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Contents 4 Make memories

20 F amily fun

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42 “Wine O’clock” in Lancaster County

26 LOCAL EATS 6 Happenings

46 Covered Bridges 28 Showtime

10 Amish & Mennonite

48 Handcrafted in 32 SHOP LANCASTER

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15 Outdoor Adventures 38 Sweets & Treats

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LANCASTER Welcome to Lancaster County, home to the oldest and one of the largest Amish communities in the country. As you’ll soon realize, we’re more than just horses, buggies and whoopie pies. We invite you to explore our small towns and villages, discover great shopping, wonderful food and world class art and entertainment, all within our little slice of heaven. We know and love Lancaster County and want you to discover what makes our eclectic mix of yesterday and today, simple yet intricate, small town yet cosmopolitan, home so special. To help guide your visit, we have created this beautiful resource - a mix of history, local images and must sees and dos.

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elcome to Lancaster County! We think Lancaster County is one of the most fascinating destinations and it seems that many agree. More than eight million people visit this central Pennsylvania county each year. Many come to learn about the Amish and Pennsylvania German culture but are soon surprised to find much more. In many ways Lancaster County is a paradox, where the old and the new co-exist in harmony. Where a thriving avant-garde art scene lives in close proximity to the traditional arts of fractur and quilting handed down from our German ancestors. Eat breakfast at a hip, European style café. Eat lunch at a Pennsylvania Dutch smorgasbord. Try one of the many locally made craft breweries or wineries. Enjoy an evening at the theatre or take the family to an Amish farm. Do you prefer sophistication or simplicity… perhaps a little bit of both? You’ll find it in Lancaster County. Destination Lancaster is your inroom concierge, designed to help you make the most of your visit to Lancaster County. You’ll learn about


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Lancaster’s rich history and where to experience it first-hand. You can tour Lancaster County by car, bus, buggy, scooter or even hot air balloon, and we’ll help you get started. Looking for a romantic getaway or fun for the entire family? Your stay will be a memorable one with Destination Lancaster as your guide. Much of Lancaster County’s charm is rooted in its proud history. Lancaster is the United States’ oldest inland city and played a crucial role in the growth and prosperity of the young nation. Great leaders rose to national prominence while living here. Walk in the footsteps of revolutionary war hero General Edward Hand at the famous Rockford Plantation. Be inspired by the ingenuity of Robert Fulton, inventor of the steamboat. Feel the passion of abolitionist Thaddeus Stevens. Relive the tribulations of Pennsylvania’s only president, James Buchanan at his beautiful Wheatland Estate. Did you know that the Conestoga Wagon and the Pennsylvania Rifle were invented in Lancaster? Of course, much of Lancaster’s history lives on today in the everyday

lives of our Amish and Mennonite neighbors. Tradition is evident in the hex signs, horse and buggies and certainly the covered bridges that remind us of our past. We remain connected to our heritage through our famous Pennsylvania Dutch cuisine. Every recipe unlocks a cherished memory. Every morsel translates the care and friendship we feel for our friends and neighbors. Try a bite of shoofly pie and you’ll understand! Nowhere is the seamless marriage of past and present more evident than the small towns of Lancaster County. These small towns and villages are thriving bastions of commerce while holding dear the past that makes them unique. In Strasburg, you can discover the storied history of the nation’s oldest continuously operated railroad or experience the spectacular awe of Sight and Sound Theatre. Take a walk on main street Lititz and you’ll understand why it was recently named America’s coolest small town. The antiquity of its humble origin is on full display in Moravian Square. The vibrant downtown fuses an eclectic blend of shops, restaurants

L ancaster and cafés that play host to countless festivals and craft shows. Meanwhile, Rock Lititz houses an industry cluster serving as the world’s foremost hub of innovation for the recording industry. From the Victorian architecture of Columbia to the farmers market of Bird-in-Hand, each town projects a unique charisma merging the past with the contemporary. Looking for urban sophistication? Spend a day or two in Lancaster City. During the 1960s, downtown Lancaster was anchored by grand department stores. Soon, the department stores fled for the suburbs and in the wake of their exodus, a new Lancaster evolved. Today’s Lancaster is a celebration dedicated to fine food, art, music and culture. Begin your day at Lancaster Central Market. The oldest continuously operated farmers’ market in the country is the centerpiece of a “farm to table” movement that is a way of life in Lancaster County. Head north to the 300 block of North Queen Street. Here you’ll find artists and artisans, collections of handmade glass and jewelry and specialty clothing stores. Lancaster’s downtown art scene has grown to more than fifty galleries. The flourishing community supports established and emerging artists with equal enthusiasm. Independent restaurants and cafés of every genre embellish the distinctive character of Lancaster City. The Fulton Opera House is the country’s oldest operating theater presenting dance and theatrical productions while serving as home to the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra. Hipsters will find more non-traditional enjoyment at Tellus360, a reclaimed furniture store transformed into the area’s hottest live music venue.

High quality entertainment doesn’t end at the city limits. The Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre offers Broadway quality shows at very affordable ticket prices. The American Music theatre features more than 300 live musical performances every year. Learn about agriculture at the Cherry Crest Adventure Farm, an actual 300 acre operating farm. Speaking of agriculture, where else but the Birdin-Hand Restaurant and Inn would you be able to have dinner in a corn field? Looking for more adventure? Try creating your own ice cream flavor at the Turkey Hill Experience. Still not tired? Cap your day off with an evening of baseball family fun with the Lancaster Barnstormers! There’s one more sport that Lancaster County is famous for bargain hunting! Lancaster is home to more than 150 factory outlet stores! Amish Country is also a mecca for handmade furniture with more than thirty stores that sell locally crafted items. True Lancaster County bargain hunters know that everything is for sale at one of our many local auction houses. The Green Dragon Farmer’s Market and Auction represents 400 growers, merchants and craftsman every Friday. Antique hunters know that Columbia is Lancaster’s best kept secret with close to a dozen antique stores within walking distance. One thing should be certain by now - one trip will barely scratch the surface of the many treasures Lancaster County has to offer. That’s okay, we invite you to come back as often as you like. Your friends are welcome too. Destination Lancaster will be here to guide you to each new discovery! By Scott Wagner

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LANCASTER First Friday in Lancaster City There’s nothing like a First Friday in Lancaster! Join in Lancaster’s highly popular arts extravaganza the first Friday of every month, 5 to 9 pm. Discover innovative exhibitions, performances and perhaps a few surprises as you walk the attractive streets lined with trees and distinctive architecture. Unique boutiques and excellent restaurants complement the art galleries, artisan studios, museums, performing groups, professional theater, symphony orchestra, and art college that comprise Lancaster’s arts community.

Lovin’ Lititz Every 2nd Friday Historic Downtown Lititz is bursting with energy every 2nd Friday of the month. Join the downtown merchants each month for a lively evening of shopping, live music, art exhibits, poetry readings, jewelry shows, special Lovin’ Lititz dinner menus and tastings and more. Free and open to the public year round, rain or shine, 5 to 9 pm.

Music Friday in Lancaster City

Each third Friday of the month, the City of Lancaster is host to Music Fridays. Performances abound throughout Downtown as retailers, restaurants, and attractions host musicians and extend their hours and host live music. Each month brings new entertainment! During the fall and winter months concerts are held indoors, during the spring and summer months, concerts are held in Binns Park.

River Towns Fourth Friday Fourth Friday is a monthly happening inviting the public to enjoy an evening visiting galleries, antique shops, restaurants, specialty shops and various venues in Columbia, Marietta and Wrightsville. From 5 to 9 pm, enjoy exhibits from local and regional artists, refreshments, special events and promotions while discovering the distinct charm of the Susquehanna River communities.

