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Guidebook for Lancaster

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Guidebook for Lancaster

Food Scene
Right next to Discover Lancaster - super rich, sweet, and yummy sticky buns - I love to get mine with Walnuts.
Mr Sticky's Homemade Sticky
501 Greenfield Rd
Right next to Discover Lancaster - super rich, sweet, and yummy sticky buns - I love to get mine with Walnuts.
Short drive to cute town of Strasburg. Has outdoor seating to take your dog with you and they even give you a bowl of water for the dog if needed. I highly recommend the breakfast menu and barista!!
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Speckled Hen Coffee
141 E Main St
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Short drive to cute town of Strasburg. Has outdoor seating to take your dog with you and they even give you a bowl of water for the dog if needed. I highly recommend the breakfast menu and barista!!
All you can eat Sushi Rolls on Saturday and Sunday for $21. I love to order Salmon and Avocado rolls :) and have enjoyed their chicken hibachi, chicken udon soup and am working on getting a special for any 1860s Waterfall Retreat guests.
Ginza
565 Greenfield Rd
All you can eat Sushi Rolls on Saturday and Sunday for $21. I love to order Salmon and Avocado rolls :) and have enjoyed their chicken hibachi, chicken udon soup and am working on getting a special for any 1860s Waterfall Retreat guests.
If you want a diner experience for a couple dollars, this is the place to go - it's a little drive, but you can go antiquing in Columbia after your breakfast and then visit the Turkey Hill experience not too far away. Diner eats - not gourmet, but a local spot to get super cheap breakfast.
Prospect Diner
4030 Minute Dr
If you want a diner experience for a couple dollars, this is the place to go - it's a little drive, but you can go antiquing in Columbia after your breakfast and then visit the Turkey Hill experience not too far away. Diner eats - not gourmet, but a local spot to get super cheap breakfast.
A must stop for an Amish Restaurant experience - ask for the Peanut Butter spread...they traditionally serve this at church. Has great traditional PA Dutch meals for great value!
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Katie's Kitchen
200 Hartman Bridge Rd
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A must stop for an Amish Restaurant experience - ask for the Peanut Butter spread...they traditionally serve this at church. Has great traditional PA Dutch meals for great value!
Amish owned buffet style restaurant serving traditional PA Dutch foods. Good value.
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Dienner's Country Restaurant
2855 Lincoln Highway
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Amish owned buffet style restaurant serving traditional PA Dutch foods. Good value.
This is a great trendy spot to have breakfast, lunch or dinner while enjoying the iconic small town of Lititz. They have super strong Passenger coffee, which actually has a shop in downtown Lancaster. I really enjoyed their Tomato pie, but have also really enjoyed breakfast here with yummy hash. Expect a small wait on weekends - as it gets busy and parking can be challenging when it's busy.
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Tomato Pie Cafe
23 N Broad St
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This is a great trendy spot to have breakfast, lunch or dinner while enjoying the iconic small town of Lititz. They have super strong Passenger coffee, which actually has a shop in downtown Lancaster. I really enjoyed their Tomato pie, but have also really enjoyed breakfast here with yummy hash. Expect a small wait on weekends - as it gets busy and parking can be challenging when it's busy.
This is a great spot for beer tasting and their small plates menu is very good. It's a go to spot for me at times - I like their pulled pork sandwich.
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Lancaster Brewing Company
302 North Plum Street
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This is a great spot for beer tasting and their small plates menu is very good. It's a go to spot for me at times - I like their pulled pork sandwich.
Great newer restaurant located near F&M College. Has a great creative menu with an amazing adult drink selection. It's a trendy restaurant that repurposed an old building in Lancaster and has a bottle shop on location with all kinds of different beers and knowledgable staff. I hope to go back here again soon! Make a reservation.
Hunger-N-Thirst
920 Landis Avenue
Great newer restaurant located near F&M College. Has a great creative menu with an amazing adult drink selection. It's a trendy restaurant that repurposed an old building in Lancaster and has a bottle shop on location with all kinds of different beers and knowledgable staff. I hope to go back here again soon! Make a reservation.
A local spot to stop in and dine with traditional and local breakfast and dinner menu. I have had chicken pot pie here (Lancaster County Style) as well as very generous and hardy breakfasts. It's a diner/homecookin style feel. A great spot to stop when heading to busy tourist area of Intercourse and Bird in Hand.
Joni's 340 Diner
2481 Old Philadelphia Pike
A local spot to stop in and dine with traditional and local breakfast and dinner menu. I have had chicken pot pie here (Lancaster County Style) as well as very generous and hardy breakfasts. It's a diner/homecookin style feel. A great spot to stop when heading to busy tourist area of Intercourse and Bird in Hand.
