Pennsylvania Dutch Country
6 Day Inn Tour
The beautiful countryside of Lancaster County Pennsylvania is a cycling haven where quiet roads, charming towns and historic covered bridges await you. Life moves at a slower pace here, where the Amish center their communities around the time-honored values of faith, family and tradition. Cycle rolling hills, have dinner with an Amish family, explore the first pretzel factory and the Wilbur Chocolate factory in an idyllic countryside steeped in history, art and Pennsylvania Dutch Country hospitality.
Small rolling hills on quiet paved roads. Moderate cycling level.
5 nights lodging, 5 breakfasts, 3 picnic lunches, 5 dinners, snacks, detailed cue sheets, van support & trained guides.
Fly into and out of the Harrisburg International Airport, or take Amtrak to the Harrisburg train station. WomanTours will provide a shuttle at 2:00pm from the airport and train station to our starting hotel for $30 round-trip. We will return you to the airport or train station by 2:00pm on the last day of the tour.
DAY 1: Meet at the Cameron Estate Inn in Mt. Joy, PA at 3:30pm for a rental bike fitting. We’ll have orientation at 5:30pm, followed by dinner at the inn.
The Cameron Estate Inn is one of the great estates of Lancaster Country. It is a grand 1805 Federal-style mansion listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is situated on 15 gorgeous acres of rolling lawns, babbling brooks, and rose gardens. 0 miles.
DAY 2: Our day’s ride takes us through the first of many covered wooden bridges that pepper this beautiful and serene rural landscape. We’ll end our ride at Bird-in-Hand, a quaint town that originated as a carriage stop along the route from Philadelphia to Lancaster. Its name comes from the first Bird-in-Hand Inn that welcomed weary travelers. We will overnight at the Greystone Manor, an 1845 Victorian mansion, our home for the next two nights. 30 or 47 miles.
DAY 3: Today’s ride will show you a true picture of the slower pace of Amish life. Along the winding country roads, you’ll see sprawling farmland, one-room schoolhouses, tobacco barns, simple wooden churches and more covered bridges.
The Amish, also known as the Plain People, live without electricity or cars, and drive black horse-drawn buggies to town. You’ll have many opportunities to see them working their farmland, admire their quilts for sale or sample their homemade jams, jellies and baked goods. Don’t miss Zook’s Dry Goods Store or taste a classic Pennsylvania Dutch chocolate “whoopie pie” or molasses “shoofly pie”.
Stop at the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania that has one of the most significant collections of historic railroad artifacts in the world.
We’ll end the evening with dinner at the home of an Amish family, who welcome questions and a chance to tell us about their fascinating lives. We will have the unique opportunity to sample many of the traditional foods that the family has spent the day preparing. 47 miles.
DAY 4: Today’s ride takes us on quiet roads through rolling farmland. We’ll have a picnic lunch in Terre Hill and then finish the day in Ephrata, home of the Green Dragon Farmers Market. Local growers, merchants and craftsmen have gathered here every Friday since 1932 to sell their wares. 40 miles.
DAY 5: We will bike to Lititz in plenty of time to stroll down the streets that look as if they came straight from a Norman Rockwell painting. Founded by the Moravians 250 years ago, Lititz is home to the Sturgis Pretzel House – America’s first pretzel baker. Pennsylvania Dutch pretzels are still baked in its 150-year-old ovens. After trying your hand at twisting a pretzel, you can stop at the Wilbur Chocolate Factory and Museum, which produces more than 170 million pounds of chocolate every year. 38 miles.
DAY 6: We will end out tour with another scenic ride through the quiet Amish farmland of Lancaster County. After a farewell picnic lunch in Mount Joy, we will shuttle you back to the airport by 2:00pm. 31 miles.