Another perfect one night getaway. Lancaster, Pa is full of options for family adventures. Want to milk a goat, eat farm fresh organic veggies, hang in a hip pocket park and window shop in a new city, all in the same weekend? Lancaster. Do it now. Or you can throw in a stop at Dutch Wonderland for the win. Plus this destination is only about an hour from Philadelphia and is SUPER affordable. If you think Lancaster is all Amish folks churning butter, think again. Lancaster is quite cool, and you need to take the family there ASAP.
Lots of standard big name brand hotels near the downtown. If you want to try something with an authentic country experience, there are lots of farm stay options on www.farmstaypa.com where you can rent a room on a working farm. We stayed at Frush Farm and it was a little slice of Lancaster heaven.
Frush Farm: This farm is in Reinholds, Pa which is about 20 minutes from downtown Lancaster. It is a working farm with goats, chickens, fruits and veggies, and proprietors who we adored. Nancy and Rich played the piano, offered sing-alongs and made us breakfast with beautiful, yummy, fresh food. Nancy played the piano with my 4 year old daughter in her lap and we all sang a few tunes together before bedtime. They also have 8 grandchildren and the farmhouse stocked with toys to keep kids busy. They also sent us a Christmas card the following December. So in love with them and this place.
Verdant View Farm: Another really fun farm stay option. We looked into this place before booking at Frush Farm with Richard and Nancy. But this place is on our list, and should be on yours too! They also do guided farm tours if you don’t have time to stay over.
Downtown Lancaster: The city of Lancaster was happening. We saw hipsters. We saw a Make Metallica Great Again hat. We saw couples canoodling. Public art around every corner. It was fun. We got ice cream from a food truck in a pocket park. Listened to live music at a cafe with outdoor seating. Had a tasty meal in a courtyard next to a lovely fountain. And shopped (or at least window shopped, ya know, kids and all) in some very hip boutiques and vintage stores. We ate outdoors at The Pressroom in Steinham Park, it was perfect.