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During your visit to Pennsylvania Dutch Country, your innkeepers are always nearby--ready to share their knowledge of the "plain people" or help you plan your day or evening. Churchtown Inn is perfectly located just minutes from all of the wonderful attractions and things to do in Lancaster County, PA including antiques and craft markets, Amish farm stands and manufacturer's outlets.
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Dans (30 minutes) -- 610-373-2075
Green Hills Inn (20 minutes) -- 610-777-9611
Lily's On Main (20 minutes) -- 717-738-2711
Strawberry Hill (40 minutes) -- 717-393-5544
Ludwigs Inn & Oyster Bar (25 minutes) -- 610-458-5336
Stoudt's Black Angus Restaurant and Brewpub (20 minutes) -- 717-484-4386
Mazzi (20 minutes) -- 717-656-8983
Lemongrass (40 minutes) -- 717-295-1621
The Pub (10 minutes) -- 717-354-2331
The Windmill (5 minutes) -- 610-286-5980
Shady Maple (5 minutes) -- 717-354-8222
Emily's Pub (20 minutes) -- 610-856-7887
Squire Side Cafe (10 minutes) -- 717-354-5980
Two Cousins (10 minutes) -- 717-355-0333
Carini's (10 minutes) -- 717-354-4025
Your innkeepers will be happy to help with directions and advice once you arrive.
Don't forget to bring your bicycles for some truly stunning rides!
The Mill Property and Treasure Hill. Two antique cooperatives located in Morgantown, just minutes from the Inn. Hunt for that special treasure from hundreds of dealers -- all in one place! (610)-286-8854/286-7119
Art Cottage Studio. Just down the road from the Inn, you'll find this charming cottage offering a lovely selection of Stained Glass Stepping Stones, Suncatchers, Oil Paintings, Painted Gourds and Painted Wood Panels and MUCH more. Online orders also accepted by visiting www.artcottagestudio.com.
Shady Maple Farm Market and Smorgasbord. The farm market is the largest of its kind in the country and features aisle upon aisle of fresh, frozen, jarred, and canned goodness! The Smorgasbord dishes out delicious Pennsylvania Dutch cooking to visitors from all over the world every day but Sunday. Just four miles from the Inn. (717)-354-4981
Root's Country Market & Auction. The oldest single family-run market in Lancaster County featuring over 200 stand-holders selling fresh meats, deli items, baked goods, nursery items and flowers, handmade crafts, antiques, collectibles and household items of all kinds. The market is open every Tuesday, rain or shine, from 9am until 8pm. www.rootsmarket.com
Hot Air Ballooning. See the beauty of the county from above as you glide over farm fields, streams and woodland in a hot air balloon! Sunrise and sunset rides available.
The US Hot Air Balloon Team. Can book tours locally, nationally and
internationally. 800-763-5987. www.ushotairballoon.com
Air Ventures. Beautiful views of neighboring Chester County.
Lancaster County Driving Tour. Click here to get a great driving tour that will show you the best of the county (you can follow it right from our front door)!
Stoudt Brewing Company: Pennsylvania's first micro brewery. Fourteen years of quality brewing and numerous award winning beers. Garnering national and international attention with a pile of gold, silver and bronze medals. Fourteen varieties to choose from. Lagers, ales, and seasonal beers. Free tours every Saturday 3PM and Sunday 1PM. Route 272, Adamstown. (717)-484-4386. Website: www.stoudtsbeer.com
Horst Auction Center. The Horst family has been in the auction business since approximately 1900. They run one of the finest auctions in all of Lancaster County with sales at their Ephrata facility on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The auction center also features some simple but yummy PA Dutch food! (717) 738-3080 http://www.horstauction.com
H & R and Farmersville Auctions. Two local auctions filled with treasures just waiting to be discovered. H & R is just ten minutes from the Inn and runs every Monday night. Farmersville is about 15 minutes away and provides a great chance to mingle with the local Plain community while hunting for your bargains. It runs all day, every Tuesday.
Bike Tours. The Inn has a copy of Scenic Tours of Lancaster County, a great resource for self-guided biking. We'll be happy to make you a copy of any tour you'd like to try.
Obies Country Store. It's the only place in Lancaster County where you can buy 15 varieties of candy for a penny, a 15-inch to 8-foot tall Raggedy Ann doll, a beautiful handmade quilt for $350.00 or repent and be saved for nothing! (717)-445-4616
Ghost Tour of Lancaster County. Enjoy a candlelit tour through the historic streets of Strasburg as you listen to tales of the unknown and hear about things that go bump in the night! (717)-687-6687. www.ghosttour.com
The Amish Farm and House. Visit a charming Pennsylvania Dutch Farm that's been in operation since the early 1700's! Features a 25 acre homestead with a farmhouse furnished as an Old Order Amish home.
