If you’ve never heard of Bird in Hand, Pennsylvania, you may want to make it your next vacation destination. Located in the Lancaster, Pennsylvania area, this quaint community, nestled in Amish country, has plenty to do and see.
Train enthusiasts will enjoy visiting the historic Strasburg Railroad and Railroad Museum. You can even spend the night at the Red Caboose Motel that features 40 actual train cars that have been repurposed into a hotel. Select whichever car or caboose you’d like to stay in, eat at their train restaurant, visit the petting zoo, and take a buggy ride.
I’d also like to personally invite you to visit the Bird in Hand Family Restaurant and Stage for our newest Broadway style musical. Josiah for President will be playing through November 28th. This new musical is based on my novel of the same title, and is brought to you by the same team behind The Confession Musical and Half-Stitched, the Musical (Dan Posthuma, Wally Nason, and Martha Bolton). Josiah for President doesn’t take a political side, but hopefully, you’ll find yourself cheering for this new plain speaking, common sense presidential candidate. (Josiah for President is also currently playing at the Blue Gate Theater in Shipshewana, Indiana through September 5th, and will be at The Star Theater in Sugar Creek, Ohio from August 22nd through December 19th. I’ll be in Bird in Hand the week of August 17, and in Ohio for the week of their opening. If you’re in either area, I’d love to meet you!
Another event to see while you’re in Bird in Hand is the Smucker Family’s “Banquet in a Cornfield.” (That’s a lot of fun just saying it!) This has turned into a favorite summer event for locals and tourists alike.
Speaking of banquets, your visit to the Sugar Creek area has to include a stop at The Shady Maple. This is one of the largest buffets you’ll ever see. (I wasn’t at the original “feeding of the five thousand,” but I have a feeling it might have looked something like this!) Come hungry!
Another opportunity you might enjoy is eating a meal at the home of an Amish family. (Don’t worry, if you’ve made reservations, they’ll know you’re coming.) Not only will you be fed a wonderful home-cooked meal, but you’ll get to see firsthand how the Amish live and how they honor their heritage and faith.
That will no doubt whet your appetite to learn more about the fascinating history and customs of the Amish and Mennonite communities. You can do that at the Mennonite Information Center. Their friendly staff will be happy to answer any questions you might have.
I’m sure you’ll also want to visit Sight and Sound to see their latest Biblical epic, as also include a visit to The Turkey Hill Experience for a sample of their latest ice cream flavor.
That’s a lot to see and do, and I still haven’t covered everything! There are plenty more restaurants, entertainment venues, covered bridges, and shopping. I think you’ll agree that a Bird in Hand is worth the visit!
So plan your trip. I have, and I can’t wait to get there! Hope to see you, too!
Martha Bolton is the author of 87 books, including her newest, Josiah for President, 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.
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