Gettysburg Safe Travel Tips
June 29, 2020
Gettysburg welcomes the return of our visitors, events, and activities as our county has been moved to a “Green” status by the governor. However, we remain cautious and vigilant that we are putting our people – visitors, business owners, and residents alike – first. Ahead of any other concerns or agendas is this newly forged idea of what Safe Travel means. As you prepare to visit Gettysburg, from out of town, or out of state, you may have questions about what is open in our destination and the safety guidelines we have in place.
Many of our businesses and services are open, thriving, and eager for our summer surge ... Read This Story
Gettysburg Cozy Winter Retreats
January 15, 2020
Whether you love the cold weather or not, we all need to get away during the winter. And, if it is going to be a little colder outside, or maybe a little snowy if we’re lucky, there’s nothing wrong with finding a wonderful place to stay and cuddling up for the weekend.
To help you get started with a few ideas, here are ten of the coziest winter retreats around Gettysburg.Baladerry Inn
This charming bed & breakfast is a wonderful spot to escape. Located on a historic farm that served as a field hospital during the battle of Gettysburg, you will be ... Read This Story
10 Things to do in Gettysburg this Winter
January 14, 2020
Gettysburg, Pa., is an incredible year-round travel destination. Not only is the area home to a premier ski resort, there is such a variety of things to choose from to create an amazing winter getaway. Whether you’re looking for active winter fun, a foodie getaway or just some great relaxation, make the Gettysburg area your winter getaway destination. Take a look at the list below for 10 amazing things to do this winter in Gettysburg.Get Adventurous at Liberty Mountain Ski Resort
No matter your winter sport of choice, you can do it all from Liberty Mountain Resort. Liberty Mountain offers both ... Read This Story
Twelve Ways to Get in the Holiday Spirit in Gettysburg
November 27, 2019
The holiday season is here, and if you are hoping to feel merry and bright, Gettysburg is the place to be. Gather your family and friends and plan a December getaway to Gettysburg to experience everything the holiday season has to offer. Here are 12 ways to get in the holiday spirit in Gettysburg!Visit Lincoln Square and Downtown Gettysburg
Gettysburg’s historic town center – Lincoln Square – is a must-see during the holiday season. Stroll the streets and take in all of the charm as you admire the brightly lit Christmas tree and holiday decor throughout town. Tackle your Christmas shopping list ... Read This Story
My Gettysburg Address
November 13, 2019
On Nov. 19, 1863, Abraham Lincoln delivered 272 words that not only helped dedicate Gettysburg’s Soldiers’ National Cemetery, but gave a sense of hope and reunification to a town and nation that had been raged by war. His words still resonate 156 years later.
In remembrance of this pivotal moment in history, we asked our visitors – what do the words of the Gettysburg Address mean to you? We received submissions from people from all over the country and of all different ages. Here are ten inspiring entries. Let us know in the comments – what does the Gettysburg Address mean ... Read This Story
Once In A Lifetime Experiences In Gettysburg
August 29, 2019
Maybe you’ve been to Gettysburg a dozen times, and you’re looking for new experiences. Or maybe you’ve never been here, and you’re ready to make it one of your new favorite destinations. Either way, check out this list of once in a lifetime experiences you can have in Gettysburg and get ready for an epic trip!Spend The Night On A Civil War Battlefield View this post on Instagram
Made it to Gettysburg for our anniversary ... Read This Story
Li’l Lincoln in Gettysburg
July 12, 2019
He’s little, he’s fun… and oh so photogenic! Take Li’l Lincoln along with you on all of your Gettysburg adventures!
Be sure to post your Li’l Lincoln photos to social media and participate in our monthly #LilLincoln Instagram contest! All that you need to do to enter is take Li’l Lincoln with you on your trip to Gettysburg and snap some photos. Post your favorites to Instagram using the hashtag #LilLincoln. We’ll choose one #LilLincoln photo winner at the end of each month!
Visit our website to download and print your own Li’l Lincoln before your trip, or visit the ... Read This Story
10 Experiences To Have This Summer In Gettysburg
June 20, 2019
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania is best known for its Civil War history, but the town and surrounding countryside are filled with a variety of authentic, unique experiences. From orchard-covered hills and tasty craft beverages to gorgeous sunsets and epic festivals, Adams County is a place you must experience this summer.
Make this summer the summer of new experiences. Use our list below to create your own Gettysburg summer bucket-list, and let us know which experiences you include in your summer plans!Pick your own fruit View this post on Instagram ... Read This Story
Your Guide to Visiting Eisenhower National Historic Site
May 30, 2019
Just beyond the Gettysburg Battlefield lies a 189-acre cattle farm that may look like many other Adams County farms, but its history is quite different. The man who purchased it in 1955 and restored the property to a better state than he had found it is none other than Dwight David Eisenhower, 34th President of the United States. Today, you can step out of Gettysburg’s 1863 story and into the 20th century to learn about Ike, Mamie and their lives together in Gettysburg and beyond.
