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

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

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.