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Ally

About Ally

Ally is a Lancaster County native and self-proclaimed foodie who loves exploring what the county has to offer. In her free time, Ally can found browsing Lancaster Central Market, enjoying the outdoors with her 4 year old daughter or savoring a meal at one of Lancaster’s many eateries, whether an old favorite or a new find. Ally is excited to share her passion for the county with as the Marketing Coordinator at Discover Lancaster

Give the Perfect Lancaster County Gift

From Secret Santa gifts to a special something for your special someone, it can be tough to find the item that will make the recipient smile. Never fear! We’re here to help. We’ve collected a few idea from across the county for you to consider:

To Wear

— Lancaster-centric T-shirt from Fox Duck | 11 W King Street, Lancaster
— Navy Keystone Cap from Ellicott & Co |45 N Market Street, Lancaster
— Handmade jewelry from Mio Studio | 154 N Prince Street, Lancaster
— Hand-crafted leather bag from Forest Hill Leather Craft | 225 Forest Hill Road, Bird-in-Hand

For the Kitchen

— Jam Lovers Basket from Kitchen Kettle Village | 3529 Old Philadelphia Pike, Intercourse
— Infused olive oils & balsamic from Olio Olive Oil & Balsamics | 41 S Broad Street, Lititz
— Green TEAse Green Tea Set from Spice & Tea Exchange | 20 W Orange Street, Lancaster
Lancaster Central Market Cookbook | 23 N Market Street, Lancaster (Open Tuesday, Friday & Saturday)

For the Home

— Candle from Hamilton Wax Co from Sophie Stargazer Boutique | 323 N Queen Street, Lancaster
— A Fair Trade Frame from Ten Thousand Villages | 240 North Reading Road, Ephrata
Garden Party Soap from Building Character | 342 N Queen Street, Rear Warehouses, Lancaster
— Wood & Marble Coasters from Cocalio Creek Country Store | 2359 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster

For the Kids

Dutch Wonderland Tickets or Season Passes | 2249 Lincoln Highway, Lancaster
— Tickets to Turkey Hill Experience | 301 Linden Street, Columbia
— Toy Trains from Strasburg Train Shop | 226 Gap Road, Strasburg
— Alpaca wool gloves or socks from Eastland Alpacas | 2089 Rissler Mill Road, Mount Joy

To Experience Together

— Scooter Tours with Strasburg Scooters | 242 Gap Road, Strasburg
— Amish Dinner Bike Tour with Intercourse Bikeworks | 3614 Old Philadelphia Pike, Intercourse
— Helicopter Tour with Smoketown Helicopter Tours | 311 Airport Drive, Smoketown
— Hot Air Balloon Ride with the United State Hot Air Balloon Team | 2737 Old Philadelphia Pike, Bird-in-Hand

Of course this is just a small sampling of the wonderful gifts available in Lancaster. Browse our list of shops for more idea and to plan your shopping trip.

What’s on Tap? – Winter Edition

Brewers in Lancaster and the surrounding area are creating beers that channel warm holiday flavors including spices, cherries and even egg nog. These toasty libations are best enjoyed after a long day of shopping, while celebrating the season with friends, or paired with a warm meal shared with a loved one.

So when it’s time to get out of the cold and warm up, do so with a pint of one of the area’s winter brews:

Odin’s Ale from JoBoy’s Brew Pub | ABV: 9%
JoBoy’s winter ale is an ode to Odin, the god of intoxicating drink from medieval folk lore. A true taste of the season, this ale is brewed with ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, orange and honey, then aged to perfection over the year.

Grab one on tap or in 22 oz bottles at JoBoy’s in Lititz.

Mad Elf & Mad Elf Grand Cru from Tröegs | ABV: 11%
A winter beer list wouldn’t be complete without Tröegs cheerful Christmas beer, Mad Elf. With an ABV of 11%, this brew packs a punch with notes of cherries, raw honey, cocoa, cinnamon, clove and allspice. This year, Tröegs is escalating the madness with Mad Elf Grand Cru – a twist on the classic elf made with tart Balaton cherries.

