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Old 03-18-2007, 07:42 AM
 
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Does anyone have any good advice for seeing Lancaster county on a day trip, just to drive out and see some sites without doing any of the paid tours or anything like that? We just want to see some Amish communities/farms/roadside stands..things like that, that would interest the kids. Have not been out that way yet..Thanks
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Old 03-18-2007, 10:17 AM
 
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Its been awhile since I've been out that way but if you take the backroads you will be bound to run into a few Amish horse buggies, working farms raodside stands etc.. Take Route 1 to route 472 up towards Quarryville then Lancaster. Just to the northeast of Lancaster is route 340 where Bird-in-hand and Intercourse are and they are big Amish communities.

Ephrata isn't far away its a great small town with great natural views. Have fun.
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Old 03-18-2007, 04:28 PM
 
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Thanks Rainrock..Knew you'd know! Are the towns you mentioned (I have heard of them) pretty quaint and neat to walk around in? Just thought we'd drive out and have a change of scenery...knowing there is so much more out there makes you want to go and see it...
Thanks again.
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Old 03-18-2007, 05:37 PM
 
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This site may help:

http://www.800padutch.com/
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Old 03-18-2007, 05:51 PM
 
Location: Lancaster County, PA
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As Rainrock mentioned, Intercourse and Bird-In-Hand are great towns. Take a walk through Kitchen Kettle at Routes 772 and 340. Travel 772 West from 30; it takes you into Intercourse and along the way you see alot of farmland and roadside stands. You may be able to eat dinner with a real Amish family and tour their farm.

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Old 03-18-2007, 06:02 PM
 
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One of the neatest town fairs I have ever been to is Lititz artist
fair in August I think...They close off all the streets and let artists
have tents....great food etc. The last time I went (2oo4) we had
a great time. Also....Abes Buggy rides at the end of Rt. 340 !!!
Kids love buggies !! Strasburg Railroad on 741..........

http://www.strasburgrailroad.com/
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Old 03-18-2007, 06:17 PM
 
Location: Lancaster County, PA
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Kozmic, you may be thinking of the Craft Show, which is the second Saturday in August. It is an experience, to say the least!
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Old 03-18-2007, 06:23 PM
 
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when you say you may get to eat dinner with a real Amish family, how does that ever happen?! I've heard stories like that but how does it happen? Not that I'll be scouting out a family to eat with, but just curious. It does sound neat. I am just looking forward to seeing farmland and some roadside stands...maybe now that it's warming up there would be more of them open? I guess I'm looking for a relaxing drive!
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Old 03-18-2007, 07:07 PM
 
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If you go onto the PA Dutch Visitor's Guide webpage, they will have info on people who DO open their houses for the curious to share a meal with them.

May I reccomend that you not visit on a Sunday? MANY places in this area are closed on Sundays. Kitchen Kettle has cute shops, but you cannot move in that town for the tourists, and the little roads are clogged with out of state cars. Try driving around Gap and off the beaten path from Strasburg (not 896 or 741). Churchtown, Goodville, and White Horse are pretty rural. Nice drives.
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Old 03-20-2007, 06:55 AM
 
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great advice...thanks guys..
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