Take a look at our list below of frequently asked questions regarding visiting Eisenhower National Historic ... Read This Story
Adams County Pour Tour Beverage Maker’s Favorites
May 9, 2019
From wines, meads and spirits to craft beer and hard cider, the Adams County Pour Tour has flavorful beverages for everyone’s palate. Our creative and knowledgeable beverage makers work hard to perfect each beverage release. We’ve asked these beverage makers to do the impossible – to choose their favorite of their creations. We’ve compiled a list of Adams County Pour Tour beverage maker’s favorites, so you know exactly what to order next time you embark on the trail.India Pale Ale at Thirsty Farmer Brew Works
“Our ‘brewer’s pet’ is the India Pale Ale, known simply as IPA. Our IPA is brewed ... Read This Story
10 Ways To Tour The Gettysburg Battlefield
April 24, 2019
Rightfully so, touring Gettysburg National Military Park is high on the to-do list of most people traveling to Gettysburg, Pa. The 6,000 acre Civil War military park is steeped in history and holds the stories and legacies of the thousands of soldiers who fought here during the Battle of Gettysburg. Because there is so much history to discover, and so many ways in which to discover it, we’ve broken down the options of touring the battlefield for you.
Whether you’ve never toured the Gettysburg battlefield and need a place to start, or if you’ve toured it many times and are just ... Read This Story
11 Experiences To Have This Spring In Gettysburg
March 21, 2019
Spring is officially here, and we couldn’t be more excited about it being one of the most wonderful times of the year to experience Gettysburg and Adams County! The start of a new season is the perfect time to make plans to get out and experience something new, so we welcome you to the beautiful sights, sounds and experiences of Gettysburg this spring.
Take a breath of that fresh spring air, grab a notebook and start planning your way through these ten inspiring experiences to add to your bucket list!Witness Springtime Blossoms
If you have not witnessed the Adams County countryside ... Read This Story
Pizza Night in Gettysburg
February 21, 2019
What better way to spend the day than with a cheesy pizza pie shared with friends and family in historic Gettysburg, Pennsylvania? Gettysburg is quickly becoming known as a culinary destination – and whether you like a fancier pie, or something more traditional, we have you covered! Here are our recommendations for the best places for pizza night!Tommy’s Pizza
A favorite by many locals and visitors alike, Tommy’s Pizza has mastered the recipe for a perfect pizza. The dough is the best combination of crispy and doughy, the sauce is hearty and flavorful and the cheese bubbles over the crust in ... Read This Story
Things to Do for Under $20 in Gettysburg
January 30, 2019
We know that vacations can get expensive. After adding up all the costs, something that is supposed to be relaxing can turn into a stressor. The good news is, you don’t have to break your budget to vacation in Gettysburg. From history to the paranormal and family-friendly attractions to a trail of adult beverages, we’ve compiled a list of things to do for under $20 (per person) in Gettysburg!Museums
We have museums for all ages and interests here in Gettysburg – and the good news is that they won’t break the bank! Many people like to begin their trip with a ... Read This Story
Comfort Foods to Try in Gettysburg
December 20, 2018
Sometimes in life, you want fresh and healthy food, and sometimes you want straight up comfort. This list is for the latter, for when you are looking for an indulgent, warming and comforting bite to eat. From soups to sandwiches, from shareable appetizers to classic comfort dishes, check out the list below for some of the most delicious comfort foods in Gettysburg.Baked King’s Onion Soup at the Dobbin House Tavern
There’s nothing more comforting than a piping hot cup of soup. The Dobbin House Tavern’s baked king’s onion soup is a customer favorite, rightfully so. It’s made from scratch, with beef ... Read This Story
Take a Walk in President Lincoln’s Gettysburg Footsteps
October 25, 2018
On November 19, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln delivered a 272-word speech to dedicate a new National Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, the site of the three day Battle of Gettysburg. Although both his time in Gettysburg and the speech that he made were brief, his words have echoed throughout history and his Gettysburg Address has become one of the most recognized and well-known speeches in American history. Today, you can not only witness Lincoln’s impact throughout the town of Gettysburg, you can actually walk in his footsteps. Check out these five locations to walk in Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg footsteps!Gettysburg Lincoln Railroad ... Read This Story
Adams County Pie Trail
October 18, 2018
If Adams County had a signature dessert, it would be pie. If you want to eat like a local, make your way through this pie trail on your next trip to the area.
Whether you’re craving sweet or savory, don’t worry – this trail includes both. While there really are endless pies to try in Adams County, here are seven places to get you started!Dunlap’s
Enjoy casual family dining at Dunlap’s and take this tip from us: don’t pass on dessert. Dunlap’s offers a variety of homemade seasonal desserts, including rotating mile-high meringue pies. You may see chocolate meringue, coconut meringue or lemon ... Read This Story
Test your Adams County Apple Knowledge!
