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Lancaster, Pennsylvania: The Return to a Childhood Favorite

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An August 2004 trip to Lancaster by Troobabiee7

Lancaster Host Resort Photo, Lancaster, Pennsylvania More Photos
Quote: After visiting Lancaster many times as a child, this was my first visit as an adult. While I still loved Hershey Park and the other fun attractions, I was astounded by the beauty and tranquility of Amish Country now more than ever.

Road Trip to Lancaster

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Lancaster Road Trip Photo, Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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I love a good road trip. There's nothing like rolling the windows down, cranking the music up, and hitting the wide, open road... even if it's just for a three hour trip. This was my family's first real vacation in a few years, after getting our Shih-Tzu a few years earlier and not being sure of how to travel with her. We finally figured that we might as well bring her along, drive to our destination and stay in a pet-friendly hotel. This trip was sort of a trial-run for a bigger trip to Florida we were planning for the next year, so we wanted to go somewhere close and familiar. What better place than Lancaster, Pennsylvania, a gorgeous town we'd already visited countless times and really loved? ...Read More

Lancaster Host Resort

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Hotel | "Beautiful Grounds With Superior-Sized Rooms"

Lancaster Host Resort Photo, Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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Our first impression of the resort was the exterior and the large sign which welcomes you on Lincoln Highway East, amongst the many other hotels and restaurants on the same strip. The hotel looked a little bit outdated on the outside so I wasn't sure what to expect when we went inside. We walked into the lobby to check in and I absolutely loved it! It's all marble with warm lighting, chandeliers, a large lounge, a concierge out-cove with brochures and small restaurant cards, a large seating area with a fireplace and more. I traveled with my family, including my 3-year old cousin, and right next to the front desk was a play area for kids with a rocking chair, rocking horse, table and chairs and a toy c...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 12, 2009

Lancaster Host Resort
2300 LINCOLN HIGHWAY EAST
Lancaster, Pennsylvania 17602
717-299-5500

Cactus Willie's Steak Buffet and Bakery

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Restaurant | "Great Food at a Great Price"

Cactus Willie's Steak Buffet and Bakery Photo, Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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I was searching online for some new restaurant choices in Lancaster when I came upon the Cactus Willie Steak Buffet and Bakery. There weren't many reviews available but we took a risk and tried it out. Coming from our hotel we had to drive through some pretty rough areas of Lancaster to get to the restaurant. I had no idea that there were actually "rough" parts of Lancaster, but there they were! Luckily the drive was quick and the restaurant was in a better, more tourist-friendly part of town.It was relatively crowded when we arrived so they seated our table of seven in the large empty room at the back of the restaurant. It was bright, spacious and clean, and we loved having the room ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 12, 2009

Cactus Willie's Steak Buffet and Bakery
101 Rohrerstown Rd
Lancaster 17603
(717) 391-7060

Wonderland Mini-Golf

Attraction | "A Small, Family-Friendly Miniature Golf Course"

Wonderland Mini-Golf Photo, Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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Miniature golf was always a tradition of ours while on vacation, so we decided to continue that tradition on our first night in Lancaster. We had noticed a small miniature golf course in front of the Dutch Wonderland Amusement park, right across the street from our hotel, so we drove over there after dinner. We decided to skip Dutch Wonderland on this trip since Mike and I were too old for it and Alison wouldn't know the difference, but it was always a lot of fun when we were little. By now it was 7:00 and the sun was setting. It was gorgeous! We went in to pay and get our golf clubs, but first we stopped at the small arcade in front of the main building. Alison went on a Garfield quarter ride w...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 14, 2009

Wonderland Mini-Golf
2249 Lincoln Highway East
Lancaster 17602
(717) 393-3679

Bird-in-Hand Bakeshop

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Restaurant | "The Best Bakery in Town!"

Bird-in-Hand Bakeshop Photo, Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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On our second day in Lancaster we were planning on checking out the Amish attractions, villages and shops in the area. We were going to go to Kitchen Kettle Village, a small village of stores and bakeries that we always went to when we were younger. When my dad ran into the lobby to get a map of the area, though, the Concierge told him that there was a nice bakery in the nearby town of Bird-In-Hand so we decided to drive over there. It was a fifteen-minute ride through the back roads of Amish country and it was absolutely gorgeous! Although we had been to Lancaster many times before, I was always too young to really acknowledge and appreciate the Amish culture. The past few months I had been watc...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 14, 2009

Bird-in-Hand Bakeshop
542 Gibbons Rd.
Lancaster, Pennsylvania 17505
(717) 656-7947

Friendly's

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Restaurant | "Who Doesn't Love a Little Friendly's?"

