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Amish buggies in a field around a cart

8 Astonishing Facts About the Amish Community

You may find yourself becoming naturally curious about the Amish community while staying at Amishview Inn & Suites. There are two main groups of Plain People in Lancaster, PA: the Amish and the Mennonites. Today we’ll be focusing more on the Old Order Amish traditions. The Old Order Amish community believes in a simple way of life and does not permit the use of technology and electricity. There are many unique things about the Amish community that may make you think twice about daily living. Keep reading to learn eight fascinating facts about the Old Order Amish traditions.  

1. Daily Transportation 

You’ll often see the Amish traveling around Lancaster, PA, on a horse and buggy on the local roads. Old Order Amish do not operate vehicles with motors, which also means they do not use tractors in their fields. The Amish will, however, use horses as well as mules to pull modern farm equipment. 

2. Rumspringa

Between the ages of 14 and 18, Amish teens can join the English world, which is known as Rumspringa. During this time, the teens decide whether or not they want to leave the Amish community entirely or if they’d like to return, become baptized, and dedicate themselves to the Amish way of life. 

3. Yes, Amish Vacation

Yes, believe it or not, Amish do enjoy an occasional trip outside of their local community of Lancaster, PA. One popular Amish winter destination is Pinecraft, FL, which is jokingly referred to as “Amish Las Vegas.” Learn more about transportation and how the Amish travel here

4. Facial Hair 

In biblical times, it was quite common for a man to have a beard, which is perhaps one reason why you’ll find so many men with long beards in Amish Country, PA. Men without a beard are waiting for marriage to begin growing them out as a symbol of their transition into manhood. In the earlier days, wearing a mustache meant you were associated with the military (Amish are exempt from the military), which is why in Old Order Amish traditions, men shave them off entirely. 

5. Lower Risks of Cancer

Researchers believe that the Amish have lower cancer rates because of their lifestyle. Amish eat and grow their own food and also do not allow alcohol or tobacco.  

6. Simple Clothing

Amish wear Plain clothing that does not have patterns, zippers, buckles, or collars, and typically favor dark colors such as burgundy, brown, black, blue, or purple depending on the Amish community. While Amish females generally make clothing, they do purchase socks, fabric, shoes, hats, and other items from a dry goods store. 

7. What Do Amish Believe?

While there are many intricate details of the Amish religion, in a simplified statement, their beliefs are similar to traditionalist Christians and are associated with the Anabaptist denominations. Lancaster County has an informative article about the Amish beliefs and practices related to their faith.  

8. Amish Schooling 

Amish children are only required to attend school until eighth grade (age 14) and typically attend classes in one-room private schools. 

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Escape to Amish Country, PA

While we could go on about the fascinating Amish beliefs and practices, we hope you enjoyed getting to know a little more about the Amish traditions.  This holiday season, if you’d like to learn more about shopping for Amish furniture and what makes the quality of each piece special, take a look at our Amish Furniture blog online. Indulge in a relaxing getaway to Amish Country, PA, where time slows down, and worries fade entirely. Please contact our staff at 1-866-735-1600 for general questions or, for convenience, book online!

 

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Holiday Lancaster County Events: Dutch Winter Wonderland

It’s never too early to start planning your winter escapes to Lancaster, PA! Amishview Inn & Suites is located near one of the most significant Lancaster County events during winter, Dutch Winter Wonderland. Sip on hot cocoa, dress in your winter gear and bring your entire family to celebrate the upcoming holiday season with live entertainment, fun themed rides, an immaculate lights display, and so many other activities at Dutch Wonderland. Keep reading to see why Dutch Winter Wonderland is one of our favorite Lancaster County events during the winter season.

What to Expect at Dutch Winter Wonderland

After gazing up at the thousands of twinkling lights at Dutch Wonderland, you’ll soon come to see why winter is the best time to visit Amish Country, PA. The combination of the snow on the ground, children running around with rosy cheeks, hearty food options, and The Royal Lights Show will genuinely bring you into the spirit of the holidays. Take a stroll while listening to live music swirling in the air as you make your way through a beautiful winter wonderland in Lancaster, PA. There are over 35 family-friendly things to do at the park, including holiday-themed attractions and rides. Your little ones will even have the opportunity to sit on Santa’s lap! Don’t miss out on one of our favorite Lancaster County events of the year— Dutch Winter Wonderland!