Fourth Friday in Mount Joy Always a happening evening in downtown Mount Joy, each fourth Friday is different from the last but always tons of fun. Come on out from 5 to 8 pm with family and friends to dine out, stroll from place to place, browse shops and most of all, enjoy yourself! Held on Main Street, Mount Joy. Bird-in-Hand Market So quaint, so fresh 8:30 am - 5:30 pm Every Fri & Sat All Year Wednesday Apr - Nov Thursday Jul - Oct 2710 Old Philadelphia Pk Bird-in-Hand

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Lancaster County Farmers Markets

Central Market The country’s oldest continuously operated farmers market Tuesday 6 am - 4 pm Friday 6 am - 4 pm Saturday 6 am - 2 pm 23 North Market St Lancaster

Green Dragon Market & Auction A unique carnival atmosphere you have to see to believe Every Friday 9 am - 9 pm (til 8 pm in Jan & Feb) 955 North State St Ephrata

Lititz Farmers Market Experience fresh the Lititz way

Mid May - Mid Oct Thursday 4:30 pm - 8 pm Lititz Springs Park, North Broad St Lititz

Root’s Country Market & Auction A Lancaster County tradition since 1925 Every Tuesday Apr - Oct 9 am - 9 pm Nov - Mar 9 am - 8 pm 705 Graystone Rd Manheim


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LANCASTER Full Moon Tour

January 30, February 27, March 27, April 24, May 22, June 26, July 24, August 21, September 18, October 23, November 20, December 18. Admission from 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm and ends at 10. By the light of the moon, enjoy meeting various wolf packs with the help of a tour guide. Bring a flashlight, chair, maybe some hot dogs and marshmallows to enjoy by the roaring bonfire and just relax. Must be 16 and older. Held once a month on the closest Saturday to the full moon. It’s as educational as it is fun! The Wolf Sanctuary of PA, 465 Speedwell Forge Road, Lititz.

Long’s Park Summer Music Series

Every Sunday Evening, June 6 – August 29 Grab your lawn chair, blanket and picnic basket for the 58th season of Long’s Park Summer Music Series. Sit or dance under the stars every Sunday during the summer and enjoy a great mix of music including jazz, classical, soul, indie, rock, zydeco and reggae. Food trucks add to the mix of what feels like a big backyard party. Shows typically start at 7:30 at 1441 Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster.

Annual Haiti Benefit Auction

Friday, July 16 – Saturday, July 17 A relief effort of local churches. 100% of proceeds go to Haiti Missions. A huge selection of quilts, furniture, crafts, tools, sheds and much more! Friday Schedule: Chicken Barbecue Supper, 4:30 pm, Acapella Singing by Singing Servants Quartet, 6 pm and Auction, 7 pm. Saturday Schedule: Breakfast, 6 am – 9 am and Auction starts at 8am sharp in large white tent. 338 N. Ronks Rd., Bird-in-Hand, PA

Lititz Rotary Arts and Crafts Show

Saturday, August 14, 8 am – 4 pm Referred to as “the big one,” the Lititz Rotary Arts and Crafts Show has grown into one of the top craft shows on the East Coast. It draws over 700 crafters from throughout the US and beyond. Held on the second Saturday in August, the show draws about 50,000 people and winds through East Main Street, Broad Street and Lititz Springs Park.

Whoopie Pie Festival

Saturday, September 3, 10 am – 4 pm Don’t miss the most delicious day in Lancaster County! The festival features more than 100 different whoopie pie flavors, treasure hunts, races, pie launches, yell off, pie eating contest, the largest whoopie pie ever made, pony rides, face painting, prizes and more. Held at the Hershey Farm Restaurant & Inn at 240 Hartman Bridge Road, Ronks. Destination Lancaster



LANCASTER The 71st Solanco Fair

Wednesday, September 15 – Friday, September 17 Every September in the Southern Lancaster County you will find FFA and 4-H members grooming their animals for show; proud cooks in their kitchen baking treats for the judges to sample; farmers and gardeners choosing their produce for competition; young children participating in the parades; and an overall enthusiastic and excited attitude in the citizens of the Solanco area. Experience the same wholesome atmosphere filled with fellowship, food and friendly competition today that the founders of the Solanco Fair envisioned over 60 years ago. Solanco Fairgrounds, 101 Park Ave, Quarryville, PA

Lancaster Balloon Festival

September 17, 18 and 19 Experience the magic of dozens of technicolored balloons lifting off to dot the Lancaster County horizon. Adventurists get to soar high over Amish country in hot air balloons. Spectators enjoy the breathtaking sunrise and sunset launches at the Amish Country. This Balloon Festival treats spectators to many picture-perfect moments. Location in Bird-In-Hand.

102nd Ephrata Street Fair


Wednesday, September 21 – Sunday, September 25 The Ephrata Fair, the “largest street fair in Pennsylvania” has been a significant part of local history for over 100 years. Agriculture is the state’s number one industry and this huge event promotes and preserves that agricultural heritage. Enjoy farming exhibits, prize winning animals, tractor events, parades along with games, rides and lots of food! Held along State and Main Streets with exhibits also at Grater Park, Ephrata.

Bridge Bust 2021

Saturday, Oct 2nd, 8 am – 4 pm Over 300 vendors offer their wares including antiques, art, crafts along with a ton of great food to enjoy. This popular event is held on the 1.25 mile span of the picturesque Veterans Memorial Bridge between Columbia and Wrightsville. Free parking and shuttle service on either side.

The Spooky Scoot

Friday, Oct. 1 – Saturday, Oct. 30, 2021. Thursdays and Sundays at 6:45. Fridays and Saturdays at 6:45pm & 9:15pm Looking for a unique Halloween activity in Lancaster, PA? Slide into your Spooky Scoot Coupe with your special someone and prepare for a hair-raising (yet totally safe) adventure to some of Southern Lancaster’s best loved haunts! It’s a perfect autumn date activity or a thrilling group activity. Duration is 1.5-2 hours. Book online or call (717) 584-8064. 8

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ocated in the heart of PA Dutch Country, Cherry Crest Adventure Farm is renown as one of the nation’s finest examples of agri-tainment – with 25 acres and over 60 activities, games and rides, and American’s longest-running corn maze (voted America’s best corn maze by the readers of USA Today). Cherry Crest is unique in that it offers three distinct seasons that merge fun, family and farming so you can easily spend the day and visit often from the end of May through closing day, Nov. 6th. • The Early Season kicks off May 29th and runs 10am-5pm Memorial Day Monday and Saturdays through June 26th. Enjoy 50+ activities, including the Farm Experience Center, Discovery Barn, Feed Mill and Shootin Gallery, and get a sneak preview of the 26th Annual Amazing Maize Maze® during its growing and grooming stages. • The Summer Season – July 3 through Sept. 11 – celebrates the maze in all its glory. Five acres, 2.5 miles of paths, hidden puzzle pieces and fun diversions turn this interactive design into a ginormous game with easy, intermediate and ultimate challenges and 60+ activities, including the Country Pig Races Show. Hours: Tues-Fri (and Labor Day Monday) 10-5, Sat 10-7. • We have Special Days on the Farm as well – Sunflower and Zinnia picking; Cider Donut Days; Baby Animals Days, Sweet Corn Days. Please check the website for Dates and Times. • The Fall Season – Sept. 17 through Nov. 6 – adds Flashlight Mazes and U-Pick Pumpkins and Popcorn to the mix, along with

guest entertainers, samplings from area vineyards and breweries, and the 12th Annual DL2021-4.9x7.75 Pumpkin Madness Fest on Nov.

