3 Days, 2 Nights in Lancaster
3 Days, 2 Nights in Lancaster, Summer 2009
Day One, Night One
We love minor league baseball and when the Lancaster Barnstormers are in town there are often Friday night fireworks after the game. The stadium is also extremely family friendly with an awesome playground for the kids and a fun gift shop. We love starting our 3-day visit to Pennsylvania Dutch Country with a hot dog in one hand and a cold beverage in the other.
Day Two, Night Two
We always pay a visit to what we call "the village". That's Kitchen Kettle Village off Old Philadelphia Pike.We try to visit during one of their numerous festivals and our favorite is the annual rhubarb festival. There is a ton of stuff for the kids to do, fun shops for the whole family and entertainment and parades that often feature: the fun village mascot, Yummie, Chipper from Hers Potato Chips, Bo from Turkey Hill, Cylo from the Barnstormers, the Prince, Princess and Duke from Dutch Wonderland and the Rhubarb king and queen, just to name a few! Now you know names of many of the local mascots even before your visit, how cool is that?
Right down the street from the village there is a highly visible sign that it appears by the side of the road on a large black shaped mug. The sign reads, "Cold Root Beer". We love this little Amish farm and have been stopping here for years. The root beer is awesome as are the potato chips and fudge and it's all homemade and served by the Amish boys and girls who make it. Remember to stop here on Saturday; there are no sales on Sunday.
Lincoln Highway (Route 30) runs parallel to Old Philadelphia Pike and is home to some our favorite area attractions, including several awesome miniature golf spots and Dutch Wonderland where you will spend the rest of your day. If you are looking for a break, just across are miles and miles of outlet stores so you can shop to your heart's content. For accommodations in the region there are a ton of options but we love the Willow Valley Resort which is where we are headed for dinner in one of their award winning restaurants. Oh and by the way, Willow Valley has an awesome indoor pool and "water park" for the kids.
It's all about the trains in Strausburg and that's where we will spend most of our final day in the region. We'll take a ride (and have lunch) on the train, visit the Choo Choo Barn and Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, and then stop for some ice cream at the Strausburg Country Store and Creamery. After our treat we'll visit an Amish Farm and if time permits, take a Buggy Ride. Our final stop this visit will be Millers Smorgasbord before we head home. We also love the Amish Stuff Gift Shop, and DJs 50's restaurant but we won't be able to make the visit this time-just too much to do in too little time.