It was recommended we eat at Shady Maple Smorgasbord in East Earl. Shady Maple touts itself as the largest smorgasbord in Lancaster County with 200′ of authentic Pennsylvania Dutch cooking. Tuesday we went there for lunch. The restaurant is huge and appears to be popular with locals and tourists alike. Shady Maple has daily specials, in addition to the specials, it offers seven other meat choices, fourteen vegetables/side dishes, forty salad options and over twenty-five different desserts. What surprised us most about the restaurant was the side grill serving up a variety of Asian dishes. Asian dishes?! REALLY?! In Pennsylvania Dutch country?! What disappointed us was the lack of authentic Pennsylvania Dutch food. There were a few traditional sides but the majority wasn’t. And when I inquired as to whether or not they had Snitz Pie, the lady working in the dessert area didn’t have a clue what I was talking about. REALLY?!
In our opinion, it wasn’t unlike any other smorgasbord restaurant. Nothing about the food stood out. On the lower level there’s a gift shop. It has an extensive and uniquely different variety of items. We did pick up a couple of doodads we just couldn’t live without. We also visited the Shady Maple Farm Market but left empty handed. We thought it resembled more of a standard grocery store than it did a farmers market.
These two pieces of artwork are on display inside the restaurant. Both are three dimensional paintings featuring carved wooden buildings glued to a painted background. The artist, Abner K. Zook, born into an Old Order Amish family in 1921, created these. The detail on the artwork is exceptional.
Established in the early 1700’s, it has many charming old buildings. We decided to forego touring the town and opted instead to drive the backroads hoping to catch a glimpse of Amish folks going about their business. We couldn’t help but comment on the many tobacco curing sheds we saw on Amish farmsteads. We had no idea it was such a popular crop in the region.
Next stop you might find listed under Roadside Attractions. There’s nothing common or usual about it. It’s The Shoe House. Built in 1948 as an advertising gimmick. Modeled after a high top work boot, the wood framed stucco house measures 48′ in length, 17′ wide and 25′ in height. The interior has five levels with a kitchen, living room, three bedrooms and two baths. Tours of the interior are given for a fee by appointment only, after all, it is a private residence.
Not as much sightseeing this week. Instead…
I took advantage of being near a mall to do a little Christmas shopping for our grandchildren. While I was out spending money, Don gave Tucker a much needed bath and grooming. A water main in the campground broke and the water has been shut off while repairs are being made. This is the second time we’ve been in this situation. Fortunately, we always keep our fresh water holding tank 2/3 full for just such an emergency. I pity the shortsighted campers that didn’t.
The truck is due for an oil change. Don has made arrangements to take it in tomorrow. In the meantime, I plan to give the Suite Pea a good cleaning. We will be heading to Gettysburg soon and with so much we want to see there, I don’t expect to have an opportunity to do much cleaning. We’ll spend the remainder of our time here just enjoying the campground, chatting with other campers and preparing to move. Until then…
Here’s lookin’ at you kid……………….
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