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An Amish gentlemen once told my husband, "well if you have a town called,'Intercourse' you're going to get yourself a few tourists."
What's even better is the drive you can take through Lancaster County:
From "Churchtown" it's a short drive west to "Blue Ball", from which you can work your way southwest to "Bird In Hand", turn left for "Intercourse", turn right for "Paradise" and turn right again to arrive in "Fertility"
The birth rate in Lancaster county is very high!
A highlight of the trip was when we had dinner in this Amish home. The family entertains about 25 - 27 people twice a week and the wife and her mother do all of the cooking. They feed you well....pure and fresh, but extremely fattening.Guess they work off all their calories because they are on the go 6 days a week from dawn to dusk. The farmer gave a tour of the property, barn, showed off his horses, and explained farming techniques after dinner. If you ever have a chance to do this, don't miss it.
Their children were the most beautiful I've seen in a long time. How I wish I could have photographed all of it, but of course....they do not want this.
We booked our buggy ride through the hosts at the B&B, Churchtown Inn. Our driver gave us all the inside scoop on what all the local farmers were doing, lifestyle of the Mennonites and Amish, development concerns on the fringe of the farms....all sorts of things that happened into his mind that morning. He was a real character. Looked a bit like Robert DeNiro, but needed his teeth fixed. He was positively outraged that some kids put graffitti inside this beautiful old covered bridge. There are buggy rides in other areas, but this tour through the farms of Churchtown was about as local and pure as any could have been...away from the crowds and the traffic.
We arrived at the farmhouse about 9 am and our group were allocated a guide to take us through each room of the farmhouse. The guide was excellent and explained the detail of each room. The bedrooms were well decorated and looked realistic with everyday clothes on hangers for visitors to view.
After viewing the farmhouse we went outside to view the shed and associated farm machinery. It was an enjoyable stop.
This is a beautiful shopping centre with character buildings and lovely landscaped gardens. It is a tourist mecca but designed so the visitors are spread out through the various streets. We had lunch here, enjoyed the free entertainment, and took the best part of an hour to look through the shops.
If you are looking for Quilts I recommend you walk over the highway a few hundred metres where there are several specialist retailers.
There is a large parking area adjacent to the village.
We visited the small town of Intercourse for a few hours, a great place to have a nice lunch and then after lunch walk through the town.
Visit the Quilt Shops and you will be amazed with the quality of these quilts. My wife purchased a small quilt to bring home to Australia.
Whilst walking around the town you will see the Amish going about their daily business, there will be many horse and carriages pass you with the locals in their traditional Amish dress.
What to do in Lititz
Moravian Church Square
Lititz Walking Tour
Linden Hall Girls School
Wilbur Chocolate Candy Store & Museum
Sturgis Pretzel House
Historic Walk Through Lititz
Vintage Lititz Train Station
Lititz Springs Park
Lititz Historical Museum & Foundation
General Sutter Inn
Heritage Map Museum of Lititz
Candy Americana Museum, this prized collection of the museum has more than 150 hand-painted European and Oriental antique porcelain chocolate pots, some bearing the names Haviland, Limoges, and Dresden.
Open 10am to 5pm Monday through Saturday
Call about special Holiday Hours
Toll free 1-888-294-5287
Located on the Eastern edge of Lancaster County you will find Renningers-Adamstown Market. There are many independent shops and markets that stretch along Route 272 and the nearby vicinity. Adamstown, PA is known as the "Antique Capital of the World".
Open 7:30am to 4pm - Sunday
This is worth a day trip for anyone in the area. Every Sunday you will find a gigantic Antique & Collectible Market with more than 375 dealers indoor, and during the spring, summer & fall up to 400 display in the outdoor section.
Antiques Capital USA
The village is a great place to visit, enjoy the shops and beautiful food but the highlight of the day was the entertainment. These guys were fabulous, they would sing a few songs, tell a few jokes and then ask for requests.
Grab a table, some nice food and a good coffee and just sit and enjoy the show. I heard one visitor say when he last visited 25 years ago these guys were the entertainment. Enjoy the show and donate a few dollars.
Included in our tour was a visit to the Amish Village which is run on the lines of a theme park. You are ushered into a multi media theatre where you watch a 20 minute video on the Amish people which gives you an insight to their community and beliefs.
We also attended an Amish banquet, details are on my Restaurant tips.
All in all it was a good experience and I came away with more understanding of this community.
Take a 45-minute ride aboard America’s oldest short-line railroad. Journey through Amish farmland on authentic passenger cars, pulled by a coal-burning steam locomotive. Strasburg, PA
Pennsylvania is often recognized as the birthplace of covered bridge building. Lancaster County has 28 covered bridges, also known as kissing bridges. Pennsylvania has the largest number of covered bridges in the nation and Lancaster County has more than any other county. The longest covered bridge in the world was built in Lancaster County in 1814. It crossed the Susquehanna River between Columbia and Wrightsville, a distance of over a mile (5,960 feet). Ice and high water destroyed it in 1832.
Although this is a nationwide chain it is still worth a quick look while in the area.
Open 9:00am - 5:00pm
This store shares space with Nav Jiwan Tea Room. So come enjoy a different country's cuisine each week served in an atmosphere of international charm at the Nav Jiwan Tea Room. Lunch Tuesday-Saturday 10am – 3pm and Friday Evening Buffet 5pm – 8pm.
Nav Jiwan Tea Room - 717.721.8418
Stoudtburg Village, just across the Lancaster County line in Adamstown. More than 200 indoor dealers and more than 100 outdoor dealers. Open Sundays, 7:30am - 5:00pm
Throughout the year there are scheduled events and festivals for you to enjoy here. The public is often treated to Extravaganza weekends of Entertainment, music, arts and crafts, anniversary and holiday events. This picturesque setting is created by the Old World European architecture that surrounds you. This is definitely worth a trip over the County line, while in this area of Lancaster County.