Since I often drive along this route to see the beautiful countryside and try to catch a peek at a horse and buggy slowly ambling down the road, I thought I would put together information about the Lancaster area of Pennsylvania. Anybody within the surrounding states knows that if you want to find fresh, organically grown vegetables and hand made quilts, this is the area to visit.
It began around 1732 when Bird- In- Hand was a popular stomping ground for farmers traveling along the Old Pennsylvania Pike. This area was known for its supply of inns, represented by painted pictures, which made it easy for travelers of all ethnicities to recognize the inns. After two trekkers found it more convenient to stay in this district rather than head to Lancaster, the village adopted the name Bird- In- Hand from the inn where the two tourists settled that night. Now, the village continues to draw many visitors to its majestic landscape, blessed with the fragrances of its rich culture and heritage. Bird- In- Hand, Pennsylvania is a great place to enjoy life’s simplicities and explore the lifestyles of the Amish atop a buggy.
Bird-In-Hand has come a long way from its historical roots; however, many of its old traditions are depicted through modern interpretation. Located in Lancaster County in Pennsylvania, this Amish community offers comfort with its accommodating amenities. The town is made up of farmers and welcoming dwellers, who celebrate Bird-In-Hand’s many facades of culture with presentations of culinary temptations, shops, farmlands, and theater. Based on the novels of Amish writer, Beverly Lewis, The riveting musical “The Confession”, amazes its audiences with its plot of Amish love and scandal. Tour the local farms and see why Bird-In-Hand is highly recognized as a “market town.” Enjoy an afternoon of golf, tennis, and swimming with the village’s picturesque scenery not far behind. Also, the Amish Country Homestead and Pinetown Covered Bridge allow visitors to take a unique glance into Bird-In-Hand’s vibrant heritage.
The gastronomy of Bird-In-Hand is also a cultural phenomenon. Overflowing with mouth-watering aromas, the local restaurants provide plenty of flavors for your taste buds to explore. Make a toast at the Mount Hope Wine Gallery and sample some of the region’s most luxurious wines. For a taste of authentic Pennsylvania Dutch cuisine, eateries like Plain & Fancy Farm Restaurant and Bird-In-Hand Family Restaurant & Smorgasbord treat their guests with good old recipes prepared with locally grown produce and served over a warm ambiance. Food connoisseurs get ready to fill your appetites on soul foods, made from the heart.
During the course of a year, Bird-In-Hand experiences a humid continental climate. From May to September (warm season) the temperature fluctuates between a daily high in the mid-80s and a low in the upper-60s. During December to March (cold season) the weather maintains an everyday high in the mid-40s and decreases to a low within the 20s.
Navigating around Bird-In-Hand is a thrilling adventure. What better way to discover the village’s landscape than on top of a buggy. Or sail the blues skies and capture a bird’s eye view of its majestic surroundings on a hot air balloon. Scooter and motorcycle rentals are also available to flexibly uncover the town’s highlights in addition to the rest of Lancaster County. In addition, Bird-In-Hand’s many trails can be enjoyed with a relaxing stroll.
I hope you enjoyed my history lesson. Until next time. Ciao!
I did not know what to expect. The Creole restaurant changed their name right before the event. The weather was determined to create havoc on drivers, and walkers, with heavy rain. The menu changed from Creole to Asian. Imagine, a Mardi Gras event with Asian cuisine. The restaurant owner fought with the parking lot owner and there was no more parking. Vendors were nervous about carrying their wares through the streets in the rain so they backed out one by one. It all could have been a disaster. I took a deep breath and went with the flow. My motto is breathe and believe. It was time to walk the talk. It turned out to be a fun-filled, stress free evening. Since the owner did not move tables out of the room, we all sat down, around the first floor, to order and get to know each other. It was my advertising coming to fruition. This gave us the opportunity to get to know each other. To keep it a business event, we each passed around our business cards. Eventually, we all sat together and became friends. What better person to do business with other than a friend.
Have a great August. Ciao!
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If you recognize the name Angie Blevins, it is because she was the main contributor for the blog on depression and suicide prevention. Angie herself is a three (3) time suicide attempt survivor, and an advocate for mental health and suicide prevention.
This brave, compassionate, and encouraging woman helps manage three (3) small businesses with social media marketing. She has a passion for seeing small businesses expand and grow.
She achieved one of her professional goals by becoming a board member on the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
When asked about her professional goals for the next six months, Angie replied that she would like to see her marketing business expand and for herself to grow as a board member with Suicide Prevention.
She maintains a work/life balance with sleep and being well rested while dreaming of being a motivational speaker.
You can find Angie on Facebook, and Twitter while she is waiting for her massage or pedicure appointments. Bowling is one of her favorite activities. Hopefully that is before a manicure.
Angie would like to accomplish her dreams before her retirement. That is a worthy goal. I wish her the best in this.
Angie's advice for women who'd like to start their own company is to
"Go for it! It's never too late. Even if you're afraid, do it afraid. You only have one life, make the best out of it!"
I have been communicating with Angie for a few months now and have found her to be compassionate and dedicated in her pursuits. If you want to communicate with her in any capacity, feel free to email her or visit her website.
You can see Angie Blevins at our Delaware Housewives in the City July 24th event at North Quarter Creole restaurant in Wilmington. Grab a friend and mingle with other like minded women.
My motto in life is "Say Yes," then see where it leads. This may not work for everyone but it has worked for me, mostly. :) When this club asked if anyone wanted to go to Atlantic City, I said, "Why Not?" The weather could not have been better.
We arrived at Caesar's Atlantic City, disembarked and started our day of site seeing. I am sure the casino had something else in mind, our gambling, perhaps. :) Casino's sponsor these trips.
Off we went to try a Mexican restaurant that was recommended. It did not work out for us. We are vegetarians. I have food allergies. The tequila and margaritas made up for it. :)
We went down to the new Oceans Casino. Clean. Modern. Exciting.
What made for a lot of laughs was the boardwalk train. We happened to be sitting near other fun people and laughed as we rode from one end to the other.
Will we return? Probably not. We made the most of our day and can honestly say, it was fun. Happy I said Yes.
Hi. My name is Kelley Cole and I am the new Social Media and Event Coordinator for Delaware Housewives in the City. I am a mom to two amazing kids. My daughter (P) is 12 and my son (T) is 8. My husband works for a local education association and also serves on Dover's City Council. I was a high school English teacher for 16 years before leaving the classroom to work part-time as a trainer for an educational software company. I make sure I reserve time to play tennis, read chick lit, travel, and enjoy the small things in life (like wine and chocolate).