Country Creations Country Store: Has a little bit of everything
There are a lot of stores in in Lancaster like this. However, of all of them I liked this one the most. It had the best offering of random items as well as pretty good prices. I also like the fact that it was in a reclaimed barn.
It can be a little tricky to find.
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W 076o 11.148
Olio Olive Oils & Balsamics: For the cook
This is a small shop that at the time we went had only been open for a year. But what a year they must have had as they were already expanding.
If there is someone you know that likes to cook this is the place you should gift shop for them. If you are the one that likes to cook you will love this shop. Any oil that they sell is on display for you to sample. If can actually be a little over whelming. So take your time and enjoy.
What to buy: One of any number of balsamic oils, or olive oils.
What to pay: Really all depends on what you get. We got a little sampler pack of Balsamics with 6 2oz bottles for about $25.
- Food and Dining
Country Knives: This ones for the guys
We just happed on this shop while we were driving along and had to stop. For me it was a nice little change from all the nick nack shops and such.
This shop has all the major knife makers. If you have heard of them this place has it. Very nice staff willing to answer all of your questions. Fondling of the knifes is encouraged if you are of legal age. So if you are looking for something a little different to do check this place out.
What to buy: Something sharp it really does not matter what.
What to pay: A little bellow retail.
September Farm Cheese: If you love cheese you need to stop here
If you are looking to fresh dairy products on you visit to Lancaster look no further. September Farm has everything you are looking for and for reasonable prices.
We went on a weekend and there was free samples of all the cheeses that the farm makes as well as other samples of spreads crackers ect.
This farm is a cheese lovers paradise. But that is not all they have. They also have fresh ice cream and cheese tarts.
It is a little hard to find but well worth it when you do.
What to buy: Let face it if you are coming to a dairy farm you are going to be buying dairy products.
What to pay: Depending on what you get most 8oz cheese will cost between $3.50 and $7.
- Food and Dining
- Road Trip
The Artworks at Doneckers: Unique shops at Doneckers
The Artworks is in an historic building. The artists here are exceptional. Last time I was there, one artist was making fantastic kaleidoscopes, and another had all kinds of unique wooden boxes. Not to be missed! Doneckers also has a B&B, clothing store, and one of the higher-end restaurants in the county. It is close to Green Dragon, which is one of the larger farmer's markets in the county.
What to buy: Exceptional artwork
What to pay: This artwork is not cheap
Rockvale Square Outlets: Did somebody say "sales tax free"?
Rockvale Square Outlets houses more than 120 brand name stores, including Nautica, The Gap, Levi's, and more! I know this sounds like a commercial. It's not really. I promise... This place is so big there is a complementary shuttle service to help you get around.
What to buy: Clothes, shoes, jewelry, books, furniture, whatever.
What to pay: Less than retail value. Plus, there's no sales tax.
shady maple restaurant: excellent luch or dinner
this is a unique restaurant that provides the freshest and most diverse array of food to satisfy every palate and finish off with an excellent array of desserts. it is most reasonable and has a discount for seniors; it is located next to the Shady Maple Farmers Market and if you live in the immediate area you can use up a half of a day food shopping for the freshest vegetablesand fresh cut meats right from the farm and then eat an excellent meal at the restaurant; there are second and third helpings of food, provided you EAT WHAT YOU TAKE. Well worth the trip and experience !!
Green Dragon: Rural Farm Market a sociology study
On Fridays, all day, is the market at the Green Dragon. Lots of fresh farm produce, local made, handmade stuff and loads of farm people who don't go out except to the Green Dragon. This is people watching at its finest. Little farm kids watching all the outsiders, and whole families that show the effects of inbreeding. Easy to find on the north side of Ephrata.
What to buy: Fresh food, vegetables, bread, local handcraft trinkets.
What to pay: Not very much at all.
- Budget Travel
- Family Travel
Intercourse Country Store: Intercourse quilts
Candies, soulvenirs, all sorts of things available...but what struck me was the selection of QUILTS ! An amazing number were available in both versions...hand stitched as well as machine made. Certainly you should find one to suit your fancy. I thought of my quilting friends who would go bananas over this place.
- Road Trip
- Arts and Culture
The Village Pottery: Look for the really good pottery
Someone told me that this would be where I find Foltz pottery. They have a very fine assortment of this artist's work. This is my favorite red ware from the area. I found a beautiful piece at the museum shop at the Cloisters, but there is much to choose from here as well.
Some of the pottery is more contemporary, so they cater to every taste.
What to buy: hand made pottery
What to pay: A good signed piece of pottery could cost around $200. but not necessary to buy the largest pieces or the finest craftsmen.
- Road Trip
- Arts and Culture
The Greenery of Morgantown: Florist and gift shop
I wanted to write a tip for this because as a visitor to this town I needed a florist on several occasions. The Greenery is also a very nice gift shop with balloons, gift baskets, cards, and seasonal decorations.
The Greenery's staff gives personal attention and work with you to make the perfect selection for whatever you may be selecting flowers for.
What to buy: Fresh flowers are their specialty. They deliver locally and worldwide.
We were there at Christmas time and they had some of the best Christmas decorations. I collect angel ornaments and they had a fine selection to choose from.
What to pay: I bought a vase of fresh flowers for $9.99
- Budget Travel
- Business Travel
Hager's Arcade: Lots of shops
This was our first stop in Lancaster because there's a great parking lot right behind the mall and we were hoping to wait out the rain. Unfortunately, the rain never stopped, but we did stumble on some interesting crafts. My mom bought some nice earrings and my nephew had a great time entertaining some ladies in a souvenir shop. What a charmer.
Central Market: America's oldest farmers' market
A great place to buy local food specialties like Pennsylvania Dutch sausage and cheeses. The building is well over 100 years old and is also a great place to buy souvenirs. The hours are a bit limited. Open Tuesdays and Fridays, 6am-4:30pm and Saturday 6am-2pm.
Tanger Outlets: And then there was MORE shopping...
You'll find Tanger Outlets just up the street from Rockvale Square. At Tanger you'll get your DKNY, Guess?, Gap, Polo Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, J. Crew, Eddie Bauer, and more.
What to buy: Clothes, jewelry, shoes, furniture, diamonds, whatever. The Gap is huge and they have GREAT discounts! It's one of my favorite stops.
What to pay: Less than retail value, of course.
Rockvale and Tanger Outlets: Outlet Shopping, can't beat it!
Rockvale and Tanger outlets are both along 30. Rockvale is much bigger, but IMHO Tanger has much better stores. If you can find Dutch Wonderland, the outlets aren't far!
What to buy: EVERYTHING! Kenneth Cole, NIKE, Tommy Hilfiger, DKNY, Bath & Body Works, Pfaltzgraff, Levi, Fossil, Eddie Bauer, J Crew, Guess, Banana Republic, Ann Taylor, Ralph Lauren, GAP, Estee Lauder, Sony.... The list goes on!
What to pay: Cheaper than department stores, but you have to sift through to make sure you aren't buying damaged things.
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