Churchtown Inn Bed & Breakfast welcomes you to Pennsylvania’s Amish Country, where you can enjoy a refreshing vacation getaway. Just 21 miles from Lancaster and 40 miles from the greater Philadelphia area, our location provides access to a wide variety of activities and attractions, both rural and urban.
Take a quiet drive through the rolling countryside by car or bicycle, learn more about the area and its people, do some shopping, visit nearby battlefields and historic sites, head to the city, or experience a more unique area pursuit. No matter what you’re looking for, chances are we have it here in eastern PA!
Need help planning your day or evening? Your innkeepers will be happy to share their knowledge of the area to make your visit complete.
Click below for further information about:
Antiques, Auctions & Shopping
Crafts & Quilts
Hot Air Ballooning
Museums & Food Factories
Sightseeing and Tours
Wineries and Microbreweries
About Our Amish and Mennonite Neighbors
Antiques, Auctions & Shopping in Lancaster County
Unique items of Americana, regional interest, specialty items, and more are available in eastern PA!
Central Market: You’ll find the country’s oldest farmers’ market in a beautiful 109-year-old, red brick building. Open the door to find both local character and great food options! Regional food highlights that you’ll find inside include scrapple (a sausage-like breakfast meat made of cornmeal and pork scraps), Pennsylvania Dutch Sausage, and headcheese (similar to scrapple, but jellied – an acquired taste). The market is open year-round: 6 am to 4:00 pm Tuesdays and Fridays. Saturday hours are 6:00 am to 2:00 pm. Located in downtown Lancaster.
Carson’s Cornfields: Much more than architectural salvage, this unique store presents versions of these found items, crafted into surprising products including furniture, wall-hangings and folk art. Primitives can also be found for sale here.
Green Dragon Market: Agricultural and rural goods with a swap-meet feel – open on Fridays only. Stay late for the auction following regular market hours. Located in Ephrata, PA.
H & R and Farmersville Auctions: You never know what you’ll find available in these action houses filled with revolving estate and large-sale goods. H & R Auctions run each Monday night, and Farmersville Auctions run all day on Tuesdays.
Horst Auction Center: The Horst family welcomes you to their auction house of more than 110 years! Known as one of the finest in the country, auctions run on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Grab a bite to eat here, as you’ll find simple but delicious PA Dutch food within! Located in Ephrata, PA.
Lapp Valley Farm: Stop in for a snack – Homemade ice cream, homemade potato chips, and milkshakes. All cream items made fresh on the New Holland farm!
Miller’s Natural Foods: Step back in time at this gas-lit country store selling jarred food, fresh baked goods, crispy nuts, and a variety of yummy treats. Say ‘hello’ to the livestock when you visit! Located in Bird-in-Hand, PA.
Root’s Country Market & Auction: Since 1925, the Root family has welcomed the public to their Manheim, PA market. 200 stands feature food items, nursery items, crafts, antiques, and more. Open daily (Tuesday) from 9 am – 8 pm.
Shady Maple: The largest farm/supermarket of its kind with fresh, jarred, frozen, and canned food items. Hungry? Stop into their Smorgasbord and eat your fill of PA Dutch cooking (closed Sunday). Located just four miles from Churchtown Inn Bed & Breakfast.
Shupp’s Grove: Known as “The Pickers’ Market,” you’ll find that perfect gift or memento at this open-air market with a craft-fair setting. (Weekends, spring, summer and fall)
Crafts & Quilts
The Amish and Pennsylvania Dutch are especially known for their stunning handmade quilts. Why not consider investing in one of these usable works of art for yourself or the ones you love?Riehl’s Amish Quilts and Crafts: Amish family-owned store selling quilts directly from the source! Located in Leola, PA.
Smuckers Quilts: Gorgeous handmade quilts! Located in New Holland, PA. Open Mon-Sat, 8am-8pm. Closed Sundays.
Sylvia Petersheim Quilts and Crafts: Colorful quilts and small quilted home-decor items. Located in Bird-in-Hand, PA.
Witmer Quilt Shop: Both new and antique quilts. Located in New Holland, PA.
