Sundays in Lancaster County can be what you want it to be. You can go to church (we will help you find the denomination you prefer) and worship, and enjoy a day of leisure. There are many attractions open, contrary to preconceived ideas, so you can be as active you desire. I personally do the worship and leisure. Sometimes that means a trip to the river to watch the water flow-by, that is sort of like watching paint dry but it works to calm my soul. We have a trail that follows the river’s edge, another great way to enjoy nature and do it at your pace. Back to those attractions; a buggy ride, an Amish house tour, Hershey Park (see our special), museums etc. I’ll be glad to help you plan.
…for everything there is a season….and it is time to plant. Driving around the countryside I see the plowing is getting done and some places the gardens are all worked to plant. The neighbors will soon be putting in peas and onions. The Vogts, however, haven’t even worked the garden yet . Our Amish neighbors use hoop greenhouses all year long. I found out they supply a CSA near Philadelphia. I wonder how the hooked up with each other? Some other neighbors have been growing things in the hoop greenhouses so they will have early produce to get a premium price, now how smart is that. It will not be long before you’ll see those stands along the back roads of Lancaster County with all the fresh produce. You need to experience it to understand.
March is acting like the proverbial “Lamb”, so far. The temperatures are hovering at the high 50s and a great time to go outdoors. Yesterday we went to the township park and took a walk then sat and watched the river flow by. Some people were biking others fishing and all soaking up the beautiful day. This park is owned by the Township and is kept in great shape. there is a paved trail that runs for 2-3 miles. When it is finished it will be about 5-7 miles long thru several townships thus having it all finished at the same time is not going to be achieved. Ours is done. Most of the way you can see the river so for me very relaxing. We also have a community park that has tennis courts, walking trail and baseball fields. We are in rural Lancaster County but have some very impressive outdoor space.
I’ve writtten so much about Christmas that one would think that is all I think about, not so, but I keep getting more and more info on things that are happening here in Lancaster County and they all seem like fun and interesting ways to celebrate. This coming weekend must be the busiest of all. Just a few miles from me is the Marietta House Tour and the town closes down its year of celebrating 200 years as a town. This tour is always a big affair for the town. It will be Sunday Dec. 2 starting at 11 am.
Let’s see….Friday you can go to Intercourse for their Holiday Celebration starting at 4:30. Saturday you can do the Landis Valley Museum with all the Pennsylvania German Christmas stuff then move on to the PA Railroad Museum. Enough museums, while you are all down that way how about a great dinner at Iron Horse Inn. Dee’s food is always wonderful. I have more in my head just come by.
Over the river and through the woods to Grandmother’s house we go….. I guess most people don’t do this anymore, our family does, except for the woods/river thing, but there is hope…..Lancaster County has lots of restaurants that offer Thanksgiving Dinner. I have a list and am willing to share the info with you or you can go PDCVB and they have a list of the restaurants. If you really want to go over the river I can arrange that also.
WORK IS DONE NOW FOR FUN…………………it’s Friday and what am I going to do???? Our small towns have a great plan for having fun, they are special Fridays. First Friday is Downtown Lancaster , second Friday is Downtown Lititz, fourth Friday is Mount Joy and Columbia. People stroll the sidewalks and enjoy specials offered by the little shops, most restaurants offer a deal if you show a receipt from a local shop. Someone thinks up great themes and it might include tastings (like chili or chocolate) or watching someone do ice sculptures. All in all you get the small town experience and have fun.
It’s October and for some reason it is associated with “ghost tours”. Lancaster County will not be out done We have a walking tour in Strasburg. Aside from ghosts it is a beautiful little town. While there you can do a train ride and do more ghosts. Enough, if you really like this stuff you can go to Jason’s Woods and spend the evening. I’m much more interested in food , BUT you can do a ghost tour at Bube’s Brewery as well.
It’s that time of year, I can already feel it as I sit outside in the evening; the humidity is lower, the evenings are cooler and the crickets are chirping, it must be time for the fairs to begin. All of this is right on schedule because next week the 20th – 25th it is the first farm fair, Elizabethttown, a lovely town just 6 miles from us. You can get up close and personal with farm animals, taste food till you think you will burst, view arts and crafts done by locals, and observe people ( I find this very interesting).
In Lancaster County we are unique in that instead of a County Fair we have 8 local fairs with the first being Aug. 20-25 (mentioned above) and the last one October 8-12. Pick a time and come we have a fair almost every week somewhere. If this is the reason for coming be sure to ask.
You need time away to just have fun.
If you are the busy person that can’t sit still why not try Civil War Days at Landis Valley. Are you the person that wants to sit back and watch the world go by? How about a balcony overlooking the farm lands? Do you need a bottle of wine to go with that? Ahhh, dinner to finish it off. We have many suggestions if these don’t do it
This town is always of interesting to our visitors. Quite frankly, we in Lancaster County don’t even give the name a second thought. To me it is a place to send guests that want a buggy ride, to see quilts, taste great food or shop at some neat specialty shops. This week end one of those shops is having a Hot Dog Bash on Saturday, Intercourse Canning Company. While you are there you can visit those neat shops, do some taste tests at Kitchen Kettle , do the pretzel thing Intercourse Pretzel and try the soft pretzels at Immergut Pretzels (no website, run by the Amish). So you see you can spend all day just hanging out eating, shopping, eating, shopping etc.