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Old 08-01-2013, 09:47 AM   #1
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Amish Country

Hi folks... We are new to the forum and long time campers (nearly 45 years) from south Louisiana. We are lookiing for advise on touring the Hershey and Amish Country during the Thanksgiving / Christmas Holiday season. Any adivise on how enrich our experience there is greatly appreciated. We were thinking that a guided tour might be good for our first time there. Haven't decided yet if we will pull our new Columbus there yet... but I'm open to campground recomendations there and along the route from Louisiana to PA. Also need any recomendations for reasonable hotels, bed and breakfast, etc. Looking forward to joining many topics here and meeting other members along the way.

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Old 08-01-2013, 10:03 AM   #2
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Have you seen this website. Many great ideas here. Pennsylvania Dutch Country in Lancaster County PA | Amish Country activities, shopping, dining, lodging

A few things that I always enjoy.

- Strasburg Railroad ride -
- Hershey Park and Chocolate World
- Driving around looking at old covered bridges
- PA renaissance fair
- outlet shopping (Hershey and Lancaster)
- Winery and Brewery tours (and samplings!)


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Old 08-01-2013, 10:16 AM   #3
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The Choo Choo Barn in Strasburg is one of the most amazing model train layouts in the world. Even if you're not a model train buff - which I am not - you will love this thing. It's just amazing.

You may already know this: Amish people generally don't like to have their pictures taken. It's always a good idea to respect local customs.
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Old 08-01-2013, 10:57 AM   #4
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Lititz, Pa has the original Sturgis Pretzel bakery where you can take part in a Pretzel making workshop after the tour and of course can buy their quality soft pretzels. And the have Wilbur chocolate factory in Lititz Spring Park. Bird in Hand has a nice old village store and market. Good n Plenty restaurant serves huge amount of PA dutch food, a little touristy but worth while to get stuffed up. And many more places to visit and enjoy.
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Old 08-01-2013, 11:22 AM   #5
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If you want a nice CG, White Oak out by Strasburg is really well kept, clean bathrooms. Only issue is no pool. White Oak Campground Home Page They don't have it on the website, but a couple of Blue Grass groups play there every Saturday.

If you are into critters, the "That Fish Place" is pretty awesome. Pet Supplies and Fish Supplies at That Fish Place - That Pet Place

The Sight and Sounds Theatre is Awesome Sight & Sound Theatre Shows in Lancaster County, PA and Branson, MO

The Dutch Apple Dinner Theater is pretty neat. Homepage - The Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre - Lancaster, Pennsylvania - The Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre

For some good food, the Shady maple is good. Shady Maple Smorgasbord | Authentic Pennsylvania Dutch Cooking | Lancaster County PA

For little kids, Dutch Wonderland is nice. Dutch Wonderland - A Kingdom for Kids

Of course after coming all that way from LA, a trip into Philly is worth the time - Liberty Bell, Constitution Center, and Independence hall.

The area is sort of like a little Orlando - A lot more to visit than you expect at first.
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Old 08-01-2013, 11:24 AM   #6
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I'd check to make sure the campgrounds that you're interested in are open. Many close up by November.
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Old 09-27-2015, 02:27 PM   #7
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You could check out the state parks. They have some nice campgrounds. French creek on outskirts of philly. Gifford Pinchot and cadorus is hour from Lancaster, Hershey, and 1 1/2 hour from Baltimore. Like previously said. Check for when they close. Also close to Gettysburg.
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We stayed in the Apple Bin Inn in Amish country last year. We stayed in the Empire Room and enjoyed it. The Inn keepers are personable, especially the husband. When you visit the area, find a good map and just get out on the country roads and drive. You will www all sorts of farms, horse drawn conveyances, and Amish folk. There are many Old Order Mennonite as well, who are hard to distinguish from Amish. We saw a wagon with a team of about six or eight horses and we saw one fellow with his horse and buggy filling a gas can at a gas station. I will try to load these photos for you to see, if I can from my phone.

Hopefully there will be less traffic that time of year. You may not see as many out working in their yards because there is not as much lawn care in the fall, but it should be a good trip.

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Old 09-28-2015, 05:52 AM   #10
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If you decide to camp I would suggest Old Mill Stream Campground, open all year and very clean bathrooms & showers( if needed), central to all the tourist attractions and restaurants.
If you want to move to Hershey, the Hershey High Meadow campground is also open year round, but plan on noise from the trains. Good luck and enjoy your trip.

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