Canine Meadows Off Leash Dog Park – John Rudy County Park – York, PA
Okay, so I will admit it. Our reason for coming to York was to take Fiona and Secret to this dog park. Rob discovered it several years ago when I was a vendor selling books at Irish festivals. York has a wonderful Irish festival in June every year; it is wonderful in every way, except no dogs are allowed! So Fiona and Rob needed something to do and found this delightful dog park.
There are three meadows to be exact, in Canine Meadows. One for small dogs, one for large dogs, and one in waiting. They appear to rotate them like crops. I guess it gives the land time to recover! Each meadow is so large that the edges seem to disappear off into the horizon. It is a varied landscape with clumps of trees for shade, long stretches of grass for running, and a small hill. There are benches for the peeps. And a dog water fountain at the entrance to quench your dog’s thirst and fill the water bottles and bowls which you carry to the hinterlands of the other side if you so choose.
Visit their web site for more details: CANINE MEADOWS. It’s a perfect way for your dogs to burn off some steam so you can then go and look at Amish antiques in peace!
The Markets at Shrewsbury: A PA Dutch Market – Glen Rock, PA – www.marketsatshrewsbury.com
We visited The Markets at Shrewsbury in nearby Glen Rock, Pennsylvania for our dose of Pennsylvania Dutch goodies. This beautiful market is home to a variety of stores with Amish furniture, toys and collectibles, stoneware, outdoor furniture and structures (if you want a fairy tale gazebo this is where you go to order one), and a wide variety of foods, prepared and otherwise.
We took turns hanging out in the shaded front porch with the dogs while the other went inside to browse and shop. Bear in mind that most Amish businesses are closed on Sunday for the Sabbath, and may close early on Saturday like the Markets, which closed at 4 pm. We did not realize this and it cut our shopping time short. Oh well, more time to spend with the pups!
We discovered a beautiful framed nature print for our living room at a very reasonable price. The print has pride of place behind our living room couch at home now, and reminds us of our spontaneous journey to the heart of Amish country with our two crazy dogs.