Catch a Mad Elf at Tröegs Tasting Room in Hershey, along with select locations around the county. Mad Elf Grand Cru is only available in cork & cage bottles, and may be a little harder to find.

Naughty & Spiced Winter Warmer from Vineyard & Brewery at Hershey | ABV: 8.4%
For a taste of Christmas, the Vineyard & Brewery at Hershey is serving up a winter-spiced Wee Heavy (like a Scottish ale). This warming brew is full of seasonal spices and notes including cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and orange zest – much like a liquid gingerbread cookie.

Served up at the Vineyard & Brewery at Hershey in various vessels including on tap and in 12 oz cans.

Winter Warmer Ale from Lancaster Brewing Company | ABV: 8.9%
For a winter warmer with gusto, check out Lancaster Brewing Company’s Winter Warmer Ale – a full-bodied ale with deep, malt richness. This winter ale doesn’t feature the typical spices of the season, but is sure to warm you up.

Find it at Lancaster Brewing Company in Downtown Lancaster and Lancaster Brewing Co. Taproom & Grill, along with select locations around the county.

Grinnin’ Grizzley Holiday Spiced Ale from Appalachian Brewing Company | ABV: 5.7%
A holiday brew that will have you grinning from ear to ear, Appalachian Brewing Company’s seasonal brew is an amber ale full of the cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and fresh orange zest. You’ll love this well-balanced ale, especially if you enjoy light hop notes and mild spiciness.

Swing by their Lititz BrewPub to find this ale on tap.

The Martians Kidnap Santa! Egg Nog Stout from Springhouse Brewing Company | ABV: 8.4%
Springhouse Brewing Company’s winter milk stout puts a spin on the classic Christmas concoction with a quirky name to match. This festive beer is rich and creamy, topped with cinnamon and nutmeg, and will get you in the holiday spirit.

Head over to their Hazel Street Brew Pub or Taproom on King Street to find this tasty milk stout.

the martians kidnap Santa egg nog stout now available in 16-ounce 4-packs or cases.

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Other than Beer:

Gingerbread Cider from Lancaster County Cider | ABV: 5.5%
Hard apple cider meets gingerbread cookies with Lancaster County Cider’s holiday beverage. Semi-sweet cider is combined with brown sugar, ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg, creating a light and refreshing holiday spirit.

Try it for yourself at Mount Hope Estate & Winery.

Dry Cranberry Cider from Levengoods of Lancaster | ABV: 5.5%
Levengoods of Lancaster is a local cidery, fairly new to the brewing scene in Lancaster. In addition to their fantastic original ciders (original, dry and sweet), they’re serving up a dry cranberry cider this holiday season, rich with cranberry and apple flavors – fresh, clean, and crisp.

Grab a pint at their shop on King Street in Downtown Lancaster.

Which Lancaster Christmas Show Should You See?

‘Tis the season for holiday cheer – and what better way to get in the spirit than with a Christmas show. Theaters across Lancaster are decking the halls and bringing inspirational, toe-tapping holiday hits to the stage.

Take our quiz and find out which show you should see this season:

1] First things first – what comes to mind when you think about the holidays?
A. Christmas Carols
B. The perfect gift
C. The birth of Jesus
D. Snow

2] Which Christmas tune fills you with joy?
A. Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree
B. Jingle Bells
C. Silent Night
D. White Christmas

3] If you could pick a winter getaway, where would you go?
A. New York City – Radio City, lots of holiday shopping & a stay at a luxury hotel
B. Cross-Country Road Trip – Making memories & seeing relatives
C. Disney World – Spending time as a family for wholesome fun
D. A Ski-Resort in the Mountains – Skiing, hot chocolate & relaxing by the fire

4] Which Christmas movie could you watch over and over again?
A. Elf
B. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
C. The Nativity Story
D. It’s a Wonderful Life

