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Lancaster, PA Harvest Guide

Here in Lancaster County, we take fresh produce seriously. With rich soil and acre after acre of farmland, farmers offer their plentiful bounties at farm stands and local markets, while chefs are taking advantage of the freshest offerings to add to their seasonally-changing menus. It’s truly a beautiful thing when passionate growers share their hard work with the community that embraces their craft with open arms (and market baskets).

Want to find tomatoes and strawberries at their peak? Not sure what seasonal eats to pick up during the winter? Our harvest guide is here to help you find and celebrate each month’s harvest. So as you pass the fields and farm stands, be sure to keep your eyes out for these fruits and vegetables, picked at the peak of freshness just waiting to be enjoyed.

January/February: Celery

Even in the chilly months, there’s something growing in Lancaster County. For the beginning months of the year, we’re celebrating celery. This veggie is great for snacking, in soups and stews, and in salads. Stop by Sweethearts of Lancaster stand inside Lancaster Central Market for some crisp celery, plus recipe ideas and tips from some celery experts!

March: Mushrooms

Since mushrooms can be grown indoors, they’re another ideal cold weather crop. Pennsylvania has great soil for these fungi. Iron Hill Brewery in Lancaster highlights the mushroom with their Kennett Square mushroom soup, named for the town of Kennett Square in neighboring Chester County that is known for producing this crop.

April: Asparagus

Have you ever seen how asparagus grow? It’s quite the sight to see! The stalks grow right out of the ground, just waiting to be cut and roasted. Be sure to pick some up at one of our Farmers Markets to serve with your spring dinner.

May: Rhubarb

This tart fruit (well, technically vegetable) is spring’s prize crop. Rhubarb is often paired with sweeter fruits like strawberries or made into jam with plenty of sugar. Kitchen Kettle Village celebrates the Rhubarb harvest with a two-day festival, with plenty to tasty treats, activities, and the world’s only rhubarb race-car derby.

June: Strawberries

June brings juicy, red strawberries to the fields and farm stands across Lancaster, PA. Strawberries are actually the first fruit to ripen each year. For the chance to wander the fields and pick your own, visit Brook Lawn Farm Market and Shenk’s Berry Farm – but be sure to call first to check availability and picking times.

July: Tomatoes + Corn

For July, we couldn’t pick just one! The corn and tomatoes harvested this month are both super tasty, and can be found at the majority of roadside stands and farmers markets.

Tomatoes can be found in all shapes, sizes, and colors – from the bright red, small cherry tomatoes to the bumpy purple heirlooms. Each summer, Washington Boro holds the Annual Tomato Festival, full of tasty tomato dishes and family-friendly activities, typically taking place in mid-July.

What has hundreds of ears, but cannot hear? A corn field! Corny jokes aside, late July brings ears upon ears of sweet, juicy corn from the fields and to the farm stands. As many locals will tell you, the place to go for great deals is the Corn Wagon in Millersville, PA. The corn fields even make for an exciting family activity as mazes are carved through the fields, like the maze at Cherry Crest Adventure Farm.

August: Watermelon

When the August heat sets in in Lancaster, PA, nothing is more refreshing than a slice of ripe watermelon. Watermelons are perfect for picking and savoring this month. If slicing such a melon seems like a daunting task, Lancaster Online’s article has step-by-step instructions on cutting watermelon “sticks” for cleaner eating as well.

September: Apples

Toward the end of September in Lancaster, fall is in the air – and there are plenty of apples just waiting to be picked. Orchards around the county grow a variety for baking, saucing and snacking, and can guide you to the apples that will fit your taste and purpose. Orchards like Cherry Hill Orchard in Lancaster and Weaver’s Orchard in Morgantown even offer hayrides for added family fun.

October: Pumpkins

October is prime pumpkin picking time here in Lancaster County. Pumpkins and gourds are waiting to be turned into jack-o-lanterns or pies, and both varieties can be found in our fields or at a road side stand, like Fisher’s Festivals. If you want to search for the perfect pumpkin, check out one of the fantastic pick-your-own farms and explore the patch for yourself.

November: Kale

Hail to kale in November! Bundles of this leafy green are harvested in the fall to be cooked or used as a festive fall decoration. Craving a savory kale salad? According to Yelp, eaters love the kale salads at Checker’s Bistro and Luca.

December: Beets

You can’t beat the beets in December in Lancaster, PA. Root vegetables, like beets, are a common winter harvest as they get plucked from the freezing ground. If you’re in search of the perfect jar of pickled beets, head to Kitchen Kettle Village’s Jam & Relish Kitchen. They also have great recipes to jazz up their traditional canned variety.  

Forbes names Lancaster, PA as one of the “10 Coolest U.S. Cities to Visit in 2018”

Looking for a hip city to explore this summer or even for a weekend during the spring or fall? Why not pick Lancaster – who was just named as one of Forbes’ “10 Coolest U.S. Cities to Visit in 2018.”

