Duration: Three days and three nights
Pennsylvania's Dutch Country Roads feature the best of agritourism no matter where you turn. Amish farmers and their teams of horses, tiny little roadside stands offering farm-fresh produce and baked goods for sale, winding vineyards and orchards that let you pick fresh apples and pears right off the trees — what more could you want? Take a look at farming that uses top-line technology or another that still milks cows "the old fashioned way." Or just loosen that waistband and fill up sampling all of that harvest bounty. We guarantee you won't leave hungry!
Start your journey off right with a stop at downtown Lancaster’s famous Central Market. Situated on the same spot since 1730, the Market has the distinction of being the oldest publicly owned farmers’ market in the nation, as well as one of CNN’s 10 of the World’s Best Fresh Markets, and it’s easy to see why. Inside, you’ll find dozens of stands offering everything from meats and produce to freshly-canned jams and jellies to ethnic spices and delectable desserts. Save room though, because... Read More >
From there, head to the bucolic Lancaster countryside, where Amish buggies will soon outnumber cars on the road, and you’ll learn how the Lancaster County Amish farm the land without the use of modern technology. Stop by Riehl’s Quilts and Crafts for a peek inside a working Amish dairy farm and samples of homemade Amish crafts, or sit down for lunch (or just some sampling) at Read More >
No visit to Pennsylvania Dutch Country is complete without a stop at one of its famous smorgasbords. Dine amongst the locals at the Bird-in-Hand Family Restaurant and Smorgasbord, and enjoy homemade recipes of true Pennsylvania Dutch favorites including chicken pot pie, brown butter noodles, and of course, shoofly pie.Read More >
Good 'N Plenty Restaurant has offered quality family-style dining, an award-winning bake shop and an extensive gift shop since 1969. Families will love to experience the traditional home cooking that Lancaster County is known for at one of AAA's Top Ten Best "Down Home Dining" Restaurants in America.Read More >
One of the oldest farm B&Bs in the lower Susquehanna Valley, Verdant View Farm is the perfect way to experience rural life on the farm. Learn how to hand milk a cow or bottle feed a calf before sitting down to a huge farm-fresh breakfast.Read More >
Nestled on 10 acres in the quiet village of Bird-in-Hand and within walking distance to shops and eateries, this family inn comes with a complimentary two-hour farmland tour. The inn features a playground, miniature golf, a walking trail and a special petting zoo with the kids in mind.Read More >
Head west from Lancaster for a stop at the Turkey Hill Experience, which takes visitors behind the scenes at the Lancaster County farm that’s been producing some of the nation’s favorite ice cream, iced teas and lemonade for years. Cross the Susquehanna River and head up the hill for a stop at Moon Dancer Winery, where a French country chateau overlooks the beautiful Susquehanna River, offering premium European Style dry wines as well as... Read More >
Visit the Factory Tour Capital of the World right here in PA in York County. Stop by Renovah Pretzel for a lesson in pretzel twisting or learn about ice cream making at Sweet Willows Creamery. For those of you who desire to sample delectable wines, the Mason-Dixon Wine Trail also “flows” through York County, so there are endless... Read More >
After lunch, explore the modern day dairy farm process with a visit to Perrydell Dairy Farm, a family-owned dairy farm that bottles all its own milk. Take a self-guided tour to see cows being milked, calves being fed, or the bottling process at work. It all ends with a tasty cone of hand-dipped ice cream!Read More >
Housed in a romantic Victorian home across from the old farmer's market, this warm, downtown bistro is a great spot for lunch or dinner. Natural, fresh food is the focus of their seasonal American cuisine.Read More >
This York restaurant has been family operated since it opened in 1933 as The Beaver Inn. Now called White Rose Bar & Grill, this excellent restaurant is a community favorite, having won multiple awards including Best Bar in York County by York Sunday News and Downtown Inc’s Outstanding Merchant Award.Read More >
This beautiful inn is a restored Queen Anne Victorian home located in York. Guests will enjoy the suites with private baths, and will fall asleep comfortably in the feather beds before enjoying the four course breakfast in the morning.Read More >
Built in 1897, the Bechtel Victorian Mansion was the first house in town to have electricity! Once the home of a wealthy banker and businessman, this beautiful home stayed with that family for 85 years before being turned into a bed and breakfast by the Bechtel family. With six era-inspired guest rooms, this 1897 Queen Anne Victorian home is the perfect place to enjoy a historic and comfortable night’s rest.Read More >