5] The first snow is falling. How do you spend your day?
A. Baking cookies while listening to holiday tunes
B. Having a snowball fight
C. Sledding and warming up with hot cocoa
D. Sitting by the fire with a good book

6] Christmas dinner is served! What do you fill your plate with?
A. Decadent desserts
B. Traditional turkey
C. Savory stuffing
D. Classic mashed potatoes & gravy

7] What’s your favorite holiday tradition?
A. Black Friday shopping for great gifts and deals
B. Visiting with Santa
C. Going to church with my family
D. Christmas caroling

 

The Results:

Mostly A’s:
Home for the Holidays at American Music Theatre
Broadway-caliber song and dance will have your toes tapping as you get in the holiday spirit. American Music Theatre’s annual Christmas Show features dazzling sets and costumes, and a sprightly live band.

 

Mostly B’s:
A Christmas Story at Fulton Theatre
For those looking for laughs (and a little bit of family chaos) this holiday season, the Fulton has the show for you. A Christmas Story has been brought from the movie screen to the stage for laughs and holiday antics.

 

Mostly C’s:
Miracle of Christmas at Sight & Sound Theatres
Celebrate the season with the story that captures the true meaning of Christmas. Sight & Sound’s Miracle of the Christmas captures the magic of the season, and is great for adults and children alike.

 

Mostly D’s:
Irving Berlin’s White Christmas at Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre
You’ll love this classic tale that brings the songs of Irving Berlin to life. Dutch Apple is pairing this traditional tale with an all-American menu for dinner and a show to get you in the holiday spirit.

No matter the results, we’re sure you’ll love the festive Christmas shows performed at theatres around Lancaster. For a full list, visit our Holiday Shows & Performances page.

Sandwiches Galore in Lancaster

Lunch or dinner, chilled or grilled – we’ve compiled our list of where to grab some of Lancaster’s tastiest sandwiches. You’ll find hoagies, grilled cheeses, clubs, paninis featuring quality meats & cheeses, local produce, and sauces made in-house that will have your taste buds buzzing.

Credit: Isaac’s Restaurant

Isaac’s Restaurant
A local favorite since 1983, Isaac’s serves up delicious grilled sandwiches, all named after birds. Pair your sammie with a cup of their famous pepper jack tomato soup for the perfect lunch or dinner.

Isaac’s Tip for the Perfect Sandwich:  Grill it! Heating the sandwich on the grill can change the flavor and take it to the next level.


While you’re there, try – the Mallard:
top round roast beef, bacon, melted cheddar, mushrooms, and Ikey’s sauce on a pretzel roll

Credit: S. Clyde Weaver


S. Clyde Weaver

From market to Main Street, S. Clyde Weaver has been in the Weaver family for generations. Nowadays, their cafe in East Petersburg is sells subs and sandwiches, along with the fresh and smoked meats their business was founded on.

S. Clyde Weaver’s Tip for the Perfect Sandwich:  Mayo and mustard are classics but for a new spin, try pesto, vinaigrette, or even salsa.

While you’re there, try – the Turkey, Bacon & Pesto: home-style roasted turkey, bacon, pesto, bacon mayo, swiss cheese, roasted red peppers served on house-made 11 grain bread

The Flying Pig Deli
Whether you’re stopping by for a yummy lunch or some gourmet goods, The Flying Pig Deli is a one stop shop for tastiness. Treat yourself to a sandwich packed with quality meats, cheeses and sauces, paired with one of their unique sides (think Cajun cole slaw, creole potato salad and Szechuan noodles, just to name a few).

While you’re there, try – the Muffuletta: genoa salami, capicola ham, mortadella, provolone, and mozzarella & olive salad served on an onion brioche roll 

Credit: Cafe One Eight

Cafe One Eight
A favorite stop for a quick cup of coffee or relaxing lunch in the city, Cafe One Eight is serving up light fare that will both fuel and satisfy. Their menu features fresh produce, bread that’s made locally, and even olive oil from a shop down the street.

Cafe One Eight’s Tip for the Perfect Sandwich:  Fresh, Lancaster ingredients make for an amazing sandwich.

