Top 3 Picks for Amish Experiences & Eateries in the Pennsylvania Dutch Country
Posted: May 19th, 2016
This spring my girls and I took a fun mother-daughter trip to the Washington, D.C. area to visit two of my dearest lifelong friends who had also served as bridesmaids at my wedding 18 years ago.
Since my daughters and I had visited many of the popular D.C. sites on a previous trip, my former maid of honor suggested that we turn our attention on taking a day trip away from the busy city. And what better way to enjoy a short weekend jaunt from the nation's capital than embarking on a 2-hour excursion to Lancaster County to experience and explore how the Pennsylvania Amish really live today.
As we meandered through the backroads and rolling hills dotted with cultivated farms, covered bridges and picturesque towns with quaint names like Bird-In-Hand and Paradise, we were transformed through time.
This is where 18th century living meets the modern world.
Shopping malls are replaced by produce stands and strip centers fade into rolling green hills of lush crops. We found ourselves right in the middle of one of the best places in the country to see a community of people known for their religiously-focused culture, plain dress and lack of modern conveniences.
They are the Lancaster County Amish.
This gorgeous Amish Country, also known as Pennsylvania Dutch Country, includes a 7,100 square miles located in Lancaster County. Movie fans might remember this region was made famous by the 1985 film Witness starring Harrison Ford.