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.
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.
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 Retreat
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.
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!
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
793 Lancaster Pk, Quarryville PA 17566
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
The Amish are often recognized by one of two things: their dress, or their buggies. The Lancaster landscape is peppered with gray and black-topped buggies as well as the sound of hooves on asphalt. Visitors to Lancaster are awed by the sight, and surprisingly little is known about the Amish outside their towns. As a result, visitors often ask about how the Amish get around, and we’d like to oblige!
Plain folk prefer modes of transportation that are slower, it’s true. But they’re not limited to horse-drawn buggies – they also use pony carts, scooters, and tractors. Their vehicles usually don’t utilize electricity, and are limited in distance capability. The reasoning is far more complex than its surface implies.
The Amish prefer slower, lower tech transportation because it encourages introspection and community. The longer the trip, the more thinking. Traveling in horse-drawn buggies or scooters allows more time for contemplation. Not consistently being busy zooming here and there leads to fuller, richer living.
Additionally, the Amish heavily depend on each other as neighbors and friends with each trip. Imagine a typical errand trip for you: groceries, appointments, and shopping. It might take three hours, tops. But for the Amish, that same trip would take triple the time. They must rely on the community to watch the kids, or feed the livestock, or even manage the business.
These requests foster relationships, and in turn trust. Having a tight-knit community of reciprocated familiarity and trust is integral to the Amish culture. As much as they’d like to completely travel in this fashion, there are exceptions.
Typically, the Amish will try alternate methods before resorting to contemporary vehicles. Sometimes the distance is just too great, or the situation is time sensitive. For example, say an Amish business owner hears about a last-minute sale on livestock – but it’s in California. If it’s important enough for his family’s livelihood, he must purchase it. He cannot reasonably be expected to travel there and back, with thousands of pounds of cargo, in a more traditional Amish vehicle. He will instead contact a driver with a truck.
Drivers like this exist all over areas replete with Plain folk. The Amish individual will not drive the vehicle, but in keeping with his church’s guidelines will ride as a passenger. He can purchase the livestock and transport it without risking speed or his beliefs.
Depending on the sect, the Amish can contact drivers for much simpler scenarios. They can also travel on boats and trains – as long as the church approves.
It’s All Relative
Ultimately, the Amish decided to take a step back, and to focus on each other and their religion. With this kind of discipline, they have been able to preserve a deep cultural heritage. Their close-knit community thrives despite lacking some modern technology.
Mud sales are a fun and almost legendary event that historically has been organized by the Amish community to support the local fire company. These mud sales often include great food and great deals on furniture, crafts, livestock, and machinery. The origin of the term, “mud sale,” comes from the fact that these auctions are done in early spring when the ground is beginning to thaw. Though it may turn into a slippery situation, it is a still a lot of fun and well worth the tripping hazards.
Mud sales are usually done from the month of March until August, partially because it is when people can come out and enjoy the weather and reunite with neighbors and friends. Since they originated, however, mud sales have become popular all-year-round and that makes them even more varied and convenient for those that live in Amish country or those that are visiting. Most mud sales begin at 8:30 a.m. and continue throughout the day with food and fun activities. They’re a great place to bring your family or go looking for wonderful furniture pieces for your new home! You may even find an amazing quilt for Mom!
While everything Amish from livestock to quilts are sold at mud sales you can also find farm equipment, machinery and smaller crafts and home goods as well. Though many people come to mud sales for larger pieces, there are plenty of smaller items that can make wonderful gifts for those at home or souvenirs for your home. Smaller pieces such as handmade home goods and baked goods are created and sold without an auction or the need to hurry and pay. This way you can take a smaller item with you without having to get out the checkbook or rent a U-Haul.
What may be the most fun part about mud sales is that there is plenty of local food to try and a diverse variety of things to see. Unlike most places in Lancaster County it is likely the Amish will outnumber you two to one at a mud sale. This is a wonderful opportunity to truly see their culture and listen to their language. While you’re there you can also indulge on all foods “Dutchified.” While you will definitely find your whoopie pies and soft pretzels, there are even more options for you to choose from! So go ahead and give our chicken and dumplings or Chow Chow a try! We’re sure you’ll love it!