The Amish Country is one of our favorite places to visit. It has to be one of the most relaxing places on earth. We enjoy taking in the beautiful hilly landscape and picturesque farm life. Seeing how the Amish live, in such a peaceful, simple way, a trip to this area makes you feel as though you’ve traveled back in time.
Lancaster County is about two hours away from where we live, so although day trips are doable, they’re long. We’ve only visited the area once with Emma. As any parent knows, long trips can be difficult on the little ones. Four plus hours spent in the car in a single day isn’t fun for anyone, really.
Last weekend we had a taste of the good life, by calling the new DoubleTree Resort by Hilton our home for a night. Upon checking in, I was greeted with a warm chocolate chip cookie. I loved the welcoming vibe.
The lobby décor was equally impressive.
We had a partial view of the golf course from our room on the 5th floor. It was appointed with a flat panel television, Wolfgang Puck coffee maker, refrigerator, hairdryer, toiletries and more. The room was decorated so beautifully, just our style, and everything is so new and clean.
The standard room includes two queen beds so of obviously we needed rails for Emma. I was impressed with how quickly the front desk responded to our request, in well under five minutes our request was fulfilled. In March when we stayed at a five-star hotel, we waited hours and then only received one rail. Night and day.
Just having a place to rest in the middle of the day, and freshen up before dinner would have been enough for us. But the DoubleTree Lancaster is so much more than a room. With so many features and amenities, this resort is a destination in and of itself:
• Business center
• Free wireless Internet access
• Two on-site restaurants
• State-of-the-art fitness center
• Indoor water playground
• Victorian chapel
• 9-Hole Golf Course
• Lighted tennis courts
• Full-size basketball court
• Duck Pond
• Free bus tour
• Signature Sweet Dreams sleep experience
• Hilton HHonors® reward points
Emma had a blast playing in the indoor water playground. This is on the ground level of the building adjacent to the adult pool area and the fitness center. There are even a few arcade games in the area.
Before we turned in on Saturday night, we dined at the onsite restaurant, Café 24 Hundred. We enjoyed a nice quiet meal at a reasonable price. The perfect end to a busy day.
Our experience with DoubleTree Lancaster was so enjoyable that on the way home we all agreed we wished our stay was longer. These reformed day trippers will definitely be returning soon.
The Double Treat at DoubleTree Family Vacations Getaway contest!
In celebration of the one-year anniversary of DoubleTree Resort, Lancaster, formerly part of Willow Valley Resort Conference Center, the resort is launching its Double Treat Vacation Getaway Contes from May 13-July 31, 2011. Two winning families will win a grand prize of not one but two night stays at Double Tree Resorts! To enter, families must submit a photo of themselves enjoying family fun at DoubleTree Resort in Lancaster to Will@WillowVal.com. Visit http://willowvalley.com/lancaster-pa-doubletree/doubletreat-contest/ for more information.
While we were provided a complimentary night’s stay at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Lancaster, the opinions stated above are my own.