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PENNSYLVANIA DUTCH COUNTRY


Inn at Reading is conveniently located within an easy drive to numerous regional attractions. From our Reading Hotels central location, you can be in either Philadelphia or the historic state capital of Harrisburg within 50 minutes. Visit Hershey Park, home to the Hershey Chocolate factory just a quick 30 minute drive northwest!

There are dozens of cultural and historic attractions as well as novelty boutiques to see while you're here!

   

Your stay at Inn at Reading would not be complete without a 30 minute drive to neighboring Lancaster County! Often referred to as Pennsylvania Dutch country, Lancaster County is best known for its tranquil farmland, covered bridges, Amish settlements and rich Colonial history.

Lancaster County can be covered in any direction in about an hour's drive, making it the perfect place to explore during your visit. The peaceful land invites you to take your time and enjoy a slower pace of life. There's no need to hurry here! Along the road you may see Amish neighbors driving horse and buggy, working their fields or selling wares at many of their fine hand-crafted gift shops.

The Amish are deeply devout in their faith and follow a literal interpretation of the Bible. They believe in separating themselves from the world, and most do not use modern conveniences, such as electricity, cars, or telephones. The Amish are strongly committed to family and neighbors. A friendly, but private people, we ask that you respect their chosen way of life and also refrain from photographing


them (as photos identifying faces violate their principles for humility and honoring God). Many Amish have opened their farms and homes to public tours, a fascinating way to see life today as it was in the early 1900's.

In addition to the Amish lifestyle, there are a variety of fun and romantic things to do in Lancaster County. History plays a major role in this land, much of it well preserved. The oldest Mennonite house is found here, as well as U.S. President Buchanan's homestead. There are 28 still-standing covered bridges-more than anywhere in the U.S.! Take an Amish buggy ride, get a view of the land in a hot air balloon, treat the kids to an amusement park, explore the Choo Choo Barn Traintown U.S.A.-a train themed experience for all ages, or take a train ride through the county on the steam engine Strasburg Railroad.

You cannot visit Lancaster County without tasting the traditional Pennsylvania Dutch cuisine! Many visitors find this the sensory highlight of their vacation! Traditional recipes includes chicken pot pie, shoofly pie (molasses at the bottom of a syrupy coffeecake), chow chow relish (a multiple vegetable relish), numerous corn recipes, Schnitz and Knepp entrée (apples, ham, bread dumplings in sauce) and many other unique and tasty dishes!

For a romantic experience visit one of the many local wineries. Set amid rolling hills of vineyards, you'll enjoy a reflection of Tuscany and the chance to watch the sun set while sipping your favorite wine. Many wineries also accommodate large groups or weddings.

Don't overlook the opportunity to play a round of golf in Lancaster County, or spend a day outdoors hiking, biking, birding and enjoying nature in the state parks.


There are also numerous museums, antique shops, galleries and don't miss the Rockvale Square Outlet mall (over 120 stores!) and Dutch Wonderland, a family fun amusement park!

Lancaster County offers a unique taste of how life used to be in rural New England. It's the perfect place to get away, breathe and savor the pleasure of simplicity, quiet, faith and old-fashioned family values.

Whatever your interest, a stay at Inn at Reading is a convenient place to be and we're sure you'll find our friendly hospitality an attraction too!

     
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