Lancaster Pennsylvania Vacation

| 4/9/2014 12:18:00 PM

Tags: Urban Homesteading, Lancaster, Amish, Canning, Erin Sheehan,

Erin SheehanJudging by the reactions we heard when we announced our recent vacation destination, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, is most known for tacky tourist traps and carb-heavy buffet restaurants. Not our normal vacation style. But our foray into the land of the “plain people” avoided tackiness and buffets.

Jim and I spent a few days in Lancaster last week.



The area interested us for several reasons. First and foremost, we wanted to check out the farming practices of not only the Amish and Mennonites, but also of some of the many vineyards that dot the countryside in southeastern and central Pennsylvania. Trying some of those vineyards’ products ranked pretty high on the priorities, as well.

I was looking forward to being among people who (I thought) canned, dried and preserved homegrown garden vegetables with as much passion as I do. Imagine my surprise when I found out that the Amish now have refrigeration. Through the miracle of propane, they have gas-operated refrigerators in their homes.

4/10/2014 3:29:29 PM

Erin, sounds like you had a great vacation. That would be my kind of vacation. Well, that is if I ever went on a vacation. My "vacations" are usually family event oriented such as weddings, funerals, or graduations. I just never was one to travel for fun. Now if there is a destination in mind to help those in need then I'm up for that. For a few years before the daughter and grandson came to live here, I did do short term (10 day) mission trips in and out of the country to help with disaster rebuilding. Helping to raise a grandson and caring for an aging mother in law has kept me close to home the last three years. I don't expect that to change for quite awhile. Have a great Pennsylvania vacation memory day.

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