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Has anyone visited Lancaster PA?

Discussion in 'Travel Forum' started by abcgrad94, May 26, 2007.

  1. abcgrad94

    abcgrad94 Active Member

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    We're visiting the Lancaster area soon and I'd like to find some interesting off-the-beaten-path places to experience. We're trying to steer clear of the tourist traps like Hershey Park and visit more educational, but fun, family sites. Please share if you have gems of wisdom about this area (restaurants, shops, etc.) Thanks.
     
  2. Diggin in da Word

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    Park City Mall is a great place to visit... many shops.
    Central Market in Penn Square... a farmer's market.
    Several museums... including Leonard and Mildred Rothman's Gallery.

    Take a ride 20 miles east to Holtwood and visit Amish farms... definitely a step back into the pre=electric past.
     
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    First off, you gotta know how to pronounce it.
    Lanc'-as-ter not Lan'-cas-ter

    Lancaster's just an hour away from here; my in-laws will be moving there...
    ...if they ever sell their house.

    Check out Sight and Sound's Millennium Theatre [LINK], it's quite touristy and a bit expensive, but if you haven't done it yet you ought to visit

    They put on a nice production and have you look at a favorite Bible story in a new way.

    Lancaster's getting quite built up now with traffic jams every weekend.
    My favorite pastime is traveling slow on the back roads and enjoying the country (nothing smells better than horse manure!).
    Of course my wife likes visiting the roadside quilt shops and sampling the root beer and cider.

    Rob
     
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    I always enjoy Willow Creek - they have a conference center, wonderful restaurant, bakery, craft area, etc.

    It is, however, the "beaten path" and big business. Just found their rooms and food to be outstinkingstanding compared to most others around the nation! :applause:
     
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    You beat me to it. I've been there a few times, it's really quite interesting. Lancaster is a fun area. Enjoy the buffets, they got some good eating up there. Also, check out the Strasburg Railroad. If you're going at the beginning of July, there's a great corn maze. Here's some great museums in the area.
     
  7. abcgrad94

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    Thanks for your helpful suggestions. We spent last week on vacation and did visit the Strasburg railroad and the tabernacle. My favorite place was Wheatland, home of former President Buchanon. (I probably misspelled that.)

    While we enjoyed ourselves, I was completely unprepared for all the tour buses and commercialism and outrageous prices geared to make money off tourists. The roadside bake sales and Amish shops were more to my liking than all the strip malls and expensive restaurants.

    By the way, I think PA has the best yard sales and the BIGGEST deer I've ever seen! The deer must be getting fat from all those big buffets!:laugh:
     
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    Deer, yuck, rats with antlers.
    I spend all summer trying to keep them out of my garden.

    I'll be visiting the Strasburg Rail Road mid June with my grandson when Thomas the Train (toot-toot) goes on tour;
    he's one of Thomas' smaller fans. :laugh:

    Rob
     
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    I'm a frequent visitor. If you like antiques and such, check out Cackleberry Farm antique mall on hwy 30 east of Paradise. I found one those "Antique Road Show" finds there.

    I recommend that you stay away from the Strasburg Railroad in the early spring. If you get on there, like I did, right after all the farmers have fertilized there fields, usually with manure, it really stinks.

    You can get less congestion yet plenty of shopping and restaraunts if you go to Bird-in-Hand or Intercourse.

    Yes, that's actually the names of some of the nearby towns. Bird-in-Hand, Intercourse, Paradise, Blue Ball. You can imagine the jokes that arise from that! (Am I blushing?)

    There's no such thing as discount Amish products. If it's cheap, it's probably not genuine Amish made. But you get your mony's worth if you can afford it. Amish furniture is premium quality craftsmanship and the material is the real stuff. No lamination.

    Have fun!
     
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