While Gettysburg, PA is best known for its Civil War history, the region has great food and culinary experiences. The beautiful countryside of Adams County is filled with farms, wineries, and historic taverns that offer a wide range of cuisine and agritourism experiences. Visitors can take a food tour, enjoy farm-to-table dining, attend food and wine events and enjoy outdoor entertainment. As the foodie culture has grown around the country in recent years, Gettysburg has evolved with an awareness of this trend and is becoming a gourmet destination. Enjoy the following guide and learn about a variety of fun and unique ways to explore Gettysburg, PA.
Take a Savor Gettysburg Food Tour
Savor Gettysburg Food Tour is a narrated walking tour of Downtown Gettysburg that includes seven stops with samples of a variety of dishes – from appetizers and entrées to wine, hard cider and dessert. Restaurants include Garryowen Irish Pub, Gettysburg Baking Company and Café on the Square, One Lincoln Food & Spirits, Hauser Estate Winery, Café Saint-Amand and Mr. G’s Homemade Ice Cream. As you walk through town, the tour guide shares stories of the Civil War battle that ravaged Gettysburg. The total walking distance is just under one mile. The tour is a fun way to check out a variety of the town’s hot spots.
New in 2016 is the Farmer's Market Tour & Cooking Class. Join local chefs for a colorful walk through the Gettysburg’s Farmer’s Market, where they will show you how to shop like a chef. 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, and fun and easy to prepare. The Farmer’s Market Tour & Cooking Class is available on four dates in 2016 - July 16,August 20, September 17 and October 15. Advance Registration is required.
For more information on the Historic Downtown Food Tour and the Savory Sweets Tour, visit www.savorgettysburgfoodtours.com.
Tour the Wineries and Distilleries
The Gettysburg area is home to several vineyards and offers the perfect setting for relaxing and tasting. Whether in town or out in the countryside, there are plenty of local wines to try. Check out the event schedules and enjoy tours, live music and more.
- Adams County Winery - Wine Shop at 25C - 25 Chambersburg Street, Gettysburg, PA
- Hauser Estate Winery - 410 Cashtown Road, Biglerville, PA
- Reid's Orchard & Winery - 2135 Buchanan Valley Road, Orrtanna, PA
- Reid's Orchard & Winery Tasting Room and Cider House Cafe - 400 Baltimore Street, Gettysburg, PA
- Mason Dixon Distillery - Gettysburg, PA - Opening in 2015.
- Adams County Winery - 251 Peach Tree Road, Orrtanna, PA
Visit Gettysburg’s Farms and Market Stands
Just beyond the Gettysburg battlefields are the rolling hills of Adams County, Pennsylvania, with abundant orchards, wineries, and dairy farms. The region is one of the top in the nation for apples and peaches. Local farms offer the freshest fruits, vegetables, flowers, herbs, artesian cheese, farm eggs, pumpkins, bakery goods, jams, and more.
- Adams County Farmers Markets – Weekly markets are held at the Gettysburg Heritage Center, 297 Steinwehr Ave and The Outlet Shoppes at Gettysburg.
- McDannell Fruit Farm & Market - 332 N. High Street, Arendtsville, PA
- Historic Round Barn and Farm Market - 298 Cashtown Rd, Biglerville, PA
- Boyer Nurseries & Orchards - 405 Boyer Nursery Road, Biglerville, PA
- Hollabaugh Bros. Inc. Fruit Farm and Market - 545 Carlisle Road, Biglerville, PA
Follow the Gettysburg Wine & Fruit Trail
The Gettysburg Wine & Fruit Trail is an Agritourism Trail that showcases the farms, apple orchards, vineyards, cider-makers, farm-to-table restaurants and cafes of the South Mountain in Southcentral Pennsylvania. The trail highlights the creative cuisine served in historic settings, overnight accommodations in historic inns and boutique B&Bs, and events celebrating Apple Blossom to Apple Harvest, spring flowers to Christmas trees. Visitors can explore Adams County along this trail, shop for local products and discover the agricultural history of the region. For more information, visit www.hotelgettysburg.com.
Enjoy Fine Dining in Gettysburg
Gettysburg has many great places to eat ranging from casual to fine dining to historic taverns. Here is a guide to the best restaurants in the area. (Listed in alphabetical order)
- 1863 Restaurant - 95 Presidential Circle, Gettysburg, PA 717-339-0020
- Altland House - 20 West King Street, Center Square - Route 30, Abbottstown, PA 717-259-9535
- The Cashtown Inn - 1325 Old Route 30, Orrtanna, PA 717-334-9722
- Dobbin House Tavern - 89 Steinwehr Avenue, Gettysburg, PA 717-334-2100
- Fairfield Inn 1757 - 15 West Main Street, Fairfield, PA 717-642-5410
- Farnsworth House Inn Restaurant- 401 Baltimore Street, Gettysburg, PA 717-334-8838
- The Inn at Herr Ridge - 900 Chambersburg Road, Gettysburg, PA 717-334-4332
- One Lincoln Food & Spirits - One Lincoln Square, Gettysburg, PA 717-338-5455
- Sidney Willoughby Run - 730 Chambersburg Road, Gettysburg, PA 717-334-3774
More About Gettysburg
Gettysburg is a great getaway destination within an easy from Washington DC. The region is known for its history but there are a wide range of activities ranging from outdoor recreation to shopping to performing arts. For more information about the area's attractions, tours, and events, see a Visitor's Guide to Gettysburg