6 Gettysburg Experiences to Enjoy This Fall

Fall in Gettysburg is refreshing, relaxing and really amazing. It’s hard not to anticipate the crisp air, gorgeous pastoral views of the Battlefield, surrounding fiery-colored vistas and crunchy leaves under your feet as you walk downtown. It wouldn’t be right if we didn’t highlight some special events that welcome all that comes with the fall harvest season. Here is a highlight of the area’s fall happenings:

Festivals

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The National Apple Harvest Festival is always held during the first two full weekends in October. Join the celebration of apple everything that has been going on for 51 years. If you haven’t tried apple sausage, fried apple slices, freshly pressed cider or apple pizza, then you must attend. The festival has something for everyone, with hundreds of arts and crafts dealers, demonstrations, contests, food stands and entertainment.

The festival takes place in the heart of Pennsylvania Apple Country at the South Mountain Fairgrounds, near historic Gettysburg, and within a two-hour drive of Washington DC, Baltimore and Harrisburg. Special attractions include performances in the Apple Auditorium, antique cars and steam engine displays, orchard tours, a petting zoo, craftsman demonstrations and even appearances by the Pennsylvania Apple Queen. The National Apple Harvest Festival is located at the South Mountain Fairgrounds, 615 Narrows Road in Biglerville—rain or shine!

Farmers’ Markets

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The Adams County Farmers’ Market is a wonderful way to experience our abundant agriculture. Look beyond the battlefields for rolling hills of endless orchards, wineries, dairies and farms. You may know Pennsylvania for apples and peaches, but don’t miss the fresh fruits, berries, produce, flowers, herbs, artisan cheese, farm eggs and pumpkins; scenic vineyards; and hand-crafted skincare.

The Adams County Farmers’ Market can be found on Thursdays from 2–6 p.m. on Historic Lincoln Square in downtown Gettysburg and on Saturdays from 9 a.m.–2 p.m. at The Outlet Shoppes at Gettysburg. Hurry! Both markets close for the season at the end of October.

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The Gettysburg Farmers’ Market is creating community thanks to a unique group of individuals with a passion for their products: family-owned businesses, farms and nurseries. Dining in and around Gettysburg, you’ll be pleased to also discover that many restaurants source their ingredients locally. We definitely take pride in all that there is to offer agriculturally!

Check it out Saturdays from 7 a.m.–noon in Historic Lincoln Square in downtown Gettysburg through October 29.

Food Tours

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Remember those locally sourced ingredients we mentioned above? Well, at Savor Gettysburg, we offer a 3-hour food tasting experience and walking tour to show off Gettysburg’s culture and history. Our tours are suitable for all age groups and fitness levels. Be prepared to delight your taste buds on our history-infused explorations. We have a few tours from which to choose:

  • Try our Historic Downtown Food Tour, offered Friday, Saturday and Sunday mornings. We unite food and fun noshing at Gettysburg’s finest ethnic eateries, historic taverns, family-owned bistros and wineries, all within about a mile of non-continuous, history-soaked walking!
  • Want to discover Gettysburg’s food and wine scene? Join our Wine, Cider and Dine Tour and savor four distinctive wineries nestled downtown joined with an artisanal food experience. Tours start at 5 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays.
  • Check out a farmers’ market with a chef AND learn how to prepare a gourmet recipe with your bounty in our Gettysburg Farmer’s Market Tour and Cooking Class! You’ll wander the market with one of our local chefs, who will show you how to select the highest quality produce and teach you new techniques for an inspiring kitchen experience. There are just two more classes: September 17 from 9 a.m.–1 p.m. (with Knob Hall Winery executive chef Jeremy Jones) and October 15 from 9:30 a.m.–1 p.m. (with Food 101 chef Jennifer Williams). Register today!

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We hope you’ll check out all there is to do and see in Gettysburg this fall. Come join us—and don’t forget to pack a sweater!

Erin Phelps

Photo credits: apple, Michele Kornegay; shepherd’s pie, Savor Gettysburg; remaining photos: Ed Williams

An Insider’s Look Behind the Tour

Did you ever wonder what it takes to put together an all-encompassing food tour that delivers an unmatched experience for each and every guest that visits Gettysburg? At Savor Gettysburg, we strive to be the best and to seek out ways to be more effective, inspiring and unique. In fact, our goal is to make each guest feel comfortable, showcase this wonderful town that we call home and leave them saying, “WOW, that was amazing, informative, delicious and fun!”

We do everything we can to create a lasting memory for each and every guest on our tour. We thought we would share with you some of our owner Lori Korczyk’s favorite ways to make your experience memorable.

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Here for you.

“From the first meet and greet, I try to develop a social connection. I learn names, find out where people are from, and smile and acknowledge each guest. I start with the basics of making them feel comfortable, like offering a shaded area to sit before we begin the tour or providing umbrellas on a rainy day. I want to know whether our guests have visited Gettysburg before because that makes a huge difference in what their interests may be.”

Like a (food tour) virgin.

“90–95% of my guests are first-time food tour participants. This is great! But I am establishing the bar, so I feel a deep sense of responsibility to deliver an exceptional experience. If they have a great experience with me, hopefully when they travel anywhere else in the world they will consider taking a food tour and experiencing another town’s rich history and culinary delights. Not only am I introducing guests to our food establishments and local owners, but also to Gettysburg in general.”

