What are the best things to see and do in Lancaster?

Daniel Klotz

Lancaster, Pennsylvania, is a quaint and easily accessible destination for those looking to escape the nearby cities. Here are five things to see and do during a visit to Lancaster:

1. Lancaster residents agree that the essential experience is Central Market, located at the center of town. Central Market is the country’s oldest continuously operated farmers’ market, and wares at the stands range from locally grown organic produce and free-range beef to Pennsylvania Dutch baked goods and trinkets.

2. Lancaster is also a great place to catch a theater show, whether at the Fulton Opera House, the Ware Center, the Ephrata Performing Arts Center, or with one of the theater groups, such as PRiMA and Creative Works of Lancaster, that “float” between various venues.

3. There are always concerts throughout the week at the Chameleon Club and American Music Theatre,
plus more intimate house concerts at the Wood Stove House, the Row House, the Community Haus and Live from the Cellar. There are even more concerts during the annual week-long Launch Music Conference, held in Lancaster each spring. During the summer, outdoor concerts and other events are held every weekend at Long’s Park Amphitheater.

4. Local artists cluster along Gallery Row, with more galleries scattered around the city, plus the Lancaster Museum of Art, a small and charming gallery with frequent changes in shows.

5. For those with an interest in history, a visit to Wheatland (the home of U.S. president James Buchanan) is a must, along with stops at Historic Rock Ford Plantation and the Demuth Museum, home of the early 20th-century precisionist painter Charles Demuth.

  • On March 13, 2013
    Daniel Klotz answered the question: Daniel Klotz

    What are the best hotels in Lancaster?

    Lancaster, Pennsylvania offers elegant accommodations perfect for a weekend getaway. The Inn at Leola Village is perfect for a romantic getaway with its well-appointed cottages and rooms in the Lancaster House, its main building. Each room is individually decorated, and features complimentary wireless access. The Lancaster Arts Hotel, is a short walk from Franklin & Marshall College in one direction and Gallery Row in the other. Each room is unique, and the paintings on the walls here are anything but generic.

    The most centrally located hotel is the Lancaster Marriott, which is attached to the Lancaster County Convention Center and across the street from Central Market. The Marriott’s façade is that of the historic Watt & Shand building, which was one of the nation’s earliest and most successful department stores. On the opposite end of town is the Cork Factory Hotel, which has an industrial chic style and is a popular location for weddings.

  • On February 28, 2013
    Daniel Klotz answered the question: Daniel Klotz

    What are the best restaurants in Lancaster?

    In a city with such strong agricultural roots, you’re sure to find some great food. Here are five restaurants to try in Lancaster, Pennsylvania:

    1. John J. Jeffries is the kind of restaurant travelers can’t find anywhere else, since its menu is entirely seasonal, based on the offerings of local farmers who practice sustainable agriculture. The restaurant has developed close relationships with select farmers to offer a menu that’s completely farm-to-table.

    2. Fenz is a hot spot with rave reviews for its sophisticated takes on classic foods, including a remarkably upscale version of meatloaf and macaroni and cheese.

    3. Carr’s is located adjacent to Central Market, where its chefs select the vast majority of their ingredients. Carr’s operates a wine bar, Crush, at the entrance to the restaurant, and no one would blame a person for getting distracted there and never making it into the restaurant.

    4. One of Lancaster’s newest restaurants is Pour, which has an extensive wine and beer list, and a menu that emphasizes charcuterie and other rustic meat dishes.

    5. Checkers Bistro offers a quiet, intimate dining experience with a menu inspired by French cuisine.
  • On February 28, 2013
    Daniel Klotz answered the question: Daniel Klotz

    What are the best hotels in Lancaster?

    Lancaster, Pennsylvania offers elegant accommodations perfect for a weekend getaway. Make a reservation at one of the following hotels: 

    1. The Lancaster Arts Hotel, whose restaurant is John J. Jeffries, is steps away from other fine restaurants like Fenz, plus a short walk from Franklin & Marshall College in one direction and Gallery Row in the other. Each room is unique, and the paintings on the walls here are anything but generic.

    2. The most centrally located hotel is the Lancaster Marriott, which is attached to the Lancaster County Convention Center and across the street from Central Market. The Marriott’s façade is that of the historic Watt & Shand building, which was one of the nation’s earliest and most successful department stores.

    3. On the opposite end of town is the Cork Factory Hotel, which has an industrial chic style and is a popular location for weddings.

    4. The Inn at Leola Village is perfect for a romantic getaway with its well-appointed cottages and rooms in the Lancaster House, its main building.
  • Just now

    NEW FOLLOWERS

    Jordan Lawson Tom Flournoy Andi Berens Sloan Smith Hayley Bosch
  • On February 28, 2013
    Daniel Klotz answered the question: Daniel Klotz

    What are the best things to see and do in Lancaster?

    Lancaster, Pennsylvania, is a quaint and easily accessible destination for those looking to escape the nearby cities. Here are five things to see and do during a visit to Lancaster:

    1. Lancaster residents agree that the essential experience is Central Market, located at the center of town. Central Market is the country’s oldest continuously operated farmers’ market, and wares at the stands range from locally grown organic produce and free-range beef to Pennsylvania Dutch baked goods and trinkets.

    2. Lancaster is also a great place to catch a theater show, whether at the Fulton Opera House, the Ware Center, the Ephrata Performing Arts Center, or with one of the theater groups, such as PRiMA and Creative Works of Lancaster, that “float” between various venues.

    3. There are always concerts throughout the week at the Chameleon Club and American Music Theatre,
    plus more intimate house concerts at the Wood Stove House, the Row House, the Community Haus and Live from the Cellar. There are even more concerts during the annual week-long Launch Music Conference, held in Lancaster each spring. During the summer, outdoor concerts and other events are held every weekend at Long’s Park Amphitheater.

    4. Local artists cluster along Gallery Row, with more galleries scattered around the city, plus the Lancaster Museum of Art, a small and charming gallery with frequent changes in shows.

    5. For those with an interest in history, a visit to Wheatland (the home of U.S. president James Buchanan) is a must, along with stops at Historic Rock Ford Plantation and the Demuth Museum, home of the early 20th-century precisionist painter Charles Demuth.