While you’re there, try- Market Fresh: Thom’s rosemary bread, sliced tomato, smashed avocado, fresh basil, mozzarella, and drizzle of Season’s extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar

Smokehouse BBQ and Brews
Our list wouldn’t be complete without a barbecue sandwich, and Smokehouse BBQ and Brews has just the thing. They’re layering their low and slow, pit smoked meat on a roll, topped with house made sauces and piled high with savory extras.

While you’re there, try – the Legend: smoked, pulled pork smothered in their Memphis Heat sauce with pickles, cheddar and Monterrey jack cheese on a crisp country roll

Credit: Callaloo Trinidadian Kitchen

Callaloo Trinidadian Kitchen
One of Lancaster’s newest restaurants is whipping up sandwiches inspired by authentic Trinidadian flavors. In addition to their entrees that incorporate spices and tropical ingredients, Callaloo has two great sandwiches on their menu, both served on their house-made coconut bread, called “coconut bake” in Trinidad.

While you’re there, try – Shark & Bake: marinated and lightly fried swai with shredded cabbage slaw, tamarind, garlic, and cilantro sauces on home-made coconut bread

Credit: Gracie’s on West Main

Gracie’s on West Main
At Gracie’s on West Main, bacon is the star. Smoked, glazed, or made into jam, they’ve created a plethora of sandwiches that will have any bacon lover’s mouth watering. If you’re not crazy about bacon, don’t worry – Gracie’s has a menu full of sammies for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Gracie’s Tip for the Perfect Sandwich:  Make sure you have the proper spread to bread ratio, and that your spread goes out to the edges. A dry sandwich is a sad sandwich!

While you’re there, try – Triple Bacon B.L.T.: double smoked bacon, brown sugar caramelized bacon, Irish bacon, chipotle mayo, lettuce and tomato on toasted sourdough

Tom+Chee 
A match truly made in heaven, the pairing of grilled cheese and tomato soup is celebrated at Tom+Chee. Here you can enjoy either the classic version or something a little more daring like a grilled cheese with spicy peppers, bacon or even potato chips on it.

Tom+Chee’s Tip for the Perfect Sandwich:  There are no rules! Anything goes and will be yum+awesome.

While you’re there, try – the Flying Pig: smoked gouda cheese, hand-carved turkey breast, applewood smoked bacon, and house made pickles on sour-white bread

Sprout of Rice & Noodles 
Have you tried a Banh Mi? Sprout of Rice & Noodles is serving up this traditional Vietnamese sandwiches with a variety of protein, like seasoned pork, chicken liver pate (a chef’s special), and tofu. Raw veggies are added for crunch and freshness.

While you’re there, try – Banh Mi Pate Thit: homemade rolled ham and chicken liver pate, homemade mayonnaise, onions, cucumbers, jalapeno peppers, Chinese radish and julienne carrots on a baguette

Credit: Lancaster Farmhouse

Lancaster Farmhouse at Lancaster Central Market
A great sandwich starts with quality ingredients – and that’s just what Lancaster Farmhouse is doing. They’re serving up premium artisanal cheeses, charcuterie, and bacon, creating filling sandwiches on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at their stand in Central Market.

Lancaster Farmhouse’s Tip for the Perfect Sandwich:  Don’t forget to add the cheese!

While you’re there, try – Honey I Smoked the Turkey: honey smoked turkey, bacon, mayo, cheese, butter lettuce and pickled red onions served on a sub roll

 

Top photo credit: Gracie’s on West Main

Ten Things to Do in Lancaster: November Travel Guide

November offers the best of both seasons in Lancaster – the last of the fall festivities plus the beginning of the winter holiday celebrations. It’s a wonderful month where you can go for a drive to enjoy the final colors of fall at the beginning, and start the holiday preparations toward the end, with a delicious turkey dinner in between.

Whether you’re holding on to the harvest season or are ready for mistletoe and holiday spirit, there’s something for you in Lancaster this November.