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There is so much to do here! Call out of work.

“I feel it’s my duty to help introduce our guests to something new, to go above and beyond as far as delivering a great experience and to offer each guest as much information as I can about Gettysburg. Most guests say at the end of the tour, ‘Wow, I only planned on staying two days, but with so much to do here, I need to stay a week!’ I want them to walk away feeling that they got so much more than just a food tour.”

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“Along the tour, I like to point out places that are off the beaten path (something they wouldn’t have found on their own and is not publicized), like the tucked-away bistro seating behind Ragged Edge where guests can relax and unwind away from the hustle and bustle, the flight of beer for only $5 at One Lincoln, museums, a walk through our Farmers Market on Saturday morning and free Song and Stories of the Civil War shows that truly deliver a unique Gettysburg experience. I feel that exceptional service is always in the details. Those are the things my guests remember most.”

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Say cheese!

“When I travel, it’s all about the experience for me: who I engage with, what I learn, what I take away and how I feel. Most of these experiences are delivered by frontline staff and tour guides. With that said, I’m always honored to be photographed during my tour and to know that I’m a part of someone’s vacation experience.”

Savor Gettysburg Food Tours strives to be the highlight of your trip—check us out this fall as Gettysburg shifts gracefully into autumn. There are only two Farmer’s Market Tour & Cooking Class outings left where you learn to cook like a chef from the area’s best chefs—September 17 and October 15. Don’t miss them! Then, continue to celebrate fall with our Historic Downtown Food Tour, our Wine, Cider and Dine Tour, many local festivals and happeningsFarm-to-Table dinners and more. We will be your path forward to explore and fall in love with our little town. Come join us!

Erin Phelps

Millennials Alert: This Isn’t Your Parents’ Gettysburg (You’re Going to Want to Visit!)

Sure, our little town is famous because of the Civil War battle of historic proportions. But there are also tons of cultural, creative and culinary delights to wow anyone looking to explore Gettysburg. This isn’t your parents’ Gettysburg of old, and we’ll show you why.

Night Life

If you’re looking for an excuse to get out and continue exploring, the nightlife from Thursday through Sunday is not to be missed.

Reid’s Cider House and Winery, located on Baltimore Street, has live bands each weekend. Enjoy a glass of wine or a hard cider and a snack and take in the music. The outside space seats 100, so you’ll be able to people watch and enjoy a couple drinks with friends, old and new. 400 Baltimore St., (717) 334-7537.

Hauser Estate Winery offers live music, including open mic night, at its convenient tasting room, 19 on the Square. Stop in to learn about the winemaking process, taste-test wine and hard cider, stay for the music and sample a fun collaboration cider with The Ragged Edge Coffee House19 Lincoln Square, (717) 334-4888.

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The Farnsworth House Inn, located on Baltimore Street right in the heart of downtown, offers live outdoor music in its beer garden. Order up a beer, choose from a selection of local wines or select a snack from the appetizer menu. A relaxing evening at one of the most historical properties in town combines history with modern tourism. 401 Baltimore St., (717) 334-8838.

Gettysburg College’s Majestic, located just off the square, is “the grandest small-town theater in America.” A part of the Gettysburg community since 1925, the restored Majestic now offers an extraordinary showcase of the performing arts and cinema. Check out the theater’s calendar to see what live music, comedy, plays or movies are coming to town. 25 Carlisle St., (717) 337-8200.

Waldos and Company embraces the amazingly creative side of the hipster culture embodied in a destination full of depth and artistry. Located conveniently on the square, Waldos is a place where anyone can contribute to enjoying the community, advancing culture and fostering creativity through art classes, studio space, a library and gallery. Hit up the coffee and Kool-Aid bar—yup, Kool Aid—and connect with friends over live music, lectures and movie nights. 17 Lincoln Square, (717) 400-6966.

Ice Cream Fix!

These days gastronomical tourism is all the rage—and why not!? But at the end of the day, who doesn’t love a tasty ice cream treat? With many shops featuring their own specialties, you could have ice cream with every meal and remind yourself that it’s not just for the kiddos.

Mr. G’s Ice Cream is housed in a historic Civil War era building and offers the quintessential ice cream experience. From cones to dishes and sundaes to shaved ice, you will eat your heart out. 404 Baltimore St., (717) 334-7600.

Savor Gettysburg sunsetSunset Ice Cream Parlor is a bright red and yellow building located in the midst of souvenir shops. Enter the small shop through the classic screen door and indulge at a table inside, or people watch in the shade outside. 33 Steinwehr Ave., (717) 337-3125.

Treat Yo’ Self is frozen yogurt to the max offering 20 creamy, self-serve flavors and more than 40 tantalizing toppings. Try the warm and freshly made-to-order donuts or hand-crafted cupcakes. Yum! 430 Baltimore St., (717) 420-2914.

Kilwins is the spot to hit if you want to watch real-time creation of amazing treats like fudge and toffee-coated popcorn. Indulge in all things deliciously chocolate and walk away with a satisfied sweet tooth. 37 Steinwehr Ave., (717) 337-2252.

