Paradise, PA

Paradise is a very small town in the Lancaster area that has one of the most delightful names of all of the surrounding towns. With neighbors like Bird-in-Hand, that is no small feat. The population of Paradise was around 1,000 people as of the 2010 census. It lies northeast of Strasburg and south of Intercourse. It is conveniently located close to the outlet malls on Route 30 and many travelers may find themselves passing through on their trips through Lancaster.

One of the major attractions in Paradise is Miller’s Restaurant, which has been in business since 1929. Miller’s invites you to dine with a breathtaking view of the Amish countryside all around you. They are Lancaster’s original buffet and restaurant and claim ‘if you miss Miller’s, you miss Lancaster County.’ Each dish on the smorgasbord is made from scratch and Miller’s obtains as many of the ingredients as possible from their Amish neighbors. You can choose from the traditional smorgasbord, the soup and salad smorgasbord, or the new a la carte menu. There are shops on the premises as well for your last minute gift giving needs.

If you need a rest after your meal at Miller’s, there are many lodging options available to you in Paradise. After all, who doesn’t want to tell all of their friends that they spent the night in Paradise. Frogtown Acres is right nearby and visitors compliment the decor and extremely friendly nature of the hosts, Joe and Gloria. Many of the rooms feature beautiful exposed stone work. You can also rest your weary bones at the Creekside Inn, another bed and breakfast nearby. The Creekside features a nearly famous breakfast that everyone who has experienced it raves about.

The Revere Tavern is another spot in Paradise that receives high marks from visitors. The ambiance is peaceful and lovely and the food is well priced and excellent. The tavern is historic and was built in 1740. The decor is appropriate to the period and antique lovers will appreciate the view as well as the food. In 1841, US President James Buchanan purchased the tavern as a parsonage for his brother, Reverend Edward Buchanan and his wife Eliza Foster Buchanan. As Eliza was composer Stephen Foster’s sister, it just so happens that Mr. Foster wrote Oh, Susannah! and My Olde Kentucky Home on the grounds. Foster is known widely as one of the fathers of american music. This is quite a lot of history to share over dinner. Guests who wish to stay overnight to soak up even more can do so in some of the other buildings on the property.

Paradise might not be large, but it is well located and extremely quaint in just the style visitors have come to expect from Lancaster County, PA. Many would say a trip to Lancaster isn’t quite complete without a trip to Paradise and with the interesting attractions in the area, it is easy to see why it should be added to the itinerary of any traveler.

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