The Perfect Afternoon in Strasburg, PA

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Whether you live in the area or not, Strasburg, PA is an adorable, quaint spot for a day trip. It’s a picturesque little town with tons to eat and do, but today’s post is centered around what we’d consider the perfect afternoon here.

Breakfast, followed by a show, anyone???


Start your day early by getting to Agape Café, located nearby in Ronks. It’s the most delicious, Instagrammable café in the area. Be prepared to wait! But this wait is worth it for some of the best brunch foods around… Pancake boards! Brown sugar bacon?!? When I went a couple weeks ago, I split the five egg omelet with a friend and loved it. We cannot recommend Agape enough!!!


LANCASTER LOCAL SECRETS TIP: CALL AHEAD! I live about 40 minutes away from Agape, and luckily my friend called and put our name on the list before we left our houses.  By the time we drove there and parked, they were ready for us. I highly recommend calling ahead on Saturdays, which is when we went. *note that they are closed Sundays and Tuesdays.


After you indulge in a memorable breakfast, drive a couple minutes down the road to the second portion of the day: seeing a show at Sight and Sound Theater.


WOW. These shows honestly rival Broadway! And isn’t the outside just gorgeous.

I’ve taken my family here from the time my children were babies. Just when I think the shows can’t get better, the next one tops it. They are bible stories brought to life, with huge casts of talented actors, live animals (birds, camels, etc) and unreal stages/sets. I’ve had the pleasure of seeing most shows they’ve done over the years, most recently Queen Esther. It’s still playing now – hurry, get tickets before the show ends!!!


LANCASTER LOCAL SECRETS TIP: you can’t go to a S&S show without getting their amazing roasted nuts. Have you had the nuts sold on the streets of NYC? They are like that, but better!


And another reason to love Sight and Sound Theater… Wolf & Webb’s very own Derek Webb’s wife is an actress here! Go Gretchen!!!


Be sure to add these to your list of things to do in the area! We have no doubt you’ll plan another visit to go back and do all the other fun activities Strasburg has to offer.

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FALL in love with Lancaster

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Well, it finally feels like Fall! With the leaves starting to change and the air adopting a gentle crispness, it’s the perfect time to plan out your Fall fun for the season. Thanksgiving is just a few weeks away!! If you aren’t already in full-on Christmas mode (like my daughter!), take a look at these Fall activities in our area!

Cherry Hill Orchards

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Nothing says FALL more than picking apples and apple cider donuts! Unfortunately, the “pick your own” apples are done for the season, but you can still stop by the produce market and pick up a delicious bundle, as well as cider and other baked goods! It’s good, wholesome fun for the whole family!  And be sure to add it to your list for next year!

Jason’s Woods

Halloween has come and gone – but are you still looking for a scary adventure? This is for our thrill-seeking readers! Visit this haunted wood place if you are looking for a scary local adventure. I can’t personally vouch for it because I am very easily spooked, but its been around for years and years and my kids loved going to it while growing up.

Take a hike

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This time of year, there are so many trails that are glistening with red, orange, and yellow leaves! It’s the best time to take a hike. Check out our post highlighting the best hikes in our area.

Cherry Crest Adventure Farm

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Another place we’ve highlighted before, but it really shines this time of year with all the Fall-filled-fun! It has one of the largest and oldest corn mazes in the country. There is so much to do at Cherry Crest that they recommend you allot 4-6 hours of time here!

And if you want to experience something totally insane…

Hot Air Balloon Ride


What better way to see Lancaster than from the sky?! If you are an early riser, you may have spotted hot air balloons flying in the sunrise before. Most people can’t say they’ve done this before though! The Fall foliage looks even better from the sky…

Happy Fall Y’all!

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With the holidays right around the corner (can you believe it?!), you might begin thinking of ways to give back to the community.  Continue reading to find ways to give back to Lancaster this holiday season!

Giving back to your community can look like many things: you can volunteer your time at the food bank or animal shelter, donate canned food or clothes, or simply a monetary donation to a fund that is special to you. The point of it all is to just say thank you to your community for providing you so much every single day!

Ten years ago, Lancaster county made the idea of “giving back” to the community a huge celebration. Usually held the Friday before Thanksgiving is THE EXTRAORDINARY GIVE ~ Lancaster’s largest day of giving! This day is dedicated to raising funds and donations for small businesses in our town.  You, too, can join the thousands of people who support Lancaster organizations on this special day of giving!