A buffet or order from the menu style restaurant with all the traditional menu items of Lancaster County to fulfill any craving. This place holds a special place in my heart, as Grandpa used to take me here and sit at the counter and order a grilled donut.
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Bird-in-Hand Family Restaurant & Smorgasbord
2760 Old Philadelphia Pike
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A buffet or order from the menu style restaurant with all the traditional menu items of Lancaster County to fulfill any craving. This place holds a special place in my heart, as Grandpa used to take me here and sit at the counter and order a grilled donut.
Huge Buffet - about $22 - do not eat before going - there may be a line on weekends. If you like roast beef, do not miss it on the buffet line. It's huge and offers so much food - allow enough time to really get your money's worth. They do offer a free dinner when you go on your exact birthday with proper ID proof. There's a great gift shop downstairs - I love to wander through and usually find some cute idea or something cute to buy!
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Shady Maple Smorgasbord
129 Toddy Drive
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Huge Buffet - about $22 - do not eat before going - there may be a line on weekends. If you like roast beef, do not miss it on the buffet line. It's huge and offers so much food - allow enough time to really get your money's worth. They do offer a free dinner when you go on your exact birthday with proper ID proof. There's a great gift shop downstairs - I love to wander through and usually find some cute idea or something cute to buy!
Such amazing crepes and good service. Parking can be hard to come by, but pull in and check their lot first - there are public lots nearby and street parking as well, but just be careful ticketing is a bit tricky as in any city.
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Rachel's Cafe & Creperie
201 West Walnut Street
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Such amazing crepes and good service. Parking can be hard to come by, but pull in and check their lot first - there are public lots nearby and street parking as well, but just be careful ticketing is a bit tricky as in any city.
Owned by a wonderful family - friends to our fire company, you cannot replicate this one of a kind going back in time eating experience. Burgers, shakes, poodle skirts, counter breakfast - don’t leave this off your list.
DJ's Taste of the 50's
2410 Old Philadelphia Pike
Owned by a wonderful family - friends to our fire company, you cannot replicate this one of a kind going back in time eating experience. Burgers, shakes, poodle skirts, counter breakfast - don’t leave this off your list.
A unique and trendy spot with great meals and if you love bacon, do not leave this restaurant off your list of places to try!
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Gracie's On West Main
264 W Main St
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A unique and trendy spot with great meals and if you love bacon, do not leave this restaurant off your list of places to try!
Did you know that Lancaster City has one of the most diverse offerings of restaurants - Sprout is a favorite of the owners of the 1860s Waterfall Retreat - and if you like Vietnamese pho - this is a must stop!! Highly recommend their chicken fried rice & tofu spring rolls and pretty much everything on their menu!!!
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Rice & Noodles Vietnamese Eatery
58 N Prince St
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Did you know that Lancaster City has one of the most diverse offerings of restaurants - Sprout is a favorite of the owners of the 1860s Waterfall Retreat - and if you like Vietnamese pho - this is a must stop!! Highly recommend their chicken fried rice & tofu spring rolls and pretty much everything on their menu!!!
Shopping
Here's a couple of my favorite local shops...
This is a great country drive to see Amish country in it's purest form. Jokingly called the "Amish Walmart" - the prices are not super bargains unless you catch one of their sales, but they have a traditional supply of Amish housewares and necessities that are fun to look at - it's off the beaten track - so somewhat of a secret spot.
Country Housewares Store
589 Musser School Road
This is a great country drive to see Amish country in it's purest form. Jokingly called the "Amish Walmart" - the prices are not super bargains unless you catch one of their sales, but they have a traditional supply of Amish housewares and necessities that are fun to look at - it's off the beaten track - so somewhat of a secret spot.
Traditional Lancaster style furnishings for the home - some really good deals and fair pricing for quality functional and decorative items.
Hometown Refurnishing
24 E Main St
Traditional Lancaster style furnishings for the home - some really good deals and fair pricing for quality functional and decorative items.
500yards to the south of us just over the bridge - this is where we got our outdoor post lights made right here in Fertility as well as our quilts in the bedrooms on the 2nd floor and several odds and ends decorations! We also love the selection of soup mixes, desserts and bread mixes that they offer for sale...shop with our neighbors!
Olde Mill House Shoppe Inc
105 Strasburg Pike
500yards to the south of us just over the bridge - this is where we got our outdoor post lights made right here in Fertility as well as our quilts in the bedrooms on the 2nd floor and several odds and ends decorations! We also love the selection of soup mixes, desserts and bread mixes that they offer for sale...shop with our neighbors!
