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26 M A Y / J U N E 2 0 1 7 turer, C.F. Martin and Company carries a powerful reputation in the music industry, catering to artists like Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton and Ed Sheeran. At the company's base in Nazareth, music-lovers can witness these guitars come to life through over 300 detailed processes. Led by a guide, groups walk past dozens of worktables as skilled craftspeople carefully sand, cut and coat the instruments. Along the way, guests learn about the features that make Martin gui- tars famous, such as X-bracing, the 14-fret guitar and Dread- nought size. Nearby, the town of Beth- lehem is a living testament to American innovation, hav- ing served at different points in time as the world's largest shipbuilder and the world's second-largest producer of silk. ese groundbreaking feats are explored in the new National Museum of Industrial History, which opened last fall. e mu- seum is in one of the buildings originally constructed by Beth- lehem Steel, a company that defined the local community for more than 130 years and pro- duced steel for structures like the Golden Gate Bridge and the Chrysler Building. "We want to inspire young inventors and entrepreneurs," said Glenn Koehler, marketing and outreach coordinator for the museum. "And part of that is understanding the basics of how machinery works." Groups can see pieces that were exhibited in the famous 1876 Centennial Exhibition, experience a simulated hot-air- balloon ride over active factories and admire the elegant White House Loom that manufactured fabrics for every U.S. president from Hoover to Clinton. PENNSYLVANIA DUTCH COUNTRY: PLAIN AND FANCY Lancaster and the surround- ing area are often referred to as Pennsylvania Dutch Country, a name derived from the Amish groups that migrated to the area from Germany and con- tinue to contribute to the com- munity today. To gain a deeper under- standing and appreciation for local Amish culture, it is worth paying a visit to the Amish Ex- perience on Plain and Fancy Farm, which presents a compel- ling short film and theater ex- perience called "Jacob's Choice," as well as guided tours of a replicated Amish home and a one-room schoolhouse. Groups can also take a tour of the sur- rounding farmlands, with po- tential opportunities to speak with members of the Amish community. Travelers can close out the- day with a rich selection of Dutch heritage cuisine at Mill- er's Smorgasbord; this venue of- fers flights of local wines paired with items like seafood bisque or Amish caviar, which consists of cream cheese and pepper jelly on a club cracker. e drive to Lancaster is characterized by sweeping green farmland, bright-red barns and the occasional horse-drawn bug- gy on the road. ose hoping to take home a piece of this pasto- ral paradise need look no further than Kitchen Kettle Village, a sprawling collection of over 40 artisan shops that feature local products such as red pepper jam, pineapple salsa, handcrafted quilts and award-winning wines. Visitors can also watch a cheese- stretching demonstration and take a carriage ride under one of Pennsylvania's famous covered bridges. Martin Guitar Factory National Museum of Industrial History Down the street from the museum, the AAA four-dia- mond Sands Casino Resort is a one-stop shop for groups with 10 restaurants, over 20 retail shops and free nightly live en- tertainment, in addition to 3,000 slot machines and 200 table games. "It's more of a resort than a casino because we have so much variety to offer," said Brad Deck- er, motorcoach marketing man- ager at the Sands. Parents can drop off their kids at Cyber Quest while they enjoy the gaming area or grab a bite to eat, such as a savory steak from Emeril's Chophouse by celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse or a lobster tail pastry from Buddy V's Ristorante, owned by Buddy Valastro from the TLC television show "Cake Boss." Kitchen Kettle Village Textile exhibit at the National Museum of Industrial History

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