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Pennsylvania Dutch Country Visitors Center       501 Greenfield Road, Lancaster, PA 17601       717-299-8901

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Dairy Trail

Explore the inner workings of the largest dairy community on the East Coast. With over 98,000 cows on more than 1,800 family dairy farms, Lancaster County farmers provide milk for approximately 10.2 million people. See everything from an Amish dairy farm to an old-fashioned ice cream parlor.

Strasburg Country Store and Creamery
1 West Main Street, Strasburg
Step back in time to this old fashioned creamery where homemade ice cream is still mixed every day. Made of all natural premium ingredients, it boasts old-fashioned goodness with 14½% butterfat. The chocolate is real, melted Wilbur's chocolate, and your favorite candy and snack mix-ins can be added to any ice cream, worked in on marble slabs. Enjoy the simple pleasures of yesteryear—from the aroma of homemade waffle cones sizzling on the hot irons to the melodious tunes from the vintage nickelodeon.
Open daily 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. March – December.

Riehl’s Quilts & Crafts Shop
247 East Eby Road, Leola
Venture to the countryside of Leola, where Amish farmers demonstrate a completely different way to create those dairy delights! Take a peek inside a working Amish dairy farm, where you’ll learn how the Amish complete the milking process without modern technology. Then, browse through the shop, where handmade quilts and crafts prevail.
Open Monday - Saturday dawn to dusk with self-guided tours of dairy farm.
Guided tours available by appointment.

Kreider Farm Tour at Country Inn & Suites Manheim
1461 Lancaster Road, Manheim
Get a behind-the-scenes peek at high tech farming. Tour this farm from the comfort of your own vehicle while a guide talks through your car radio. You'll drive through the Titanic-sized barn and learn how to treat a cow like a queen. Watch cows ride the milking-merry-go-round then savor a cone of Krieder’s signature ice cream.
Tours available Monday - Saturday 9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m.

Hershey’s Chocolate World
800 Park Boulevard, Hershey
Ice cream isn’t the only thing created in the wonderful PA Dutch dairy industry. Take a short drive to the chocolate empire of Hershey and experience how milk goes from cow to chocolate. The brand-new CHOCOLATE WORLD chocolate making tour, opening April ’06, will explain the whole process and how the local dairy industry is crucial to making those famous Hershey’s products we all love!
Open year-round, seven days a week.

Download the Dairy Trail Map (172K PDF).

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Stay the Night
Expand your Pennsylvania Dutch Dairy horizons with an overnight stay at a dairy farm! Gain a whole new perspective on farming with some hands-on time on the farm—spend the evening in a comfy family farmhouse, arise early to help with the farm chores, and even try milking a cow yourself!

Verdant View Farm Bed & Breakfast
429 Strasburg Road, Paradise
One of the oldest farm B&Bs in the lower Susquehanna Valley, Verdant View Farm is the perfect way to experience rural life on the farm. Learn how to hand milk a cow or bottle feed a calf before sitting down to a huge farm-fresh breakfast.

Eby’s Pequea Farm Bed & Breakfast
345 Belmont Road, Gordonville
Enjoy time on this 1814 seventh-generation dairy farm with nearly 100 cows that need to be milked each day. Choose from accommodations in the historic family farmhouse or in the more modern Cape Cod. All guests are welcome to help with the many farm chores each morning before breakfast.

The Old Summer House Bed & Breakfast
1294 Weaverland Road, East Earl
Relax with a visit to this private guest house on a working dairy farm where farmers milk 90 Holsteins twice a day. Help feed the calves, gather eggs, stroke a rabbit, or cuddle a kitten.

Meadowview K Farm Guest House
612 Eby Chiques Road, Mount Joy
Your entire family will be able to enjoy a stay at this spacious stone guest house on a beautiful family dairy farm. Observe as the family milks the cows each day and lend a hand at feeding time. Sit back and relax as the farm windmill runs to complete the peaceful picture.

Beacon Hollow Farm
130 Centerville Road, Gordonville
For a truly unique experience, spend some time at this guest cottage on a working Amish dairy farm. See for yourself the Amish way of life and how the farm operates without electricity or other modern conveniences. The guest cottage offers comfortable accommodations and a full country breakfast each morning.

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Sample Other Trails:

Water & Winery Trail
Visit local markets and sample wines grown along the banks of the mighty Susquehanna River.

Sweet N’ Salty Trail
Explore quaint towns and villages while tasting the foods that have made Lancaster County famous.

Ale Trail
Tour local breweries and brewpubs and sip beers and ales with Pennsylvania Dutch flair.

Market Basket Trail
Stroll through markets or drive the country and fill your basket with goodies fresh from the farm.


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