Friday, March 19, 2010

Our Train-Cation in Strasburg, PA

Our motel was great! We got to stay in our own caboose! And the motel had a petting zoo, two playgrounds, a gift shop, rides, and an amazingly nice staff! We'd had such a good time when we went to Dutch County last summer, we decided to return to check out all the trains!

We ate breakfast in the motel's restaurant (which was an actual dining car from a train). The waitresses were very charmed by Avery. Avery loved his big blueberry pancake!

The gift shop had a love tester! (like the "Love-matic Grandpa" on The Simpsons!)

We went to the train museum where we looked at old train cars and played with a lot of model trains. Then we walked across the street where we got on board the oldest running train in the world (from 1882) and took a short train tour of the area.

We stopped at Bird-in-the-Hand Bake Shop to stock up on some homemade jams and to get Avery an ice cream cone and let him play on the playground.

We couldn't come to Strasburg, PA, without making a pilgrimage to the Thomas the Tank store. We ended up buying just a couple of Thomas things, and Avery didn't even throw a temper tantrum! A true Thomas miracle!

Hannah's visit

Hannah came to visit for a few days during her Spring Break. Avery loved seeing his aunt! Hannah and I had fun ice skating, seeing "Billy Elliot" on Broadway, and shopping!