Our girl time concluded last week with a day exploring Lancaster County. The day before my mom, sister and I did The Hershey Spa, Chocolate World and the Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre. You can read more about that below:
Our day started with a trip to Green Dragon Market, which is only open on Fridays. My dad and Tim (hubs) joined us as well but we drove separately so they can ditch us later. I’ve only been here once before and it’s a fun place to walk around. It’s a farmers market/flea market. I knew I wanted to get cheese spread from King’s Fresh Meats (next to the pickle stand). Once we found this stand I purchased a tub of the jalapeno popper spread and cheddar horseradish. My sister purchased an onion flavored spread. This stuff is cheese spread crack and my sister can’t stop raving about it! I wish I could find it at more places than Green Dragon! The other thing I must always get at markets like this is fresh soft pretzels!!! It’s one of my weaknesses and PA Dutch Country is where it’s at when it comes to soft pretzels! Auntie Anne’s is headquartered in Lancaster but my favorite soft pretzels of all time are actually from Roots Market which is similar to Green Dragon but only open on Tuesdays. Well needless to say we found the pretzels and then found a dry spot to sit down and enjoy them while they were still hot.
Did I mention my sister got engaged a few days before?
Once we were done with Green Dragon our plan was to head to Kitchen Kettle Village. The boys decided to join us there too so we could eat lunch together and then they would take off. I would consider Kitchen Kettle Village to be a part of the Amish touristy part of Lancaster County. I had never been, since I’ve never really done a lot of the touristy stuff in Lancaster before and I’m trying to save a lot of it for when people come to visit us.
Our drive from Green Dragon to Kitchen Kettle was so pretty, if only the sun would have come out.
Once there we decided to eat lunch first at The Kling House Restaurant. We timed that right! Ton of people leaving when we got there and a ton a people waiting after we were seated. It’s a cute old house and the food was great! I got the vegetarian sandwich…yum. After lunch the boys and girls parted ways (I think my dad was itching to go get his new smartphone). My mom, sister and I walked in and out of the shops there. We didn’t buy much but it’s a very cute area and you can easily spend a whole day there! Around 3ish it looked like it might rain so we decided to leave and head towards the outlets…mostly to go to Reading China and Glass but we also ended up at the Loft Outlet too. After a bit of retail therapy we went back home to meet the boys and enjoy dinner at Issac’s Deli.
In true fashion, my parent’s always have a lot of things they want us to help them with whenever we get together and they always happen at the last bit of time we have together. So that night we taught my dad how to use his new smartphone, scanned a bunch of old newspaper articles for my mom, fixed her email address book, Tim did some other stuff on her laptop, etc. In the morning we went out to breakfast and they took off back to Ohio and we took naps.