Although summer is in full swing right now,
this is also a wonderful time to think ahead and
start planning a visit to
Lancaster County this fall. Autumn in Lancaster has so much to offer.
Here’s my top ten list (in no particular order because
they’re all fantastic) of my fall favorites in Lancaster County:
1. The Weather
Fall has a special place in my heart because the temperatures are mild (not too
hot, not too cold), and we generally don’t get as much rain as in other seasons.
Lancaster fall weather accommodates all sorts of outdoor activities like
biking, hiking, exploring museum grounds, and sightseeing.
2. Harvest Time
When you visit Lancaster in the fall, you have an opportunity to watch Amish
farmers harvesting their crops. It’s quite a sight to see the process done the
old school way!
Fall is when Lancaster County apples are at their peak. You can
visit local orchards to pick your own apples or find fresh locally grown apples
(and apple butter and apple dumplings) at farmers markets and roadside stands.
5. Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire
I know, I just mentioned fairs, but this one is so big it’s deserving of its
own independent mention. Spend your day amongst knights in shining armor,
queens, kings, wenches, mud beggars, minstrels, fire eaters, jousters, and more
as you step back in time on the grounds of Mt. Hope Estate and Winery. There’s food (much of it reminiscent of the Renaissance
with renaissance-inspired wares,
and lots of entertainment options
the shire. AND you can enjoy Mt. Hope’s own wines and Swashbuckler brews
pubs and porthouses on the grounds.
Breathtaking. That’s the best word I can find to describe the fall foliage in
Lancaster County. When the leaves begin to change here, don’t forget your
camera as you walk, bike, or hike the scenic trails in our area. Plan to get
out and stretch your legs! I recommend checking out the new Northwest Lancaster County River Trail
, which stretches approximately 14 miles to connect 4
historic river towns and villages along the Susquehanna River.
8. GREAT Beer Fests
Lancaster County is becoming well known for the array of amazing craft brews hailing
from our local breweries. Both the Lancaster Craft Beer Fest
(Sept. 6) and
the Lititz Craft Beer Fest
(September 28) will give you an opportunity to
get a taste of what all the buzz is about!
I could go on and on, but I think I’ve made my point. As you
can see, there’s so much to do and see in Lancaster in the fall. Don’t wait to
start planning your autumn visit agenda!
By Rebecca Gallagher
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