Hit the links here in Lancaster county!
Hawk Valley Golf Course: A William Gordon-designed course on 125 acres of gently rolling land. Seven ponds, mature oak and poplar trees, 50 traps, 6743 yards, a 70.3 rating, and a 132 degree slope wait to challenge your skills. Located in Bowmansville.
Lancaster Host Golf Resort: A beautiful 18-hole countryside course! Men’s Par: 71 on 6144 yards. Women’s Par: 71 on 5411 yards. Please reserve your tee time. Located in Lancaster.
Tanglewood Manor Golf Club: 18 holes of Championship golf and a 50-station lighted driving range. Men’s Par: 72 on 6457 yards. Women’s Par: 74 on 5321 yards. Located in Quarryville.
Hot Air Ballooning
A unique view of the gorgeous eastern PA countryside! For an extra-special tour, book a sunrise or sunset ride!Air Ventures in Chester County: Beautiful views of the lands to the east 800-826-6361
US Hot Air Balloon Team: close by in Bird in Hand, PA 800-763-5987
Museums & Food Factories
Eastern PA’s background of national history, German and Swiss culture, farming, and food make for great ways to discover our area.Ephrata Cloisters: Visit simpler times at what was once a religious community founded by German immigrants in 1732. Open 7 days. Located in Ephrata.
Martin’s Pretzel Factory: What’s better than a fresh pretzel? Watching it being made! Located in Akron.
National Clock and Watch Museum: Clocks and watches in all shapes, sizes, and forms. Located in Columbia, PA.
Pennsylvania Farm Museum of Landis Valley: Rural German heritage with demonstrations and events. Located just north of Lancaster, PA.
Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania: Both indoor and outdoor displays including antique cars and engines, a recreated railroad station and turntable, and so much more! Located in Strasburg, PA.
Wilbur Chocolate Factory: Everything candy, from ingredients, to historic miscellany, and of course there’s plenty of candy! You can even watch the treats being made! Located in Lititz, PA.
Longwood Gardens: One of the premier botanical gardens in the Unites States is just about an hour’s drive from the Inn! Even if you are not a gardener, there are over 1,077 acres of woodlands, meadows, indoor and outdoor gardens, exotic and tropical plants, light, music and water displays year round.
Perfect for celebrating that special occasion… or just to indulge. One of the area’s best fine dining establishments; you’ll find both the expected and the unexpected on the menu.Emily’s (20 minutes) — 610-856-7887
Upscale casual dining in what was once a Post Office in the late 1800s. The restaurant now boasts a cozy country-inn environment with Victorian touches, a beautifully unique bar, and a nice variety of offerings on the menu. Depending on whom you talk to, “Emily” may or may not still be on the premises – Why not go find out for yourself? Outdoor deck seating in season.Lily’s On Main (20 minutes) — 717-738-2711
Offering creative American fare, Lily’s offers relaxed-upscale dining in an art-deco setting. You’ll enjoy the surprising variety of dishes on the menu!The Log Cabin (30 minutes) — 717-625-2142
Since 1929, The Log Cabin has offered great fine dining with choices from both land and sea. Proudly featuring local and sustainable ingredients whenever possible. Cross the moss-covered bridge to the location tucked into the woods and enjoy a wonderful dinner in any of the 14 dining areas, including a private room, and the balcony table for two.
The Pub (15 minutes) — 717-354-2331
Casual dining with traditional “pub” food. The portions are large, and the prices are reasonable. You may find live music on a weekend visit.
Stoudt’s Black Angus Restaurant and Brewpub (20 minutes) — 717-484-4386
The brewpub side offers casual dining, while the dining room provides a more upscale environment. Their seasonally changing menu with a touch of German flair will surprise and delight. As a microbrewery, you’ll find a variety of choices on tap. Free tours are available on Saturdays (at 3:00 p.m.) and Sundays (at 1:00 p.m.).
Union Barrel Works Craft Brew Pub (25 minutes) — 717-335-7837
Located in a historic hardware store/garment factory building, this casual eatery features a quieter dining area and Friday night music in the bar. With 14 standard beer varieties on tap with a 15th seasonal/special selection, you’ll easily find a brew that you love!
