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

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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