Traditional Lancaster PA

Traditional Lancaster, PA
photo C. Stapen

by Candyce Stapen,

In Lancaster, PA, on a recent weekend getaway, we enjoyed a mix of urban sophistication plus comforting rural landscapes. We expected—and looked forward to– the farmlands since Lancaster County beats as the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch Country. What surprised us: the galleries, vintage shops, boutiques and good restaurants.

 In fact Lancaster city ranks among the U.S.’s top 25 metropolitan areas with vibrant local (non-chain) retail, according to Civic Economics and the American Booksellers Association’s 2011 survey. Our strolls along North Prince and Queen streets revealed an interesting diversity.

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