Lancaster County has a plethora of things to see and do. Yes I said plethora. Lancaster is a diverse county full of sights and sounds not only of the Amish but also shopping, from outlet centers on Route 30 to little villages of stores like the ones in Intercourse, PA – Kitchen Kettle Village.
The idea for Kitchen Kettle Village started way back in 1954 when Pat and Bob Burnley started canning in our new 2-car garage. Over the years Kitchen Kettle Village has grown into a community of over 40 shops each of which offers everything from fresh made baked goods to signs for the home.
My wife and I discovered Kitchen Kettle Village over a recent summer outing to Lancaster County. We spent the better part of day wandering from shop to shop seeing the sights each had to offer. As we strolled the paved walks of the village we
Here are only three of the shops which were among our favorites:
- Dutchland Galleries, which features works of art by local, regional and national artists. As an artist strolling though the gallery looking at all the paintings in various medias was not only inspiring but also eye opening to know there are a lot of great artists out there.. Don’t worry even if you’re not an artist you love this gallery.
- The Jam and Relish Kitchen, where you can purchase, “Homemade Pennsylvania Dutch baked goods, jelly and jam from Kitchen Kettle Village’s family-run kitchen in Lancaster County, Pa.” All I can say about this shop is try all the free samples you won’t be disappointed.
- Pepper Lane Fudge & Sweets as the name implies is a over the top fudge shop where you can actually stand and watch the blocks of fudge being made on Vermont marble slabs. Pepper Lane is another shop where you’ll want to hang around and try some samples. My wife had to drag me out of this shop or I might still me sampling some fudge…only kidding.
After a day of strolling around the shops when the legs grow weary it may be time to get your second wind by taking a leisurely ride though the Amish countryside on the AAA Buggy Rides. One of my favorite parts of this ride was what the driver and tour guide taught us about her Amish culture and way of life. I learned a lot more in the four mile, forty five minute ride then I did in all the years I have lived in the Lancaster area.
Kitchen Kettle Village is definitely one place my wife and I plan to go back to again and again. I also highly recommend you add Kitchen Kettle to your places to visit when you’re in the Lancaster County area.