Tune into our episode of Eat Play Stay in the city of Lancaster to see some of our favorite spots to explore near Pittsburgh and Baltimore. Lancaster is the this oldest inland town in the United States. Just 87 miles from Washington, D.C., Lancaster offers a ton of things to do and explore.
EAT – RESTAURANTS IN LANCASTER, PA
Blazin’ J’s is home to the hot chicken sandwich, created for Lancaster, by Lancaster. Located in downtown Lancaster their chicken is a hot commodity that sells out on a regular basis so get there early. Everything is made from scratch in-house and sourced locally. The special sauce is made with love and quality.
DJ’s Taste of the 50’s
Looking for a blast from the past? DJ’s is only 15 minutes out of the city and will make you think you went back in time, from the 1950s decor, music, even the food. Even the names are from the ‘50s, everyone that works there has a stage name that they use. Check them out if you are looking for fabulous service and a friendly environment.
Cabalar Meat Co.
This butcher shop is located on North Queens Street in Lancaster and also doubles as a sandwich shop. Cabalar Meat Company sources only grass-fed local beef so it’s a high-quality product that tastes great.
PLAY – THINGS TO DO IN LANCASTER, PA
There are oWolf Sanctuary of PA began in 1980 and since then has been a safe haven for rescued wolves. There are tours provided daily that allow for the public to see the wolves, an extra perk for those who adopt a wolf can visit their adoptee after the tour for a few extra minutes. With a ton of natural space for the wolves to roam, this sanctuary is a perfect place to visit and adopt one.
Thaddeus Stevens & Lydia Hamilton Smith Historic Site
Located at the corner of Vine and South Queen Streets in Lancaster City, the Thaddeus Stevens & Lydia Hamilton Smith Historic Site is filled with history. Although the site is currently not open to the public, it can be viewed from outside on Vine and South Queen Streets or through glass while inside the Lancaster County Convention Center.
Lancaster Central Market
The Central Market is located in downtown Lancaster city and operates as the oldest market in the country. Known as the heart of the little city, it has over 70 vendors, all small business owners, ranging from coffee, food and flowers. Just about anything that a market sells. From tourists to locals, this place is where to be to experience Lancaster’s culture.
For a gaming experience, the place to be is Decades. Go bowling, play retro video games, and skee ball but also have an upscale meal or sit at the bar to enjoy the drinks. This place has something that everyone can enjoy.
Let’s swing over to Sweden. Sweetish Candy is a Swedish candy store in Lancaster that sells only Scandinavian sweets. You name it, they have it. The gummies are the main focus of the shop but the salty licorice is right behind it.
STAY – PLACES TO STAY IN LANCASTER, PA
The Inn at Leola Village
This historic boutique inn is highly ranked in Pennsylvania. The Inn at Leola Village is a 62-room four-star hotel that is owned and operated by all women. In the end, no two rooms are the same (the poolside suites are the way to go, *wink, wink*). So, every experience will be different. Relax by the pool or in the spa then rest well in beautiful bedrooms.
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