Home to rich religious history, the northeastern Lancaster County town of Ephrata represents cultural diversity, while still incorporating many Pennsylvania Dutch and Amish traditions. Ephrata became home to America's first communal religious society, the Ephrata Cloister, which is still a popular historical destination today, but Ephrata was well known for other resources as well.
Founded in 1732, Ephrata was historically known as a pleasure resort and agricultural community. Over a century later, Ephrata enjoyed a reputation of a popular pleasure resort due to it's renowned "spring waters" where today stands the Mountain Springs Hampton Inn and Suites. The surrounding countryside blends with the ambiance of historic downtown district to create a unique small-town destination
In addition, the town also offers a nice mix of local shops and boutiques, one of the largest farmers' markets in the country, live theatre, restaurants, events and homey lodging. Explore many of these destinations, plus beautiful countryside and covered bridges, by driving the Northern Amish Countryside Trail.
Ephrata Chamber / Visitors Center
Downtown Ephrata Inc.
Green Dragon Farmers' Market
Ten Thousand Villages Store & Cafe
Volks March (the "People's Walk" in German) - A 5K or 11K stroll through Ephrata. Pick up your map at the Hampton Inn & Suites, available 24/7!
Where To Eat
Kling House Restaurant|
The Kling House Restaurant offers Lancaster County food that uses Kitchen Kettle Village products to make a uniquely flavorful breakfast or lunch.
What To Do
Mennonite Information Center|
We provide authentic information on Amish and Mennonite faith and culture with maps and brochures of the area. Ask about our step-on-guide custom tours.
Where To Stay
Kimmell House Bed & Breakfast|
Enjoy afternoon tea in the Keeping Room or garden area of this charming 1795 stone colonial.
Where To Shop
For nearly 275 years, people have come together in Lancaster City for entertainment, social, creative enrichment and great shopping and dining experiences.