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Things to do in Lancaster

3 Things To Do In Lancaster This Fall

Planning a getaway for this Autumn? Look no further than Lancaster County! Let the grace of the fall harvest add a peaceful backdrop to your vacation as you explore all that Amish Country has to offer. Here are some of our favorite things to do during the fall in Lancaster:

Visit Cherry Crest Adventure Farms

Experience the Amazing Maize Maze, interact with farm animals, and participate in a pedal cart race at Cherry Crest Farm. With more than two dozen attractions, this farm has something that will entertain visitors of any age. You can visit the farms now through November.

Long’s Park Arts & Crafts Festival

This annual festival chooses 200 craftspeople and artists to display their work in an outdoor gallery.. With tight requirements for show applicants, the festival only features the best vendors.. Come celebrate its 39th year at Long’s Park September 1st – September 3rd!
Take in the Beautiful Scenery and Local Wine
With harvest in full swing, the vineyards and fields around Lancaster County can be mesmerizing. Consider visiting one of the top vineyards in the area to enjoy some wine while taking in the view.

Visit the Area’s Farmers Markets and Local Baked Goods

Experience the local produce and baked goods of Lancaster County at one of its many markets. Green Dragon in Ephrata is open on Fridays, Roots Market in Manheim on Tuesdays, and the Central Market Mall on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. If you are looking to take home some of your favorite foods, you can purchase baked goods at Miller’s Gift & Bake Shop.

Come Back Again

If you’re looking for more things to do with your family in Lancaster County, check out some of our favorites. With so many things to experience, it’s hard to fit it all in one trip. But don’t worry, you can always come back! Amishview Inn will be here to provide you with one of the most serene hotel experiences in Amish Country.

What in the World is a Ferhoodle?

As a staple of our breakfast buffets, we’re often asked what our “Ferhoodle” is.  Here’s a handy infographic to explain!

What is a Ferhoodle?

From the infographic:

“Derived from the Pennsylvania German (Dutch) dialect used to describe something that is confused or “mixed up”.

At Amishview Inn it’s a delicious part of an extensive hot and fresh breakfast buffet served each morning to our guests!

The Amishview Inn Ferhoodle takes scrambled eggs, potatoes, baked ham, bell peppers, and onions …and then they Ferhoodle them!”

Make Our Tradition Yours

There you have it! Many visitors know Lancaster County for its homemade dutch foods. The fun thing about Ferhoodle is that there is more than just one way to make it. Each family has their own spin on this dish, some substituting in sausage, rice, or other family favorites. You can add almost anything to make your family’s very own version.

Enjoy our Ferhoodle at Amishview Inn, and then take the tradition home to your family to enjoy!

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Mud sales

Mud Sales: It’s Dirty Fun, But Someone’s Gotta Have It

Mud sales Mud sales are a fun and almost legendary event that historically has been organized by the Amish community to support the local fire company. These mud sales often include great food and great deals on furniture, crafts, livestock, and machinery. The origin of the term, “mud sale,” comes from the fact that these auctions are done in early spring when the ground is beginning to thaw. Though it may turn into a slippery situation, it is a still a lot of fun and well worth the tripping hazards.

Mud sales are usually done from the month of March until August, partially because it is when people can come out and enjoy the weather and reunite with neighbors and friends. Since they originated, however, mud sales have become popular all-year-round and that makes them even more varied and convenient for those that live in Amish country or those that are visiting. Most mud sales begin at 8:30 a.m. and continue throughout the day with food and fun activities. They’re a great place to bring your family or go looking for wonderful furniture pieces for your new home! You may even find an amazing quilt for Mom!

While everything Amish from livestock to quilts are sold at mud sales you can also find farm equipment, machinery and smaller crafts and home goods as well. Though many people come to mud sales for larger pieces, there are plenty of smaller items that can make wonderful gifts for those at home or souvenirs for your home. Smaller pieces such as handmade home goods and baked goods are created and sold without an auction or the need to hurry and pay. This way you can take a smaller item with you without having to get out the checkbook or rent a U-Haul.

What may be the most fun part about mud sales is that there is plenty of local food to try and a diverse variety of things to see. Unlike most places in Lancaster County it is likely the Amish will outnumber you two to one at a mud sale. This is a wonderful opportunity to truly see their culture and listen to their language. While you’re there you can also indulge on all foods “Dutchified.” While you will definitely find your whoopie pies and soft pretzels, there are even more options for you to choose from! So go ahead and give our chicken and dumplings or Chow Chow a try! We’re sure you’ll love it!