Monday, January 3, 2011

Lancaster, PA

The week between Christmas and New Years was a really great week. My husband had the week off from work and we spent that time relaxing and doing the things we love to do. We even went on a spur of the moment trip to Lancaster. We wanted to visit some of the state's most beautiful farmland and do some fun train stuff (my husband loves trains), and get some really great home style foods. Today I thought I would share a few of my favorite places to visit when going to Lancaster.

Kitchen Kettle Village

This is the coolest little village! It has all kinds of little shops and places to grab a bite to eat. This is one of my favorite places to visit just before Christmas for a little shopping (mostly for me.) While you are there be sure to check out the following shops. Not able to make the trip to Kitchen Kettle Village? Most stores ship their goods to almost anywhere!

I love their jams, butters and spreads! They have a huge selection of salsas! One perk of this store is the fact that everything is canned on site and you can watch them do it!  My favorite pick is there Strawberry Preserves. Adam really loves the peanut butter schmier.

This store has some of the best smoked cheddar that I have ever had. While you are there you have to get some of their hard pretzels and double smoked sweet bologna.

On my last trip I discovered the Lancaster Yarn Shop. I have recently begun to knit and this shops selection of different colors and types of yarn sucked me right in!

Kitchen Kettle Village also has lodging and offers Amish buggy rides.

Lancaster Central Market

This is one of those places you just have to experience! I went in the summer and it was a buzz of activity. There are about a million vendors selling all kinds of fruit, veggies, meats, cheese, eggs and tons of breads and pastry.

Strasburg Railroad

The Strasburg Railroad is an awesome way to see the surrounding farmlands. It is a perfect outing for families and is only a stones throw from Kitchen Kettle Village. They have lots of special outings like Thomas the Train rides and Santa train rides, so be sure to check the website to see what's going on. Also near by is the Choo Choo Barn, a really cool model railroad that we absolutely loved.


My top restaurant pick is Dienners. It is a smorgasbord  that has everything you could ever want at a fraction of the price of the bigger smorgasbords, and you don't have to sit family style which is a definite plus (some people a just plain greedy and gross. I know this from personal experience.) Everything was delicious, and would definitely recommend making it your lunch or dinner stop. My top food picks here are their wonderful sweet tea, stuffing, rotisserie chicken, and hot beets! I will definitely be going back for sure!

I really love this area! It is so family friendly and although it is sometimes a little touristy, there are plenty of Amish farms all over the area that sell homemade root beer, pretzels, cheese and veggies. When you go, be sure to get shoo fly pie, you will be happy you did.

Have a wonderful Monday and a Happy New Year!


1 comment:

sugarcookie067 said...

Joy, I really enjoyed this entry! It took me right back to last year when we all went down for Sara's birthday! What a great time!