Staten Island Bicycle Association’s 8th Annual Penn Dutch Weekend


What’s New This Year?


New Hotel – at the lowest rate yet – with an outdoor swimming pool Our Friday dinner, at the historic Revere Tavern, is steps from the hotelNew restaurant for Saturday night.Different rides, with the Lancaster Bike club,  than before. Self guided rides also, including rail trailsSign up today for the only club weekend trip.

Penn Dutch buggy

This year, we will be at a hotel with both an indoor and an outdoor swimming pool. The hotel is adhering to the current covid regulations. A link to the CDC regulations is toward the bottom of this write-up.

Because this trip is being run through the Staten Island Bicycling Association, non-members pay $25 to join that club. Go to https://siba.clubexpress.com/


We arrive for this weekend on Friday, June 25. Participants provide their own transportation. We are staying at the Best Western Plus Revere Inn. The reduced rate for our trip is $134.99 per room, per night, and comes with two queen sized beds.


When calling the hotel, (717 687-7683), to get the reduced rate, tell the hotel staff that you are reserving for “Roy’s Penn Dutch Ride” The rooms that I reserved, at the reduced price, will be available until June 4, 2021.

            
The hotel will give a full refund, for any cancellation, up to 24 hours before the first night. 
All the rides scheduled are done with the local Lancaster Bicycle club, over 700 members. They also have their own covid regulations.  Every year, I communicate with their Ride Director. He and I pick a variety of routes and paces that will be used by their club and us, the guest riders, using their leaders.


ITINERARY


On Friday afternoon, June 25
,  we meet up with a leader of the Lancaster Bicycle club  who will lead our group on a short, probably less than 20 mile ride, in the area. That night, we dine at the historic Revere Tavern, at 6pm, just steps from the hotel. They will have a new outside dining patio.


Saturday morning, after breakfast, which is included, we meet up with the Lancaster Club again. Please decide which ride to go on before the ride start.  


Saturday Rides lead by Lancaster club leadersLS Witness Ride 37 miles – leaving from Lampeter Strasburg High SchoolLS Hans Herr Nifty Fifty 51 miles – leaving from Lampeter Strasburg High School 


After the rides, that will probably end in the early afternoon, trippers can visit the many tourist attractions and/or use one of the hotel’s pools.

Saturday night, we will be dining at Conestoga at 6pm. Only 14 minutes from the hotel.

Sunday morning, after breakfast, we meet up with the bicycle club again.  After the ride, you can visit more attractions. But please check, before Sunday, if they are open on Sunday. Many locations are closed on that day.


Sunday Ride lead by a Lancaster club leaderBI Artic Express 31 miles – leaving from Bird-In- Hand restaurant

Self – Guided Routes – no leader.

Some people might prefer to go out on their own. The rides that start with LS mean (Lampeter Strasburg High School). They start from the same starting point as the group ride on Saturday

LS Historic Strasburg 15.4 miles LS Nice Creamery 10 milesThe self guided routes below are from the same starting point as the group ride is starting from on Sunday. BI Bird in Hand Ice Cream 12 milesBI Bird in Hand Short 14 milesBI Bird in Hand Long 20 miles


In addition, the Lancaster club has a large library of routes from other starting points. Please contact me if you are interested in doing one of those routes.

Some of the rail trails in the area are below. These trails have a mixture of asphalt and crushed stone surfaces. Please check conditions before going there.

Warwick to Ephrata rail trail – 7 miles – can be accessed at the east end at Ephrata Linear Park – 28 minutes drive from the hotel. This trail leads to the lovely town of Lititz.Northwest Lancaster County River Trail – 14 miles


Those who don’t ride a bike also enjoy this trip. They have enjoyed walks in the area, the shopping, the dining opportunities, and the tourist attractions. Last year a couple rode on a rail trail near Lancaster, taking their son along in a bike carrier seat.  

Here’s a link to many tourist attractions in the area.https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attractions-g52970-Activities-Lancaster_Lancaster_County_Pennsylvania.html


The Magic and Wonder show is just steps from the hotel. Show times are Friday at 7pm and Saturday at 3pm and 7pm. There are no shows scheduled on that Sunday. Tickets are $29.95 for adults and but they will give one free ticket per room to a hotel guest. Children from 4 to 12 years old are charged $14.95. The show is adhering to the current covid regulations.


Due to the possible covid issues that may still be present at the time of our weekend, we expect all participants to follow the CDC guidelines on travel that are in effect at the time of the trip.https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/travel-during-covid19.html


I hope that you can join me for this 6th Penn Dutch Weekend.  Expect to see more Amish buggies than cars.Leader,  Roy Fischman –

For questions, email Royfischman@gmail.com or text at 718 887-1854