2013 Fall Escapade travel blog

Patio dining at the Pineville Tavern Friday night

Dinner at Pineville

Nice Plymouth(?) outside Pineville

Today's route to Lancaster

Almost Paradise

Winnie at Country Acres

Amish farmer planting ground cover for the winter

Harvest time in Lancaster County

Red Caboose Motel

Sue taking pictures of the chickens at the Red Caboose

One of the chickens

Farm house at the Red Caboose

A horse hanging around waiting to take tourists on a buggy ride

Tobacco drying in an Amish barn


Before leaving Hatfield, I had to have dinner at one of my favorite DDD’s, the Pineville Tavern over near New Hope. I’ve been there 2 or 3 times, but Friday night was the first time Sue has tried it. It really doesn’t fit as a diner, drive-in or a dive. It’s a nice country tavern in Bucks County Pennsylvania that has great food and a nice atmosphere. It’s been around since 1724. One of the featured dishes is snapper soup – thick, hearty, and lots of snapping turtle meat. I always get it. I remember my grandmother used to make fresh snapper soup with snapping turtles caught in the Rancocas Creek in good old Riverside, NJ. Didn’t appreciate it when I was 5 years old, but I do now.

This morning we headed west to the Lancaster, PA area where we’ll be staying until next Sunday. We’re in Country Acres Campground almost in Paradise, PA, hence the title of today’s post. It was such a nice day when we got there that we drove around the Lancaster County countryside to do a little sightseeing. We stopped at the Red Caboose Motel in Strasburg. We took the kids there a long time ago because you get to eat in an old dining car with real train sounds. There are also about 20 or 25 old cabooses that are rented out as motel rooms. Lots of railroad stuff in the area to see including the Strasburg RR, a couple of giant model train displays, and the Pennsylvania Railroad Museum. Well worth a full day in the area if you like trains and model railroading.

You can’t come to Lancaster without eating at one of the many Smorgasbords. We ate at the Bird-in-Hand Restaurant. After waiting for about a half hour, we were seated and dug into the “smorg” as the waitress called it. You can’t go without trying one, and after you are done you wonder why you did. It’s been a few years since we’ve partaken and after we were done we remembered why we don’t eat at “smorg” ’s or buffets (think Old Town Country Buffet) more often. Too much bad food you think you need to eat to get your money’s worth. When visiting Lancaster stay away from the smorgasbords.

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