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hen visiting Pennsylvania Dutch Country, the excitement of seeing horse-drawn buggies and real life Amish folk may quickly lead to a deeper curiosity about Amish and Mennonite cultures and their language. For instance, what does Pennsylvania Dutch mean? Pennsylvania Dutch is a commonly used term to describe people and their culture, and is not a religion. Originally spelled Deutsche, which means German, Dutch refers to the language used by the initial settlers of Lancaster County who arrived in the early 1700s. Both the Amish and Mennonite are considered to be part of the Pennsylvania Dutch but interestingly, not all Pennsylvania Dutch are Amish or Mennonite. The Mennonites were the first to arrive. In 1536, a Catholic priest from Holland named Menno Simmons started the Mennonites after he joined the Anabaptist movement. (Anabaptists believe in waiting for a person to be of adult age before they are baptized into the church.) Later on in 1693, a Mennonite preacher named Jakob Ammann, who had criticized Mennonites for drifting away from traditional standards, broke away from them and began the Amish who were a Protestant, antimodernist religious group. The Amish began to


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immigrate in the 1700s and thrived in their early settlements here in the United States. Within both Amish and Mennonite cultures, there are different levels spanning from conservative to modern. The Amish religion however, remains very strict in its beliefs and will shun members who stray from following the Amish faith. Mennonites tend to be more flexible in their belief system and do not shun their members. Both cultures share similar historical backgrounds, while the Amish remain more conservative. Most important to the Amish are God, family and work. The Amish follow the Ordnung, which is a list of rules that defines every aspect of Amish life. The Ordnung may vary within each Amish group, which explains why some Amish people can ride in cars and use electricity, while others cannot. In the book The Riddle of Amish Culture by Donald E. Kraybill, he writes, “the Amish blueprint for expected behavior, called the Ordnung, regulates private, public, and ceremonial life. Ordnung does not translate readily into English. Sometimes rendered as ordnance or discipline, the Ordnung is best thought of as an ordering of the whole way of life…a code of conduct, which the church maintains by tradition rather than by systematic or explicit rules. A member noted: the

order is not written down. The people just know it, that’s all. Rather than a packet or rules to memorize, the Ordnung is the understood behavior by which the Amish are expected to live. In the same way that the rules of grammar are learned by children, so the Ordnung, the grammar of order, is learned by Amish youth. The Ordnung evolved gradually over the decades as the church sought to strike a delicate balance between tradition and change. Specific details of the Ordnung vary across church districts and settlements.” While the Mennonites are also Anabaptists and share religious roots with the Amish, there are some differences. Mennonites mostly use churches, while Amish people hold worship services at different member’s homes, which rotates on a continuous basis. Mennonite children go to high school and even college, while Amish children go to school for only eight years. The most noteworthy difference between Amish and Mennonite men is that Amish men will stop shaving once they get married. Women of both Amish and Mennonite cultures do not cut their hair and wear a head covering. Today, the Amish live in more rural areas, dress plainly and avoid modern technology. Mennonites follow a similar lifestyle, yet some do have electricity in their homes

and dress like regular members of the public. Both the Amish and Mennonites are pacifists by nature, however Mennonites are becoming more actively involved with social justice issues, while the Amish shy away from political activity. Visitors who sincerely want to learn more about the Amish culture and wish to speak with them personally, may have luck with patronizing Amish-owned businesses and speaking to the shopkeepers. Most Amish people enjoy talking to outsiders, as long as they feel comfortable and not made to feel like creatures on display. In most Amish communities, shops and attractions are closed on Sundays. Visitors are encouraged to plan ahead and call first, to ensure a worthwhile trip. Enjoy your trip to Pennsylvania Dutch Country, and be sure to treat others as you wish to be treated. A statement from Discover Lancaster says it best,

“While you talk and mingle with the Amish, please remember that they are not actors or spectacles,

but ordinary people who choose a different way of life.” By Virginia Lindak

Amish Etiquette It is very important to be considerate of Amish people and their lifestyle while visiting Pennsylvania Dutch Country. The Amish are very private people who avoid interacting with the outside world. Here are a few tips to help make your trip more comfortable, for both you and the Amish. Don’t stare, point, laugh or gawk. While driving, be on the look out for slow moving Amish buggies. Be sure to give them plenty of room when following or passing them - only pass where the road markings indicate and never pass on a curve. At least 60 percent of buggy/car accidents are caused by cars following too

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closely. Also, keep your headlights on low beam and refrain from using your horn. Do not enter private property without permission. Do not take photographs without asking. The Amish consider posing for pictures to be an unacceptably prideful act. If you ask respectfully, they will usually allow you to photograph their homes, farms and buggies. When taking pictures, consider using a telephoto lens and avoid taking photos of Amish peoples’ faces. Capturing a picture of an Amish buggy as it travels down the road is fine. Also, do not feed or pet horses that are harnessed to a buggy or tied to a hitching rail. Discover Lancaster



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t the Lil’ Country Store & Miniature Horse Farm, there is something fun for everyone to enjoy. Whether visiting the miniature horses or shopping for handmade Amish crafts at the gift shop, owners Henry and Linda Stoltzfus have created a family-fun destination stop. “People who come to Lancaster generally love animals. You can interact with the horses and feed them. We also offer saddle rides for children at a reasonable price. The horses are smaller than a regular pony and are known to be a gentle animal,” Linda said.

The gift shop is stocked with handmade items made by the Amish like wooden toy train sets, quilts, and aprons. Homemade Amish treats are also popular like root beer, lemonade, whoopie pies and seasoned pretzels. “We combined everything and opened up to the public. My husband makes pine furniture and we sell some here in the store. Guests will also find goats and alpacas to feed at the farm.” Old Windmill Farm is another great stop when you come to Lancaster. Open for tours and hayrides, families can enjoy getting an up-close look at a Lancaster farm. Children enjoy getting to touch

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a variety of animals at the petting farm like mules, pigs and cows. “People can have the experience of milking a cow, collecting eggs and petting horses and ponies. We also have a pig show with pigs going down the slide. Children can feed them treats at the end,” she said. Lapp noted how visitors to Lancaster feel drawn to seeing a simpler way of life and learning about the Amish lifestyle. “We do an hour tour and talk about how we operate our farm. We also talk about our Amish culture. People are interested in coming here because of the simpler lifestyle. Our goal is to make sure people enjoy it.”

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magine life without a TV, cell phone, and instead of a car you travel by horse and buggy. Welcome to the Amish Community. As one of Lancaster County’s top Amish destinations, The Amish Village delivers an exciting and authentic look at Amish life in PA Dutch Country. Your experience begins inside an 1840 Amish Farmhouse where a guided tour takes you through the home giving you an up close and personal view of Amish home life, customs, and traditions. After the farmhouse tour, the fun continues as you explore the 12-acre Village populated with features typical to the Plain Community. This self-guided tour is perfect for a leisurely stroll or a faster pace for those with extra energy. Among the sites: • A barn with friendly animals to pet and feed • A one-room Amish schoolhouse where you learn about the Amish education • Smokehouse Market for Amish jams, apple butter, whoopie pies, and even a few samples for tasting • The Blacksmith Shop • A covered bridge • An Amish buggy For those who enjoy traveling the backroads of Amish Country, sign-up for the 90-minute Backroads Bus Tour for a oneof-a-kind sightseeing experience. As you travel past working farms and along country roads


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where buggies roll along and farmers work their fields, your guide will share informative and educational stories about the Amish Community in Lancaster County. You’ll even stop at an Amish roadside business

where you can purchase handmade goods and talk one-on-one to the Amish business owner. Learn more at We’re looking forward to seeing you!

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veryone knows Lancaster County for its rolling, picturesque farmlands and quaint glimpses of Amish life. Historic covered bridges and one-room school houses dot the colorful landscape throughout the county, enchanting visitors and locals alike. Peaceful and serene in all seasons, visitors often leave with a deep admiration for

the heartland of Pennsylvania Dutch Country. When visiting Lancaster, there is so much to see and experience off the beaten path. Driving the maze of scenic backroads is one sure way to really get a firsthand feel of what makes the area special. One of the best ways to do this is with an up close and personal scooter tour hosted by

long-running business Strasburg Scooters. This outdoor adventure is informative and exhilarating, led by knowledgeable tour guides who provide background information with each stop along the way. Whether its meeting an Amish family on their farm, or driving your own scooter across a covered bridge, Strasburg Scooters knows the way. Destination Lancaster