We love this store and their values - from the Christian music playing as you shop to the kind and friendly personal service from the owners themselves. Our rugs are from there and many random knick knacks as well as some functional decor and handles on the barn - we cannot rave enough about this store!
Cocalico Creek Home
2359 Lincoln Hwy E
We love this store and their values - from the Christian music playing as you shop to the kind and friendly personal service from the owners themselves. Our rugs are from there and many random knick knacks as well as some functional decor and handles on the barn - we cannot rave enough about this store!
Drinks & Nightlife
A little tricky to figure out how to get to the Rooftop Lounge, but the view of Lancaster City is kind of a best kept secret. They serve parties and the 1860s Waterfall Retreat has worked with them before in order to host small gatherings on the rooftop with bar eats and great selection of drinks.. Dancing on 2nd floor is also fun. Park in a parking garage to be safe or take Uber. There are several good nightlife spots right nearby.
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Altana Rooftop Lounge
26 E King St
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A little tricky to figure out how to get to the Rooftop Lounge, but the view of Lancaster City is kind of a best kept secret. They serve parties and the 1860s Waterfall Retreat has worked with them before in order to host small gatherings on the rooftop with bar eats and great selection of drinks.. Dancing on 2nd floor is also fun. Park in a parking garage to be safe or take Uber. There are several good nightlife spots right nearby.
Parks & Nature
Great for fishing, kayaking, small hiking, taking your dog for a swim....very relaxing park for the day.
Speedwell Forge County Park
480 Speedwell Forge Rd
Great for fishing, kayaking, small hiking, taking your dog for a swim....very relaxing park for the day.
Just across the footbridge from our home is this wonderful small trail with great views and sounds of nature and a historic remnants of a limestone quarry that helped build the road out front of our homes. We love walking/running the trail!
Flory Park
428 Dohner Dr
Just across the footbridge from our home is this wonderful small trail with great views and sounds of nature and a historic remnants of a limestone quarry that helped build the road out front of our homes. We love walking/running the trail!
If you’re in town to hike - this comes highly recommended! With epic views of Falls, but trails can be crowded so choose your timing wisely if that is important to you.
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Tucquan Glen Nature Preserve
State Route 3017
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If you’re in town to hike - this comes highly recommended! With epic views of Falls, but trails can be crowded so choose your timing wisely if that is important to you.
This rail trail is the perfect place to walk, run, or ride your bike to experience the vast beauty of Lancaster county.
Warwick-to-Ephrata Rail-Trail
This rail trail is the perfect place to walk, run, or ride your bike to experience the vast beauty of Lancaster county.
Arts & Culture
You can visit Art Galleries, take a walking history tour, stop by the visitor's center at Penn Square, shop downtown - keep an eye out for the Art & Coffee Crawl to experience some of the best Art exhibits and best baristas in downtown.
Lancaster City Visitor Center
38 Penn Square
You can visit Art Galleries, take a walking history tour, stop by the visitor's center at Penn Square, shop downtown - keep an eye out for the Art & Coffee Crawl to experience some of the best Art exhibits and best baristas in downtown.
Entertainment & Activities
This is the Fire Company where the owner of the 1860s Waterfall Retreat is a volunteer firefighter. Please let me know if you would like to arrange a tour or see our firehouse and apparatus.
Lafayette Fire Co.
63 Lafayette Way
This is the Fire Company where the owner of the 1860s Waterfall Retreat is a volunteer firefighter. Please let me know if you would like to arrange a tour or see our firehouse and apparatus.
Getting Around
This is the local train station - look for Keystone Service to and from Philadelphia (30th Street Station as well as to and from Penn Station in New York, NY). Parking is for a fee but very affordable and this is the most affordable way to visit Philly in my opinion so long as you're willing to do a little walking and/or take an occasional Uber/Lyft Ride.
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Lancaster Station
53 Mcgovern Ave
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This is the local train station - look for Keystone Service to and from Philadelphia (30th Street Station as well as to and from Penn Station in New York, NY). Parking is for a fee but very affordable and this is the most affordable way to visit Philly in my opinion so long as you're willing to do a little walking and/or take an occasional Uber/Lyft Ride.
Bus Line #14 has a bus stop at Walmart that will take you in and out of Lancaster City.
Walmart Supercenter
2034 Lincoln Hwy E
Bus Line #14 has a bus stop at Walmart that will take you in and out of Lancaster City.