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Old 08-10-2011, 06:44 AM
 
Location: Where the sun likes to shine!!
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I am planning a trip for hubby and I in September. We are going to Lancaster and the surrounding areas. We don't have young children so we have no plans for any of the amusement parks. I would love to see a working farm, do some factory tours, go to a Farmer's market, and of course sample some of the local food.

What are some of the places you would recommend seeing? I would also love to learn more about the Amish and Mennonites but I don't want it to be a tourist trap. Any ideas?
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Old 08-10-2011, 09:45 AM
 
Location: Kirkwood, DE and beautiful SXM!
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Hi Lisa,

It's been a few years since I've been to Lancaster County but I would suggest that you look at 800godutch.com for some tourist info. There are lots of things to do and lots of places to eat. The Good N Plenty restaurant is very popular but I haven't eaten there in years. Check out Intercourse PA's website also. The Amish and Menonites will have displays of quilts and other items of interest. Just so you know, a little history here, when you purchase an item made by them, there will always be something "not quite right" as they believe that only God makes things perfect. I am really not saying it right, but you get the picture. Their items are lovely and the food is delicious. You should have enough to do to really enjoy yourselves. Wish I was going with you.
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Old 08-10-2011, 11:42 AM
 
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Thank you SXMGirl.

I have read about the Amish and I do remember that about their quilts. No vanity there
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Old 08-10-2011, 01:51 PM
 
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I read the title of the thread and thought it referred to Lancaster in England.

I was very surprised to learn that the Amish were there!
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Old 08-10-2011, 02:17 PM
 
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Hi Lisa,

It's been a few years since I've been to Lancaster County but I would suggest that you look at 800godutch.com for some tourist info. There are lots of things to do and lots of places to eat. The Good N Plenty restaurant is very popular but I haven't eaten there in years. Check out Intercourse PA's website also. The Amish and Menonites will have displays of quilts and other items of interest. Just so you know, a little history here, when you purchase an item made by them, there will always be something "not quite right" as they believe that only God makes things perfect. I am really not saying it right, but you get the picture. Their items are lovely and the food is delicious. You should have enough to do to really enjoy yourselves. Wish I was going with you.
I was in Lancaster County last week and I ate the Good N Plenty restaurant (to try Pennsylvania Dutch cooking). I would definitely recommend it. Also I visited Kitchen Kettle Village in Intercourse, PA and definitely found the whole area pleasant to walk around in. While there I bought some great homemade style jams which I am still enjoying. Also I suggest visiting Bird-in-Hand although I got there a bit too late to see the Farmers Market, but I heard it is definite worth visiting.
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Old 08-10-2011, 03:52 PM
 
Location: Kirkwood, DE and beautiful SXM!
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Lisa,

They just had the ad for Lancaster County.com and then click on Lancaster County Originals or Things To Do. They've been running this commercial for the past week and it looks like you can tour the Turkey Hill Ice Cream factory. Everything is listed in alphabetical order so it's easy to see what all of the activities are.
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Old 08-11-2011, 01:58 PM
 
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When I was in Lancaster last year, I stopped here: Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society - Lancaster, PA - Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society

It was a really good resource for understanding all of the various anabaptist groups.
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Old 08-11-2011, 10:39 PM
 
Location: University City, Philadelphia
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Do you like "Living Historical" places like Colonial Williamsburg, VA?

Near Lancaster there is a perfected preserved little religious "village" that was founded - I think - in 1732. It is called The Ephrata Cloister. It was founded by a very strict and weird religious sect and you walk around the various buildings, it was a self-contained community. The setting is very beautiful, with gently rolling hills, meadows and shady lanes.

Check out Ephrata Cloister, Ephrata, PA

I recommend it.
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Old 08-12-2011, 05:35 AM
 
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Thank you everyone. You have given me some ideas for my list
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Old 08-12-2011, 03:20 PM
 
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Thank you everyone. You have given me some ideas for my list
You might also want to post your question on the Pennsylvania forum if you want to get more opinions/information.
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