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

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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

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

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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.

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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.

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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

Farm To Table dinners – a real work of Heart

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Beech Springs Farm is a small family farm, nestled in a hidden valley in South Central Pennsylvania.  It’s situated 10 miles southwest of historic Gettysburg, PA, and only 90 minutes north of Washington, DC, and Baltimore. 
 
The farm’s owners, Jayne and Bill Shord, have owned the farm since 2001 and offer chemical-free, Certified Naturally Grown heirloom produce for area residents who are members of the farm’s Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program.  Produce from the garden is featured at monthly farm-to-table dinners as well as weddings and special events.
 
Farm-to-table is no longer considered a trend, but in fact, a movement and a way of life that people have been adapting to gradually and have now come to expect. 
 
What’s interesting is that gardens are now sprouting up at restaurants all over the country. A mid-day harvest pick by the chef makes its way from the garden to the customers plates in a matter of minutes. Customers have come to expect nothing less than fresh organic produce, sans the laced chemicals. There’s a comfort and trust that happens when we build a relationship with the local farmers who grow the food that we consume. You can feel the integrity they put into their product. 
 
Beech Springs Farm is no exception. They began offering Farm-to-table dinners in 2015 as a way to educate and promote local sourcing of food. These dinners display the availability and abundance of local produce, meats, poultry, cheese and mushrooms that are in our own back yards.The Farm-to-table concept accomplishes this with style in a truly unique farm setting. They hold the dinners in their 1867 preserved historic barn. The dinners are their way of supporting other farms in Adams County and introducing their products directly to the consumer.
 
From May through October, on the second Sunday of each month, guests have the opportunity to enjoy fresh seasonal fare, artfully prepared by guest chefs. Each dinner features entertainment, creating a truly unique experience. For further information or to purchase tickets: www.beechspringsfarm.com