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A Gettysburg Foodie Getaway to Pennsylvania Apple Country

Take a Gettysburg foodie getaway to explore the burgeoning restaurant scene, excellent cideries and wineries, and fun culinary experiences in Adams County, Pennsylvania apple country. Famous for it’s central role in Civil War history, Gettysburg’s foodie cred is reaching beyond the battlefield with new restaurants and unique cideries, wineries, and distilleries that build on the area’s rich farms.

Gettysburg Foodie Getaway to Pennsylvania Apple Country

Gettysburg Foodie Getaway to Pennsylvania Apple Country

 

Our Gettysburg foodie getaway stops focus on two destinations—historic Gettysburg and the small town of Biglerville. If your trip allows time to explore more of the area, Destination Gettysburg has additional suggestions and sample itineraries.

Gettysburg restaurants range from classic dishes in historic taverns to modern, farm-to-table cuisine in casual spaces. There are many good dine and drink options in the historic downtown, so plan to enjoy at least two or three meals there.

Part of the fun of a Gettysburg foodie getaway is the chance to explore the beautiful farms and countryside of Adams County. The little town of Biglerville is just 15 minutes away and is home to one of our favorite Adams County restaurants, a winery with gorgeous views, a unique round barn, and a popular farm featuring apple-focused fun.

Farmers Market bounty on a Gettysburg Foodie Getaway

Farmers Market bounty on a Gettysburg Foodie Getaway

 

Where to Eat and Drink on a Gettysburg Foodie Getaway

Food 101, Gettysburg

Food 101 Gettysburg PA

Food 101, Gettysburg PA

 

Food 101 is a great example of the changing dining scene in Gettysburg, offering a contemporary menu in an intimate modern space. Chef Corey Williams offers a range of artisanal pizzas, sandwiches, and salads, plus seasonal specials. Local favorites include the Tuna “Burger,” made with seared rare Ahi Tuna, and the Vegetable Powerhouse. Food 101 is BYOB, but with a wine store across the street and no corkage fee, that just means you can focus your dollars on the delicious food.

Dobbin House Tavern, Gettysburg

Shift back to Colonial history with a delicious meal at the historic Dobbin House Tavern.

Dobbin House Tavern Gettysburg PA

Dobbin House Tavern, Gettysburg PA

 

Gettysburg’s oldest building, the Dobbin House was built “four score and seven years” before the battle, in 1776. Servers in authentic period clothing deliver dishes from an extensive menu, in cozy rooms, on reproduction period china. Enjoy a tasty lunch or candlelit dinner in the upstairs Alexander Dobbins Dining Room, or a casual meal in the Springhouse Tavern. The popular French Onion Soup is full of sliced onions and chunks of tender beef. We also had a perfectly cooked Broiled Filet Mignon, a hearty Pork Tenderloin, and rich pecan pie and chocolate cake for dessert. The seafood also comes highly recommended.

Springhouse Tavern Dobbins House Gettysburg PA

Springhouse Tavern Dobbins House, Gettysburg PA

 

One Lincoln, Gettysburg

One Lincoln Gettysburg PA

One Lincoln, Gettysburg PA

 

One Lincoln is a nice, central stop for breakfast, lunch, or dinner in a casual setting. Inside the iconic Gettysburg Hotel, which was extensively remodeled and updated, the restaurant offers a broad menu featuring comfort food, fresh salads, and sandwiches, and a varied selection of entrees.

Lunch at One Lincoln Gettysburg PA

Lunch at One Lincoln, Gettysburg PA

 

Mason Dixon Distillery. Gettysburg

Mason Dixon Distillery spirits Gettysburg PA

Mason Dixon Distillery spirits, Gettysburg PA

 

Created by father-son team George and Yianni Barako, Mason Dixon offers quality spirits and tasty food in an historic downtown building. Yianni created his first still at the age of 11, based on a diagram his grandfather sketched on a napkin. That early experiment became Yianni’s passion. Several years and distilling school training later, Mason Dixon was launched.

Current offerings include vodka and rum, but rye and gin are in the works. Some of the spirits are distilled using local grain grown on acreage leased in the military park. If you’re not in the mood for spirits try the amazing hot chocolate. The space is sleek and friendly, and a large open patio is planned for 2017.

Mason Dixon Distillery Gettysburg PA

Mason Dixon Distillery, Gettysburg PA

 

1863 Restaurant, Gettysburg

1863 Restaurant Gettysburg PA

1863 Restaurant, Gettysburg PA

 

1863 Restaurant is a cut above the ordinary hotel restaurant. Executive chef Andy Ernst presents a broad, classic menu in an elegant dining room with a fine steakhouse vibe. Many of the meats and produce are sourced locally, and simpler sandwiches and salads round out the menu. Our tuna crudo was both delicious and beautiful, decorated with edible orchid petals. Meats like beef filet and herb-crusted lamb were flavorful and rich, and we would happily revisit the Wild Boar Mac & Cheese. Try to save room for dessert!

