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5 REASONS TO VISIT LANCASTER

5 REASONS TO VISIT LANCASTER

From the Amish to the arts, an energetic city life and exquisite cuisine, you’ll expect the unexpected in Pennsylvania’s Dutch Country. Welcome to Lancaster.

Image courtesy of Discover Lancaster

Image courtesy of Discover Lancaster

1. THE THEATRE

Three world-class performing arts centers call Lancaster home. The Ware Center is a venue for Millersville University’s Department of Visual & Performing Arts. Built in 1852, The Fulton Theatre hosts broadway shows such as Jersey Boys and Evita. The ornate, historic landmark was saved from the wrecking ball and reopened in 1995 after being restored to its original Victorian elegance.

The American Music Theatre also hosts broadway tours, as well as music concerts, comedy acts and family-friendly entertainment.

2. THE ART

Join in on Lancaster’s highly popular arts extravaganza, First Friday, each and every First Friday, evenings from 5-9. You’ll be swept up in the creative energy that pervades the city. Discover innovative exhibitions, performances and maybe a few surprises as you walk the tree-lined streets amongst distinctively historic architecture.

Eclectic shopping boutiques complement the art galleries, artisan studios, museums, performing groups and art college that comprise Lancaster’s arts community. There’s nothing like a First Friday in downtown Lancaster! Upcoming dates can be found here.

3. THE COCKTAILS

For an elegant French-American fine dining experience unlike any other, look no further than Amorette, located right in the heart of downtown Lancaster. Relax in the chic, lush lounge area with a handcrafted cocktail. Sip and savor an “Amorette Classique,” like the Black Smoked Manhattan—concocted with Jim Beam Black Extra-Aged Bourbon Whiskey, Pedro Ximenez Sherry, Dry Vermouth, Angostura Bitters and Mezcal Mist.

Amorette brings you an innovative, eclectic menu featuring the finest quality seasonal ingredients available in a sophisticated urban atmosphere. The refined cuisine by Michelin-trained chefs are executed to perfection and bring you dishes such as Jamison Farm Lamb or Chickpea Panisse, to name a few.

Hungry yet?

4. THE ARCHITECTURE

Built in 1828 by an unknown architect, Wheatland was once the home of President James Buchanan. Having been beautifully restored, it is now open to the public for tours that provide a glimpse into the president's life, memorabilia and artifacts. Conrad Beissel, founder of Ephrata Cloister, came to the site in 1732 seeking to live as a hermit following his own religious ideas. By the early 1750s, nearly 80 celibate brothers and sisters were housed in impressive Germanic log, stone and half-timbered buildings—while nearly 200 family members known as “householders,” occupied nearby homes and farms. During the American Revolution, Ephrata Cloister served as a hospital for nearly 260 American soldiers, some of whom rest in the Mount Zion cemetery overlooking the historic grounds.

Rock Ford Plantation was built in 1793 by Edward Hand, who at the time was Adjutant General to George Washington during the American Revolution. At the war’s end he entered politics as a Federalist. He served in Congress, the Pennsylvania General Assembly and was elected Burgess of Lancaster. Rock Ford Plantation is widely considered to be one of the most important examples of Georgian domestic architecture surviving in Pennsylvania and the most intact building predating 1800 in Lancaster County.

5. THE HISTORY

In the 1700s shipload after shipload of German immigrants landed in the colonial port of Philadelphia. Pennsylvania Germans made up 40% of the southeastern Pennsylvania population by 1790. These immigrants and their descendants created a distinct culture with folk traditions, decorative arts, and a language (Pennsylvania German) based upon their Germanic heritage. As Americans, they continued to use patterns from their homeland in erecting buildings, decorating their furniture, pottery making and in practicing their folkways.

Image courtesy of Discover Lancaster

Image courtesy of Discover Lancaster

Over 90% of the German immigrants became farmers in Southeastern Pennsylvania, a region known as the “Breadbasket of America.” In Lancaster County, farmers employed many of the most advanced agricultural techniques tilling some of America’s most fertile land. For an authentic immersion in early Pennsylvania German life (1740-1940), visit Landis Valley Village & Farm Museum, which features interactive demonstrations from tinsmiths, blacksmiths and tavern keepers in period costume.

5 REASONS TO VISIT CALGARY

5 REASONS TO VISIT CALGARY

5 REASONS TO VISIT PITTSBURGH

5 REASONS TO VISIT PITTSBURGH