Sidewalk cafés dot the streets, and roadside stands with hand-scrawled signs advertising everything from brown eggs to baked apple dumplings invite you to turn down winding farm lanes. These are the towns that produce the foods for which we yearn – from Intercourse’s sensational jams and jellies to Hershey’s famous chocolate bars and the Wilbur Buds of Lititz. With hands-on experiences, world-famous food brands, and take home specialties for culinary adventures in your own kitchen—these towns are don’t miss foodie destinations.
Founded as a country village in 1754, Intercourse is a quintessential Amish community, where buggy hitching posts stand in parking lots and farming is the talk outside general stores. You’ll find top-notch foods that are favorites locally and around the globe.
It’s the food culture that makes the village of Intercourse so unique. Traditions are held dear, and foods are prepared simply and heartily—where the natural flavors take priority.
Stroll down the street in Lititz, and you’ll think you’ve wandered right into a scene of a Norman Rockwell painting. Founded by the Moravians 250 years ago, Lititz is home to treats known around the world and that warm, inviting feeling that’s so common in Pennsylvania Dutch Country.
Further explore downtown Lititz and you’ll discover everything from a gourmet herb shop to an historic tavern dating back to the 1700s. Food is an integral part of life in Lititz.
Continue your drive, and you’ll land in a chocoholic’s paradise, where Milton Hershey built his chocolate empire that still reigns today. With Kiss-shaped streetlights and the ever-present scent of chocolate in the air, there’s no doubt you’ve arrived in Hershey.
As you make your way through town, the familiar brands of Hershey’s, Reese’s and more appear along the sides of factory buildings. Your first stop is the Hershey’s Chocolate World Visitors Center, where you can take a Factory Tour ride about the chocolate-making process. From there, become an “official” employee at the Hershey Factory Works, where you can select your very own Kisses or “Hersheyize” your own desserts.
Next door, HERSHEYPARK offers rides, games, shows and more – all centered on those friendly Hershey Product Characters! Mingle with the Hershey’s Chocolate Bar, the York Peppermint Pattie and your other Hershey favorites! The newest ride for 2006 even features this Foodie Town’s theme with the Reese’s Xtreme Cup Challenge – the ride that takes on the debate of peanut butter vs. chocolate.
Hershey isn’t just for the kids and kids at heart. There’s luxury for chocoholics as well. Step into the chocolate spa for a cocoa massage, chocolate fondue wrap or strawberry parfait scrub. After dinner, relax with a chocolate martini and mouth-watering desserts.
Flavor comes alive wherever you travel in these Foodie Towns. For a truly fresh taste of PA Dutch Country, visit our Market Towns.