What can I say? You all should move to Philly!
I recently had a chance to do a local staycation in Lancaster, PA. Having lived outside of Philadelphia my whole life, I've been to Lancaster lots of times. I've never stayed over though! And what surprised me most is that there is a ton to do in Lancaster. I took Hubby and Chica for a one night stay and visited three area attractions. We were kept busy all of Saturday, welcoming sleep when bedtime rolled around.
Thinking of trying to stay local this Summer? Or are you visiting Philadelphia and looking for a fun day trip? Here's my quick recap of a very fun overnight in Lancaster:
Upon check-in, guests are given the most amazingly delicious cookies to enjoy while they make their way to their rooms. Lovely.
Hotel rooms are spacious, comfortable and (most importantly) clean. The resort has 2 restaurants on-site, and an easy drive to many more. If you are getting away for a little fun and relaxation, the Doubletree Resort boasts both an indoor and outdoor pool. Families can take advantage of the indoor Water Playground, which is perfect for young kids to enjoy.
I would highly recommend the Double Tree Resort in Lancaster to anyone looking for a quality place to stay in Lancaster, PA. Want a quick peek at our room? Check out my very impromptu video below:
Some of the cars and certain events offer dining on the train. If you are hungry before or after your trip, the Strasburg Railroad has you covered. The recently opened Trackside Cafe offers a spectacular selection for all palates: pizza, quesadillas, and sandwiches, as well as whoopie pies and ice cream! We had a delightful lunch before our train ride, complete with dessert. I had Shoo Fly Pie (a classic Pennsylvania Dutch dessert) for the first time in my life (spoiler alert: it is not made with ground up flies, despite what my dad used to tell me).
Even the most train-loving kids can get wiggly during the train ride. So when you plan your trip, make sure to download and print the fun Strasburg Railroad Scavenger Hunt I've created. Challenge your kids to find every item, or see who can find all the items first! Each and every item can be found during the train ride!
In all my years living in Pennsylvnia (i.e.: all of them), I have never been to the Amish Village. The Amish Village is a must-visit for anyone who is a Pennsylvania resident, and a can't-miss for anyone visiting our awesome state! Started by a woman from Texas, believe it or not, the Amish Village is a learning experience that really sheds light on the daily life of the Amish people. The property holds a traditional Amish home, Amish store, Amish market and an Amish school house, as well as buggies, farm animals and a beautiful landscape. During the tour, our tour guide shared many facts that I had never heard before about the Amish, including their history or origination to family life. , there is an actual Amish school teacher who you can hear from at the Amish school house on the back of the property. On the day we visited, our school teacher fielded many questions and gave a great overview on her role as a special education teacher in the Amish community. Very enlightening! We stopped in the Amish store, which is home to many souvenirs, including beautiful handmade quilts. If you think you know everything about the Amish culture, see if your knowledge passes the test at The Amish Village next time you are in Lancaster!
Have you been to Lancaster, PA? Hoping to plan a visit this Summer? Share your story and leave a comment below!
Disclosure: I was provided lodging and entrance to the attractions. As always, all opinions are my own. Always trying to keep it real!