Lancaster County in the Fall Vacation (Part 2)
Today, learn more about a Lancaster County in the fall vacation. This is part two of the two part series.
LANCASTER COUNTY IN THE FALL VACATION
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’.
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
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!
To the left and up the stairs was the room that I stayed in. I had the whole upstairs to myself. 🙂
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’. :’-)
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!)
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! 😉
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’.
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. 😉
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…
This is where I make up for all the photos I didn’t take on day four!
Outside, there was all kinds of sites, including street players!
The architecture was historical and gorgeous!
As we entered the Central Market, we were greeted by all kinds of farmer’s market ‘fare’.
The market has been going strong since 1730! Can you imagine what it was like almost 300 years ago???
My favorite stand was where I found the gourmet biscotti. I may have bought one of each!!! (Well, not quite.)
By far, my favorite photo of the day, and maybe the whole week… Bobby, Yvonne, and me!
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!
I’m not sure if we have anything similar to this in So Cal, but it would do GREAT here!
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…
And then you looked down the alley to see this…
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? 😉
After going on market, we visited more of historical Lancaster.
This historical home had a HUGE cornucopia in front. I thought it was lovely!
And this house was just so pretty, too!
There were so many lovely sites… this was one of the historical streets that had ‘row’ homes.
In the evening, we relaxed and watched a Christmas movie!
Day Six of Lancaster, PA in the Fall
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, we had a light lunch of sandwiches and fruit and watched the movie “Sing”. It was so much fun!
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!
So many lovely items!
We also visited the original Stonegable home.
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!
Beautiful pics and a fabulous trip. Thanks for sharing!
Thanks, Melan… it was a wonderful and blessed visit!
What a wonderful adventure, Julie. So glad to hear that you had a great time with Yvonne and Bobby. They are delightful people.
Yes… it was truly a magical time!
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,
Thanks so much for those suggestions, Suzanne! Maybe next time, Yvonne and I can plan on visiting colonial PA!
I so much enjoyed every single picture that you shared. You certainly had a wonderful trip!
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!
That market looks lovely and what a beautiful home your friend has!
Thanks, Joannne! Is this your first time being introduced to Stonegable? She’s one of the pioneers of decor blogging. 🙂
Glad you enjoyed our lovely home county. Philadelphia is a must with the history and the arts.
I will definitely visit more of Philly if the Lord sees fit to let me visit again! 😉
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!
I had no idea you were so close, Lois! Maybe next time we can meet up!
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! 🦃
Great pictures of your trip Julie! I know I already told you, but I’m so happy that you got to take this trip and spend quality time with Yvonne!
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.
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!
Oh, dear friend! We had such a glorious time! And I wish you could come right back. You captured the beauty and history of my beloved Lancaster so well. Your visit is one I cherish! xo
We did have an amazing time! Wish we were neighbors! Love ya!