Tuna Crudo 1863 Gettysburg PA

Tuna Crudo at 1863, Gettysburg PA

 

More Gettysburg Food and Drink

Close to the battlefield, Gettysburg Eddies, named after baseball Hall-of-Famer Eddie Plank, serves burgers and sandwiches in a casual setting. The Pub & Restaurant and Garryowen Irish Pub are both good choices if you want to relax with a pint in town.

Hauser Estate Winery, Biglerville

Cider with a view Hauser Estate, Biglerville PA

Cider with a view Hauser Estate Biglerville PA

 

Hauser Estate’s tasting room in Lincoln Square offers a range of hard ciders and wines. Combine those same tasty drinks with an incresible country view at one of Gettysburg’s growing wineries in nearby Biglerville. Built into the crest of a hill in 2008, the tasting room has a large deck and outdoor tables with sweeping views of surrounding farms and distant mountains. If it’s your first visit we recommend a flight of Jack’s Hard Cider to try a mix of their flagship and seasonal offers. Peach and Pear are our favorites, but we’re also fans of the Dry Hopped, and Fireside is wonderful on a chilly day. Allow time to sample Hauser’s wineries as well.

Hauser Estate Biglerville PA

Hauser Estate, Biglerville PA

 

Fidler & Co., Biglerville

Fidler and Co feast Biglerville PA

Fidler and Co feast, Biglerville PA

 

At one of our favorite area restaurants, Chef Josh Fidler creates scratchmade flavors based on local, fresh ingredients at Fidler & Co. Craft Kitchen in Biglerville. The small, casual space specializes in brick oven pizzas, paninis, and salads. Start with the deviled eggs spiced with sriracha, then consider the apple and bacon pizza flavored with a maple syrup glaze or the daily frittata. The dinner menu includes beautiful seafood and beef dishes, housemade pasta, and nightly specials. BYO local beer or a growler of cider to enjoy with your meal ($4 corkage fee).

Fidler and Co Biglerville PA

Fidler and Co, Biglerville PA

 

Fun Culinary Experiences on a Gettysburg Foodie Getaway

Savor Gettysburg Farmers Market Tour and Cooking Class, Gettysburg

Farmers Market with Chef Shaffner Savor Gettysburg PA

Farmers Market with Chef Shaffner Savor, Gettysburg PA

 

Savor Gettysburg offers several food tours in town, a perfect way to sample a variety of local food and drink. We highly recommend the Famer’s Market Tour and Cooking Class; a wonderful opportunity to purchase local produce and meats then create a meal from scratch under the guidance of a local chef. Chef Jeremy Schaffner introduced us to seasonal and unique flavors at the Farmer’s Market in Lincoln Square, then we headed to the SCAAP kitchen for a small group cooking class. (Jeremy and SCAAP run a program to help underprivileged individuals earn food service skills, certification, and jobs.)

Homemade pasta and sauce Savor Gettysburg food tour

Homemade pasta and sauce, Savor Gettysburg food tour

 

Chef Jeremy was an excellent mentor, providing simple direction and quickly getting us involved in creating fresh pasta, sauces, and a few tapas from the produce we bought at the market. He encouraged us to build meals based on what’s available and fresh, and the results were absolutely delicious. Time to buy a pasta machine!

Hollabaugh Bros. Fruit Farm & Market, Biglerville

Hollabaugh Bros Market Biglerville PA

Hollabaugh Bros Market, Biglerville PA

 

No Gettysburg foodie getaway would be complete without a visit to one of the farms that make Adams County, Apple Country. Hollabaugh Farms in Biglerville is one of Adams County’s beautiful fruit orchards. We toured the orchards with Ellie Hollabaugh Vranich, a third-generation apple farmer on her family’s 500-acre farm.

Before the tour, we stopped in at the market which sells farm produce, fresh baked goods, ice cream, and country crafts. Inside the Bee Room, a learning environment perfect for school groups and other visitors, Hollabaugh offers cooking classes, teas, and other seasonal events. We learned how to turn an apple and a little dough into a yummy apple dumpling.

apple dumpling making Hollabaugh Bros Biglerville PA

apple dumpling making at Hollabaugh Bros Biglerville PA

 

If tours are available when you visit, head out on the large wagon for a drive through the farm and a stop to pick apples. Visitors learn about the constant innovations local farms undertake to succeed as fruit farmers in the 21st century. There’s also a pick-your-own area just a short walk from the market that’s perfect for families.

Fall Apples Hollabaugh Bros PA

Fall Apples, Hollabaugh Bros PA

 

Visit The Round Barn, Biglerville

The Round Barn Biglerville PA

The Round Barn, Biglerville PA

 

Built in 1914, The Round Barn is one of the few surviving truly round barns (not many-sided) left in America. Today the barn houses a farm market and rents space for special events. When you visit, walk up the narrow stairs to admire the impressive vaulted roof and supporting structure; a very unique spot for a wedding

Where to Stay on a Gettysburg Foodie Getaway

Battlefield Bed & Breakfast Inn, Gettysburg

Battlefield B and B Gettysburg PA

Battlefield B & B, Gettysburg PA

 

Battlefield Bed & Breakfast is one of the region’s most beautiful and historic inns, specializing in both quiet getaways and destination weddings. Innkeeper Florence March welcomes guests to 10 rooms in her historic home, a cottage room, a room in the lovely barn, and 2 event venues. The grounds offer plenty of space to relax and visit with the farm’s cats.

