Intercourse, PA

October 17, 2016 30 Comments

Yep, you read that title correctly. There really is a town in Pennsylvania called Intercourse, and it’s actually in Amish country. I’ve been wanting to visit the Lancaster area since I moved to Philadelphia a year ago because I love traveling around the area, and Matt and I had a free weekend last week so we made a day trip out to Intercourse and Lancaster! (Stay tuned for next week’s post on Lancaster!) I thought I would do a post on what to do in Intercourse, PA for anyone else interested in taking a day trip out to Amish country. 

For a little background on the Amish, they are a group of traditional Christians who speak “Pennsylvania Dutch” and don’t use modern technology (they’re similar to Mennonites but the Amish have more strict rules about their use of technology). They’re probably most well known by their traditional horses and buggies, which we saw everywhere in Intercourse! Since they don’t like technology, you might offend them if you take pictures of them, so be considerate. In my photos, you’ll see that there was a lot of distance between the subject and me, and in my Instagram photo, I just photographed the back of them. If you’re interested, you can read more about the interesting Amish culture here!

Intercourse, PA is only about an hour away from Philadelphia, so it’s a really easy day trip. I was lucky to have a friend from the women’s college in NC I graduated from who lives there (small world!), so she gave us some awesome suggestions. The weather was pretty grey and dreary so my pictures of the farmland aren’t very pretty, so I would recommend going on a nicer day with blue skies!

 

what to do in Intercourse, PA

I loved all the parking spots for horses!

what to do in Intercourse, PA

We started our day getting coffee from the Corner Coffee Shop, and the Sweet Bee Latte is probably the best latte I’ve ever had. Then we crossed the street to Kitchen Kettle Village, a little cluster of cute shops with everything you could imagine, from Amish Nativity sets in a Christmas store to homemade fudge and kettle corn. It was a lot of fun going through all the shops and it started getting busier later in the morning, so I would suggest going as early as possible. We got some pottery, wine from a local winery, and some Christmas presents, and the next time I go, I want to bring a cooler with me so I can stock up on all the great meat and cheese they were selling everywhere!

what to do in Intercourse, PA

what to do in Intercourse, PA

what to do in Intercourse, PA

what to do in Intercourse, PA

what to do in Intercourse, PA

The Christmas store was really neat and had a lot of interesting antiques

what to do in Intercourse, PA

what to do in Intercourse, PA

what to do in Intercourse, PA

We drove around a little bit looking at all the farms (my friend suggested looking at farms along Old Philadelphia Pike) and an old school house, and there are bike tours through Intercourse Bike Works that came highly recommended (you can bike to a farm and have lunch with the family!) but we didn’t have enough time during this visit. There are even farms with alpacas!

We stopped for an early lunch at Dienner’s Country Restaurant for a delicious buffet, and it’s such a popular local place that there were already a lot of people waiting for tables already when we left around noon. If you’re interested in other restaurants, my friend also recommended Stoltzfus Meats, Plain and Fancy, Miller’s, and Good N Plenty, and she said that Shady Maple is more of a tourist spot and doesn’t have the best food.

what to do in Intercourse, PA

what to do in Intercourse, PA

what to do in Intercourse, PA

We were full after lunch so we didn’t get shoo-fly pies, but we did get some nice $3 pumpkins

what to do in Intercourse, PA

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what to do in Intercourse, PA

We left Intercourse after lunch so we could make it to a farmer’s market in Lancaster before it closed, and then we came back towards Intercourse to go to Lapp Valley Farm to get some ice cream before heading back to the city. The ice cream was amazing and cheap, and I definitely recommend it! You can also pet some calves and see the process of milking cows, so it was great to be able to walk around the farm and see everything up close rather than just from the road. There were also a lot of families with young kids there who were really enjoying petting the calves!

what to do in Intercourse, PA

what to do in Intercourse, PA

what to do in Intercourse, PA

I saw a lot of Amish people on these bikes, so does anyone know what they’re called?

what to do in Intercourse, PA

what to do in Intercourse, PA

what to do in Intercourse, PA

what to do in Intercourse, PA

what to do in Intercourse, PA

what to do in Intercourse, PA

what to do in Intercourse, PA

what to do in Intercourse, PA

what to do in Intercourse, PA

what to do in Intercourse, PA

what to do in Intercourse, PA

This little guy just popped up and tried playing with my camera strap!

While we didn’t have the best weather, it was a lot of fun going to Intercourse in the fall to see the pumpkins and changing leaves and the temperature was perfect. I definitely want to go back and spend a whole weekend just in Intercourse! Has anyone else ventured out to Amish country? 🙂

 

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October 17, 2016

Julia

30 Comments

  1. Reply

    Stephanie

    October 17, 2016

    Neat photos! I would love to visit an Amish place.