September 28, 2018
We love our apples in Adams County, Pennsylvania! Our countryside is brimming with orchards, and while there is something to love about the entire growing season, we especially love apple harvest time! A fall visit to the Gettysburg area isn’t complete without experiencing a component of the county’s annual apple harvest. There is no shortage of ways to celebrate apple season in Adams County – we enjoy this time of year through festive events, fresh-from-the-orchard apples, in tasty desserts and craft beverages.
In the name of fall and harvest season, take this quiz to test your Adams County apple knowledge. Be sure to share ... Read This Story
Road Cycling in Adams County
September 20, 2018
If you are into road cycling and haven’t been to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania to ride – here is your invitation. The area offers not only incredible historical experiences and exciting culinary and craft beverage scenes, it also boasts some fantastic road cycling opportunities. Aside from the very bikeable Gettysburg National Military Park, there are endless country roads surrounding the town of Gettysburg that provide stunning scenery and fun cycling. While the route possibilities are seemingly endless, here are three routes to get you inspired for your Gettysburg road cycling adventure. Each route below includes a map, cue sheet, description of the ... Read This Story
Walk in General Eisenhower’s Footsteps – 5 Spots to Visit in Gettysburg
September 13, 2018
General Dwight D. Eisenhower was a resident of Gettysburg not only during his later years, but also early in his military career as the commander of Camp Colt, a tank training camp on the fields of Pickett’s Charge, during World War I. During both of those experiences, Eisenhower could be found throughout the town and the battlefields in service of his country as well as his family. The homes where he lived, buildings where he worked and battlefields he lead through can all be seen today across the town. Lace up your boots and visit these 5 places where you ... Read This Story
10 “Instagrammable” Spots in Gettysburg
August 22, 2018
With it’s remarkable history, gorgeous countryside views and spunky personality, the town of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania is full of photo opportunities to remember your travels and make your friends jealous of the adventures you took! Take a look at our list of these perfect “Instagrammable” spots in Gettysburg.1. Little Round Top
Little Round Top offers a stunning view of a picturesque portion of Gettysburg National Military Park. It’s also the site of the General Warren monument, a favorite among many. Take a selfie with these breathtaking views in the background for a still capture of your Gettysburg memories or grab a shot ... Read This Story
Bounty of the County – Harvest to Dish
August 8, 2018
One of the most incredible things about Adams County, Pa., is it’s farming community. Orchards cover more than 20,000 acres of land in Adams County, and those orchards provide both stunning scenery and unbelievably delicious fruit. Lots of fruit – Adams County growers harvest 280 million pounds of apples each year, as well as countless other fruits and vegetables.
Aside from enjoying that produce fresh, it’s amazing to see those fruits and vegetables turned into mouthwatering dishes. Many Gettysburg area restaurants incorporate seasonal, fresh produce in their dishes when possible, and for the second year, Adams County is celebrating that farm-to-fork idea ... Read This Story
Making the Most of Gettysburg in a Day
July 10, 2018
For most travelers, Gettysburg is a place that takes at least a few days to experience. Even then, it sometimes takes a trip back to fit in the rest. The historic town, the hallowed battlegrounds and scenic countryside all give visitors a unique look into this small Pennsylvania community.
But, sometimes, visitors can be short on time, and want to make the best of just a day in Gettysburg. It’s tough to determine what, however, to include in a day-trip. Check out the ideas below for how to spend one day in Gettysburg!A Day for History Lovers
If you’re traveling for Gettysburg’s ... Read This Story
Which Gettysburg Civil War General are you?
June 21, 2018
When listening to Licensed Battlefield Guides and rangers talk about Civil War generals that fought in the Battle of Gettysburg or seeing their pictures in museums, it’s easy to forget that these generals were real people with normal lives before the Civil War. In fact, they might have been a lot like you. Their distinctive personalities guided them as they made tough calls during the three-day battle that took place in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.
Are you goal-oriented like General Robert E. Lee, strong and opinionated like General James Longstreet, or perhaps you’re short-tempered and brazen like General Daniel E. Sickles. Take this quiz ... Read This Story
5 Epic Sandwiches in Gettysburg
June 14, 2018
It’s no secret that Gettysburg has some amazing restaurants. From comfort food to original gourmet creations, there’s something for everyone’s palate. Many of our restaurants feature a variety of traditional sandwiches made to perfection and one-of-a-kind sandwich creations only found at their place of business. We asked you, our visitors, to submit your favorite epic sandwiches in Gettysburg. Here is a list of five of your favorites!Mason’s Mile High at the Dobbin House Tavern
Submitted by Douglas G., Facebook
Served at The Springhouse Tavern at the Dobbin House, Mason’s Mile High is for the true meat lover! Choose a combination of smokehouse ... Read This Story
Golfing in Adams County – Our Five Favorite Holes
June 7, 2018
With 10 courses and more than 200 holes in the Gettysburg region, it’s hard to pick just five favorites, but we’ve reached out to golf course pros, course superintendents and golfers themselves to help us narrow down a list of holes that – no matter your score – will leave you appreciating your round that much more.
