Ephrata, PA

Welcome to Ephrata, Pennsylvania

The Ephrata Cloister was founded in 1732 by German settlers. Their religious community consisted of celibate Brothers and Sisters along with married families. Their settlement of unique European style buildings is now a National Historic Landmark and is open to the public for tours and special programs.

Today, Ephrata is a thriving small town that takes pride in its heritage and in its own unique character.

Many Old Order Mennonites reside in the rural communities surrounding Ephrata. (You can learn more about the Old Order Amish and Mennonites in our Amish pages.)

Ephrata is located along Route 322 between Routes 272 and 222 in Northeastern Lancaster County.  For other attractions and nearby information, see also Adamstown, Lititz, and Eastern Lancaster County.

Artist’s Inn & Gallery

P. O. Box 26, 117 E. Main Street, Terre Hill, PA 17581, 888-999-4479

Spend the night in an art gallery. Enjoy whirlpool tubs, fireplaces, gourmet breakfasts, and the innkeeper’s own artwork. Listen to Amish buggies clip-clopping past the inn. Our cottage and carriage house options are perfect for romantic or girlfriend getaways. Visit website

Hampton Inn & Suites Ephrata – Lancaster County

380 E. Main Street, Ephrata, PA 17522, 717-733-0661

Award-Winning hotel near Amish farmlands. Free hot breakfast, heated indoor pool, free high-speed wireless Internet. Visit website

Historic Smithton Inn Bed & Breakfast

900 West Main Street, Ephrata, PA 17522, 717-733-6094, 877-755-4590

1763 stone inn with seven guest rooms, all with working fireplaces, flat screen TV/DVD players, private baths, and hand-sewn quilts. Friendly atmosphere and delicious breakfasts. Green Dragon Farmers Market, Ephrata Cloister, and antiques are nearby. Visit website

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