What makes Lancaster so cool?

Tucked amongst the beautiful, iconic Amish farmland, Downtown Lancaster has a food scene that’s on the rise. Venture beyond the PA Dutch food for out-of-this-world Italian cuisine and wood-fire pizza at Luca – where Chef Taylor Mason combines the old-world charm and flavors of distant Italy with the ultra-local ingredients grown right here in Lancaster.

Be sure to make reservations ahead of time – the more popular dining times go fast!

Lancaster’s architecture is a big part of the charm. Passionate Lancastrians are transforming old warehouses and buildings to create new spaces for eating, drinking and entertainment. Thistle Finch Distillery and The Fridge are doing just that. Located in the former Walter Schnader Tobacco Warehouse, Thistle Finch is bringing of distilling to Downtown Lancaster, creating rye whiskey, white rye, gin, and vodka – then serving the spirits up in artfully crafted cocktails.

More of a craft beer enthusiast? The Fridge is a cozy bottle shop with an impressive selection of hard-to-find craft, micro, imported and local beer, located right behind the Lancaster Arts Hotel. Pair your beer with a slice of their flatbread pizza (because few things go better together), and cozy up by their fire or enjoy their outdoor space – depending on the weather.

Our vibrant art and theatre scene also adds to the coolness of Lancaster – with a plethora of live performances and galleries to tap into your artsy side. If you find yourself in Lancaster on the first Friday of the month, enjoy the extended gallery and boutique hours, and special performances and exhibits as you get swept up Gallery Row’s creative energy on First Friday.

Live theatre lovers will adore the historic, stunning Fulton Theatre – not just for its broadway-calibur shows, but also for its ornate architecture and rich history. The theater is full of character and stories, much like the shows that take place on its stage.

Outside the wide-array of offerings in Downtown Lancaster, families can experience life on the farm, breathing in the fresh air and even petting lovable animals. Find your way through the corn maze at Cherry Crest Adventure Farm and watch the Strasburg Rail Road train chug by. You’ll love the fresh air and relaxing pace, while your kids will love all the hands-on, farm-centric activities – win win!

And that’s just the beginning – get info on Lancaster’s latest and coolest by signing up for our monthly e-newsletter, and stay in the know.

Resource: Abel, Ann, “The 10 Coolest U.S. Cities to Visit in 2018,” Forbes

Best Weekend Brunch in Lancaster, PA

Don’t like to wake up early? Brunch is for you! Love decadent breakfast treats? Brunch is for you! Is lunch more your meal of choice? Brunch is for you! It is best of both worlds… breakfast and lunch combined into one delicious meal. Who doesn’t love brunch? With so many sweet and savory options to choose from there is always something for everyone on the menu- even those folks who are hard to please.

Whether it’s an after church tradition, a time to catch-up on gossip with the girls, or to celebrate a special family occasion, brunch is the perfect pick! Plus, if you eat enough you can usually make it through the day till dinner. Brunch in Lancaster simply cannot be beat. Here is a list of some of Lancaster’s favorite places for weekend brunchin’.

American Bar & Grill- Lancaster, PA

Brunch is served Saturday & Sunday 11 AM- 3 PM

Mimosas and Bloody Marys served in a pint glass… if that isn’t enough reason for you to head at American Bar & Grill, then we aren’t sure what is. Be sure to try the pork roll sandwich, it is delicious.

 Annie Bailey’s Irish Public House-  Lancaster, PA

Brunch is served Saturday & Sunday 11 AM- 3 PM

The French-toast at Annie Bailey’s is a sweet and crunchy treat topped off with fresh berries and whipped cream. If you prefer to stick to traditional fare, try the Full Irish Breakfast or Celtic Eggs Benedict.

Aussie & the Fox- Lancaster, PA

Brunch is served Saturday & Sunday 9 AM – 2 PM

If you prefer savory over sweet, try the breakfast burger at Aussie & the Fox. This restaurant offers creative, delicious dishes that are a blend of Australian and American cuisine; and those big orange booths make a great backdrop for instagram photos.

Champagne Sunday Brunch at the Eden Resort- Lancaster, PA

Brunch is served every Sunday from 10:30 AM – 1:30 PM

Brunch with a little bubbly anyone? With a wide variety of breakfast and luncheon options the Eden Resort’s Sunday Brunch has pretty much anything you can imagine from your brunch-infused dreams. Be sure to save room to try out the various made-to-order stations ranging from omelets to New York strip steaks. You so not have to be a hotel guest to enjoy this brunch, however, staying overnight and sleeping in sounds pretty good to us.

Citronnelle- Lancaster, PA

Brunch is served Sundays from 11 AM – 2 PM

If you are looking to travel to Paris in the span of an hour or two, head to Citronnelle. Featuring modern French cuisine, their brunch menu is tres magnifique! We recommend trying the  decadent bread basket and the rustic open-face market omelette.

