The SpaceClip-Clop, Clip-Clop, Clip-Clop! If that's a sound you love to hear, then a unique travel experience awaits you here in the Heart of Lancaster County! Very Centrally Located in the middle of the peace and tranquility an Old Order Amish Farming community- Only 1 mile to the Center of Intercourse, about 5 or so miles to 2 Major Outlet Malls and only about 10 miles from downtown Lancaster! You'll get to enjoy the peace and quiet of the country and still have access to some of the Best Shopping in Pennsylvania! Not only are there phenomenal Local Amish and Mennonite businesses that have some of the Finest Craftsmanship available - but nearly EVERY Major Retailer and Restaurant in the U.S. has a presence here within just a short drive. Lancaster is an up and coming small city that is Loaded with Shopping, Galleries, Eateries, Bars and More! The 'Downtown' area is very Vibrant, Safe and easy to get around! Most everything is easily accessed by walking around the downtown area. Guest AccessThe home sits in the middle of pastures and farmland with over an acre of yard space with beautiful flower gardens, a professional grade Horseshoe Pit, a large canopied deck and Gas Grill and More are ALL are available to you!
The Kitchen has a Toaster Oven, Microwave, Full Cook top and Convection Oven available to you any time. Refrigerator and Freezer space are always available for your use too! There are several Local Amish mini Grocery/General stores (just minutes away) that stock just about everything, including locally made fare. Or if you prefer, there are full size, commercial Grocery stores just minutes away too! The Kitchen is FULLY STOCKED with every shape and size of pots, pans, bake-ware, utencils, dishes, glassware, silverware and MORE are All available for you to use! I only request that if I happen to NOT to be here during your stay, please try to not leave any 'dirty' ones when you are done. Otherwise, I'm more than happy to take care of all of it!
You will have your Own Bathroom fully stocked with plenty of Soft Fluffy Towels and some toiletries if you need them. I have tried to provide and have available for you all the little extra things that we travelers sometimes forget, just in case you need them! Interaction with GuestsThe Coffee pot is on every morning and there's plenty of Tea available too! I've been known to cook a thing or two for my guests from time to time, time permitting-
One thing I am asked all the time is "Where to Eat' - while I do have a list available of favorites, I NOW can offer guests SOMETHING NEW!
NOW AVAILABLE!!! You can Book a HOME-COOKED Dinner from one of my Amish Neighbors, Sadie! Please note that there is a 2 person minimum, and ADVANCE NOTICE is required, so PLEASE let me know ASAP if this sounds like something you want to do while staying here.
One of my Amish neighbors, Sadie, lives on the same street as me and has opened up her home for guests to come and enjoy a Home Cooked, complete Amish meal right down to desert is even More delicious when it's eaten in an Amish Home! She's a great conversationalist and will answer all your questions too! There are NO SET PRICES for this dinner. Sadie only accepts $ as a Donation, and you pay what you want - (((A good rule of thumb is that people typically pay about $20 per person)))
Please let me know asap if you want to book a date for YOUR dinner experience! The NeighborhoodNearly ALL of my neighbors are 'Old Order' Amish or Mennonite. Last Year, Tourism income in Lancaster County was $2.3 Billion - of that, 70+% of that income was directly related to the "Anabaptist" Culture. I'm sure you can understand why - after all, isn't that why YOU are coming to visit the area?
The Plain People (the Amish and Mennonite) trace their origin back to the Protestant Reformation in Europe, where there was an emphasis on returning to the purity of the New Testament church. One group of reformers rejected the popular concept of infant baptism, and became known as Anabaptists. The Anabaptists believed that only adults who had confessed their faith should be baptized, and that they should remain separate from the larger society.
In 1536, a young Catholic priest from Holland named Menno Simons joined the Anabaptist movement. His writings and leadership united many of the Anabaptist groups, who later became known as “Mennonites.”
One of the teachings of the Amish faith is called the ban or shunning. This is based on the New Testament command not to associate with a church member who does not repent of his sinful conduct. The purpose of this discipline is to help the member realize the error of his ways and to encourage his repentance, after which he would be restored to church fellowship.
This excommunication was at first only applied at the communion table. However, the followers of Jacob Amman felt the unrepentant individual should be completely shunned or avoided by all church members. This belief, along with other differences, led to Amman’s split with the Mennonites in 1693. His followers were later called Amish
These Anabaptist groups were SEVERELY persecuted throughout Europe. Thousands were put to death as heretics by both Catholics and Protestants. To avoid this persecution many fled to the mountains of Switzerland and southern Germany. Here began the Amish tradition of farming and holding their worship services in homes rather than churches.
Many Amish and Mennonites accepted William Penn’s offer of religious freedom as part of Penn’s “holy experiment” of religious tolerance. They settled in what later became known as Pennsylvania. The first sizable group of Amish arrived in Lancaster County in the 1720’s or 1730’s.
Today, the Amish can be found in 23 states here and in one Canadian province. Their settlement in and around Lancaster County is their second largest. Because of their large families, the total Amish population has more than doubled since 1960 to over 85,000. Very few of their children leave the church.
The Amish and Mennonite churches still share the same beliefs concerning baptism, non-resistance, and basic Bible doctrines. They differ in matters of dress, technology, language, form of worship, and interpretation of the Bible.
The Mennonites hold many of the same beliefs as the Amish, although they tend to be less conservative than their Amish neighbors. Worship services are held weekly in their meeting houses. Most Mennonites have relaxed dress codes, and have gotten away from farm-related occupations. While Old Order Mennonites still drive their all-black carriages, most Mennonite groups do permit the use of cars and electricity. Getting AroundAlthough most people use their Horse and Buggy around here, you will PROBABLY want to have a car ;-D
Bicycle Riding is also very Popular & a FANTASTIC way to get around the more than 2,700 miles of winding country roads that connect our small towns and villages - Quaint main streets, every type of Eatery you can think of plus charming boutiques and galleries are just waiting to be 'stumbled upon' - You can Lose yourself along these back roads among breathtakingly scenic farmlands, romantic covered bridges and PA Amish life. Other Things to Note*PLEASE NOTE*
There IS a SECOND BEDROOM Available with a FULL SIZE Bed -
There is the option of using the couch in the main Living Room, if need be:
There is a modest increase in the Price per Night, if you have more a need for more than the 2 rooms and require the additional spaces. There is a full bath that is exclusively available for you.
The experience you will have staying in my home gives you an experience that you could NEVER get by staying in some 'Tourist Trap' hotel - If you are a TRAVELER and not a TOURIST, you will appreciate the incredible experience of literally being 'Eye Level' with the local Amish Community!
There are some Very Informative and Helpful Websites that can help you "Discover Lancaster County"- "Amish America" - (AirBnB doesn't allow me to put the actual links here)but, of course (SENSITIVE CONTENTS HIDDEN) can help you access them and to find other sites-
I have put automatic limitations on certain days, so If you have a special request for a date that doesn't show as available, Please Ask Me! I May be able to unblock, if I am not already booked -