Ephrata, Lancaster County, PA

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Home to rich religious history, the northeastern Lancaster County town of Ephrata represents cultural diversity, while still incorporating many Pennsylvania Dutch and Amish traditions. Ephrata became home to America's first communal religious society, the Ephrata Cloister, which is still a popular historical destination today, but Ephrata was well known for other resources as well.

Founded in 1732, Ephrata was historically known as a pleasure resort and agricultural community. Over a century later, Ephrata enjoyed a reputation of a popular pleasure resort due to it's renowned "spring waters" where today stands the Mountain Springs Hampton Inn and Suites. The surrounding countryside blends with the ambiance of historic downtown district to create a unique small-town destination.

In addition, the town also offers a nice mix of local shops and boutiques, one of the largest farmers' markets in the country, live theatre, restaurants, events and homey lodging. Explore many of these destinations, plus beautiful countryside and covered bridges, by driving the Northern Amish Countryside Trail.


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Ephrata Cloister
Green Dragon Farmers' Market
Ten Thousand Villages Store & Cafe

Hersheypark Package

Hersheypark Package

Back by popular demand, DoubleTree by Hilton, Lancaster offers a budget stretching HersheyPark package including breakfast, adult admission and overnight accommodations.

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Bird-in-Hand Family Inn

Bird-in-Hand Family Inn

The Schoolhouse Suite at the Bird-in-Hand Family Inn is an immersive experience that recreates a traditional Amish school.

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