Cork & Cap Sunday Brunch- Lancaster, PA

Brunch is served every Sunday 11 AM – 4 PM

This one-of-a-kind restaurant set inside of an old cork factory serves up delicious dishes almost all day. If you are unsure of what to order we recommend trying the Cinnamon-Stuffed French toast or the Country Breakfast. Both are local favorites at the Cork & Cap’s Sunday Brunch. Also if you like a little booze with your breakfast order the signature Cork Kiss- it is cranberry juice with blood orange liquer.

The Greenfield Restaurant- Lancaster, PA

Brunch is served every Sunday 9 AM – 2 PM

Be sure to make a reservation if you would like to have brunch at the Greenfield Restaurant. This venue is a popular place on Sundays in Lancaster County. With its traditional dishes created with local ingredients, it is hard to pick just one thing to order.

The General Sutter- Lititz, PA

Full English breakfast is served every Saturday from 8 – 11 PM

A traditional English Breakfast complete with unlimited tea or coffee is a great way to start the day. For English bacon, sausage, eggs, baked beans, tomatoes and toast head to the Bull’s Head Public House at the General Sutter. You can even add a slice of black pudding if you fancy. Cheers Mate!

Gracie’s on West Main- Leola, PA

Open Saturdays, 7 AM – 9 PM with specials ending at 2:30 PM, and Sundays from 8 AM – 3 PM
(Breakfast is also served all day, everyday)

Gracie’s is great! We love stopping in here on the weekends for the Grilled Banana Nut Bread- it’s divine. (As is everything else on the menu- including the peanut butter pie!). Whatever you order, your taste buds will thank you. Bacon lovers rejoice- there is bacon jam, bacon of the month, and even an exclusive bacon menu!

La Petite Patisserie- Lancaster, PA

Brunch is served Saturdays 9 AM- 2 PM

Pastries, and biscuits, and quiche – oh my! Saturday Brunch at La Petit Patisserie is not to be belittled, big flavors can be found in this boutique bakery. Be sure to pick up some goodies to take home with you for later (the macaroons are marvelous).

 Loxleys Restaurant- Lancaster, PA

Brunch is served every Sunday from 10 AM – 2 PM

A luxe breakfast at Loxleys is what you will get if you stop in on Sundays. This fun, Robin Hood- themed menu is full of crowd pleasers including a Philly Cheese Steak Omelet. Pair it with a bottomless Bloody Mary or Bottomless Mimosa and you can’t go wrong. In the warmer months, chose an outdoor table in their tree house!

Our House Café- Lancaster, PA

Brunch is served Saturday and Sunday 8 AM- 3 PM

Serving cuisine curated from ingredients provided by local farms and markets, this casual cafe is a great place for all occasions. Our House Café is a perfect place for those who like to be healthy but still enjoy delicious flavor combinations. Many of the offerings are vegetarian (or can easily become veggie). Note, this restaurant is BYOB for Saturday & Sunday Brunch.

 On Orange- Lancaster, PA

Brunch is served Friday – Sunday 7 AM- 1 PM

Two words- Swedish pancakes. If you haven’t tried them, we insist that you must. (Although if you prefer waffles, they have those too). On Orange offers many delectable brunch options within is historic building which dates back to the 1850s. While you dine be sure to check out the local artists that are featured on the walls of the restaurant.

 The Pressroom- Lancaster, PA

Brunch is served Sundays 10:30 Am – 2 PM

Similar to its lunch and dinner offerings, The Pressroom Restaurant does not disappoint when it comes to brunch. With unique dishes like Duck Confit Hash and Chicken & Biscuits, this restaurant has many savory options. If you tend to prefer lunch to breakfast- definitely try The Pressroom!

 Pour- Lancaster, PA

Brunch is served every Sunday from 10:30 AM – 2:30 PM

Right on Prince Street, Pour is a perfect place to grab brunch on your way to or from Market. If the weather is nice be sure to sit outside. You can choose from changing seasonal options as well as breakfast mainstays. They also offer a selection of brunch cocktails and beers. Reservations are recommended.

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All Day, Every Day

For those of you who can’t wait for the weekend… here are some popular places that serve breakfast all day, every day. So brunch on my friends!

Commonwealth on Queen– Lancaster, PA
Breakfast is served all day, everyday

Ida’s Café, Lancaster, PA
Breakfast is served all day, every day

Rachel’s Café & Creperie, Lancaster, PA
Breakfast is served all day, every day

Speckled Hen Coffee– Strasburg, PA
Breakfast is served all day, every day

Tomato Pie Café– Lititz, PA
Breakfast is served all day, every day

Café Chocolate– Lititz, PA
Breakfast is served all day, every day



Local Picks: Best Pizza in Lancaster

What makes the perfect slice of pizza? Whether it’s thin, crispy crust topped with exotic toppings and fresh mozzarella or thick, fluffy crust topped with cheese and classic pepperoni – Lancaster has the perfect slice for you.

