Meet Rosa O.

Rosa Ortiz Aguilera, Kitchen Manager

What is your most memorable AmishView guest moment or interaction?

“I have received many good comments about the friendliness and availability of my team, how good the breakfast is and the view we have. Sometimes you hear about adventures or personal stories from the guests.”

What do you like most about working for AmishView?

“I like that I have a very good team who always have new ideas and recipes to innovate breakfast. I appreciate that we have mutual respect for each other, a good work atmosphere and I enjoy working with all of my team because we are flexible and support each other.”

What do you think sets AmishView apart from other hotels?

“Cleanliness, friendliness, always offering a greeting, a smile, comfort to make them feel welcome.”

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

Nothing shared.

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Meet Michelle S.

Michelle Santos, Housekeeping Supervisor

What is your most memorable AmishView guest moment or interaction?

“Its hard to pick one memory. There are so many fun days at our hotel and unforgettable memories with our guests.”

What do you like most about working for AmishView?

“I like that we work hard as a team to go above and beyond for our guests to make their stay a memorable one. AmishView is my home away from home. There’s always opportunity to grow with the company.”

What do you think sets AmishView apart from other hotels?

“All of our team members’ positive attitudes and welcoming smiles! Everyone’s hard work and dedication in the job that we do keeps our guests happy and coming back.”

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

“I like to read, spend time with my four grandchildren and making family memories.”

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Meet Natalia Q.

Natalia Coto Quesada

What is your most memorable AmishView guest moment or interaction?

“All of my interactions and moments with guests have always been positive and memorable. But, I remember a woman who was staying at the hotel and told me her grandchild was going to be born soon. A few days later she called the hotel asking for me and told me of the birth of her grandson! That was a very special moment for me.”

What do you like most about working for AmishView?

“Working at AmishView allows me to be myself. I’ve learned that a small act of kindness can make a big difference in someone’s day. What I like the most about AmishView is being able to give to many people the best of me.”

What do you think sets AmishView apart from other hotels?

“I think that AmishView is different from other hotels because here we have many people of different nationalities and capacities. We reflect a mutual respect and equality to our guests. In AmishView, there is no place for racism, gender inequality or homophobia.”

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

“I like to play and watch soccer and enjoy beer!”

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Meet Jen B.

Jen Brackett, Housekeeping

What is your most memorable AmishView guest moment or interaction?

“My most memorable AmishView guest moment was when I noticed a special needs guest sitting by themselves in the breakfast area. They looked sad, so I gave them a wave and a big smile. The expression on their face was priceless to me. It was nice to be able to make someone’s day special!”

What do you like most about working for AmishView?

“I enjoy the job flexibility. The management works with my college schedule. I also love all of the hardworking staff that all come together to work as one team. The guests are awesome. I like the variety in my work schedule. No one day is the same.”

What do you think sets AmishView apart from other hotels?

“We work hard and everyone has a positive attitude. The customer service provided is “top-notch” and we are trained to go above and beyond. We take pride in our work. Every team member helps each other and no one is left behind. The work experience each person brings is unique and it blends well together.”

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

“I like to play golf in my free time.”

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Meet Jon Rogers

Jon Rogers, Guest Services Lead

What is your most memorable, positive AmishView guest moment or interaction?

“Getting to host Tony Bennett during one of his stays in Lancaster and getting to interact with him and hear how much he enjoyed his stay. As he is a world traveler, it is always very exciting to hear that guests love us as much as any five-star hotel they’ve stayed at from around the globe. As a music aficionado, that was very exciting!”

What do you like most about working for AmishView?

“The AmishView family – whether it is team members, our legion of loyal repeat guests, or first time guests, everyone who walks through our lobby is treated as one of the family.”

What do you think sets AmishView apart from other hotels?

“Our AmishView team members – everyone is dedicated to the satisfaction of our guests and they go above and beyond to make sure everyone is comfortable and enjoys their stay.”

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

“I enjoy going to concerts!”

 

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a shoofly pie

Discover Traditional Amish Food in Lancaster, Pennsylvania

One of the best parts about visiting Lancaster, Pennsylvania, is that you’ll be able to indulge in the savory Amish dishes during your stay with Amishview Inn & Suites. When we think of a home-cooked meal, our go-to thought is a mom n’ pop style preparation, and that’s something you can’t find on just any vacation. Lucky for you, on your Amish Country, Pennsylvania, vacation, you’ll find the care of fresh ingredients in the region is second to none. We encourage guests to dine at Miller’s Smorgasbord for the ultimate Amish experience when it comes to food selection. You can try a variety of meal options made with ingredients that were grown on Amish farms in the surrounding area.

