Your Shopping Guide This Holiday Season!

Written by: John Esbenshade

If you’re coming to visit Lancaster County, PA this holiday season, you’re in for a treat as there is a plethora of wonderful things to do and see. From themed attractions, fun events for kids and kids in all of us, to one of a kind shopping experience, you’ll find many ways to enjoy the holidays.

This is the season of giving and receiving, so we wanted to help you with shopping for a perfect gift or souvenir that is sure to bring cheer to you and your loved ones.

If you’re staying at the Fulton Steamboat Inn, one of the most unique hotels in Lancaster PA, here’s your shopping guide and other fun things to do in the vicinity this holiday season:

Outlets

In the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch Country, two popular Lancaster outlet shopping hot spots await you – the Tanger Outlet Center, just a few minutes’ drive from the Fulton Steamboat Inn, and The Shops @ Rockvale, located a short walk from us.

If you love a good bargain and also the brand names, shopping at the either center will provide just that. Here you’ll find something for everyone’s taste and budget; hundreds of factory outlet stores with a variety of brand name clothing, shoes and housewares at prices that are hard to beat.

So write your shopping list, wear comfy shoes, and have a shopping adventure minutes from your lodging!

Amish and Country Stores

Want something more local? Stroll down to The Amish Village, where you can visit the Amish and their tranquil, simpler life, and shop for some old-fashioned and homemade items and gifts.

You’ll find the Smokehouse Market with Amish-made jams, apple butter, whoopie pies and more, the Blacksmith shop, and various Amish-made crafts and souvenirs.

If you love quilts, there are numerous quilt and fabric shops around Lancaster County, PA, such as the Old Country Store in Intercourse. Come here for stunning fabrics, notions, and hand-made quilts, and be inspired to create your own quilt or take an Amish-made gem home.

Kitchen Kettle Village features over 40 shops with all kinds of goods – from jewelry and accessories to delightful jams, fudge and cheese. While the village is a great place for shopping, you can also experience fudge and candy being made in front of you, and even a horse drawn carriage ride.

A short walk from Kitchen Kettle Village is the Smucker Village where you’ll find the Treasure Place, abundant with one-of-a-kind pieces for the home, such as barn-wood furniture, decorative items, and vintage heirlooms.

Antiquing

Love antiques and uncovering unexpected gems and treasures? Visit Adamstown – it has earned its name as the “Antiques Capital” with over 15 antique shops and 3,000 dealers. Also, Strasburg Antique Market is a great place for antiquing, featuring 70 quality antiques dealers in a restored tobacco warehouse.

 Local Town Shops

Lancaster offers dozens of unique boutiques, quaint stores, and art galleries, truly something for everyone!

On the 300 Block of Queen Street, you’ll find distinctive gifts – from hand-crafted glass works of art, custom jewelry, and fine crafts to vintage finds to modern household items. Make sure you stop at the Building Character, a warehouse featuring 60 small shops with an exciting variety of unique goods.

Lititz, a small charming town, features exciting boutique shopping along the quaint Main Street and Broad Street: shops specializing in coffee and sweets, kitchen wares, soaps, and much more.

If you need a last minute shopping or feel too relaxed to explore the County, worry not – the Fulton Steamboat Inn has a friendly gift store, the Emporium Gift Shoppe. You’ll be able to select a locally made product, a Pennsylvania Dutch Country souvenir or a themed Fulton Steamboat Inn gift.

In addition to shopping, you can experience the true meaning of Christmas on your winter vacation in Lancaster PA by seeing one the lovely shows, such as the Miracle of Christmas at the Sight & Sound Millennium Theatre, or the Christmas Show at the American Music Theater.

After you’ve done your Christmas shopping and treated yourself to a show, come to the Fulton’s Huckleberry’s for lunch or dinner to refuel.

You’ll find that the Fulton Steamboat Inn is extra festive, magical, and welcoming around Christmas time, decorated with sparkly holiday adornments and five Christmas trees. Relax by our heated indoor pool, or take in the beauty of the surrounding nature in the hotel’s outdoor area, featuring the koi and duck pond, and a fire pit where you can get cozy and warm and make lots of s’mores.

Charming Lancaster County, PA and Fulton Steamboat welcome you this holiday season – make a reservation today and make sure to ask us about all the festivities in the area.

Call us today at (717) 299-9999.