As August comes to a close, autumn in Lancaster comes upon us with as much enthusiasm as coffee addicts tasting their first Pumpkin Spiced Latte of the season. Television advertisements are screaming about back-to-school shopping, fair aficionados are strategically planning their rounds to the dozens of fairs that are about to set up camp, and lately, the weather has been a bit cooler than usual.
The arrival of fall means there will be an arrival of seasonal events as well, just like the release of the Pumpkin Spiced Latte and the PA Renaissance Fair. What else is there to look forward to this season? Read below to see a highlight of three events in Lancaster County.
Whoopie! The Annual Whoopie Pie Festival is Around the Corner
Whoopie pies are treasured treat all across the Northeast. As an original Amish creation, these desserts have a sweet, creamy center sandwiched between two cake-like cookies. Although chocolate and vanilla is often the flavor of choice, new flavors like red velvet, pumpkin spice and gingerbread have come onto the scene at the annual Whoopie Pie Festival.
Get ready to scream “whoopie!” because this free event will feature over 100 flavors to sample! Combined with whoopie pie themed games, bounce houses, face painting, interactive exhibits and more, the event is a great activity for the whole family. The Whoopie Pie Festival will be hosted at Hershey Farm Restaurant & Inn on Saturday, September 9th.
Get Spooked with Ghost Tours of Lancaster
Looking to get spooked? Located in downtown Lancaster, The Ghost Tour of Lancaster features 300 years of the city’s eerie history. The walking tour is lead by candlelight, and will highlight mysteries, vigils, and curses that plague the city. According to the website, Ghost Tours of Lancaster was featured in USA Today’s nationwide coverage of ghost tours, and it provides “a side of Lancaster that [you] never would have known.” Tours are 90 minutes long and are conducted every evening in October. You will need to call for reservations.
Gaze at Fall Foliage and Spectacular River Views
What’s better than looking at beautiful shades of red, orange and yellow fall foliage on the hills and valleys of Lancaster? Looking at these beautiful shades of fall foliage on a cliff overlooking the Susquehanna River.
Chickies Rock County Park offers breathtaking panoramic views of the farmlands of Lancaster, the Susquehanna River and the hills of neighboring York County. Located off Route 441, the park offers steep hiking trails and well as a flat walking trail that will lead nature enthusiasts directly to Chickies Rock, which hangs 100 feet above the river.
According to LancasterOnline, peak viewing for fall foliage will be the week of October 14. Mark it on your calendar!