I convinced Sean to take me to Lancaster county on Sunday so we could check out Amish country. It was only about an hour away from our apartments and it turned out to be a great little trip! We did a lot of driving through the countryside and saw hundreds of buggies (although we weren't really sure whether or not it was ok to pass them in our car). Sean was fascinated with how small and narrow they were. At one point he turned to me all serious and said, "Do you think the Amish teenagers take their buggies out at night and race them?" Too funny. I also had to keep reminding him that Amish people are nothing like the FLDS or the people in the movie "The Village."
We ended up visiting the small cities around Lancaster-- Paradise, Intercourse (yes, you read that correctly) and Bird-in-Hand (hmmm someone was being creative with that one). The countryside was beautiful! Miles and miles of green rolling hills and farms. We were actually really surprised because those Amish people live in some NICE houses! We're talking big, nice houses. The only way we could really tell they were Amish was because they would have a garage (more like a barn) with a buggy inside instead of a car.
We loved these covered bridges!
If the scenery isn't enough to entice you to visit, here's one more reason to make the trip:
Yes friends, it is a Pottery Barn outlet. I'd heard they existed! Random to put the store in the middle of Amish country, but hey, whatever. I was worried the store would be like a J.Crew outlet-- still really expensive, just not quite as expensive as the original. I was pleasantly surprised because they had a ton of merchandise and furniture and most of the prices were significantly reduced. I picked up some cute shadow-box frames for only $5 each!