Gettysburg – More Than Just History

DSC_0550With Spring finally looking like it might arrive before June, you are probably scouting destinations for this year’s vacations. You surely know Gettysburg is a great destination for the history buffs, but more and more of our guests are starting to realize that we are so much more than just the Civil War. Gettysburg also can entertain the foodies, wine connoisseurs, ghost and spirit aficionados, and more. If these sound interesting to you, we’ve put together a sampling of some of the great attractions and events Gettysburg is proud to call its own. We encourage you to add some of your favorites in the comments section below for our other visitors to enjoy.

For the Foodies

A favorite of our visitors is the historic Dobbin House Tavern, located on 89 Steinwehr Avenue. It’s Gettysburg’s oldest and most historic home, currently operating as a colonial restaurant. From casual dining in the Springhouse Tavern to fine dining in the Alexander Dobbin dining rooms, the Dobbin House is a great spot to sit down and enjoy a fantastic meal. They even have the Abigail Adams ballroom for any large gathering, named of course for our nation’s second first lady.

Another great local hotspot is the Blue and Gray Bar & Grill, located at 2 Baltimore Street. The self described sports-bar atmosphere is a great place to order one of the 12 specialty burgers that are each named after a Union or Confederate General. If you’re looking for more than just a burger they have additional options that include a blend of both northern and southern staples , like crab cakes and Carolina-style pulled pork. The live music also known to accompany this mainstay is a nice touch.

For the Wine Connoisseurs

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Gettysburg has several great options for those who love wines and wineries. The Hauser Estate Winery, located at 19 Lincoln Square, features wine tastings every day as well as open mic nights, live music, art events, yoga, dancing and more. Reid’s Orchard and Winery has its Cider House location at 400 Baltimore Street, which features a brand new tasting room and cider house. Like the Hauser Estate Winery, Reid’s Orchard and Winery also features different events and entertainment, including wine trails, live music, painting, and more. Of course, no winery list would be complete without the Adams County Winery’s Wine Shop at 25 Chambersburg Street. This is one of the oldest wineries in Pennsylvania and has been voted the Best Winery in Gettysburg. They feature free wine tastings every day, as well as First Friday events and a book club.

For the Ghost Hunters

With Gettysburg’s violent history, it is no surprise the spirit world is active. This is evidenced by several local attractions that have been featured in some of the biggest ghost hunting and paranormal investigator shows or lists, including “Most Haunted Live from England,” “Paranormal State,” “Psychic Kids,” “Haunted Collector,” “Ghost Lab,” “Ghost Adventures,” and the famous “Ghost Hunters.” Two of the most haunted spots in Gettysburg are the Jennie Wade House and Haunted Orphanage, both featured attractions of the Ghostly Images of Gettysburg.

For the History Buff

Of course any trip to Gettysburg isn’t complete without a trip to one of the many great historic sites. Outside of the Battlefield, some other great destinations include:

These are just a few examples of why Gettysburg is a great destination for your next vacation, and it has evolved into much more than just the historic hotspot we’ve become famous for. The different shops, restaurants, wineries, and ghostly attractions create a wonderful place to stay and visit. There’s always some kind of special event going on as well. Destination Gettysburg’s events calendar offers a selection of special events on almost a daily basis.

We look forward to your next visit, and hope to see you this year! As we previously mentioned, be sure to let us know if you have any great spots or things to do in Gettysburg that we may have missed.

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