Posted May 13, 2009 by Kate Hamman
In the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch country, you'll find Lancaster City, which offers the appeal of big city culture at small town prices. The city will woo you with its rich art community, modern hotels, and hip cafes located amongst the rural background of open fields and farmland.
CityFolk on Prince: At CityFolk gallery, you'll find an array of contemporary and traditional folk art, including carvings, paintings, crafts, and antiques. The eclectic and ever-changing space is part of Gallery Row, which is the art beat of Lancaster city. Though the gallery is always free to enter, don't miss the first Friday of every month, when it and more than 90 other galleries and shops celebrate with evening events. Prices depend on each individual piece of work.
Lancaster Arts Hotel: The Lancaster Arts Hotel has revitalized a tobacco warehouse to create a loft-like space, which combines modern design with a historical foundation. The boutique hotel's sleek furniture set against exposed brick feels like an artist's minimalistic dream. You can explore the first-floor art gallery, where works of local artists are proudly displayed. Rooms start at $179 per night.
Prince Street Cafe: Many great artists throughout time have found their muse at the bottom of a cup of coffee. Prince Street Cafe not only provides the liquid inspiration, but also a comfortable place to sip a warm beverage and experience art. The walls are adorned with the works of local artists and photographers, and live musical performances are common. If you're in need of something more substantial than just caffeine, the cafe also serves breakfast, sandwiches, and desserts. Prices range between $6 and $8 for sandwiches.
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(Photo: Pennsylvania Dutch Convention & Visitors Bureau)