We’ve rounded up the cheesiest, tastiest and most unique pies for you to sink your teeth into. Check out some local picks that will satisfy your pizza cravings.

Federal Taphouse

201 N. Queen Street, Lancaster, PA 17603 |
Ally says “I love the pizza at Federal Taphouse – they use a wood-fire oven so the crust is nice and crispy. Their toppings range from traditional to seasonal and unique, like drunken figs and sweet corn. As an added bonus, the Fed has around a 100 beers on tap to pair with your pie.”

Pie to try: 3 Little Pigs – red sauce, house pork belly, house ham, pepperoni, mozzarella, provolone

Norma’s Pizza at Roots Country Market

705 Graystone Rd, Manheim, PA 17545 |
Nate says “My family loves Norma’s pizza, done to perfection in either boardwalk or Detroit styles. Pro-tip – since she’s only open on Tuesday’s when Root’s Market is open and she sells out nearly every Tuesday, get there early or place your order ahead of time to ensure that you get a slice!”

Norma is the 2016 USA Caputo Cup New York Style Pizza Champion, beating out pies from Chicago, New York, Las Vegas and beyond!

Pie to try: Sicilian style pizza with pepperoni


436 W. James Street, Lancaster, PA 17603 |
Liz says “I love the unique combos that you can find a Luca!”

Andrew says “Luca’s pizza is out of this world. The pizza is baked in a Neapolitan wood-burning oven, and you can taste the love and care they put into each pie.”

Luca recently appeared in the New York Times, who raved about their wood-fire appetizers, artisan cocktails, and handmade pasta that are featured alongside their tasty pizza.

Pie to try: Piccante – crushed tomato, hot soppressata, mozzarella, pecorino, shaved garlic, hot honey

DiMaria’s Pizza

1183 Erbs Quarry Road, Lititz, PA 17543 |
Katie says “I love Grandma Pizza from DiMaria’s in Lititz. It requires extra wait time when you order it, but it’s so worth it!”

Pie to try: Grandma Pizza – thin square pizza with chunk tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, basil pesto, garlic & olive oil

Steel Peel

611 Harrisburg Avenue, Lancaster, PA 17603 |
Sean says “Steel Peel’s specialty pizzas – like the Quattro Gusti pizza – are truly special. The combination of toppings make for a flavorful pizza.”

Pie to try: Chesapeake Chicken – chicken steak, bacon, bruschetta tomatoes, old bay, ranch, cheddar & mozzarella with pizza sauce

Thom’s Bread

Lancaster Central Market or 113 Butler Ave, Lancaster, PA 17601 |
Tisha says “My favorite right now is Thom’s tomato pie from Thom’s Bread. It can be bought at Lancaster Central Market or their bakery location off of Oregon Pike.”

Pie to try: Tomato Pie – house made crust, tomato sauce

Espino’s Pizza

323 W. Lemon Street, Lancaster, PA 17603 |
Lauren says “Espino’s pizza is delicious – the crust is crispy on the bottom, yet fluffy. He also has Latin items on the menu if you aren’t in the mood for pizza.”

Pie to try: Veggie Pizza – peppers, onions, mushrooms, olives

Parma Pizza

301 W Main St, Landisville, PA 17538 |
Nicole says “It’s hard to pick just one! Our favorite local spot is Parma Pizza. We especially like the Holiday pizza which has spinach, broccoli, tomato, and ricotta- yum.”

Pie to try: Holiday Special – white pizza with fresh garlic, olive oil, tomatoes, broccoli, spinach, ricotta, mozzarella cheese

Carr’s Restaurant

50 West Grant St, Lancaster, PA 17603 |
Sarah says “Carr’s dough is soft, not too overdone, making the crusts a warm, delicious breadstick of sorts. The sauce is light and sweet. These pizzas make a great lunch on their own, or appetizer with friends.”

Pie to try: White pizza with garlic and sweet basil or their Pizza of the Day


155 E King St, Lancaster, PA 17602 |
Matt says “DiCarlo’s pizza is unique and super tasty. Rather than cooking the pizza with cheese on it, they add grated cheese to the sauce and crust AFTER it comes out of the oven.”

Pie to try: the original – it’s unique enough you won’t need toppings (although you can get pepperoni, sausage, mushrooms, hot peppers or black olives if you’d like)

Or Try These –

Mod Pizza

Pasquale’s Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria

Lancaster Brewing Company

Alley Kat

A Dozen Restaurants with Fireplaces to Cozy-up in Lancaster

  1. General Sutter Inn/ Bull’s Head Public House, Lititz, PA

Located in the heart of Lititz, this pub is quintessentially British. Serving traditional English fare and pints, the Bull’s Head Public House has been recognized as the best beer bar in PA in the annual Great American Beer Bar competition. If you want to warm up you can take your beverage into the Historic General Sutter Inn and relax by the fireside.

