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Things for you younger folk to look forward to when you're old and married with a kid on the way:
My wife wants to spend a few days doing stuff in Amish country / Lancaster County, PA...antiques, she wants to look at quilts (apparently that's a thing to do there), maybe check out some sweet buggies and beards and such, etc. I have identified Stoudt's Brewing as a destination.
The Suque knows just about everything - and I'm sure some of you have spent time in the area before.
What is there to do? Any particular recommendations on where to stay? This would probably be 2 or 3 nights sometime this summer.
Thanks for taking my call. I'll hang up and listen.
kid on the way, in addition to existing?
Dutch Wonderland is a good stop if you already have kids. Clean, nice, no metal detectors and a distinct lack of neck tattoos.
If you are there for the 4th of July, they have a really good celebration in Lititz, PA. Also Lititz, PA has Wilbur chocolates, you can get a factory tour and buy chocolates afterwards.
Go to Shady Maple for breakfast. It is a huge Dutch Smorgasbord that is fantastic. Other meals are good but breakfast is the best.
Outlets, if you are into that. OTB, if you are into that. It's a bit of a drive to the casinos. The hotels are your standard chain variety. Go on trip advisor to check on restaurant and B&Bs if you are looking to get romantic.
If the kid is just on the way and not actually there, the Lancaster Arts Hotel is _really_ nice. The rooms are modern, big, and comfortable, and the restaurant is outstanding. I wouldn't recommend it for families - pricey and maybe too chic - but if its just the two of you you'll enjoy it. It's legitimately cool and romantic.
Do hit the Lancaster Central Market. If you like food at all, there's a lot of really good stuff in there.
There's not much else to do there other than the usual Amish buggy tour stuff. 2-3 days is about the max I'd stay.
Edit: My pathetic work browser won't let me attach the link to the hotel properly, so here it is: http://www.lancasterartshotel.com/
This post has been edited 2 times, most recently by gocaps1 22 months ago
Lancaster is boring as f*ck. I grew up outside of there and even worked at Dutch Wonderland a couple of summers in high school. My in-laws live there too. If she wants antiques and quilts and crap, check out Intercourse. You can get some good food at the smorgasbords. A lot of people love Millers, but I've never eaten there.
If she wants to go to the outlets, they're on the East side of the city, so plan accommodations accordingly.
Dutch Wonderland is nice once you have kids old enough to enjoy it, but pointless for just adults.
If you're into trains, go to Strasburg, which is nearby. They also have a good ice cream shop on the corner in the center of town.
Lancaster just got a Chick-fil-A with two drive thrus!
Call BWES...he might let you sleep on the couch.
I'm like 15 minutes from there, but still have never gone. Be aware, though, they're closed Sundays.
I was there a long time ago, but there's some decent golf there if you have a couple of hours when dropping the wife off at the outlets.
Kid on the way, not here until the end of the summer.
Thanks for the quick advice. I will make sure we do something in Strasburg, just so I can check in on Facebook and make a horrendously unfunny Nats joke.
We go up to that area to hit up some of the dutch markets (foods) and Dutch Wonderland for our young kids. Last year we stumbled across the food and spirits festival at the Mt. Holly winery which is where they hold the Pa Ren faire. This year the festival is at the Lancaster Conv center on 7/22, not as fun of a setting as the Mt. Holly estate location (the entire site is a permanent festival/ren fair facility-great for a wine or beer festival) but perhaps more comfortable. Instead, they have a beer and crab feast at the Mt. Holly site on 7/21, which is in Manheim, where the famous Manheim auto auction facility is. If you've never been, it is cool. You've never seen so many cars.
I wouldn't expect too much from lodging or pay too much. There's the Fulton Steamboat in http://www.fultonsteamboatinn.com/ which is a decent place. The best hotel in my view is the Best Western Eden Resort, especially if you have a family. Or you could do the inns.
Agree with recommendation on Central Market.
I'm from near king of Prussia. In high school, we would go there all the time. Love that place.
Also can recommend the Inn at Leola Village, nice 4-star historic hotel with lots of character and wasn't too expensive.
This is exactly what my wife wanted to do when she was preggo with kid #1.
I am getting ready to spend the next week there for my daughters regionals for soccer. Only 1 game a day so a lot of down time. Were just gonna golf.
Turkey Hill Ice Cream factory tour + preggy = BJ later that night
I'm surprised Bube's Brewery hasn't been mentioned yet...and yes you do pronounce it that way!
I go every now and then. It's nice but I don't think Lancaster is worth 3 or 4 days. More like 3 or 4 hours.
This post was edited by theTerpAttorney 22 months ago
I don't get the attraction, I mean, haven't you ever seen corn growing or seen a women in a bonnet? Keep your ass at home as it's hard enough to pilot a horse and buggy without a bunch of Cheeto dropping city folks distracting Nellie every time they pass. Just once I'd like to get the boys together and horse dung up the streets where you live.
My wife (then-fiancee) and I went there for a weekend and stayed at some highly-rated B&B. The proprietors were americangothic-level creepy and when we tried to be friendly and mentioned that we had just gotten engaged his first response was "to each other?" It was such an odd response, kind of set the tone for the weekend because we just kept imagining him having peepholes drilled in all around the room/place.
The Amish are boring as fuck, too and after a couple of hours we were so bored we ended up just going to the movies. My wife pretty much never wants to go back, which is mostly fine but mini-me is supposed to do a judo tournament there this fall so I might end up just taking him by myself.
You guys are marrying dorks.
it really is boring up there. We brought a flask to keep things interesting.
Lancaster Barnstormers Baseball!
you could wander a little bit up north and see the childhood homes of Daniel Boone, Taylor Swift, and patterp
lol @ starting this thread rather than PM'ing me. I will decide tomorrow if I will help you or not. let me sleep on it.
seriously though, if this board didnt suck so much I may have actually checked it earlier and noticed your thread. I will respond in the morning. I am too tired now.
This post was edited by BobWadeSurvivor 22 months ago
I'm married and I can't fathom taking a trip like that. Dear God. All the OP is doing is scaring the shit out of young people.
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