Category: Lancaster

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What Is Better for You, Beer or Wine? (Enjoy Both in Lancaster County)

Beer and wine may add to your enjoyment during your leisure time. Over the years, many have posed the question: Which is better for you, beer or wine? Beer offers more nutritional value than wine, however, wine contains fewer calories. Moreover, red wine provides antioxidants. Both beer and wine can provide some health benefits when consumed in moderation. Your health goals and personal preference determine the best of the two. 

With this question not having a clear-cut answer, one might have to do some research and explore the options available. Lancaster is home to many great breweries and wineries for such discovery, and an extended stay at AmishView Inn & Suites will give you the time you need to taste the best beers and wines in the area.

First, let’s get into some details about beer and wine and answer some questions you might have.

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Christmas in Lancaster, PA: Book an Extended Weekend Stay & Get Festive!

While it’s not likely Lancaster, Pennsylvania, will experience a white Christmas (based on information provided by The National Centers for Environmental Information), the probability of Lancaster experiencing a super festive holiday is high.

Christmas in Lancaster, PA, promises to be event-filled starting Dec. 1 and continuing through the New Year. It’s the perfect time of year to plan an extended weekend stay at AmishView Inn & Suites, where you’ll start each day with an amazing hot breakfast, one of the best buffets experienced by travelers and sure to keep you well-sated for a day filled with activities.

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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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Visit Lancaster County During Mud Sale Season 2021

(Link to 2022 Updates)
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

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Explore the Bike Trails of Lancaster County

Touring Lancaster County by bike is an exhilarating experience and a great way to explore the countryside that surrounds AmishView Inn & Suites, Tripadvisor’s #1 Lancaster hotel!

While the bed and breakfast atmosphere of our inn makes it tempting to retreat and relax during your stay, we don’t want you to miss out on the beautiful farmland views and scenic bike trails so easily accessible in Lancaster County.

We’re so excited to help visitors discover how much the Susquehanna Valley has to offer. Whether you’re a tourist who loves to bike, a dedicated bike tourist, or a bikepacking devotee who needs a break from roadside camping, we welcome you and offer these local bicycle resources.

Following is a list of biking trails in Lancaster County near AmishView Inn & Suites. Many cyclists just ride the bicycle-friendly roads in Bird-in-Hand.

ENOLA LOW GRADE TRAIL

(approximate 24-minute drive)


This 8.27-mile rail-trail is a crushed gravel pathway that provides a scenic view along the Susquehanna River. The trail is open year-round, highlighting Lancaster County’s robust and vibrant foliage in the fall, waterway wildlife in spring and summer, and the river’s calming effects in winter.

View the Susquehanna Riverlands Enola Low Grade Trail Map.

ICE CREAM LOVER’S BIKE RIDE TRAIL

(less than 4 miles on bike!)

This 42-mile bike ride that typically starts at Landis Valley Museum (about 23 minutes away from here) and includes 3 ice cream stops along the way. It’s a route created by members of Lancaster Bicycle Club, which has temporarily offered public access to the route. You do not need to coordinate with the club to enjoy this trail.

With Bird-in-Hand Bake Shop among the featured ice cream shops, you can start your ride there via Route 340. The Bird-in-Hand Bake Shop is just 3.5 miles away from AmishView Inn & Suites! Other ice cream shops along the way include Lapp Valley Farm and Oregon Dairy. The route crosses over three covered bridges: Hunsecker’s Mill, Bitzer’s Mill, and Pinetown-Bushong’s Mill

CONESTOGA GREENWAY TRAIL

(approximate 20-minute drive)

In 1999, a group of municipalities in central Lancaster County built the Conestoga Greenway Trail that runs along the Conestoga River. Bikers can enjoy this protected green space that showcases the river and the Little Conestoga Creek. The trail connects to Lancaster County Central Park, which includes a Garden of Five Senses and an environmental center.

View the Conestoga Greenway Trail Map.

