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Published: September 20th 2015
Our home for the weekend!
Had an easy drive up from Washington DC around 3 hours. Staying in Gap which is about 12 miles from Lancaster out in a small town in the countryside.. so pretty! Thought it would be nice to spend our last 3 days 2 nights in the countryside before heading back into NYC. We are staying in an Amish family's home in the township of Gap. Lovely young couple with two little kids 2 1/2 and 9 months... spick and span home with everything you need, they had gone away for the weekend so they rent out their home when they go away.. we have had some wonderful experiences with AirBNB and this is no different. They are not very strict, though no TV in house (which I guess is a good thing) as they seem to have all the mod cons. Mark thought he might end up a charcoaled heap in the bedroom with all the bibles and religious stuff around but no he woke up all intact! No corkscrew in the house...we are taking our bottles etc with us to dispose of! Lots of the Amish still do it the old fashioned way...saw lots of horse and carts and carriages
today driving from Lancaster to Gap and they still have one room school houses all around the countryside. Headed to the local for happy hour (yes there is a pub here) and what a great spot that was..staff so friendly and loved our accents! Had our starters there and a few beers, then headed to the local pizza place for a take home pizza and sat out on the lovely deck area with a bottle of wine and our pizza. Spent our second last day exploring the countryside, so peaceful and beautiful... beautifully kept homes and gardens...miles and miles of corn, veges, lucerne and other grains etc, undulating landscape with all colors of different crops across the valleys and in the fields. Lots of wayside produce stalls as well. Our host produces eggs "Stoltzfoos Layers" they produce grass fed, GMO and soy free eggs..they have little mobile hen barns that are moved every day onto fresh grass with access to worms and insects doing a one month rotation...very interesting. They send their eggs as far away as Fort Lauderdale. Saw hundreds of people going about their daily chores and heading from place to place in their horse drawn buggies. Went
View of countryside from the Stonehouse Bar and Restaurant
into Lancaster for brunch to Rachaels recommended by our hosts and we were not disappointed, a heaving, thriving little business...all sorts of crepes and they were delicious with great coffee too! Called into a Lapp Valley Farm, icecream, yoghurt and milk...sampled the icecream..it was delicious. Last night decided to head back to the Stonehouse Bar and Restaurant... drinks and dinner..music as well! Tomorrow three hour drive into NYC, fly LA 5 hrs, then not looking forward to the haul home...25hours in total!
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