Four hours south of New York City, the country lanes and Amish farms on the rolling hillsides of Pennsylvania Dutch Country are the antithesis of hip, high-powered city living. And that may be just what you need for a revitalizing romantic weekend getaway. Besides, what's not to love about a region that has towns named Blue Ball, Bird-in-Hand, Lititz, and Intercourse?
Here in Lancaster County, some residents still travel by horse and buggy and live and work in tight-knit religious communities.
While there are no first-class lodgings in the area, there are clean and affordable motels. And what Pennsylvania Dutch Country lacks in hotels, it more than makes up for in restaurants.
Even if you're not a couple who ordinarily relishes buffets, the ones here are different: Their country settings are immaculately clean and food is made with farm-fresh ingredients from local growers.
Do I need to mention it's not uncommon to find at least half a dozen kinds of pudding to choose from, and an equal number of pies — including the area's coveted shoo-fly variety?
Although there are plenty of outlet malls in the surrounding areas, the real buys in Pennsylvania Dutch country are its country crafts, still made the old-fashioned ways. Whether you decide to pick up a handmade hex sign or an intricate quilt, it will long serve as a reminder of your romantic weekend here.