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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Field-to-Fork Agritourism Experience: A New Way to Explore Gettysburg Area Farmlands

This summer, join Savor Gettysburg and step into the countryside for an exciting new all-day culinary journey—the Field-to-Fork Agritourism Experience. The event is perfect for experienced foodies or those who would like to expand their interest in farm-grown food and cooking. Tours will take place July 22, August 19 and September 9.

“This is an exciting next step for Savor Gettysburg Food Tours,” said owner and tour guide Lori Korczyk. “Our goal is to introduce and connect guests directly to the farmer, to create that opportunity to hear the farmer’s story and develop a relationship so guests can revisit when they return to Adams County.”

Guests will travel Adams County’s historic country roads, stopping at various local farms for hands-on tours to learn about the rich and varied agriculture long nestled within the rolling orchards and farmland surrounding historic Gettysburg.

“I’m very thankful for Lori and her food tours,” said participating chef Jennifer Boger. “She brings us all together—from chefs like me to home cooks and farmers. We can all learn from each other and create our passion, which is food.”

Hands-on opportunities will include harvesting seasonal produce and discovering the area’s finest agricultural offerings, including apples, artisanal goat products, wine and cider, honey, mushrooms, vegetables and more.

Each tour will end at Beech Springs Farm, where guests will help harvest fresh herbs and vegetables from the farm’s gardens and will be invited to relax and enjoy the peaceful surroundings. Guests will be served wine and cheese during an interactive chef demonstration to turn the day’s harvests into a fresh, delicious meal. Meals will be prepared by Chef Jeremy Schaffner (July 22), Chef Jennifer Boger (August 19) and Chef Chris Spear (September 9).

“I really enjoy going with the flow,” said chef Chris Spear. “My style tends to be contemporary, mid-Atlantic and Southern with global influences, so I’m looking forward to working with the harvest the guests bring with them to pull together a delicious seasonal meal. They can relax, observe and ask questions.”

Guests will finish their day by reaping the benefits of the Field-to-Fork Experience under a beautiful maple shade tree at Beech Springs Farm. Savor Gettysburg and its tour collaborators can’t wait to show you all that the Gettysburg area farmlands have to offer! Read on for a snapshot of tour locations.

Caprine Delight

Caprine Delight is located less than four miles west of Gettysburg. This stop will include a farm tour and a chance to purchase artisan goats’ milk and cheese—including First Shot Feta, Generals Caraway and Dill Picnic—for use later in the day in the kitchen. With Alpine dairy goats roaming on rotated pasture, Caprine Delight is thrilled to introduce its fresh, natural and delicious goat milk and cheese to the tour guests.

Owner Candy Walker shared that the farm “appreciates this opportunity to showcase our natural aged raw milk cheeses and goat milk, from our own Alpine goats, raised without GMOs, soy and antibiotics.” She continued on to say, “Buying direct from the farmer is the best way to ensure that farming remains viable in our culture.”

Boyer Nurseries & Orchards

The tour will travel another six miles into the heart of Adams County to Boyer Nurseries, nestled among rolling orchards. Family-owned and -operated since 1900, Boyer offers flowers, shrubs, trees, pick-your-own seasonal fruit and a stocked fruit market. Guests will learn more about this family business, have a chance to harvest seasonal fruit and visit the nurseries’ new wine/cider tasting room featuring cider made with Boyer’s own apples (tour attendees for August 19 will enjoy the Adams County Winery tasting room).

Beech Springs Farm

Located a few miles from Boyer’s Nursery is Beech Springs Farm. Jayne Shord, the farm’s owner, will greet the tour group, show them her garden and talk about the farm-to-table philosophy of the farm and the heirloom produce grown for local restaurants and on-farm events. Guests will have the opportunity to hand-pick vegetables and herbs from the garden and learn about the farm’s honey bees.

