This is Part II of my posts on the Lancaster, PA, The Amish community. Today I’ll be focusing on art, great food and unique transportation used by the Amish. Lets start with the quilts. I consider them a work of art. Finding beautiful quilts in Lancaster is not difficult. You can find them in shops or hanging on clothesline in the backyard.
First, Sylvia’s Quilts, in Bird In Hand. It is one of my favorite places to visit. I’m always in awe of what awaits me on her front porch and clothesline. Her quilts are handmade and flawless. Furthermore, they start around $500 and up. This type of artwork doesn’t come cheap. Amish women invest hundreds of hours making quilts. So, it is not uncommon for a mother and daughter to work on a quit together during the winter. Also, it’s a great way for widows to occupy themselves during winter months. Once you have admired the artistry outside, head inside her shop. You will find hundred of quilts in every size as well as wall hangings, fabric and more.
Additionally, murals can be found on the side of various buildings in Lancaster. This particular mural was on the side of a business in the Kitchen Kettle Village. Quite frankly, I think it sums up Lancaster nicely: yesteryear, rolling hills, and the warmth of beautiful art.
Most importantly, the main mode of transportation for the Amish is the horse and buggy. Additionally, they use scooters and do plenty of walking. Just like an automobile, their horses are groomed and brushed to perfection. You will spot several types of Amish buggies and wagons. As a result, they have buggies for every day transportation. They have buggies for church or wagons that are used to pickup supplies and the harvest.
Most of the buggies are black; however, the Lancaster Amish drive gray buggies as well. You will find brown buggies in New Wilmington, PA. and yellow buggies in Mifflin County, PA. However, the Nebraska Amish drive white buggies. In addition to horse and buggies, scooters that are used by youth and adults can be purchased for a starting price of $200.00. Although they are not allowed to own motor vehicles, they are allowed to ride in cars, buses and trains. No airplane rides are allowed.
And you can also find the unexpected in Lancaster. What’s the chances of finding mules in that order or a young Amish boy riding a miniature pony up and down the road. There’s definitely photo opps in Lancaster.
Now if you’re hungry and you’re near the Kitchen Kettle Village, check out the Kling House Restaurant. It’s located in Intercourse, PA. It’s a great place to eat lunch. Somehow, I’ve never managed to get there in time for breakfast. But the restaurant is open for breakfast and lunch. Depending on what you’re craving, their sandwiches are great. And they have a nice selection of salads. You should know, the restaurant was actually a farm house. And the surrounding area acreage. The front porch, living room, dining room and office remain a part of the restaurant. Service is great and so is the ambiance. I was lucky enough to get a seat by the window. Saturday’s are great days to watch the action.
In addition, across the street from Kitchen Kettle Village are a few vendors that sell pizza, wings, Whoopie pies etc. The wings alone are worth the trip.
Furthermore, the smorgasbords in Lancaster are worth a trip. If you have a hardy appetite, check out Bird In Hand, Millers and Shady Maple buffets to name a few. They serve everything from Prime Rib to homemade apple pies. Oh, the apple pie alone is worth the trip.
Not far from the Kling House Restaurant in Kitchen Kettle Village is Lapp Valley Farm. Their specialties are homemade ice cream and kettle cooked potato chips! Because I have a weakness for kettle cooked potato chips, I always buy a bag to munch on later. In Lancaster, Whoopie pies are big among the Amish. Unfortunately, they are little too sweet for my taste. So, I leave them for others to enjoy.
Finally, I hope that you have been inspired by The Amish series. In the future, I will be posting on fall foliage, places to stay & more in future posts. Until then, you may also like Why You Should Visit Amish Country.