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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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

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

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.