One of my favorite Lancaster County hiking trails to conquer on a weekend morning is Tucquan Glen Nature Preserve, a nice moderate 2 mile loop in the southern end of the county. The hike is along a tributary in a ravine that ultimately feeds into the Susquehanna River. The Glen itself is part of the Lancaster Conservancy, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving Lancaster County’s open lands.
Walking along the stream, at points both peaceful and rushing depending on the time of year, is a perfect way to relax and unwind. The trail is heavily canopied by a variety of trees and rhododendron thickets. Towards the end of the trail the stream comes to a head and flows past several rock and boulder placements for some runs of spectacular falling water. The water in the tributary is usually very pristine and has been designated a Wild and Scenic Pennsylvania River by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.
I like to get out to the Glen in the early spring to check out the various wildflowers in bloom and then again in the fall to see the spectacular foliage. It takes about 2 hours for me to hike the loop, but I usually spend the better part of the morning there, taking in the fresh air and beautiful scenery, not to mention taking a photograph or two.
Today, a co-worker and I headed over to Isaac’s Restaurant & Deli. We both ordered what we always order, I got the Black Heron (Mouth-watering Black Angus Steak, sliced thin and piled high, smothered with provolone and cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato, onions and mayo) and she got the Whooping Crane (Sliced turkey, onions and fresh spinach, grilled with Swiss cheese and honey-Dijon dressing).
Isaac’s is such a great place – they’ve got the best customer service and their sandwiches are always so delicious. Downtown Lancaster has a great pickle bar for some late night fun, but when we go to lunch at work, we generally go to the Isaac’s at Greenfield because it’s right down the road from the Visitors Center (501 Greenfield Road).
We got dessert as well – the Fudgie Wudgie (Warm fudge brownie and ice cream – we had strawberry – hot fudge, whipped cream and chocolate chips). Mmm…
They have a club you can become a part of, the Flaming Fan Club, where when you join, you get a coupon for a buy one get one free sandwich (take a friend!), and then they send you different deals each month, as well as a free dessert coupon for your birthday every year – like I said – great customer service!
I recently went with my family to the Landis Valley Museum’s Harvest Days. We arrived, and got some free Turkey Hill ice-cream samples – they were delicious – and of course, got our photo taken with the huge Turkey Hill cow.
When we entered the “museum” (If you’ve never been to Landis Valley, you need to know that it’s not your traditional indoor museum. Landis Valley is a town – buildings that have been restored, it’s pretty much a living history!) and went from building to building to see what they had there. They’ve got crafts, food demonstrations of cooking in the times of 1740 or later. We got to watch as they made apple butter outside over a fire in a huge kettle, and got to taste some (mmm…). They have a straw maze, as well as a pumpkin patch where you can pick out your own pumpkin – it’s just a great way to experience what life was like in the 18th & 19th centuries – learn about village & farm life in Lancaster County!
You can go on horse-drawn wagon rides around the village, enjoy live music, and great food. Pulled pork sandwiches are my favorite treat of Harvest Days, as well as fresh squeezed lemonade.
See their website for more details. It’s a wonderful excuse to get outside!