  1. The Fridge, Lancaster, PA

Love pizza? Love beer? Look no further! The Fridge is Lancaster’s craft beer bottle shop and flatbread pizza café offering over 400 varieties of craft beer by the bottle. Grab a slice or two and a brew, and sit near the cute potbelly stove to warm up from the cold.

  1. Commonwealth on Queen, Lancaster, PA

Commonwealth on Queen is the perfect place to grab a cup of Lancaster-brewed coffee and a sweet treat. With their fireplace and large windows, you can day-dream away the afternoon as you watch people passing by in the swirling snowflakes.

  1. Fireside Tavern, Strasburg, PA

The name says it all… Fireside Tavern. What better place to go in Strasburg to warm up by a fire than there? With a full bar and a very diverse menu, you can spend the whole evening in this cozy tavern with beautiful views of the snowy countryside.

  1. The Log Cabin Restaurant, Leola, PA

Recently updated, The Log Cabin is a Lancaster County classic. Known for their upscale dining and bar this is the perfect place for a cozy, romantic date-night.

  1. Tellus360, Lancaster, PA

Tellus360 has transformed their Green Roof bar for the winter into Lancaster’s very own Après Ski Bar! Complete with a heated bar area, fire-pits, and a shot-ski you can pretend you just got in from the slopes even if you are in the heart of Central-Pennsylvania.


  1. Annie Bailey’s Irish Public House, Lancaster, PA

A no-nonsense Irish pub serving traditional fare from the Emerald Isle, Annie Bailey’s is always a lively place to rest your bones. Snag the seats near the fire and bask in the warmth as you sip on a Smithwick’s and savor some Shepard’s Pie.

  1. Greenfield Restaurant, Lancaster, PA

Set in a beautifully restored Pennsylvania stone farmhouse, the Greenfield Restaurant offers an upscale and charming dining experience. The large roaring fire found in the main dining room create a perfect place to gather with friends and grab a bite to eat during the cold winter months.

  1. The Kling House, Intercourse, PA

Located in Kitchen Kettle Village, the Kling House Restaurant is a great spot to warm up after an afternoon of shopping. Try a slice of what they claim to be “the very best shoofly pie in all the land” and bask in the coziness of this traditional Lancaster County farmhouse.

  1. Cameron Estate Restaurant & Inn, Mount Joy, PA

Dating back to around 1805, this beautiful mansion is a fine-dining destination. Located on 15-acres of serene Amish countryside this bed and breakfast is full of history and romance. Dine by fireside at the Cameron Estate Restuarant, and feel as you are transported back in time to a more elegant time.

  1. Historic Revere Tavern, Paradise, PA

Speaking of history, if you are in Paradise be sure to stop at the Historic Revere Tavern. Built in 1740, the tavern offers four cozy dining rooms and 7 working fireplaces! And as if it’s age and architecture do not make it interesting enough, it was once owned by President James Buchanan.

  1. Aussie & The Fox, Lancaster, PA

Offering a unique blend of Aussie and American, Aussie & The Fox serves up delicious dishes and creative cocktails. Located in the center of the restaurant is a fireplace framed by burgundy velvet chairs. If you are lucky, you can claim one of them and cozy up with a coffee or a cocktail.

Warm & Hearty PA Dutch Dishes in Lancaster County

Who doesn’t love the occasional indulgence in the comfort of a hearty meal? It warms your body all the way through, and you can almost taste the love in every bite.

That’s what Pennsylvania Dutch food is all about – it is wholesome, stick-to-your-ribs dishes, made from scratch with plenty of love and care.

Below is a list of some of our favorite traditional dishes to try and where to find them. Next time you visit Lancaster, be sure to come hungry and prepare to leave full.

Main Dishes:

Chicken Pot Pie- Now, most of you think you have tried this dish before, but here in Central PA it is prepared a little differently- there is no crust! Chicken Pot Pie in this area is a tasty, stew-like meal, complete with hearty broth, tender slow-cooked chicken, carrots, potatoes, and savory square noodles. It’s like a hug in a bowl.

Try chicken pot-pie at: Dienner’s Country Restaurant, Good ‘N Plenty Restaurant, or Oregon Dairy Country Restaurant & Buffet

Ham Balls- This PA Dutch delicacy is similar to meatballs, but prepared with ground pork and ground ham. To pair with the savory flavors of these meaty morsels, ham balls are commonly served with sweet pineapple glaze. You won’t be able to eat just one!

Try ham balls at: Yoder’s Restaurant & Buffet, Bird-in-Hand Family Restaurant & Smorgasbord, or Oregon Dairy Country Restaurant & Buffet

Pork & Sauerkraut- While this dish is traditionally served on New Year’s Day for good luck, it can still be found year-round at many PA Dutch restaurants and smorgasbords. Juicy pork is slow-roasted with tangy sauerkraut, creating the perfect meal for a fall or winter day.

