Under $100: Lancaster County, Pa.

by Monique Barrett

Nov 30, 2015

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North America

Visit Pennsylvania Dutch Country in Lancaster County, Pa., to explore unique markets and farms and enjoy a genuine Pennsylvania Amish experience.

 

Apple dumplings, shoofly pie, whoopie pies and other dessert staples in Pennsylvania Dutch Country are all offered at the Bird-in-Hand Family Restaurant & Smorgasbord. Diners can choose from traditional breakfast selections, alternative healthy options and hearty Pennsylvania Dutch breakfast items, starting from about $10.

 

Lancaster County, Pennsylvania © Delmas Lehman | Dreamstime 49640205

© Delmas Lehman | Dreamstime

 

As America’s oldest Amish settlement, Lancaster County offers visitors a glimpse of the Amish and the chance to experience farm life as it was in the 1800s. Hop on an authentic Amish family buggy and tour the Amish countryside with Abe’s Buggy Rides, offering rides starting from $10. Select rides pass by an Amish schoolhouse and give customers the opportunity to stop at an Amish friend’s house to tour their property.

 

Shop and dine at Kitchen Kettle Village, featuring more than 40 shops, restaurants and lodging options. This quaint village highlights all Lancaster County has to offer, including homemade baked goods, jams and relishes, delicious food and one-of-a-kind items like locally made art, pottery and PA Dutch quilts. Many of the stores offer free food samples, helping you decide what to take home to family and friends or enjoy as a snack later.

 

Pop into the Kling House Restaurant for lunch to try one of its signature dishes, like cranberry chicken salad served open faced with Kitchen Kettle cranberry orange marmalade. Lunch fare like salads, homemade soups, sandwiches and entrees start from about $8.99. Be sure to try the popular coconut cream pie.

 

Lancaster Brewing Company, Pennsylvania © Daniel Lobo | Flickr

Lancaster Brewing Company © Daniel Lobo | Flickr

 

Explore the Landis Valley Village & Farm Museum, a living history village of Pennsylvania Dutch life, to learn more about Pennsylvania Dutch traditions and folklore. Costumed guides explain customs while skilled artisans demonstrate traditional crafts and open-hearth cooking. Admission costs $12.

 

With a brewing history that earned it the nickname of “Little Munich of America,” Lancaster County provides plenty of spots to enjoy handcrafted brews. Have dinner at Lancaster Brewing Company, a historic working microbrewery producing award-winning varieties of beer and freshly prepared items. The pub features a happy hour Monday–Friday, offering English pints for $3.25 and specialty English pints for $4.25 as well as food like cheeseburgers, chicken cheesesteaks, cheese pizzas and wings for $5.

 

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