Locally Grown Amish Food

It’s no secret the Amish grow their own food and raise cattle on their farms, and their hearty dishes are served family-style. Many of the gardens in the region are full of traditional ingredients such as carrots, potatoes, sweetcorn, tomatoes, celery, peas, and other common vegetables. While you’re in Pennsylvania Dutch Country, you’ll see there’s everything from pigs to hens as well as livestock and many other animals roaming around the Amish farms, which are also used as the meat supply for the community. These animals are used for food, and sometimes Amish families without dairy farms tend to have a “family cow.” Amish dairy farmers regularly drink milk raw, which means it’s straight from the cow, and while it may be controversial to some, it’s quite common for Amish and non-Amish farm families to do.

Popular Amish Foods

There’s a variety of local shops around Lancaster, Pennsylvania, that sell Amish specialties such as shoofly pie, smoked cheeses, Dutch apple dumplings, and much more. Many traditional Amish meals are crafted with seasonings like thyme leaves, cloves, bay leaves as well as baking ingredients like sugar, butter, vanilla, and milk. The community is no stranger to unhealthy food as most of the dishes are made to be filling and include a lot of fat. Many of the Amish housewives bake as their occupation, which means there’s always some kind of delicious blueberry, peach, or apple pie around! Here’s a list of 10 staple food items and dishes you’ll find in most Amish communities in Lancaster County.

  1. Shoofly Pie
  2. Dutch Cabbage Rolls
  3. Pot Pies
  4. Apple Butter
  5. Chow-Chow
  6. Cream Chipped Beef
  7. Homemade Doughnuts
  8. Scrapple
  9. Homemade Bread
  10.  Buttered Noodles

Explore Pennsylvania’s Dutch Country

Are you hungry yet? Good! Grab your family and get ready for an Amish experience, unlike any other in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. There’s plenty of places to dine, shop for handmade furniture, take an Amish tour, and experience the Pennsylvania Dutch County while you’re on vacation. Even in your room or suite at Amishview Inn & Suites, you’ll find beautiful mahogany hand-crafted Amish furniture. When you decide to stay in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, you choose a relaxing, laid-back atmosphere and a restful night’s sleep. Check out the different accommodations on our website, or please give us a call at 1-866-735-1600 to learn more.

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Amish Horse and Buggy Rides

Horse and Buggy Rides: An Authentic Amish Experience

When you first drive into Pennsylvania Dutch Country, it will become very apparent that you’re “not in Kansas anymore” (as Dorthy from the Wizard of Oz would say) while staying at Amishview Inn & Suites. One of the first things you’ll notice upon your arrival is the classic horse and buggies strolling through town. 

Amish believe in keeping their buggies close to the farm, which means they do not use rubber on their tires because it’s not intended to go very far. Why not immerse yourself in the Amish experience and take a buggy farm tour during your stay in Lancaster, Pennsylvania? You can’t take a unique Amish tour just anywhere these days, and it will be one of your favorite things to do in Lancaster during your vacation. 

Amish Country Tours

There are many ways to see Amish Country, PA, whether you’re flying high in the sky on a hot air balloon ride looking over the farms or are taking a walking tour through downtown Lancaster. Taking one of the buggies Amish Country tours will not only give you a chance to have an authentic Amish experience, but you’ll also gain insider information from the buggy drivers themselves! You’ll be able to ask as many questions as you’d like to during the tour with Aaron & Jessica’s Buggy Rides, which is a family-friendly owned business.

On tour, you’ll take a scenic ride around the Pennsylvania Dutch Country passing by the Amish schools, farmlands, shops, and many other areas that you wouldn’t think to view in your free time. If you have the Amish experience Monday through Saturday, you’ll be able to see a privately owned and operated Amish dairy farm. Lucky for you, the buggy rides are open year-round, and Amish Country tours happen during rain or shine! Learn more at amishbuggyrides.com or on our website under the attractions page

Spring Break Relaxing Getaways

No matter what you have on your daily itinerary, you’ll be able to grab a seat in the Great Room each morning between 6:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m to get your fill of a freshly made breakfast! Breakfast includes a variety of delicious options from baked oatmeal to made-to-order waffles as well as bagels, fruits, and sticky buns. 

