32 Reasons to Drive to Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Amazing shopping, art galleries, and craft breweries galore.
Lancaster—the land of sprawling farms and horse-drawn buggies. Not so fast. While the culture of the Pennsylvania Dutch threads through much of the area, there’s more to the city than meets the eye. Hip shops pepper downtown corridors, fine dining captures the attention of The New York Times, and, of course, the scenery is unparalleled. Just over 90 minutes from Philly, if you’re feeling the itch to get out of town, Lancaster fits the bill for an easy, yet exciting, road trip. Here are all the best reasons to visit.
The killer dining scene
The best part of hanging in a new place is trying all the food you can’t get at home. Make a reservation at Luca, the Italian eatery with wood-fired pizza, seasonal pasta dishes featuring local farm-sourced ingredients, and Italian wines. Seafood lovers shouldn’t miss Gibraltar, with their raw bar, shellfish sampler, and mains ranging from branzino to New York strip. Down an alley and up a flight of stairs is Horse Inn, a one-time speakeasy serving locally-sourced American (the Horse Fries, topped with house-made sausage, parmesan, aged provolone, and garlic heavy cream are a hit).
Named after a tobacco inspector, John J. Jeffries serves farm-to-table fare sourced from Lancaster farms with beef tartare, pheasant, and more on the menu. Utilizing Pennsylvania spirits in their cocktails and lots of vegetarian and vegan options, Shot and Bottle is great for dinner and brunch. Trinidadian spot Callaloo offers crowd pleasers like fried chicken bao buns, buss-up-shut (a flatbread) with curried beef, and doubles (a Trinidadian street food of fried bread, chickpeas, cucumber chutney, tamarind and cilantro sauce).