Quilts: Vibrant colors and entrancing patterns on hundreds of quilts, all local made. Visiting these shops is like visiting an art gallery (without the gallery prices!)
Riehls's Amish Quilts and Crafts. 247 East Eby Road, Leola, PA.
Sylvia Petersheim Quilts and Crafts. 2544 Old Philadelphia Pike
Witmer Quilt Shop. Featuring new and more than 100 antique quilts.
Smuckers Quilts. Open: Mon.-Sat. 8am-8pm. Closed: Sundays
Country Things. The name says it all! This shop, just two doors down from the inn, has a great selection of area photos, home décor items, country furniture, Beanie Babies and much more! It’s beautifully decorated and just two minutes away – it makes for a good quick visit after breakfast or while you’re just relaxing around the Inn.
Carson’s in theCornfields. You’ll be surprised to see what old doors, shutters and windows can be turned into when you step inside this delightful shop featuring everything from enchanting wall-hangings to unique furniture, primitives and folk art. Don’t let the old junk outside fool you, it’s much more than an architectural salvage store.
Shupp's Grove. Spend the day beneath a shady canopy as you shop for antiques, collectibles, and that "special something". Theme weekends highlight different items on different dates. (717)-484-4115. www.shuppsgrove.com
Buggy Ride: Tour Lancaster County in an Amish buggy and see the countryside at a new pace. Aaron and Jessica's 3.5 mile tour. Open Sunday717-768-8828. Abe's Buggy Rides (717) 392-1794
French Creek State Park. A 7,475 acre woodland oasis filled with more than 35 miles of well-marked hiking trails, a lake that offers canoeing and kayaking, and a large, sparkling outdoor pool. (610)-582-9680
The Central Market: The country's oldest farmers' market, in the heart of Amish country, occupies a beautiful 109 year old red brick building chock-full of local character. Regional food specialties include Pennsylvania Dutch sausage, scrapple (a breakfast meat of pork scraps and cornmeal), and headcheese (like scrapple, an acquired taste). Open Tuesdays and Fridays, 6:00am to 4:30pm, and Saturdays, 6:00am to 2:00pm year-round.
Sight and Sound Theater. Offers inspirational, bible-based, live stage productions in two theatres. 40-foot tall sets, fabulous period costumes, inspiring scripts, and multimedia special effects are all developed on site. Telephone: (717) 687-7800. http://www.bibleonstage.com/default.asp
The Green Dragon Market: A market selling all kinds of agricultural and rural goods outside of Ephrata every Friday. Swap meet atmosphere. Stay late for the auction! (717) 738-1117
Ten Thousand Villages. Shop for handcrafted gifts and home decor from 30 Third World countries including jewelry, toys, musical instruments, and holiday decorations. Have lunch at the Nav Jiwan Tea Room which has weekly menus featuring various countries such as Guatemala, Kenya, Bangladesh, Egypt and Tanzania. Proceeds benefit artists in their homelands. 717-721-8400.
VF Outlet Village, Tanger Outlet Center , Rockvale Square Outlets (http://www.rockvalesquareoutlets.com/index.asp). A bargain hunter's dream come true! Hundreds of outlets near downtown Lancaster and just 20 minutes north in Reading.
Lapp Valley Farm: Homemade ice cream fresh from the farm in New Holland. (717) 354-7988
Miller's Natural Foods: a country gas-lit store selling a wide variety of natural foods. Located in the town of Bird in Hand.
Wilbur Chocolate Factory: Watch candy being made and enjoy displays of unusual and antique candy packaging items, cocoa tins, ads, candy making equipment and more while you shop for a host of delicious delights. (We like the chocolate buds!) (717)-626-3249
Martin's Pretzel Factory: Watch pretzels being made and sample fresh hot pretzels. Located in Akron. (717)-859-1272
Pennsylvania Farm Museum of Landis Valley: An Amish farmer museum with many special events and demonstrations. (717) 569-0401
National Clock and Watch Museum: An endless and amusing array of clocks in all varieties. Located in Columbia. http://www.nawcc.org/museum (717) 684-8261
Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania: This state museum has a re-created railroad station and lots of old cars and engines. You can even take a ride on a train across the street at the Strasburg Steam Railroad. Strasburg, PA. (717) 687-8628
The Ephrata Cloisters: Visit the amazingly well-preserved buildings of a semi monastic religious community founded by Seventh-Day Baptists in 1732. 632 W. Main St., Ephrata. 717-733-6600. Open 7 days.
