In Pennsylvania's Dutch Country the local families ride in horse-drawn buggies with rear-view-mirrors and directional lights. There is much to see including the Strasburg Train Museum and nearby Hershey Chocolate.
On Sunday the young men of Lancaster County borrow Dad's top-down buggy for a horse-drawn cruise around town. Their Standard-breads high-step down Route 30 while truckers ease their big rigs around them trying not to spook the ponies. The Amish are expert horse trainers and each large farm might have many animals including seven Belgians or Percherons to pull the plows, two draft mules to pull winnowers, and a trotter to pull the surrey used for the Sunday drive.
The young men will use the open coach in the Sunday courting ritual and prize the grace and spirit of their thoroughbred and Morgan crosses initially bred for harness racing.
The horses are such high steppers that if it weren't for the clip clop of hooves on pavement you would think that these ponies could fly.
Milton Hershey combined his 17th Century farm ethic and hard work with 20th Century technology when he built a factory northwest of Lancaster on Route 283 where he also built a town and eventually a huge complex dedicated to chocolate.
Although raised by Mennonite parents, Hershey embraced the machine age and put the latest 1905 technology to work near a source of abundant fresh milk to become our favorite chocolateer.
With his fortunes from chocolate he built an antique automobile collection, a huge amusement park, a zoo, and a 23-acre rose garden for his wife. Visitors can take trolley rides through the town on streets named Chocolate Ave and Hershey Drive, each lined by street lamps in the shape of the Hershey Kiss. A highlight for kids might be the tour of a simulated factory complete with animated cows that sport boas and croon a hip-hop opus to milk.
While it is unlikely that Mr. Hershey would have chosen the musical accompaniment for the factory tour, he was an innovator; the factory now processes one million pounds of milk chocolate daily and ships 80 million Hershey Kisses each day throughout the world.
In fact everything in town says chocolate and this includes a spa treatment at the Hotel Hershey where you can wash away your travel aches immersed in warm slurry of rich therapeutic chocolate.
Pennsylvania Dutch Country, Lancaster County, PA
Keep a watch on the mirror for a passing carriage
Pennsylvania Dutch Country, Lancaster County, PA Villages such as Bird-in-Hand, Intercourse, and Paradise are great places for a vacation in the heart of Pennsylvania's Dutch Country because of the many roadside stands selling handcraft and confections.
How to Reach Amish Penn Dutch Country:
By Auto: From the south take Route 95 to Baltimore, Route 83 to York (Harley Factory). Route 30 to Lancaster,
From the north,: Route 95 to Philadelphia and then Routes 76, 202 and 30 to Lancaster. From the west, Harrisburg
By air: Philadelphia Airport and rental car
When to Go To Amish Penn Dutch Country: April is a good month to visit because you might combine your visit to Amish country with a visit to Longwood Gardens where on the second or third week in April the tulip gardens are in full bloom. Otherwise May until October are good months to visit and enjoy outdoor activities..
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Pennsylvania dutch farmers use draft animals in their farming.