Troops & Trains | Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania
November 4-5
To honor veterans and current service men and women, Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania’s Troops & Trains features military relics, patriotic music, and displays detailing the significant role railroads played in the defense of our nation.

Eastland Alpacas Open House | Eastland Alpacas
November 4-5 & 11-12
Get up close with the furry friends at Eastland Alpacas during their Fall Open House. After you meet and feed the alpacas, take a wagon ride around the farm or hop aboard the barrel train. The Farm Store will be open to purchase warm alpaca wool gifts.

Thanksgiving Day Tour | Strasburg Scooters
November 23
Gobble gobble! Before turkey time, take a spin around the county on a scooter to experience the Lancaster countryside and covered bridges with Strasburg Scooters. This Thanksgiving Day tour is the perfect adventure before your scrumptious dinner.

Holiday Shopping:

Museum Store Holiday Open House | Landis Valley Village & Farm Museum
November 18
It’s never too early to start your Christmas Shopping, and Landis Valley has just the event for you. The Museum Store’s Open House features one-of-a-kind holiday items including ornaments, Pennsylvania German Paper Stars, wooden bowls, beautiful textiles, Belsnickels, and more.

Creatively Lancaster’s Markers Market | Tellus360
November 18
Shopping for someone who loves one-of-a-kind gifts? This is the event for you! Creatively Lancaster’s November Makers Market will feature local artists, hobbyists, crafters, creators, designers and more, selling their uniquely crafted wares. While you browse this pop-up shop, enjoy a pint of beer or cider from Tellus360.

Small Business Saturday | Various Locations
November 25
While we’re fans of shopping local every day of the year, consider kicking off your holiday shopping on the Saturday following Thanksgiving at some of Lancaster’s independently owned shops and boutiques. You’ll find goodies from kitchen wares, spices, tea and olive oil to locally crafted accessories and jewelry.

Holiday Fun:

The 2017 Christmas Show: Home for the Holidays | American Music Theatre
November 1 – December 30
There’s no place like home for the holidays! Get in the holiday spirit with American Music Theatre’s Christmas Show – Home for the Holidays, featuring holiday songs, and outstanding singing and dancing. What better way to get in the holiday spirit!

Irving Berlin’s White Christmas | Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre
November 16 – December 31
Get in the holiday spirit with dinner and a show at Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre, as they bring Irving Berlin’s White Christmas to life. Your toes will be tapping to the Christmas classics as you enjoy this festive favorite.

Dutch Winter Wonderland | Dutch Wonderland
November 18-19, 24-26 & December 2-3, 9-10, 16-17, 23 & 26-30
From twinkling lights to themed rides and entertainment, Dutch Winter Wonderland is holiday fun for the whole family. Grab some hot cocoa and make your way through the beautifully decorated Dutch Wonderland for an evening of wintery excitement.

Mayor’s Tree Lighting & Tuba Christmas | Penn Square
November 24
‘Tis the season for the Mayor’s Tree Lighting & Tuba Christmas in Lancaster City. Santa Claus will make his annual appearance in Penn Square, followed by the official lighting of the tree and beautiful Christmas carols performed by the tuba choir.

Haunted Lancaster

As one of America’s oldest inland cities, Lancaster has tons of history and stories from the past. Some tales are a little spookier than others. Many of the places where these events occurred are said to be haunted, even today.

Whether you believe in ghosts or not, these six places have history that may contribute to eerie occurrences.

Haldeman Mansion
Regarded as one of the most haunted places in Lancaster, the Haldeman Mansion dates back to the 1700s. Sightings, including a grouchy man, a little girl, a teenage boy, and a jovial, singing female servant, have been reported. The lingering spirits may be due to the unmarked graves found under the building when plumbing and electric were added to the property.

Fulton Theatre
Lancaster’s oldest theatre is also one of our most haunted locations. Reports of hauntings date back to before the theatre was even erected, since the theatre was built on the foundation of the old Lancaster jail. This was the location of the Paxton Boys massacre, where 14 Conestoga Indians were murdered.

