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Fall Foliage Tour 2009

Friday, 23 October - Sunday, 25 October

Lancaster County, Pennsylvania

Plans for FFT2009 are listed below.  Lancaster County PA offers quite a mix of sights to see!  County roads, shopping, Amish (PA Dutch) lifestyle, & railroad museums.  A very scenic region of PA with many covered bridges, Lancaster County is usually in full foliage cover during late October.  The event should be very scenic & colorful. 

Lancaster is rich in American History such as being the home to the only US President (15th) from Pennsylvania, James Buchanan & also Radical Republican Thaddeus Stevens.  Historical innovations from Lancaster that are also of significance:

  • Fraktur, the artistic and elaborate 18th century and 19th century hand-illuminated folk art inspired by German blackface type, originated at Johann Conrad Beissel's cloister of German 7th-day Baptists in Ephrata.
  • The first battery-powered watch, the Hamilton Electric 500, was released in 1957 by the Hamilton Watch Company.
  • The Pennsylvania Long Rifle, sometimes mistakenly called the Kentucky Long Rifle.
  • The Conestoga wagon, which started the practice of driving right-of-center.
  • The Stogie cigar. The word Stogie is a shortened form of Conestoga. The Amish quilt, a highly utilitarian art form, dates to 1849 in Lancaster County.


This is a serious warning!  Amish buggies are very prevalent in this area.  Be aware that there may be one just over the next blind hill or turn.  Make sure when passing them that you make sure you do so with care & caution.  Find a place to pull over or have a passenger to take any pictures.


You MUST be a 2009/2010 PAID MEMBER to attend this event.  Membership signups after 1 October 2009 also count as membership for all of 2010.  To become a member, click hereMembership payment is made separate from Dinner Reservations below.


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October 19, 2009

Due to reservation requirements, DMA needs to collect dinner payment in advance (the costs are face value--no markups or markdowns).  Please use PayPal to sign up for the FFT.  Note that you can pay by credit card if you do not have a PayPal account.  Also, please follow up with the requested information e-mail as requested after checkout.



Hotel Options


Attendees are responsible for making Hotel Reservations

Spend the night in a Caboose!


The Red Caboose Motel

312 Paradise Lane
Ronks, PA 17572

Phone: 717-687-5000
Toll Free: 888-687-5005


Rates (click link above for descriptions):

  • Discount Deadline Mon Oct. 5th! Mention you are with Delorean Mid-Atlantic for the discount.

  • $5 off a $75 room

  • $10 off a $129 room

NOTE: Only 10 Rooms ~ First Come, First Serve!

Traditional Chain Hotel


Sleep Inn & Suites

2869 Lincoln Hwy

Ronks, PA 17572

Phone: 717-687-5226



Rates (click link above for descriptions):

  • Discount Deadline Fri Oct. 16th!Mention you are with Delorean Mid-Atlantic for the discount.

  • 1 King: $109.99/night

  • 2 Queens. $119.99/night

NOTE: If we book 10 rooms each night then it's $85 (plus tax) for all.  If we don't get 10 rooms for both nights, we may not get the discount.  Final payment  adjustment is made at check-out.




23 October 2009

Early-Bird Arrivals can just kick back & take it easy.  Those arriving very early can shop at the Rockvale Outlet Stores or visit local attractions.  We plan to grab dinner at a local restaurant.  There are also local Ghost Tours that may be of interest & dependent on group size.


Lapps Family Restaurant Deli & Bakery [2270 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster, PA]

  • Popular locally-owned restaurant

  • Meet for casual/simple dinner at 6:30PM

Strasburg Ghost Tours [2 W. Main Street, Strasburg, PA, 17579]

  • In the spirit of Halloween, a Ghost tour is planned for the evening for those that are interested

  • Fee may apply, DMA officers need to look at funds to see if partial/full compnsation is possible.

  • Tour #1 8:00PM, 14 people max, FILLED

  • Tour #2 [TBD time]PM, 14 people max, not yet reserved


Those that may arrive early in the day may wish to visit the following:

  • Rockvale Outlets [35 S. Willowdale Drive, Lancaster, PA 17602]

    • Over 100 stores to shop at

    • Arrive early & shop, shop, shop...just make sure it'll fit in the car

    • Friday hours 9:30AM - 9:00PM


  • The Green Dragon Market & Auction [955 North State Street, Ephrata, PA 17522]

    • As the rooster crows early morn, the Green Dragon comes alive every Friday morning in the little country town of Ephrata in Lancaster County. Thousands of local shoppers have visited this local attraction since 1932 for their weekly shopping from over 400 local growers, merchants and craftsmen. With a long and unique history, the market continues to grow as a family owned business years later.

    • Every Friday 9:00AM - 9:00PM


  • Harley Davidson Plant Tour [1425 Eden Rd York, PA 17402]

    • FREE tour of the famous motorcycle company

    • Approx 40 minutes (31 miles) west of Ronks, PA

    • Friday hours 9:00AM - 2:00PM (no Saturday/Sunday hours)


  • York Barbell USA / USA Weightlifting Hall of Fame [3300 Board Rd. York, PA 17406]

    • Friday hours 10:00AM - 5:00PM (no Sunday hours)


24 October 2009

Saturday is the main event.  We'll all assemble with donuts & coffee available while members talk amongst themselves.  Take some time to relax, see old friends, meet new ones, or talk to the locals who will surely stop to see the DeLoreans.  The tour will feature 1-2 stops & will be followed by an all-you-can-eat PA Dutch dinner.




Driving Tour

  • Assemble Group: 9:00AM-11:00AM @ the Sleep Inn Hotel

  • SPECIAL GUEST (Weather Dependent): Curtis C. from Gap, Lancaster County owns 1 of the actual 1947 Ford Convertibles used in BTTF I.  He will be available with his car prior to the tour to show off his beautiful car & talk to DMA members

  • Driving Tour Start Time: 11:00 AM

  • Goodie Bags to be provided to DMA members

  • Lunch to be arranged before or just after start of driving tour


  • Good N' Plenty Restaurant

  • $20.25/person [$11.00/child ages 4-12, prepaid by PayPal signup above]

  • Location:  Use 140 Eastbrook Rd., Smoketown, PA for GPS

  • Time: 6:30PM Arrival, 7:00PM Dinner


25 October, 2009

Sunday will be the time to say goodbyes & catch any local attractions.  Some recommended places of interest are listed below.  It is intended to be a free day to explore the area on your own or in self-assembled small groups before heading home.

  • Local Options

    • Strasburg Railroad [301 Gap Road, Ronks, PA 17572]

      • Stop by for pictures of the steam engines & train cars

      • Take a ride on the Strasburg RR in your selection of car from coach, to cheese/wine car, or even the president car [fee applies]

      • Sunday hours: ticket window opens @ 10AM, trains depart @ 11:00, 12:00, 1:00, 2:00, & 3:00

    • Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania [located across from the Strasburg Railroad]

      • Browse the large museum housing featuring many restored steam & diesel locomotives & other train cars

      • Sunday hours 12:00PM - 5:00PM [fee applies]

    • Rockvale Outlets [35 S. Willowdale Drive, Lancaster, PA 17602]

      • If shopping is your thing, the nearby outlet center features over 100 stores

      • Sunday hours 11:00AM - 5:00PM


  • Other options (approx 40 minutes west of Ronks, PA)

    • Haines Shoe House [197 Shoe House Road, Hellam, PA]

      • Unique house shaped like a shoe, built by a shoe maker for advertisement purposes in 1948

      • Sunday hours 11:00AM - 5:00PM