Manheim, Lancaster County, PA
Located in northwestern Lancaster County, Manheim is an expansive town bustling with art galleries, charming boutiques, nationally-known attractions, bountiful restaurants, vibrant countryside and distinctive lodging options.
Founded in 1762 by Henry William Stiegel, Manheim was a safe haven during the Revolutionary War for the families of Colonial Patriots Robert Morris, the great Financier, Dr. Joseph Shippen, Surgeon General of the Continental Army and General Richard Bache, the Colonial Postmaster General and husband of Benjamin Franklin’s daughter.
Named after Mannheim, Germany and best known for Stiegel Glassworks, Manheim is steeped in Colonial history, awash with a wide array of early American architecture and has become an artists and makers haven.
The most storied historical figure is Manheim’s own founder, who bestowed upon himself the title Baron Von Stiegel. Although Stiegel died a pauper, he made an indelible mark on the town and its way of life. “Stiegel! His career was a rocket so bright it left the skies over Manheim historically illuminated forever!”
Present day Manheim offers a mix of dining and retail options within walking distance. From the all new REO Manheim Marketplace to The Turntable Store to the Manheim Historical Society’s Railroad Station, you’re sure to find something for everyone.
Just outside of town, you can tour a working dairy farm and climb a one-hundred-foot silo observation tower at Kreider Family Farms, enjoy award-winning PA wines at Waltz Vineyards Estate Winery & Tasting Room and experience a cast of costumed characters, craft beverages and delicious food at the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire. On Tuesdays, stop by Root’s Country Market and Auction, the oldest single family-run country market in Lancaster County. Root’s Market features a produce auction as well as fresh meats, bakery items, handmade crafts, antiques and collectibles from over 200 stand holders.
Manheim is also home to Spooky Nook Sports, the largest indoor sports complex in the country, complete with rock climbing, an arcade, summer camps, and more! The fun doesn't stop when the complex closes for the night. Stay at The Warehouse Hotel for complimentary access to the complex and its 80,000 square feet of workout space.
Manheim has several art galleries, makers’ experiences, cozy cafés, unique retail shops, and craft brewery and distillery restaurants. Stay for awhile in one of Manheim's well-appointed lodging options.
A true destination, Manheim is a charming small town set in a rural landscape surrounded by sprawling countryside and rolling hills. Make your way to this historic small town for a weekend getaway you’ll be sure to remember.
Other Popular Events in Manheim, PA
- Historical Society Events, seasonal open houses
- Rock 'N Glow 5K, late May/early June
- Manheim Community Farm Show & Parade, second week of October
- Annual Memorial Day Parade
- Folk Art Show, mid December
- Christmas in Manheim weekend, early December
- Santa Run & Walk 5K
- Breakfast with Santa & Craft Day at The Library
- Holiday Crossings at the Railroad Station
- Christmas Tree Lighting in Market Square
- Holiday Tour of Homes
Where to Eat
From Pennsylvania Dutch diners to mouth-watering barbeque to quaint coffee shops, our small town has many dining options. If you’re looking for American fare set in the roaring 20’s, try The Cat’s Meow, featuring a full bar menu, steak dinners and seafood entrees. Rettew’s Twin Kiss is a throwback to a burger drive-in, complete with an expansive menu of delicious ice cream treats. The Brick House Café (a BYOB establishment) offers coffee drinks, breakfast, lunch and dinner, served in a former 1880’s General store. Other local favorites include:
- Kountry Kitchen Family Restaurant
- Two Cousins Pizza
- Mill72 Bake Shop & Café
- The Shack Restaurant & Mini Golf
- A & M Pizza
- Manheim City Star Diner
- Divine Swine In Out BBQ
- Bacio Pizza Italian Grill
- Mary’s Cheers Bar
- Forklift & Palate
- Francesco’s Pizza
- Mick’s All-American Pub
Where to Stay
- Manheim Manor Bed & Breakfast
- Lulu’s Traditional Brick House
- REO Suites at REO Manheim Marketplace
- Tea Kettle Inn
- Country Farm House
- Lancaster Inn & Suites
- Comfort Suites Manheim – Lancaster
- Warehouse Hotel
- Comfort Inn & Suites Manheim – Lebanon
- Country Vistas Bed & Breakfast
- Landis Farm Guest House
Other Places to Visit
- Horst Arts
- Creative Inspirationz Art Gallery
- Big Dream Creative Arts Studio
- Prussian Street Arcade
- Cain’s Lanes
- Graystone Ridge Alpacas and Farm Store
- Conestoga Auction Company and Hess Auction Company
For even more information, visit the Manheim Area Chamber of Commerce website.
Serving authentic Pennsylvania Dutch food and other favorite dishes.