Cone Sweet Cone is the newer kid on the block downtown, but it’s definitely worth checking out. Featuring homemade ice cream, gelato, Italian ice and cream ice (a combination of vanilla ice cream and Italian ice), the fresh and inventive flavors make this a great stop along your way. 433 Baltimore St., (717) 420-0058.

Half Pint Creamery is located outside of town but is absolutely worth the trip. With 36 flavors available from which to choose on a rotation of more than 100, there is something for everyone. Enjoy the huge portions and sinfully fun choices (ice cream cupcake anyone?). 1101 Biglerville Rd., (717) 420-2110.

Authentic Cuisine

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One thing Adams County is known for is its agriculture. And an amazing byproduct of that is the culinary delights from the Hispanic population, which makes up the majority of the agricultural workforce. If you are looking for authentic Mexican cuisine, you came to the right place.

El Costeno Restaurant, located near Lincoln Square, has been serving authentic Mexican cuisine in the borough since 2002. El Costeno is a BYO that offers a full lunch and dinner menu. Bring your favorite cider from Hauser’s or mixed six-pack of craft beers from ABC and settle in for fresh chips, salsa and guac and so much more. 39 York St., (717) 339-0029.

If Mexican’s not your style, check out other places to grab a bite among Adams County’s booming food scene.

Quiet Conversation

If you are looking for a quiet setting to relax and have an intimate conversation, check out a few of our recommended spots.

The Ragged Edge Coffee House, located on Chambersburg Street a block or so from the square, is housed in an old home that offers lots of character. Sit on the large front porch, pull up a cozy corner inside or find a breezy spot in the backyard. With its own coffee roaster offering single-origin roasts from around the world, even the most discerning coffee drinker will be impressed. A fun bonus is the collaboration with Hauser Winery to create a breakfast cider infused with Ragged Edge coffee. After enjoying a quiet stop for some coffee and cookies, check out the Hauser Winery tasting room, 19 On the Square, to sample the collaboration cider. 110 Chambersburg St., (717) 334-4464.

Federal Pointe Inn, a boutique inn housed in a historic nineteenth-century building that was once The Meade School, offers the tucked-away and relaxed Federal Pointe Pub complete with tasty munchies. Peruse the old photos and memorabilia adorning the former classroom walls and enjoy the fun atmosphere this quaint spot offers. 75 Springs Ave., (717) 334-7800.

No Agenda

If you want to come and go as you please, shop for a bit, tour the town and then pop in somewhere to relax, check out our various breweries and the new distillery in town.

Battlefield Brew Works is opening a tasting room on Steinwehr Avenue, so customers can walk around downtown and stop in whenever they feel like it. With an extensive on-tap list, spirits and a delicious menu at the flagship location on Hunterstown Road, the tasting room promises to be a fun spot. 45 Steinwehr Ave., (717) 398-2907.

Appalachian Brewing Company opened its Gettysburg Battlefield brewpub directly adjacent to the Battlefield in a “unique and nostalgic setting.” Enjoy the outdoor seating and have fun with the walk-up beer and soda window. While you’re there enjoy a tour as well. 259 Steinwehr Ave., (717) 334-2200.

Mason Dixon Distillery is Gettysburg’s only small-batch distillery. Stop in to sample spirits, take a tour and grab a bite to eat. Don’t forget to take a bottle home with you. 331 E. Water St., (717) 398-3385.

Evening Tours

If you want to feel a little spooky, hop on the ghost tour train available from Gettysburg Ghost ToursHaunted Gettysburg ToursSleepy Hollow of Gettysburg and Ghosts of Gettysburg, among others. Arguably one of the most haunted places in America, Gettysburg is likely to not disappoint on the creepiness scale.

If you want to hit a bunch of these types of places, try our Wine, Cider & Dine Tour, which simplifies the process, guides you through your experience and offers spectacular insight into Gettysburg wineries and restaurants. Beginning August 25 and through November 6, the Wine, Cider & Dine Tour will be held from 5–8 p.m. In case you needed it, that’s just another reason to visit Gettysburg. Come join us!

Erin Phelps

Why You Need to Check Out Adams County’s Booming Food Scene

Planning a visit to Gettysburg can be happily overwhelming because there are so many wonderful spots to visit, whether you’re here to see the Battlefield, wander the historic downtown, shop, enjoy our agriculture or sample our wines.

This area may be famous for the Civil War, but our town has an incredible amount of diverse food and beverage offerings that pair nicely with our history. The following is a list of eateries, historic taverns, family-owned bistros and wineries (plus hard cider!) that we know will help make your trip even more memorable. Even better—many of these spots are part of our Food Tours, which makes visiting them super convenient, fun and easy. We hope you’ll join us!

Adams County Winery

One of the oldest wineries in Pennsylvania, Adams County Winery offers a broad variety of wines, from the dry red Turning Point to the sweet white Tears of Gettysburg. Join us on a tour and visit the winery’s downtown Wine Shop to sample wines and learn all about their winemaking process that’s spanned 40 years. 25 Chambersburg St., (717) 334-1381. 

Appalachian Brewing Company

From its new downtown Battlefield location, ABC serves eight flagship craft beers on tap and in 12-oz. bottles to tantalize your taste buds. Keep an eye out for seasonal specialty brews. Its formidable pub menu makes this a great spot for singles, couples and families alike. 259 Steinwehr Ave., (717) 334-2200. 

