Last week we spent three days and two nights in Lancaster County on a mini-vacation. My son is OBSESSED with trains, more this year than in the past. Because of his interest, we looked into planning a "train vacation." There is this motel in Lancaster, the Red Caboose Motel, that happened to be offering a great Groupon deal last July. For about half price, we booked a room in a Caboose! Then we added another night's stay in the other hotel in that area that we've stayed in before and loved, the Fulton Steamboat Inn.
We planned mostly train themed activities around our stay. We started by having a "Hobo" lunch on the dining car of the Strasburg Rail Road. Lunch was served in a red bandana that was a souvenir. It was fun sitting on the train at a table and enjoying lunch while checking out the scenic ride through Amish Farms. After our train ride, we headed across the street to the RailRoad Museum. This place was incredible and we had to make the kiddo leave.
I wasn't sure what to expect with the Red Caboose Motel. It was rustic, and sort of old, but very clean and fun. My son's head almost popped off with excitement. He was able to climb on the cabooses, explore the entire grounds filled with lots of activities and sleep in a bunk bed! Our room was actually an old remodeled caboose, complete with 1970s paneling, a bathroom, and air conditioning. We had a double bed and two sets of bunk beds, along with a mini-fridge and microwave. No phone, but electricity! Behind the caboose was farmland, a playground, and a petting zoo of farm animals. There was even an old silo that had spiral stairs in it that led to an observation deck. We had breakfast in the dining car at the motel and were able to watch the Strasburg RR go by the front of the property, as well as lots of Amish buggies. It was fun!
The next day we headed over to the Choo-Choo Barn. This place was incredible. It was a huge room filled with a model train setup. The attention to detail here was amazing. We went around the display at least four times. It was definitely worth spending the time and money to see this incredible display. My son loved it.
We later checked into the Fulton Steamboat Inn, which is a hotel shaped like a huge boat. It is surrounded by ponds filled with koi and ducks, a cool playground, and a walkway that has a view of cows in pasture. It's really pretty inside and has a great pool area indoors. We had a blast there!
We had a great time on our mini-vacation!