There are many reasons to visit charming Adams County — home of Jack’s Hard Cider’s headquarters — all year long. Although summer and fall might be more typical road-tripping seasons, there is so much wintry fun here in the colder months, when the rolling countryside is beyond lovely blanketed under a few inches of snow — you won’t be able to resist.
We think winter is a wonderful time to take a weekend jaunt out to see us, and to prove it, here are five seasonal activities to enjoy while you’re in town:
- Skiing and ice skating at Liberty Mountain Resort: During January and February, take a drive out to Liberty Mountain Resort, about 15 miles southwest of downtown Gettysburg in Carroll Valley. This destination has a reputation for great skiing slopes, and is winning over even more fans with its brand-new ice skating pond! The beautifully landscaped outdoor pond is fun for beginners (reasonably priced lessons are offered), and while you’re free to bring your own skates, the resort also has a wide range of skates for rental.
- Enjoy cozy drinks: Hauser Estate (the winery where Jack’s is located) hosts the popular Hauser After Hours on Saturday nights, a free weekend bash after normal business hours where folks come to celebrate the rolling hills, breathtaking views, live music and fabulous wines and Jack’s ciders. On Thursdays, enjoy open mic performances at Hauser’s store in Gettysburg.
- Catch a show at the Gettysburg Community Theatre: This longstanding community institution puts on a number of performances each year, with some great titles on deck for this winter. The 2018 season marks the theatre’s 10th year and is celebrating with some fan-favorite shows: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (January 5–21), Disney’s Sleeping Beauty (February 2–18) and Godspell (March 2–18). Showtimes are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m. See the theatre schedule for more info and to order tickets online.
- Check out amazing ice sculptures at the Chambersburg IceFest: From January 25–28, downtown Chambersburg (about 25 miles west of Gettysburg) is transformed into a true winter wonderland. IceFest began in 2002 when a group of volunteers came together to find ways to draw the community out of their homes even during the coldest time of year. Now in its 16th year, the festival features ice-themed activities such as a giant ice throne, live ice carving, a free ice slide, ballroom dancing at the Snowfall Ball, chili tasting at the Chili Cookoff, dunking at the Polar Dunk Plunge and so much more! For more info on the IceFest schedule, see here.
- Get cultured at the Majestic Theater: This beautiful theater, which is nearly a century old, was lovingly restored in 2005. The well-curated calendar of arts performances and cinema screenings offer something for everyone, from classic musicals to operas to art films.
Have you ever visited Adams County in the wintertime? What are some of your favorite things to do? Let us know!
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