There's something soothing about finding a place that takes the perks of a big city and scales them down to showcase small-town charm — not to mention at the beauty of small-town prices. Surrounded by rolling cornfields and picturesque Amish farms, Lancaster, PA, is characterized by an up-and-coming downtown full of farm-to-table restaurants, locally owned boutiques, and an electric art scene. New York Post even considered this quaint town's charisma worthy of being dubbed "the new Brooklyn." Though I might not take it that far, Lancaster's inventive food options and subtle trendiness need to be next on your list.
The best part? Lancaster is only an hour-and-a-half-hour drive or one-hour train ride outside of Philadelphia, a two-and-a-half-hour drive from Washington DC, and a three-and-a-half-hour drive or three-hour train ride outside of New York City. And when you do escape to this relaxation-inducing piece of Pennsylvania, here's exactly how to make the best of it.