Try pork & sauerkraut at: Katie’s Kitchen, Bird-in-Hand Family Restaurant & Smorgasbord or Lititz Family Cupboard


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Chicken Croquettes- Chicken croquettes or turkey croquettes are like gourmet, grown-up chicken nuggets. They’re fried to perfection, creating a crisp outer shell covering the rich, velvety inside. Commonly served with mashed potatoes and gravy, this meal will have you in carb heaven.

Try Chicken Croquettes at: Shady Maple Smorgasbord or Miller’s Smorgasbord


Sides Dishes:

Brown Buttered Noodles- Some Lancaster County cuisine is rooted in simplicity – much like the tasty side, brown buttered noodles. Soft egg noodles are tossed in nutty browned butter for a scrumptious side enjoyed by diners young and old.

Try brown-buttered noodles at: Yoder’s Restaurant & Buffet, Dienner’s Country Restaurant,  or Katie’s Kitchen

Chicken Corn Soup- Ask a Lancastrian what they think about chicken corn soup and their face will instantly light up- it’s that good. With every spoonful of this rich soup, you’ll find tender chicken, sweet corn, rivels (small dough balls, sort of like miniature dumplings), and sometimes hard boiled eggs, all swimming in savory broth.

Try chicken corn soup at: Good ‘N Plenty Restaurant or the Cloister Restaurant

Potato Filling- What do you get when you cross mashed potatoes and stuffing? PA Dutch Potato Filling. Classic filling is mixed into creamy potatoes, making one big, happy, side-dish. While it’s commonly served at Thanksgiving, you can also find it on smorgasbords year-round.

Try potato filling at: Yoder’s Restaurant & Buffet, the Cloister Restaurant, or Miller’s Smorgasbord



Whoopie Pies- This dessert makes everyone “whoop” with joy! Soft cream is sandwiched between two cake-like cookies – like an oreo but better. The traditional variation is chocolate with vanilla cream, but there are new combinations are popping up in bakeries and market stands.

You can try whoopie pies at: Shady Maple Smorgasbord, at Lancaster Central Market, or Lititz Family Cupboard Restaurant & Buffet

Apple Dumplings- Simplicity is key with this dessert, featuring just a few staple ingredients. A cored apple is wrapped in buttery pastry dough and baked with brown sugar and cinnamon which creates a sweet, gooey sauce. It’s a great way to wrap up a PA Dutch meal – especially in the fall.

You can try apple dumplings at: Shady Maple Smorgasbord, Bird-in-Hand Bakery & Café, or Zig’s Bakery

Shoofly 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. It comes in two varieties – dry bottom with a cake-like consistency throughout, and wet bottom with a cake-like top and gooey custard underneath.

You can try Shoofly pie at: Yoder’s Restaurant & Buffet, Hometown Kitchen, and Fisher’s Amish Restaurant

Say Cheese … and Wine!

Not many things go better together than cheese and wine. Creamy, hard, tangy or mellow cheese can be paired perfectly with wines – from white to red or in between with a rosé.

Find the cheeses on our list at Lancaster Central Market or local shops that are making the cheese themselves from dairy sourced from neighboring farms. For a bottle of vino, head to one of the local vineyards where winemakers are growing the grapes and creating delicious wines.

We challenged our taste buds and rounded up five fantastic wine and cheese pairings – matching a cheese found or made locally with a wine, crafted at a Lancaster County vineyard. Try them yourself, or get inspired and create your own.

Bon appetite!

Linden Dale Farm’s Chevre from Lancaster Central Market paired with Waltz Vineyard’s Sauvignon Blanc

Our first pairing features creamy, spreadable goat cheese, Chevre, found at Linden Dale Farm’s stand at Lancaster Central Market, paired with the award-winning Sauvignon Blanc from Waltz Vineyard. The chevre is fresh and locally made, and can be spread on crackers or raw veggies. Waltz’s Sauvignon Blanc is a dry white wine with notes of green apple, citrus and honeysuckle. The crispness of this wine pairs well with the rich, creaminess of the chevre.

Delgiorno’s Italian Specialties’ Mozzarella from Lancaster Central Market paired with Weathered Vineyard’s Pinot Gris

Next up, we’ve paired a creamy, mild fresh mozzarella with a crisp Pinot Gris. The mozzarella, a classic Italian cheese, was found at Delgiorno’s Italian Specialties at Lancaster Central Market. The freshness pairs well with Weathered Vineyard’s Pinot Gris, a fruity white wine with citrus, pear, white nectarine and apple notes. The fresh cheese paired with the fruity wine is a match made in heaven.