With multiple scooter tours offered in two different locations, Strasburg and Bird-in-Hand, there is something for everyone. The most popular Covered Bridge tour is offered seven days a week with walk-ins welcomed. It is a three-hour covered bridge tour that weaves across 30 miles of the county’s most beautiful backroads. Folks taking the tour can head out onto the open road in a comfortable and easy-to-drive 50cc scooter or a three-wheeled scoot coupe. Get a chance to see Amish and Mennonite neighbors and stop to take photos of postcard-like views. The amazing 19th century covered bridges help make this tour and Lancaster and unique and unforgettable place. The new location in Bird-in-Hand is close to other popular attractions including Dutch Wonderland, American Music Theatre, Sight & Sound Theatre and the Bird-inHand Restaurant & Smorgasbord. Ever wanted to take a horse and buggy ride? Tour Lancaster with Abe’s Buggy Rides, another fun and authentic option to see the county’s gorgeous landscape. Located in Bird-in-Hand, and open for business since 1968, Abe’s offers private tours in a real Amish family buggy. Pulled by horses, tours range from two, four and five miles in length and last from 20 minutes to just over an hour. Enjoy the clickity-clack sound of horse hooves as you get up close to some of the area’s most stunning sites. Stops along the include Amish farms or a Mennonite bake shop for delicious homemade treats. Another great way to see the marvelous expanse of Lancaster County is with a bird’s eye view, courtesy of the United States 16

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Hot Air Balloon Team. Embrace your adventurous side and board a hot air balloon, guaranteed to showcase the best of Lancaster’s hand-cut fields, sprawling farmlands and headwaters to the Chesapeake Bay. Tours last between two and three hours and include a hands-on launch, an hour in the sky, transportation back to your starting point and then ends with refreshments after the exciting ride. Offered all year round, the primary hot air balloon tour season runs from April to November with dawn or afternoon ride options. The United States Hot Air Balloon Team is proud to offer the only wheelchair accessible flights on the East Coast. Tour-goers can also get a 360 degree video of the bucket list experience. Lancaster County is filled with miles of breath-taking trails, another worthwhile way to see the area. The Warwick-to-Ephrata Rail Trail is a fascinating stretch that runs along the former Reading Railroad. The 7-mile route will eventually connect the communities of Lititz, Warwick, Akron and Ephrata. Further west, the Columbia Crossing River Trail Center located in Columbia River Park offers a firsthand experience of the enthralling Susquehanna Riverlands. You can take a bike or you can hike the Northwest Lancaster County River Trail, a 14 mile stretch, that begins at the Columbia Crossing Trailhead. The Susquehanna River offers more great options to explore, such as seasonal kayak, canoe and bike rentals, and a boat and paddle craft launch. With a wonderful variety of ways to see Lancaster County, there is something for all to enjoy and to remember for years to come. By Virginia Lindak

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opular among visitors, Strasburg Scooters offers the most unique way to see Lancaster County. Open since 2012, the business creates an afternoon of adventure for those who want a glimpse of the Amish countryside. With a variety of guided tours and scooters to choose from and running from March through December, there is something for everyone. Strasburg Scooters offers a second location in the town of Bird-In-Hand which features their Country Roads Excursion. This tour gives guests the opportunity to visit authentic Amish owned farms, shops and dairies, as well as other interesting stops along the way.

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traditional Amish country, “ said coowner Marc Crusemire. Crusemire noted the slow pace of the scooter tour is the best

way to really take in the expansive beauty of Lancaster County. People also enjoy exploring off the beaten path locations with the wind in their face as they ride along. “You can get onto the back roads where there’s only a little bit of traffic and ride alongside the horse and buggies. It’s the slower pace that really makes the ride enjoyable, yet it feels like your flying on the scooter. You see everything and it’s open-air. It’s just a different way to see the area,” he said. “Going across a covered bridge is like going back in time. It’s a whole other world. That’s part of the charm of Lancaster County.”

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or nearly three decades, Stan Hess and The United States Hot Air Balloon Team have been committed to offering passengers the most memorable, safe and entertaining hot air ballooning experiences in America. Their goal is to provide a world-class leisure activity, safely and consistently. The success of this 30-year dream has been enjoyed by tens of thousands of friends, family members and travelers from every corner of the world. US Hot Air Balloon Team’s pilots, all FAA Commercially approved and with more than 10,000 hours of combined experience, are dedicated to their profession, setting the standard in safety and passenger service. In Lancaster County, The United States Hot Air Balloon Team is the area’s genuine hot air ballooning service, fully staffed with Their own experienced pilots who take you up in their own balloons. Stan and his team manage, guide, and direct your entire experience from booking through the champagne toast at the end of your flight. The US Hot Air Balloon Team staff includes courteous support people, professional crew members and highly skilled pilots, so your happiness and satisfaction is not left to chance. The team’s federally registered, state of the art balloons and equipment back up their commitment to your comfort and safety. During your flight, you’ll be treated to majestic views of Lancaster County farmland,


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Outdoor Adventures Await

ave you ever wanted to soar through the trees on over a mile ziplines? Or, how about challenging a Climbing Tower, Rappelling, or a 35 ft Giant Swing? If so, then Refreshing Mountain is the place for you! Located in Northern Lancaster County, PA, Refreshing Mountain is home to a variety of outdoor adventures including 14 ziplines, 31 elevated obstacles, archery, and climbing experiences. But the fun doesn’t stop there! Refreshing Mountain also has a wildlife center where you can see and learn about reptiles, amphibians, birds of prey, as well as some domesticated animals. There are even some “hands

on” exhibits with turtles and nonvenomous snakes! If you prefer indoor activities, checkout the new Escape Rooms

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at Refreshing Mountain. All Escape Room bookings at Refreshing Mountain are private booking for groups of up to 10 people. The

goal of each Escape Room is to complete the “mission” within one hour, following the clues and solving the puzzles along the way. This is a great team bonding experience for families, friends, and co-workers. During your day of fun, you will want to check out our onsite café. The 319café is the perfect place for a meal or snack. With a variety of paninis, smoothies, ice cream, and coffee, you are sure to leave satisfied! Overall, Refreshing Mountain is the perfect place to create memories, experience adventure, and try something new. Bring your family and friends for an experience that will not be soon forgotten!

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ide eyes, toothy grins, and memories that last a lifetime...these are the things great family vacations are made of. They are why parents put so much energy into planning outings and they are our specialty here in Lancaster County. Of course, kids and adults alike are mesmerized by Amish culture and all the smells, sights and sounds that naturally exist here. But it’s taking these things and organizing them into fun family time that creates the memories you’ll cherish forever. These activities range from outdoor adventures


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to indoor educational experiences and everything in between. One great way to create some serious family fun is to just yell “all aboard!” and head over to Strasburg Rail Road. As you arrive to town, listen out your window and chances are you’ll hear the hiss of an old steam locomotive. Once at the railroad, you can purchase tickets for a ride that feels like a trip back in time. Train lovers should be sure to visit the Choo Choo Barn, which boasts a 1,700 square foot layout featuring 22 operating model trains and over 150 hand-created animated figures and scenes.

Want to immerse yourself in Amish life? Then head over to the Amish Village for a glimpse into the lifestyle of the old order Amish. Tour the farmhouse and one-room schoolhouse, then stroll through the barn filled with friendly farm animals and the authentic village grounds. Next stop, the Amish Experience where guests visit the old order Fisher Homestead and school for a look at how the Amish of today live at home. In their theater you and your family can watch “Jacob’s Choice,” the story of one young man’s choice between family, faith and community versus the allure of

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he Choo Choo Barn, a family owned business in Strasburg, Lancaster County, is more than “just trains”. The attraction features a 1,700 square foot display of hand crafted, moving, miniature scenes showcasing small town Americana and local spots in Amish County. What began as a train around the Christmas tree at the Strasburg home of George Groff in 1945, expanded to the family basement and eventually moved to its current location in 1961. The Groff family hobby opened to the public with 500 square feet, 6 trains and 6 animated scenes. Today, at over three times the original size, this enormous work of art is a favorite stop for anyone visiting the area. Guests of all ages marvel at the intricacy

and detail of the over 150 animated figures, vehicles and scenes, all hand built by George’s son, Tom. A self-taught “master modeler”, Tom creates the buildings and animations from scratch. “What really surprises our guests is the fact that we don’t use kits here. It really is a hand crafted work of art,” says Tom’s daughter Kristi Largoza, now third generation in the family business. “We have 22 trains running throughout the layout but they are actually secondary to the animations and moving parts.” The display features a circus, an Amish barn-raising, a zoo and even live fish! Lancaster County landmarks such as the Strasburg Rail Road, Turkey Hill Minit Market and Dutch Wonderland are recreated in detailed

miniature. “The star attraction is the fire scene: a house that catches fire and a fire engine that races to put it out, with real water!” she said. Beginning in mid-November, the Choo Choo Barn brings the magic of Christmas to its gigantic model train layout. Santa’s sleigh flies above the snow-covered landscape, showcasing colorful lights and festive decorations on and around the homes of Traintown, USA®. Everyone loves the “Santa hunt” – the Groffs hide one Santa for each year the Choo Choo Barn has been open (nearly 60!). At first glance, the Choo Choo Barn may seem like it’s just for kids but it’s fun for all ages, appealing to the kid in all of us. You definitely don’t have to love trains to love the Choo Choo Barn.

