The pastoral Lancaster region has acres of farmland allowing restaurants to source seasonal ingredients with which to create mouthwatering farm-to-table cuisine. Patrons can share a meal in modern, elegant dining rooms, authentic log cabins, or historical Victorian mansions. Romantic eateries in the area take inspiration from all over the world. Guests will find a surprising selection of dining options including American contemporary, classic French cooking, Italian kitchens, Latin American fusion, and even flavors from Southeast Asia.
We recommend that you call the attractions and restaurants ahead of your visit to confirm current opening times.
1.John J. Jeffries
2.The Log Cabin
4.Arthur's Terrace Restaurant
5.Lancaster Restaurants: Bistro Barberet & Bakery
7.Cork & Cap Restaurant
9.Restaurants in Lancaster, PA: Gibraltar Restaurant
10.Himalayan Curry & Grill
13.Lancaster Restaurants: Pasquale's Italian Garden and Pizzeria
14.Restaurants in Lancaster, PA: Sukhothai Restaurant
15.The Belvedere Inn
16.Restaurants in Lancaster, PA: The Loft Restaurant
17 Best Restaurants in Lancaster, PA
- John J. Jeffries, Photo: John J. Jeffries
- The Log Cabin, Photo: The Log Cabin
- LUCA, Photo: LUCA
- Arthur's Terrace Restaurant, Photo: Arthur's Terrace Restaurant
- Lancaster Restaurants: Bistro Barberet & Bakery, Photo: Bistro Barberet & Bakery
- Citronnelle, Photo: Citronnelle
- Cork & Cap Restaurant, Photo: Cork & Cap Restaurant
- El Serrano, Photo: El Serrano
- Restaurants in Lancaster, PA: Gibraltar Restaurant, Photo: Gibraltar Restaurant
- Himalayan Curry & Grill, Photo: Himalayan Curry & Grill
- JB Dawson's, Photo: JB Dawson's
- Loxley's, Photo: Loxley's
- Lancaster Restaurants: Pasquale's Italian Garden and Pizzeria, Photo: Pasquale's Italian Garden and Pizzeria
- Restaurants in Lancaster, PA: Sukhothai Restaurant, Photo: Sukhothai Restaurant
- The Belvedere Inn, Photo: The Belvedere Inn
- Restaurants in Lancaster, PA: The Loft Restaurant, Photo: The Loft Restaurant
- Cover Photo: shotsstudio/stock.adobe.com
More Ideas in PA: The Phillips Museum of Art
Located in Lancaster, Pennsylvania on Franklin & Marshall College’s campus, The Phillips Museum of Art is known as a cultural hotspot for the College and the general Lancaster community. Since The Phillips Museum of Art was founded, it has maintained appreciation for a variety of art mediums, including historical and contemporary.
The Phillips Museum of Art has a comprehensive initiative, which focuses on three goals. The first goal is to enhance the educational opportunities available at Franklin & Marshall College, which relate to the significance and importance of art. The next goal is to contribute to a richer and greater cultural life within the Lancaster and South Central Pennsylvania communities. Lastly, The Phillips Museum of Art hopes to oversee and promote Franklin & Marshall College’s permanent art collection.
All of the permanent attractions at The Phillips Museum of Art are collected and owned by Franklin & Marshall College. Periodically, the permanent attractions at The Phillips Museum of Art rotate. The Museum’s permanent collection include a variety of art forms from an array of periods, such as Pennsylvania German cultural arts, decorative arts, historical material, and ethnographic material. The Museum’s permanent collection is housed in the following galleries:
The Nissley Gallery is named after Emily Baldwin Nissley and Thomas W. Nissley, who donated enough funds to make this gallery possible. Aside from permanent attractions, The Nissley Gallery regularly houses collections from undergraduate research.
The Dana Gallery incorporates a combination of permanent and special attractions. Most of the attractions at The Dana Gallery represent multicultural, contemporary, and historical arts. The Charles A. Dana Foundation made The Dana Gallery possible, hence the name.
The Rothman Gallery is named after Mildred and Leonard Rothman, and displays a variety of film, textile, paper, and photography art pieces.