Our list of favorites aren’t necessarily the most challenging holes, the top handicapped holes – it’s sometimes the beauty, the finesse it takes to get that shot just right – the perfectly placed creek, the shady grove of trees that force you to lay ... Read This Story
Where to Find Living History in Gettysburg
May 24, 2018
One of the best ways to experience history is to watch it come alive right in front of you. Living historians, encampments and presentations are found throughout Gettysburg starting in spring and usually ending late fall. Dedicated re-enactors embody famous generals, common soldiers and civilians who will engage with spectators giving them a deeper understanding of history. We’ve put together a list of living history hot spots where there’s a good chance you’ll find your favorite Civil War general leading drills or a platoon winding down after a days battle in an encampment.Gettysburg National Military Park
Gettysburg National Military Park hosts ... Read This Story
Which Adams County craft beverage are you?
May 9, 2018
There’s nothing quite like a perfectly poured craft beer, the first glass of wine out of a freshly corked bottle, a spirit aged to perfection, or the bubbles of a sparkling cider hitting your palate just right.
Rooted in the heart of Pennsylvania’s Fruit Belt, Adams County is home to more than 20,000 acres of apple trees, making it an ideal location for growing not only 100 varieties of apples, but peaches, grapes, hops and more. Tucked among the farm markets, orchards and vineyards is a growing number of wineries, cideries, breweries and distilleries.
Experience the variety of craft beverages that our ... Read This Story
Test your knowledge on Adams County’s blossoms!
April 18, 2018
You know it’s springtime in Adams County, Pennsylvania when the orchard-covered hills are vibrant shades of pinks and whites as the fruit trees begin to blossom. Visitors from all over look forward to these gorgeous blossom views. And Adams County is home to many different types of fruit trees, so there’s a wide variety of blossoms for visitors and locals alike to admire. While many enjoy the annual blossoming, how much do you really know about blossoms? Take the quiz to find out!
Click here for a list of places to view these springtime blossoms in Adams County. And take a look ... Read This Story
Adams County Growing Season – Blossom to Harvest
April 10, 2018
In Adams County’s countryside, time is measured in growing seasons. It begins in spring – when we start to see the first signs of new growth – buds pushing their way through the branches of fruit trees. Those buds then turn to beautiful, vibrant blossoms that create a blanket of color on the orchard-covered hills of the countryside. Take a look:
The yearly transformation of Adams County’s countryside is an amazing thing to witness, and if you’ve never seen Adams County in bloom, we highly recommend adding it to your bucket list – and making your way through this list of ... Read This Story
Eight Great Gettysburg Battlefield Hikes & Walks
April 5, 2018
There is an abundance of ways to tour Gettysburg National Military Park. Each place takes visitors to unique vantage points and provides different perspectives of the three-day battle throughout the 6,000-acre park.
But often it’s the pace that can make the biggest difference, and that’s no more noticeable than by tackling the hallowed grounds by foot. While there are trails at Gettysburg National Military Park that some would consider a good hike, much of the battlefield’s pedestrians pathways are more in line with walking than hiking.
Touring the battlefield by foot not only gives travelers an up-close look at where history happened, ... Read This Story
The Irish Gettysburg: Whiskey, the Wheatfield and the Wolfhound
March 8, 2018
Irish pride is everywhere in Gettysburg, including the hallowed grounds of the Civil War battlefield where the famous Irish Brigade heroically charged across the Wheatfield and secured the Union line on July 2, 1863.
Tucked into the woods along Gettysburg National Military Park’s Sickle’s Avenue stands tall a Celtic cross, shadowing the Irish Wolfhound. The monument represents the valor of five regiments who, battered and beaten from engagements months prior in Antietam and Fredericksburg, triumphantly secured the Union line as part of Sickle’s army who just hours earlier pushed west toward Emmitsburg Road.
The story of the Irish Brigade is among the ... Read This Story
How well do you know Gettysburg’s women’s history?
February 28, 2018
The women of Gettysburg endured quite a few hardships during the summer of 1863 and for quite a few months following. With the men off to war, the women of Gettysburg pulled themselves up by the bootstraps and began putting their town back together. It is during the month of March we recognize the contributions of women to society and history, and without the women in Gettysburg, who knows what would have become of the town. Take this quiz to test your knowledge of women in Adams County throughout history. Good luck and don’t forget to share your results with ... Read This Story
Our Gettysburg Wedding
February 22, 2018
By Erin Pearce – Have you ever planned a wedding? Even if you haven’t…I’m sure you’re aware of how challenging and stressful it can sometimes be. Who do I invite, what will I wear, what will we eat, what will we dance to, what kind of cake will we eat, what kind of flowers do I want and perhaps the most difficult of all…where will it be?
