area a special and memorable place to stay.  Journalists and the public are welcome to visit us online at



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Editor’s note:  A group photo of the award winners is available upon request.


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