Hotel at a Glance: The Hotel Lancaster
This recently opened hotel is situated in the heart of downtown Lancaster. From here, you'll be surrounded by restaurants and dozens of art galleries, as well as four blocks from both the Lancaster Museum of Art and the Central Market, the oldest continuously operated farmers' market in the United States.
- Complimentary continental breakfast is served daily.
- Comfy guest rooms are equipped with free WiFi.
- Square One Coffee is a block away, and serves coffee made of ethically sourced beans roasted in house. Get a bag of beans for coffee lovers back home (the staff will be happy to grind them).
Lancaster County, Pennsylvania: Crossroads of Amish Culture and German Heritage
Lancaster County sits in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch Country. A number of Amish families—many of them descendants of the German immigrants who settled in the region in the 18th and 19th centuries—still farm the land here, living and working by the same timeless principles and unadorned methods they've been using for generations. On a drive through the area, you'll see covered bridges spanning the Conestoga River and probably share the road with a horse-drawn buggy or two. At stops such as Kitchen Kettle Village, you can watch experts canning jellies, jams, and relishes and sample homemade baked goods.
To tour the countryside in style, take a ride aboard a coal-burning steam locomotive on the Strasburg Rail Road. As the train chugs past farmers tending fields and cattle grazing on hay and strudel, parlor-car attendants serve cocktails and snacks to passengers in the dining car or in first class. Across the street from the station in Strasburg, the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania chronicles the history of the track via rotating exhibits and more than 100 locomotives and railcars.