When visiting Volant, located in Mercer County, Pennsylvania, you will find that the picturesque town that is something right out of a Norman Rockwell painting, literally offers the vision of old world style traditions blended with a tad of modern events, complete with automobiles and Amish buggies co-mingling on the nostalgic country roads in perfect harmony.
Nestled comfortably within the lush Pennsylvania countryside, Volant is easily distinguished from other communities largely due to the simple lifestyles found within the small community that come from the Amish and the long time residents of the town residing together in a pleasing combination that just simply fits together like a well made puzzle.
At first sight you just know that you have just entered something special. Everything from the quaint displays of creatively embellished porches of the businesses to the cleanliness and natural beauty that the residents have taken the time and effort to ensure is in place so that each visitor will receive eye pleasing therapy during their visit to Volant, Pennsylvania. It is quite literally the closest thing to God's country that you will ever experience due to the appealing and relaxed atmosphere that has a natural calming effect that allows one to reflect on the simpler things in life.
The Kitchen Shoppe, 625 Main Street
This unique two-story kitchen shop is anything but simple. Everything from beautiful copper pots, unique one of kind gifts and the latest gadgets can be located throughout the fully stocked store. All of the Food Network favorites can be found at this trendy kitchen store. Porcelain measuring spoons to ornate wine racks are all presented in a well merchandised fashion, and cooking classes are available to the public.
Byler's Amish Produce Stand, Route 208
Straight from the farm, located directly behind this produce stand is some of the most beautiful produce known to man. The Amish farm fresh vegetables, jams, relishes, fudge, and baked goods offered here look like something straight out of a magazine, and the baked goods are made with the simplest ingredients, yet they taste like products from a high end bakery.
Pistachio fudge made from goat's milk, strawberry rhubarb jam, molasses cookies the size of a small dinner plate, and hot pepper butter are only a few of the delicious examples of what you will find when you visit this premium roadside stand. The Amish family selling these homemade baked goods are friendly and a quintessential part of the charm that the town of Volant has become known for.
Hours of Operation: Open Monday thru Saturday 9-5 Closed on Sunday
Location: Just 10 miles from the Grove City Outlet Mall on Route 208, 3 miles east of New Wilmington, PA on Route 208 or ½ mile west of Main Street/Route 208, Volant, Pennsylvania.
Volant Mills, Main Street
This store is quite possibly the closest thing to replicating the Amish lifestyle that you will come to without actually living it firsthand. Everything from furniture and toys to quilts and rugs, along with a fully stocked pantry of relishes and jams made by the local Amish families are found on each of the three stories of this cozy country building that was first established in 1812 as a grist mill where farmers once flocked to for their daily needs for survival.
Hours of Operation: Mon thru Sat 10-5, Sun 12-5
Volant Mill Winery, 1229 Main Street
Pennsylvania orchards never tasted so good, and you can sample them by visiting one of the best wineries that western Pennsylvania has to offer. Local vineyards are bursting with ripened grapes that are hand harvested by the local Amish and prepared for visitors to sample what they have dubbed as "natures relaxant". Beautifully packaged gift baskets are available for purchase as is the wonderfully designed picnic backpack...a popular gift to give to newly married couples. http://www.volantmillwinery.com/index.html
Hours of Operation: Mon-Thurs 11-5, Fri-Sat 11-6, Sun 12-5
Christmas in Volant
Spring, summer and fall are the most popular seasons for visitors to enjoy all of what Volant has to offer, but Christmas in this small community should in no way be overlooked. The town magically sparkles with lights and festivities as carolers are ringing in the season with songs that sound like something the angels created. The small community is simply bursting with Christmas spirit as shoppers stroll along the snowy white streets or watch the festivities from benches lined along the country store porches found all along Main Street.
Amish buggies can be seen and heard frolicking along the main road and mimic something straight out of a Norman Rockwell painting or a picture perfect postcard. From the end of November through mid December, visitors can enjoy sidewalk lined luminaries, food samples and a host of other seasonal activities that only get better each year. During the first week in December the locals invite you to join them for Volant's "Light up Night." Country charm, a team of bagpipes and a brilliantly lit village with offers of holiday hors d'oeuvres will be just a few of the events showcased on this magical white night.