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A trip to Lancaster

It’s been a lovely spring break here at home for me, but when my mom had off from work yesterday, we decided that the day would best be spent taking a day trip together.

We decided to make the not-too-far trek to Lancaster County in Pennsylvania, just a little over an hour away from my home and about an hour and a half away from Westminster. Lancaster is well-known for its Pennsylvania Dutch subculture, which includes groups of Anabaptists known as the Amish and the Mennonites.

Our mission in Lancaster was to shop well, eat well, and find a selection of tasty Pennsylvania Dutch desserts to take home, and we succeeded in this mission quite well. We first went to a few of the shops in the Rockvale Outlets before having a delicious all-you-can-eat buffet lunch at Miller’s Smorgasbord, with food so tasty it would make Glar food weep with envy. (Sorry, Glar.)

After eating more food than we should have, my mom and I drove around the towns of Intercourse (yes, that’s the town’s actual name) and Bird-in-Hand to go to some smaller shops and bakeries. My mom loves to explore Lancaster and she actually knows her way around pretty well. My favorite part of this leg of the journey was our stop at the Bird-in-Hand Bakery, where we were greeted by goats and fluffy chickens before we went inside to purchase chocolate shoo-fly pie, apple dumplings, and other Pennsylvania Dutch baked goods.

We finished out our trip by going to the Tanger Outlets, another outlet mall in the area, where we went to a few more stores.

I had a fabulous day! I added a few new pieces to my wardrobe and indefinitely postponed my “diet” yet again, but best of all, I got to spend an entire day hanging out with my mom.

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