They say, “A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.” Well, many might say a visit to the quaint town of Bird in Hand, Pennsylvania is worth two visits to any overly congested, car horn honking, overpriced metropolis you can imagine.
What’s there to do and see in Bird in Hand? Plenty!
A visit to The Amish Village will give visitors a taste of the Amish life, including farm animals, a blacksmith, and a visit to a one-room schoolhouse with an Amish teacher on hand to answer any of those questions you forgot to ask when you were in school.
Ever eat in the middle of a cornfield? Well, you can do that in Bird in Hand, too. Banquet in a Cornfield is offered by the Smucker Family, proprietors of the Bird in Hand Family Inn, and it is an experience you’ll want to put on your bucket list for sure.
In the market for a new mode of transportation? June 24 and 25th, catch the Carriage and Antique Auction during the Run, Ride, and Soar Weekend on the Smucker Farmstead.
There will also be a quilt auction at 11 am.
If you don’t find the perfect quilt then, come back to Bird in Hand on July 15 and 16 for the annual Haiti Relief Benefit Auction, featuring more quilts, as well as furniture, tools, shed, and more.
Enjoy musical theater? The Confession, the Musical has returned to the Bird in Hand Stage. It runs from May 5th to July 14th. Based on Beverly Lewis’ bestselling triology, this popular musical has already been enjoyed by tens of thousands of travelers.
Josiah for President, based on the novel of the same title, will play from July 22 to November 5th. If you’re ready for a respite from the politics of the day, come see what happens when an Amish man is drafted to run for president, against his will and without his knowledge. Talk about an “outside” candidate. Filled with plenty laughter and drama, and without taking a political side, this musical is one you won’t want to miss this election year.
Celebrate the holidays in Bird in Hand with Our Christmas Dinner, which opens on November 11th and runs through December 31st.
Either after or before your show, eat dinner at the Bird in Hand Family Restaurant, the Good and Plenty Restaurant in nearby Lancaster, the Shady Maple Smorgasbord in East Earl, Pennsylvania, Miller’s Smorgasbord in Ronks, or any of the dozens of wonderful eateries in and around Bird in Hand.
You’ll also want to catch the Bird in Hand Farmer’s Market, the Mennonite Information Center, Kitchen Kettle Village, The Amish Experience, or the Water’s Edge Mini-Golf.
Other notable attractions just outside of Bird in Hand are Sight and Sound, the Railroad Museum, the Red Caboose Motel and Restaurant, and—well, you get the idea. There is a LOT to do and see in and around Bird in Hand, Pennsylvania.
Maybe the saying should be “A bird in the hand is worth two visits! Or three or four…” Because, believe me, after one visit, you’ll want to keep coming back!
Martha Bolton is the author of 88 books, including her newest, The Home Game, which has now been adapted into a play. She was a staff writer for Bob Hope for fifteen years, and received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Achievement in Music and Lyrics. She has also written for dozens of comedians and entertainers, including Phyllis Diller, Wayne Newton, and Mark Lowry. Her popular series of books for middle-agers (Didn’t My Skin Used to Fit?, Cooking With Hot Flashes, and others) have addressed the subject of growing older in a fun and fresh way.