Friday, August 27, 2010

Amish Country in Lancaster, PA

While you’re vacationing in Adamstown at a luxury Lancaster Pa bed and breakfast, the Amethyst Inn, you’ll find yourself so close to Amish Country, PA that you won’t be able to resist a visit! From buggy rides, to visiting an Amish village, to seeing an Amish film, you’ll experience a fun day while learning about the customs and beliefs of this close community.

A buggy ride will give you first hand experience of how the PA Amish travel throughout their community. With the wind in your hair, you’ll get to learn why buggies are gray and why some buggies have electric lights on them.

If you’d prefer to learn more about the Amish beliefs and customs before your buggy ride, the Amish Village is a great place to visit! You will receive a guided tour through an 1840s farm house that is furnished as a Lancaster County Old Order Amish house. This setting will allow you to ask plenty of questions and prove to be very educational. Children love this trip as there is a farm and a working water wheel!

The Amish Farm and House is a similar attraction that is filled with history and takes you back in time to learn about blacksmiths, tobacco stripping, quilting, wood carving, the school house, and the farm. You’ll have many of your questions answered by the knowledgeable guides and learn the “whys” to many of the Amish traditions. 

Another way to tour the Amish in PA is to have the Amish Experience. With a variety of options, you’ll be able to choose the tour that fits you best. You can visit the Amish Country Homestead and learn about clothing, living without electricity, and the schoolroom. Or you can visit in person with the Amish during milking time, learn about a unique handcraft, and have an informal chat in their home. If it’s a rainy day, or just too hot to be outside, but you still want to learn about the Amish Pennsylvania Dutch, you’re in luck! The Amish Experience also has a theatre which shows a 40 minute film of the history and the Amish today.
When you’ve finished all your tours and have all your questions answered, you’ll want to stop at one of the many Pennsylvania Dutch restaurants and smorgasbords to taste the local favorites. Then after a long day on your feet head back to the Adamstown Inns & Cottages, a Lancaster Pennsylvania bed and breakfast, to soak in a jacuzzi tub and get a restful nights sleep before a delicious breakfast the next morning and your next adventure.
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