Gettysburg: The Perfect Getaway for Holidays and Special Occasions

At Savor Gettysburg we celebrate Gettysburg as a fantastic destination for special occasions or that long holiday weekend. We love the history, food, endless supply of outings and specialty tours. With culinary temptations for celebrating mom and dad, weekend antique hunting, farmers’ markets and patriotic events, we think you’ll find various spring and summer activities for the picking.

Whether you want to enjoy brunch and then go on a battlefield tour or watch a parade and visit the National Cemetery, here are a few of our favorite “to-dos” that will take the work out of special occasion planning so that you may revel in all the area has to offer. And, as always, our tours are a perfect way to celebrate anyone and any occasion.

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Mother’s Day

Reid’s Orchard and Winery

Celebrate mom with a Mother’s Day brunch at Reid’s Home Winery and Tasting Room from 11 a.m.–3 p.m. The alfresco brunch will feature gourmet cuisine buffet style from executive chef J. P. Wolfe. Culinary features will include local products, artisanal cheeses and classic American dishes accented with creative accompaniments and sauces. The culinary celebration will be topped off with an elaborate cake display. The event will include Reid’s version of a mimosa made with their signature Grizzly Hard Cider fermented with champagne yeast and fresh squeezed orange juice. Fresh fruited sangria will also be available. Order tickets here. 2135 Buchanan Valley Rd., Orrtanna, (717) 677-7047

Inn at Herr Ridge Mother’s Day Brunch

Gather your family or make it a party for two with a reservation for Mother’s Day brunch from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. at the Inn at Herr Ridge. Diners will be delighted by the a la carte menu, from the starters through the decadent smoothies and drinks. Reserve your spot by calling (717) 334-4332. 900 Chambersburg Rd., Gettysburg, (717) 334-4332

Historic Round Barn & Farm Market

One of the Gettysburg area’s most unique offerings is the Round Barn. Take mom for a lovely brunch, offered from 11:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m., and dine in the spacious and airy Round Barn. Stop by the farm market downstairs for artisan breads and baked goods, fresh fruit, flowers and more. 298 Cashtown Rd., Biglerville, (717) 334-1984

Gettysburg Farmers Market

Happenings on Lincoln Square

Adams County Farmer’s Markets

The Gettysburg area is home to abundant orchards, wineries, dairies and generations of farming communities. The market offers the freshest fruits (apples, of course!), berries and produce as well as flowers, herbs, artisan cheese, farm eggs, pumpkins, homemade soaps and hand-crafted skincare. Find the market on Lincoln Square Thursdays from 2–6 p.m. starting May 19 and extended to October.

Gettysburg Farmers’ Market

If you don’t make it out of the borough, don’t worry—the agriculture will come to you! The Gettysburg Farmers Market is celebrating its 25th year on the square this season. With dedicated vendors and lots of fresh produce and baked good to choose from, you’ll have plenty of temptations as you make your rounds. Find the Gettysburg Farmers Market on Lincoln Square Saturdays from 7 a.m.–noon starting April 30.

Gettysburg’s Annual Outdoor Antique Show

What is more perfect than attending the semi-annual antique show Saturday, May 21, in one of the most historic towns around? For those who have the “bug,” casually wandering from vendor to vendor is a dream come true. From 7 a.m.–4 p.m., rain or shine, Lincoln Square is transformed into an outdoor market with antique treasures from more than 125 vendors. This is a perfect opportunity to snag a true souvenir from the area and participate in this cool event.

Gettysburg Antique show

Patriotism Reigns Supreme

Memorial Day Parade and Ceremonies

As one of the longest-running Memorial Day parades and ceremonies in the country, this year marks the 149th anniversary of the parade’s beginnings. With the traditional pomp and circumstance associated with patriotic parades, the parade begins Monday, May 30, at 2 p.m. at Lefever Street, heads northeast to Middle Street, turns west on East Middle Street and then south on Baltimore Street to the Soldiers’ National Cemetery. The Memorial Day Ceremony takes place at 3 p.m. at the Rostrum in the Soldiers’ National Cemetery.

