Duration: Two days and one night
Tucked here and there along the winding ways between Amishland and the Lehigh Valley sits one of Pennsylvania's most famed Artisan Trails - the Pennsylvania Glass Trail. Discover antiqued stained glass, contemporary galleries and simply some of the most beautiful art glass in the country. From live demonstrations for families to quaint galleries nestled into little towns, a trip along this trail will surprise even the most storied collectors on how Pennsylvania looks through glass - rose-colored or otherwise.
As you might guess, glass, that prismatic spectacle, is the muse of the art world around these parts. From instructive tours and talks to colorful galleries, studios and shops, some of the most beautiful artisan glass runs along Route 222 from Lancaster up to Bethlehem. This roadtrip takes you to the doorsteps of the artists themselves, so they can share their work, experiences, and creative workplaces with curious visitors.
Start your journey at the anchor site, The GoggleWorks...
Superbly flavored Mediterranean-style dishes made with the freshest ingredients, authentic herbs and spices, all masterfully created by owner Judy. Try the hearth-fired pizza or the fresh from the oven Focaccia di Judy, perfectly crisp on the outside, chewy on the inside — and don't forget the extra virgin olive oil. Everything is a handmade work of art in itself.Read More >
Rise and shine, let's grab a croissant and hit the artisan road. There are a few choice spots to hit on the way up to the big finish in Bethlehem. Our first stop is in Boyerstown at Taylor Backes, a hot glass studio specializing in hand-blown glass. Will Dexter and Karla Trinkley have work on display in the Philadelphia Museum of Art and The Smithsonian Institute, and their production studio feels warm and inviting (maybe it's the fire).
Head to Greenwood Stained Glass in Toptan,...
This family-owned BYOB serves delicious, generously-sized entrees in a perfectly quaint atmosphere. The crab cakes and cheese ravioli are a must, and the complimentary garlic bread is just garlicy enough. Don't be surprised if the owner comes around to say hi.Read More >
Restored to its original 1922 grandeur, historic Hotel Bethlehem's floor-to-ceiling palladium windows provide dramatic views of the historic shopping district just outside our front doors. The newly renovated guest rooms are elegantly appointed, from the high-thread count beds all the way down to the mini shampoo.Read More >
Lancaster Gallery Row
In this bustling section of downtown Lancaster, you’ll find more than just art galleries. Each block is lined with cool coffee shops, boutique stores, and also one of the best live music venues in the area. Take some time to explore, and you’re guaranteed to walk away with a cool artsy souvenir.
This small family-owned shop is one of the last remaining textile mills in the country. They specialize in reproducing designs from the 18 thand 19 thcentury while adapting them for 21 stcentury use. Drop in and treat yourself to an original piece of work.
This gallery features jewelry, art, sculptures and more. If it’s pretty, it’s here. Make a quick stop here and pick up some elegant souvenirs for the road.