The Dobbin House

For historic charm and a throwback to a time even before the Civil War era, unwind at this colonial manor restaurant, bed & breakfast and gift shop. The beautifully restored stone home is warm, inviting and cozy with a downstairs alehouse, candlelit dining room and charming ballroom. The hospitality and elegance offer a unique experience not to be missed. 89 Steinwehr Ave., (717) 334-2100. 

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Eighty-Two Cafe

A new coffee shop in town, Eighty-Two Cafe features Ragged Edge Coffee and specializes in freshly roasted coffee, artisan coffee and tea drinks, smoothies, pastries, breakfast and brunch. We predict amazing things to come with this hot spot! 82 Steinwehr Ave., (717) 316-0039. 

Fidler & Co. Craft Kitchen & Grocery

Escape the hustle and bustle after a day touring Gettysburg and enjoy the beautiful drive to Fidler & Co., located in Biglerville. Both the location and the cuisine are memorable at this fabulous spot for rustic fare and gourmet to-go selections. Want to start your day off with an amazing brunch? Don’t miss the eggs benny, specialty pancakes and other incredible, locally sourced creations. 213 E. York St., Biglerville, (717) 677-7014. 

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Garryowen Irish Pub

If you’re looking for a cozy pub featuring Irish fare, this is the place to be. Savor dinner in the dining room or pull up a barstool—downstairs or upstairs. Either way you’ll be pleased. Fresh ingredients, more than 85 varieties of whiskey and an inviting ambience combine for a stellar local dining experience. Come on the right night and you may just hear some acoustic live music. 126 Chambersburg St., (717) 337-2719. 

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Gettysburg Baking Co.

A sweet spot on the Historic Downtown Food Tour, Gettysburg Baking Co. is known for its delectable artisan breads and pastries. Honoring craft traditions from long ago, its signature Adams County sourdough is one not to miss. Pop in for breakfast, a meal to-go or coffee and dessert. 17 Lincoln Square, (717) 334-236 7.

Hauser Estate Winery

The home of Jack’s Hard Cider, Hauser has evolved into an alternative agri-tourism venture cultivating acres of grape vineyards on its fertile farmland. Hauser features not only a hilltop tasting room, winery and outdoor patio with stunning views of farmland, orchards and the surrounding area, but also a downtown tasting location. Stop in with us on the Historic Downtown Food Tour or the Wine, Cider and Dine Tour, and see all that Hauser has to offer, including fine wines and a line of hard ciders. 19 Lincoln Square, (717) 334-4888. 

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Kaitlyn’s Cafe on the Square

If the mere mention of a homemade slice of fresh strawberry cream cheesecake makes your toes curl and your mouth water, then you need to visit Kaitlyn’s. Our Historic Downtown Food Tour definitely makes time to visit Kaitlyn’s, which is no doubt one of the tastiest dessert spots in town. Bonus: the cafe serves Mr. G’s homemade ice cream. 1 Baltimore St., (717) 339-0009. 

Mason Dixon Distillery

This small-batch distillery is now open in Gettysburg, with craft distilling as its passion. Owned by a father/son duo, the downtown Gettysburg tasting room is a place for socializing, indulging in food and sipping on cocktails made with distilled liquors: rum, gin, vodka and whiskey. Take some time to check out this unique offering right in the heart of downtown. 331 E. Water St., (717) 398-3385. 

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Mr. G’s

If you accompany us on our Historic Downtown Food Tour, you’ll get to stop in to this local favorite ice cream parlor housed in the historic John Winebrenner house, which stood during the Battle. With extensive flavor options, large portions and a downtown location in the midst of all the action, this homemade ice cream shop is a place you’ll want to visit more than once. 404 Baltimore St., (717) 334-7600. 

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Reid’s Orchard and Winery

Whether you join us for the Historic Downtown Food Tour or the Wine, Cider and Dine Tour, you’ll get to pay a visit to Reid’s Cider House Cafe. Tucked in among the hustle and bustle of downtown, it offers quiet moments at the tasting room sampling wine or hard cider paired with a cheese and cracker tray. Don’t pass up this cozy spot, which is a truly unique space and a testament to our local agriculture! 400 Baltimore St., (717) 334-7537. 

Round Barn Farm Market

While exploring Adams County’s breathtaking countryside and rolling orchards, stop in at the family-owned, historic Round Barn, built in 1914, for some photo ops. While there, check out the market for flowers, fruits, small-batch artisan breads, baked goods and more. 298 Cashtown Rd., Biglerville, (717) 334-1984. 

Sidney at Willoughby Run

Make it a point to stop in here for a fine dining experience featuring the culinary expertise of renowned chef/owner Neil Annis. With plentiful outdoor seating and views of the beautifully preserved Battlefield land, guests will enjoy small bites with sophisticated flavor prepared with fresh, local ingredients. The full bar and relaxing atmosphere bring urban contemporary dining to this small town in a hip and easygoing fashion. 730 Chambersburg Rd., (717) 334-3774. 

