Emerald Tours Presents “Samson” Sight & Sound Theatre Productions Oct. 3-8, 2016
1 NORTH CAROLINA / VIRGINIA / WEST VIRGINIA / MARYLAND / PENNSYLVANIA: Today we travel northward through 5 states to reach our destination, The Pennsylvania Amish Country. We will enjoy and fabulous meal at MILLERS SMORGASBORD Restaurant once we arrive in Lancaster. After dinner, we will check into our hotel for the next 5 nights. (D)
2 LONGWOOD GARDENS / IN-HOME AMISH DINNER: This morning we will enjoy breakfast at the hotel before we depart for LONGWOOD GARDENS. Today the 1,077- acre Longwood Gardens consists of varied outdoor gardens, ranging from formal to naturalistic in their landscape design, and 20 indoor gardens within a 4.5 acre (1.8 hectares) group of heated greenhouses. Longwood’s Conservatory contains 4,600 different types of plants and trees, as well as fountains. The traditions and elegance of the gardens have evolved over time, and resulted in the magnificence we have today. We’ll have lunch (on on own) at the Gardens before departing for Lancaster and where we’ll relax and refresh before we meet our guide for a truly pleasant experience as we have DINNER at AMISH HOME. (B,D)
3 DAY ON OWN TO EXPLORE / DINNER AT SHADY MAPLE RESTAURANT: This morning we will enjoy breakfast at the hotel. Today we’ll explore some of the areas unique Amish shops and enjoy the scenery as we watch the Amish cultivate their land, ride in their horse and buggy to town or you can just relax until we depart for dinner at THE SHADY MAPLE Restaurant. This is truly a place where you can eat until you drop and shop until you drop. B,D)
4 AMISH FARMLAND TOUR / SAMSON / GREENFIELD INN DINNER / KITCHEN KETTLE VILLAGE: We begin our day with breakfast at the hotel. We will meet our Step-On-Guide for our experience of the simple lifestyle of the Pennsylvania Amish community. Our local tour guide will explain the fascinating cultural distinctions which make the Amish unique among American religious groups. We’ll see the one-room schoolhouses, windmills, Amish “phone booths” and farmers working the fields with their horse or mule-drawn plows. We’ll visit The Amish Quilt & Craft Shop and maybe find that special hand-made quilt to take home and enjoy. A COUNTRY SURPRISE awaits you, somewhere along the way. We can’t tell you what it is because if we did, it wouldn’t be a surprise. We’ll visit the KITCHEN KETTLE VILLAGE. Stroll through 42 shops and restaurants built around their nationally celebrated Jam & Relish Kitchen. Watch local farm women “put up” more than 80 varieties of jams, jellies, reserves, sauces, dressings, relishes, fruit butters, pickles and more! Sample each and every flavor FREE! Watch made-before-your-eyes creamy fudge, kettle corn popcorn, warm potato chips, buttery soft pretzels, warm-from-the-oven cookies and Lapp’s famous ice cream on the nearby Lapp family farm. Shop for that special treasure to take home to your loved ones. After our visit to The Kitchen Kettle, we will head for our performance of “SAMSON” at The Sight & Sound Theater. Watch one of the captivating stories in the Bible come to life on the giant-wrap around stage. SAMSON is filled with colorful characters, extraordinary feats of strength and amazing special effects. SAMSON will literally “bring down the house” as he stands between colossal columns and starts to push. This extraordinary production delivers a message of hope for the wayward, comfort for the weary, and the incredible Grace of God that enables us to be strong in HIM! After our performance, we will enjoy dinner (included) at The Greenfield Inn. Built in 1780, this wonderfully restored and well-maintained Pennsylvania stone farmhouse has a tradition of warmth and friendship while creating foods made especially for you. HOME: Today we’ll have an buffet breakfast at the hotel before departing for home. Sit back and relax as you reflect on the beautiful and amazing sights and performances we have seen these past 4 days. (B, L)
5 BIRD-N-HAND FARMERS MARKET / AFTERNOON ON OWN TO EXPLORE: We’ll enjoy a breakfast before departing for the BIRD-N-HAND Farmers Market. Wil over 30 local venders offering a wide variety of homemade baked goods, spices, bulk foods, specialty teas and coffee, fresh fruits, and vegetables, canned goods, and preserves, meats, cheese, nuts, dips, fudge and candy. There are homemade quilts, leather goods, wooden toys, and beautiful silt flower arrangements. Watch funnel cakes, soft pretzels and fudge being made and enjoy a delicious sandwich, homemade soup or daily luncheon special at one of the snack counters.
We’ll depart the hotel and travel to our dinner destination at The BIRD-N-HAND Restaurant. We’ll enjoy a family style dinner served in the Smucker Family style since they moved to Bird-N-Hand at the turn of the century.
After dinner, we’ll board our coach and depart for our evening performance of “JOSIAH FOR PRESIDENT” at the BIH Stage. Just in time the political season comes this fun, powerful and entertaining musical about a Lancaster County Amish farmer who gets spirited onto the national stage as a write-in candidate for President. A refreshing, non-political take on Beltway Politics and an inspiring love story. (B,D)
6 HOME: After our breakfast at the hotel, we will depart for home takeing with us many wonderful memories of how the Amish live their every day lives.
|First Class Motorcoach Transportation
||5 Nights Hotel Accommodations
|Amish Farmland Guided Tour
||Sight & Sound Theater “Samson”
|Free Time “Surprise”
|Amish Quilt & Craft Shop
||Services of Emerald Tours Manager