April 9, 2008
For more information:
Joel Cliff, Media
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 Countys
tourism industry over many decades. Neuber had spread the word about Lancasters
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.
owner of Artists Inn and Gallery in Terre
Hill, received the Team Spirit Award,
which recognizes outstanding leadership in collaborative efforts to promote Lancasters
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 Millers 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 Millers.
Malinda Yoder, lead
breakfast hostess at Travelers 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
Upon receiving her award, Garrabrandt seemed to speak for many
in the local travel and tourism community: Its
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 youll know when
its time for a visit. Im 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 www.padutchcountry.com.
Editors note: A
group photo of the award winners is available upon request.
Thanks to David Sakach - this website is the winner of the 2004 Professional
Association of Innkeepers International website design contest.
Website maintained by The Artist's Inn and Gallery, and, when we screw it up, Dave Schell (a man of infinite
patience) comes to the rescue!