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Tommy’s Pizza

If you visit Gettysburg, you have to stop in at the staple Tommy’s Pizza on Steinwehr Avenue. From the golden-crusted pizzas and the dynamite subs to the on-site taps and growlers, this is the perfect family spot to relax after a day of sightseeing. Sit inside or out and enjoy a meal at this family-owned, long-time Gettysburg favorite. 105 Steinwehr Ave., (717) 334-8966. 

Erin Phelps

Fidler & Co. photo credit: Alexandra Whitney Photography; Hauser Estate Winery photo credit: Hauser Estate Winery; Mr. G’s photo credit: Ali Waxman Photography; remaining photos credited to Savor Gettysburg

In the News: What The Experts Are Saying About Our Tours

There’s nothing better than knowing that our patrons love our tours because we certainly love showing off our small town and all it has to offer. We thought we’d highlight some of the (great!) reviews posted on various review websites, like Tripadvisor and Yelp, over the past year. Read on to see why you should make Savor Gettysburg Food Tours part of your travel agenda.

“Awesomeness!!”

Wasn’t sure what to expect and thought the price was a little high but…from the first bite of fresh-ingredient gourmet pizza, the tour just kept getting better and better. The tour guide Lori was amazing and provided a lot of history of the area which was fascinating. We were pleasantly stuffed. Well worth the money.

“Fun Tour”

Been on quite a few food tours and this tour was one of the best; all of the places we visited provided great samples with seating to enjoy the food. Water was also provided. Our tour guide was well informed and gave us a good history of Gettysburg. [I] would highly recommend this tour.

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“A Gettysburg MUST!”

What an exquisite way to spend three hours! Lori, our very gifted tour guide, was a wealth of knowledge. Her ability to tell a story draws you in and leaves you wishing she could accompany you throughout Gettysburg. The tour itself is amazing! The food sample sizes are perfect! You won’t go hungry.

From Las Vegas

This tour is well worth the money and time. They give you seven different places to try food and one is a winery. I have done this tour twice and have tasted different foods and restaurants. The tour guide we had was great and loves doing the tour. They give you some history of Gettysburg. Definitely do this tour!

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From Carlisle

A delectable way of hitting a couple of restaurants to tantalize your taste buds and learning a few highlights of Gettysburg without being overwhelmed with too much Civil War facts. Owner and Guide Lori Korczyk (whole family are reenactors) selected some delicious establishments to create a memorable and lasting print on our palate that has me craving for a return visit…real soon. In our three-hour adventure, we were able to incorporate seven restaurants and a short stop at Shriver House Museum which gave us the ‘civilians/locals’ point of view/involvement during the three battles. I will definitely return for a museum tour. Lori did a fabulous job keeping her historical information short and simple but enough to appreciate what occurred along with historical info about the restaurants. Worth the money…EVERYONE came out either full or very content.

Word of mouth recommendations are our best means of sharing how our tours spread our love for all things Gettysburg. We want to show you a different side of Gettysburg—and we know you won’t be disappointed. Book a tour and come join us!

—Erin Phelps

Photos by Jame Thatcher

5 Reasons to Take Our Gettysburg Farmer’s Market Tour and Cooking Class

If you haven’t been to a farmer’s market lately or you go but aren’t quite sure what you are looking for or want confidence to try a new recipe with fresh ingredients, then our Farmer’s Market Tour and Cooking Class is for you! Let’s talk through a few great reasons why, shall we?

1. Fresh, local produce is the bee’s knees.

Not only Gettysburg, but Adams County overall, is known for its agriculture. The fresh meats, cheese, produce, wines and craft beers are available at your fingertips! The easiest way to make your food creations taste gourmet is to use high-quality, fresh ingredients. Boom—done.

2. Support local artisans and farmers.

When perusing the Gettysburg Farmers’ Market you are shopping from our neighbors. Instead of putting your dollars into the register of a corporate chain organization, put your dollars locally. Purchasing that bunch of beets or that bag of lettuce is what helps keep our community stay the vibrant, cultured and healthy place is it. Let’s shop local and buy local!

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3. Let someone else guide you.

So you go to the farmer’s market and you feel lost. Harumph. We are here to help! Join us for the Gettysburg Farmer’s Market tour and cooking class and shop with a purpose. Visit the vendors with the keen eye of a chef and learn how to pick and choose (and substitute) ingredients that make your mouth water. We promise it will be fun and eye opening!

4. Learn to cook like a chef.

Don’t worry—once we shop we’re not leaving you high and dry. Oh no—you’re coming with us! We’ll go to the Adams County Arts Council kitchen and have a full lesson on how to prepare your farmer’s market treasures and reap the incredible rewards with a three-course meal. With guidance from locally esteemed chefs, you will have a chance to learn and develop new cooking skills and techniques. The goal of our tour is to create an intimate and pleasing experience so that you walk away confident and inspired to shop the farmer’s market and create new dishes in your own kitchen.

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5. Pair like a pro.

Ever wonder how everyone seems to know how to pair food with wine? Let the chefs demystify this process while inviting you to explore the nuances in taste and flavor, and you’ll leave with a better grasp on this concept.