While The Phillips Museum of Art has a comprehensive permanent collection, majority of the art displayed at the Museum are special attractions. Special attractions are spread across all of the galleries, specifically within The Curriculum Gallery. The Curriculum Gallery displays a combination of scholarly and artistic work that originate from students and faculty. Other than The Curriculum Gallery, the Museum regularly hosts an array of special attractions from all over the world. In order to obtain an updated list of special attractions, head over to the Museum’s official website.
Kristin Rehder: Where Hope Finds Home is a showcase of some of Kristin Rehder’s most popular work. Rehder is known for her portraits, which capture natural light and reality. Within this exhibit, Rehder focuses on the life of over 60 refugees who come from over 15 countries
Luigi Rist: The Three Arts of Woodblock Printing is a special exhibit that originates from The Phillips Museum of Art. Within this exhibit, an array of woodblock prints showcase Luigi Rist’s intuitive notion for capturing nature in an ancient Japanese form.
Magnolia Laurie: your land / my land showcases Magnolia Laurie’s optimism, even when conquering a combination of contrasting emotions and psychological turmoil. Referring to the popularized Woody Guthrie song, hence the name of this exhibit, Laurie showcases the complex relationship between ruin, ownership, and land. Laurie is an Assistant Professor of Art & Art History at Franklin & Marshall College.
The Phillips Museum of Art offers a variety of educational opportunities, many of which are offered to students and educators. Some of the educational opportunities offered at The Phillips Museum of Art can be accessed online. This makes it easy for anyone to access the Museum’s educational programs, regardless of the time and their location.
A few of the online educational opportunities include the sculpture tour, Benjamin Franklin Tercentenary, and online archives. The online sculpture tour gives guests an overview of the sculptures located around The Phillips Museum of Art, as well as a digital map that can be downloaded and used for when they visit The Phillips Museum of Art and the Franklin & Marshall College campus.
In addition to the online sculpture tour, guests are welcome to explore the online Benjamin Franklin Tercentenary. This online exhibit explores the life of Benjamin Franklin, and celebrates his legacy within American politics. Lastly, guests can access the Museum’s online archives, which detail every piece within the Museum’s permanent art collection – even the pieces of art that aren’t currently on display.
There are many special events in the galleries throughout the school year and summer from artist receptions to Chamber Concerts and other special musical performances. Some events are free and open to the public while others require advance ticket sales. More information can be found on the museum’s event calendar.
628 College Ave, Lancaster, PA 17603, Phone: 717-358-3911
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More Ideas in PA: The Demuth Museum
Located in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, the Demuth Museum aims to create appreciation, understanding, and awareness of the artwork of American painter, Charles Demuth. Visitors can expect to find a wide variety of programs, a vast collection of modernist works, and unique exhibitions that will inspire and engage members of the whole family.
Charles Demuth, or “Deem” as he was known amongst his friends, was born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania in 1883. When he was around 6-years-old, Charles and his family moved to a home which neighbored the Tobacco Shop which had been a family business since 1770.
Charles was a weak and sickly young man, so his family encouraged him to utilize his excessive time indoors to work on his artistic skills. During this time, he painted his first formal work of a windmill surrounded by a picturesque landscape. He grew up receiving guidance from many local artists and studied the artistic stylings of china painting, still life, landscape, and pyrography. When he graduated he high school in 1903, Charles decided to study art and enrolled in the Drexel Institute of Art.
He spent some time in Paris after he finished his studies and after returning to the states, he could publicly present his work for the very first time at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts 8th Annual Exhibition.
In the years following, Demuth lived all over the world, traveling to DC, Bermuda, New York, and Europe. During this time, he made many lifelong friendships and experimented with many forms of art and painting. In the early 1920’s, he finally discovered his passion for watercolor and modernist painting. He was quite ill with diabetes and other psychiatric issues, so he spent quite a bit of time in the hospital during his later years.
In the summer of 1934, Demuth made his final visit to one of his favorite places, Provincetown. He created his last works here alongside his friends until he passed away in 1935 from health effects of diabetes. His works and the impact they made on the artistic community will never be forgotten, which is why the museum aims to honor his memory and his talents.
The permanent collection at the Demuth museum has 32 of the iconic works by Charles Demuth which he painted between 1896 and 1932. The works were generously donated by the Demuth family to preserve his legacy and his impact on the American Modernist movement. One of his very first formal works of a windmill and landscape is on display (1896).