WELSH MOUNTAIN NATURE PRESERVE

(approximate 23-minute drive)

This 2.4-mile loop is mostly used for hiking and walking but there are areas designated for mountain bikes. The preserve extends into Money Rocks County Park. Open trails are marked for specific use.

View the Welsh Mountain Nature Preserve Mountain Biking Trails Map.

LANCASTER JUNCTION TRAIL

(approximate 26-minute drive)

Part of the former Reading-Columbia rail line, this trail travels through farmland and borders the northern half of Chickies Creek. Its level, well-graded surface makes it enjoyable for novice and seasoned bicyclists alike.

Lancaster County Department of Parks and Recreation recommends trail visitors park in the Champ Boulevard Parking Lot.

View the Lancaster Junction Recreation Trail Map.

In addition to biking trails, Lancaster County has many regional trails and nature preserves to help our guests enjoy and explore the outdoors, whether pedaling, riding, driving, or on foot.

So, we invite you and your family to come stay with us and immerse yourselves in the peaceful country scenery and riverside views offered by Lancaster County biking and hiking trails. Whether you explore established trails or set out on your own route through Amish Country, we know your stay with us will be a well-deserved, stress-free vacation.

Enjoy Safe Overnight Stays in Lancaster County

As the number of coronavirus cases steadily declines, people are starting to travel again. It’s exciting to know Lancaster County tourism continues to emerge from COVID-19 and visitors from surrounding counties and states are once again discovering the beauty of Amish Country.
People are ready to shed their cabin fever: Families coming to Lancaster for the Amish experience or to see shows at American Music Theater or Sight & Sound, couples looking for a romantic getaway, outdoor enthusiasts exploring nearby hiking and biking trails, and so many others.
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Some folks are so ready to venture away from home that they’ve created a new way to travel: Bikepacking. It’s a mix between camping, biking, and backpacking, with a sub-niche called “credit card bikepacking” for those who carry their belongings but, instead of roughing it at a campsite, they stay in hotels and eat at restaurants.

We welcome them all! Even better, the safety precautions we’ve taken — and continue to take — to mitigate the risks of COVID-19 could make an overnight stay at AmishView Inn even safer than that backyard barbecue your neighborhood planned.

It’s OK to Take that Roadtrip

While our award-winning hotel staff and those at other local venues follow CDC recommendations and government guidelines to ensure the safety of guests, we feel confident that Lancaster County is the ideal post-quarantine destination.  There’s a reason why we’re ranked the best hotel in Lancaster County by TripAdvisor. Actually, there are many reasons.

Here are just some of the many precautions our hotel is taking to make sure our guests enjoy an affordable boutique-inn experience, confident that their overnight stay in Amish Country is just as safe, if not more, than a backyard barbecue.

  • Staff undergoes a comprehensive training program that includes detailed information about the coronavirus and how to control its spread. Our entire staff is required to participate in this two-hour training program before returning to work
  • Masks are always worn by staff. You’ll still get the exceptional customer service that keeps repeat guests coming back to us each year, but you’ll have to look at the smiles in our eyes for now.
  • Guests are required to wear masks (except when seated to eat in our Great Room)
  • Staff and guests are maintaining safe social distances, 6 feet between you and other guests/staff.
  • We remind guests to frequently wash hands; staff is required to do so.
  • Hand sanitizer and gloves are available throughout the hotel for any guests who wish to use them.

Enjoy a Country Breakfast

Nothing says “spoil me” better than a delicious, hot breakfast to start the day.
waffle with cherries & whipped cream
AmishView Inn and Suites has nearly 1,500 “excellent” traveler ratings onTripAdvisor.com and our amazingly delicious country breakfast buffet is often one of the reasons hotel guests love to stay at our 3-diamond hotel in Bird-in-Hand, Pennsylvania. Although modified for COVID-19, our full buffet breakfast is unmatched in this area and is free as part of your guest experience.

Your complimentary, hot country breakfast includes baked oatmeal, bacon and sausage, made-to-order waffles, lots of delicious breads and cereals, juices, hot beverages, and lots more. Check out the details here.