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Take a Ride Back in Time! Start your adventure at Strasburg Rail Road with a 45-minute steam train ride through the heart of breathtaking Amish Country. At the station, enjoy our miniature steam train, cranky cars, shops, and our new Café 1832 for dine-in, grab-and-go, and unique dining events. Pre-purchase your tickets online and save, when you enter code: D EST LAN C 2 1 S R C Valid online only through 12/31/21. Not valid for Day Out With Thomas. Other exclusions apply.

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life in the outside world. Both offer countryside bus tours to get a flavor of the area’s history, culture and beautiful vistas. Another great way to experience Amish life up close is with a scooter tour offered by Strasburg Scooters. Enjoy a guided tour through the back roads of Lancaster County as you follow your guide on a ride full of surprise stops throughout the countryside. Their scoot coupes are perfect for the youngsters or those who would prefer navigating on 3 wheels. Want to spend the day on a farm? A favorite among locals and tourists alike is Cherry Crest Adventure Farm, which features 15 acres filled with over 50 farm fun activities, including games, rides, food, slides, and its famous corn maze. Want to learn about life on a real family farm? Then a visit to Verdant View Farm is in order. Here you can milk a cow, feed a calf, and get eye to eye with rabbits, goats, chickens and calves. If you’re interested in animals that are a bit more on the wild side, a must-see is the Wolf Sanctuary of PA. Misplaced, maltreated and confiscated wolves live in lush and ample enclosures, much like their natural habitat. Tour guides educate guests about the biology of wolves while sharing personal anecdotes about the wolves at the sanctuary. Want to expand your mind? Take a trip over to the Lancaster Science Factory, a hands-on, interactive science and technology center with over 60 exhibits. If you’re hungry for a learning experience that satisfies your appetite, you’ll want to check out Julius Sturgis Pretzel Bakery. Enjoy the sights and smells of America’s first pretzel bakery while getting a lesson in pretzel twisting. Just as tasty is a trip to the Turkey Hill Experience, where you can taste

a ton of inventive ice cream flavors and even create your own. If all that tasting leaves you with energy to burn, you’ll have several other unique activities to choose from. Try your luck at a ropes course, laser tag, mini bowling, arcade games or their brand new 7D interactive theater that will blow your mind at Go ‘n Bananas. Or stop in at Tiny Town for some big fun for little people at this handson, interactive play center complete with 9 luxury playhouses that truly bring out your child’s curiosity and creativity. Moms and dads can enjoy the coffee bar and café seating too. Finally, enjoy some allAmerican fun with Lancaster’s very own minor league baseball team, the Barnstormers. Enjoy a game, the kid’s park, the arcade suite while the “big” kids can visit the craft beer deck. And, say hi to Cylo when you’re there. By Rebecca Branle

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Visit the Wolves of Speedwell

estled in the forested hills of Lancaster County, PA lies a refuge for a national treasure: the gray wolf. Founded in 1980 by the Darlington family, Wolf Sanctuary of PA has offered a safe-haven for displaced, unwanted, and neglected gray wolves and wolf-dogs for decades. The sanctuary provides quality care and enrichment for over 50 residents and allows them the freedom to live out their lives in peace. Here, wolves and wolf-dogs are given back their dignity. Guided tours offer an opportunity for visitors to learn about gray wolf conservation and biology. These tours also seek to dispel some of the common myths that have plagued gray wolves for centuries. During a tour, guides help to rewrite the tales that paint wolves as a villain, and instead acknowledge that wolves deserve respect and dignity, and recognize them as vital members of their ecosystem. Visit for tour information and to book your trip to see the Wolves of Speedwell or contact us to ask about Virtual Tours and see the wolves from the comfort of your home. Meet the wolves, learn about their unique lives, and come away with a greater understanding of the wild. You can help the wolves in other ways too. Since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic we have had to severely limit our tours, which has been the major funding source for the wolves. By supporting the sanctuary, you invest in the future


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of the Wolves of Speedwell. Symbolically adopt a wolf, become a member, or donate

today and help us to continue to provide for these mysterious and misunderstood creatures.




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oodies love Lancaster County. Whether you’re in the mood for an all you can eat smorgasbord, a local brew-pub, authentic Pennsylvania Dutch cuisine, tastings at a local winery or a five-star dining experience, Lancaster has it all. Throughout the county, you can find legendary all-you-can-eat restaurants including the Bird-inHand Restaurant & Smorgasbord. Produce, meats and milk come from local Amish and Mennonite


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farms and dishes are prepared from scratch using only the freshest ingredients. The popular traditional Pennsylvania Dutch recipes date back to Grandma Smucker and the Smucker family still approves every recipe they use today! And, the kids will love the unique Noah’s Ark kids’ buffet. Serving up a unique Pennsylvania Dutch dining experience, Good ‘n Plenty restaurant was named AAA’s top 10 best “Down Home Dining” restaurants in north

Good ‘N Plenty America. Since 1969, they have been offering guests traditional Lancaster County family style dining, an award-winning bakery as well as an extensive gift shop. Birdin-Hand, Plain & Fancy and Good ‘n Plenty do offer other types of dining experiences along with their all-you-can-eat options. Need a brew with your meal? Lancaster County lays claim to not only the state’s first microbrewery – Stoudt’s in Adamstown – but also to the most licensed and

operating breweries or brew pubs in the state. No wonder our county has been coined the “Little Munich of America.” The flavors and ambiance may vary but each one brings a unique experience. Grab a generous meal while seated next to a huge cask of fermenting brew in what once was a tobacco warehouse at Lancaster Brewing Company. Like their brews, you will find craftsmanship and quality in every detail. From their housemade sausage and cured meats, to locally made cheeses, fresh dough, on-site garden, handcut fries and signature burger grind, there’s no substitute for fresh, natural ingredients. Located in Historic Strasburg, Fireside Tavern offers casual dining and beautiful Lancaster County farmland views. The menu includes tender steaks, lump crab cakes, pasta and juicy burger. Weekend offerings include hand cut prime rib of beef and a variety of chef specials. A trip to Fireside Tavern would not be complete without a crock of their famous tomato bisque, often referred to as the best in Lancaster County. Located at the Red Caboose Motel – yes…overnight accommodations in rail cars! – Casey Jones Restaurant offers up a blend of American and Pennsylvania Dutch cuisine. Enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner surrounded by the nostalgia of a 1920’s dining car. Whatever dining experience you are seeking, there is no shortage in Lancaster County. With the renaissance of Lancaster City, and an abundance of fine chefs throughout the county, fine restaurants are only a stone’s throw from any location. There is surely a spot for every craving, so be sure to try many during your stay.



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Magic & Wonder


ith close proximity to large cultural cities like Philadelphia, New York City, Baltimore and Washington D.C., it is no surprise that Lancaster has grown into a thriving arts and entertainment town. Performing arts has found its place on many stages in Lancaster, as many nationally known actors, directors and designers work locally in our theater community. Lancaster is a gem for offering big city


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productions at small town prices. Be sure to take in a show while you’re visiting Lancaster in 2020! Located on the east side of Lancaster County along Route 30, is the American Music Theatre. Well known for its original, review style shows, popular productions like “Joy to the World” The Christmas Show has become a yearly favorite for visitors. Additionally, there is an ongoing roster of entertaining shows throughout the year.

