. . . one of the Lancaster exits . . . and my car automatically turns off the highway, as if it just knows the right thing to do. During the past four years, since my older daughter has been in college in the Philadelphia area, I’ve made countless trips back and forth, and in the meantime, have exploring the hidden gems of Pennsylvania on the way. A favorite is Lancaster County. Sprawling farms, rural backroads, rustic structures selling squash, tomatoes, whatever is in season. On this trip, I didn’t have much time to spare on my way home, but a stop at Boehringer’s Drive-in (3160 N. Reading Road in Adamstown) could certainly be squeezed in. It’s an old fashioned ice cream place . . . a mile or so down the road from the now defunct Zinn’s Diner (who remembers that big Amish statue? where is he now?) I got to Boehringer’s at noon and the line for food was extending outside the building. Lucky for me, there’s a separate window just for ice cream orders. One of the great things about Boehringer’s besides the creamy, homemade ice cream is it sits near a sweet little stream complete with ducks. Lots of picnic tables are set up for guests to eat and enjoy. My favorite ice cream flavors (so far) are banana, butter brickle and black cherry. For a treat and necessary break from the Turnpike, give it a try.
Adamsburg is the Antiques Capital of the USA and even for me, who doesn’t give a hoot about Louis XIV chairs or Chippendale tables, a stop at a few shops is always a fun time (and you can walk off the ice cream calories.) My current favorite is Lancaster County Antiques & Collectible Co-op (2255 N. Reading Rd, Denver PA.) This store is jam-packed with interesting things. I always find inexpensive old food tins, cookbooks or utensils that tickles my fancy. They have high priced stuff, too, but that’s not what I’m looking for. Last trip, I bought this bright blue flour container to use as a lamp stand in my office.
This time, Prince Albert ( in a can, just like the jokes), an old vitamin powder jar and some nifty retro coffee mugs caught my eye.
After just about an hour off the main highway, I was on my way back home. Perfect way to end my trip.