We’re excited to offer this offshoot of the Gettysburg Farmers’ Market running monthly through October with upcoming dates of July 16August 20September 17 and October 15 in the kitchen at the newly built Adams County Arts Council facility. Featured chefs include Chef Jeremy Schaffner with SCAAP, Chef Jeremy Jones with Knob Hall Winery and Chef Jennifer Williams with Food 101. Come see what it’s all about and discover more to love about Gettysburg. We hope you’ll join us!

Erin Phelps

Photos credited to the Gettysburg Farmers’ Market

As for me, it’s all about the EXPERIENCE!

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The world is my playground!  I like to think of myself as somewhat of a lightly seasoned traveler (no food pun intended).  I pride myself on crossing my t’s and dotting my i’s when it comes to travelling to a new destination.  Having all the resources at my fingertips really gives me a sense of confidence and control and allows me to carefully plan a great trip.

While enroute, the anticipation builds, and the thought of what’s to come is overwhelmingly exhilarating.  Will all my hard work and research pay off? Are these destinations and events that were recommended really just what we were looking for? With that said, I believe there’s a big difference between seeing the sites and experiencing a destination.

In years past, every place I visited I would always bring home the perfunctory tchotchke as a remembrance of my visit.  Not to say that I still don’t, but I’m a bit more selective.  These days, maybe age has something to do with it, but now I find myself always in search of a truly unique experience.  Something I can sink my teeth into that will create an everlasting memory.  I store it up for those long dreary gray days in winter where I can sit back, sip on a hot cup of cocoa and reminisce about the experience that left chills on my skin, or brought an ear-to-ear grin on my face, or just left me in awe.

Experiences such as hiking the Smoky Mountains and soaking in the incredible views that simply take your breath away, skimming the trees while zip-lining mountain to mountain in Asheville, NC, a mule ride down the side of a mountain in Molokai’s once infamous leper colony, experiencing a culinary sensation after shopping Charleston’s farmer’s market and having some of the top award-winning chefs cook a meal from your purchases, skiing down Mt. Zermatt and being picked up at the end in a horse-drawn carriage and taken to the local pub are memories that I wouldn’t trade for the world.

 

T-shirts fade and cups break.  As for me, I will continue to travel the world and seek out the unknown offbeat experiences that make a destination truly unique and memorable.

An Ounce of Prevention: Getting the Most from Walking Tours

You want to visit Gettysburg and take in all the history our little town has to offer. You book a tour and are super excited. And then on the tour you realize you didn’t plan accordingly and find yourself focusing on the heat and your sore feet and not on the quaint buildings or the gorgeous pastoral views. We at Savor Gettysburg are here to help!

Our walking tours comprise a few delightful hours visiting unique eateries, historic taverns, family-owned bistros, ice cream shops and winery tasting rooms. Although the tours are not physically intense, they do include about a mile of noncontinuous walking. Depending on the weather and the season, this could mean heat, rain or a chilly evening. Here are some often-overlooked tips on how to get the most out of your tour.

Proper Footwear (No stilettos, ladies!)

There is really not much worse than being on a walking tour and wearing cute shoes that are cutting into your feet. Think about the shoes you own that are best for walking, will keep your feet warm (or cool) and will still pass muster for fashion.

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Appropriate Layers (And we’re not talking cake!)

Think back to when your parents got you ready for school and you wore a t-shirt, a long-sleeved shirt and a light jacket. Keep that in mind. You will work up a bit of a sweat if touring in the summer, but remember that once inside you may get chilly in air conditioning. Alternatively, when touring in cooler weather you may want an extra layer for the walk that you can take off once inside someplace cozy. Perhaps bring along an extra layer or be prepared to remove an extra layer. Temperature regulation can have a huge impact on your enjoyment.

Sunscreen (Note: Lobster red is not a skin color.)

Oftentimes people think that being both indoors and outside over a period of a few hours means that no sunscreen is necessary. However, a 15-minute walk up a street with no real shade and a blazing afternoon sun can really take a toll. Protect, protect, protect. And don’t forget that the sun’s rays can still give you a burn on a cloudy day and in the winter. Apply sunscreen, please—not only for the sake of your skin, but also so you don’t feel dehydrated and hamper not only your tour but also the rest of your day.

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Water (= life)

Speaking of dehydration—water is your friend! Although our tours are food- and beverage-driven, you may want to bring along your own water to take a swig between stops.

Bag (FYI: Wine bottles won’t fit in a fanny pack.)

Whether it’s a shoulder bag or a small backpack, bring along a bag that you can comfortably carry along on the tour. You’ll be glad when you have somewhere to stash your extra layer, your sunscreen or your water. Also, if you purchase any food and beverage products along the way, you’ll have somewhere to store them for the rest of the tour.

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Take it from us—it’s better to be prepared than to wish you were prepared. We have hosted many people over the years, and we recognize the ones who did their homework and will truly be able to enjoy and focus on the tour. Be that person!

Now that we have you all set, contact us to book one of our walking tours! The days and times vary, as well as the venues we visit. Check out the options and find the one just right for you and your family or friends. We think you’ll find that Gettysburg’s most-loved eateries, combined with our town’s unique culture and history, provide the perfect recipe for a delicious, unforgettable hometown historic afternoon. We can’t wait to show you around.