Vinola’s (20 minutes) — 717-656-7001 Innkeepers Favorite
Surprisingly spacious, this sports pub makes you feel right at home as soon as you walk in! The separate dining area offers a quieter option, perfect for unwinding with good conversation. Their unexpectedly extensive menu offers steaks, fresh seafood, and great Italian options.
Sightseeing & Tours
There are so many ways to see PA Dutch Country, some traditional, and some surprising. We’ll be happy to help you arrange your sightseeing tour!The Amish Farm and House: Learn about the Pennsylvania Dutch firsthand at this historic 25-acre homestead and farm.
Bike Tours: Scenic Tours of Lancaster County guide to biking routes is a perfect way to see the countryside on two wheels. We’ll be glad to provide a copy of any tour you’d like!
French Creek State Park: 7,475 acres of wooded hiking, canoeing and kayaking on the lake, and large pool that’s open in the summer months.
Ghost Tour of Lancaster County: Thrills and chills abound in Lancaster, where some residents never leave! This candlelit walking tour is offered almost all year.
You’re in for a treat when the lights dim and the curtains come up at area theatres!Sight and Sound Theater: Inspirational, Christian productions with fantastic theater-originated sets, costumes, and special effects.
Fulton Theater: This 1852, historic Fulton Hall has hosted a variety of theatrical and musical performance events. Today the beautiful theater is known for its quality productions of all types. Both big-name and lesser-known plays and musicals for both adults and children take place here. Concerts have also been known to grace this stage!
American Music Theatre: Terrific venue for a wide variety of Broadway quality musical concerts.
Nissley Vineyards and Winery Estate: First established in 1978, this 300-acre land now boasts 14 varieties of grapes, resulting in 32 different wines. Tours and tastings are available, and enjoy Lawn Concerts on Saturday evenings in July and August.Twin Brook Winery: 67 acres of peaceful property which produces up to 17 wines each year. Free wine tastings and tours are available. Picnic facilities are also available throughout summer months.
About Our “Plain” Neighbors
When you visit Lancaster County, you’ll undoubtedly witness buggies pulled by horses. You’ll see men wearing trousers with vests or suspenders, plain button-down shirts, and brimmed hats. You’ll witness women in plain, calf-length dresses or plain skirts with button-down shirts, black tights, and hair covered with bonnets or kerchiefs. And you may notice some country homes lit with the warm glow of oil lamps instead of electric at night, or clothing hung out on the line during the day.When you see these things, you are seeing Lancaster County’s Plain People: a religiously devout people who work to live simply, preserve family values and traditions, and serve God in everything they do. These people most likely belong to one of three area groups: Amish, Mennonite, or Brethren.
With roots in Switzerland (Amish and Mennonite) and Germany (Brethren), these peoples believe that you should have a true understanding of your religion before being baptized into that religion. Often this happens in the teen years. Those who choose to be baptized hold firm to their faith-based principles. The Amish and Mennonite actually came from the same historic religious group in Switzerland; however, differences in certain beliefs split the group into the two major branches. However the basis of all three groups is the same: simple community living, devout religion, and taking care of their own needs rather than looking to the world to provide for their needs.
Depending on church leaders, some groups may completely shun modern niceties, and others allow certain ‘worldly’ things into their community. No matter what these allowances are, the groups are all similar in that they have an unhurried way of life, and most members practice a hands-on skill that helps support the community (quilt-making, baking, blacksmith skills, farming, carpentry, etc.). You’ll often find the results of these skills available for purchase to the general public in the form of roadside farm stands, quilt shops, farmers’ markets, and furniture stores, to name a few.
If you happen to find yourself invited into the home of Plain People for a meal, you’ll actually witness the men more relaxed with hats off, and you’ll taste some of the most delicious food around. We will be glad to make arrangements for you to visit some of our Plain neighbors for an unforgettable meal if you would like.
Please note that while the Plain People are generally friendly, they are deserving of your respect and do not want their photos taken without express permission – many will decline photos altogether.