Where to Stay When You #VisitLancaster

lancaster-NYC 269We love Lancaster. With so much to see and do (and if you are a regular reader, you have seen many posts about the area right here on this site) there is always a reason to go back to this laid back, family friendly community. If you are looking for a hotel, I suggest you check out the Bird in Hand Family Inn.

lancaster-NYC 254With easy access off of one of the main roads in the area, surrounded by Amish farmland, the Bird-in-Hand Family Inn features 125 comfortable, well-equipped rooms and a family restaurant. They also feature two indoor pools, a hot tub, tennis courts, a large outdoor playground, and petting zoo- all free to use at your leisure. There is also a mini golf course available for a fee. The rooms are clean and the staff is friendly.

petting zoo in PAThe hotel also offers complimentary, two hour tours of our neighboring Amish farmlands- but don’t think you will take one on a Sunday. In Lancaster, there is not a whole lot going on Sundays, so plan accordingly.

bird in hand family inn PARight on the property is also the Bird in Hand Family Restaurant and Smorgasbord, with all you can eat dining. With good PA Dutch and Amish cooking, you will most likely eat more then you should, and not feel sorry about it. In fact, I definitely suggest doing so. You only live once, and we don’t all have the blessing of living in the Lancaster area and getting to eat the food all the time. So you gain a pound, so what. Take it off next week, it’s vacation! It’s well worth it, let me tell you. They have several counters of food to choose from, and if you are like me, you won’t know what hit you or what you liked best. I really can’t tell you. There was also a kids buffet, with all the child favorites like pizza and macaroni and cheese- perfect for your little one or for picky eaters.
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Why You Should Want To #VisitLancaster

When it’s time to get away, scenic Lancaster, PA is one of our favorite places to go. There is plenty to do, see, and eat in this family friendly environment. Here are some great places to visit in Lancaster, one of our favorite places to spend time as a family (and sure to be one of yours, as well).

lancaster PAThe Strasburg Railroad is the home to many restored trains from around the USA. Many train fanatics call this site the best historic railroad in America for visitors, and for good reason. Recognized as one of the most significant historic railroads in the USA, the Strasburg Railroad has acquired historic trains from all over the country, and recently celebrated operating for 50 years as a tourist railroad It is one of the remaining stations where you and your family can ride the refurbished trains and steam engines. This station is large, restored, and maintained beautifully- a source of pride for the local people.

strasburg railroadEvery time we visit, we truly sense the enjoyment that the conductors and employees have for their jobs- it shines though as they take their time with every child, posing for photos and answering train trivia with a smile. As you ride the beautifully restored trains through Amish country, learning about steam railroading, agriculture, Amish culture and Pennsylvania Dutch heritage, enjoy your family and your little ones, and let worries slip away. They are little for only so long, and riding in a “real” train is going to be a real delight. There was a “vintage baseball” game being played while we visited last weekend, where olde-time dressed players used old rules, terms, and equipments to play the game. It was very enjoyable to watch, and their wives came in full period clothing as well. There are other special events going on regularly at the Strasburg railroad. Check out the calendar and plan for your favorites.

pic 3Strasburg Rail Road is pleased to offer an all-new Summer Fun Pass, a value-packed ticket option for individuals and families who want more bang for their buck! The Summer Fun Pass is valid from May 25 – September 2 and includes unlimited steam train and fun extra rides.

At just $35 per person for ages 3 and older, this pass will pay for itself in just three visits, one of the best offerings from Lancaster County attractions. The Summer Fun Pass admission option also includes a 10% retail discount at the Strasburg Rail Road gift shops and access to member-only specials throughout the season.
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Have Sippy, I’m Traveling! In Lancaster, PA #VisitLancaster

Hey all, I am out and about. I know, you are totally shocked. This weekend we will be in Lancaster, PA, at some of our favorite, local-ish haunts (and checking out some new ones as well).

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Here is an idea of some of the places we will visit-

Vacations with an Amish Flair in Lancaster, PA

Most of us spend our day to day lives feeling pulled in a thousand directions, and almost everyone I meet classifies themselves as a “busy” person. When it’s time to get away, scenic Lancaster, PA is one of the best places for a slower paced, laid back atmosphere to unwind in a family friendly environment. There is plenty to do (and eat), but you will never feel overwhelmed, rushed, or hurried. These are some of our favorite Amish-inspired destinations in Lancaster, one of our favorite places to spend time as a family.

All aboard the Strasburg Railroad! with the friendly conductor

The Strasburg Railroad is the home to many restored trains from around the USA. Many train fanatics call this site the best historic railroad in America for visitors, and for good reason. Recognized as one of the most significant historic railroads in the USA, the Strasburg Railroad has acquired historic trains from all over the country, and recently celebrated operating for 50 years as a tourist railroad It is one of the remaining stations where you and your family can ride the refurbished trains and steam engines. This station is large, restored, and maintained beautifully- a source of pride for the local people. Every time we visit, we truly sense the enjoyment that the conductors and employees have for their jobs- it shines though as they take their time with every child, posing for photos and answering train trivia with a smile. As you ride the beautifully restored trains through Amish country, learning about steam railroading, agriculture, Amish culture and Pennsylvania Dutch heritage, enjoy your family and your little ones, and let worries slip away. They are little for only so long, and riding in a “real” train is going to be a real delight.
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