Sometimes, answering that last question doesn’t have to be so difficult. For my husband, Jason, and I, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania was the obvious answer. It just clicked. We both previously worked for the National Park ... Read This Story
The Stories of Gettysburg’s Black Citizens
February 1, 2018
The American Civil War left quite an impression on Gettysburg, even though our history touches on so many topics and time periods. We invite you to learn the stories of a very robust black community and the impact they made on Gettysburg. With the help of the Adams County Historical Society, we share with you a few stories from the past that will inspire you to learn more.
Starting from the beginning, Sydney O’Brien was reportedly the first African American resident in the town of Gettysburg, having been owned by the town’s founders Samuel and James Gettys. ... Read This Story
10 Travel Tips for Your Vacation to Gettysburg
January 25, 2018
Your first trip to Gettysburg can often be full of questions… Where do I start? How long should I stay? Where should I eat? Gettysburg has so much to offer, and it can often be difficult to plan your trip if you haven’t traveled here before, or you haven’t visited since that 7th grade field trip you took when you were in school.
Destination Gettysburg is here to help! We asked our veteran Gettysburg visitors for their best Gettysburg travel advice. Check out their travel tips and suggestions.
1. “Start at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center. Explore the ... Read This Story
How well do you know Gettysburg’s Civil War history?
January 17, 2018
In the past 155 years, millions of visitors have walked the battlegrounds at Gettysburg, learning details and stories about the epic Civil War battle and reflecting on the poignant time in American history. Over that same time, thousands of books have been written, millions of artifacts have been archived and diary passages have been recited throughout the country – all in an effort to better understand this war.
So, we decided to put you to the test. Below are 15 trivia questions about the Battle of Gettysburg and the events that followed to test your knowledge about this momentous period in ... Read This Story
The Magic of Snow Tubing at Liberty Mountain Resort
January 4, 2018
By Paige Neidig – Growing up, my family and some of our friends would go snow tubing every winter. My mom would tightly bundle me up in snow gear, layer after layer, until I could barely move, but that didn’t stop me from sprinting to the tubing area to pick out what I deemed to be the fastest tube. I remember racing down the hill in competition with my friends over and over again, making for one of the best nights I’d have all winter.
Fast forward many years to this winter. My friend, Kody, and I get stir crazy easily. We’re ... Read This Story
Don’t Miss these 10 Sunset Views in Gettysburg
November 2, 2017
Anyone who has been to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania will tell you that the sunsets here are sensational. They beautifully signify the end to a wonderful day of exploration and learning for visitors and locals alike. The biggest question then is, where to spend your evenings catching sight of this wonder while in our historic town? Not to worry – we have ten great spots for you to add to your list next time you are in Gettysburg.Oak Ridge
Whether it be from ground level or atop the observation tower, viewing sunsets across the first day’s battlefield won’t disappoint. As the northern most ... Read This Story
Falling for Pumpkin in Gettysburg
October 13, 2017
We have enjoyed the growing season in Adams County this past year – from asparagus to strawberries, cherries, summertime veggies, peaches and apples – it’s been a delicious year. And with fall now here, and the growing season coming to an end, we are fully embracing pumpkin season. To celebrate the season, we felt inspired to get to the kitchen to bake a tasty treat, using homegrown Adams County pumpkins. We turned to the Inns of the Gettysburg Area cookbook, where we found a fabulous recipe from the Historic Fairfield Inn 1757 for homemade pumpkin pie filling. This is a ... Read This Story
An Authentic Adams County Autumn Date
October 6, 2017
By Paige Neidig – There is something about autumn that brings romance to the air. Maybe it’s cozy campfires, sharing warm fall foods or squeezing in close to the one you love as the temperatures drop. In Adams County, Pa., there are endless ways you can celebrate fall with that special someone. Check out this authentic Adams County autumn date itinerary.Stop 1: Fields of Adventure
Begin your date with a trip to Fields of Adventure in Aspers, Pa. Fields of Adventure is bursting with fall fun waiting to be had by children and adults alike. A favorite by many couples is ... Read This Story
Seven Secrets of the Gettysburg Battlefield
September 29, 2017
By Carl Whitehill – In my 10 years in Gettysburg, I’ve met some amazing folks – visitors, locals and Civil War experts alike – that astound me with their depth of knowledge about the Gettysburg National Military Park. I’ve even picked up an amazing amount of information in my travels around this great town and yet pick up new stories, new insight about this turning point in American history each time I take a tour or sit down and talk with a knowledgeable and passionate history buff. At the same time, it’s all-too-often that we drive through the battlefield, eyes ... Read This Story
Historic Dining in Gettysburg
September 8, 2017
The history of Gettysburg is undoubtedly one of the biggest draws to the area. It can be experienced through an up-close and personal tour of the battlefield or a stroll through a museum. However, it can also be experienced through the palate. If you are looking to expand your historical experience in Gettysburg, beyond the battlefield, be sure to check out these Gettysburg area restaurants that offer historic dining experiences, historic food options and a general history-rich atmosphere.Dobbin House Tavern
Step inside the Dobbin House Tavern, one of Gettysburg’s oldest and most historic structures. The colonial-era restaurant has humble beginnings as ... Read This Story
Homeschool Field Trip to Gettysburg: 7 Spots You Don’t Want to Miss
August 24, 2017
It’s that time of year again when school starts up for children around the country, including the estimated 1.5 million homeschool students that not only get their first glimpses of their curriculum and homework assignments, but to plan field trips that bring their studies to life.
