In September Jay and I are making the drive down to Lancaster county for my cousin’s baby shower. Since it’s a three hour trip, we decided (ok, I decided) to make a weekend getaway out of it and stay overnight in the area. Lancaster County is full of places to visit, delicious cooking, and lots of antique shopping. This Lancaster PA travel guide tells you where to stay, where to eat, and what to do. I doubt we’ll get to all of the things on my list, but hopefully we’ll check these off at some point over the years!
Where to Stay in Lancaster:
Jay and I are using points to stay for free at the Fairfield Inn & Suites near Lancaster. They’re usually passable hotels and we can grab a quick complimentary breakfast before heading to the flea market on Sunday morning. I’m adding a few other options that might be more appealing if you’re not limited by hotel points!
Verdant View Farm B&B – If you’re looking for an authentic farm experience, check out Verdant View B&B. Located on a working farm, guests can enjoy hands on activities such as milking a cow, feeding a calf, and venturing inside a chicken coop!
Greystone Manor B&B – For a more traditional B&B, stay in this historic Victorian mansion in the heart of Amish country.
Lancaster AirBnB – This cozy stylish city home is located in downtown Lancaster. You’ll have full access to the entire house, including 2 bedrooms, a bathroom, kitchen, game room, and free parking. Plus, you’re within walking distance of the city’s restaurants and shops!
Where to Shop:
Renninger’s Flea Market – This flea market in Adamstown is open every Sunday from 7:30am – 4pm. It features a variety of outdoor stands as well as an indoor market.
Adamstown – Known as Antique Capital, USA, this small town if chock full of antique malls and specialty stores. Pick one out of a hat to start and bounce around from there for as long as you wish.
Tanger Outlets – Find loads of discounts at the 60+ stores in Tanger Outlets.
Where to Eat:
Shady Maple Smorgasbord – You can’t come to Lancaster without a stop at Shady Maple!! This is a legendary restaurant in my family and we love it for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. The selection of delicious homemade food on the buffet is simply staggering. You’ll need a solid 5 minutes just to absorb all the options when you first arrive : ) While I can’t guarantee every single item you eat will be phenomenal, we’ve overall had exceptional experiences with the offerings.
Dave’s Diner – If you need a brunch break while antiquing in Adamstown, stop by Dave’s Diner for generous portions at reasonable prices.
Bird-in-Hand Bakery and Café – Get your fill of made from scratch Pennsylvania Dutch baked goods here. You’ll find whoopie pies, shoo fly pie, apple fritters, and much more. The café also serves soup, sandwiches, salads and ice cream.
Things to Do in Lancaster PA:
Turkey Hill Experience – This might be geared more toward kids, but I’m super excited to visit!! I adore Turkey Hill ice cream and the unlimited free samples are calling my name. We’re planning to get the Triple Scoop tickets which include general admission, Turkey Hill Taste Lab, and Tea Discovery
Tickets (Triple Scoop) – $18
Landis Valley Village & Farm Museum – A 100 acre living history museum that showcases Pennsylvania German history. Explore the village and listen to costumed interpreters discuss life in the 1700’s and 1800’s.
Tickets – $12
Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre – Enjoy a buffet dinner followed by a show at Dutch Apple. Reasonably priced tickets and a wide variety of shows throughout the year make this a fun night out.
Dutch Wonderland – I have fond memories of visiting this toned down amusement park when I was younger. It’s full of kid friendly rides, play areas, and shows.
Tickets – $44 online, but keep an eye out for discounts
For your amusement, I asked my parents to find a few photos from our visits when I was a kid! Enjoy : )
What else would you recommend adding to this Lancaster PA travel guide?