November 20, 2019
Christmas is right around the corner and you don’t want to wait until the last minute to find gifts for all of your friends and family. If you know where to go, you can make a day of it and get all of your Christmas shopping done early. Just visit a couple of these unique shops and markets near Ephrata, PA and you’ll find enough gifts for everyone you love (and maybe a couple for yourself too).
3523 Old Philadelphia Pike, Intercourse | Website
Would you do anything to find that special someone the perfect gift? Search high and low, far and near, heck, even visit ten thousand villages to find that unique gift? Well, it may not be that strenuous and you may actually enjoy shopping at Ten Thousand Villages in Intercourse, PA. This maker-to-market shopping center focuses on fair trade, ethically sourced goods from artisans in ten thousand villages. You can shop around here for gifts that will not only make your friends and family happy but will benefit communities all over the world.
2 E. 28th Division Hwy, Lititz | Website
The history of this property dates back to the Brickerville House, a stagecoach stop dating to the early 1700s. Over the years the site has evolved. At its core is the Brickerville House Restaurant, open 7 days a week & serving up traditional fare in a cozy setting which includes the house’s original fireplace. Complimenting the restaurant is a collection of shops including a wine tasting room, candy shop, gift shop, antique shop and more, all surrounding an adorable garden courtyard in the center of the shops.
49 N Main St, Manheim | Website
The newest market to Lancaster County is the Prussian Street Arcade in Manheim, PA. This boutique arcade is a space to find the highest quality, locally-sourced goods all in one convenient place. Fashion, beauty, home, this trending market has something for everyone. You’ll find hand-poured candles to live edge furniture and vintage clothing and jewelry all under this one roof.
955 N State St, Ephrata | Website
You can’t discuss shopping in Ephrata without mentioning the infamous Green Dragon Market. Open only on Fridays, this market turns from a weekday ghost town to a bustling city center with artisanal merchants, bustling shoppers, and a live auction. You can find almost anything under the sun in this marketplace. Treasures include rare collectibles to custom made items and finely crafted goods all under one roof.
45 N Broad St, Lititz | Website
Wilbur chocolates are the perfect holiday treat. You haven’t lived until you’ve tried these melty, sweet, and creamy chocolates that have been expertly crafted in Lititz, PA since 1894. Grab some of the smaller items for the perfect stocking stuffers or bring a box to the white elephant gift party. They also have beautiful holiday-themed tins with gorgeous artwork on the outside and are filled with delicious assortments of their signature chocolates.
632 W Main St, Ephrata | Website
If you are looking for something authentically Pennsylvania Dutch then head to the Ephrata Cloister’s Museum Store. While you may be used to finding cheap trinkets in most gift shops, the Ephrata Cloister’s Museum Store is the exact opposite. Everything in the store is made in the region and you can tell in the care and quality that goes into each piece. You’ll find stunning redware, hand-carved cutting boards and serving pieces, books, and other art pieces in this wonderful place. Items from this store will last a lifetime and will be a precious gift to keep for generations.
342 N Queen St, Lancaster | Website
If you aren’t careful, you can easily lose track of time in BUiLDiNG CHARACTER. This marketplace takes over 10,000 feet of historic warehouses in downtown Lancaster and boasts a wide variety of handmade, recycled, or vintage items. You can find handmade greeting cards from local artisans, vintage clothing pieces, and beautiful pieces of art around every corner. Enter the market with an open mind and a sense of curiosity as you never know what kind of treasure you may find.
3529 Old Philadelphia Pike, Intercourse | Website
Kitchen Kettle Village is the best place to find Pennsylvania Dutch Country goods. The shops are located just south of Ephrata in the little town of Intercourse. Discover an incredible collection of leather shops, pottery collections, quilt stores, and an Pennsylvania Dutch Country foods & furniture. This quaint European-style village is also often has live entertainment in the outside courtyard. Grab some food curated by the local purveyors or cup of cocoa and wander around all the unique shops. Don’t miss Waltz Vineyards for delicious wines & wine related gifts.
813 Rothsville Rd, Lititz | Website
Downtown Lititz is a great “walking-shopping” district, but you should consider venturing out of downtown! Check out a new market called the Artisan Mill Company. As the name suggests, every stand in this market is filled with handcrafted, super-cute, unique gifts. There are over 100 stands to browse through, located on three-floors of an 1800s restored watermill.
105 Strasburg Pike, Lancaster | Website
This is the place to go for unique home furnishings, home décor and gifts. This wonderful shop dates back to 1976! Olde Mill House shoppe is located on Strasburg Pike inside a restored bank barn and an 18th-century stone house. Find furniture, rugs, quilts, florals, lighting, women’s clothing and much more.
No matter what kind of gifts you are looking for, this collection of shops will should do the trick! Although be warned, you may find much MORE than you were originally looking for! Combine a stay at our Historic B&B to create a fun holiday shopping experience with enough time to hit ALL these great shops!
Ready to celebrate the holidays? Book a stay at the Historic Smithton Inn, a charming bed and breakfast with modern comforts in Ephrata, PA.
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