Top Reasons to Visit Amish Country PA on your Unique Vacation
If you’re like most people, you want your much deserved travel time to be used for a unique vacation that offer experiences that are very different than your everyday life. Your vacation should be relaxing, but also allow you to learn and experience different foods, music and cultures. With the changing world, it isn’t always easy to get out of the country to experience these things anymore. Fortunately, now you can have a unique vacation full of fun and unforgettable experiences with your family, without breaking the bank. The best part is that you can do that right here in the United States! Not in the US? Seeing and experiencing all that Pennsylvania’s Amish Country has to offer is definitely worth a trip over!
While October’s peak foliage attracts many visitors to the area, soon guests will have holidays on their minds and we can’t think of a better destination than Lancaster County for a celebration of blessings and bountiful harvests!
We have rooms and suites offering breathtaking views of Amish Country and encourage you to call for availability as soon as possible. Visit our site’s Offers page to see updated information on special packages and enhancements to your accommodations.
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Farm-to-table food is nothing new to Lancaster County; many of us experience it each day and have since childhood. With the proliferation of roadside farm stands throughout the county, it’s not out of the ordinary to eat dishes made from ingredients sourced from local farms.
Farm-to-table cuisine, of course, is healthier than processed foods and the flavors more robust.
The guests at AmishView Inn & Suites experience farm-to-table foods at its restaurant and at Smokehouse BBQ & Brews. Both venues use vegetables and fruits grown at the hotel in its homemade recipes.
Our small “farm” at the Inn includes tomatoes, peppers, lettuce, potatoes, and a strawberry variety that grows in spring and fall! Many of the restaurants nearby use authentic Amish-grown ingredients in their dishes, which is why Lancaster is a favorite food destination.
But just what is the meaning of “farm-to-table”? Read on to learn more about this movement and how Lancaster County has a lot to offer visitors hoping to experience it.
The unique practices of Amish people make them one of North America’s most fascinating religious subcultures. Visitors to Lancaster County, PA, are often intrigued by the simpler way of life embraced by the Amish. Their way of dress is one of the most overt signs of simplicity.
How do the Amish dress? They adhere to the ordnung, a biblically-based expectation/blueprint that emphasizes separation from the English world and to be “non conformed.” Their manner of dress may vary among settlements, but generally can be described as modest and plain, without embellishments.
Some groups banish the use of buttons, zippers, and eye-and-hook fasteners, while other groups use them on their clothing. Fabrics are typically plain and muted hues of purple.
Their clothing is an outward form of their inward spirituality and is founded, partly, in the scripture: “Be not conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind that ye may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” (Romans 12:2)
This ordnung is not in writing but, instead, is taught verbally from one generation to the next among the Amish people. Specific details can vary across church districts and Amish settlements, according to “The Riddle of Amish Culture” by Donald B. Kraybill. Let’s take a closer look…
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.
Ring in the New Year On Us. AmishView’s Free New Year’s Eve Party.
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!
Harvest time in Lancaster County is one of the most beautiful times of the year. Check out our latest infographic to learn more about the crops that are harvested near Lancaster, PA!
From the infographic:
“Harvest Season in Pennsylvania means serious business for the state. With Agriculture being PA’s leading economic enterprise, it’s no surprise that classic Summer and Fall produce represent a significant portion of the state’s annual agricultural income. Seasonal crops like Corn, Tobacco, and pumpkins are some of PA’s most well known cash crops. Crops like Corn and Pumpkins can attribute their popularity to their diverse array of uses for human and animal consumption.”
Experience The Harvest For Yourself
Want to see the beauty of Lancaster’s Harvest for yourself? Come visit us at Amishview Inn! Our rooms have stunning views of the surrounding farm land, giving you an up close view of the local crops.