When someone mentions Pennsylvania Dutch Country, the first thing many people think of is the Amish community, or even Hershey Park. Unbeknownst to them, they are missing a large part of the history and culture of Lancaster County: Turkey Hill Dairy. Over 75 years ago, Turkey Hill began making delicious ice cream and tea. That’s all the history I’m going to bore you with today because the new Turkey Hill Experience, a 26,000 square foot attraction in Columbia, PA, does a fantastic job of using interactive exhibits to teach its history and ice cream making process.
A walk through tour begins “on the farm” with milking cows and continues through the homogenization process, and ends with freezing. There’s even a chance to show off your business skills with research and development or package design. Where else will you have the chance to create your own flavor of ice cream? Of course you’ll be able to taste the ice cream at the end and browse through a gift shop!
Personally, I’m excited about the Creamery, which serves a few flavors that you won’t find anywhere else! They even offer sandwiches and salads if you want to stop there for lunch. It’s the one place where it’s acceptable to eat dessert before your meal, or to just substitute ice cream as your meal. We’ve all done it at some point in our life and since you’ll be on vacation, it’s just another memory to create!
Lucky for you, the Turkey Hill Experience is located near the Wrightsville Cabin and about 30 minutes from the Amethyst Inn, a luxury bed and breakfast. If you choose to stay at Adamstown Inns & Cottages, you’ll discover a home base for creating many of your Lancaster County memories.