Find out how to get free admission to the park when you bring an unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots, here

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Lancaster County Events at Dutch Wonderland

When you’re visiting during the October spooktacular season, head to Dutch Wonderland for Happy Hauntings, where kids can trick-or-treat in a safe environment. Not only will your kids enjoy trick-or-treating, but you’ll also be able to watch live shows and hop on spooky, family-friendly rides. Learn more about one of the best Halloween-themed Lancaster County events, here. During your stay in Amish Country, PA, you’ll be able to take your time and unwind in a slower-paced environment. Wake up each morning with a hot continental breakfast where everything is freshly prepared before going about your daily adventures. To book your upcoming holiday getaways to Lancaster, PA, online or please give us a call at 1-866-735-1600

 

Horse & buggy going down a Lancaster PA road

5 Top Reasons to Take a Trip to Amish Country, PA

Horse & buggy going down a Lancaster PA road

Do you ever just get so tied up at work that you throw your hands up in the air and say, “That’s it. I need a vacation.” Sometimes you need an uninterrupted break from the daily grind, which is why planning a getaway to Amish Country, PA should be on your bucket list. Slow down from the everyday life happenings, relax away from the city, and let your worries fade while staying at Amishview Inn & Suites. Keep reading to find the top 5 reasons as to why your next escape should be to Lancaster, PA.

1. The Atmosphere

The best time to visit Amish Country, PA, is really any time of the year. You’ll quickly find yourself nestled around gorgeous Amish farms, breathtaking landscapes, and quaint shops all around the area. When you physically see how the Amish live, you’ll come to appreciate your time reflecting on life away from technology and the modern-day lifestyle.

2. The Furniture

When shopping in Lancaster, PA, we suggest taking the time to appreciate the Amish furniture. Each piece is truly one-of-a-kind, and the longevity of the furniture far exceeds any mass-produced product. The quality and care put into each piece means that the Amish maker has ensured that the selected pieces of hardwood have matured enough to last from generation to generation.

3. The Food

All around town, you’ll find farm stands, Amish baked goods, and the best restaurants in Lancaster, PA, that use locally grown Amish ingredients. Traditional Amish food is made with fresh ingredients, is deliciously hearty and will not leave you hungry. Get the taste of the Amish Country, PA, ingredients of Lancaster County at Miller’s Smorgasbord.

4. The Buggy Rides

Amish do not drive cars, let alone use transportation that has rubber on the tires as the tractors and buggies are meant to stay close to their farms. Which is why when you visit Lancaster, PA, you’ll find many Amish folks traveling around by buggy. We encourage you to take a tour of their farms and properties by buggy, which will allow you to get a real experience of the Amish traditions along the way.

5. The Amish Products

Not only does the Amish produce high-quality furniture and grow the best quality ingredients around, but they also craft many other products. You’ll find authentic Amish made clothing, canned goods, quilts, art, candles, leather goods and so much more while shopping in Lancaster, PA. Walk away from your vacation with a gift or keepsake that is one-of-a-kind.

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Peaceful Lancaster, PA, Hotels

The Amish take a slower approach to life, and when you visit Lancaster, PA, you’ll get to partake in the experience. Escape from the busy city life and take time to nurture your family connections in Amish Country, PA. During your stay at Amishview Inn & Suites, enjoy a freshly prepared breakfast each morning with the view of an Amish farm just outside the window as you eat breakfast. While we offer a peaceful escape, we also provide modern-day amenities such as free wi-fi and TVs that will keep you connected during your getaway. Please give us a call to book your stay 1-866-735-1600 or book online.

