Experience a Magical Christmas in Gettysburg through Food, Shopping and Holiday Cheer!

Experience the magic of Christmas in downtown Gettysburg this holiday season! Stroll decorated streets on a festive 3.5-hour walking food tour highlighting the sights, sounds, and unique tastes of this historic town.

Enjoy stops at some of the best eateries, all the while learning fascinating facts and historic tales that define our “most famous small town in America.”  Admire the glittering lights, decorated store-fronts and our grand 30 foot Christmas tree in Lincoln Square, all adding to the ambience of “the most wonderful time of the year”.  Get started on Christmas shopping for your loved ones as we visit several downtown stores that offer one-of-a-kind Christmas gifts — a perfect opportunity for any last-minute gift hunting you need to get done.

​Make a new Christmas Tradition with your family and friends. The 12 Tastes of Christmas promises to be delicious, delightful and decidedly Local.

Advance purchase is required.  Tickets are $69 per person and can be purchased here:  https://www.savorgettysburgfoodtours.com/holiday-season-food-tour.html. For further information, contact 717-688-9584.

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Visiting Gettysburg Isn’t Just for Summertime: Find Out Why!

The dog days of summer are behind us. Baseball season is winding down and the kids are back in school. But just because the heat and humidity have gone south doesn’t mean an end to adventure!

Autumn is a perfect time of year to grab an overnight bag and head out for a getaway. And what better spot to visit than Gettysburg? The battlefield is fully accessible, our food tours are loving this crisp weather and the apple harvest season is upon us. Think sweet and savory, everything hearty and baked goods galore. It’s the season to please your palate with an amazing array of culinary options from our local bed and breakfasts and more. Cozy up with a friend, sneak away with your mom or snag that special someone and come see all that Gettysburg has to offer!

Baladerry Inn

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Dating back to 1812, the Baladerry has no shortage of history. Here you’ll have the seasonal choice to dine at your own table indoors or outside on the terrace. Guests rave about the stuffed French toast with honey orange butter sauce and sausage and the homemade egg- and bacon-filled crepe on the breakfast menu. If you have special dietary concerns or restrictions, the Inn is happy to accommodate. With no shortage of baked goods and complimentary beverages 24 hours a day, the Baladerry will pamper you with anything from Texas brownies to pecan pie muffins, so be prepared to partake! 40 Hospital Rd.; (717) 337-1342.

Brafferton Inn

Located a block east of Lincoln Square, the Brafferton Inn is centered around a stone house in the heart of Gettysburg. Featuring fresh-baked cookies, coffee, tea and hot chocolate each afternoon, this spot will surely satisfy your sweet tooth. Be sure to take advantage of the complimentary breakfast served daily in the circa-1815 dining room. It includes fresh fruit, homemade pastries, vegetarian options, fruit salad, muffins and more. For the foodie in you, include the wine and cheese package with your stay. 44 York St.; (717) 337-3423.

Brickhouse Inn

Located in Gettysburg’s downtown historic district, the Brickhouse Inn is a 1898 three-story Victorian within minutes of battlefield walks. Breakfast is served in the two dining rooms, although in the warmer months guests may sit outside in the patio and gardens. The three-course breakfast allows guests to enjoy fresh fruit or parfait, a sweet or savory main entree and breakfast dessert to follow! Sample the signature shoo-fly pie but also save room for other choices like raspberry almond tart, lemon tart or blueberry buckle. The Brickhouse is pleased to source many ingredients locally from the farmers’ markets. 452 Baltimore St.; (717) 338-9337.

The Doubleday Inn

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Innkeepers Christine and Todd have tons of energy and it shows: They make sure guests enjoy their stay at this beautiful inn, the only one located right on the Gettysburg battlefield. For an experience you won’t forget, let them host you for a weekend. Take a morning stroll through history along the pastoral landscape and then come inside for a delicious, hearty breakfast featuring fresh, local ingredients, including local eggs from Weikert’s Egg Farm. Even better—Christine and Todd will send you right to the sources of those ingredients so you may take some home with you. From fresh fruit and bacon to French toast and eggs, you won’t leave hungry. And after a day of exploring, come back for afternoon tea and cookies. 104 Doubleday Ave.; (717) 334-9119.

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The Gaslight Inn

An elegant building with a backyard oasis where guests may relax, The Gaslight Inn is nestled just a block from Lincoln Square. If you are a glutton for punishment and all things carb-a-licious, please do yourself a favor and try any number of the baked goods here, including lemon-glaze drizzled lemon poppy seed doughnuts, mini Key lime cheesecakes with a candied lime garnish or pink lemonade cupcakes. If you want sweet on the lighter side, try the amazing sliced local peaches with a bit of Greek yogurt, blueberries and granola. With the innkeepers’ great attention to detail, you’ll find yourself in good hands. 33 E. Middle St.; (717) 337-9100.

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Keystone Inn

Let’s start with the afternoon brownies, shall we? Not to mention the tea available all day and the beautiful, large front porch on which to relax with said treats. If you want a hearty start to your day of exploring, look no further than the full, hot, country-style breakfast. Start light with fresh fruit and move on to a freshly baked pastry, but save room for the entree. Previous guests can’t say enough about the egg, ham, cheese and tomato souffle. And perhaps you’ll be lucky to sample the cinnamon-apple pancakes, because it wouldn’t be Adams County without a little apple! 231 Hanover St.; (717) 337-3888.

Lightner Farmhouse

With mom Eileen managing guest services, dad Dennis in charge of caretaking and son Jason running the kitchen (with Dad’s help), you’ll feel right at home in the Hoover’s family-run B&B. Jason’s culinary background means he knows his way around the kitchen, and you will not be disappointed. The light and cheery breakfast room will certainly meet your needs. Start with sweet breads and muffins, enjoy a scrumptious fruit dish and feel decadent with pancakes or eggs with a side of bacon or sausage. The French toast and cinnamon sugar waffles get rave reviews! 2350 Baltimore Pike; (717) 337-9508 or 866-337-9508.

When you visit Gettysburg this fall, make it an overnight because there is so much to see and many local ingredients to sample. After you start your day with a gourmet breakfast, join us for the Historic Downtown Food Tour, the Farmer’s Market Tour and Cooking Class or the Wine, Cider and Dine Tour. In the heart of this small town, there is a surge of culinary prowess and simply delicious family-style and intimate dining experiences awaiting you from local bed and breakfasts to family-owned eateries. Come join us!

Erin Phelps

Photo credits, top to bottom: Baladerry Inn, Doubleday Inn, Doubleday Inn, Gaslight Inn

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

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.