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Kristen May

About Kristen May

When Kristen moved to Lancaster to attend college over 12 years ago, she knew that Lancaster would be her permanent home. Today she lives in Lancaster City with her 4 year old daughter. From skydiving and zip lining to hot air balloon and motorcycle riding, Kristen enjoys all the thrills that life - and Lancaster - have to offer.

Kauffman’s Famous Fruit Farm & Market

Kauffman’s Fruit Farm & Market has been family-owned and operated since the founder, Amos L. (A.L.) Kauffman planted the first fruit trees in 1911. Today, over 100 years later, the 3rd, 4th, and 5th generations run the business; and the orchards are now producing over 135 varieties of tree fruits on 100 acres. Pretty impressive!

When A.L. built a packing house in 1937, he made it larger than most other buildings in the area because he believed that his business would expand exponentially. He had dreams of growing the best tasting fruit in the region and building a successful business that would continue on for generations.

In 1954, a critical part of his vision was fulfilled when his five sons became business partners. A. L. Kauffman & Sons began a new chapter.

In A.L.’s lifetime alone, the orchard grew to have 55 acres of apples, 35 acres of peaches, 3 acres of pears, and 4 acres of plums and cherries.

For the Kauffman family, hard work, skill-perfecting, family traditions, and fond memories have marked every milestone, every season, and every year of their growing business. Picking apples in the orchard, making cider, assisting in the farm market, and managing a growing business have all been key to the family’s success.

While they are thankful for their rich history, strong values, and meaningful traditions, they continue to grow and adapt to the needs of their customers. They proudly combine values of the past with visions for the future.

Because the Kauffman family loves their business, the local community, and each customer, they promise to continue growing food responsibly, sustainably, and healthfully for many more generations.

Image Courtesy of Kauffman's Fruit Farm

Image Courtesy of Kauffman’s Fruit Farm

To learn more about the market and Kauffman’s delicious produce, read Christina’s post.

Learn more about the Kauffman family or purchase their 100th-anniversary keepsake book, FAITH, FAMILY & FRUIT.

Be sure to check out other iconic Lancaster County hot-spots such as Shady Maple Smorgasbord, Strasburg Rail Road, and Lancaster Central Market, and Green Dragon.

A Museum for Every Interest

Lancaster has many museums that offer valuable insight into history, culture, and mankind. You can visit an Underground Railroad center, tour a PA German living history village, or meander through the home of the 15th president of the United States.

Here are a few unique museums that top my list:

National Christmas Center Family Attraction & Museum 
Set aside a couple hours to walk through amazing life-sized exhibits that celebrate the history and traditions of the holiday. Don’t miss the 1950’s Woolworth’s 5 & 10 re-creation that showcases vintage Christmas toys and merchandise displayed in a realistic store setting.

Demuth Museum
Check out the rotating exhibitions and tour the restored 1700’s home and painting studio of Lancaster’s most famous resident and world-famous artist, Charles Demuth. Did you know that Demuth’s famous piece, I Saw the Figure 5 in Gold (1928), is housed in New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art?

Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania
Discover the colorful history and dramatic technology of Pennsylvania’s railroad industry, plus see a world-class collection of 100+ historic locomotives!

National Watch & Clock Museum
This museum is recognized as the largest and most comprehensive horological collection in North America. While it may seem boring to some, it’s NOT! Come experience for yourself a fun and fascinating journey into the world of timekeeping, beautifully illustrated by more than 12,000 treasures of time.

Robert Fulton Birthplace
Tour the early home of pioneer steamship builder, artist, inventor, and engineer – ROBERT FULTON!

American Military Edged Weaponry Museum
With more than 5,000 specimens, this museum has one of this country’s most comprehensive collections of U.S. military knives and artifacts used by the American servicemen.

Click here to see more museums.