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Antique Shopping in Lancaster PA

As summer begins to transition into fall, we encourage you to plan a trip to AmishView Inn & Suites before the holidays hit. Life can get all too busy with the kids going back to school, family get-togethers and planning for the holidays, which is why a trip to Amish Country will be a great way to slow down. You’ll find many places to spend the day shopping in Lancaster PA when you’re looking for that perfect item to bring back home. Everyone loves a good treasure hunt, so why not spend a cold, rainy, or relaxing afternoon shopping the local antique stores near our Lancaster inn. No need to search high and low as we’ll provide a few places to shop during your visit.

Shop for Classic

You’ll find something around every nook and cranny at Hidden Treasures near our Lancaster hotel in Pennsylvania. They offer a fantastic collection of classic items such as records, clothing, toys, home decor, and so much more at the local antique shop. Many antique stores are clustered and hard to walk through but you’ll notice the clean displays of quality collectible items which are easy to get to throughout the store.

Shop for Vintage

If you’re in search of vintage items during your fall getaways, will be your go-to stop while shopping in Lancaster PA. The friendly service will keep you coming back in the doors each time you visit. When you’re looking for something completely unique or obscure just ask the staff as they will point you in the right direction on where to look in the store. If you’re in search of pottery art, video games, mid-century furniture with a modern twist you must check out this local warehouse antique store located in downtown Lancaster.

Shop for Furniture

Stoudts is located in the most significant antique mall under one roof in the area, which means it offers something for everyone and will be a great way to spend a rainy afternoon near our Lancaster inn. The mall provides ample space where you can easily meander around to look, touch, feel, and search through the gems at the store. The store has folk art, fine art, small collectibles, furniture among other items and has been in business for over 45 years.

Peaceful Getaway

After shopping at the antique shops, be sure to continue exploring the local Amish furniture while you’re in town. Each of our rooms features mahogany furniture that will truly take your breath away. Not only do we provide a restful atmosphere with custom lighting during your stay, but we also offer modern-day amenities such as a flat-screen TV, DVD player, high-speed internet, among many other things. Give us a call 1-866-735-1600 for general inquiries or to view our accommodations and a full list of amenities please visit us on our website.

Double Queen bed at AmishView Inn & Suites

Amish Furniture

Amish Furniture

The Amish community is well-known for their high quality furniture. Many are left wondering how they do it, especially without using electricity. The answer is overwhelmingly skill. By employing tremendous woodworking abilities, handed down from generation to generation, the Amish have developed an extraordinary legacy.

First, the craftsmen choose the right wood for the piece. A nice cherry wood for a table, or a maple or mahogany. Depending on the client’s request, any wood is possible. Without particle board, or shortcuts, they build furniture using hand tools and tools that are powered with diesel compressors alone. The process is slow and laborious, but yields fantastic results.

Why Buy Amish Furniture?

Because it’s good. Furniture from the Amish community is generally very sturdy and lasts a lifetime. They utilize a painstaking attention to detail, so pieces are genuinely cared for throughout the process. Each piece is unique and visitors to your home will notice.

They have an expansive inventory potential. The Amish woodworkers are versatile, and will create anything from chairs to cabinets. There are several variations of style and technique that different sects use. For example, the Shaker and Queen Ann styles differ significantly. The Shaker pieces emphasize simplicity while the Queen Ann pieces include engraved ornamentation.

The process is environmentally friendly, and it promotes local business. The Plain community steadfastly refuses to waste supplies so trees are not torn down in vain. They also often own their own businesses, and purchasing goods from an Amish-run store stimulates the local economy.

Local Amish Craftsmen:

If you’re interested in acquiring some authentic Amish furniture pieces during your stay at the AmishView Inn & Suites, here are a few local locations!

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Peaceful Valley Furniture
3347 Old Philadelphia Pike, Intercourse 17534

Fisher’s Quality Furniture
3061 W. Newport Road, Ronks, PA 17572

Gish’s Furniture and Amish Heirlooms
2191 E Lincoln Hwy, Lancaster PA

Dutch Selections
793 Lancaster Pk, Quarryville PA 17566

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King’s Kountry Korner
101 Centerville Rd, Gordonville, Pa

Carriage House Furnishings
3572 West Newport Rd. Ronks, PA 17572

Harold’s Oak House
412 Newport Avenue, Christiana, PA 17509

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