One of my favorite things is to visit Lancaster County, the setting for my Amish books. I love to drive along country roads to soak up the peaceful scenery and the atmosphere of the Amish community. I’ve stayed in many places, usually near Intercourse or Bird in Hand, but my favorite by far is the Amish Guesthouse and Cottage in Intercourse, Pennsylvania.
John and Ruthie Stoltzfus, the owners, offer warm and welcoming accommodations with fresh bread and jam and other wonderful breakfast items. I enjoy staying in their Amish Cottage, that sits behind the Guesthouse and is a garage converted into a dawdi haus with a front porch, a kitchen area and a delightful view.
The cottage is a large comfortable room with Amish clothing, rocking horses and other country items as décor. There is an old-fashioned cast-iron stove where they leave their guests tea and coffee and other goodies. And during the day, you can hear the clip-clop of horse hooves as buggies drive by.
There is so much to see and do in the area. Yes, there are tourists, but that doesn’t take away from my quiet reflection and the research I enjoy doing for my books.
Lancaster County is a great place for you to learn and immerse yourself into what it means to be Amish…from tasting the delicious food they prepare in their restaurants to taking a ride in a buggy. My Lancaster County Wedding and Women of Lancaster County series are set not far from Intercourse and Bird in Hand in a little Amish village I call Happiness.
I hope you’ll get to enjoy the warmth and happiness of Lancaster County soon. Until then, you can get a taste of both in my novels.
Rebecca Kertz moved to rural Delaware when she was a young newlywed. First introduced into the Amish world when her husband took a job with an Amish construction crew, she took joy in watching the Amish job-foreman’s children at play and in swapping recipes with his wife. Rebecca resides happily with her husband and dog. A grandmother of three granddaughters, she has a strong faith in God and feels blessed to have her son and his family nearby. She enjoys visiting Lancaster County, the setting for her Amish stories. When not writing or vacationing with her extended family, she enjoys reading and doing crafts. Tracing her family’s roots has become another one of her passions. Her latest novel is Her Forgiving Amish Heart, the story of Leah Stoltzfus, a young woman who seeks shelter in an Amish store during a thunderstorm and meets up with the one man she didn’t want to encounter—the owner’s son, Henry Yoder, the man who betrayed her cousin. Her Forgiving Amish Heart is part of Women of Lancaster County Series. Each book stands alone, but she hopes that you will enjoy the other stories in this series as well as the books in her Lancaster County Wedding series. Her next novel will be Her Amish Christmas Gift, a December 2018 release.