The Sight & Sound Theatre is another fun stop as you head south toward Strasburg. Holding the distinction as the largest faith-based theater in the United States, uplifting productions run all year long. The enormous wrap-around stage and jawdropping spectacle would leave even Broadway stars in awe. Featuring show based in faith and inspiration, Queen Esther will run in 2021 from February through December 23.


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The quaint village of Bird-inHand on Route 340 has become a mini-theatre destination all its own. The Bird-in-Hand Stage often presents Amish-themed shows, Broadway-style musical theater and illusionary magic shows. Be sure to catch Josiah for President as it runs March 30 through October 20, 2021. For the holidays don’t miss The Christmas Tree Ship, October 28, 2021 through January 1, 2022. Just one mile away is Plain & Fancy Theater where you can see the Magic Lantern shows. Watch as a live showman performs the most popular form of entertainment in America from yesteryear. The amazing show combines comedy, music, drama, projected images and special effects with hand painted glass slides in an antique 1890’s lantern. The “Showman” delivers a fascinating performance as he narrates and weaves stories with stunning original images from the 1800’s. The west side of Lancaster County is Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre, another top-notch choice for dinner and a show. For more than three decades, visitors have enjoyed a variety of entertaining productions. Set for the 2021 roster is Happy Days, On Your Feet, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Miracle on 34th Street, and more. Winner of the 2020 Merlin Award for “Best Magic and Variety Show” Magic and Wonder returns to the stage in 2021 featuring Brett Myers. Worlds of Wonder runs January15, 2021 through October 31, 2021. Don’t miss the amazing variety of live stage productions in Lancaster County next time you visit! By Brad Igou


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Brett Myers and the cast of Magic & Wonder were recently awarded a Merlin Award for the “2021 Best Magic & Variety Show.” The Merlin Award is considered the Oscar of magic and is presented by the largest magic organization in the world – the International Magician’s Society. Previous recipients of the Merlin Award include Penn & Teller, David Copperfield, Siegfried & Roy, and Criss Angel. The Magic & Wonder show features grand illusions, dazzling costumes, audience participation, comedy and dynamic variety circus arts. There is truly something for every audience member to enjoy!

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ancaster County, well known for its inherent beauty and old-world charm, is also a thriving East Coast shopping destination. From large retail outlet malls to quaint small-town shops and unique, seasonal sales – all are widely regarded throughout


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the area as favorite stops among enthused shoppers. Whether you are an art enthusiast, antique hunter, collector of handmade wares, or are looking for a bargain on brand name clothing and household items, Lancaster County has something for everyone.

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from. Rockvale Outlets feature over 60 different stores while you can browse in over 70 stores at Tanger Outlets. Savings and deals of up to 70% off retail prices on merchandise are a huge draw for people visiting the Lancaster area. If you prefer something a little more unique, the small towns of Lancaster County boast a variety of boutique shopping selections. Traveling through Strasburg, Lititz, Intercourse and Downtown Lancaster, you will find independently owned momand-pop shops, farmers markets, consignment boutiques and other unique retail businesses. If you are searching for antiques, Adamstown, PA has earned the reputation as the “antiques capital of the United States”. The Adamstown Antique Mile is located along route 272 between Lancaster and Reading in Northeastern Lancaster Country. Here, thousands of collectors from across the country visit thousands of antique dealers offering treasures in the markets, co-ops, and shops along the 7-mile long stretch of highway. Three times throughout the year – in April, June and September – Adamstown hosts an Antiques Extravaganza event with extended hours and more bargains, making it the best time for antique shopping in the country. While the quaint town of Columbia, nestled along the Susquehanna River, boasts several antique markets. Burning Bridge Antiques Market is home to over 200 dealers and consignors and you are always greeted with a smile. The ever-popular Lancaster County “mud sale” is a seasonal shopping delight. Shoppers come from miles and intermix with Lancaster locals to peruse hundreds of vendors set up on Lancaster’s fertile farmland itself. A staple in Pennsylvania Dutch Country, the mud sale is a one-of-akind event, happening on weekends throughout the late Winter and 34

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Spring. Named for the newly thawed farm fields that often lead to muddy conditions where they take place, mud sales bring together two cultures – Amish and English – as they gather to partake in large auctions that offer a wide array of items up for bid including livestock, produce, handmade quilts, clothing and housewares. For a showcase of all Lancaster County has to offer, look no further than Kitchen Kettle Village, with over 40 shops and restaurants offering locally made pottery, Pennsylvania Dutch quilts, and name brand favorites like Brighton, Pandora, UGG and Minnetonka moccasins. Kitchen Kettle offers a fun shopping experience for the whole family. Finished with your shopping? Take a buggy ride through the scenic Lancaster County countryside, grab a cup of coffee, or take part in some of the family-friendly events hosted year-round. Kids of all ages will enjoy visiting with Yummie, the Kitchen Kettle Village mascot, a giant overstuffed gingerbread cookie. If an authentic Lancaster County quilt is on your list, check out Riehl’s Quilts and Crafts, while Burkholder Fabrics offers a wide selection of fabrics and notions to choose from. Stop by family owned Kauffman’s Clocks and marvel at the mantle, wall and grandfather clocks meticulously handcrafted by Isaac Kauffman. Art enthusiasts will delight in a multitude of arts and craft festivals throughout the county. The Lititz Rotary Club’s Annual Craft Show, known as “the big one” boasts over 750 vendors and is always held the second Saturday in August, drawing over 50,000 people to Lititz. If fine arts is what you seek, you won’t want to miss the Long’s Park Arts Festival over Labor Day Weekend. This beautiful 80-acre park sits on the northwest corner of Lancaster City at the intersection of Harrisburg Pike and Route 30. Recognized as

one of the top 50 arts festivals in the country and among the top 5 on the East Coast, this fine art festival showcases the works of over 200 juried exhibitors from across the country, in over a dozen artistic mediums. Launched as a fund raiser to support the Long’s Park Summer Music Series in 1979, the Arts Festival has become a nationally acclaimed arts event in its own right. Thousands of arts lovers from throughout the mid-Atlantic region

are drawn to this beautiful setting every year to enjoy the outdoor gallery and shop for jewelry, mixed media, sculpture, and textiles. The festival continues to support the Long’s Park Amphitheater Foundation and their continued efforts to bring art, culture, and music to the Lancaster community and its visitors. Each year, the park is home to a host of activities including the free Summer Music Series held on Sundays from June to August.

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Head to downtown Lancaster for a quirky selection of retro, antique and collectibles shops, and clothing boutiques in historic sites like the Keppel building. Across from the Keppel building follow the signs through a narrow passageway to the rear warehouses and you will stumble upon Building Character, a marketplace of vintage, recycled and handmade goods. Within walking distance you’ll find Lancaster’s Central Market. Open since 1730, the nation’s oldest continuously operated farmers’ market offers fresh meat, seafood, produce, souvenirs and so much more. It is a hot destination for tourists and locals alike on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Another favorite is the Green Dragon Farmers Market and Auction in Ephrata. This Lancaster County tradition, situated on 30 scenic acres in Pennsylvania Dutch County, is a must-do on Fridays with its carnival-like atmosphere. Traveling north on Route 501, approximately 8 miles outside of the city, you will find the town of Lititz, named “America’s Coolest Small Town” in 2013 by Budget Travel as well as awarded the Distinctive Destination/National Trust of Historic Preservation award. Main and Broad streets are lined with a variety of small boutiques offering trendsetting clothing, old barn wood furniture, gifts, books, jewelry, antiques, and candies and confections to tempt your sweet tooth. Do some shopping at Heavenly Soaps and Scents after making your very own hand twisted pretzel at Julius Sturgis Pretzel Bakery. Whether you are looking for trendy, quirky, old-fashioned, handcrafted, modern, or upscale, with so many options to choose from, shoppers young and old can shop ‘til they drop. By Kristina Martin 36

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ho doesn’t love the sweet flavor of caramel corn? Grandma Jack’s caramel corn is the perfect treat to cure your sweet tooth, and its decadent flavor will rival all competitors. To make the best popcorn, you have to start with the best ingredients. Grandma Jack’s Gourmet Popcorn takes great pride in our products. We only use real butter, real cane sugar and the finest nuts (when required).

