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What is a Boutique Hotel?

Make Unique Memories on Your Next Vacation

Looking for a unique and customized travel experience? Consider booking a stay at a boutique hotel! Though the term “boutique hotel” might conjure up images of luxury and extravagance, there’s much more to these types of accommodations than meets the eye. Read on to learn all about boutique hotels, including what they are, where they got their start, and what you can expect when staying at one.

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The Charm of Fall in Lancaster PA

Fall in Lancaster Pennsylvania is a must-see!

Enjoy the charm of fall in Lancaster PA. As the leaves begin to change colors and the weather gets colder, there’s no better place to be than in Lancaster Pennsylvania. With so many charming things to see and do, you’ll fall in love with fall, all over again. From taking in the sights of Lancaster County, to enjoying all the delicious local food, here’s why fall in Lancaster PA is a must-see.

One of a Kind Amish Country Tradition

Lancaster County is famous for its Amish community, which provides plenty of charming sights to see and adventures to experience. Take a horse and buggy ride through the rolling hills or visit an Amish farm for a taste of country living. You can also find plenty of local craftsmanship in the many shops around Lancaster County. Be sure to pick up some Thanksgiving decorations while you’re there! 

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5 Tips for Booking Holiday Travel 2022

How to reduce travel stress and enjoy your holiday more

The holidays are a time for family, friends, and memories that will last a lifetime. If you’re planning on booking holiday travel this year, now is the time to start planning and booking your trip. Planning a trip can be stressful, and often overwhelming. Waiting until the last minute can make prices spike and availability limited.  By following these five tips, you can ensure that you and your family will have a stress-free and enjoyable holiday season. 

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Booking The Perfect Honeymoon Suite

Romantic Honeymoon Suites Near Me

Booking the perfect honeymoon suite can be overwhelming. You have probably already spent the last year planning your wedding and big day, so of course you want to make sure your honeymoon is perfect too. A newlywed couple’s honeymoon is very important as it is the first time you get to spend quality time with each other as a married couple and to connect without the distractions of everyday life. Booking the perfect honeymoon suite can be fun and stress free when you know what to look for. Here are some things to consider when booking your romantic getaway.

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Unique Vacation Ideas – Must Visit Hidden Gems in Amish Country

Top Reasons to Visit Amish Country PA on your Unique Vacation

If you’re like most people, you want your much deserved travel time to be used for a unique vacation that offer experiences that are very different than your everyday life. Your vacation should be relaxing, but also allow you to learn and experience different foods, music and cultures. With the changing world, it isn’t always easy to get out of the country to experience these things anymore. Fortunately, now you can have a unique vacation full of fun and unforgettable experiences with your family, without breaking the bank. The best part is that you can do that right here in the United States! Not in the US? Seeing and experiencing all that Pennsylvania’s Amish Country has to offer is definitely worth a trip over!

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Amish Farming Traditions Survive in 21st Century

A trip to Lancaster County is not complete without getting a firsthand look at Amish farming.  Whether you take in the views of the countryside on the Strasburg Railroad, drive down the winding roads of the eastern part of the county by car, or visit the tourist attractions such as  Plain & Fancy Farm, or The Amish Farm & House, you don’t want to miss this very integral part of  Lancaster County.

In today’s fast-paced world, a trip through Amish farming country takes the visitor back to an earlier time when family, faith, and friendships were the focus instead of speed, spending, and over-scheduling.

The Amish have a long history of farming with horses and mules, dating back to when horse-drawn plows were first used to break up the earth.  While some newer Amish farms have begun to use tractor-drawn equipment, many Amish farmers still prefer to use horse-drawn implements.  The Amish believe that farming with horses and mules is a more humane way of raising crops, as it allows the animals to play an active role in the process, making Amish farming more environmentally friendly.

Stewards of the Land

This may seem to be a step back in technology, but there are actually several advantages to farming with animals.  For one, horses and mules are much less likely to compact the soil than heavy machinery.  The Amish see this as taking care of the soil, being better stewards of the earth. They also believe that it allows them to connect with the land in a deeper way, to stay close to nature and to live in accordance with God’s will. As one Amish farmer stated, “Using horses helps us remember that we’re farming God’s land, not just working it.”

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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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Visit Lancaster County During Mud Sale Season 2021

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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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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.

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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.