Lancaster County in the Fall Vacation (Part 2)

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Today, learn more about a Lancaster County in the fall vacation. This is part two of the two part series.


Have you ever visiting Lancaster County, PA in the fall?

Have you ever dreamed about it?

Well, if you’ve seen the movies “Witness” or “Saving Sarah Cain” (just to name two that have been filmed in Lancaster County), you just may have daydreamed about visiting ‘Amish Country’.

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Well, my dream came true this past October when I went to visit my sweet friend, Yvonne from Stonegable.

To get the skinny on how it all started, take a look at Part One of visiting Lancaster County in the fall.

But for today… let’s pick up where we left off.

Day Four of Lancaster County in the Fall Vacation

The Morning

We woke up on Friday morning with not a whole lot planned. Which was okay with both Yvonne and me!

We had coffee and a light breakfast and worked on our blogs.

Oh… and I took some time to get my own photos of Tanglewood!

photo of tanglewood living room
The great room is as lovely as Yvonne shows on her blog!

To the left and up the stairs was the room that I stayed in. I had the whole upstairs to myself. πŸ™‚

vacation in lancaster county collage part 2 dining room area
fall vignette on wood surface
This was my favorite vignette in the great room. Love those bunny tails! πŸ˜‰
vacation in lancaster county collage part 2 sun room with furniture
We spent evenings in the sunroom watching movies and sharing a treat or two!
aerial view of light and bright living room
close-up of vase with bunny tails
vignette of hydrangeas on cabinet with clock and basket

This morning, I also was privileged to meet Yvonne’s dear friend and assistant, Katie.

Again, no photo (Ugh!)… but Katie and I really hit-it-off in the short time we were able to visit. When I said good-bye to her, I actually got choked up… knowing that she and I could be ‘bosom friends’. :’-)

The Afternoon

At lunch time, we decided to run a couple of errands, which included going to the little specialty butcher shop to pick up some yummy sausage for dinner on Sunday!

Then we decided to pick up some Chick-fil-A and head on over to Yvonne’s son’s house and visit with him and his two children (mama was gone to a conference). (Unfortunately, no pics… but it was a blessing for sure!)

The Evening

In the evening, I was blessed to be taken to dinner at Greenside Grill where I had my first taste of pork schnitzel and spaetzle. I was NOT disappointed! So yummy!

But the highlight of the evening was sharing the meal with a married couple that have been good friends with Yvonne and Bobby for many years… Fran and Franz Braun.

Yep… you read that right! They were as sweet as their names! πŸ˜‰

Again, I missed getting a photo… I don’t know where my head was this day! But the evening will not be soon forgotten, filled with good food and great fellowship amongst the five of us!

The next day had LOTS of plans, so when we got home, we all retired.

Day Five of Vacationing in Lancaster County

A Special Morning

Saturday mornings are special because Bobby likes to make a big breakfast for all who happen to be in the house! Whether it’s just Yvonne, or filled with family and friends, Bobby likes to do it all!

And what a yummy breakfast it was… eggs, bacon, toast and coffee. Such a treat!

After cleaning up, we piled into Bobby’s truck and went ‘on market’.

The Afternoon

Yep, that’s what I said. “On market”.

I learned from Yvonne and Bobby that you don’t say ‘going to market’ in Lancaster… you say, “we’re going on market”. I have no idea why. πŸ˜‰

Now, before YOU decide to go ‘on market’, be sure you wear some comfy shoes… maybe some Crocs? And you just may want to do some research on Baya Crocs vs Classic Crocs.

The Central Market was located in the city of Lancaster, and it held SO many activities and lovely things to see…

vacation in lancaster county part 2 central market sign in city

This is where I make up for all the photos I didn’t take on day four!

fountain in city
Isn’t this fountain gorgeous?

Outside, there was all kinds of sites, including street players!

visiting lancaster county in the fall brick central market building with street player

The architecture was historical and gorgeous!

central market sign carved into brick building
visiting lancaster county in the fall architectural detail on white building
I loved the detail on this building!

As we entered the Central Market, we were greeted by all kinds of farmer’s market ‘fare’.

visiting lancaster county in the fall farmers market butcher counter
visiting lancaster county in the fall floral stand in market
There were two floral stands, both with amazing flowers and greenery!
st johns wort berries in cannister with purple flowers

The market has been going strong since 1730! Can you imagine what it was like almost 300 years ago???

visiting lancaster county in the fall founding sign with market stand owner

My favorite stand was where I found the gourmet biscotti. I may have bought one of each!!! (Well, not quite.)

woman buying biscotti at the market with saleswoman
I had biscotti for breakfast each morning, and maybe for dessert a night or two! πŸ˜‰
visiting lancaster county in the fall industrial ceiling architecture
Amazing architecture!

By far, my favorite photo of the day, and maybe the whole week… Bobby, Yvonne, and me!

photo of three dear friends at market

More Afternoon Adventures in Lancaster County

After we left the market, we visited Seasons Olive Oil and Vinegar Taproom.