Owner, Melvin Beiler, says “our mission to to produce the freshest and best-tasting popcorn products possible.” Along with his wife Susan, the Beiler’s produce Grandma Jack’s popcorn in a barn converted into a commercial kitchen on their family farm in Lancaster County. All of Grandma Jack’s popcorn is packaged in resealable jars and tins, starting at 32 ounces all the way up to 3.5 gallons. “Our containers help to keep our popcorn fresh and make attractive gifts” said Beiler. Grandma Jack’s currently offers 22 flavors of popcorn

including their best selling caramel corn and caramel corn with sea salt. Other favorites include popcorn drizzled with dark or milk chocolate, gourmet kettle corn, cheddar, cherry cheesecake and more. All current

and seasonal flavors are available at Grandma Jack’s stand inside the Bird-in-Hand Farmer’s. Stop in for a sample or order online and discover why countless customers say Grandma Jack’s is the best they’ve ever had.

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nown for its mouthwatering sweet dessert and authentic Amish baked goods, Lancaster County offers a tasty choice of places to stop by and sample something for your sweet tooth. Lapp Valley Farm offers fresh and delicious dairy products, including ice cream that is made onsite. It is also a top spot for finding hormone-free milk and butter. Open since 1975, the long-running business is known for its 80 Jersey cows that people can visit when stopping by the store that is located on the farm. “We process and sell milk and ice cream here year-round. We make our own waffle cones right here onsite. A lot of people come to see the calves,” said owner, Dave Lapp, who noted there are 16 flavors of their rich ice cream to choose from. Be sure to stop in to taste the fan-favorite vanilla and experience the rich flavor locals have been enjoying for years! Located only minutes away from Lapp Valley Farm, Emma’s Gourmet Popcorn offers delicious selections of popcorns for all ages to enjoy. From chocolate peanut butter popcorn to, to salted dark chocolate, to sweet cheddar popcorn, fans of both sweet and salty snack will find just right flavor. Using the finest ingredients, the popcorn is baked to ensure the perfect crunch with every bite and to melt in your mouth! The team at Emma’s is dedicated to offering flavor-filled treats for all to enjoy. With popcorn already on your mind, Grandma Jack’s Gourmet Popcorn is another sweet treat that you won’t want to miss. Grandma Jack’s offers such an impressive selection of gourmet popcorn flavors and varieties’ that it is almost impossible to


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pick a favorite. Flavors include the popular caramel corn and kettle corn, as well as Tutti Frutti that uses cherry, lemon strawberry and grape flavors. If you like a

Uncle Leroy’s Candy Kitchen bit of spice with your popcorn be sure to try the jalapeno popcorn for an extra zing to your taste buds! Using natural products, Grandma Jack’s continues to

carry on the family business legacy of providing quality greattasting popcorn snacks. Located at the Bird in Hand Farmers Market, Uncle Leroy’s Candy Kitchen is another sweet stop on you visit to Lancaster County. Offering tasty, homemade treats like fudge, brittles, cookies and hand dipped chocolate, there is a variety of savory snacks for everyone. Additional items like local honey, ice cream and sodas are also in store. One customer favorite at Uncle Leroy’s is the wide selection of brittles. Flavors like pecan coconut, cashew, and even bacon are popular. Don’t forget to sample the fudges that also come in a variety of flavors like Dark Chocolate Salted Caramel, Maple Pecan, and Peanut Butter. Don’t miss all the sweet delicacies Lancaster has to offer! By Virginia Lindak

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obody does fudge or brittle better than Uncle Leroy’s” says Don Lennon, owner of Uncle Leroy’s Candy Kitchen in Lancaster County. “We’ve been making the best for the past 35 years and that’s what we’re know for, brittle and fudge” said Lennon. All of the brittle and fudge are made locally using the best natural Lancaster County ingredients. Uncle Leroy’s produces Mackinac Island style fudge, 25 pounds at a time. Each batch is made on a 750 pound marble slab which Lennon has been doing since he started making fudge in 1974. “Unlike others, our

brittle is full of nuts. We don’t cut costs” said Lennon. Uncle Leroy’s is a multigenerational business, with

Lennon, his wife Tina, three of their adult children and granddaughter working at any of their five locations. Guests

can watch the candy making process at most locations and then enjoy fudge and brittle samples. Did I mention cookies? Like all other Uncle Leroy’s candies, their homemade cookies are also made with Lancaster County ingredient, including Wilbur chocolate. Whether you’re looking for their best selling original chocolate and peanut butter fudge or peanut brittle and bacon brittle (this writer thinks the bacon brittle should be illegal. Yeah, it’s that good), Uncle Leroy’s Candy Kitchen won’t disappoint. And in case you’re wondering, yes, there really is an Uncle Leroy.

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A Lancaster County Family Tradition Since 1978 Wine Tastings • Tours • Events • Local Beer Over 40 years of pioneering in the Pennsylvania wine industry has allowed us to craft a portfolio of wines to suit every pallet. Enjoy our sweet wines, premium barrel-aged wines, or wines that bring the best of both worlds. Join us at our estate and experience all that Nissley Vineyards has to offer!

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ancaster County is known for its beautiful vistas and spacious fields and farmlands, but it is also destination spot for fans of fresh and locally sourced beers and wines. In the last decade, the growth of craft beer has been remarkable with new local breweries and wineries launching each year. People have been developing a real thirst craft beer with many companies reaching to local farms to source grain. Taprooms are continuing to evolve, developing unique blends and original selections to ensure there is something for everyone. This adds to the fun of visiting Lancaster County as several established breweries and wineries are open to satisfy everyone’s thirst for fresh and local wine and beer. Keeping current with popular trends of local brewing, Lancaster Brewing Company is one business that aims to supply people with

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satisfying and unique blends of great beer. The business is proud to brew in the heart of Lancaster where old-world craftsman and Amish farmers where consistent quality is key to creating a product. Using high quality non-gmo grains, including 2 row barely base malt with a wide variety of specialty grains from all over the world, Lancaster Brewing Company strives to brew well-balanced, flavorful beers. Wine lovers have options while visiting Lancaster as well. Throughout the rolling hills and surrounding areas, vineyards have been around since the 1970s. Pennsylvania’s fertile soil is ideal for growing world-class grapes. These thriving vineyards give local wineries the ability to produce exceptional and consistent vintages each year. Paired with premium wines are the gorgeous views that folks can enjoy while sampling a wide variety

of wines. At Weathered Vineyards, locally made wines as well as sodas and craft beers are available to quench your thirst. Enjoy sampling a unique selection of wines in the tasting room in the cozy ambience of the fireplace room. In the warmer months, sitting outside on the patio is a wonderful way to enjoy vintage wines. Waltz Vineyards Estate Winery is another abundant vineyard in Lancaster. Offering European styles wines, they use a distinct combination of elements that yields rich and vibrant wines with subtle minerality. Each vintage is unique with the focused goal of to produce consistent quality, structure and balance in every wine. Using fruit grown on the estate, Waltz grows premium quality vinifera wine grapes. The grapes are hand-picked and carefully sorted to ensure only the best fruits for their wines. Offering red wines,

white wines and rose wines, enjoy sampling them all when visiting the vineyard and winery. Nissley Vineyards is another beautiful winery to experience that first opened in 1977. Explore the scenic estate located on 300 acres down a country road that is bordered by grape vines and meadows, set near an 18th century mill and winding creek. The vineyard grows 14 variations of grapes, that are pressed onsite to create amazing tasting fruit wines, as well as red, white and rose flavors. Dedicated to their tradition of producing distinctive wines, Nissley Vineyards is well worth the visit, especially on a June afternoon when the you will smell the sweet fragrance of grape blossoms. Visitors can also enjoy a self-guided tour of the winery’s production area and the chance to taste the different wines. By Virginia Lindak

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e invite you to join us to experience the unique opportunity to view the inner workings of our brewery while enjoying a full menu, including steaks, burgers, seafood, fresh salads, small plates, sandwiches and more. With exceptionally friendly service and something for every preference, dining at one of our Lancaster Brewing Company locations is an experience the whole family will love! We cook much like we brew our awardwinning artisan ales and lagers; with quality and freshness in every detail. Our Chefs are committed to fresh, sustainable and local produce, dairy, cheeses and

meats. Before you go, be sure to visit our gift shop for the perfect t-shirt, hat or other souvenir, and pick up a case or top off your

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richest, non-irrigated farmland in the world, Lancaster is a place where a hand-shake still means something, and where genuine craftsmanship, artisanal quality and stubborn self-reliance remain part of everyday life. Here at Lancaster Brewing, we unite our obsessive commitment to quality with creativity, skill and experience, to brew consistently great beer and serve excellent food. Inspired by long and rich brewing traditions, we’re proud to brew in the heart of Lancaster County, alongside scores of old-world craftsmen, 5300 independent small farmers and our fiercely independent Amish neighbors.