September Farm Cheese’s Honey Brook Jack paired with Nissley Vineyard’s Merlot

Our third pairing features a locally made Monterey Jack cheese from September Farm Cheese and a merlot with moxie from Nissley Vineyards. This fresh, mild cheese is made in Honey Brook with dairy from the neighboring farm. If you’re a fan of dry, medium-bodied Merlots, Nissley’s is for you. With hints of black pepper, the wine goes well with the tasty, mild cheese.

S. Clyde Weaver’s Smoked Gouda paired with Vineyard at Hershey’s Firefly (Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot Blend)

For this pairing, we picked up a classic smoked Gouda from S Clyde Weaver, which offers a nutty, smoky flavor. This semi-hard cheese is perfect for snacking while sipping on the Vineyard at Hershey’s red-blend, Firefly. An artful blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, this wine is full-bodied with notes of plum, currant, and spice. The warm finish of the wine pairs well with the smokiness of the cheese.

Lancaster Farmhouse’s Balsamic Fig White Cheddar from Lancaster Central Market paired with The Vineyard at Grandview’s Cabernet Sauvignon

To wrap up our pairings, we paired a flavorful cheese with a wine to match. Hand-rubbed with balsamic from Seasons Olive Oil & Vinegar Taproom and figs, this cheese is a party for your taste buds. A cheese like this deserves a rich wine. The Vineyard at Grandview’s Cabernet Sauvignon is a full-bodied wine aged in oak barrels, with notes of red fruit and spice. Together, this combo is yum-o!

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What’s New for 2018 in Lancaster?

With a new year comes new things to explore, experience, and eat in Lancaster – whether you’re visiting for the first time or fiftieth time, or even if you’re a local. We’ve got new exhibits, activities, and shops along with vibrant shows and new ways to experience the tastes of Lancaster.

Dive deeper into the new and upcoming offerings for an exciting year in Lancaster.


It’s tea time at Turkey Hill Experience! With their new Tea Discovery, you can see, smell and taste delicious Turkey Hill iced tea, all while learning where the flavors come from. A Tea Expert will walk you through the experience as you sip black tea, green tea, hibiscus tea – and more!

Slated for spring 2018, Refreshing Mountain Retreat is offering new challenges with a 2-tier Aerial Obstacle Course. With 20+ new elements that range from 10-25 feet off the ground, those up for the challenge can experience the excitement of maneuvering through the course while floating above the ground. Package this activity with even more outdoor adventure, including ziplining, horseback riding, and more.

Explore great deals on popular brands at Tanger Outlets, who recently expanded and added 23 new stores. Browse old favorites like Gap, Yankee Candle and J. Crew, and check out the new offerings including Francesca’s, The North Face, Under Armour, Columbia Factory Store, H&M, and Express.

For the train enthusiasts, the Railroad Museum of PA will be overhauling their exhibits to present new improvements, exhibits, and innovations to museum-goers, young and old. If you love trains, mark your calendars for June 2018 when renovations are slated to be finished.


New thrills, twists and turns are awaiting at Dutch Wonderland this summer as they unveil their new family-friendly suspended roller coaster, Merlin’s Mayhem. Guests will soar to up 60 feet above the ground, twist through two helix turns, and twist and dip as they zoom along. Dutch Wonderland is also home to more mild rides for younger children, making it fun for the whole family.

Sight & Sound Theatres is bringing the powerful story, Jesus, to life this spring. Known for their epic productions filled with beautiful costumes & sets, talented performers (and even live animals), and fantastic effects, Sight & Sound presents this story that focuses on a love that rescues.

Bird-in-Hand Stage’s newest musical, The Home Game, hits it out of the park. Debuting March 27, you won’t want to miss this new show, paired with a tasty PA Dutch meal.

2018 brings exciting changes for Zoetropolis Art House. This year, they will be moving to Water Street (just blocks away from Lancaster Central Market), expanding to include a restaurant and distillery, and changing their name to Zoetropolis Cinema Stillhouse. Their lineup includes independent, documentary and foreign films, art shows, and community events. They’ve even secured a famous investor – Lancaster native, Taylor Kinney of “Chicago Fire” fame.

Movie buffs will love American Music Theatre’s new original show – Songs of the Silver Screen. Experience the talented AMT cast and live band as they perform cinematic songs, made famous by icons like Elvis Presley, Julie Andrews, Bette Midler, Rosemary Clooney, Barbra Streisand, John Williams and more.


Believe it or not, Lancaster has distilling traditions that date back to 1753. Stoll & Wolfe is reigniting these traditions at their distillery and tasting room in Lititz. Stop by for a taste of their Pennsylvania Rye Whiskey or the Blend of Straight American Whiskeys (or both), and try a hand-crafted cocktail that is sure to put some pep in your step.

After eight months of renovations, the Downtown Lancaster corner bar, Yorgos is open for the new year. This multi-level bar/restaurant features a sports bar (first floor), upscale steak and seafood restaurant named Kefi at Yorgos (second floor), and a cocktail lounge and roof deck (third floor). They’ve expanded their menu and beer offerings to match their renovated interior and exterior, adding to Lancaster’s night-life offerings.