Bube’s Brewery
With a history dating back to the 1800s, Bube’s Brewery may be home to spirits. Staff and customers have reported seeing a woman in a long gown and the apparition of a man. Having appeared on the TV show Ghost Hunters, Bube’s is well known for its eerie happenings.

Railroad House Inn
Dating back to the 1820s, this restaurant and inn is a haunted hot spot. From men who worked nearby to a young girl in Victorian-style clothing, customers and guests at the inn have experienced apparitions in various areas around the property.

Rock Ford Plantation
As the historic home of General Edward Hand, the sound of footsteps and muffled conversations have been reported at Rock Ford Plantation. Going beyond noises and apparitions, visitors have reported “phantom smells” – from tobacco smoke to food cooking in the kitchen.

Franklin & Marshall College
Built in the 1850s, Franklin & Marshall’s Old Main Building was reportedly built on the site of Lancaster’s “Gallows Hill,” where criminals were hanged after trial. Paranormal activity has been reported, including the bell tolling at night by itself.

If you want to learn more about the potentially haunted locations around Lancaster City and Strasburg, Ghost Tours of Lancaster has you covered, and are available nightly through October.

Resources: “Top 8 Most Haunted Places in Lancaster, PA.” HauntedRooms.com, Sept. 2018

 

Iconic Desserts of Lancaster

With National Dessert Day on October 14, and let’s be honest – every day when your sweet tooth strikes – we’ve gathered our favorite desserts that have roots in Lancaster. Whether you’re roaming around Central Market, or venturing to bakeries in our small towns, you’re sure to stumble upon these sweet treats that capture the comforts of the county.

Whoopie Pies

A favorite for locals and visitors alike, the whoopie pie is a classic PA Dutch treat. Legend has it that whoopie pies were first made from leftover cake batter, and those who found this treat in their lunch pails would shout “whoopie!” – Hence the name.

This treat is made from two cake-like cookies with cream in the center. The traditional chocolate cake with vanilla cream version is still quite popular, with new tasty variations debuting over the years.

Where to find them: Hershey Farms Restaurant in Strasburg, Shady Maple in East Earl, and Bird-in-Hand Bakery & Café in Bird-in-Hand

Shoo-Fly Pie

Me oh my – it’s shoo-fly pie! This fluffy molasses dessert is a Lancaster tradition that got its name because the molasses attracts flies. As the pie cools on the window sill, you’d constantly be shooing the flies away.

Two versions of this pie can be found around the county – wet bottom and dry bottom. The wet bottom version is cake-like on top with a gooey custard consistency underneath. If you prefer a cake-like consistency through-out, opt for the dry bottom version.

Where to find it: Dutch Haven in Ronks, Good ‘N Plenty in Smoketown, and Bird-in-Hand Bake Shop in Bird-in-Hand

Ice Cream

Not only is Lancaster home to Turkey Hill Dairy, who has been churning up ice cream since 1980, it’s also home to a plethora of small business whipping up artisan ice cream made with local dairy products.

Whether in a cup, a cone, or blended into a milkshake, ice cream is a tasty treat year round. Find unique flavors like Chai Stroopie at Lancaster Sweet Shoppe or Pumpkin Pie at Bird-in-Hand Bakery & Café.

Where to find it: Fox Meadows Creamery in Ephrata, Lapp Valley Farm in New Holland, Strasburg Country Store & Creamery in Strasburg (in addition to the two mentioned above)

Apple Dumplings

Just in time for fall, this local favorite combines orchard-fresh fruit and rich, buttery pastry dough. Apple Dumplings begin popping up on bakery menus especially when the apple harvest is at its peak.

Simplicity is key with this dessert. Cored apples are wrapped in a simple, butter pastry dough then baked with cinnamon, brown sugar, and of course, more butter, and served either alone or ala mode.

Where to find them: Kauffman’s Fruit Farm in Bird-in-Hand, Byer’s Butterflake Bakery in Leola, and Zig’s Bakery at Central Market and in Lititz

Capital for a Day

What do Annapolis, Princeton, Philadelphia, and Lancaster all have in common?