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ancaster County has long held a special appeal for visitors and locals alike. Whether it is exploring the popular outlet malls for shopping bargains or seeking out Amish farms to learn more about their distinctively unique culture, Lancaster County offers a wide array of activities and learning opportunities. Nestled among the scenic countryside and rolling hills of this idyllic Amish farmland, is another treasure of Lancaster County…the covered bridges. Those seeking a first-hand view of traditional covered bridges have come to the right place. Home to more than 200 covered bridges, Pennsylvania has more than any other state. In total, 27 covered bridges can be found in Lancaster County, the most of any county in Pennsylvania. Year after year, why do these covered bridges remain so appealing? Visitors enjoy the association of Lancaster’s picturesque countryside with the Amish way of life. Watching a horse drawn buggy crossing a historic covered bridge in an idyllic setting is part of that and continues to bring people to Lancaster County for this unique Amish experience. Another reason covered bridges are so popular is due to their scarcity around the rest of country. Many out of state visitors

travel to Lancaster, hoping to catch a glimpse of history. Covered bridge enthusiasts and hobbyists also come to see them. “Many visitors will define their travel routes around the country to visit the bridges that are out there,” said Scott Standish, the Director of the Long Range and Heritage Planning Division of the Lancaster County Planning Commission.

Dating back to the early 1800s, the Lancaster County covered bridges continued to serve a purpose in conjunction with their charming look. While they share the same general construction methods, covered bridges often have features that reflect the regions or communities where they are located. The covered bridges

found in Lancaster for example, usually have red sides with all-white portals. One reason for the similarity in appearance is because 12 of the existing covered bridges in Lancaster County were built by the same man, Elias McMellen. Along with being a prolific bridge builder, McMellen served in the military as a captain in the Union Army. Another bridge builder, James Carpenter, is credited with constructing six additional existing covered bridges. The official number of covered bridges in Lancaster is 27, yet some estimations place the number as high as 29, leaving room for visitors to find them. All but three bridges are currently listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Covered bridges remain one of the most photographed subjects in the entire United States, so be sure to bring your camera and capture a special picture all your own. Discover Lancaster, the county’s visitors’ bureau, suggests five unique driving tours throughout the Lancaster region, which includes several covered bridges. Tour lists, photographs and historical information on all 27 covered bridges of Lancaster County can be found at By Virginia Lindak

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ancaster County has been known for its quality craftsmanship for decades. Indeed, it is one major reason tourists come to Lancaster, to find unique handmade pieces of furniture, constructed with, precision, care and artistic design. Kauffman’s Handcrafted Clocks is a long-running business that opened in 1981. Specializing in a variety of clock styles sizes, both handmade and factory made, owner Isaac Kauffman said the handmade clocks are more popular with customers. “It’s been almost 40 years now. We started out doing a lot of grandfather clocks. That slowed down the last couple of years, so we’re doing a lot of mantle clocks and wall clocks also. I do the woodworking, then we buy the mechanisms and install them. I also started doing repairs on the clock movements itself. Most


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of our customer base is people coming to Lancaster and traveling through the area.” Clock sizes range from 9” inches to 40” inches for wall clocks, and 14” inches for the very popular mantle clocks. The clocks are built with a variety of locally sourced Pennsylvania-grown wood such as Tiger Maple, Cherry, and Quartersan Oak. “There are still a lot of people who have clocks and want to get them repaired and it’s hard to find someone to repair them,” he said. One special project Kauffman started working on a “crooked” grandfather clock. The unique design mimics a person standing and bending slightly and looking down, with arms on each side of the clock, on its “hips.” Local customer, Marc Crusemire, came into the shop with a photo of a “crooked clock” that his wife wanted and asked if Kauffman could build it. After thinking it over for

a few months, he began to get an idea how he could build it. A second customer also made a similar request showing Kauffman the same image. “It took me longer to design it than it took me to build it,” Kauffman joked. “I put a lot of thought into it. Once I figured out how, then it was easy. All I had was a picture, no measurements. I made a few changes to it from the picture. It was 80” inches tall and I used straight maple wood. I’ve built three of them so far. It was a fun challenge to do. Everyone who comes in the store says its reminds them of the clock from Beauty and the beast. It’s that kind of a character thing. It’s a great conversation piece. Riehl’s Quilts and Crafts is another Lancaster business offering quality handmade wares. With a focus on fabrics, everything from quilts to baby clothes are popular among customers visiting Lancaster. Located on the family farm, owner Susie Riehl said they first opened 25

years ago. The large store features a wide array of handmade items including soft fabric dolls, face masks, potholders, quilts, pillows, and the customer favorite “quillows” which are quilted pillows. Leather belts and purses, as well as natural body care items like soaps and lotions, are also for sale. “We have a huge store with homemade items. Anything that is handmade with material. Our quilts come in king, queen and single sizes. We also have lap robes,” Riehl said. “We have a lot of baby items like baby blankets, hats, bibs, booties, and books made of cloth. We also sell a lot of different homemade soaps, lotions and candles.” There are delicious locally sourced food items too, like jellies and jams, and pickled jars of things. More unique items like homemade brooms and birdhouses made from gourds are also popular. Riehl noted that every item is made locally by Amish friends and neighbors who come up with the creative designs themselves. “This summer, we are going to have a lot of different animals for children to come and look at. We have guinea pigs, puppies, chickens, goats. It’s a big farm. A lot to roam around on.” The Li’l Country Store & Miniature Horse Farm is another great stop for people of all ages coming to visit Lancaster. Open for 14 years, the farm features 20 miniature horses that children can take rides on. Visitors can also sponsor an animal on the farm. “We have a lot of families that come in and we give children rides on the miniature horses. We can do saddle rides or cart rides. We have other animals too like bigger horses, alpacas and goats. We’ll probably get chickens again in the spring. Our main attraction are the little horses,” said owner, Henry Stoltzfus.

The Country Store carries great quality Amish-crafted items such as furniture made onsite in the wood-working shop. Primitive pieces like coffee tables, shelving, knick-knack cabinets and end tables are best sellers. Bedroom and dining room sets made with hardwood are also popular. Fabric items are also available in the store including colorful potholders, quillows, table runners.

Homemade soaps and salves are also very popular, as well as the bird feeders, cookbooks, canned goods and toys for children. “In the summertime we have our Food Shed where we sell local made ice cream and homemade cheeses, pies and cookies and homemade drinks. The store is open year-round. I was raised here and have lived here all my life. It’s just home,” said Stoltzfus.

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Good ’N Plenty Restaurant is proud to serve a unique dining experience since 1969. At Good ’N Plenty, we offer our guests family style dining, menu dining, a takeout program, an award-winning bake shop and an extensive gift shop. At Good ’N Plenty Restaurant, we have something for everyone. We offer three ways for guests to enjoy our delicious food.

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Our traditional all-you-can-eat family style dining is our most popular dining option. Guests are seated at large tables, often with other restaurant guests and all the food is brought to the table by our experienced and friendly servers.

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Our menu dining option is perfect for guests with a smaller appetite who would like to dine at individual tables. In addition to all the Pennsylvania Dutch favorites, our menu features fresh-made soups, garden-fresh salads and made-to-order sandwiches.


Good ’N Plenty’s takeout program is ideal for busy people who want a delicious meal in a hurry. Place your take out order and we will have a tasty meal waiting for you.

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