Up the road a short distance is Jayne’s neighbor and fellow farmer, Peter, who inoculates logs to produce shiitake mushrooms. After a short introduction to mushroom growing, everyone will have a chance to harvest mushrooms directly from the logs and gather eggs from the farm’s henhouse.

Back at Jayne’s farm, a local/regional chef will conduct an interactive cooking demonstration

and prepare a meal that will include all of the fresh ingredients gathered throughout the day. Guests will be able to relax and watch the chef while sipping and nibbling on wine and cheese. If the weather holds out, guests will enjoy their feast under the big Maple shade tree along with fellow tour guests and the chef.

“I feel honored to be in this movement of clean eating,“ added Chef Boger, “sharing with people what food can really taste like and how good it is for your body and soul. It’s great to be able to take people to the source where we can all learn how to really appreciate our food.”

The cost for the full-day (9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.) Field-to-Fork Agritourism Experience is $125 per person. To ensure that everyone has a full and personal experience, the tour is designed for a limited group of 14 guests.

To purchase tickets and learn more about how you can participate in this exciting, educational and delicious tour, visit the Savor Gettysburg Food Tours website.

Photos, top to bottom: Beech Springs Farm, Caprine Delight, Caprine Delight, Boyer Nurseries, Beech Springs Farm

New food tour launches in Gettysburg, PA. Latest experience takes participants from the field to the fork

If you are looking for a truly unique agricultural food experience, join us on our newest adventure as we travel the back roads of Adams County and visit some of our local farms.  At each location, you will harvest ingredients that will be used to prepare a deliciously fresh meal at our journey’s end.  From visiting a local dairy where Alpine goats roam on open pasture and you will learn about how artisan goat cheese is made, to visiting an orchard where you will harvest fruit from their pick-your-own orchard and sample wine and cider in the orchard’s wine cellar, to harvesting herbs and vegetables direct from a CSA garden, learning about how Shiitake mushrooms are grown and bees are raised to collecting eggs from free range chickens, your day will be packed full of farming experiences.   At your final destination, an area chef will combine all of the products collected throughout the day into a fabulous meal that will be served (weather dependent) under the spreading arms of the farm’s enormous maple tree.  A late afternoon return to Gettysburg with tummies full and the memories of a day full of unique farming adventures will complete this truly rare field-to-fork experience.”

Here’s a sample of some of the locations that we visit:
We’ll first visit Caprine Delight, located less than four miles west of Gettysburg, for a farm tour and to purchase artisan goats’ milk and cheese for use later in the day in the kitchen. With Alpine dairy goats roaming on rotated pasture, Caprine Delight is thrilled to introduce you to its fresh, natural and delicious goat milk and cheese.
We’ll travel another six miles into the heart of Adams County to Boyer Nurseries, nestled among rolling orchards. Family-owned and operated since 1900, Boyer offers flowers, shrubs, trees, pick-your-own seasonal fruit and a stocked fruit market. You will learn more about this family business, have a chance to harvest seasonal fruit and visit the nurseries’ new wine/cider tasting room featuring cider made with Boyer’s own delicious apples.
We’ll then cross Adams County to Beech Springs Farm, where farmer Jayne Shord will greet you, show you her garden and explain how she created her CSA and started providing her seasonal produce and fruit to local restaurants. You will then have the opportunity to hand-pick and wash seasonal vegetables and herbs. An added bonus: you’ll learn all about the bee-raising process, including harvesting the honey.
We’ll head up the road to visit Jayne’s neighbor and fellow farmer, Peter Bugler. Peter will explain how he inoculates logs to produce shiitake mushrooms, and everyone will have a chance to pick the mushrooms directly from the logs. You will also select freshly laid eggs.
Back at Jayne’s farm, you’ll have an interactive demonstration with a local/regional chef to prepare a meal based on all the fresh ingredients gathered throughout the day. If we are lucky enough to have a sunny day, you’ll enjoy your feast under the big maple tree.  

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

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.”

Hey, wanna see something cool?

“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