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Food for Thought: We have more than PA Dutch dining

Lancaster County may be famous for traditional Pennsylvania Dutch-style cooking, but the comfort food that we’re known for now shares the stage with an eclectic collection of casual eateries, international restaurants, brew pubs, and fine dining. Like our PA Dutch dining restaurants, these also use locally-grown ingredients from the heart of Lancaster County.

In honor of the Thanksgiving holiday and all the delicious food that Lancaster has to offer, I’ve listed a few of my favorite restaurants below. It’s a “nod,” if you will, to the delicious cuisine outside of our famous PA Dutch dining.

  • Prince Street Café – This Downtown Lancaster hot spot is directly across the street from the historic Fulton Theatre, the oldest consecutive running theatre in the United States.
  • Café Chocolate of Lititz – This café is commitment to both decadent chocolate and sustainable agriculture: I believe in both passionately!
  • Tomato Pie Café – Tomato Pie Cafe encompasses the personality of Lititz, PA (a.k.a. The Coolest Small Town). I almost always order their specialty – Tomato Pie. Yummm!
  • DJ’s Taste of the 50’s – This 50’s-themed restaurant has to-die-for burgers, fries, and shakes. Even though I’m a vegetarian, I find lots of great stuff on their menu. The kid’s meal is served in a 50’s-style cardboard car – too cute!
  • Loxley’s –The menu is family-friendly and the atmosphere, especially the outdoor dining, (it’s in a tree-house!) is magical.
  • Forklift & Palate – The food here is remarkable. Top notch. Plus it’s in a re-purposed warehouse and features reused materials from the original facility. How cool is that? Chic and delicious!
  • Bube’s Brewery – Bube’s Brewery is one of the only breweries from the early days of the great American breweries that has been left intact. Today it features great craft beer, a restaurant, brew pub, an outdoor biergarten… and a couple resident ghosts.

My list just scratches the surface. There are so many fantastic places to discover! Check them out for yourself!

Illusionist Brett A. Myers

A few weekends ago my 5 year-old daughter and I had the privilege of watching our friends, Illusionist Brett A. Myers and his wife, Labrina, perform at The Junction Center. This dynamic duo captured the attention of the audience from start to finish. Brett performed classic illusions such as a woman floating in the air and a girl disappearing before your eyes, plus he made a real bowling ball magically appear on stage, levitated an antique table, and much more.  What seems impossible is possible in Brett’s world of illusion. Labrina, his beautiful assistant and aerial acrobat, offered magic of her own throughout the show as she flew high above the crowd. During the performance, we were lucky enough to see a special guest appearance by their son, Starlin (caution: he is adorable!) Oh, and be aware, there’s always audience involvement and participation woven into their shows!

Brett and Labrina travel full-time performing illusions and sharing their passion for art, hope, and life. Currently they travel nationally and partner with theatres, community organizations and churches to produce their shows, but soon this fantastic act will have a permanent home in Lancaster.  Opening in April 2016, their new show MAGIC & WONDER will be live at the Bird-In-Hand stage.  More information regarding the show can be found at www.LancasterMagicShow.com and a finalized show calendar will be posted on www.Bird-in-Hand.com/on-our-stage.

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Get Your Passport to Lancaster County

There’s so many great places to discover in Lancaster! You can visit Lancaster a dozen times and still find something new to enjoy. Here’s something that will make your trips even more fun and rewarding.

Lancaster County Wine, Spirits & Ale Trail

1. Pick up a passport at the Discover Lancaster Visitors Center.

2. Take your passport (and ID!) with you as you make your way across Lancaster, sampling locally crafted potables along the way. Learn a little, drink a little. Learn some more, drink a little more.

3. Get your passport stamped at each participating location, and with a minimum of 4 stamps, turn it in at the Discover Lancaster Visitors Center for a free t-shirt!

This trail is meant to be a fun, social way to soak up Lancaster’s drink culture, not a drunken pub crawl. By all means, indulge! But be respectful and be responsible.

