I was invited to experience fall in Gettysburg courtesy of Destination Gettysburg. All opinions are my own.
Get Your Fall On, (a la Missy Elliott’s “Get Your Freak On“) when experiencing fall in Gettysburg, PA.
I fell in love with fall in Gettysburg, PA. I have always loved autumns in New Jersey, but after spending several days in Adams County and Gettysburg Pennsylvania, I have found a whole new love. Fall in Gettysburg Pennsylvania means rich, fall foliage, peak apple season, historic festivals and even a pour tour of the area’s finest wineries, breweries and distilleries.
Gettysburg, PA is a borough of Adams County and is located about 110 miles away from Philadelphia, PA. It took me about 2.5 hours to get to Gettysburg from the New Jersey suburbs, just outside of Philadelphia.
My taste of fall in Gettysburg Pennsylvania included several stops along the Adams County Pour Tour, hayride and tour of the Round Barn, apple dumpling cooking class at Hollabough, Bros., and a guided horseback tour through the scenic battlefield of Gettysburg National Military Park.
Adams County Winery
My taste of fall in Gettysburg Pennsylvania began with a stop at Adams County’s oldest winery. Adams County Winery has won numerous awards around the country. I got to enjoy their lush grounds during a tasting session of their wines, while taking in views of the vineyard.
Thirsty Farmer Brew Works
Just down the road was Thirsty Farmer Brew Works, specializing in bringing the farm to the keg with unique flavors of beers and ciders. Thirsty Farmer is part of the Knouse Family, which also owns one of the area’s most popular landmarks, the Historic Round Barn. I enjoyed a tasting flight, along with my lunch of barbecue, smoked meats and the most delicious apple cider and pumpkin doughnuts I have ever had (seriously, I am still thinking about them).
The Round Barn
The historic Round Barn is located across the street from Thirsty Farmer Brew Works. I took a tour of the Round Barn followed by a hayride in the orchards.
Boyer Cellars is a five-generation legacy that is built on fruit farming. I enjoyed a wine tasting before venturing out into the orchards to pick-my-own apples!
Mason Dixon Distillery
Mason Dixon Distillery, housed in a former furniture factory, has brought new life to Gettysburg’s craft beverage scene. Father and son duo, George and Yianni Barakos have combined to bring both great spirits and a fresh menu to Gettysburg just two years ago. Mason Dixon Distillery grows many of its ingredients for its spirits on the Gettysburg battlefield, making for a great connection to the region’s rich history.
At Hollabaugh Bros. orchard, just a few miles outside of Gettysburg, I had a hands-on cooking class where I learned how to make apple dumplings before heading out in the orchard on a hayride.
Mount Hope Winery & Appalachian Brewing Co.
The next stop on the Adams County Pour Tour was a quick trip to Mount Hope Winery and Appalachian Brewing Co.
Mount Hope Estate is a jack of all trades producing all the different types of craft beverages on the trail. I sampled their wine, cider and mead during my visit.
Appalachian Brewing Co. is known for their full-flavored brews and battlefield views. I enjoyed a quick flight of beer before continuing to lunch. (Tip: Buy a six pack of their specialty Ginger, Root and Birch Beers, they are delicious! Have furry friends? Grab a pack of their beer malt dog treats too!)
Four Score Beer Co.
Four Score Beer Co. is the newest brewery in downtown Gettysburg. With 12 different varieties of beer, I got to enjoy a few flights paired with my lunch.
Confederate Trails Guided Horseback Tour
The final stop of my fall in Gettysburg Pennsylvania tour was a two-hour horseback ride through the scenic battlefield. It was such a beautiful way to end my time in Gettysburg.
Gettysburg Pennsylvania is rich in history, tastes and experiences. Hit the road this season and see what fall in Gettysburg Pennsylvania has to offer for you!– Linda Arceo, Giggles, Gobbles and Gulps