Gettysburg and the surrounding countryside is an amazing outdoor classroom. With the iconic Civil War battlefield, hands-on museums and tours, as well as a unique farming community, homeschool field trips to the region are an amazing way to learn about a variety of subjects.
As always, it’s hard to narrow down our favorites, but we’ve selected ... Read This Story
Fifteen Places Every History Buff Should Visit in Gettysburg
August 3, 2017
History is certainly everywhere in Gettysburg – through the streets, inside the buildings around town and out into the farm fields where war broke out more than 154 years ago. As one of the most visited historic destinations in America, Gettysburg attracts visitors from around the world to learn, to reflect and to remember those tragic three days in 1863.
But Gettysburg’s history doesn’t begin or end with the American Civil War. Today, the town remembers history of several eras – some that pre-date the epic battle, and others more modern.
At the same time, history buffs clamor to learn more, to ... Read This Story
10 Must-Dos on Your First Visit to Gettysburg
July 14, 2017
So you’re planning your first trip to Gettysburg, where do you start? With the variety of experiences available in Adams County – from history, recreation, shopping and agritourism – it can be overwhelming to know where to begin. We’ve got your back – here’s a list of 10 things every first-timer should experience in the Gettysburg area.Get acquainted at the Museum and Visitor Center
It’s a good idea to check out the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center to get a solid overview of the Battle of Gettysburg before venturing off to the battlefield. The Visitor Center features a ... Read This Story
Top Patriotic Experiences in Gettysburg
June 29, 2017
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania has often been described as one of the most patriotic places in the country. Throughout the year, there are attractions and events that celebrate and commemorate Gettysburg’s – and America’s – rich history. Patriotism is the pride and devotion to one’s country and Gettysburg gives visitors ample opportunities to feel just that. Here’s a list of places and events you can visit if you’re feeling patriotic in your travels to Gettysburg.Gettysburg National Military Park
The biggest draw to Gettysburg is the history and Gettysburg National Military Park is the heart of that rich history. Walk the same paths that ... Read This Story
Where to Tune into Live Music in Gettysburg
June 21, 2017
How can you make a beautiful evening in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania even better? Add in some live music at the end of your night to help you relax. Many of Gettysburg’s restaurants, breweries and wineries feature live, local musicians on the weekends. We’ve compiled a list of some of these spots to catch a tune!Reid’s Winery
Reid’s Winery’s popularly attended weekend concert series, Music in the Valley, is held in the summer and fall at their home winery in Orrtanna, Pa. Buy a bottle of wine, bring a picnic lunch and take in the gorgeous mountain views as you listen to local ... Read This Story
12 Places for Outdoor Dining in Gettysburg
May 24, 2017
In Gettysburg, one of the perks of a beautiful sunny day is being able to enjoy a meal outside. At many of our restaurants, you can dine outside while people watching at Lincoln Square or while taking in views overlooking historic battlegrounds. We’ve compiled a list of places for outdoor dining in historic Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.1. The Pike Restaurant & Tap House
The Pike Restaurant & Tap House has a beautiful covered deck for outdoor dining. It is pet friendly and conveniently located just a few minutes from the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center on Baltimore Pike. The Pike ... Read This Story
10 Ways you know you’re from Adams County
May 3, 2017
By Stacey Fox – If you’re from Adams County, Pennsylvania, or have lived here for most of your life, there are a few things that you know to be true. We love our farmlands, we love our history and we love our heritage. Check out our list of ways you know you were born and raised in Adams County.1. You know spring has arrived by the fruit blossoms.
Cherries, peaches, apricots, plums and of course, apples, are abundant in Adams County. Spring officially arrives when each blossom has bloomed. If you happen to be from the northern parts of Adams County, ... Read This Story
Top Five Spots for Vegetarian Dining in Gettysburg
April 10, 2017
Going out to eat as a vegetarian can sometimes be a bit stressful, especially when you are traveling. While many restaurants today do offer at least one vegetarian option, there’s always a worry that you may find yourself at a restaurant with no veggie-friendly choices. If you’re visiting Gettysburg, Pa., as a vegetarian, we’ve got your back. We’ve dug through menus so that you don’t have to. While almost all Gettysburg restaurants do offer at least one non-meat option, we’ve rounded up a list of the top five places for vegetarian dining in Gettysburg – the places you’ll find the ... Read This Story
Top 10 Places for Springtime Blossoms in Adams County
March 23, 2017
There is something to love about every season in Adams County, Pa., but when it comes to stunning views, springtime holds a special place.
