These 6 Places In Pennsylvania Amish Country Are Unique And Worth Visiting
By Beth Price-Williams|Updated on June 29, 2023(Originally published June 28, 2023)
A professional writer for more than two decades, Beth has lived in nearly a dozen states – from Missouri and Virginia to Connecticut and Vermont – and Toronto, Canada. In addition to traveling extensively in the U.S. and the U.K., she has a BA in Journalism from Point Park University (PA), a MA in Holocaust & Genocide Studies from Stockton University (NJ), and a Master of Professional Writing from Chatham University (PA). A writer and editor for Only In Your State since 2016, Beth grew up in and currently lives outside of Pittsburgh and when she’s not writing or hanging out with her bunnies, budgies, and chinchilla, she and her daughter are out chasing waterfalls.
Pennsylvania’s quite often associated with Amish country, and for good reason. Second only to Ohio in the number of Amish residents, Pennsylvania is home to an estimated 55 settlements of Amish communities with a total of more than 80,000 people. The Amish play an important role in Pennsylvania’s heritage, economy, and everyday life. If you’re looking for the best Amish towns in Pennsylvania, here are six of them. Each will provide a unique glimpse into Amish life.
Katie’s Kitchen in Strasburg, for example, serves everything from meatloaf to home-style chicken. Save room for homemade dessert or apple dumplings.
Dig into an authentic Amish wedding meal at Hometown Kitchen in Quarryville on Fridays. The scrumptious meal of homemade bread filling, chicken, pepper slaw, and mashed potatoes is sure to fill you up.
Dienner’s Country Kitchen in Ronks is best known for serving some of the area’s best authentic Pennsylvania Dutch food. Make sure you go hungry, and definitely try the buttered noodles.
If you’ve got a sweet tooth, treat yourself to some homemade donuts from Esther’s Amish Bakery & Coffee Shop in Big Run. Save room for a meal, too, because the portions are gigantic, and the food is to die for.
What are the best Amish towns in Pennsylvania?
Best is such a subjective term because we all have our own idea of what defines the best of anything, including the best Amish towns in Pennsylvania.
If you want a real taste of Amish life in Pennsylvania, make sure you visit Plain & Fancy Farm in Bird-in-Hand. Perhaps the most unique Amish tour in Pennsylvania, the Amish Experience at Plain & Fancy Farm offers a guided tour that will take you to such one-of-a-kind spots as an Amish farm and an Amish house and school. Watch “The Story of Jacob’s Choice” at the F/X Theater, too. Once you’ve experienced the Amish Experience, you’ll have a much better understanding of and appreciation for the Amish. Several tours are available.