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.
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.
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.
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 Winery, Hauser Estate Winery, Knob 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.
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 Hotel, Battlefield Bed & Breakfast and Federal Pointe Inn to the various campgrounds around the outskirts of town (Gettysburg Campground, Round Top Campground, Battlefield KOA, Artillery Ridge, Granite 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!
Fidler & Co. photo credit: Alexandra Whitney Photography