Try to get on one of the Red Lion bus tours. The lady that hosts them has known the Amish people for many years, and she’s one of the few "outsiders" that they trust. I forgot her name, but the information she provides during the tour is outstanding, and they stop for lunch at an Amish family’s house (NOT a restaurant; you’ll eat right in their house, and be treated to a truly home-made meal). Their website is: http://www.redlionbus.com.
Willow Valley in Willow Street
Good n’ Plenty in Intercourse
Miller’s Smorgassbord in Kinzer are some of these. But they are in the touristy areas (take it from an old Amishman[:D]
Try Haag’s Hotel in Shartlesville. It was great 40 years ago and, I’m told, it still is. pb
Be sure and eat a supper at a Pennsylvania Dutch "family-style" restaurant. Can’t remember any names, but ask the locals for recommendations. You’ll be seated at a big table with other diners, and they bring out the plates full of food to pass around. Great local food, and a great experience all around.
I’ve spent a fair amount of time in southern PA over the years (less now that they’re shipping Yuengling out of state), and theres a question thats always bugged me. Who named some of these towns? Bird in Hand, Intercourse, King of Prussia. Although I do have some fond memories of good old Intercourse.
Hey how about a side trip north to Centralia, home of the underground mine fire. Been burning since the sixties from what I understand, now thats a tourist destination.
On a more serious note I recommend a trip to Gettysburg, town and battlefield are very scenic whether or not your into the historical aspect. I can’t recall any specific roadfood type places, but I’ve definitely eaten well all around the region.
Vayo con Queso
What a lovely time of year to be in this area.
I second the careful driving, especially at night.
make sure to bring home some Amish cheese and Lebanon Baloney.
I’m trying to remember if the cheesemaker who gives tours of the factory is here, or in Ohio.. I’m coming up blank, but it is a neat look at the cheesemaking process.
Grew up in Lancaster County. September is a great time for the Farmers Markets.
For a Kitschy truly authentic local experiencxe go to either Green Dragon or Roots (Open Friday and Tuesday respectively). Sort of a combination Flea Market Farmers Market. In September the fruit and produce selection should be excellant
For a diferent sort of Farmers Market experience go to the Central Market in Downtown Lancaster. Open Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturday. Try to go Tuesday or Friday, because some of the true Farm stands are not open Saturday. The market is housed in a Gothic Revival Building built in the 1880’s just of Lancasters Penn Square. There is a Quilt Museum, and a Musuem of Lancaster County History and Art within Walking Distance. The Central Market has become more of a Yuppie Market in recent years but still
has excellant Produce stands, bake shops and meat stands. Get there early (7am is not too early) definitely before noon.
Although I do not live in the area at the moment I grew up there. I second the motion that you do the Green Dragon farmers market. Open only on Fridays. Another great market is Root’s farm market open only on Tuesday.
If you google Lancaster County you will also find a ton of information. Check the forums on this site for diners etc. New Holland stands out as I hear it is pretty good. The trip from Lancater to Intercourse is quite interesting as well. You pass through Bird in Hand where there is also a small but pretty good farmers market on the right hand side in B in H. Hours vary according to the time of year but open Friday and Saturday for sure. Several nice bakeries on this road as well.
I suggest you AVOID all the big splashy tourist stops and follow your nose and you will find some mighty fine eats.
Rt. 30 east has lots of shopping as well I hear. Don’t be afraid to get off the main roads and look for farm stands. They sell some very good pastries and crafts.
Check with your local AAA and get some good guide books and maps if you can. There is a very good map of Lancaster County that shows all the back roads.
What time of the year will you be there? Happy Eating.
Do the market downtown. It is only open 3-4 days a week but it is very nice with lotsa of great food and Amish crafts.
It is downtown Lancaster.
There is a huge buffet just east of town that has a nice appearance and cost a bundle. In my opinion, it was not worth it but there are numerous places that are smaller and nicer.
Intercourse which is just east of Lancaster has several neat places in their small downtown. The craft shops are wonderful. I bought two wagons for my grandchildren. They were expensive but they will last until their children come along.
Enjoy this beautiful area. I saw 10 year old children driving a four horse team in the fields and the buggies that are horse drawn are everywhere. Be careful after dark as they become almost invisible.
The farms are beautiful.
Paul E. Smith
I have been there quite a few years ago when my girls were small. I can’t remember the names of some of the restaraunts we went to but one stands out it was an Amish type buffet it was great. I do remember a trip to a flea market that is open during the day mid week called the Green Dragon that was super, I was buying breads and pies and my asked me what the hell I was doing because we were staying at a hotel and not going home any time soon. Also bought all kinds of jams and peserves there also. I’ll watch this thread with great intrest as I’m considering going back after I return from Italy in May. I’ll try to look for the flea market info and post it here. Chow Jim
am planning a september trip to lancaster county pa….driving from denver…….any suggestions on routes/points of interest/good eats??
trip to amish country
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