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Enjoy Lancaster Farm-to-Table Food in the Heart of Amish Country

Farm-to-table food is nothing new to Lancaster County; many of us experience it each day and have since childhood. With the proliferation of roadside farm stands throughout the county, it’s not out of the ordinary to eat dishes made from ingredients sourced from local farms.

Farm-to-table cuisine, of course, is healthier than processed foods and the flavors more robust.

The guests at AmishView Inn & Suites experience farm-to-table foods at its restaurant and at Smokehouse BBQ & Brews. Both venues use vegetables and fruits grown at the hotel in its homemade recipes.

Our small “farm” at the Inn includes tomatoes, peppers, lettuce, potatoes, and a strawberry variety that grows in spring and fall! Many of the restaurants nearby use authentic Amish-grown ingredients in their dishes, which is why Lancaster is a favorite food destination.

But just what is the meaning of “farm-to-table”? Read on to learn more about this movement and how Lancaster County has a lot to offer visitors hoping to experience it.

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How Do the Amish Dress? Learn More About Our Neighbors

The unique practices of Amish people make them one of North America’s most fascinating religious subcultures. Visitors to Lancaster County, PA, are often intrigued by the simpler way of life embraced by the Amish. Their way of dress is one of the most overt signs of simplicity.

How do the Amish dress? They adhere to the ordnung, a biblically-based expectation/blueprint that emphasizes separation from the English world and to be “non conformed.” Their manner of dress may vary among settlements, but generally can be described as modest and plain, without embellishments.

Some groups banish the use of buttons, zippers, and eye-and-hook fasteners, while other groups use them on their clothing. Fabrics are typically plain and muted hues of purple.

Their clothing is an outward form of their inward spirituality and is founded, partly, in the scripture: “Be not conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind that ye may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” (Romans 12:2)

This ordnung is not in writing but, instead, is taught verbally from one generation to the next among the Amish people. Specific details can vary across church districts and Amish settlements, according to “The Riddle of Amish Culture” by Donald B. Kraybill. Let’s take a closer look…

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Where Do Amish People Live?

The first large group of Amish arrived in the U.S. in the early 1800s and settled in Lancaster County, PA, according to Learn Religions.

Pennsylvania has the largest population of Amish people, estimated at more than 81,000 in 2020 according to “Amish Population, 2020.”  (Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies, Elizabethtown College.) In fact, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, is home to approximately 30,000 Amish and their presence is a significant draw for tourism. Chester, York, Belleville, and Mifflin counties are also home to Amish communities.

The Amish have also have increasingly settled in Ohio, most notably in Holmes County. Mississippi, North Carolina and Virginia have also experienced a large increase in Amish settlements.

Amish settlements also exist outside the United States. You’ll find Amish communities in in Canada, Bolivia, and Argentina and more.

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7 Weirdly Named Amish and PA Dutch Foods You’ll Love

Pennsylvania Dutch and Amish food offerings are some of the heartiest dishes you’ll experience. The baked goods and desserts available in Lancaster County are hard to beat. The names of certain Dutch foods can be a bit odd, though.

When you stay at AmishView Inn & Suites, you’ll be in the heart of Lancaster’s Amish Country and have immediate access to some of these delicacies. You can find many of these at charming roadside stands. Also, nearby Miller’s Smorgasbord features locally made snacks, cheese, jams, and coffee so flavorful you won’t mind the morning’s alarm.

We encourage you to take a trip to Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, for a culinary adventure and discover these tasty PA Dutch foods. We believe you’ll soon be a fan of these delicious Amish Country edibles despite their seemingly weird names.

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Where to Stay Near Sight & Sound Theatre, Lancaster

Sight and Sound Theatres, Lancaster, PA, just announced David as their newest show for 2022 (March 12 – December 31). Master Poet. Fearless Warrior. Anointed King. After unprecedented victories lead to devastating failures, this passionate warrior will face the biggest battle of all: the one within himself. Experience one of the most legendary Bible stories as it comes to life in this brand-new stage production. David is a story that is sure to captivate audiences of all ages!

With Sight & Sound’s announcement of David for 2022, AmishView Inn & Suites is noticing an uptick in future individual and group reservations. Located only 12 minutes from the Theatre, AmishView Inn & Suites is an ideal choice for your Lancaster County stay. And, did we mention we have the best complimentary hot breakfast in the area? Continue reading

Amish Quilts in Pennsylvania | Shop and Stay in Lancaster

The quilts created by Pennsylvania Amish women are some of the most sought-after bed coverings. AmishView Inn & Suites welcomes visitors from around the globe who travel to Lancaster County hoping to learn more about the Amish and to shop for these treasured works of handstitched art.

Where to Buy Amish Quilts in Pennsylvania?

We suggest you get started right on the sight of our Lancaster hotel, at the Plain & Fancy Country Store. You’ll find smaller quilted items like potholders and table runners to whet your appetite before adventuring from Bird in Hand to other parts of the county. You’ll be able to purchase other authentic, Amish-crafted items, like dolls, wooden toys, and typical Dutch baked goods. Continue reading

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Visit Lancaster County During Mud Sale Season 2021

Mud sales in Lancaster County are back this year! It’s not the full lineup that we’re used to, but some mud sales are still planned for 2021.

What’s a Mud Sale?Amish quilt for mud sales in Lancaster County

Mud sales are auctions and large “yard sale” type events mostly held in the spring in Lancaster County. The weather usually brings spring showers, which can create muddy grounds.

Members of the Plain Community as well as “English” (non-Amish or Mennonite) residents and visitors attend the events to find great prices on items, including Amish-made quilts, farm tools and equipment, and more.

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Experience Lancaster County Craft Beer and Adults-Only Lodging

There are thousands of craft breweries throughout the United States and despite the challenges of pandemic restrictions, many of these microbreweries are still open and producing great-tasting beer. Lancaster County is a top craft-beer destination and AmishView Inn & Suites is the perfect hotel choice for your weekend to explore craft beer in Lancaster County. Continue reading

Enjoy a Romantic Getaway to Pennsylvania in its No. 1 Hotel

Rekindle romance at Amishview Inn & Suites adults-only hotel, inside a luxurious Grand Room where peace and quiet welcome you. Enjoy a well-deserved, relaxing stay in beautiful Lancaster County inside your spacious room that overlooks Amish farmland.

Spend an exciting evening in the city of Lancaster just XX miles from your suite or choose to stay nestled inside where you can team up to prepare dinner for two in your own kitchenette or take a short walk to any of the on-site dining attractions.

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Celebrate a Nostalgic Christmas in Lancaster County

Let’s face it. We could all use some stress relief this holiday season. The pandemic and other stressful events have many of us seeking weekend retreats to decompress, regroup, and relax.

Lancaster County is the perfect destination for those seeking modern amenities and comfort while in pursuit of nostalgic, quaint experiences that can take you back to simpler days. Indoor and outdoor holiday events are taking place throughout Lancaster and neighboring counties. AmishView Inn & Suites, Tripadvisor’s Number 1 Lancaster hotel,  is one of the best places to stay, be near it all, and still be able to enjoy quiet, retreat-like accommodations. We even offer adults-only suites for those without children.

We look forward to receiving guests and we encourage you to view some of the modifications we’ve made to help ensure your health and safety. Please call for COVID-related updates and to check for availability. Continue reading