If you are looking to relax and unwind a good place to start is at the Churchtown Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork, owned and operated by husband and wife, Suzanne Martin and Craig Sweigart.
They offer techniques in Swedish massage, Deep Tissue massage, and Sports massage techniques.
They are by appointment only and are closed on the week-ends.
It was raining and we wanted a cup of coffee and the guy at the Heritage Museum told us to try Isaac's. Perhaps the guy (who was probably in his eighties) hadn't been out in years, because there was nothing special about the coffee, but he did mention that they have the best sandwiches in town.
I will say that it was an exceptionally clean restaurant and that the people were friendly.
I just liked this statue located at the entrance of Steinman Park off of King Street across from the entrance to the Hager Arcade Shopping Mall. I walked back into the park, which is really just a quiet spot in downtown, but there was a wedding reception going on so I couldn't really explore too much.
Bird In Hand
The village of Bird-In-Hand is a charming little village. Located here are antique shops and a authetic Farmer's Market. The Farmer's Market sells crafts, food, and furniture. This is a good place to purchase Amish merchandise.
My home in Lancaster
"I can't believe I live here!"
About 21 years ago my family moved to Lancaster PA. We moved here from Indiana PA. Pennsylvania has always been "home" even thought we lived in many different parts of the country. We had friends who moved to the Lancaster area for jobs and we helped them move and joking, we said that if we ever moved this would be where we go. Within the year we were living in Lancaster too. The Lord moves in mysterious ways!
We love the area. There are four seasons which is one reason we love PA.
Lots of industry here too. Lancaster has a very low unemployment rate.
Many years ago, the big draw was tourism. The area is well know for the Amish who live here. Many people come here to "see the Amish." However the Amish are a quiet reserved culture who do not "put on a show." They go about their business and live their lives among themselves. They still travel by horse and buggy, but it's not unusual to see them rollerblading along the side of the road. They have become more a part of the "English" culture in order to make a living for themselves. Much of the farmland is being sold to developers and many Amish have moved away. Those who have stayed have moved into the building industry. Some build homes, some make cabinetry, some do crafts items to sell. They are really just like anyone else.
Lancaster has become a shoppers paradise. There are quite a few outlet malls in the area. Many people come from NY, NJ, MD, VA, MA, CT, RI etc for shopping. Prices are good I suppose if you are looking for designer items.
Also, there are so many restaurants in the area! I don't think I could ever try them all. Everything from gourmet to road side stands. Every cuisine imaginable too. We like to try different places often but as I said we will never be able to try them all. (it's fun trying though!)