The area known colloquially as Amish country lies in the heart of Lancaster County, where residents live and work with deep-rooted traditions and a simple way of life that feels welcoming and timeless.
Conveniently, it is possible to visit without using a car.
These photos document a 48-hour trip from Philadelphia to the Amish country, capturing the adventure of enjoying a local inn, buggy rides through farms, a hot air balloon corn maze, local markets, and lots of handmade goodies.
A quick note: Although Amish culture advises against taking photographs, most don’t mind if visitors openly or anonymously take them, especially in tourist areas as shown here.
The Amtrak train to Lancaster takes just 55 minutes from the 30th Street Station in Philly and arrives in Lancaster. There are plenty of opportunities to shop and eat before a quick 20-minute corporate trip to Amish country.
Bird-in-Hand, which is centrally located, is home to about 400 residents, and has no stop lights (also, no crosswalks). The quaint village is located on Old Philadelphia Pike (Route 340). It is located just west of Intercourse, with Paradise, Pennsylvania, accessible from the south.
The accommodations at Bird-in-Hand Village Inn and Suites speak to the rich history of this area. Legend has it that the village and inn got their name in 1734 after two men surveying the local highway found a crude log inn near the Conestoga wagon station and decided that “a bird in the hand is better than two in the bush” because they needed a place to stay for the night.
The inn built by William Macnab became known as the Bird in the Hand, and the village had a name. Destroyed in a fire in 1852, the inn was promptly rebuilt and still exudes its original charm with unique details in each of its rooms. Owned by the Smucker family since 1911, the Bird-in-Hand Village Inn & Suites is located on the site of the original tavern.
When you visit this small destination, you’ll find plenty of dining, outdoor activities, country shopping, and plenty more to explore.
Enter the unique world of Triple Houses, where generations live together, strengthening close-knit family bonds. Meet Jake, a former Amish guide, and his trusty steed, Duke, as they effortlessly navigate the Old Philadelphia Pike District. Don’t miss indulging in Bird-in-Hand Bakery & Café’s delicious offerings, from “kids”-sized scoops of peach ice cream to huge shareable “Long John” cakes, and gluten-free options too. And discover the dedication of Amish farmers as they grow soybeans and corn on their land, maintaining their self-sufficient way of life.
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