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Fantastic time in Amish Country

We are on our way back to Ontario. I decided to move our departure a half hour earlier as there are weather warnings at home so my passengers are anxious to get home before the snow hits – none of us have our snow tires on our vehicles yet…. todays temperature in Lancaster is very mild, the sun is shining and the sky is blue.

Yesterday was a jam-packed day filled with many highlights.

Breakfast was at Hershey Farms. There were so many choices on the buffet. The made-to-order omelettes were cooked to perfection. Those with a sweet tooth could indulge and enjoy the warm just-out-of-the-oven, sticky buns.

Dollie toured us around the Amish countryside and we made numerous stops at local Amish businesses. Everyone found goodies to bring home. We enjoyed watching the Amish children playing during recess at the one room school houses. The girls like volleyball as much as the boys and have no trouble running while wearing their long skirts. We also saw the preparations for an Amish family wedding – there were 3 Amish bench wagons filled with supplies so they are expecting hundreds of guests.

I especially appreciated our visit to an authentic Amish store. Dollie always asks permission in order for us to visit here. We would never be turned away but this isn’t a tourist store. We saw many black vans in the parking lot as the Amish often hire English drivers to take them shopping.

Lunch was also in an authentic Amish restaurant. I’m surprised that they accepted our reservation because this restaurant is always filled to capacity. There were so many people waiting to get in. The brown butter topped noodles and peanut butter pie were my favourite buffet choices.

The American Music Theatre was packed (over 1000 patrons) for their matinee Christmas production which was exceptional. The costumes and sets were beautiful and the singers dancers so professional. This classy show reminds me of the Branson, MOLawrence Welk Theatre Christmas Shows of years ago. There were a number of children in the show too – all very talented. When we left the theatre the grounds were ablaze with Red and white sparkling Christmas lights – so beautiful.

A major highway vehicle accident delayed our, Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre arrival. We relied on phone calls to the theatre staff and GPS to get around the traffic mess. I was so pleased that Denise the theatre manager changed her evening plans so she could visit with me. I’ve been bringing groups here for years.

The Buddy Holly Story kept our feet tapping. My group was, “jumpin to the beat”. What a fun show – Dinner was great too!

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This morning we gathered in the, “Inn at Leola Village Barn” for breakfast – a beautiful venue for any occasion. We were on the road at 7am.

Our morning surprise treat were the famous Amish, “Whoopie Pies” – so good!

Our farewell luncheon was in the impressive auditorium at, “Corning Glass Museum” – Corning, NY.

 

 

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  1. Looks like a great getway Brad.. Everyone did lots of shopping.. that’s always fun. Just wondering if you are having a meeting for the Galapagos group before we go…. Thanks.

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