Full Guide to Lancaster, Pennsylvania

Lancaster PA is a cute town only 2 hours from me. I didn’t know what to expect, but Lancaster pleasantly surprised me! There is a lot to do, you can visit the Amish farms, go to rooftop bars, etc. It is the perfect weekend trip, here is a full guide on Lancaster.

How To Get There:

2hr and 40 min – 3hr drive from NYC

1hr and 25 min drive from Philadelphia

Amtrak and other train options available from NYC and Philadelphia

Where To Stay:

Marriott at Penn Square – Located in downtown Lancaster and steps away from many shops and restaurants. This hotel has stunning architecture and a historic section of the Underground Railroad. With brand new upscale rooms and stunning city views, this hotel is the perfect place to stay in Lancaster.

Marriot in downtown Lancaster at Penn Square


Where To Get Coffee:

Cafe One Eight – Located in downtown Lancaster One Eight brings quality food, community, and hospitality in one place. One Eight’s menu has classics like Avocado Toast to Acai Bowls.

Passenger – While this is a local place, Passenger offers all kinds of teas and coffee from the most memorable places around the world. They focus on specialty, artisan coffee.

Blade and Spade in downtown Lancaster Pennsylvania

Where To Eat:

The Plough – This farm-to-table restaurant is located in downtown Lancaster and offers historical dishes that pay tribute to the rich history of the area with a modern twist. I got a white sangria, strawberry arugula goat cheese salad, and campfire s’mores dessert.

The Exchange – The Exchange is the perfect date night and has great views of downtown Lancaster. This is an open-air lounge that offers craft cocktails, small plates, and an ambiance like no other.  I ordered the Rock Shrimp, Caesar Salad and Fried Chicken Bao Buns.

Max’s Eatery – Max’s has the classic feel of an old diner with a modern look. To keep things interesting Max’s Eatery has been adding new items “entertain your bellies” these include house-baked hand-pies, alcoholic malt shakes, and candy-shell dipped soft serve.  I recommend Biscuits and Gravy & Mimosa

What To Do:

 – Head to Lancaster Central Market. There are different stands with fresh produce, flowers, coffee, and food.

Central Market in Downtown Lancaster Pennsylvania

 – Go to Spring House Brewery which has great beer and old-school arcade games, corn hole, and air hockey upstairs.

beer flight from Spring House Brewery downtown Lancaster PA

–  Vintage shopping at Redeux, Building Character, or any of the Vintage shops in the area.

Vintage shops in downtown Lancaster Pennsylvania

-Tour an authentic working Amish Farm like The Old Windmill Farm




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