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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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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

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.

Connect with Your Loved Ones

Whether you’re on a girls trip, family vacation, or a romantic getaway, connecting with those that are close to you will be a top priority on your list of things to do in Lancaster, PA. We are surrounded by a variety of activities that are perfect for every age! Cruise around on a buggy on a Farmlands Tour, or spend the afternoon in complete awe with your family while watching a Magic Lantern Show! Perhaps flying in a hot air balloon with United States Hot Air Balloon Team over Amish country where you’ll be able to take in the peaceful panoramic views will be one of your favorite things to do in Lancaster PA with your significant other! Whatever you decide to do during your stay, you’ll be able to spend quality time in an atmosphere that favors the slower paced lifestyle.

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AmishView Inn & Suites: A Unique Amish Lodging Experience

Take a deep breath in and let it go as you escape from the busy city life and have a thoroughly relaxing stay at AmishView Inn & Suites. Our Lancaster hotel is located in the heart of Amish Country and will provide a peaceful getaway for you and your loved ones. Life can be all too overwhelming at times, which is why it’s essential to make time to gather together and connect. At AmishView Inn, we provide a place to nurture your relationships as we are centrally located to an abundance of things to do in Lancaster, PA!

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