Lancaster Pennsylvania Vacation

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

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.