After all this…

Once you’ve experienced all the new thing to do and see, why not rest up for another day of fun at the new Hotel at Rock Lititz (slated to open in fall 2018). While the hotel’s primary purpose is to serve the rock and pop bands and production crews that practice at neighboring Rock Lititz, the everyday traveler can kick their feet up there too. To add an extra splash of uniqueness and a “backstage” vibe, many of the decorations and furniture will be crafted out of repurposed gear cases, tech items and the like.

Want to experience life in a tiny house, without abandoning your not-so-tiny house lifestyle? Tiny Estates, opening this spring, could give you that experience! The former Ridge Run Campground in Elizabethtown will soon be outfitted with half a dozen tiny houses for visitors to stay in, giving them a taste of minimalist living.

Top Soup Spots in Lancaster according to

Best Soup Spots in Lancaster according to Yelp

No matter the weather, isn’t it always just the best to compliment your meal with a warm cup of soup? In Lancaster, there are tons of great restaurants, but here, we’re recommending the top restaurants to visit in Lancaster when you want to order soup.

The first four on our list below are part of the top 10 on, a website that allows real users to write reviews on the best businesses in town – from burgers and hotdogs to soup and sandwiches.

1. Zoup!
At Zoup!, you’ll find twelve, always rotating daily varieties of soup, each served with a hunk of freshly baked bread. Customer top picks include Chicken Potpie, Lobster Bisque and Vegetarians Split Pea – but find your own favorite by sampling soups before you order. You will also find sandwiches and salad on their menu.

2. Tom + Chee
Soooooup! What better to pair with your grilled cheese on a cold day (or a hot one) than soup. With seasonal soups like the Blue Cheese Chili or Tomato Gazpacho, you’re sure to find a pairing that you’ll love. Or you can always get the classic favorites like Classic Tomato or Creamy Tomato Basil.

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3. Ploy Thai Kitchen
What better way to warm your belly than Thai soup. If you’re looking or a little kick to add to your meal, order the Tom Yum Shrimp Soup. My personal favorite is Tom Kha Chicken Soup, made with coconut milk, mushrooms, lemongrass and lime juice. Whatever you choose, pair it with some Thai Dumplings or Crab Ragoon.

4.  Saladworks
Looking to eat healthy in the New Year? Why not head to Saladworks and pair your favorite salad with a delicious, warm, filling soup. Two fan favorites are the Turkey Sausage and Kale and the Chicken Tortilla.

Here are some more of our personal favorite soup spots you may want to check out:

5. Isaac’s Restaurants
Isaac’s soup is so delicious that they have a soup calendar each month that you can check out to see if they have your favorite today – and during the months of January, February & March, Isaac’s donates one gallon of soup to a local soup kitchen or shelter for every 100 cups of soup they sell. So warm up your belly, and contribute to warming someone else’s too! Local favorite? The pepperjack tomato soup.

6.  Annie Bailey’s Irish Public House
In the heart of Downtown Lancaster, you don’t want to miss out on some deliciousness in their seasonal menu and the warm, authentic Irish Pub atmosphere. Our personal favorites is the Five Onion Bisque, made with Irish ale, cream, and bleu cheese croutons. If you’re thinking of French Onion, it’s nothing like that – the cream makes it a thick, rich consistency, and the blue cheese croutons add the perfect crunch.

7.  The Brasserie
Looking for a homey setting to sit by the fire and dine? Head over to the Brasserie, which literally was a home, built back in 1925. Whether you’re stopping in for lunch or dinner, enjoy their famous tomato bisque. In the warmer weather, ask to be seated on their back deck and enjoy the breeze.

8.  Commonwealth on Queen
A trendy farm-to-table spot in Downtown Lancaster, Commonwealth on Queen features two soups daily – black bean soup (vegetarian & gluten free) and a soup of the day – both made from scratch, with love, and served with homemade bread. If you get their early, you can snag one of the armchairs by the fire place.

9.  Café Chocolate
Head into Lititz for a globally inspired menu featuring homemade soups like Mulligatawny Soup (lentils, chickpeas, tomatoes & broth), Portuguese Chicken & Rice, and West African Peanut Chowder. And true to their name, you’ll find everything chocolate – hot chocolate, chocolate dipped fruit, chocolate crepes, chocolate cake & truffles, and you can even try chili made with chocolate.

10.  Tomato Pie Café
Here’s another favorite in Downtown Lititz – a restaurant with a simple, but artful menu, and lots of charm. The flavors, textures, home cooked comfort and savory spice combine in each dish to give your world a vibrant, fresh perspective on food. They live by the motto “everything tastes better with friends,” so grab a few friends, and head on over for a warm conversation over a warm cup of soup.

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.

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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.

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