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

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

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