little worn out. But taking this much needed break was so good for our
souls. We wanted to take pictures of every farm, every quiet field,
and every bit of sunset. I guess you could say we don’t get out of the
city enough. New York and all the traffic and tolls can hold you
hostage sometimes! 🙂
cars. No electricity. But the gardens and vegetables would blow your
mind! And the people are as kind as you could imagine.
stayed there so much longer, just soaking up the last bits of sun and the
A few recommendations:
–If there’s a sign with an arrow leading you into a farm, follow it. 🙂
Homemade root beer. Homemade pies. Fresh cheese and butter. Handmade wooden toys. Candles. Handmade hats. Amish doll clothes. And if you’re lucky…you might see some darling little Amish kids selling lemonade. You will just die from how cute they are.
–You must eat with an Amish family!
This is not to be missed! Meeting the people is the best part. The problem is, the families can’t really advertise that they serve dinner. They prefer that you enter their homes as “guests” and they don’t charge money – they just accept donations (usually the suggested amount is $12-15). So…you must find a family through the underground. I have a few names that I have used over the years. I’ve had dinner with about (4) families and it has been amazing every time. Email me if you want the phone #s to make a reservation. The other way to find a family serving dinner is to ask B&B owners. They usually will have some leads.
–Don’t miss the towns of Bird-in-Hand, Strasburg, and Intercourse.
These towns especially have a lot of activity. But don’t just stay on the main roads here. There is a lot to do and see on the back roads…some of the best shops and bakeries can be found there.
–For kids – stay on an Amish Farm and also take a buggy ride.
We didn’t do this, but it looked fun!
–Pick up a local map at a visitors center or shop.
GPS won’t cut it here. It’s helpful to have all the Amish bakeries and craftsmen work shops right on your little map as you drive along.
–Attend an Amish auction.
I have wanted to do this for years, but the timing hasn’t worked out. The Amish communities have tons of auctions. Call a local information center or Town Commerce in advance to find out if they have any auctions scheduled while you’ll be there.
Have you ever been to Amish country? Any recommendations to add? We hope to go back there soon.
P.S. Natthefatrat went to Amishland, too. Here are some pics.