For every slice of shoo-fly pie in Dutch Country Roads, there’s a soufflé with lemongrass essence and kaffir lime crème anglaise. The region’s time-honored attractions pair nicely with their contemporary counterparts. Shop Amish Country and the Lancaster arts scene. Check out Civil War sites and Corvette car shows. Eat your way through Hershey’s sweet family fun and the farm-to-fork dining scene. Work it all off with a hike on the Appalachian Trail, watch the fall raptor migration, or row yourself out on the glassy, flat waters of the Susquehanna.
Feast on foods from Central PA or “Tuscany of the East Coast,” as they call it at The Millworks. Sample a smorgasbord of hearty foods at Hershey Farm Restaurant & Inn (think made-from-scratch soups and the farm’s own red beat eggs). Casual dining gets stylish at Fenz Restaurant & Latenight, where classics such as the portabella are remastered with a crisp polenta stack and tofu boursin. Dine on modern Mediterranean at Victor’s, housed in a renovated 19th-century church.
Go for the ... Slower Pace
Take a break from being behind the wheel and listen to the clip-clop of horses on a buggy ride through Amish farmland. Various tours will take you past an Amish one-room schoolhouse, a Mennonite craft store, or a bakeshop, all while graciously answering questions about Amish culture.
Keystoner Tip: Go back in time – or at least feel like you have – at Landis Valley Village & Farm Museum, where you can get a first-person interpretation of Pennsylvania German life.