Believe it or not, all of these cities were once the capital of the United States.

Of all the places listed above, Lancaster was the capital for the shortest amount of time – one day to be exact!

So how did Lancaster become the third capital location of the country?

During the Revolutionary War, British Troops were on a mission to take Philadelphia, the capital prior to Lancaster. They were successful in capturing the city after defeating George Washington’s men at the Battle of Brandywine. This led the Second Continental Congress to search for a new, more secure capital.

The day after the British invaded Philadelphia, the Continental Congress met in Lancaster at the Courthouse that once stood in the town square – making it the Capital for the Day.

After September 27, the Continental Congress moved once again to distance themselves further from the British Troops. They chose to move to York, across the Susquehanna River from Lancaster, increasing the distance from Philadelphia and adding a physical barrier. They stayed in York until June 1778, before making their way back to Philadelphia.

When visiting Lancaster today, you unfortunately won’t be able to see the courthouse where this meeting took place. The original courthouse, constructed in 1737, was destroyed by a fire in 1786.

Happy Capital Day, Lancaster!

Resource: Trex, Ethan. (2017, September 27) Glory Day: Lancaster’s Brief Stint as Our Nation’s Capital. MentalFloss.com

On Tap: Fall Edition

As a fall beer lover – September feels like Christmas morning. The first time I see a pumpkin beer on tap is like waking up to gifts under the tree. It’s a surefire sign that fall is quickly approaching.

Lancaster has some great local brewers, passionately crafting ales, ciders, IPAs, stouts and some tasty seasonal beers to enjoy as the leaves change. [see the full list of local breweries here]

Find these on tap at various locations across the county throughout the season:Baked Pumpkin Ale & Oktoberfest from Lancaster Brewing Company

Lancaster Brewing Company (locals may refer to it as LBC) produces two great fall brews with different flavor profiles. Their Baked Pumpkin Ale (ABV: 7.5%) packs a pumpkiny punch. Its rich flavor features notes of pumpkin pie spice and vanilla, and is best enjoyed while munching on sweet potato fries.

For the lager lover, LBC’s Oktoberfest (ABV: 5.5%) is a full bodied brew that pairs well with pizza and roasted or grilled meats. You’ll find this deep copper beer has a lingering malt sweetness to go along with its full body.

Find both brews at Lancaster Brewing Company in Downtown Lancaster and Lancaster Brewing Co. Taproom & Grill, along with select locations around the county.

Braaaiins! Pumpkin Ale for Zombies from Spring House Brewing Company

Whether you’re a zombie or a human, Braaaiins! Pumpkin Ale (ABV: 7.8%) is for you! Brewed with fresh pumpkin, this is fall in a glass. It features a fresh pumpkin flavor, complimented by autumn spices and bold malt flavors that will warm you up as the air chills.

Head over to Spring House’s Hazel Street Brew Pub or the Taproom on King Street for your taste of Braaaiins!

Madtoberfest from Mad Chef Brewing Company

This season, we’re mad about Mad Chef Brewing Company’s Madtoberfest (ABV: 5.5%) – a clean, crisp seasonal beer featuring notes of caramel and toffee.

You’ll find this brew, along with other hand-crafted ales and tasty all-American fare (including fantastic french fries with a wide array of sauce choices) at Mad Chef’s Brew Pub in East Petersburg.

Pumpkin Cider from Lancaster County Cider

If you prefer cider to beer, we’ve got you covered. Lancaster County Cider has created their seasonal Pumpkin Cider (ABV: 5.5%) by combining spiced apple wine, pumpkin wine, hard cider, and fresh pumpkin puree, and adding a pinch and a dash of cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin pie spice, and brown sugar. Truly a glass of autumn, this cider is a great gluten-free alternative to beer.

Try it for yourself at Mount Hope Estate & Winery.

