Amy Davis / Baltimore Sun
July 2, 2013
A world away, just a few miles from home. That's what Lancaster is. Take a journey back in time as you ride through the heart of Amish country, visiting their farms, eating their food, and living their simplistic lifestyle.
Distance from Baltimore: 75 miles
Summer events/activities: A tour on the Amish transportation of choice, the horse and buggy, is a must when visiting Lancaster. Check out Aaron and Jessica's Buggy Rides (3121 Old Philadelphia Pike, Bird-In-Hand, Pa.; amishbuggyrides.com or 717-768-8828; $5-$17) for a ride through the heart of Amish Country. If the horse and buggy tour isn't enough to satisfy your thirst for knowledge, venture back to Lancaster to The Amish Farm & House (2395 Lincoln Highway East; amishfarmandhouse.com or 717-394-6185) for immersion into the way of the Amish, complete with tours of a farmhouse, blacksmith shop and schoolhouse.
Cool lodging: A converted 19th-century tobacco warehouse on the north end of downtown, the Lancaster Arts Hotel (300 Harrisburg Ave.; lancasterartshotel.com or 717-299-3000) is an art studio-hotel hybrid, keeping with the town's burgeoning arts scene.
Eat here: The last thing you would expect to find in the heart of Amish country is a renowned Vietnamese restaurant. But that's exactly what Rice and Noodles is (1238 Lititz Pike; riceandnoodlesrestaurant.com or 717-481-7461). The third-generation Vietnamese eatery offers fresh and authentic Vietnamese dishes in a casual, relaxing atmosphere.
Don't miss: Lancaster Central Market (23 North Market St.; centralmarketlancaster.com or 717-735-6890) is the country's oldest farmer's market, situated right in the heart of Amish territory. Walk down the aisles and sample some of the region's delicacies, such as chowchow, scrapple and butter pickles.