During your stay with AmishView Inn & Suites, you’ll be happy to know that we offer coupons to use for Aaron & Jessica’s Buggy Rides, and they can be redeemed on our website. A buggy ride is a one-of-a-kind Amish experience in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, that you won’t want to miss while you’re in town! Spring break is quickly approaching, so why not plan a relaxing getaway to Pennsylvania Dutch Country where you can take the time to relax and unwind? Give us a call today at 1-866-735-1600, or you can make your reservation online

Champaign glasses, bells, and other new year's celebration items

New Year’s Events In Lancaster County

New Year's Eve items - glass balls, ribbon & Champaign glasses

Ring in the New Year On Us.  AmishView’s Free New Year’s Eve Party.

7:30pm:  Soup and Salad Bar, Vegetarian Vegetable Soup, Cream of Potato Soup, Tossed Spring Greens Salad
with option of Balsamic or Ranch Dressing, Ciabatta Rolls and Butter Croissants, Turkey Salad, Potato Salad, Macaroni Salad, Broccoli Salad
9:45pm:  Veggie Crudité with Ranch Dressing, Cheese Ball and Crackers, Hard Pretzels with Mustard Dip, Cream Puffs, Holiday Punch
12:00am:  Champagne & Cider toast with party favors.  Double-feature Movie in our Theatre Room
“New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” will be televised in Great Room all evening
Feel refreshed, rejuvenated, and ready to take on the upcoming new year while staying at Amishview Inn & Suites in Lancaster, PA. There are many Lancaster County events that will help you and your family make this year’s NYE celebration a memorable one. Wake up with a freshly prepared breakfast before exploring the lively happenings around the area. There’s plenty of fun to be hand when you visit Amish Country, PA, during the end of the year with your family.

Downtown Lancaster NYE Celebration

Put on your dancing shoes and get ready for a night out in downtown Lancaster, PA, at Binns Park this New Year’s Eve. Welcome the New Year with the community as they lower the Lancaster Red Rose, and everyone counts down to midnight. Let your worries fade from the stress of the holidays and dance to live music, and catch a beautiful fireworks display! This is one of the largest free Lancaster County events that are open to the public, and it all begins at 10:00 p.m. Whether you’re visiting with your entire family, or are just on your post-holiday escapes with your loved one, the event is excellent for all ages!

Kid-Friendly NYE Celebration

Bring the kids to Hands-on House Children’s Museum for the Noon Year’s Eve Celebration. Why wait until midnight when you’re little ones may not make it that far? The kids will have the time of their life getting their face painted, watching a balloon artist, playing carnival games, and dancing with a live DJ on-site. This is one of the best kid-friendly Lancaster County events that kicks off at 10:00 a.m. and features a balloon drop at noon. Entry is $15 per child (which also includes one free adult admission) and $10 per adult.

Where to Eat on NYE and New Year’s Day

Nothing starts off the NYE Lancaster County events like a lovely meal before your day out. There are plenty of restaurants in Amish Country, PA, open on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day that will keep you fueled up for all of the fun activities. Lucky for you, Smokehouse BBQ and Brews is located just outside our lobby doors and is open 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on NYE and New Year’s Day. Miller’s Restaurant & Smorgasbord is also a great option open from 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. for those looking for a bite close to our beautiful inn. We encourage you to make reservations and to read over our suggested Best Restaurants in Lancaster, PA, here!

Cozy Lancaster, PA, Hotels

No matter which Lancaster County events you decide to attend, you’ll feel happy knowing we provide one of the most comfortable Lancaster, PA, hotels for a restful night’s sleep. Wake up New Year’s Day with a delicious, hot breakfast from 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in the Great Room. Enjoy baked oatmeal, fruits, bagels, made-to-order eggs, omelets, and waffles, along with other options. Don’t miss out on the NYE happenings, book your stay online to AmishView Inn & Suites before we fill up for the holidays. Our welcoming staff is eagerly awaiting your arrival. Please give us a call at 1-866-735-1600 today!

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. 

AmishView Inn & Suites hotel room

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!

 

Christmas lights

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

AmishView Inn & Suites lobby

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