Category: Apple Country

Test your knowledge on Adams County’s blossoms!

April 18, 2018

You know it’s springtime in Adams County, Pennsylvania when the orchard-covered hills are vibrant shades of pinks and whites as the fruit trees begin to blossom. Visitors from all over look forward to these gorgeous blossom views. And Adams County is home to many different types of fruit trees, so there’s a wide variety of blossoms for visitors and locals alike to admire. While many enjoy the annual blossoming, how much do you really know about blossoms? Take the quiz to find out!

Click here for a list of places to view these springtime blossoms in Adams County. And take a look ... Read This Story

Adams County Growing Season – Blossom to Harvest

April 10, 2018

In Adams County’s countryside, time is measured in growing seasons. It begins in spring – when we start to see the first signs of new growth – buds pushing their way through the branches of fruit trees. Those buds then turn to beautiful, vibrant blossoms that create a blanket of color on the orchard-covered hills of the countryside. Take a look:

The yearly transformation of Adams County’s countryside is an amazing thing to witness, and if you’ve never seen Adams County in bloom, we highly recommend adding it to your bucket list – and making your way through this list of ... Read This Story

10 Signs of Spring in Gettysburg

March 29, 2018

As winter draws to a close we start to see subtle signs of spring inching closer in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. The locals and frequent visitors of the area know exactly what to look for as spring draws near and Gettysburg prepares for a busy season of family fun, romantic adventures and solo travel. Check out these 10 signs of spring in Gettysburg!

Battlefield Tours

Battlefield bus tours and tours with a Licensed Battlefield Guide run year-round, but when the temps warm up you see some unique tours taking place on the battlefield. You can tour the battlefield by Segway, horseback, scooter, horse drawn ... Read This Story

Celebrating Fastnacht Day

February 8, 2018

By Jess Clevenger – There are many traditions that I’ve been introduced to since moving to Adams County three years ago, and one that I can most definitely get behind is Fastnacht Day. Fastnacht Day, which translates to ‘fast night’ or ‘night before the fast,’ is celebrated the day before Ash Wednesday, and is big in Adams County because of the heavy Pennsylvania Dutch influence of the area. Kids get treated to fastnachts in area schools, you can find fastnachts in grocery stores and many churches make large batches of fastnachts to celebrate.

I’ve never celebrated Fastnacht Day, but decided that this would ... Read This Story

Wassail Punch – Honoring Adams County Apple Orchards

January 11, 2018

By Jess Clevenger – I recently came across a story about apple orchard wassailing and was instantly intrigued to learn more. I love hearing stories about traditions and customs of past generations and places, especially those associated with apple orchards. Apple orchard wassailing seemingly originated in cider-producing areas of England. Sometime in the winter months, most often in mid-January, a group of people would travel from orchard to orchard with their wassail punch. Traditional wassails would include singing, pot-banging, dancing, and believe it or not, placing a wassail-soaked piece of bread in the tree. The point of it all was to ... Read This Story

Adams County Pear Harvest Loaves

November 16, 2017

We’re celebrating fall and the beginning of the holiday season in Gettysburg, Pa., with this pear harvest bread, a recipe courtesy of one of our countryside fruit markets – Boyer Nurseries and Orchards. Warm ginger, zesty lemon, toasty walnuts, caramelly brown sugar and sweet, juicy pears are combined to make this comforting, festive bread.

These pear harvest loaves would be the perfect treat to snack on Thanksgiving morning or while you are preparing your Thanksgiving day feast. The recipe makes four small loaves of pear bread, which would be perfect for sending home with loved ones during the holidays; ... Read This Story

Falling for Pumpkin in Gettysburg

October 13, 2017

We have enjoyed the growing season in Adams County this past year – from asparagus to strawberries, cherries, summertime veggies, peaches and apples – it’s been a delicious year. And with fall now here, and the growing season coming to an end, we are fully embracing pumpkin season. To celebrate the season, we felt inspired to get to the kitchen to bake a tasty treat, using homegrown Adams County pumpkins. We turned to the Inns of the Gettysburg Area cookbook, where we found a fabulous recipe from the Historic Fairfield Inn 1757 for homemade pumpkin pie filling. This is a ... Read This Story

An Authentic Adams County Autumn Date

October 6, 2017

By Paige Neidig – There is something about autumn that brings romance to the air. Maybe it’s cozy campfires, sharing warm fall foods or squeezing in close to the one you love as the temperatures drop. In Adams County, Pa., there are endless ways you can celebrate fall with that special someone. Check out this authentic Adams County autumn date itinerary.

Stop 1: Fields of Adventure

Begin your date with a trip to Fields of Adventure in Aspers, Pa. Fields of Adventure is bursting with fall fun waiting to be had by children and adults alike. A favorite by many couples is ... Read This Story

Fall 2017 Can’t-Miss Gettysburg Moments

September 22, 2017

By Stacey Fox – The official start of fall is finally here and once the temps realize it, we’ll be kicking through leaves and digging out our favorite sweaters. Until then, I’ve created my “must do” checklist for Gettysburg this fall.

Browse the Gettysburg Outdoor Antique Show

Gettysburg’s Outdoor Antique Show happens twice a year, and fall is the perfect time to check it out. I enjoy browsing through old treasures and the antique show gives me a chance to enjoy the crisp fall air while searching for that perfect find. After you browse the antiques that line the streets all along ... Read This Story

Adams County Apple Pie

September 14, 2017

By Jess Clevenger – I’ve been an Adams County resident for two years, and from my observation, there is no dessert more authentically Adams County than apple pie. And it comes as no surprise, as Adams County is the highest apple producing county in Pennsylvania. Most locals I’ve come to know not only thoroughly enjoy eating it, but also know how to make a perfect apple pie. So I decided that after two years of living here, it was finally time that I learned to make an apple pie from scratch. Actually, I decided that it was time to make ... Read This Story