Written by Avery Stauffer
Looking for a fun weekend adventure? Lancaster County is full of restaurants, shops, and activities for everyone to enjoy. Here are some great stops right here in Lancaster for you to enjoy!
Start with a delicious breakfast at one of the popular breakfast stops in Lancaster County:
CoffeeCo. CoffeeCo is a local favorite, full-service coffee shop with four locations in Lancaster County featuring many popular breakfast plates and sandwiches, most of which are made from scratch, in-house and served all day!
Gracie’s. Voted best breakfast in Lancaster, Gracie’s on West Main is a full-service restaurant that features unique twists on American diner and comfort food. Their breakfast menu features a wide variety of options for everyone to enjoy!
After breakfast, head over to one of the popular greenhouses in the area to enjoy the beautiful plants colors of spring/summer:
Black Creek. Black Creek Greenhouse is a 90,000 square foot family owned greenhouse complex that specializes in new and unusual plants alongside their wide variety of miniature garden supplies. Stop by on a Saturday morning to enjoy the beautiful flowers or plan out your next garden project.
Esbenshade’s. From plants and seeds to birding supplies to outdoor living, you can find all things garden related at Esbenshade’s. This is a perfect stop for a Saturday to enjoy the large variety of plants and other outdoor/gardening essentials.
Visit one of the local shopping centers to enjoy the many local small businesses and popular outlet stores:
Kitchen Kettle Village. Spend the morning walking around the village, visiting the 40+ local shops. With multiple events, like the picnic tasting tours and a rhubarb festival, Kitchen Kettle is a great place to spend some time during the spring months!
Tanger Outlets. Tanger Outlets is one of the most popular outlet shopping centers in Lancaster. Featuring many well-known stores like Kate Spade, Levi’s, Columbia, Nike, and more, the Tanger Outlets have something for everyone!
Enjoy lunch at one of the many popular restaurants right here in Lancaster:
Shady Maple. Drawing crowds from all over the country, Shady Maple Smorgasbord is a very popular buffet style restaurant. Featuring a seemingly endless amount of home cooked foods, Shady Maple has a food or dish for everyone!
September Farm. September Farm serves more than just their well-known and loved cheeses, but they also have a small market and sandwich shop! During the summer months enjoy eating outside on their gorgeous patio.
Stop by one of the local bakeries for fresh, homemade pastries and treats:
Sunnyside Pastries. Sunnyside is a very popular stop in Lancaster County. This Amish owned and operated bakery features delicious fresh baked goods that never disappoint!
Achenbach’s Pastries. Known for their famous Long Johns, Achenbach’s Pastries is another favorite in Lancaster County. Achenbach’s is the perfect stop for an afternoon treat!
Spend the afternoon exploring one of the many activities Lancaster has to offer:
Hiking. Lancaster County is home to many beautiful hiking and biking trails. Middle Creek, Warwick to Ephrata Rail Trail, and Lancaster County Central Park are some of the local favorites with gorgeous and well-kept trails.
Pottery Works. Right in the heart of Lancaster City, Pottery Works is a fun, laid back, paint your own pottery studio. Make a reservation or walk right in and enjoy the afternoon painting anything from bowls to figurines. You can even choose to take your pottery to go and enjoy painting at home or at a local park!
After a day full of adventure, enjoy a relaxing dinner at one of the well-known local restaurants:
Funck’s. Funck’s features a gorgeous outdoor eating patio perfect for a Saturday evening. Enjoy one of the many quality main courses and sandwiches made from the freshest ingredients.
Amorette. Receiving the Four Diamond Award, Amorette is an upscale French-American restaurant. Located right in Lancaster City, Amorette offers “an experience unlike any other” with its fine dining and top quality service.