By Diana Worden Karmin
The Bird-in-Hand Family Inn is a large yet quaint complex nestled within the heart of Amish Country in Lancaster County, Pa. Surrounded by farmland, this family-style resort is the perfect place to stay and relax while exploring all that the Pennsylvania Dutch area has to offer.
By the way, for those of us that are sticklers for detail, Pennsylvania “Dutch” is actually a corruption (sounds sinister, doesn’t it?) of the word Deutsch, which means German. The Amish originated from Germany and a comprehensive history of their culture can be found at the Lancaster County website:
For now, we’re just going to concentrate on the food and fun.
To cover the fun part, the Bird-in-Hand Family Inn has three pools – two indoor and one outdoor – and a huge hot tub spa. The pool facilities are always neat, clean, and inviting. A small game room annexes the pool area with a few rather outdated games, but the kids nevertheless seem happy to dump in several quarters and stay occupied while the adults relax in the spa.
Next to the game room is tiny gym, housing two treadmills and an elliptical. A ping pong table completes the indoor recreation facilities. (We avoid ping pong because only ONE of us can actually connect with that stupid little ball, while the other one runs around chasing it as it bounces off the table.)The outdoor grounds offer an updated playground, tennis and basketball courts, a walking trail, and a miniature golf course.
Located at the corner of the property is the restaurant and bakery. Believe us, their breakfast smorgasbord is the best part of wakin’ up at Bird-in-Hand Family Inn. The smorgasbord is open from 7:00 a.m. to 10 a.m. and features scrambled eggs, baked oatmeal, casseroles, bacon, ham, sausage, pancakes, waffles, potatoes, sausage gravy, French toast, a fruit and pastry bar and plenty more. We strongly suggest arriving no later than 9 a.m. – before all the best eats are gone. We’ve already had the sad experience of picking through the bottom of the scrambled eggs and wondering what goodies were held in the other empty warming trays because we made the mistake of sleeping in. “Oh well, whatever was there, the remnants at least looked like it was good,” we grumble to ourselves as we shuffle away, shoulders drooped, heads hanging. Lesson learned, and the alarm clock has been set on our subsequent visits.
When you visit PA Dutch County, you and your family will enjoy an active and delicious stay at the Bird-in-Hand Family Inn. To make the most of your trip, explore our Lancaster County section.