Father’s Day

Sharpshooters Grille

Enjoy on the deck or get them to go: Rip’s hard shell crabs will be available at 11 a.m. at Sharpshooters every Sunday including Dad’s special day. Pair them with a beverage, warm weather and the unrivaled company of your family and friends. 900 Chambersburg Rd., Gettysburg, (717) 334-4598

Historic Round Barn & Farm Market

Treat Dad to a “hoppy Father’s Day” from 11:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. with freshly brewed craft beer from Thirsty Farmer Brew Works and delicious BBQ prepared on-site. Kick back and enjoy entertainment from local musicians (formerly of Klinger McFry). Additional games and activities will be available for the entire family. 298 Cashtown Rd., Biglerville, (717) 334-1984

Live Battle Reenactment

153rd Gettysburg Anniversary Reenactment

The reenactment will be held July 1–3, coinciding with the dates of the actual 1863 battle. For those who remember Gettysburg the movie from the early 1990s, starring Martin Sheen, Jeff Daniels and Sam Elliott, the reenactment will be held on the site of the movie’s filming, overlooking the Round Tops and historic Sachs Mill Covered Bridge, adjoining Gettysburg National Military Park. Spectator tickets are available here.

No matter the occasion, Savor Gettysburg has you covered to find the ideal outing or tour that meets your needs. Be sure to check back on more upcoming events around Gettysburg this spring and summer!

Erin Phelps

Photo credits: Wine bottles, Savor Gettysburg Food Tour; farmers’ market, Gettysburg Farmers’ Market; antiques market, Gettysburg Area Retail Merchants Association

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6 Gettysburg Tours to Try Before the Official Start of Summer

This is not the Gettysburg of your middle school field trip. Oh no. Tourism is a huge boon for this small town, but with a surging food and beverage scene it’s not just about the battlefield anymore. Based on this alone, visitors deserve—no, need—to know the varied offerings around town.

Maybe you have toured the battlefield before. Maybe you think a historical tour wouldn’t be all that exciting. Or maybe you have tried some of the area restaurants. But there is a good chance you haven’t combined history with cuisine. You’ll be surprised at what you learn and what you enjoy without even trying when you experience the current Gettysburg tours and attractions. Hop onboard and take in the culinary and cultural resurgence this quaint little town with a history problem has to offer. Read on for 6 creative and enjoyable adventures awaiting you in Gettysburg.

Town & Battlefield Tours by Savor Gettysburg

Wine, Cider and Dine Tour

Gettysburg is making a resurgence by way of dining, local wineries and breweries and live music. It is truly a destination for more than the battlefield. Come enjoy the new culinary frontier where food, wine and history come together to create a most delicious experience through the Wine, Cider and Dine Tour. The tour features 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. Tours are offered 5–8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays through Memorial Day. After that (and through Nov. 4), you can also take the tour from 2:30–5:30 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays. Visit Savor Gettysburg to order tickets; it’s just $69 per person (21 and older).

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Historic Downtown Tour

Appease your taste buds and enjoy a step back in time through a visit to family-owned bistros, unique eateries, historic taverns, homemade ice cream shops and local wineries. The three-hour downtown lunch tour starts at 10:45 a.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. As the tour weaves together history and modern culinary delights, participants will enjoy the unique perspective of touring the historic town as a visitor while stopping in to favorite local spots. Visit Savor Gettysburg to order tickets.

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 four-and-a-half 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.

Not Your Mom’s Tours

Segways

So you have done the walking tours or the driving tours and you want something different. Visit Gettysburg Segway Tours to hop on a segway and zip your way through the Western or Eastern sides of the battlefield. An escort accompanies all groups along with a recorded audio tour from a licensed Battlefield Tour Guide.

Horses

Want to experience the battlefield the way many soldiers did? A horseback tour with Confederate Trails Horse Tours is the one for you! Climb atop a trail horse and prepare yourself to be transported back in time through an interactive, theatrical and licensed battlefield tour.

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And Ghosts, Oh My!

Looking for a bit of a scare or simply want to relive history through the eyes of an injured soldier or a townsperson in hiding? Hoping to find a few ghosts or wander through the historic streets? Check out Gettysburg Ghost Tours or Ghosts of Gettysburg for the candlelit adventure that most intrigues you.

With more to offer than the traditional Gettysburg experience, these tour opportunities are memories just waiting to be made. Bring a friend, make it a double date or make it a group outing. Visit Gettysburg and experience the historical charm with a culinary (or ghostly) twist. You won’t be sorry you tried, but you might be if you let the opportunity pass by.

Erin Phelps