Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Lancaster County has many nicknames including the Heart of Pennsylvania Dutch Country and Amish Country. Since the area is the oldest Amish settlement in the country, it’s no surprise that Lancaster County is a destination for people who want to see and learn more about the Amish.
There are many places in and around Lancaster that offer a look into the lives of the Amish, from seeing what style of home they live in, to viewing an example of the one room schoolhouses that their children attend, to experiencing a real-life buggy ride around the back roads of Lancaster County. These are some of the most accurate and reliable places to visit when you come to Lancaster. Amish Farm and House
The Amish Farm and House offers a guided tour of an Amish-style farmhouse and grounds. The guides answer questions about the Amish lifestyle and then give you a chance to explore the farm on your own to see some of what everyday life is like for Old Order Amish.
AAA Buggy Rides
Want to see the back roads of Amish Country? Consider a ride in an open buggy pulled by a team of horses. AAA Buggy Rides vary in length and sights to see from the basic four-mile Amish Country tour to the five-mile covered bridge tour and the hour-long Amish farm tour. Each tour gives you the experience of riding in a horse-drawn buggy and allows you to see the countryside up close.
The Amish Experience
The premier destination for Amish farmland tours, the Amish Experience also comprises a theater where the film Jacob’s Choice is shown. They also provide tours to the Amish Farm and House and horse and buggy rides.
The Amish Village
Visit the Amish Village to learn why the Amish live as they do and see the culture that they have kept relatively unchanged for nearly three hundred years. The authentic 1840 farmhouse is on the guided tour route, and after you have seen the inside of the house you are free to explore the 12-acre grounds. Other buildings that you can explore include the one-room school house, a barn with farm animals, the smokehouse market, the blacksmith shop, and buggies, plows and other tools on display. Amish souvenirs and crafts are also available of purchase.
Known for their bright colors, classic designs and meticulous handwork, Amish quilts are a big draw in Lancaster County. Shopping for the perfect Amish quilt takes time and patience, but true Amish masterpieces are created to last for generations making them not only bed covers, but heirlooms. There are Amish quilt shops down many back roads in Lancaster County, and a great way to discover these hidden gems is to simply take a drive through the countryside.
Don’t think you will have enough time to see all there is to see in one day? The Lancaster County Bed and Breakfast Inns Association has a membership of inns all across Lancaster County. No matter where you visit, they can fix you up with a warm and welcoming place to stay so you can fit in those few extra stops.
Saturday, May 17, 2014
Memorial Day weekend has been the unofficial start of summer for many years. It’s the first long weekend of the year where the weather can generally be expected to be warm and pleasant. Children are off from school and parents are off from work. It’s a great time to get away for a few days and relax and recharge to finish strong in the last few weeks of school or get started on the family’s summer plans.
Many people use the time to honor loved ones who have served in the military and enjoy special time with spouses, parents and children, and in Lancaster County we know how to do it right!
In many small towns across the county, the day starts with a solemn yet joyful march through town in the traditional small-town parade. In Lititz, a former holder of the title of “America’s Coolest Small Town,” the procession gathers at Warwick Street and crosses town to the accompaniment of local musicians to place flowers at the resting places of local servicemen and women in the Moravian Cemetery. The Lititz-Warwick community band plays a set of patriotic tunes and many families disperse to a picnic lunch in Lititz Springs Park. To experience a hometown Memorial Day celebration, Lititz is the place to be!
A Big-Time Event
For those who prefer to make Memorial Day weekend a vacation, spend Saturday, May 24th, and Sunday, May 25th, at the Mount Hope Estate and Winery in Manheim. The Great Pennsylvania FlavorFest will be going on all day and is free to all, with free parking too!
The weekend will include a showcase of Pennsylvania’s best. From wine to musicians to food, you won’t find so many talented Pennsylvanians or great Pennsylvanian food and drink in one place at any other time.
Come and Stay
Whatever your idea of the perfect Memorial Day weekend, we’ve got something for you! So, plan to come and stay the weekend with us here in Lancaster County. If you need a room, you can contact the Lancaster County Bed and Breakfast Inns Association to find the perfect place for you and your family close to all of the activities you want to attend to kickoff your summer!
Friday, May 2, 2014
Five Top Food Destinations in Lancaster County, PA
Lancaster County is known for Amish buggies and farmland and some of the most beautiful farmland and crafts in the state, but it’s also a great destination for food tourism. Whether you are looking to tour farmers markets, craftsman brewers, great restaurants, or local confectioners, Lancaster County is the place to be.
Pass your time in Lancaster County visiting some of our best, brightest, and tastiest spots. If you can’t fit everything into one day, check out the inns with the Lancaster County Bed and Breakfast Inns Association spread out within a short drive of every one of these attractions.
1. The Oldest Continuous Farmers Market:
Lancaster Central Market is the country’s oldest continuously operating farmers market, located in the heart of downtown Lancaster in the same building that has been a market for more than 275 years. Over the years, the vendors have changed and stalls and food stands have come and gone, but one thing remains the same: Central Market is the food destination in Lancaster City.
Over the years, Central Market has become a meeting place for friends and a tourist attraction, too. Anyone who has lived in Lancaster, or planned a trip here, has heard about or been to Central Market. Spending a Tuesday, Friday, or Saturday morning wandering the aisles of Central Market is time well spent.
2. The Last Brewery:
The only remaining operating brewery in Lancaster County, the Lancaster Brewing Company is a reminder of days past and the long history of beer and brewing in this area. You can take a free tour at the brewery in downtown Lancaster and also enjoy brewpub fare for lunch and dinner.
3. The Fine, Local Restaurant:
Carr’s Restaurant prides itself on offering a simple, direct but fine quality menu sourced primarily from local suppliers for many of their ingredients. Decorated with an air toward the European café, the atmosphere is warm and inviting, perfect for ending a day of shopping downtown.
4. The Chocolate Factory:
Since 1884 the Wilbur Chocolate company has been making chocolate products in Pennsylvania—perhaps the best chocolate products in Pennsylvania, though Lititz residents may be slightly biased. Now Wilbur products are sold all over the country and the world, not to mention at their factory outlet store in downtown Lititz.
Stop by their factory store during normal business hours for a sample of what makes Lititz, Lancaster County’s sweet spot and take some of their smooth, bittersweet chocolate home to share with your friends. Also at the factory store, you can see displays about chocolate making history, watch an informational video about how cocoa is harvested and made into sugary confections, and watch some of their products being hand-made on site.
5. The Family Style Experience:
You often hear about family style dining in connection with Lancaster County and Good ‘n’ Plenty is a great place to experience it. Serving more Pennsylvania Dutch-style food than you could ever consume at one sitting, Good ‘n’ Plenty exemplifies the family style dining experience. Guests are able to sit around a large table and eat as much as they want while getting to know fellow diners. From the mashed potatoes to the apple pie, it’s a great place for a great dinner.