Gettysburg may be known for the historic battlefields and haunted inns, but what many may not know is that the area's also one of the best for fresh fruit! Experience it for yourself with the new Gettysburg Wine and Fruit Trail, including wineries, nurseries, and exquisite farm markets. Stop by third generation family farm and market Hollabaugh Bros. for fresh apples and pears, and stock up on all kinds of local produce and baked goods at the
Finish the day by toasting your visit with a trip to Adams County's excellent wineries. Hauser Estate Winery offers daily tastings in a gorgeous 360 degree glass-enclosed tasting room with spectacular views of the forests and countryside below.Read More >
The Adams Country winery welcomes visitors with free tastings of award-winning wines in a 130-year-old bank barn.Read More >
In 1776, Reverend Alexander Dobbin built the Dobbin House in the hopes of providing his family a new life in America. Today, this historic building, which even has a secret Underground Railroad slave hideout, is used as a restaurant, where guests can enjoy several different dining experiences. For a fine dining experience with delectable options such as New York Colony Strip Steak and Lamb Chops, choose the Alexander Dobbin dining rooms and enjoy a meal in the library, parlor or bedroom. For a more casual dining experience with delicious meals such as Dobbin’s hot beef sandwich and Baked King’s onion soup, step downstairs and enjoy the dim lighting and period atmosphere of the Springhouse Tavern.Read More >
This unique dining experience offers fine dining with a country flair. These farm-style dinners have become very popular and are served in an old barn furnished with many farm related antiques. Each table is decorated with old fashioned dinnerware and cloth linens. With a menu that changes each weekend, all farm dinners consist of typical American foods which were favored by the German settlers of this area and are family recipes made from scratch and featuring locally grown products.Read More >
This historic and revered inn was named for Union soldier Brigadier General Elon John Farnsworth, who led a charge on the final day of the Battle of Gettysburg that claimed his life. During the Civil War this building housed Confederate sharpshooters, one of which accidentally shot and killed Jennie Wade, the only civilian to have died during the battle. Following the war the building then served as a hospital to treat those wounded in battle. Today it is one of the most recognized inns in America, receiving awards and recognition from A&E, Food Network, The History Channel, and the Travel Channel. Enjoy a comfortable and historic stay in one of the inn’s ten rooms, including the Jennie Wade Room, the Lincoln Room and the Custer Room.Read More >
Located right in the middle of a beautiful apple orchard, this guest house has a private entrance, modern kitchen, private bathrooms, large living room and large bedrooms to sleep a family of six downstairs and up to ten for the entire house. Guests are welcome to wander through the orchards to explore the many crops of apples, pears, berries, nectarines and more grown throughout the year!Read More >
Known as America's oldest short line railroad, these old steam engine trains transport visitors on the 45 minute "ride to Paradise" (the town, that is), traveling past grazing cows and Amish farms. Try the old fashioned open-air car or have lunch aboard the dining car. On select weekends throughout the year, Thomas the Tank Engine even steps in to lead the train.
There's always time for a bit of retail therapy, and the Rockvale Outlets feature more than 100 outlet stores, and the brands you love, at up to 75 percent off traditional retail prices every day! With brands like Lenox, Pottery Barn, and even an Eagles Pro Shop, plus no sales tax on clothing, the deals are simply amazing.
See where the meetings of world leaders took place at Eisenhower National Historic Site, the home and farm of President Dwight D. Eisenhower. This site was the President's weekend retreat and relaxation area and was where he led efforts to reduce Cold War tensions.
From apple cider to dumplings to pies and more, it's all about the apple at this October festival. Visitors can come to tour orchards, sample heirloom varieties of apples, enjoy special desserts, kid's activities and much more.
Known as America's first fair, the York Fair began its early traditions in 1765 and continues to grow each year. It comes to town each September for ten days of fun filled with top-line entertainment, food, rides and shows for the entire family.
Witness a legend in the making at Harley Davidson® York Vehicle Operations. The Vaughn L. Beals Tour Center features exhibits that detail the plant's history, assembly and manufacturing processes and Custom Vehicle Operations™. Visitors can see up close how the famous bikes are made by touring the manufacturing and assembly areas in the factory.