Top 10 Things to Do in Lancaster: September Travel Guide

September brings the beginning of fall, cooler weather, pumpkin flavored goodies, and great events to Lancaster. It’s time for football tailgates and evenings at the farm show, as the days get a little bit shorter and the air gets a little bit crisper. Whether you’re a local discovering what’s in your own backyard or in town to explore during the weekend, you’ll find something that strikes your fancy and gets you in the mood for fall’s exciting offerings.

Check out our list of 10 things to do this month in Lancaster (just to name a few):

Kids will love…

The Corn Maze at Cherry Crest Adventure Farm | All Month
Find your way through the Amazing Maize Maze, an interactive corn maze filled with twists, turns, and clues along the way. Once you’ve found your way out of the corn, Cherry Crest Adventure Farm has loads of fun farm-themed activities, friendly farm animals, and a pick-your-own pumpkin patch to experience life down on the farm.

Day Out with Thomas™ at Strasburg Rail Road™ | September 16-24
Thomas the Tank Engine is back in town for railroading fun. Join Thomas and his pal Percy for a ride on the historic railroad, activities, and more. This is a “must-do” for families with little train lovers. They’re sure to remember the time they got to meet Thomas the Tank Engine himself.

Foodies will love…


The Whoopie Pie Festival at Hershey Farm | September 9
Celebrate this Lancaster dessert at Hershey Farm Restaurant & Inn. Treat yourself to a traditional whoopie pie or try a more adventurous combo while you enjoy games, activities, unique craft vendors, and more. It’s the most delicious day of the month!

Fall Bluegrass Concert at the Vineyard at Grandview | September 9
Sit back and enjoy an afternoon in the vineyard featuring live bluegrass music, locally-crafted wines and brews, and tasty fare from local food trucks. Two great bluegrass acts, Porthouse Yard and Hog Maw, will provide lively entertainment to keep your toes tapping.

Restaurant Week in Lancaster City | September 18-24
Explore the diverse culinary offerings Lancaster City has to offer during Fall Restaurant Week. Participating restaurants offer deals from $10 to $40 for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, including some offerings created just for this week. Be sure to come hungry, and share your delicious moments using #LCRW2017.

Runners will love…

Run, Ride & Soar Weekend | September 8-10
Lace up your sneakers for the annual Run, Ride, and Soar weekend in Bird-in-Hand. Runners can participate in the Bird-in-Hand Half Marathon or 5k, while bikers can take to the backroad for the Amish Country Classic Bike Ride. If you’d rather catch the action from above, the Amish Country Hot Air Balloon Fest features launches in the morning and evening for a birds-eye view of the farmland.

Shoppers will love…

Wool Frolic at Landis Valley Village & Farm Museum | September 16
Are you a fan of knitting, crocheting, or other fiber arts? Find yarn of every texture and color, fleece, and more at this artsy event. Crafting demonstrations will be going on throughout the day, along with hands-on activities for kids.


Fall Antiques Extravaganza in Adamstown | September 28 – October 1
Find dozens of antique shops including outdoor markets as you explore the Antiques Capital in Adamstown. Browse the plethora of wares as dealers and shops extend their hours for this weekend. If you’re looking for that one-of-a-kind item, chances are you’ll find it here.

The whole family will love…

Tailgate Festival at Kitchen Kettle Village | September 15-16
Touchdown! Time to get in the spirit of football season at Kitchen Kettle’s sports-themed festival. There will be tons of tasty homemade tailgate foods to sample, activities for kids and adults to enjoy, and lively musical performances along the shop-lined paths of the village. If you’re in the competitive spirit, participate in their Pumpkin Whoopie Pie filling Contest to test your skills.

Fairs & Farm Shows | All Month
September brings fairs and farm shows to the communities throughout the county. Time for funnel cakes, Ferris wheels, farm animals, and fun! Enjoy the brisk evening air as you stroll down the midway at the following fairs this month: York (September 8-17), Denver (September 12-16), Solanco (September 20-22), Ephrata (September 26-30), and West Lampeter (September 27-29).

For a full list of September events, check out our events calendar.

 

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