In the ten years since it began, this incredible event has raised more than $63 million for regional organizations in Lancaster county. The list of participating businesses is HUGE. There are hundreds of choices to choose from, all in different industries! Aaron’s Acres, A Week Away Foundation, Manheim Township Library, and Columbia Food Network are just a few options.

This year, the EXTRAORDINARY GIVE is being held on November 19. Mark your calendars!!! It’s an event you won’t want to miss.

*Remember, no donation is too big or too small. Even if you don’t donate on this day, supporting local businesses is always a wonderful idea, and we have so many great ones to choose from!

The Best Amish Bakeries in Lancaster, PA

In my opinion, you haven’t truly lived in Lancaster, PA until you’ve visited an Amish bakery. Okay, okay…. If you haven’t at least TRIED an Amish goodie, you are really missing out! My daughter – who was born and raised here – recently informed me that she had never had shoofly pie. We made it a mission to explore Amish Country and find the most delightful treats, which we could share with you!

Below is the list of Amish bakeries we’ve tried out, broken down by town.


Cake and Cup Bake Shoppe – 12 W. Newport Road, Lititz

  • Adorable cakes and cookies that taste even better than they look. Also a great place to go for a cup of coffee with friends as they have an incredible espresso bar. If you’re sticking with the “Amish” theme, their take on whoopie pies is outstanding. They use Wilbur’s cocoa (our chocolate factory in Lititz)! How cool!?!


Achenbach’s Pastries, Inc – 375 E. Main St, Ephrata

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  • WOW!! Put this at the top of your list! This is the “home of the long john” and if you are a fellow donut lover, you will love this place as much as we do! It’s been a Lancaster staple for over 67 years…you know it has to be amazing then!


Scratch Bakes – 3 West Main Street, Ephrata

  • Your typical Hallmark-movie bakery. This is a must! The food goes beyond baked goods here. They offer an extensive menu of breakfast, lunch and snack items! But before you go, be sure to check out their list of specialty flavors which rotate weekly. We plan to go back for the Pumpkin Spice cupcakes. and BONUS: they recently opened up a downtown Lancaster location!


Katie’s Kitchen – 200 Hartman Bridge Road, Strasburg

  • Now THIS is where you go if you want an authentic Pennsylvania Dutch meal. Mmmmm! Great for breakfast and lunch, but make sure you save room for dessert! They offer an array of Amish desserts from pies, apple dumplings, and rolls, to milkshakes and sundaes. If you’re lucky you may even spot Horse and Buggies in the parking lot.

ROCKIN’ Lititz

Lititz, PA has all the charm and quaintness of a Hallmark movie. A main street lined with mom and pop shops, holiday parades, and even a chocolate factory. But perhaps one of the coolest and most unique parts of Lititz is Rock Lititz.

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So what is Rock Lititz? It’s a one-stop-shop for all things in the live event industry. From design, engineering, manufacturing, rehearsals, they essential create the stages and sets for concerts…and probably for some of your favorite performers.  

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In 2012, three Lancaster companies combined forces and went out on a limb buying a farm in Lititz to turn it into a large-scale rock performance campus. The goal of this organization is to have a full concert venue-like space to plan concerts without the added pressure of having spectators. It makes the process of designing stages and rehearsing concerts much more enjoyable and relaxed for performers.

Big names such as Taylor Swift, U2, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, and Ariana Grande come to visit and work with the crew at Rock Lititz. The Rolling Stones, Mumford and Sons, Usher, Billy Joel, Maroon 5, Justin Timberlake, Nicki Minaj, Bon Jovi, Beyonce… these major stars all have been spotted in our little old town! Many of them comment that they love coming to Lititz because there is no media, no promotional appearances – just a peaceful, quiet place to be creative.

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Unfortunately, we never know who is in town until they leave – visitors are kept very hush hush. So, while you aren’t guaranteed to run into Elton John while visiting Lititz, you are welcome to visit the Rock Lititz campus at any time!

