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Plain and Fancy Farm

So the other day I was my daughter’s “Gotcha” day. In an adoption, this is a day where we celebrate a person becoming a part of the family, in this case my daughter. Often we go out to a restaurant of her choice to celebrate and give gifts.  Last night we went to Plain and Fancy […]

The Essential Farmers Markets of Lancaster County

Lancaster County has a diversity of farmers' markets.  There are those markets that contain auctions, indoor and outdoor vendors, which are still entrenched deeply and closely to Lancaster County farm culture.  Other farmers' markets are entirely indoors. These are still connected to local community, yet contain a much more affluent atmosphere. These too have rich […]

Gibraltar Restaurant

Recently, my wife, Kristen Hertzog, and I had the distinct pleasure of visiting Gibraltar Restaurant. It’s a restaurant that has been around for over 17 years that used to be located near F&M College. Recently they moved to a convenient location just outside of Lancaster City near the Village of Old Hickory (488 Royer Dr #101, Lancaster, PA […]

Farmers Market

Lancaster County has a diversity of farmers’ markets.  There are those markets that contain auctions, indoor and outdoor vendors, which are still entrenched deeply and closely to Lancaster County farm culture.  Other farmers’ markets are entirely indoors. These are still connected to local community, yet contain a much more affluent atmosphere. These too have rich […]

The General Sutter Inn

My wife and I are attracted to restaurants that are located in a more historic setting. There certainly room in the restaurant world for those looking at a more modern-looking trendy restaurant, but there's also room for those that look for something a little bit more historic, perhaps a bit more quaint. The General Sutter […]

Oregon Dairy

When I was 16 and in 10th grade, I began working at Oregon Dairy.  After all, I had a car and needed gas money and insurance money; this is one of my first jobs. I started out there as a bagger, bagging groceries for people that came to the checkout line. At times I would […]

Barberet Bistro and Bakery

  I suppose I've written about this in other blogs as well, but my wife and I love to get away for date night; typically this takes us out and about Lancaster County. A few weekends ago my wife and I decide to head into Lancaster City, which is a cultural hotspot with many restaurants, […]

The Olde Lincoln House Restaurant and Tavern

This past week, my wife and I managed to get away for a date night. These times are treasured for us and we are always looking for a new place to try and a new place to eat. This past week that new place was the Olde Lincoln House. The Olde Lincoln House is not […]

Dutch Wonderland

Sometimes when you're in the middle of the vacation, visiting a new area, and you're traveling with kids, you need a break. Dutch Wonderland is a perfect place to take such a break. This park has been existence since the early 1960s, "Dutch Wonderland has consistently been recognized as a premier family theme park in Pennsylvania, […]

Central Market in Lancaster City

In the mid-1700s, King George dubbed Lancaster City as a market town and required that from then on till eternity Lancaster was to have two market days a week. Till this day, they honor that though King George is no longer on the thrown and we are no longer subservient to the British Crown. Two […]

Magic and Wonder: Dream at the Bird-in-Hand Stage

Nestled in the heart of Amish Country on the Bird in Hand Stage, visitors can go and experience the Magic and Wonder Show: Dream. When one thinks of Lancaster County Pennsylvania, they think of getting away to experience another world, one that in some ways seems magical to us. Most of us live in the confines […]

The Historic Ephrata Cloister

Ephrata used to be three towns: Lincoln, Ephrata, and Merle. Nestled just north of Ephrata, between Ephrata and Lincoln and near the junction of 322 and 272, sits a historic complex with origins dating back to the early 1700s: The Ephrata Cloister. When I was a child attending Brownstown Elementary School, my fourth-grade teacher Mrs. Shirk […]