After being cooped up in our 1 bedroom apartment for a little over two months due to Covid-19 we decided to book a getaway. We wanted a place we can drive to that isn't too far away but far enough where it feels like a vacation. I started searching for unique stays on Airbnb and came across Sunny Ridge Farms in Marietta, PA.
We booked our stay for 4 days and 3 nights. Most attractions in the area were still closed due to Covid-19 but we had a wonderful time and still had our days packed with fun things to do.
This Airbnb was the most quaint, charming and peaceful place we've come across. We stayed in their guest suite which comfortably sleeps two adults in a queen sized bed. You have free parking on their property, a private entry way, kitchenette, private bathroom with a shower and a bathroom in a common area that has a bathtub that you have access to.
There is a coffee station, mugs, dishes, silverware, and cookware. You can purchase a dozen eggs from them for $5.00 from their own free range chickens - they were delicious. The space was clean, a good size for the two of us, and decorated really well. You are provided with sheets, towels for both showering and the pool, toilet paper, paper towels, shampoo, conditioner, soap, dish soap, sponges to wash dishes with and garbage bags. Pretty much anything you think you'd need, you have.
You have access to their in ground pool (not heated), a fire pit and wood, Grill, TV in your room, washer/dryer, and bikes. You have the option to help feed their calf, collect eggs from the chickens, and feed the goats and sheep. You are able to walk around their entire property on your own as if its your own.
Emily and Craig make such a sweet, charming and down to earth couple. They are very friendly and available to help with anything you need to make your stay more enjoyable. Out of all the Airbnb's we've stayed at they are our favorite hosts. If you want to interact with them or you're the type who likes to have their own space they're respectful of both needs. They're helpful in finding things to do in the area and showing you around their property and how they upkeep things if you're interested in learning how farming works. They're new farmers, about 2-3 years in the game and are looking to slowly expand and add more to make their Airbnb even more appealing. They were so sweet and welcoming which really made a lasting impression on us. Sunny Ridge Farm's is definitely a place we will be vacationing at again in the near future! Either before or after our baby arrives - this place is very kid friendly.
Things We did:
Mo and I love to go to antique shops. Mo collects model cars and I'm fascinated by 'vintage' anything and learning about how people used to live. That being said, we went around to a few antique shops which kept us busy for a couple of hours.
Abe's Buggy Rides: 2596 Old Philadelphia Pike, Bird in Hand, PA 17505 (717) 392-1794
Abe's Buggy Rides was a really fun experience for us. They have a few choices for how long of a ride you want to take ranging from 2 to 6.5 miles long. Mo and I chose one that was 4.5 mile ride which was about 45 minutes. We passed by Amish farms, stopped at an Amish owned and run Bakery (Disclaimer: we didn't get anything b/c we keep kosher), passed by buildings and structures that were 100 years old. Our tour guide was so down to earth and sweet, he explained the Amish lifestyle and history really well and patiently answered any and all questions we had to help us better understand their way of life. The ride was really peaceful and enjoyable. On their property they have a few chickens, doves, quail, Horses, a Pony, and a Goat. They have a playground where kids can release some energy and a shaded area where you can sit and each some lunch before or after your ride. If you're looking for a fun experience for the whole family that includes learning about the Amish this should go on your list.
Roots Country Market & Auction: 705 Graystone Rd, Manheim, PA 17545
This place is a Farmers market & Auction that is open every Tuesday. You have Amish, Mennonite, and your average Joe selling fresh produce, handmade furniture, soaps, and homemade food. You can find some touristy items, clothing and toys for kids too. They also have an auction for different types of produce, packaged food and small animals. You can leave the small auction with a bunny, goat, goose, peacock, chicken, hens, ducks, and baby chicks. It was an interesting experience. We spent about an hour there because it was really hot but I think this is a cool place to do some produce shopping. I also think if you were thinking about getting some chickens or a pet bunny for your kids its a fun way to acquire those animals.
Michael's Motor Cars: 922 North Queen St Lancaster, PA 17603 717.392.2888
If you're looking to see and/or rent gorgeous classic cars while you're in Lancaster, PA this is the place you should go. Mo searched this place up on google and we stopped off there on our way home. We spoke with Michael, the owner, and two members of his team there and were able to see about 7-10 really stunning classic cars. This place is also a dealership so some of these beauties are for sale! The one thing we wish we knew before our trip was that we could have rented a classic car to use for our trip there. We're both huge fans of classic cars, if you are too or someone in the family you're travelling with is, this is a place to stop by!
Other Attractions In The Area:
Many attractions in the area were still closed due to Covid-19 when we went. However, when the area opens back up more there is a lot to do!
- Hershey Park
- Dutch Wonderland
- Turkey Hill Experience
- Rock Ford Plantation
- National Watch & Clock Museum
- Locals farms for produce picking or to see animals
- Horse back riding
- Biking trails
- Hiking trails
- Many different Amish tours
Kosher Food: If you keep kosher you know that travelling and finding food can be hard. Knowing that, and restaurants being closed due to the pandemic We decided to come very prepared. We knew that we can eggs from our Airbnb and had a kitchen we can cook in. I made a very basic menu for the two of us and packed up all the kitchen items, ingredients, and cookware from home we'd need. We brought fruits & veggies, milk, rolls & cheese for eggs sandwiches, packed frozen chicken nuggets & pizza bagels, Tuna