It is 96 acres and expanding like crazy. There is a hotel (where the celebrities stay – but you can too!), a magnificent restaurant called Per Diem, a brewery called Fetish, and a flex workspace called Rock Candy.  The performance area is referred to as “The Cube”, and quite literally looks like a huge black box rising from the cornfields.  You could spend a whole day just exploring the grounds. And who knows, maybe you’ll have a celebrity spotting!

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Lititz is dubbed America’s coolest small town – Rock Lititz definitely plays a role in that!

5 Hikes To Do This Fall

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It’s officially Fall, y’all!  There are so many great walking trails and hikes in our area.  Between cooler weather and leaves beginning to turn, Fall is the best time of year to check these out!

  1. Pinnacle Scenic Overlook
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This trail is home to arguable one of the best views in Lancaster County. A 2.75 moderate-to-difficult trail leads to a scenic overview of all the farmland and rolling hills in our area. If hiking isn’t your thing (which is okay too!), you can drive straight to the scenic overlook to see that stunning view.

2. Conestoga Greenway Trail

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This trail is located closer to downtown Lanc and is good for all skill levels. It runs 2.6 miles in length and features a beautiful river and lots of overhead shade from the tree canopies.

3. Turkey Hill Overlook Trail

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Another hike offering stunning views of the Susquehanna! You can make this hike a loop when you pair it with the Enola Low Grade Trail which is a flat rail trail down along the river. It is equally as gorgeous, as these views of the river totally make the hike worth it. It’s also a great place to spot local birds.

4. Conewago Recreation Trail

This trail is perfect for families, as it is as long or as short as you want it to be. You’ll pass bikers, other walkers, and even horses if you’re lucky! If you want to make an afternoon of it, once you arrive in Mt Gretna, you can leave this trail and head over to…(see #5 below)…

5. Governor Dick

A classic trail in our area! Get your fix of nature and history as you walk the Gov. Dick trail in Mt Gretna. What is heavily forested today once was stripped of trees (200 years ago). During the height of Cornwall’s Iron Furnace production, this area was barren due to the need of charcoal furnaces for iron production. Today, its’ beautiful dense woodlands offer the ideal hiking trail. And if you’re up for it, climb to the top of the observation tower, which is about 1.5 miles from the trail head. We usually walk there and back for the perfect hike duration!

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Juisibox: Lancaster’s Best Juice Company

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It’s no secret an emphasis on healthy living has become more and more common over the past few years. Think of all the boutique gyms and smoothie places you see! Lancaster has their fair share of these places, but what it doesn’t have a lot of is fresh-pressed juices. That’s why we are so excited to feature Juisibox this week!

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Juisibox is a juice company that offers cold-pressed juices, detoxes, and other wellness drinks to health-conscious people throughout communities. They probably have one of the freshest/healthiest menus in Lancaster including everything from smoothies to salads to energy shots to homemade energy bites and more. They are all Fresh, Raw, Vegan and 100% Natural. And we can vouch that it’s all SO GOOD!

We discovered Juisibox this past summer while driving by their storefront and wondering what they offered. It’s conveniently located off of Fruitville Pike in Hawthorne Center (across the street from Five Guys). This also happens to be near our gym I am Limitless; there is really nothing more refreshing than a cold-pressed juice after a sweaty workout!

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We stopped in and bought way more than we intended to. Their juices are filled with a huge variety of fruits and veggies – with combinations you would never think “work” – but they do. I can’t get enough of them, especially the Yellow Lily juice! This is filled with pineapple, pear, mango, yellow pepper, squash, lemon, lime, orange, and ginger.

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If you’re looking for an easy way to increase your fruit and veggie consumption, GO HERE! And even if you aren’t a big fan of fruits and veggies, still give it a try…I think you’ll be surprised.

Juisibox has so kindly offered our readers a DISCOUNT!!!

All you have to do is mention Lancaster Local Secrets at checkout (in person) and you will receive a 15% discount. This is valid ONLY this Monday, September 20 through Monday, September 27 – so hurry over and see what all the excitement is about.

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First Friday Fun

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If you live in Lancaster, odds are you’ve been to (or at least heard of) First Friday. If you aren’t local or are new to the area, this is a fun event you definitely need to check out!

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On the first Friday night of every month, local businesses downtown come together and celebrate our community. These businesses include everything from art galleries and museums to restaurants, bars, and shops. They keep their doors open later while people from the surrounding area come and enjoy this fun atmosphere. There are street musicians playing and the sidewalks are always crowded with locals – the city truly comes alive!