    • Reply

      Julia

      October 17, 2016

      Thanks! 🙂 It was a really awesome place to visit!

  2. Reply

    Ray

    October 17, 2016

    Oh, the jokes that could be made with that town’s name!

    • Reply

      Julia

      October 17, 2016

      Haha indeed!

  3. Reply

    Eli

    October 18, 2016

    Hey Julia, it sounds like you had quite the Amish adventure!

    Really great photography.

    Did you know that Intercourse, PA is featured in an old Beavis and Butthead comic? For real, check it out: http://i.imgur.com/N4aKwdl.jpg

    I actually had a copy of it when I was a kid, I thought it was hilarious. Still do.

    • Reply

      Julia

      October 18, 2016

      Thanks! I didn’t know that, I’ll have to check it out! 🙂

  4. Reply

    Cat

    October 21, 2016

    Lovely photos! I love old world towns and farms. Thanks for sharing!

    • Reply

      Julia

      October 21, 2016

      Thank you! 🙂 I do, too! I want to explore some more farms soon!

  5. Reply

    Alisa

    October 21, 2016

    AHH Lapp Valley Farm— the BEST ice cream out there! Great round-up, makes me want to head back out there soon!

    • Reply

      Julia

      October 21, 2016

      Thanks! 🙂 Yeah the ice cream was awesome!

  6. Reply

    Corinne

    October 22, 2016

    You really captured Intercourse. It is such a nice area especially in the off-season. The bakery in nearby Bird-In-Hand is awesome. The best sugar cookies!

    • Reply

      Julia

      October 22, 2016

      Thank you! 🙂 I’ll add that to my list for the next time I go!

  7. Reply

    Karin

    March 11, 2017

    I totally disagree with you on your pictures, I think bad weather or not, they are gorgeous! You have a good eye. And alpacas? Seriously, I would never have thought you can find them that far up north! Do they also make alpaca wool sweaters?
    Before I forget, I was all heeheehee when reading “Intercourse” and “Lapp Valley”. Hilarious. I´d like to go there, although I think Amish people wouldn´t like me much!

    • Reply

      Julia

      March 11, 2017

      They sell lots of souvenirs with things saying “I love Intercourse” so they do have a sense of humor about the name! 🙂 I’m not sure about the alpaca wool sweaters, but I want to check that out now!

  8. Reply

    How Not To Travel alike A Basic Bitch

    March 11, 2017

    Haha I’m 12 cause I laughed every time you used the word Intercourse. I also love that it’s Amish haha. Nice thorough write up!

    • Reply

      Julia

      March 11, 2017

      Thank you! 🙂

  9. Reply

    Caitlin - The Polished Passport

    March 11, 2017

    This was such an interesting read!! Can’t wait to see more from you ?

    • Reply

      Julia

      March 11, 2017

      Thank you so much! 🙂

  10. Reply

    Amanda Tran

    March 11, 2017

    I am waaaay too immature and couldn’t make it through the post without chuckling every time I saw Intercourse. The town looks so quaint and honestly, nothing like what I expected an Amish town to look like. The photos are beautiful Julia!

    • Reply

      Julia

      March 11, 2017

      Thank you! 🙂

  11. Reply

    Itinera Magica

    March 12, 2017

    This was so interesting! I have never set foot in Philadelphia or an Amish territory so this was a great read and I really enjoyed the ride. And I chuckled every time I read the word Intercourse. Yep, I want that sweater.

    • Reply

      Julia

      March 12, 2017

      Thank you! 🙂

  12. Reply

    Meghan

    March 12, 2017

    I live in dc so I’m not too far from here. I have heard of intercourse, but have never been there. Looks like a quiet and quaint place – may have to visit soon!

    • Reply

      Julia

      March 13, 2017

      Yes it’s a great place to visit!

  13. Reply

    Becky

    March 13, 2017

    Wow so interesting to read about Amish community. Looks like a really cool place to visit. Love your photos too ?

    • Reply

      Julia

      March 13, 2017

      Thank you! 🙂

  14. Reply

    Kristie

    November 3, 2017

    I couldn’t believe the name when I found it on a trivia, so I had to just google and find out for myself if it was really true. Even further I found it to be true and in Amish country. This place looks very nice safe place to visit. Thanks for the true reality visual.
    Glad you had fun on your adventure!!

    • Reply

      Julia

      November 3, 2017

      Thank you! 🙂 Despite the crazy name, it is a really nice place to visit!

  15. Reply

    Darla

    December 1, 2017

    Looks like a fun stop! Will have to check it out next time I am in that neck of the woods 🙂

    • Reply

      Julia

      December 2, 2017

      Yes it’s a great place to visit! 🙂

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