Adams County is the number one apple producing county in Pennsylvania, meaning we have a lot of trees here. Orchards cover tens of thousands of acres in the county, where not only apples are grown, but peaches, pears, cherries, plums and a variety of other fruits as well. When spring rolls around, all of those fruit trees produce vibrant blossoms, creating a spectacle of color among the rolling hills of the countryside. For photography enthusiasts, nature lovers ... Read This Story
Nine Places to Grab a Round after a Round in Gettysburg
March 16, 2017
Scoring a great brew and a burger after a round of golf is just as important as nailing that birdie on the 18th hole.
The Gettysburg region isn’t just home to some great golf courses, but incredible restaurants that are the perfect way to cap off a day with the clubs. We know that golfers want good food, but not always fancy, and a great selection of drinks to celebrate – or forget – their day out on the course.
With that in mind, we’ve compiled a short list – in the spirit of golf, we went with nine – of just ... Read This Story
Retail Therapy in Gettysburg
February 23, 2017
By Donna White – I admit it, I like to shop. Some would say that’s a problem, but everything in moderation, right? Sometimes shopping for me is just a way to get out of the house or office and think about something else. It’s kind of a mini escape, a way to rejuvenate and move forward. Gettysburg has so many little gems for those retail therapy getaways.
The Country Curiosity Shop located inside the historic Dobbin House at 89 Steinwehr Avenue, Gettysburg, is one of those shops that has a little bit of everything – from jams, fruit butters and candy, to ... Read This Story
Ten Great Gettysburg Dates!
February 2, 2017
If you’re tired of staying in and watching Netflix, sweep your significant other off their feet with one of these Gettysburg dates! These experiences are the ones that will bring you closer and will create memories that you’ll be talking about for years to come.1. Go on a hike
Taking a scenic hike through the beautiful wooded trails at Strawberry Hill Nature Preserve will add an element of excitement to your relationship. Discover the wildlife in Adams County and enjoy the view!2. Take a ghost tour
Pull your loved one in close as you walk through the streets of haunted Gettysburg. Learn ... Read This Story
Mrs. Cratchit’s Plum Pudding Recipe
December 15, 2016
By Jess Clevenger – “The pudding was out of the copper which smells like a washing-day. That was the cloth. A smell like an eating-house and a pastrycook’s next door to each other, with a laundress’s next door to that. That was the pudding. In half a minute Mrs. Cratchit entered – flushed, but smiling proudly – with the pudding, like a speckled cannon-ball, so hard and firm, blazing in half of half-a-quarter of ignited brandy, and bedight with Christmas holly stuck into the top.”
This holiday season in Gettysburg, we can see that scene, and more, come to life as ... Read This Story
5 Ideas for a Girls’ Night Out in Gettysburg
December 8, 2016
Sometimes life can get a little hectic and you just need a night out with your girls. Next time you need a break from the kids, or maybe even a break from your significant other, get your group of girlfriends together and take a road trip to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, to try a couple of these awesome ideas. Better yet, make it a weekend getaway and squeeze in all five!1. Drink wine
When a woman need’s to unwind, often the first solution to come to mind is to grab a glass… or bottle… of wine. Adams County has many wineries with amazing ... Read This Story
Celebrate Autumn in Gettysburg: Five Flavorful Fall Drinks
October 6, 2016
By Jess Clevenger – Fall is officially here and there are signs of it everywhere in Gettysburg, Pa. The days and nights are crisper and cooler, the leaves are just beginning to turn, there is that “fall smell” in the air and seasonal specials are being featured at all of our favorite restaurants and shops.
For when you’re looking to unwind after a long day, relax with friends on the weekend, or if you just want to try something new and different, we’ve got a round-up of Gettysburg’s must-try fall cocktails and drinks. There’s nothing better than the warm, rich flavors ... Read This Story
Top 10 Things to be Excited for in Gettysburg this Fall
September 22, 2016
By Paige Neidig – There is something about autumn that awakens the senses! We gaze upon the beauty of vibrant and colorful leaves falling from the trees, smell a campfire on a crisp fall night, hear leaves crunch beneath our feet as we walk, taste freshly baked pies of the apple and pumpkin variety and feel the warmth of a cozy sweater wrapped close around us during these fall days and nights. In Gettysburg, these 10 things will give you all of the fall feels!
1. Fall Foliage
Gettysburg is beautiful any time of year. However, take a carriage ride on the ... Read This Story
Four Unique Experiences Only Found in Adams County, Pa.