Made in Lancaster Shopping Trail

1. Pick up a passport at the Discover Lancaster Visitors Center.

2. Travel across the county, scoping out, sizing up, and getting a taste of some of the best locally crafted goods Lancaster has to offer. You’ll find countless shops, kitchens, workspaces, and storefronts all over the county, whose owners and proprietors put the love for their craft into every item that walks out the door.

3. Get your passport stamped at each participating location, and with a minimum of 6 stamps, turn it in at the Discover Lancaster Visitors Center for a free t-shirt!

Make our Visitors Center your first stop

Located directly off the Greenfield Road exit of Route 30, a well-known highway that snakes through Lancaster County, you will find the Discover Lancaster Visitors Center. Make this place your first stop and your trip will be off to great start!

Here are 6 reasons to stop at our Visitors Center:

1. Restrooms, ATM, and Wireless Internet Access

Take advantage of our free wireless Internet access, onsite ATM, and clean restrooms. If you like coffee, grab a FREE cup of Lancaster County Coffee Roasters coffee courtesy of Discover Lancaster.

2. Informative brochures, maps, and expert advice

Do you want to find out what Lancaster County has to offer? We can help! From brochures and maps to advice from our experts, we’ve got you covered. Our friendly travel consultants can assist you by offering restaurant suggestions, helping with last-minute lodging needs, and giving directions to special, out-of-the-way places.

3. Art Gallery

Our Art Gallery displays a wide variety of local art ranging from quilts to pottery to paintings. Best of all, it’s all available for purchase.

4. Marketplace

Browse our marketplace filled with Lancaster County items from popular places such as Intercourse Canning Company, Kitchen Kettle Village, Good ‘N Plenty Restaurant, and more. This is the perfect place to pick up a souvenir (or a tasty treat!) before or after your stay in Lancaster.

5. Amish Countryside Tour

Enjoy a 90-minute Amish Countryside Tour operated by Amish Farm & House. Sit back and relax as you wander deep into Lancaster County’s heartland and learn about the area’s history, culture, and Amish lifestyle. Open Memorial Day (end of May) through October 31.

6. Mr. Sticky’s Homemade Sticky Buns

Directly outside of the Visitors Center, you will find delicious and downright addictive sticky buns. Be sure try one before you head out. Here’s a coupon! Open March throughDecember.

For more information about our Visitors Center, hours of operation, and directions, click here.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

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Autumn in Lancaster County

It’s time to put the flip flops and shorts away and dig out the warm socks and comfy sweatshirts.

Here in Lancaster, the air is growing cooler and the leaves are changing color. It feels like Lancaster was made for this time of year. The air is crisp and the landscape is breathtaking. It’s refreshing and peaceful.

Come visit us and see for yourself. Treat yourself to a weekend getaway.

While you’re here you can tour our covered bridges, enjoy a leisurely hot air balloon ride over the vast farmland, stop at road side stand or farmer’s market for seasonal produce, enjoy some family-fun Halloween activities or just sit back and relax.

From seasonal attractions to fall fairs and harvest festivals, we got it all. Check out our list of events. Something is sure to catch your eye!

P.S. Do you want to know the best weeks to see our fall foliage? If so, click here to see Pennsylvania’s Weekly Fall Foliage Report.

2015 #Lancastergram Winners

And the 2015 #Lancastergram winners are…

FIRST PLACE:  atglennite
SECOND PLACE: 
wlmgoeshere
THIRD PLACE: 
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RUNNERS UP:
bydavepidgeonphoto
christina_721
chadharnish
ck_images
dave_berk
kennykinter
jmacneillphoto

– See more at: http://www.discoverlancaster.com/instagram-contest.asp#sthash.DKFhST6W.dpuf

And the 2015 #Lancastergram winners are…

FIRST PLACE:  atglennite
SECOND PLACE: 
wlmgoeshere
THIRD PLACE: 
photo_guy_robert_buzzard