Erin Phelps

Footwear photo credit: tereh/BigStock; water photo credit: michaelpuche/BigStock

Make It an Overnight (or Weekend!) in Gettysburg

On the eve of Memorial Day, summer vacation planning is in full swing, and we hope Gettysburg is on your list! With an abundance of history, agriculture and an impressive food and drink scene, there are plenty of activities, tours and destinations to fill an agenda. Peruse our list of highlighted to-dos and make it an overnight (or weekend) in Gettysburg!

Apple Country Explorations

Whether it’s farm-to-table dining, historic discoveries, antique hunting, a love of all things cider or exploring area orchards and farmers’ markets, so many options are at the fingertips of every local and visitor.

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Farm-to-Table Dining

Fidler & Co. Craft Kitchen, located in the heart of Adams County apple country, is a craft-based kitchen dedicated to providing the best in upscale rustic cuisine, drawing influence from the vast farmland that surrounds the restaurant. Dine in (BYOB) for a laidback experience, or order a gourmet boxed lunch in advance and enjoy a picnic on the battlefield. Either way you are assured a delicious meal from a fine dining restaurant that’s still growing and flexing its farm-to-table muscle.

Beech Springs Farm offers a Second Sunday Supper Series second to none. Each distinctly different dinner event features live entertainment, locally sourced beverage pairings and delectable menus prepared by amazing guest chefs. The dinner ticket includes a self-guided garden tour, welcome cocktails, a five-course farm-to-table menu, course pairings, entertainment and tax and gratuity. July’s Outdoor BBQ dinner features guest chef Josh Fidler of Fidler & Co. Craft Kitchen with entertainment from Across the Pond.

Scenic Adams County Tour

There is so much to see in Adams County outside of Gettysburg, and it’s definitely worth exploring beyond the town limits. Not sure where to go? Let the Scenic Adams County Tour do the work for you, as you get to sit back, relax and enjoy. The 4½-hour tour covers five tasting locations and a winery tour, offering a scrumptious opportunity to learn more about the agriculture that helps put Adams County on the map. Visit Savor Gettysburg to order tickets.

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Farmers’ Markets

We’re thrilled to add to our tour list the Farmers’ Market Tour and Cooking Class. With four dates available (July 16, August 20, September 17 and October 15), you can certainly make a weekend trip around this fun and explorative tour. Join our local chefs for a colorful walk through Gettysburg’s Farmers’ Market, where they will show you how to shop like a chef. This dynamic downtown experience is filled with inspiration coupled with chef’s tips and techniques. You will never look at fresh produce the same! Then it’s on to the kitchen for a hands-on cooking class where the chef will teach you how to turn the bounty from the market into creative and delicious dishes, paired with local wines. The menus are created based on seasonal ingredients, all 100% delicious and fun and easy to prepare.

With all the knowledge you gained from the Farmers’ Market Tour and Cooking Class, you can take a morning and head into apple country for a stop at the Historic Round Barn & Farm Market for photos, flowers, fresh fruits and vegetables and baked goods. Then drive through the orchards over to Hollabaugh Bros. in Biglerville for an amazing selection of fruits and vegetables, souvenirs, baked and dried goods and more. If you want to stick close to downtown, you can still enjoy the area’s fresh produce Saturday mornings around the square at the Gettysburg Farmers’ Market. If you are making a midweek getaway, check out the Adams County Farmers’ Market, which sets up Thursdays on the square.

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Wine, Craft Beer and Spirits

Gettysburg is seeing a surge in local wineries, craft breweries and distilleries. Being recognized for more than the battlefield history, this little town is making its own name, even being coined Cider Town USA because of the amazing agriculture and resurgence of hard ciders. For the true history buff, sample Good Intent Cider, a family-owned and -operated cidery in Adams County that features a cider (Rose Farm Orchard) made using apples directly from the battlefield. Be sure to head out of town on Route 30 west for a beautiful ride into apple country and a breathtaking view from the patio at Hauser Estate Winery, home of Jack’s Hard Cider. While out that way you can also visit Reid’s Orchard & Winery, or find them in town at The Cider House Cafe, their tasting location.

For a relaxing and casual evening in an old barn full of character, check out Battlefield Brew Works. Their selection of slow hand-crafted beers will bring you a historic experience like no other. If you’re looking for a convenient-to-downtown craft beer restaurant, hit up the new Appalachian Brewing Company location on Steinwehr Avenue. If it’s spirits you crave, be sure to check out the Mason Dixon Distillery coming this year. The small-batch craft distillery will be a welcome addition to Gettysburg’s beverage scene. If you want to rub shoulders with the locals while still feeling Gettysburg’s historic vibe, stop in to the Garryowen Irish Pub on Chambersburg Street. With its welcoming atmosphere, the “Go” offers fantastic food, the choice between dining at the bar or in the dining room and a great selection of whiskey and live music.

If you want the fun of exploring but don’t want the responsibility of choosing the destination, book a Wine, Cider and Dine Tour with Savor and we will do the work for you! With stops at four wineries—Adams County WineryHauser Estate WineryKnob Hall Winery and Reid’s Orchard and Winery—and dining at Food 101, a gourmet dining establishment on Lincoln Square, all locations are within the downtown area, creating a scenic walking tour of historic Gettysburg.