Escape to Country Life

It’s been a stressful several months for everyone and now that the quarantine has been lifted, it’s time to escape to new surroundings. The country life of Lancaster County, with its rolling farmlands, one-room schoolhouses, and roadside farm markets, offers one of the best options for a stress-free vacation.

As Lancaster’s Number 1 hotel, AmishView offers stunning views of Dutch Country and quaint accommodations that enable you to stay near favorite tourist destinations like:

  • Kitchen Kettle Village
  • Bird-in-Hand Farmers Market
  • Lancaster Central Market
  • Green Dragon (rub shoulders with the Amish)
  • Roots Market
  • Antiques Market
  • Smokehouse BBQ & Brews
  • Plain & Fancy Farm
  • Sight & Sound Auditorium
  • American Music Theatre
  • So much more!

Your Room, Your RetreatGrand King Bathroom

Our hotel rooms are not your typical suites. We offer four room/suites options as well as adults-only (kids-free) rooms, all of which overlook scenic Amish farmland. Amenities include kitchenettes to make your road trip more affordable (or more intimate as you stay inside, away from home, away from everything!).

We’ll help you choose the room that becomes your retreat for the duration of your visit to Lancaster County. Our staff members go out of their way to offer superb customer service. In fact, we offer customer relations. We have guests who have returned for 17 years because of how welcomed they’ve felt during their stay at AmishView. Read about memorable guests moments, shared by our staff.

When you’re ready to travel, AmishView is ready to welcome you and help you discover this ideal road trip destination.

Amish Horse and Buggy Rides

Horse and Buggy Rides: An Authentic Amish Experience

When you first drive into Pennsylvania Dutch Country, it will become very apparent that you’re “not in Kansas anymore” (as Dorthy from the Wizard of Oz would say) while staying at Amishview Inn & Suites. One of the first things you’ll notice upon your arrival is the classic horse and buggies strolling through town. 

Amish believe in keeping their buggies close to the farm, which means they do not use rubber on their tires because it’s not intended to go very far. Why not immerse yourself in the Amish experience and take a buggy farm tour during your stay in Lancaster, Pennsylvania? You can’t take a unique Amish tour just anywhere these days, and it will be one of your favorite things to do in Lancaster during your vacation. 

Amish Country Tours

There are many ways to see Amish Country, PA, whether you’re flying high in the sky on a hot air balloon ride looking over the farms or are taking a walking tour through downtown Lancaster. Taking one of the buggies Amish Country tours will not only give you a chance to have an authentic Amish experience, but you’ll also gain insider information from the buggy drivers themselves! You’ll be able to ask as many questions as you’d like to during the tour with Aaron & Jessica’s Buggy Rides, which is a family-friendly owned business.

On tour, you’ll take a scenic ride around the Pennsylvania Dutch Country passing by the Amish schools, farmlands, shops, and many other areas that you wouldn’t think to view in your free time. If you have the Amish experience Monday through Saturday, you’ll be able to see a privately owned and operated Amish dairy farm. Lucky for you, the buggy rides are open year-round, and Amish Country tours happen during rain or shine! Learn more at amishbuggyrides.com or on our website under the attractions page

Spring Break Relaxing Getaways

No matter what you have on your daily itinerary, you’ll be able to grab a seat in the Great Room each morning between 6:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m to get your fill of a freshly made breakfast! Breakfast includes a variety of delicious options from baked oatmeal to made-to-order waffles as well as bagels, fruits, and sticky buns. 

During your stay with AmishView Inn & Suites, you’ll be happy to know that we offer coupons to use for Aaron & Jessica’s Buggy Rides, and they can be redeemed on our website. A buggy ride is a one-of-a-kind Amish experience in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, that you won’t want to miss while you’re in town! Spring break is quickly approaching, so why not plan a relaxing getaway to Pennsylvania Dutch Country where you can take the time to relax and unwind? Give us a call today at 1-866-735-1600, or you can make your reservation online