September 2, 2016
By Paige Neidig – Are you looking for something new to do during your next vacation to Gettysburg? Mix things up with one of these unique experiences right here in the Gettysburg area. I bet you didn’t know Gettysburg is the home to 12,000 elephants, cat soldiers, a piano-playing pig and the world’s largest ball of ties!
1. Civil War Tails at the Homestead Diorama MuseumBoth history buffs and cat lovers must check out Civil War Tails! Twin sisters Ruth and Rebecca Brown began making clay cat soldiers at 11 years old. Yes, the soldiers are actually miniature cats. They turned ... Read This Story
Nine Ways to Experience Gettysburg for Free
August 25, 2016
Gettysburg has always been known as an affordable destination. With inexpensive lodging, dining and attractions, it’s a great destination for a variety of travelers, especially families.
And there’s no price more affordable than free.
The region boasts a variety of free activities, museums and tours that make the trip enjoyable and give visitors some extra money for a nice dinner or souvenir.
We’ve compiled our list of free experiences in and around Gettysburg. Whether you are on a low budget or not, these free experiences in and around Gettysburg are worth discovering.
Gettysburg National Military Park
Gettysburg National Military Park draws nearly more than ... Read This Story
All Aboard in Gettysburg, Pa.
August 12, 2016
By Paige Neidig – The history of Gettysburg, Pa., runs deep through the town. Also running through this small historic town is a distinguished railroad story, dating back to just a few years prior to the epic Civil War battle that stormed Gettysburg in 1863.
Much of Abraham Lincoln’s story, in fact, centers around the railroad and his journey to deliver the Gettysburg Address. And while the tale of the 16th president writing the speech on the back on an envelope on the way to Gettysburg is not true, his train ride and arrival in Gettysburg to the sights and sounds ... Read This Story
Take a hike! Our Top 5 Favorites near Gettysburg, Pa.
March 2, 2016
By Carl Whitehill – As we transition from winter into the warmer spring months, there’s nothing that my family enjoys more than lacing up our hiking boots and hitting the trails. It’s our way, I suppose, of finally breaking free of a life indoors and stretching our legs with Mother Nature.
My sons, ages 5 and 6, still prefer a walk in the woods over television, computers and video games and I want to foster that interest as much as I can.
Gettysburg is uniquely positioned between three state parks, several wildlife preserves and a beautiful 6,000-acre battlefield that attracts history buffs ... Read This Story
Christmas with Gettysburg’s First Family
December 17, 2015
By Carl Whitehill – In many ways, the Gettysburg home of Dwight and Mamie Eisenhower isn’t much different than that of you and I. The Eisenhowers were known to be rather modest with their home, even as the 34th President and family celebrated the holiday season every year.
Staff at the Eisenhower National Historic Site (ENHS) let us in on a few of the holiday traditions of Gettysburg’s first family – from the decorations to the guests that would visit the presidential retreat during the season.
Even though the Eisenhower couple planned to spend their first Christmas holiday in 1955, Ike was ... Read This Story
Seven Haunted Restaurants You Need to Visit in Gettysburg
October 30, 2015
By Mary Bigham, Dish-Works.com – When you grow up in a town that is rumored to be full of ghosts, you’re not always hunting for the paranormal … but sometimes things happen that just can’t be explained.
A few of my friends have shared stories with me about “visions on the battlefield” or have told me about things being amiss in their childhood homes. One of my favorite stories (food-related, of course) is about a ghost named Gus. Supposedly, the former county jail cook, who worked there many years ago, haunts the attic of a close friend’s home, and he still enjoys cooking ... Read This Story
A Guide to Connect with Gettysburg’s “Night Life”
October 13, 2015
By Lynneah Smith – In the depths of the shadowy streets of downtown, amid the treacherous grasslands of the bloodiest Civil War battle, a whisper in the dark or a remnant of an illuminating figure seizes the hearts of daring souls brave enough to search through the past of the haunted town of Gettysburg.
As the imminent dark nights hastily consume the sun-shining days of summer, fall eerily lurks around the corner and with it, Halloween. Ideal for this time of the year, Gettysburg offers ominous candlelight tours and paranormal investigations, in which visitors can experience the frightening mysteries and happenings ... Read This Story
5 Fascinating Artifacts Found In Gettysburg
July 28, 2015
By Cory Runk – Have you ever wondered if Gettysburg houses artifacts that can’t be seen anywhere else? Artifacts so interesting that it gives you chills just listening to the story behind it? Historical items which the likes of President Lincoln, President Eisenhower, Thaddeus Stevens and many others have owned or used in their everyday life are located in Gettysburg – have you seen them?
I, too was wondering the same thing and decided to explore the town this summer to search for artifacts that can only be found here. Gettysburg is a treasure trove of interesting relics and with over 200 years of ... Read This Story