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For those guests looking for a Lancaster area getaway weekend or even a vacation getaway, the area offers a wide array of things to do:
The Lower Susquehanna is home to the Pennsylvania Dutch, famous for their foods, farm markets, quilts, preservation efforts and simple way of living. Don't be fooled, however the area is also home to fabulous restaurants, charming farm-style and upscale B and Bs, some of the best antique shops anywhere, historic theaters, first-rate symphonies, and talented artists. History comes alive each day on the streets and in the fields of Lancaster County and you won't want to miss a moment of it.
Churchtown and Immediate Vicinity:
Historic Churchtown offers its own craft, antique and harness shops, some within walking distance of the inn. Covered bridges abound in our adjacent farming valleys. The area's Dutch Country roads offer scenic vistas for walking, jogging and biking. Visit our local Amish and Mennonite farm stands for fresh produce in season. Stop in an Amish farm and shop for beautiful hand-made quilts. Take a buggy ride around the area. Nearby, the Cloister in Ephrata offers tours of the original buildings which housed one of America's earliest communal societies. French Creek State Park is a pristine natural setting in which to bike, hike and picnic.
Lancaster and Vicinity:
Lancaster County abounds in history and offers an array of tours and activities. Landis Valley Farm Museum offers a recreated village of PA German rural life with live craft demonstrations held daily. The Strasburg Railroad offers rides on America's oldest shortline train and offers many special events and activities throughout the year. The Central Market in the city of Lancaster is America's oldest publicly owned, continuously operated farm market. If chocolate is your weakness, you won't want to miss Wilbur Chocolates in Lititz for a local favorite, Wilbur buds, or take a day trip to Hershey. While you're in Lititz, you can twist your own pretzel and tour the factory of the Sturgis Pretzel House, America's first pretzel bakery, with Plain hand-made pretzels . On nearby Rt. 340 in towns like Bird-in-Hand and Intercourse, Amish tourist attractions abound, with an array of local craft shops, museums like the People's Place Quilt Museum and PA Dutch foods. Our favorite stop is Kitchen Kettle Village and the neighboring Candle Barn.
The course at Honeybrook Golf Club, Honeybrook (5.3 miles) is a mixture of wide-open links, tree-lined fairways and subtle elevation changes that combine natural beauty and a great golf layout. Tree Top Golf Course, Manheim, is an 18-hole, par 65 course with rolling terrain in a country setting perfect for a novice golfer, the accomplished golfer looking for a quick round or a day out with the family. Tree Top also offers night golf and other special events. The 9-hole course at nearby Flying Hills caters to those interested in a shorter game.
Wineries and Vinyards
The climate and terrain of Southeastern Pennsylvania mirror those in the finest European wine regions. The 540 foot elevation protects the vines from the coldest of eastern nights and late spring frosts. If you are a wine lover, a tour of the local wineries is a fabulous way to spend the day while vacationing in Pennsylvania Dutch Country. Here are a few favorites:
J. Maki Winery at French Creek Ridge Vineyards, Elverson, is the home of America's Best Champagne and one of the East's top producers of Methode Champenoise sparkling wine. The winery at this 10-acre vineyard recently installed a solar tracking system that produces 50% of the winery's electric needs.
Twin Brook Winery, at this 67-acre picturesque estate winery located in Gap, you can stroll through the vineyards and visit the restored 19th-century barn, which houses a state-of-the-art wine making facility and a rustic tasting room.
Mount Hope Estate & Winery, a carriage house wine shop featuring gourmet foods and hard-to-fine wine accessories, is located in Manheim. An Historic Estate Featuring Spectacular Entertainment on the Grounds of the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire.
The Vanity Fair outlets are 20 minutes away in the city of Reading (America'a original outlet center), and Rockvale and Tanger outlets are 35 & 40 minutes away on Rt. 30 in Lancaster.
Antique shops abound in our area. Simply walk across the street to the Churchtown Antique Shop and enjoy visiting a beautifully restored 1800's building. Just 20 minutes away, in Adamstown, Antiques Capital USA is one of the largest antique markets in the country. Two weekend outdoor flea markets you don't want to miss are Shupp's Grove and Renninger's Antique/Collectibles Market. Stoudt's Black Angus Antique Mall features over 300 indoor and 200 outdoor venders. You are sure to come upon many charming, unique shops just meandering through the scenic roads of Lancaster County.
Visit any of 20 museum sites covering over 300 years of Lancaster County's diverse cultural and regional heritage. A few hightlights not already mentioned:
James Buchannan's Wheatland
Heritage Center Museum
Demuth Museum & Tobacco Shop
Historic Rock Ford Plantation
Lancaster Museum of Art
Hans Herr House
National Toy Train Museum
National Watch & Clock Museum
Wright's Ferry Mansion
1852 Herr Family Homestead
New Holland Band Museum
Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania
Cornwall Iron Furnace
Lancaster Quilt & Textile Museum & Lancaster Heritage Center Museum
The renowned Sight and Sound Theatres in Strasburg have been inspiring their audiences by bringing the Bible to life with spectacular on-stage shows for over 30 years (behind the scenes tours available). Enjoy critically acclaimed original shows and renowned celebrity performers at the American Music Theatre, Rt 30 Lancaster. With its restored Victorian architecture, The Fulton Opera House in Lancaster, is considered to be the nation's oldest continuously operating theatre and one of only eight theatres to be named a National Historic Landmark (behind the scenes tours available).
Within an hours drive from the inn, the Brandywine Valley offers several terrific attractions. Longwood Gardens is the world-renowned horticultural display with formal gardens and a huge indoor conservatory. Brandywine River Museum houses an outstanding collection of original art from Andrew Wyeth and family. Winterthur offers tours of the premier collection of early American decorative arts in the Henry DuPont estate and a wonderful Yuletide tour. And for the bargain minded you can tour the QVC Studio Park.