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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.
guest room safety sign

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.

Meet Katie G., General Manager

Katie Gensemer, AmishView General Manager

What is your most memorable AmishView guest moment or interaction?

“A few summers ago, on a hot and super humid August morning, I was assisting our breakfast team with cleaning tables and delivering dirty dishes to the kitchen. It was a very busy day and I was hustling. A frequent guest of ours greeted me and we took a few minutes to connect. As we were parting ways, she opened her arms to give me a hug. Thanks to the high humidity, I was not presenting the façade of a serene and orderly general manager. Instead, rivulets of sweat were running down my temples. I was hot and sticky and my curls were becoming wild. I protested that I was not in an ideal condition for a hug. She waived my protests aside and gave me a hug saying that it was just so nice to see me and added compliments about the team. The gracious love from that action and the accompanying comments filled my heart and renewed my energy.”

What do you like most about working for AmishView?

“My responsibilities have changed over the years and regardless of the roles, the people are what make this job so enjoyable. Interacting with our guests, getting to know them and learning their stories is a treat. I am also privileged to work alongside some amazing people each day. Watching them grow and meld into a strong, supportive team is very rewarding.”

What do you think sets AmishView apart from other hotels?

“Our team dynamics: There is a deep-rooted sense of genuine caring and looking out for our guests’ needs and expectations.  This sentiment is also continued between our fellow co-workers and teammates in their interpersonal relationships with each other. Our team knows that it takes every one of us to play a part. Having confidence that we are supported by those we work with allows the team to deliver an outstanding guest experience.”

Is there something special, unique or interesting you’d like our guests to know about you?

“I was a Studio Art major in college, little realizing how much hospitality was a natural fit for me. I suspect my parents were not surprised by my realization in the years following graduation. Working at AmishView was my first non-art related job and the first time working at a hotel.”

Meet Melissa H.

Melissa Hudler, Breakfast Attendant

What is your most memorable AmishView guest moment or interaction?

“I had a gentleman who was from the same area of California where I had lived for five years. He and I couldn’t stop talking about how beautiful the desert is.”

What do you like most about working for AmishView?

“My team. Things haven’t always been easy, but the ladies I work with are amazing and make coming to work a positive and happy experience.”

What do you think sets AmishView apart from other hotels?

“I think it comes down to our customer service. Guests love when you take the time to talk and give suggestions.”

 

Thank you for sharing, Melissa, and for helping us to earn this outstanding achievement on TripAdvisor.

Meet Amber S.

What is your most memorable AmishView guest moment or interaction?

“There have been many positive memorable guest interactions over the years, but one that first comes to mind is a woman who stayed with us a year or two ago who was awake very early reading in the Great Room. She shared some personal stories and gave some encouraging words from her experiences and I appreciated the conversation we shared.”

What do you like most about working for AmishView?

“I like the relationships that grow between us and the guests as they continue to return and we get to know each other better.”

What do you think sets AmishView apart from other hotels?

“I think our guests appreciate the measures we take to try and give them the best experience and care we can to make them feel comfortable and relaxed away from their daily life.”

Is there something special, unique or interesting you’d like our guests to know about you?

“This July marked 15 years that I worked at AmishView. The first two years I worked as a housekeeper and I’ve been working Night Audit for the past 13 years.”

Thank you for sharing, Amber, and for helping us to earn this outstanding achievement on TripAdvisor.

Meet Ismael Rodriguez, Housekeeping Lead

Ismael Rodriguez

What is your most memorable AmishView guest moment or interaction?

“When the guests have approached me to praise the hotel in terms of cleanliness, both in the rooms and in the public areas. Also, the attention and kindness of all the housekeeping staff. It is something that fills us with pride and satisfaction because we’re doing a good job.”

What do you like most about working for AmishView?

“At AmishView I really like the work I do. I try to do better every day, but what I like most, and that I have not seen in any other job, is that we are all one big family, without distinction of race, color, sex, language or religion. At AmishView we are all the same.”

What do you think sets AmishView apart from other hotels?

“AmishView is a beautiful place in which we work daily to make guests feel at home. I think something that distinguishes us is the great cleanliness and hygiene we maintain in the rooms and in the public areas. Our staff is very prepared with a lot of education and we are always ready to serve our guests.”

