A. Bube's Brewery in Mount Joy, PA

Making Mount Joy, PA, Your Home: A Mover’s Guide to the Area

Welcome to Mount Joy, Pennsylvania—one of the many gorgeous and quaint towns in Lancaster County and an outstanding destination to start a new chapter of your life. Whether you are new to PA or a longtime resident, you’ll find that we offer a charming blend of historic character here, the friendliest of neighbors, and any modern amenity you desire just a short drive to multiple major cities. As you settle into your new domain, let West Main Storage be your guide to discovering the best that Mount Joy and the surrounding areas have to offer.

Table of Contents

I. About Mount Joy, PA

II. Local Amenities & Services

III. Settle into Pennsylvania with Proper Storage Protection

Living in the Borough of Mount Joy: A Lancaster County Gem

Historic Beauty and Charm

Lancaster County is known for its picturesque landscapes and has several quaint boroughs with old-fashioned appeal. As you explore tree-lined streets and rolling hills, you will be captivated by the well-preserved historic architecture that dates back to the 18th and 19th centuries. Mount Joy’s immense history can be appreciated through the Union Meeting House and the Mount Joy train station, which showcase the rich cultural heritage of the Pennsylvania borough.

Strong Community Spirit

One of the highlights of living in Mount Joy is the strong sense of community and the annual events put on to bring everyone together. In October, there is more than just trick-or-treating to look forward to because the community gathers on Main Street for a family fun night in the latter half of the month each year—not to mention the numerous trunk-or-treat opportunities. In 2023 the community commemorated a quarter-century of Winterfest, which is an event celebrated every December that includes the lighting of the Christmas tree, creating memories for young and old alike.

Mount Joy’s Local Amenities and Services 

Shopping and Dining

There are an array of charming shops and diners that you can explore during your weekends and free time. Whether you’re looking for unique gifts, knick-knacks, or farm-fresh foods, there is no need to look very far. Support a local business at The Country Store, a widely adored shop where you can find locally butchered fresh meats, as well as fruits, veggies, sweets, and gifts. Also don’t forget that Giant Food Stores and Weis Markets have you covered on the rest of your grocery needs. To start your lazy weekend, drop into Copper Cup Coffee for a premium cup of joe and a sweet breakfast treat. If you prefer the traditional diner breakfast, try out Gus’ Keystone Family Restaurant or The Mount Joy Diner & Family Restaurant—both local favorites.

Pop over to the Mount Joy Thrift & Gift to search through rooms of secondhand treasures and support the community in doing so. You never know what kind of goodies you will find! As your day winds down, a couple of choices for lunch and dinner include Amato’s Wood-fired Pizza, Beanies Bar & Grill (also hosting entertainment), and Bube’s Brewery (private event and lodging available). Those 21 years of age or older, can enjoy a romantic yet relaxing evening at Grandview Vineyard—one of many local vineyards in this region of Lancaster County

Schools and Education

If you have school-aged children or grandchildren, you’ll be pleased to know that Mount Joy is part of the Donegal School District, which is known for its commitment to academic excellence. The community’s dedication to education is evident in the quality of local schools, providing a nurturing environment for kids to thrive. In addition to academics, the Donegal School District also has various sports facilities for baseball, softball, and football sprinkled within its boundaries. So, your children or grandchildren will have a community of their own to grow and blossom within their interests. 

Healthcare Services

Access to quality healthcare is essential, and Mount Joy is conveniently located near multiple Lancaster General Heath facilities, ensuring that you and your family have access to medical services when needed. LGH is a deeply trusted healthcare facility that currently maintains 525 beds to care for the ill and injured. They are a not-for-profit organization that shines in inpatient and outpatient services, as well as trauma and critical care units. In case you have any doubts about their level of service, Lancaster General Hospital is one of only 23 hospitals to achieve the Magnet designation for excellence in clinical outcomes and patient safety by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, five separate times. 

Parks and Outdoor Recreation

For outdoor enthusiasts, Mount Joy offers a variety of parks and recreational spaces to explore. Rotary Park is a popular destination for family outings, featuring playgrounds, sports facilities, and scenic walking trails. Pack a picnic and spend a sunny afternoon surrounded by nature, or take advantage of the park’s sports facilities for a friendly game with the kids or the community. Additionally, the Mount Joy Trail provides a beautiful 3.8-mile path for walking, running, or biking along the Susquehanna River. Averaging 1 hour 45 minutes to complete the entire trail your dogs will love the sights and smells.

Settle Into Your New Home

New to the Pennsylvania? Enjoy all the Seasons!

Pennsylvania is a state that experiences all four  seasons distinctly, so if you are from out of town, you must plan accordingly for the sudden changes throughout the year. Winters can get seriously cold, so locals know all about 4-wheel drive and wearing layers when the winter months roll around. Spring is allergy season, and the effects are especially prominent in the area due to all of the farmland and various types of trees and the copious amount of pollen produced from the ever-appreciated blooming flowers. The summertime is great for families and public events but can be surprisingly humid. Fall time is arguably the most beautiful time of year in Mount Joy and the rest of Pennsylvania because of the changing leaf colors, but high time to break out the rakes and put the young ones to work. 

If you have precious items that you are looking store for a long period of time or over the course of changing seasons, perhaps a temperature-controlled option is the right choice for you. Items that are at high risk for damage with the coming and going of both high and low temperatures are wooden materials, books, fabric, clothing, leather, and furniture, all of which need to be taken special care of when considering self-storage options. Luckily, West Main Storage offers the safest storage options available.

West Main Storage Is Your Easy Self-Storage Solution

Whether it’s your precious heirlooms that must be kept safe for the next generation, or old clothes that you can’t seem to separate from, your prized possessions will be safe with West Main Storage. We offer 5×5 feet to 5×30 feet units, so no matter how large of a load you need to put away, West Main Storage can satisfy your needs. Not to mention our temperature-controlled units, accompanied by our best-in-class security, ensure the safety of your items, so you will pick up your belongings exactly as you left them at their West Main Street location.

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Carson Kennedy

About the Author: Carson is an outgoing and personable Marketing student at Millersville University who is constantly looking for ways to do better and be better. Outside of working on his studies, you may find him reading philosophy, exercising, or entertaining his Golden Retriever, Lucy.