With everything going on in the world, I am absolutely loving domestic travel now more than ever because of the ease and sense of security I get from being close to home. In an effort to take a break from the hustle and bustle of New York City, I hopped on a train and headed to Lancaster County on a fun weekend getaway. It completely exceeded my expectations and I was in awe of its beauty and charm. The drive from New York City is about 3 hours and the train from here is just under that. I do recommend having a car while you’re there so you can enjoy all of the towns and sights at your own pace. The drive is really beautiful and peaceful throughout the county as well.
I started off in Downtown Lancaster where there is charming streets and architecture, boutique shops, fun restaurants and bars and more.
Where to Stay
The best and most central place in Downtown to stay is the Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square. It’s a modern property with a gorgeous rooftop and excellent views.
Where to Eat
Adorable diner with excellent milkshakes
Instagrammable hipster coffee shop near Penn Square
Southern Market Lancaster
Awesome food hall with tons of options for every taste.
The Lancaster Dispensing Company
Great bar food and local as well as imported beers.
Things to Do
For the nostalgic lovers, visit the super vintage Stans Records shop.
Read Rose Books
Explore the stacks at Read Rose Bookshop.
Hang out and people watch, listen to local musicians or have a drink in Penn Square.
Catch a Show at Fulton Theater
The historic theatere is he oldest working theatere in the United States.
Lancaster County Towns
Every charming town in the area is about 25 – 35 minutes outside of Downtown Lancaster and they all of something wonderful to offer.
I headed to Strasburg to board the nostalgic Strasburg Rail Road and this was my favorite experience on my trip. The authentic train cars have the most gorgeous interiors (every class has a different aesthetic), drink and snacks available for purchase, friendly crew and conductors and gorgeous views. I highly recommend this experience!
Moyer’s Book Barn
I stumbled upon this bookshop as I was driving to the trains and had to stop. I spoke with the owner Judy for about an hour as she talked about her late husband who opened the bookshop and died in 2020. The bookstore has been around for 25 years and is housed in a real barn.
A stunning outlook that is worth having a picnic at during the day or watching the sunset from. It’s open until sunset and you can either drive right up to it or hike up.
Zook’s Mill Covered Bridge
Covered bridge that spans Cocalico Creek built in 1849.
The Inn At Leola Village – A Historic Hotel of America
The Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star hotel is a historic boutique hotel located in the perfect area nearby most of the beautiful towns. The property has tons of character and charm with modern touches.
This blog was written in partnership and sponsored by Discover Lancaster. As always, opinions are my own.