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PA Cider Fest

Make it a weekend and visit Gettysburg for the upcoming PA Cider Fest, Pennsylvania’s premier cider-tasting event. Kicking off Friday night with a Meet-the-Cider-Makers Dinner, the Cider Fest takes places Saturday, June 25, from noon to 4 p.m. at Hauser Estate Winery, the home of Jack’s Hard Cider. The Cider Fest will feature samples of Pennsylvania ciders, cider and apple workshops and seminars, an artisan market and music by Schizophonic. Also enjoy tap takeovers, pairings, dinners and brunches in Gettysburg from various Pennsylvania cider makers throughout the weekend. This event is a perfect excuse to get away, tour Adams County, learn all about cider and support our local businesses.

Dinner and a Room

With all these activities, you’ll certainly want to arrange for a relaxing overnight. Wrap up a busy week or a day of touring Gettysburg at the Inn at Herr Ridge for a Bordeaux Wine Dinner and stay the night. Experience the allure of a private dining room amidst a 4,000-bottle collection in a historic building. For a romantic one-stop outing, book dinner and a room and leave all your worries at home. The cost to attend the Bordeaux Wine Dinner at The Inn at Herr Ridge is $125 per person, not including tax and gratuity.

Looking to add a little drama to your weekend in Gettysburg? Tour the battlefield by day and enjoy a Murder Mystery Dinner at the Lightner Farmhouse B&B as part of your overnight visit. Each guest plays a character throughout dinner and the evening until the mystery is solved. Looking for something less dramatic? Gather family and friends for a four-course meal with wine pairing—you can even rent the whole B&B to make it a family getaway weekend.

Gettysburg has overnight options galore—from the historic Gettysburg HotelBattlefield Bed & Breakfast and Federal Pointe Inn to the various campgrounds around the outskirts of town (Gettysburg CampgroundRound Top CampgroundBattlefield KOAArtillery RidgeGranite Hill and Drummerboy), there is an accommodation to match any need. We hope you’ll come visit soon. When you’re in town, stop in and we’ll gladly show you around!

Erin Phelps

Fidler & Co. photo credit: Alexandra Whitney Photography

6 Reasons to Visit Gettysburg (They’re Not What You Think!)

In the heart of one of the most hallowed battlefields in the United States sits a small town bustling with life and experiencing a renaissance of its agricultural roots. Long famous for the battle, Gettysburg is proving that it’s got much to offer, with alluring food and winery excursions and more.

Read on to learn more about Gettysburg’s food and wine scene and how Savor Gettysburg can show you a one-of-a-kind tasting experience.

Wineries

Adams County Winery

Join a Savor Gettysburg Wine and Dine Tour and sample wines from the fifth-oldest operating winery in Pennsylvania. Nestled against the South Mountains, the climate is perfect for grape growing. With three tasting locations, visitors can relax and sample wines in downtown Gettysburg at Wine Shop at 25C. 25 Chambersburg St., Gettysburg, (717) 334-1381

Hauser Estate Winery

Opened in 2008, Hauser’s fertile farmlands, previously home to acres of apple trees, now boasts an expansive vineyard. Hauser is also home to Jack’s Hard Cider, produced and canned on-site using Adams County apples. Shortly after opening, Hauser debuted an ancillary shop, conveniently located in downtown Gettysburg at 17 On the Square. Gettysburg visitors can sample and enjoy the fruits of Adams County agriculture without leaving town. 19 Lincoln Square, Gettysburg, (717) 334-4888

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Reid’s Winery Tasting Room and Cider House

You surely can’t go wrong if you visit Reid’s, located conveniently in downtown Gettysburg. Reid’s features a wide variety of handcrafted red, white and fruit wines, as well as a growing line of hard ciders or traditional Farmhouse Cider. Sit back with a drink and a snack while enjoying the unique coziness of the tasting room. 400 Baltimore St., Gettysburg, (717) 334-7537

Knob Hall Winery

Located in Maryland, Knob Hall is opening a tasting room in downtown Gettysburg in the historic birthplace of Jennie Wade, the only civilian killed during the Battle of Gettysburg. With a French-style influence, Knob Hall rounds out the Gettysburg tasting rooms and offers another superb local wine experience for visitors. 242 Baltimore St., Gettysburg, (717) 420-5171 (Note: the tasting room will be relocating to 100 Chambersburg St. at the end of May 2016.)

Dining

Beech Springs Farm

Second Sunday suppers at Beech Springs Farm offer an organic farm-to-table dining experience that’s second to none. With a pastoral backdrop and a rustic barn setting the atmosphere, guests are treated to drinks on the deck, live music, warm hospitality and featured local and sustainably grown food. 784 Mt. Carmel Rd., Orrtanna, (717) 642-5695

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Food 101

Continue your agricultural tour of Gettysburg with a stop in to Food 101, where a changing menu highlights the new American cuisine. Relax in the cozy dining room at either a small table for a more private experience or a communal table. Fresh ingredients, delectable desserts and artisan pizza make this stop a hit for even the most discerning diner. 101 Chambersburg St., Gettysburg, (717) 334-6080

To experience the amazing food and wine from any of these local businesses, join Savor Gettysburg on a tour and let us do all the work! Tours are offered 5–8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays through Memorial Day at $69 per person (21 and older). Visit Savor Gettysburg to order tickets.

Erin Phelps