The collection is organized to showcase his developing style and the way various periods of his life impacted his works. Visitors can expect to travel through the collection and learn all about Demuth, his friends, his life, and the history of the time.
Robert E. Locher: A Modern Classic:This exhibition is on display at the museum until November 26, 2017 and features the works by the life-long friend of Demuth, Robert E. Locher. He was well-known for the illustrations he made for publications like House and Garden, Vanity Fair and Vogue. He was also one of the leading modern interior designers of the 20th century, working for clients such as Juliana Force and Gertrude Vanderbilt.
Garden Tour and Party:This annual fundraising event is held in the month of June and features an exclusive tour of unique homes and their gardens throughout the Lancaster area. The event kicks off with a fabulous garden party complete with live music, an open bar, delicious snacks, and a silent art auction. Tickets sell out fast each year, be sure to reserve your spot for next year!
Art Auction:The 19th annual art auction will be held on November 9, 2017 and proceeds will benefit the museum and local artists. The event starts at 6:30 p.m. at The Elks Lodge on Duke Street.
Summer Art Camp:Each summer (June-August), the museum hosts a summer camp for budding artists in the area. The camps are one week long and each of the 4 weeks specialize in a different art form; drawing, painting, crafts, and words in art. Children ages 7-14 years old are welcome to attend, be sure to reserve your child’s spot ahead of time!
Art Classes for Adults:Each year, the museum hosts a series of art classes for adults. The classes in 2016 were held in April, May, and August and taught students how to paint murals with Jeff Geib, paint watercolors with Steve Wilson, and drawing with Rick Huck.
The Demuth Museum, 120 East King Street, Lancaster, PA 17602, Phone: 717-299-9940
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More Ideas in PA: Amish Farm and House
The Amish Farm and House in Lancaster, Pennsylvania is of great historical interest. The site is on the grounds that once belonged to William Penn, the founder of Pennsylvania. In 1715, the farm was given to John Evans, the colonial Governor. The road running in front of the farm, known as the Lancaster-Philadelphia Turnpike, was the country's first paved road. Homeowners and businesses alike wanted to be near the turnpike. Living along America's first paved road became very fashionable and desirable.
Original early houses and log structures constructed with timber were soon replaced with stronger and larger stone structures, due to growing families and desired status of residents that lived along the turnpike. Barns and large stone buildings became a common site within this area of Lancaster County. Descendents of the original Evans family, Isaac and Mary Evans started building the farmhouse that currently stands at the site of the Amish Farm and House in 1805.
The property was owned by several different people over the following 150 years, but the site has always been used as a typical Pennsylvania German farm. The owners of the farm raised traditional farm animals and grew the quintessential crops of the area. After serving as a home for almost seven generations, the Amish Farm and House now serves a different purpose as the Lancaster County's first tourist attraction. This opened the county to the rest of the world.
Several different tours are offered to visitors at the Amish Farm and House. One such tour is the Guided Amish Farmhouse Tour. A knowledgeable guide leads guests on a tour lasting around forty-five minutes through the site's 1805 Farmhouse. The house tour, which doesn't require a reservation, takes place multiple times a day with the first tour taking place at 10:45 in the morning and the last at 3:45 in the afternoon. The guided tour provides an informative look into daily life of the Old Order Amish.
The Amish Countryside Bus Tour available with the Amish Farm and House allows visitors to sit back and relax as they are driven through Amish Country to see its hidden treasures. Professional, highly-trained drivers serve also as guides as they transport guests down the back roads of "America's Garden Spot." The bus tour offers visitors an up-close look into the lifestyle of the Amish.
During the bus tour through the Amish countryside, visitors will get feel for the real Lancaster County as they learn about the culture, local stories, and the history of the area. Guests will want to keep their cameras ready during the tour as they will pass stunning vistas of farmland, historic houses, farms, barns, buggies, schoolhouses. The tour even makes a stop, when available, at an Amish roadside stand so visitors have an opportunity to interact with locals who are a living heritage of Lancaster County.
The Bus Tour Only option includes a ninety-minute tour of the countryside, a self-guided tour of the Amish Farm, and a stop at the "Willow Lane One-Room School." The Premium Package Tour includes all of this plus the 45-minute tour of the Farmhouse.
2395 Covered Bridge Drive, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Phone: 717-394-6185
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