Shady Maple

As promised I have more food tales to share from our visit to Pennsylvania. Today let’s start with breakfast—a smorgasbord breakfast. Shady Maple Farm Market advertises their business: Where Food is a Destination. Now that is the truth. This family owned business is actually a combination of Farm Market, Smorgasbord, and Gift Shop. Marvin Weaver … More Shady Maple

Green Dragon

Did you know there are dragons in Lancaster County? Another surprise! Green Dragon Farmers Market & Auction advertises a carnival atmosphere. Indeed it did remind me of a carnival or a county fair—without the Ferris wheel. The grounds had several buildings to shop in as well as outdoor stalls. Furniture to food, clothes to candy, … More Green Dragon

Gleaming in the Sun

Do you like beautifully modernized antique vehicles? If so, a National Street Rods Association® event may be the place for you. The NSRA annually hosts several specialty shows in the U.S. featuring hot rods and muscle cars among others. The photos in this post were taken at the Street Rod Nationals East this summer in … More Gleaming in the Sun

Amish Country

On a beautiful summer morning we climbed into a large Amish buggy. Levi, our Amish driver and tour guide was a retired farmer. He skillfully drove our wagonload of seven tourists (including 1 small boy) across the highway. Many people think of the Amish and Mennonites when someone mentions Lancaster County. Those same people often … More Amish Country

Ephrata Cloister

One glimpse of those buildings tucked away from the road and I was immediately intrigued. Their architecture was obviously early (1700s) and obviously European. What in the world were they doing here in Lancaster County? The sign read, Ephrata Cloister. Dressed in white monastic garments similar to descriptions of those worn by original members of … More Ephrata Cloister

Lititz, Pennsylvania

Welcome to Lititz. Before coming to Pennsylvania, we’d never heard of the town. Founded in 1756, named America’s Coolest Small Town in 2013. After visiting I can understand why. Lititz Museum On our way to the museum, we strolled past several older buildings. One of them was the Warden’s house, built in 1757. The museum … More Lititz, Pennsylvania

Travel Surprises

This post is the first in a new series. Our destination goals for our summer trip this year included: Lancaster County and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; plus Washington D.C. Yes, our goals were ambitious for a ten-day vacation. A well-planned trip often makes for a more enjoyable trip, but it’s wise to allow room for surprises and … More Travel Surprises