Whether you’re craving a vacation or want to take your family on a unique weekend away, we want to remind all of you Philadelphians and suburban-Philadelphians to keep Lancaster in mind. While it’s known for it’s rural landscape and Amish culture, there’s a side to the Lancaster-area that many haven’t had a chance to see yet, but one that shouldn’t be missed. In recent years, Lancaster has begun to flourish as a food and arts town, and makes the perfect getaway for couples or families alike. Take a day or even a whole weekend to get out and explore the city of Lancaster, or its fun surrounding towns that are just a short drive from your own backyard.

EAT

219 E Main St., Lititz // 717-626-4354 // info@juliussturgis.com
Philly isn’t the only place you can go in PA for a great pretzel! The Sturgis’ have been in the pretzel business since the 1800’s, which means they’ve had plenty of time to perfect their technique. As a visitor, you can tour the original bakery, learn how to twist a pretzel like the pros or simply shop in the bakery for your favorite variety or souvenir. 

Julius Sturgis Pretzel Bakery

EAT + EXPERIENCE

info@lancofoodtours.com // 717-473-4397

Lancaster County Food Tours
In three hours you will experience the vibrant food scene in the City of Lancaster or the small town of Lititz. Our experienced guides will lead you on a culinary adventure that includes local recipes and tastes from around the world. 

EAT + SHOP

41 S Broad St., Lititz // 717-627-0088 // oliooliveoil@gmail.com
Olio Olive Oils & Balsamics is a family-owned and operated store and since they aren’t a franchise, they have the freedom to shop the globe for the best of the best. All of their balsamic vinegars come from Modena, Italy and their olive oils come from a variety of countries worldwide. When searching for product, they are keeping your budget in mind and sample each product before they even purchase it to ensure that they are guaranteeing the best flavors for their customers. Stop in to shop and grab free tastings of oils and balsamic vinegar!

Olio Olive Oils & Balsamics

SHOP

3526 Old Phila Pike, Intercourse // 717-768-8093 // sales@thetreasureplace.net

The Treasure Place
Deep in the heart of PA Dutch Country, there is a place that celebrates curiosity, adventure and the thrill of a treasure hunt … a shop where locals and out-of-towners alike delight in an ever-changing mixture of old and new, vintage and heirloom and charming and whimsical. The Treasure Place is a family business with a history of craftsmanship that goes back many generations. Though they retail high-quality products, they haven’t forgotten that heritage and they continue the legacy that was started years ago and pride themselves on their quality, integrity, honesty and value. 

EXPLORE + SHOP

335 N Queen St, Lancaster // 717-431-8706
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The PGC’s mission is to create opportunities for traditional and contemporary artists, makers, craft lovers and collectors through education, patronage, advocacy and community … and that they are. With a variety of art shows, there is always something to see or learn and they offer all sorts of enrichment year-round. 

STAY + PLAY

38 Deborah Dr, Route 23, Leola // 717-656-7002

Inn at Leola Village
The Inn at Leola Village holds a AAA Five Diamond Award, holds a Forbes Four Star Experience (the only Lancaster hotel that has this!) and is part of the Historic Hotels of America. If that isn’t enough to entice you to schedule a stay at this luxury boutique hotel, we don’t know what is! It’s the perfect respite after a long day exploring, but is also a fabulous spot for a romantic weekend away (or a treat yo’self weekend at the spa!!).