First Friday events run yearlong from 5pm to 9pm, though many businesses stay open much later. These events are never the same! Each month offers different events and specials. Be sure to check to see current events scheduled for the next First Friday on October 1st.

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A great place to start your evening at First Friday is Gallery Row on North Prince Street. Pop into some of the galleries and chat with local artists! Take in the sights and scenes on the quaint and charming North Prince St. If art galleries aren’t your thing, simply strolling down the block is just as much fun.

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If you’re bringing the family, be sure to stop at the Lancaster Science Factory. They offer free admission from 5-7pm every first Friday – it’s a great place for kids and families to explore over 70 interactive exhibits.

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The One and Only Lititz, PA

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We know there’s a Lancaster, PA – there’s also a Lancaster, SC and a Lancaster, CA. There’s a Lancaster, TX and even a Lancaster, Ohio!

As much as we love our Lancaster, PA, it’s not the only Lancaster in the world… but there IS only ONE Lititz, PA!

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Strolling through the charming streets of downtown Lititz will make you feel instantly transported into a Hallmark movie. Walk down Main Street and take in all the sites of cottages and homes lining the street, families walking their dogs and shop owners waving hi as you pass them; this is what being in a small town is all about.

There is an abundance of local boutiques to stop at, cafes to sit at, and even candy shops to graze at. We recommend Tomato Pie Café, located just off Main Street, if you are in the mood for a drink or bite to eat! They offer a variety of traditional and seasonal dishes and pastries – we have been countless times and each time is better than before.

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You absolutely cannot miss a trip to Wilbur Chocolate when in Lititz. I mean, doesn’t that just prove how Hallmark-like this town is?! There is a chocolate factory!! They serve some of the most delicious chocolate candies…Wilbur buds are the best treat for you to bring home and remember your time in Lititz.

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Are you a fan of pretzels? They were invented in Lititz! Sturgis Pretzels, America’s first pretzel factory, is located on Main Street and they offer tours of the bakery (and free pretzels at the end)!!

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After you spend time eating and shopping, burn some calories at Lititz Springs Park. This park is ideal for a stroll any time of year. In the summer you can feed the ducks or catch a movie at the summer film series in the park. Valentine’s day brings the “Fire and Ice” sculpture festival, and 4th of July offers an amazing firework display. It really has it all!

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Oh, and we didn’t even talk about Rock Lititz, the haven for famous singers and artists. We’ll save that for another post!

This quaint town is home to only 9,000 residents and is only 2 miles in size. It sure has a lot to offer for its small size! In fact, it was awarded “Coolest Small Town in America” by Budget Travel in 2013…One trip to Lititz and you will see exactly why!

For more information on things you can’t miss in Lititz, visit our “Lititz” tab to read previous articles posted by our staff.

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An Afternoon at the Polo Fields!

If you’re looking for a relaxing, fun activity to do on a Sunday afternoon this Fall, look no further than a polo match at Forney Fields in Rothsville, PA – minutes from downtown Lititz.  

The Lancaster Polo League has polo matches every Sunday from June through mid-October. Check out their website for more information on their home match schedule.


The gates open at 1 pm and matches begin at 2:30pm. Children under 12 are free! Anyone above 12 is $5. Remember – this is weather permitting! Check the website for weather updates the day of.

Each match has a theme or benefits a special organization. For example, September 5th is accepting donations for our local SPCA. Later in the month, there will be a food truck offered! We know that October is breast cancer awareness month, and the first week of October is benefiting this important cause!


Here’s what you can expect:

Drive through the gates and park anywhere under the trees on the perimeter of the field. Grab some friends, blankets and chairs to sit on. Set up your tailgate and unpack your delicious spread to enjoy before and during this classic game.

Halfway through the game, you will be invited to “divot stomp”, which is an age-old polo tradition! This is when you stomp on the divots in the field, which helps preserve the field and enhances safety for the players (and horses). This is an activity that thrilled my kids when they were little! According to their website, even the Queen of England stomps divots when she attends a match!


So if you want to feel like royalty, or be transferred to the English countryside, visit the Lancaster Polo Club and let us know what you think!

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