Mount Hope Estate & Winery: A 32-room Victorian mansion situated on 87 acres and home to the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire. Complimentary wine tasting offered daily year round. Theater in the mansion features annual Edgar Allan Poe and Charles Dickens fests as well as a roaring 20's celebration where Mount Hope Mansion becomes a jazz-age speakeasy. Picnic and wedding/reception facilities available. Handicap Accessible. Manheim. (717)-665-7021.
Nissley Vineyards and Winery Estate: Featuring tastings of award winning Lancaster valley wines, tours of scenic operating winery and romantic saturday evening lawn concerts July and August. Also wine shop, picnic patios, vineyards for hiking and country roadways for biking. Open: Mon.-Sat. 10am-5pm, Sun. 1-4pm. Bainbridge. (717)-426-3514. http://www.nissleywine.com
Hawk Valley Golf Course: Built in 1970 by combining the properties of two conservative Mennonite farm families. The 125 acre property is gently-rolling land on which are located seven ponds and large stands of old oak and poplar trees. William Gordon, a well-known golf course architect, designed the 6743 yard layout which currently has a rating of 70.3 with a slope of 132. Gordon, known for his interestingly difficult green designs, also placed more than 50 strategic traps throughout the 18-hole complex. 1-800-522-HAWK. Bowmansville.
Tanglewood Manor Golf Club: 18 Hole Championship Golf Course. Lighted 50 station driving range. Full service Gallery Grille restaurant. Men's par 72 (6457 yds), Women's par 74 (5321 yds). Gas cart rental $13/person, Pull cart rental $5/person. Pro shop on grounds, locker rooms and restaurant. Tee times required. Resident pro: Brian Kramp. Hours: Golf course- Dawn to Dusk, 7 days a week. Closed: January & February. Handicap Accessible. Quarryville. (717)-786-2220.
Lancaster Host Golf Resort: Scenic course meanders past a panorama of rolling meadows, white washed barns and sparkling lakes in the beautiful countryside. Handicap accessible. Admission: $63. Offers an 18 hole golf course with gas cart rental (fee included in greens fee), Pro shop, food service, snack bar and resident pro - Howard Kramer. Men's par 71, 6144 yards; women's par 71, 5411 yards. Tee times required. Lancaster. (717)-299-5500
Twin Brook Winery: Commercial farm winery; grapes grown on 70 acre premises are made into estate bottled wines; free wine tastings & tours provided to visitors; special events throughout the year; property is an historic site dating back nearly 300 years; open year round. Picnic facilities available. Open: Jan. 2 through April 30: Tues.-Sun., noon-5pm. May 1 through Dec. 31: Mon.-Sat. 10am-6pm, Sun. noon-5pm. Closed: Most holidays. Gap. (717)-442-4915.
Lancaster County's Plain People are composed of primarily three basic groups: Amish, Brethren, and Mennonite. They are non-resistant, intensely devout people who seek to preserve traditional family values and serve God as their forefathers did.
To understand the differences between the Amish and the Mennonites, it is necessary to travel back in history to the sixteenth century. At this time, a group of individuals in Switzerland decided that, rather than being baptized at birth, it was prudent to wait until you were an informed adult to profess your faith and join your religion through the ceremony of baptism. These individuals became known as Anabaptists or, "rebaptisers." In 1536, a leader named Menno Simons joined the movement and quickly attracted a large group of followers who became known as the Mennonites.
Approximately a century later, a disagreement arose among the Mennonites regarding strict enforcement of Anabaptist traditions, namely the custom of shunning individuals who had violated a principle of their faith. The Mennonites were moving away from this tradition and a man named Jacob Amman rose to prominence by preaching adherence to the traditional ways. Those who followed Amman became known as the Amish. Both groups migrated to Lancaster County beginning in 1710 to escape persecution and practive religious freedom.
Today it is almost impossible to definitively say what the differences are between the Amish and Mennonites. Decisions about lifestyle are made by individual church leaders in individual communities. However, broadly speaking, Old and New Order Amish and Old Order Mennonites have kept their traditional ways. They are the people you will see wearing traditional clothing, working their fields with teams of horses and driving our roads with their buggies. There are now also many sects of Mennonites, ranging from Old Order who still dress traditionally and drive a horse and buggy, to thoroughly modern Mennonites who embrace technology and the modern way of life. In between is a fascinating range of customs and culture.
What unites all of the groups, however, is their devout belief in the Christian faith.
In the Plain community, close-knit families work together on a farm, or in small businesses directly adjacent to the fields: a blacksmith, quilt shops, harness maker, or fruit and vegetable stands. Visiting these same businesses in operation today, you will see the pace of life the community fosters--steady and earnest; not harried, never hassled. Should you treat them respectfully and observe their wishes regarding no photography, many Plain People will be friendly and caring and happy to share a joke or story with you. You may even be privileged to join them for dinner in their home. It's an experience most of our guests find truly unforgettable. Click here for more details.
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