October 13, 2021
When you stay at the Historic Smithton Inn, you will be entering the true heart of Pennsylvania Amish country. Lancaster County features a variety of prominent Amish Towns in PA that are strongly influenced by Amish culture and lifestyle. You’ll encounter peaceful countryside, rolling farmlands, and many small, neighborly villages. And, you might even run across a few horse and buggies! You will also experience some delicious homemade Amish cooking and plenty of local, mom-and-pop shops for finding those one-of-a-kind souvenirs and gifts. Here are a few Amish towns in PA that are worth visiting during your stay at the Historic Smithton Inn!
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Why not explore the very town that you will be staying in during your vacation at the Historic Smithton Inn? Ephrata, PA, offers some beautiful Amish countryside as well as historic attractions. Make a visit to the Ephrata Cloister to read about its rich history and educational programs. Or, go see a play at the Ephrata Performing Arts Center, which has been producing quality plays for 25 years. Do a bit of shopping at Reiff’s Farm Market. At this Amish-owned market, you can buy some tasty fruit, vegetables, or baked goods while you’re in town. You will also see some Amish and historic landmarks, such as the Bitzers Mill Covered Bridge.
Lititz, PA, is known as “America’s coolest small town” among Amish towns in PA. Attractions, shopping, and dining are all available in Lititz, including the Julius Sturgis Pretzel Bakery on Maine Street. Tour the original pretzel bakery and get a soft pretzel twisting lesson before enjoying some salty treats. For some sweet to balance the salty, tour the five-story Wilbur Chocolate Museum & Factory. This landmark was originally built in 1913 and now features a chocolate museum! The Lititz Springs Park is another favorite location, with beautiful water features, outdoor concerts, art shows, and some friendly ducks.
For some tastes of the Amish experience, a trip to Lancaster is in order. Lancaster is one of the most well-known Amish towns in PA. Many Amish communities live outside of the main town and continue to make a living by farming the lands that their ancestors inherited. Learn about Amish life and take a tour of actual homes and farmlands with The Amish Experience. You will board a shuttle that will take you down country lanes to operating Amish communities. Then, you will soak up some history while engaging with Amish culture and people. To wrap up the tour, dine on Pennsylvania Dutch homestyle cooking from farm to table at Plain & Fancy.
Another of the Amish towns in PA worth visiting is Strasburg. Here, you can step back in time and experience the life and history of the Amish community at The Amish Village. You can also visit the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania or Strasburg Rail Road to learn about another type of history in the area. Ed’s Buggy Rides is another authentic area attraction. Take a three-mile tour through historic Amish farmlands in an open or closed carriage.
The list of Amish towns in PA wouldn’t be complete without Intercourse, PA. This is one of the top tourism destinations for visitors to the Pennsylvania Dutch Country. This hub of Amish activity includes the Kitchen Kettle Village. This area showcases what the heart of Lancaster County has to offer. This includes homemade baked goods, jams and relishes, and delicious Amish food! Explore pottery, quilts, jewelry, and local art among other goodies!
Manheim is another historic Amish country town with rich history, a charming downtown district, great restaurants and quaint shops. While it’s surrounded by rolling hills and Amish farms, Manheim is probably best known for being home to the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire. Every weekend in fall (August – October), the Mount Hope Estate transforms into an Elizabethan village with bawdy entertainment, food and drink!
Any of these Amish towns in PA make great destinations during your stay in Lancaster County. You will enjoy some time touring the Amish countryside and exploring these small towns and what they have to offer. Then, come settle back at the Historic Smithton Inn in Ephrata, PA, at the end of the day!