Have you ever visited a vinegar taproom? It was amazing. We actually did a vinegar tasting, kinda the same as a wine tasting. It sounds crazy, but it was amazing, so fun, and super yummy!

store window of seasons

I’m not sure if we have anything similar to this in So Cal, but it would do GREAT here!

visiting lancaster county in the fall kettles of gourmet vinegar

I came home with a gifted bottle of pomegranate vinegar, and I can’t wait to use it in a vinaigrette and more!

Just down the street we found this lovely memorial/statue…

statue on bench

And then you looked down the alley to see this…

alley with greenery archway and brick
Do you see the lovely sight at the end of the walkway???

I felt like it was rude to take photos of the Amish people in the city. However, it just seemed like this Amish elder was asking for a photo to be taken.

What do you think? πŸ˜‰

visiting lancaster county in the fall amish man on bench

After going on market, we visited more of historical Lancaster.

lancaster prison
Can you believe this is the prison?

This historical home had a HUGE cornucopia in front. I thought it was lovely!

visiting lancaster county in the fall historical home with cornucopia in front

And this house was just so pretty, too!

brick historical home in lancaster

There were so many lovely sites… this was one of the historical streets that had ‘row’ homes.

visiting lancaster county in the fall historical row homes
I must really like black shutters!

In the evening, we relaxed and watched a Christmas movie!

Day Six of Lancaster, PA in the Fall

The Morning

Sunday morning, we visited Yvonne and Bobby’s son’s church. It was a blessed time of worship and being taught from the Word of God.

The Afternoon

The afternoon, we had a light lunch of sandwiches and fruit and watched the movie “Sing”. It was so much fun!

The Evening

In the evening, one of Yvonne’s good friends, Donna, came over and Yvonne made us a scrumptious fall meal of stuffed acorn squash (remember that sausage we bought a couple days earlier?)! What a treat!

Then, we binge-watched “When Comes the Heart”, and commented and giggled through the night! (We may have even had a biscotti for dessert!) Donna was another ‘kindred spirit’ for sure!

The Final Full Day at Stonegable/Tanglewood

The last full day in Lancaster County included re-visiting one of Yvonne’s decor haunts, Cacalico Creek.

There were so many lovely items to see… and buy! Here is where I purchased a few gifts to take home, and even an item or two for My Wee Abode!

photo of friends in front of decor store
visiting lancaster county in the fall jingle bells and greenery on arch
If you look closely, you can see there are jingle bells inside the jingle bells!
ornament and beads on table setting

So many lovely items!

visiting lancaster county in the fall decor display for christmas
bowl of sparkly ornaments

We also visited the original Stonegable home.

visiting lancaster county in the fall photo of stonegable
photo of stonegable 2

I had to take photos while driving by, as the new owner was in the driveway! Hehe!

Then we stopped and met Bobby at a nearby restaurant for dinner, followed by a relaxing evening at home at Tanglewood.

Final Thoughts on Visiting Lancaster County in the Fall

I really couldn’t have asked for a better vacation than the week spent in Lancaster County with the Pratts. They were AMAZING hosts, and we all agreed that it was easy spending a whole week together (which sometimes, that ain’t easy… Oh, sorry, Yvonne… I mean sometimes it ISN’T easy! Hehe!)

Be sure to let me know if you have a trip to Lancaster planned for your future. And, if you’ve visited other hot-spots in PA, share those in the comments, too!

By the way, if you are looking to do more ‘world’ traveling, take a look at this crazy bucket list for more ideas!

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  1. The city of Lancaster is very much like the Old City in Philadelphia. Very lovely homes with bricked or cobble stone streets. PA has a lot of great historic places to enjoy: Gettysburg, Valley Forge, the city of Philadelphia and so many others. I’ve lived in PA all of my life and haven’t seen everything.
    I enjoyed the beautiful pictures and the details of your trip.
    Thanks for sharing.
    A blessed Thanksgiving to you and your family,

    1. It was amazing… I’m still learning when and what to take photos of during travel. This last year is the first year I have traveled like this!

    1. Thanks, Joannne! Is this your first time being introduced to Stonegable? She’s one of the pioneers of decor blogging. πŸ™‚

  2. Lancaster is one of our favorite places to visit as well. We’re only about 90 minutes away and my husband did his reserve training there for the last couple of years. Thanks for sharing. I found a few new places to visit on our next trip!

  3. It looks like you had a lovely time in Lancaster Julie! It’s really a beautiful town. And it was special to be with your sweet friend! Happy Thanksgiving! πŸ¦ƒ

  4. Hello!
    You are absolutely right, Lancaster, Pa. is beautiful whenever I feel like escaping from NJ this is my spot, Lancaster. I love spending time at “Treasures,” listening to music and enjoying hot chocolate with a biscuit. I hope you had a wonderful time here. I was in Lancaster two weeks before Thanksgiving Day and got to visit “Sight & Sound,” my husband and I enjoy watching “Queen Esther,” this was an amazing experience. But we were staying in Lititz, Pa. a real nice little town as well.

    1. How fun, Michelle! Yes, we saw Queen Esther, as well! It was such a blessing, and an experience! Thanks for sharing your fun! Loved Treasures!

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