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Older newlyweds seek most picturesque drive around Lancaster

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Older newlyweds seek most picturesque drive around Lancaster

We're a 48-55 newlywed couple enjoying our 2nd round of fun. We've both "been there-done that" in Lancaster... the Amish tours, shopping, Sight and Sound (too preachy!) yada, yada. We are staying in a bed and breakfast the weekend after Father's Day and would like to take a drive through some of the most awe-striking scenery the area has to offer. Off the beaten path? No problem. Just tell us how to get there. But we are not the type who are hiking nature lovers... we want to drive by and appreciate, take a few photos. Locals, we bow to your expertise. Many thanks.

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1. Re: Older newlyweds seek most picturesque drive around Lancaster

Well, first, when you mention photos, I hope you know not to take pictures of Amish people- against their beliefs. Farms and buggys are fine.

As you should know the scenery is mostly beautiful farmland-so not awe-striking-but very bucolic and peaceful

The tourist website www.padutchcountry.com has several driving tours oriented towards visiting covered bridges. Click on the "ITINERARY IDEAS" drop down menu and choose 'Covered Bridges"

There are 3 tours each visitin at least 3 covered bridges. There are tourist stops include which you can visit or skip, based on your preferences.

Some other ideas Strasburg Scooters runs a scooter tour of the Amish farmland around Strasburg. We have not done this (we will try to this year), but it gets universally high reviews and the area they tour is attractive and largely untouristy.

The Mennonite information Center www.menoniteinfoctr.com runs tours where a Mennonite guide rides in your car, directing you to Amish businesses on the backroads. . The guides are knowledgeable and respectful of the Amish and there is some ability to customize stops based on your preferences.

My three favorite Amish/Old Order Mennoite busineses are:

1. Riehls Quilts East Eby Road. The largest Amish owned quilt and craft shop. Good prices (but still not cheap). locared on the Riehl's farm

2. Countryside Roadstand Stumptown Road (about a mile south of Riehls). Extrememly gbood soft pretzels, and a good selection of Crafts, baked goods and preserves at reasonable prices. On an Amish farm

3. Lapp Valley Farm Ice Cream Mentzer Road . Run by an Old Order Mennonite Family. Excellent ice cream made on the farm from their own Jersey cows milk. Ther creamiest I have ever had


All of these are reviewed on Trip Advisor. All are, of course, closed Sunday.

Hope this helps.

Edited: 11 June 2014, 12:02
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2. Re: Older newlyweds seek most picturesque drive around Lancaster

Agree with Brookquarry on the point that around Lancater County the scenery is not "awe striking", but farmland. If you want something more awe striking, you will have to go a little more northwest.

I'll give you 2 ideas - one around Amish farmland and 1 with more awe striking scenery.

First the Amish route.

Don't know where you are staying so you will have to figure out how to get to this loop. I'll start in Strausberg.

Take 896 north to 340 east.

340 east to 772 south or east.

772 to 30 east (briefly) to 41 south to Gap.

41 south to 741 east back to Strasburg.

It's about a 24 mile loop.

Something a little more awe striking that gets you into the Blue Mountains.

If you are staying south or east of Lancaster, take route 30 west to route 72 north.

Take 72 north to 117 toward Mt. Gretna.

When you get to the bottom of the ramp, turn right toward Cornwall. This becomes Burd Coleman Road.

Right after some garages and around a bend, turn right on Rexmont Road.

This will take you to the historic Cornwall Iron Furnace and Cornwall Ore Banks.

Return via the same route to route 117 to Mt. Gretna.

Stop in at the Jigger shop for some ice cream and stroll around the area.

Continue on route 117 north. There will be a right turn at a stop sign onto Mt. Wilson Rd.

After passing a gas station/convienence store and a stone house on the left, turn right onto Mine Road. There is a barn on the corner.

You will climb up the ridge to the high point in the area where a TV tower is. This will eventually bring you back to 117.

Turn left on 117 and then right onto route 72 south.

This is about a 40 mile route.

Cornwall Iron Furnace


Cornwall Ore Banks


The ore banks now look like a big lake. It was an open pit ore mine that operated until 1972. The pit is several hundred feet deep.

The Jigger Shop


Edited: 11 June 2014, 14:45
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3. Re: Older newlyweds seek most picturesque drive around Lancaster

One additional place in the Mt. Gretna area.

The Park at Governor Dick.


I know you said you weren't into nature and hiking, but there may be something of interest there for you.

From the Jigger shop, turn right back onto route 117 and turn right onto Pinch Road.

THen you can take Pinch Rod to Cider Press Road.

Turn left onto Cider Press Road.

Cider Press Road turn left onto route 72 south.

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4. Re: Older newlyweds seek most picturesque drive around Lancaster

Thank you, wise friends. Your advice is spectacular... just what we wanted. And of course we always honor the Amish lifestyle by not photographing them.

Enjoy a wonderful summer.

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