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