RUNNERS UP:
bydavepidgeonphoto
christina_721
chadharnish
ck_images
dave_berk
kennykinter
jmacneillphoto

– See more at: http://www.discoverlancaster.com/instagram-contest.asp#sthash.DKFhST6W.dpuf

This past summer for a period of seven weeks, we invited residents and visitors to post unique Lancaster-specific photos on Instagram using the hash tag #Lancastergram. All the photos that were tagged properly, fell in line with contest rules, and were taken within the defined time frame were entered to win amazing prizes. During the seven weeks, over 6,000 photos were submitted. The contest judges were faced with a difficult challenge… to select the Top 10. The Top 10 were then reveal at Tellus360 on First Friday, September 4. On that same day, Rick Gray, Mayor of Lancaster City, proclaimed September 4, 2015, #Lancastergram Day!

Without further adieu, here are the 2015 #Lancastergram winners…

FIRST PLACE:  @atglennite
SECOND PLACE:  @
wlmgoeshere
THIRD PLACE:  @
photo_guy_robert_buzzard

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RUNNERS UP:
@bydavepidgeonphoto
@christina_721
@chadharnish
@ck_images
@dave_berk
@kennykinter
@jmacneillphoto

Check out www.discoverlancaster.com/instagram-contest.asp to:
– See Runners Up photos and the Weekly Top Picks photos
– Read the #Lancastergram Day Proclamation
– Learn more about the awesome prize packages the winners received

Be sure to participate in next year’s contest. You never know…. your photo might be picked!

Covered Bridges of Lancaster County

Covered bridges are an iconic symbol that bring to mind a more simple time, a more simple way of life. Pennsylvania has approximately 219 covered bridges that have withstood the test of time, more than any other state. Lancaster boasts over 25 of those bridges, each with its own unique story.

The purpose of the covering is to protect the wooden structural members from the weather. Uncovered wooden bridges have a life span of only 10-15 years because of the effects of rain and sun. Thanks to the covering, we have many bridges that have been around a long time.

The longest covered bridge at 5,960 feet once spanned the Susquehanna River from Columbia to neighboring Wrightsville in York County. Built in 1814, it was unfortunately destroyed by high water and ice in 1832. But, many others remain, ready for you to discover and enjoy.

We’ve developed five driving tours of covered bridges in Lancaster County. For a PDF version, click here. If you prefer to use our Google Map tours, click here and choose the tour that most interests you. To learn more about our covered bridges, be sure to stop the Discover Lancaster Visitors Center to purchase the book, Covered Bridges of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

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Back-to-School, Lancaster style

Come to Lancaster to get all your tax-free, back-to-school clothing and supplies. Since your coming to Lancaster anyway, might as well make it a fun family trip. From outlet shopping to family-friendly attractions and restaurants, why not make it a fun experience for everyone?

Suggested outlet shopping:

  • Tanger Outlets: Buy directly from more than 60 brand name manufacturer and designer stores featuring Brook’s Brothers, Gap, Nike, Tommy Hilfiger, Banana Republic, and more. 20% Off Coupons (limited time only!)
  • Rockvale Outlets: Shop at more than 90 brand name factory direct stores including Carter’s, Hartstrings, Disney, Under Armour, Gymboree Outlet, and more. FREE Coupon Booklet

Suggested  fun and educational attractions:

Suggested restaurants:

Back-to-School shopping tips:

  • Before shopping, know what you need and what you already have on hand. Not sure what you need? Check out this list from RealSimple.com.
  • Make a list and set a budget — then stick to it.
  • Shop around for the best deals; most can be found online even before getting in your car.
  • To save money, check out consignment stores and/or browse Craigslist.com.
  • Get your kids involved; decide in advance what items they can choose and which ones must involved compromise.
  • When it comes time to packing lunches, think reusable and plan a menu in advance.
  • Enjoy the process!

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