As little tykes, my kids loved family trips to Lancaster County, Pennsylvania to not only visit the Amish but to throw themselves wholeheartedly into their lifestyle. Of course, at seven, adopting the Amish lifestyle for my daughter meant wearing a bonnet with her t-shirt, sneakers, and shorts, and taking a buggy ride behind a somewhat aromatic equine. Not the traditional garb of this religious sect, but her excitement was palpable, and she was a sponge soaking up the local color and customs. My son, on the other hand, was topped off with a railroad workers cap, as his love of the country was tied to the railroad in Strasburg.
Regardless, it remains a beautiful area, and for the country nuts like myself, the shopping couldn't be more rewarding!
A warm country hug to all,