Dutch Country Travel Tips
Pennsylvania Dutch Country Vacation Rentals Near Chocolate
The rolling hills of Pennsylvania Dutch Country offer vacationers a wide variety of activities to enjoy. You can choose to stay in historic Gettysburg on a Civil War farm or indulge your chocolate passion with a VRBO rental in Hershey, Pennsylvania. The homeowners that provide you with all the comforts of home in Pennsylvania Dutch Country vacation rentals will be happy to share their knowledge of the area so that you make memories that last forever. Choose a cozy cottage along the river with a fireplace to warm you or a farm house in Lancaster where you can pick up fresh produce on the roadside to prepare in your fully equipped kitchen.
Dutch Country Resorts Close to History
Whether you are interested in the historical battle of Gettysburg or just want to learn more about the Pennsylvania Dutch Country inhabitants, you will have many opportunities to learn when you stay at Dutch Country resorts. Some of the homes are within five miles of the battlefield so you can spend a few days walking the area on your own or take a bus tour to hear about this epic battle. Lancaster saw fighting during the Revolutionary War but today is more famous for its Amish and Mennonite population. Visit an Amish Farm and House where you will be immersed in the culture of this community. There is an 1805 farm house and one-room school house to visit as well as farm equipment and demonstrations to observe.
If you have children, they may be interested in visiting Hershey Park where there are more than 65 rides. The Boardwalk features a water area that reminds guests of a gentler time when people went to the seashore for the summer. The water park includes a lazy river attraction and wave pool. There is also an American Wildlife Park with an 11-acre zoo with more than 200 animals displayed in their natural habitat. After an exciting day of sightseeing, you can return to your family-friendly home to watch the sun set from your private deck.
The Shopping Experience by Dutch Country Condos
Antiques are the things to shop for when you stay in Dutch Country condos. You will find that there are some of the largest antique markets in the country located in Pennsylvania Dutch Country. If you choose to stay in a delightful cabin in Adamstown, you will feel as though you have driven into antique heaven. It is known as the “Antiques Capitol, USA” and features furnishings or collectibles. Bird-in-Hand is another area that offers over 40 merchants selling antiques. If you are looking for handcrafted quilts, blankets or house wares, you will not be disappointed when you choose to spend your vacation in Pennsylvania Dutch Country. Ephrata has a weekly farmers market where you can stock up on fresh produce as well as other handmade items. The practicality of the Amish and Mennonites will offer you the opportunity to purchase heirlooms that can be passed down for generations. One of the areas has a canning company where you can see jams, jellies, pickles, sauces, peanut butter and vegetables being processed. You will have the chance to buy some of this great food to eat while you stay at your Dutch Country vacation rental or take home to bring back fond memories of your time in Amish Country.
Farm Fresh Dining at Dutch Country Vacation Homes
Even though you can prepare your own meals at your Dutch Country vacation home, you should eat at least one meal in a restaurant. If you love food, you do not want to miss the big family-style meals that you can enjoy in Dutch Country. Fresh fruits and vegetables will be part of the meals, usually just picked that morning for your taste buds to savor. Whether it is breakfast with flapjacks, lunch with country fried steak, or fried chicken, you will not be disappointed in the restaurants of Pennsylvania.
Reaching Your Dutch Country Vacation Rental
If you are coming from the Baltimore area on Highway 83, you will be about an hour from the Gettysburg area. You can also fly into Philadelphia and take Highway 76 to get to Lancaster County where you can begin your relaxing vacation at one of the unique accommodations offered by VRBO.