Hotel at a Glance: The Warehouse Hotel at The Nook
Plenty of hotels have fitness centers, but The Warehouse Hotel at The Nook offers guests much more than that—it’s housed inside the massive Spooky Nook Sports complex, the largest facility of its kind in North America. Get a solo workout with the gym’s cardio and strength-training equipment, or work up a sweat in group exercise classes ranging from yoga to indoor cycling. Mix up your fitness routine by scaling the indoor climbing wall or perfecting your swing in the batting cages.
- Included perks: discounted tickets to Hersheypark, a free arcade pass for each child, climbing-gym discounts, one appetizer per stay, and access to the fitness center and group exercise classes
- Modern guest rooms feature refrigerators, 40-inch flat-screen TVs, and free WiFi.
- Fuel up with a healthy wrap or fruit smoothie in the sports complex. For a heartier meal, try the panko-crusted pork cutlet at the onsite Forklift & Palate restaurant.
- Nearby attractions: Dutch Wonderland amusement park (13 miles) Hersheypark (21 miles), and Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course (29 miles)
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.