We stayed in the luxurious Houghtelin’s Hideaway, named after an abolitionist who lived in the farmhouse during the Civil War. The spacious room includes a king-sized bed, a comfy leather couch, and direct access to the back lawn and gardens where we had an amazing view of the stars.

Houghtelin's Hideaway Battlefield B&B Inn Gettysburg PA

Houghtelin’s Hideaway Battlefield B&B Inn, Gettysburg PA

 

Mornings bring two treats to guests at the Battlefield B&B—a delicious homemade breakfast, and a fascinating Civil War history program. Our Civil War expert presented a collection of authentic guns and materials that soldiers brought to battle, giving us a feel for the burden they carried. Our extensive breakfast at the Battlefield included some of the best coffee cake we’ve ever eaten.

Civil War presentation Battlefield Inn, Gettysburg PA

Civil War presentation Battlefield Inn, Gettysburg PA

 

Extend your Gettysburg foodie getaway beyond the menu with visits to historic sites throughout town or Gettysburg battlefield tour. While apple-picking is a fall activity, Adams County is a beautiful destination year round, and it’s only a 90 minute drive from Northern Virginia and Washington DC.

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Destination Gettysburg hosted our tour of the Gettysburg food scene.

Take a Gettysburg foodie getaway to explore the burgeoning restaurant scene, excellent wineries, and fun culinary experiences in Pennsylvania apple country

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17 Responses to “A Gettysburg Foodie Getaway to Pennsylvania Apple Country”

  1. Rebecca Hall (Bex) October 10, 2016 at 7:58 am #

    I love foodie tours, and Gettysburg sounds like the perfect foodie destination!

    • Fun in Fairfax VA October 10, 2016 at 8:59 pm #

      I do too Rebecca! Gettysburg has some delicious food and fun wineries too. Thanks!

  2. Doreen Pendgracs October 10, 2016 at 11:10 am #

    I hadn’t realized that gettysburg is in PA, and I certainly didn’t realize that it is a foodie destination! Thx for this great post. Hopefully, I’ll get there soon, as I do have a trip to PA in the works.

    • Fun in Fairfax VA October 10, 2016 at 9:01 pm #

      I was surprised to find so much beyond the battlefield too. Most people think of Gettysburg for Civil War history, but that’s just part of the story. Thanks and happy travels!

  3. Donna Janke October 11, 2016 at 11:19 am #

    I expected that Gettysburg would have lots of history to explore but I didn’t realize it was also a foodie destination. Looks yummy! Dobbin House Tavern would be a definite stop for me. I love the view from Hauser Estate Winery. And the round barn is so cool!

    • Fun in Fairfax VA October 11, 2016 at 11:24 am #

      Yes, Dobbin House is fun for the history and the delicious food. People joke that you can even eat in bed, since several of the booths are converted antique beds. Hauser Estate actually overlooks the round barn, which is how we discovered it. Thanks for the feedback and happy travels Donna!

  4. suereddel October 11, 2016 at 2:28 pm #

    Woah! Gettysburg sure seems to have a ton of great culinary experiences. We’d love exploring the farmers markets and local distilleries. Very comprehensive post!

    • Fun in Fairfax VA October 12, 2016 at 9:33 pm #

      Thanks Sue, I think you’d love the area. The restaurants are doing a great job building connections with the local farms so the food is fresh and delicious.

  5. MoreTimeToTravel (@MoreTime2Travel) October 11, 2016 at 9:51 pm #

    I would never have thought of Gettysburg as a foodie epicenter but those tomatoes and the crudo convinced me otherwise:-)

    • Fun in Fairfax VA October 12, 2016 at 9:35 pm #

      Thank you! We were also surprised to see all of the great foodie options in Gettysburg. Already a great destination for the history, but the farms, food, wineries, and cideries add many more reasons to visit.

  6. Marilyn Jones October 15, 2016 at 6:39 pm #

    I have visited Gettysburg many times, but never thought of it as a food destination — now I know better!! Great post and photos!

    • Fun in Fairfax VA October 15, 2016 at 7:01 pm #

      Thank you Marilyn! We were surprised too by how much is going on beyond the battlefield at Gettysburg.

  7. diningtraveler October 18, 2016 at 6:42 pm #

    Sounds like a fabulous tour! Bummed I missed it. I do recall eating Dobbin House several years ago when I went there for a work trip, it’s a really interesting place.

    • Fun in Fairfax VA October 18, 2016 at 9:35 pm #

      We missed you too Dining Traveler. The market shopping an cooking class was really fun. We’ll have to make a foodie visit to Gettysburg someday.

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