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Rent the Life

Amish Immersion
Intercourse, Pennsylvania

The Details
Travel time: 2.5 hours.
Size: Sleeps 11.
Dates: Three weeks in June, July 1–4 and 6–13, August 3–7, August 24–September 17.
Price: $225 a night or $1,200 a week.

Get back to basics with the Stoltzfuses, an Amish family that rents out its three-bedroom guesthouse by the day or week. There’s no TV or Wi-Fi, but there are foosball and Ping-Pong tables, plus Amish quilts blanketing all five beds. And though there is electricity (as well as A/C in the second-floor rooms), gas lanterns brighten the living and dining areas. The 70-acre property is a working farm, and you’re welcome to take part in daily chores like gathering eggs from the henhouse, feeding the pigs, or milking the cows—your hosts will show you how. Explore the village center, too, just a ten-minute drive away. It’s a hive of Amish culture, with the Amish Experience Theater (3121 Old Philadelphia Pk., Bird-in-Hand; 717-768-8400), and handcrafted quilts for sale at the Old Country Store (3510 Old Philadelphia Pk.; 800-828-8218).

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