Dutch Country, which is also referred to as Amish Country, is a gorgeous part of south-eastern Pennsylvania that is actually home to several different religious groups. This means that the area is filled with a fascinating mix of people, cultures and traditions, providing a truly rich and rewarding experience.
Amish Experience VIP (Visit-in-Person) Tour
While there is so much more to Dutch Country than religion, those who are visiting for the first time tend to want to learn more about Amish traditions and culture, making the Amish Experience VIP Tour perfect for this. The tour takes no more than 14 people at a time, making it quite exclusive, and will take you to see three distinct Amish properties that will teach you more about the Amish way of life. You will also have the opportunity to visit an Amish farm, learning more about Amish Cottage Industries, before ending the tour by visiting an Amish family.
Green Dragon Farmers Market and Auction
Spread out across a 30 acre plot of land, the Green Dragon Farmers Market and Auction in the small Pennsylvanian town of Ephrata is the largest farmers market in Dutch Country, and features over 400 vendors. Run by Amish and Mennonite farmers, there are seven large market buildings to browse, as well as gatherings of small stalls along the way, and you are likely to be able to find just about everything you could desire here.
Shopping in Adamstown
If the Green Dragon Farmers Market was not enough for you, there is plenty more shopping to be found in Adamstown, which is home to three major markets. The first is the Rennigers Antique and Collectors Market, where you will be able to browse everything from antique furniture to collectible coins. The Stoudts Black Angus Antique Mall is just as impressive, with over 400 vendors, as is the picturesque Shupp’s Grove Antique Market. If you still have not found what you are looking for, there are many other antique stores to be found in Adamstown, including the Mad Hatter Antique Hall, Adam’s Antiques and the Heritage Antique Center.
Famous Pennsylvania Dutch Foods
There are certain dishes that are unique to Dutch Country, and the family-run Katie’s Kitchen, which can be found in Ronks, is one of the best spots to try some of these, whether you are after beef and noodles or the traditional Amish Casserole, as they use nothing but the most authentic of recipes. When it comes to desserts, one of the most famous is the Shoo-Fly Pie, which are handmade molasses pies often accompanied with handmade ice cream. The Bird-in-Hand Bakery and Café is famous for these, and the town is also home to a country store that is stocked with a fabulous selection of local arts and crafts.
Dutch Country is truly a fascinating area, blending Old World traditions with modern amenities. With everything from horses and carriages running alongside luxury cars on the road, and outdoor markets that blend tradition with innovation, a visit to Dutch Country will leave you with a memorable cultural experience.