Is there something special, unique or interesting you’d like our guests to know about you?

“I am originally from Cuba. I came to live in the USA four years ago and I love this great country. I am very grateful, since it opened its doors to me – Doors to Freedom!!! I am a simple person who loves animals and I have a dog named Bitzy who is like my daughter.”

Thank you for your hard work, Ismael, and for helping us to earn this outstanding achievement on TripAdvisor.

Meet Siria P.

Siria Perez, Kitchen Supervisor

What is your most memorable AmishView guest moment or interaction?

“Our guests always talk about how great our breakfast buffet is.”

What do you like most about working for AmishView?

“I really love working with my coworkers.”

What do you think sets AmishView apart from other hotels?

“Our guests think the views are amazing and speak highly of our food.”

 

Thank you for sharing, Siria, and for helping us to earn this outstanding achievement on TripAdvisor.

Meet Ben R.

Ben Rowe, Assistant General Manager

What is your most memorable AmishView guest moment or interaction?

“My most memorable experience was when AmishView received the #1, 3-Star hotel in America by Trivago. We actually won this award two years in a row; however, the first year was really special. I’ll always remember sharing the news with our team and how proud we all were of each other. For a small, independent hotel to have won such a major award two years in a row was a very special moment.”

What do you like most about working for AmishView?

“What I like most out working at AmishView are the relationships I’ve built with guests and coworkers. I’ve also really enjoyed watching my coworkers grow into leadership positions.”

What do you think sets AmishView apart from other hotels?

“I believe what sets AmishView apart from other hotels is our consistent ability to be proactive rather than reactive. We work extremely hard to make sure all our guest requests are met; however, when it’s not possible, we reach out to the guests well before their stay to come up with an alternative solution.”

Is there something special, unique or interesting you’d like our guests to know about you?

“My absolute favorite thing to do is to go fishing with my dad! He lives in the Florida Keys so we take the boat out and like to find different fishing spots in the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico. It’s a special feeling to be out in the middle of the ocean – just me and my dad – catching all kinds of different fish.”

Thank you for sharing, Ben, and for helping us to earn this outstanding achievement on TripAdvisor.

Meet Celines C., Housekeeping Manager

Celines Castillo, AmishViewInn Housekeeping Manager

What is your most memorable AmishView guest moment or interaction?

“I appreciate when they tell me the hotel is beautiful, very clean and their rooms are very clean.”

What do you like most about working for AmishView?

“I like everything. We are a family and we all work as a team.”

What do you think sets AmishView apart from other hotels?

“Our service, our cleanliness and that we always look for ways to make our guests feel comfortable – as if they were at home!”

Is there something special, unique or interesting you’d like our guests to know about you?

“I have three granddaughters whom I love with all my life and also a dog named Sophie.”

Thank you for sharing, Celines, and for helping us to earn this outstanding achievement on TripAdvisor.

Meet Roseann F.

Roseann Fowler, Guest Services Lead

What is your most memorable AmishView guest moment or interaction?

“I believe the smallest thing can make a big difference. On one occasion I had a guest who brought along a personal item. This guest needed that item to assist them during their visit. The guest noticed that the item was broken. I assisted the guest in fixing the item and the guest appreciated my effort and thanked me. Several weeks later that guest took the time to write me a lovely personal thank you note for my efforts and the expression of gratitude meant the world to me.”

What do you like most about working for AmishView?

“I like being part of a great team. We are committed teammates and we do for each other. My managers always support me and stand behind me and help me grow. Our various departments work hard together and help one another be successful in our various responsibilities and put our guests first.”

What do you think sets AmishView apart from other hotels?

“We do everything possible to see to it that our guests come first and their needs are fulfilled. No matter what the issue, from the biggest to the smallest detail, we take care of them. None of us knows how life is treating the person who walks through our doors. It is our goal to make their life a little happier, a little more pleasant while they are staying with us. We don’t hesitate to put our personal touch on them and make them feel welcome, appreciated and valued.”

Is there something special, unique or interesting you’d like our guests to know about you?

“I love to cook big Italian meals and I am a country line dancer.”

Thank you for sharing, Roseann, and for helping us to earn this outstanding achievement on TripAdvisor.