Home to rich religious history, the northeastern Lancaster County town of Ephrata represents cultural diversity, while still incorporating many Pennsylvania Dutch and Amish traditions. Ephrata became home to America's first communal religious society, the Ephrata Cloister, which is still a popular historical destination today, but Ephrata was well known for other resources as well.
Founded in 1732, Ephrata was historically known as a pleasure resort and agricultural community. Over a century later, Ephrata enjoyed a reputation of a popular pleasure resort due to it's renowned "spring waters" where today stands the Mountain Springs Hampton Inn and Suites. The surrounding countryside blends with the ambiance of historic downtown district to create a unique small-town destination
In addition, the town also offers a nice mix of local shops and boutiques, one of the largest farmers' markets in the country, live theatre, restaurants, events and homey lodging. Explore many of these destinations, plus beautiful countryside and covered bridges, by driving the Northern Amish Countryside Trail.
Ephrata Chamber / Visitors Center
Downtown Ephrata Inc.
Green Dragon Farmers' Market
Ten Thousand Villages Store & Cafe
Volks March (the "People's Walk" in German) - A 5K or 11K stroll through Ephrata. Pick up your map at the Hampton Inn & Suites, available 24/7!
Where To Stay
Hillside Farm Bed & Breakfast|
Quiet, secluded pre-Civil War farm homestead overlooking Chickies Creek with dam and waterfall. Entirely surrounded by working farms.
Where To Eat
Lancaster Brewing Company|
Enjoy Lancaster’s freshest, handcrafted beers while dining in a working brewery.
What To Do
Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society|
A wonderful source for Pennsylvania German history, genealogy, and material culture. Includes museum exhibit, "Decorated and Plain: A Mennonite and Amish Sampler."
Where To Shop
Bird-in-Hand Antique Market
This old country store features 40 antique dealers, Lancaster County produce and Amish made crafts, food items and more!