Friendly's Photo, Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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Friendly's is another one of our vacation traditions. We don't have any near us here in New York City, so we always make sure to go while on vacation. It's a fun, family-friendly place with classic American food. What could be better? I'm a big advocate of trying the local restaurants while traveling, and getting a taste of the local cuisine, but we wanted something quick and delicious after a long day out and Friendly's always fits the bill. There are many branches of this chain restaurant located all throughout the country, and there was luckily one right down the road from our hotel. We drove over there on the second night of the trip. It was crowded but quiet, and we were seated right away....Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 14, 2009

Friendly's
2150 Lincoln Highway East
Lancaster 17602
(717) 299-6184

Lapp's Family Restaurant

Restaurant | "A Simple, Family-Friendly Buffet"

Lapp's Family Restaurant Photo, Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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On our second morning in Lancaster we decided to go out for breakfast at a family buffet we'd passed several times on our trips up and down Lincoln Highway East. It was called Lapp's Family Restaurant and was located just a block away from our hotel. We had never heard of it before and didn't have a chance to look up any reviews, but we took a chance and decided to check it out. We headed over there at 9:00 and it was relatively crowded with family's filling up for the day. It smelled delicious in there though, and we didn't mind the ten-minute wait to be seated! Once we were seated at a big table in the middle of the restaurant, our waitress came over in no time to take our drink ord...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on January 14, 2009

Lapp's Family Restaurant
2270 Lincoln Highway East
Lancaster 17602
(717) 394-1606

Hershey's Chocolate World

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Attraction | "Hershey's Chocolate World... How Sweet It Is!"

Hershey's Chocolate World Photo, Hershey, Pennsylvania
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Hershey Park is one of the most famous and popular theme parks in America. It's known for it's roller coasters, chocolate characters and family-friendly attractions, but what most people don't know is that there's a whole separate side of Hershey Park called Hershey's Chocolate World. It's located next to the theme park and houses a series of rides, shows, attractions and stores, most of which are free of charge. It's not big enough for an all-day excursion, but it's not to be missed if you have an extra hour or two to spare before or after your day at Hershey Park.Coming from Lancaster, it took us about an hour to get to Hershey, Pennsylvania on the third day of our trip. All of the "...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 14, 2009

Hershey's Chocolate World
251 Park Boulevard
Hershey, Pennsylvania 17033
(717) 534-4900

Hershey Park

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Attraction | "Hershey Park: The Sweetest Place on Earth!"

Hershey Park Photo, Hershey, Pennsylvania
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Hershey Park is known as America's cleanest and greenest theme park, as well as the "Sweetest Place on Earth," and they're right on both accounts! I've been going to Hershey Park since my family's very first vacation back in 1990, and we've always had nothing but a good time. The rides are thrilling, the staff is friendly and the food's good. What more could you ask for? We had high hopes for this year's trip to Hershey Park since we hadn't been there in years, and we were anxious to get on as many rides as we could.After doing some shopping at Hershey's Chocolate World next door, we remembered Hershey Park being within walking distance from our last trip. We weren't sure though, so w...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 14, 2009

Hershey Park
100 W. Hersheypark Drive
Hershey, Pennsylvania 17033
1-800-HERSHEY

Perkin's

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Restaurant | "Delicious Breakfast With All the Sides"

Perkin's Photo, Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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On the last day of our trip we wanted to go somewhere special for breakfast. So where did we decide to go? Perkins! Haha! No, not exactly anything special, but this was before I became an over-the-top planner who seeks out different and unique places to go while on vacation. Plus we love Perkins, so it all worked out. Perkin's is a chain restaurant along the lines of Denny's and IHOP. They have great breakfasts with all the sides included available all day, as well as sandwiches, burgers and salads. The best part of Perkin's really are the sides - everything you order comes with a whole array of fresh and delicious side dishes, making the place a real bargain. Plus each restaurant has a great...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 14, 2009

Perkin's
2175 Lincoln Highway East
Perkin's 17602
(717) 392-7801