Like any tourist area, Lancaster County has more than its share of souvenir stores and kitschy things to bring back home. Here’s how to be an expert in local souvenirs. (Hint: some of the very best souvenirs are edible!)
An Amish Quilt
If you can afford it. If not, you can find smaller fabric art items such as aprons and hot pads. Try Country Lane Quilts in Leola, Witmer’s Quilt Shop in New Holland, Bird-in-Hand Antique Market, Amish Village Store in Ronks, Dutchland Qulit Patch in Intercourse, Amish Farm and House Gift Shop in Lancaster, Fisher’s Handmade Quilts in Bird-in-Hand.
Shop Lancaster’s boutique, thrift, artisanal foodie and art shops for one-of-a-kind items. Try Seasons Olive Oil & Vinegar Taproom on King Street, or J.A. Sharp Custom Jewelers, or Building Character, or the Pennsylvania Guild Center of American Craft.
The ubiquitous Lancaster County markets are among the best places to shop for souvenirs, such as honey, preserves, pastries, candles, handmade goods such as alpaca scarves, brooms, pottery or Amish straw hats.
Strasburg Country Store and Candy Kitchen
The Antique Shops in Columbia
This river town is home to Burning Bridge Antique Market, Columbia Rivertowne Antique Center and many smaller antique shops.
Columbia, PA 17512
The Best of Tourist Traps
There are plenty of local “tourist traps” that have great gift shops, such as Kitchen Kettle Village in Intercourse, Country Road-Stand in Ronks, and Plain & Fancy Farm Village of Shops in Bird-in-Hand.
— Diana Abreu