By Nicole Absher – There are so many exciting ways to experience everything Gettysburg has to offer. One of my favorite ways to explore the destination is to take my dog, Payton, around town. Last week I decided to take Payton on another “paw-some” adventure in Gettysburg!
The Gettysburg battlefield is an extraordinary experience for both visitors and residents alike, especially in the fall. Having been on several guided battlefield tours myself, I find that one of my favorite stops is the Pennsylvania State Memorial. Although Payton didn’t want to go to the very top of the monument, she enjoyed checking out the lower level and greeting all of the fellow visitors!
Downtown Gettysburg is full of local eateries, each with their own history and character, and luckily for Payton, quite a few are pet-friendly! I really enjoy taking Payton to the Pike Restaurant & Lounge, located on the Baltimore Pike, just a few minutes from the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center. The Pike offers casual family dining with a broad menu, including a nice selection of specialty drinks and local beers. For Payton, highlight of our lunch on their covered deck was when the server brought her water and a special treat!
Along with local eateries, tasting rooms and museums, Downtown Gettysburg has several boutiques and shops that are all within walking distance to each other. To walk off our lunch from the Pike, Payton and I went shopping at a few local shops, including Gallery 30 and Lark – A Modern Place. Both places offer a wide variety of unique art, jewelry and home décor.
Although Payton and I went on our adventure in late October, it turned out to be quite a warm day. I thought Payton could use a sweet treat to cool off, so we walked down to Cone Sweet Cone, a local ice cream shop that offers homemade ice cream and gelato. It is safe to say that Payton enjoyed her vanilla pup-cup!
Gettysburg is home to quite a few wineries, distilleries and breweries that offer local, hand-crafted wines, ciders, spirits and beers. Jack’s Hard Cider is a great option for those who have a love for both wines, ciders and beers. Along with their ciders, Jack’s also produces wine and has craft beer available on tap. Their tasting room and deck offers a breathtaking view of miles of forests, orchards and farmland.
I opted for a flight of wine and a flight of cider to sample the new flavors they have released for fall, but don’t worry, Payton stuck with water! I also love to try their cider sangrias, which change pretty frequently and are a combination of wines, ciders and fresh fruit.
Bringing your pet to the area is fun and easy and gives people the chance to see the destination in a different light. Don’t worry—we have several pet friendly hotels and bed & breakfasts that will accommodate you during your next stay.
About the Author
A recent resident of Gettysburg, Pa., Nicole lives in the heart of downtown and loves exploring the destination. From the rich history and fun outdoor excursions, to the delicious food, unique art and local shopping, Gettysburg is becoming both a favorite destination and a place to call home.