Summer traveling season is upon us—can you hear the call of the open road? If you’re itching to pack up a suitcase and go in search of adventure, consider a road trip to Gettysburg, Pa. Though Jack’s Hard Cider is technically headquartered in Biglerville, Gettysburg is just 12 miles south, and we consider it home. For history buffs, nature-lovers, craft-beer nerds and wine enthusiasts, this charming borough (and the county seat of Adams County) is a wonderful destination.
We’ve got some great ideas of how to best enjoy yourself in Gettysburg this summer, whether you’re coming just for the day or staying for a while, traveling with children in tow or are rolling adults-only, or live in the area but need a reminder of all the cool activities at your fingertips:
- Drink it all in at Hauser Estate: Of course you can’t visit Gettysburg without stopping by to say hello to us! Jack’s is made on the grounds of this bucolic winery, set amid the miles of rolling farmland, orchards and forests. Have a seat in the 360-degree glass-enclosed tasting room, and soak up the views while enjoying pours from the tap of Jack’s flagship, seasonal and small-batch ciders, or sipping your way through Hauser Estate’s wine selection. The tasting room is open every day, with many evenings featuring live music or other fun events.
- Stay the night at Battlefield B&B: If you’re in town for a few days, there are plenty of cute bed-and-breakfasts choose from. One of our favorites is the Battlefield B&B, a historic farmhouse converted into a 10-room inn, with two unique additional spaces: the private Swan Cottage, and the converted Tack Room in the 1820s-era barn. Unlike some others, Battlefield B&B is open year-round and is dog- and kid-friendly. Its rooms blend period-correct details (stone walls, hand-hewn beamed ceilings and original wooden floors) with modern amenities, like free WiFi, gas fireplaces and soaking tubs. Other perks of staying here are the daily history programs, 30-acre nature preserve with hiking trails and delicious breakfasts.
- Pick up local produce at Gettsyburg Farmers’ Market: Adams County is blessed with rich, fertile soil and productive farmlands, orchards and vineyards. Explore the bounty of our region at this weekly outdoor market, which takes place in the town’s bustling Lincoln Square. Vendors include local farmers with the best of the season’s fruits and veggies, as well as local artisans selling everything from handmade soaps to wildflower honey to olive oil. The market is open from 7 a.m. to noon Saturdays, and runs from April through October.
- Eat and drink your way through town with Savor Gettysburg: There is so much amazing food and drink in Gettysburg and the surrounding area, it can be hard to know where to start. Leave that decision up to the experts at Savor Gettysburg, a well-regarded food tour company whose mission is to “to share and promote downtown Gettysburg’s local cuisine and culture in a unique way.” They offer a number of different-themed tours, each lasting a few hours; the Wine, Cider and Dine tour even makes a stop at Hauser Estate!
- Brush up on history at Gettysburg Diorama: History comes alive in miniature at Gettysburg Diorama, an educational attraction that delights children and adults alike. This incredibly detailed three-dimensional diorama allows visitors to see the entire famed 6,000-acre battlefield at one time, and is populated with more than 20,000 hand-painted soldiers, horses, cannons and buildings. A 30-minute light and narrated sound show of the three-day battle of Gettysburg adds an interactive element. The space also includes Civil War paintings and historical items. The Gettysburg Diorama is open every day during the summer from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m, and all tickets are $10 or under, with children under 6 free.
- Refuel at Garryowen Irish Pub: This cozy Irish pub right in Gettysburg downtown offers delicious fare, like a selection of gourmet chips (french fries), cheese plates and traditional Irish dishes, such as Guinness beef stew and Dublin fish and chips. On draft, you’ll find a rotating selection of brews, as well as Johnny Jump Up, a bourbon-barrel-aged cider made exclusively for Garryowen Irish Pub by Jack’s Hard Cider! Every first and third Sunday of the month the pub features traditional Irish music from 2 to 5 p.m.
Jack’s Hard Cider — Produced from Pennsylvania Apples. Pressed On-Site. Never from Concentrate.
Photos, top to bottom: Polly Patrono Carlson (first two photos); Garryowen Irish Pub