Cork Factory Hotel
A visit to Lancaster County feels like an adult version of a field trip – but better. As its name implies, Cork Factory Hotel is a converted cork factory, and in its heyday it was the world’s largest cork supplier. That is, until bottle caps came around. Although the cork caps are long gone, the towering silo, industrial-style windows, and exposed brick motifs pay homage to the hotel’s history (we have a feeling Chip and Joanna Gaines would love this hotel).
And of course you can’t leave without a visit to Amish Country (AKA Pennsylvania Dutch Country). Rolling green hills, farmland, and the occasional horse and buggy will transport you to another time entirely. Leave plenty of room in your suitcase for souvenirs because the Amish are famous for their homemade marmalades, handcrafted woodwork, and hand-sewn quilts that can sometimes take thousands of hours to make. Oh, and be sure to try the baked goods before you leave - you can’t go wrong with a chocolate whoopie pie.
- Grab breakfast at The Baker’s Table - they have the best Penn-Dutch pastries that we’re still dreaming of to this day
- With a plethora of local vineyards and microbreweries nearby—well—we’re glad we’re not Amish
- Lancaster is home to America’s oldest farmer’s market where we snagged some artisanal jams and teas to remember our visit
- Broadway in the Quaker state? The plays at the Fulton Theatre are worthy of a standing ovation
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- 77 guest rooms featuring restored brick interiors and exposed wood ceilings all bathed in natural light
- Armoires, padded headboards, desk space, and granite bathrooms in each suite
- Smoke-free hotel, complimentary WiFi, en-suite refrigerators, coffee makers, and in-room safes
Cork & Cap Restaurant — When we heard about Pennsylvania Dutch comfort food, we asked around for the best recommendation and everyone said we had to try Cork & Cap Restaurant. These guys don’t mess around - their no-nonsense, made-from-scratch recipes were capital “D” Delicious.
- Make a reservation—the locals tend to flock over for the brunch’n’lunch rush—we can still hear the cinnamon stuffed french toast with marscapone calling our name.
- For dinner, share the crab cakes and treat yourself to the filet mignon topped with demi-glacé.
The Baker’s Table — When we think of Lancaster we think of whoopie pies, warm homemade breads, and the seductive scent of apple tarts cooling off by a window sill. The Baker’s Table offers just that. Headed by executive chef, Tammy Hurley, the old-world-meets-new bakery runs more like a lounge-friendly cafe than confectionery, and we’re big, big fans.
- Join the community table for breakfast or lunch. We recommend digging a fork into their signature cakes, which look almost too good to eat—almost
- Home bakers will love the antique baking tools that are artfully sprinkled around the restaurant, a nod to their industrial past
- Look down! The communal table is crafted out of the wood beams that were part of the factory that once operated out of the same space
- Take a peek at the pastry team putting the finishing touches on cakes, pies, and danishes in the “finishing room” next door
- Executive Chef Tammy Hurley is a native of Lancaster County - she grew up on a dairy farm!
Wineries and Breweries — Oenophiles rejoice—several vineyards, tasting rooms, and microbreweries are within earshot. While the classic cabernets and zinfandels are all in attendance, adventurous types can head over to Meduseld Meadery for a refreshing take on an ancient staple—mead. The fermented honey beverage has started to make a real buzz, and the menu consists of several fruity and coffee inspired flavor profiles.
Fulton Theatre — Lauded for its Broadway caliber performances, the Fulton Theatre is a truly unassuming, hidden gem in an otherwise quiet town. Comedies and plays aside, the theatre also plays host to the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra several times a year.
The Amish Farm and House — From its early days the farm was used to grow crops, raise livestock, and even passed ownership between Quakers, Mennonites, and the Amish. Today the cozy colonial-style estate is a tourist hotspot. The kiddos can take a crack a several activities including cow milking, scooter runs, and even scavenger hunts hosted by the farm staff. For parents or traveling couples, book the buggy ride, pack your lunch and hit the picnic area, or sign up for the tour + dinner combo.
Cork Factory Hotel
Located in the middle of Amish country (AKA Pennsylvania Dutch Country), the Cork Factory Hotel is ideal for honeymoons, family vacations, or countryside escapes. The city of Hershey, yes, where the famous American chocolate brand originated, is a short drive North West.
Lancaster Airport 7 miles / 11 km