Category: Great Outdoors

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

Can’t-Miss Summer Festivals in Gettysburg

June 1, 2017

Festival season is upon us, and the Gettysburg area is delivering this summer with so many festivals to enjoy. We’ve rounded up a list of ones that can’t be missed – there’s something for everyone on this exciting list of summer festivals.

Gettysburg Brass Band Festival – June 8-10

Brass bands from across the Mid-Atlantic come together in Gettysburg for three days of musical fun for Gettysburg’s Brass Band Festival. Throughout the weekend at various locations in town, the brass bands perform their best tunes for all to enjoy. Take in the music for an hour, a day or even the entire weekend. ... Read This Story

Off to the Races in Gettysburg with these 8 Great Running Events

May 11, 2017

For many, vacations are all about relaxing, indulging in great food and pushing yourself only hard enough to finish that ice cream cone. But for others, a weekend getaway is only highlighted by race bibs, sweaty socks and carb-loading.

Over the past few years, the Gettysburg area – because of its historic backdrop and majestic countryside – has become a great destination for runners and races. The region features everything from 200-mile relay races to marathons and trail races, even a one-mile race that is literally an uphill battle the entire way.

Destination Gettysburg put together a list of eight of Gettysburg’s ... Read This Story

Face-to-face with Mother Nature in Gettysburg – Creatures, critters and cabbage

April 19, 2017

By Carl Whitehill – I don’t really care for the smell of cabbage, so I’m not sure why I agreed to plunge my nose into a stalk of “skunk” cabbage that Lizzy Ryan held in front of my face.

Lizzy is the Assistant Education Coordinator at Strawberry Hill Nature Preserve near Fairfield, Pa. – just 20 minutes down the road from Downtown Gettysburg. We asked Lizzy to take us on a hike through just a portion of the preserve’s 600 acres as a way to discover the incredible wildlife and nature at Strawberry Hill.

Indeed, hiking is great exercise, but what distinguishes hiking ... Read This Story

10 Spring Things to Get Excited About in Gettysburg

March 29, 2017

As spring draws near in Adams County, Pa., we see the quaint town of Gettysburg and the neighboring areas preparing for a time of fruitfulness and beauty. Among other experiences, it signifies the beginning of outdoor adventures, live music overlooking breathtaking orchards and the opening of farm markets to purchase fresh locally-grown produce.

We prepared a list of some of these signature spring things to get excited about in Gettysburg.

 

Living History Weekends on the Battlefield

You always know that spring is upon us when the Living History Weekends begin on the Gettysburg Battlefield at the beginning of April. Confederate and Union living ... Read This Story

Top 10 Places for Springtime Blossoms in Adams County

March 23, 2017

There is something to love about every season in Adams County, Pa., but when it comes to stunning views, springtime holds a special place.

Adams County is the number one apple producing county in Pennsylvania, meaning we have a lot of trees here. Orchards cover tens of thousands of acres in the county, where not only apples are grown, but peaches, pears, cherries, plums and a variety of other fruits as well. When spring rolls around, all of those fruit trees produce vibrant blossoms, creating a spectacle of color among the rolling hills of the countryside. For photography enthusiasts, nature lovers ... Read This Story

Dr. Lisa Chu, Half Moon Bay California – My Gettysburg

October 25, 2016

By Carl Whitehill – Meet Dr. Lisa Chu, a sketch and watercolor artist who spent a month in Gettysburg earlier this fall documenting her visit through her drawings, paintings and daily journals. Lisa was visiting the Gettysburg area as part of her own “artist-in-residence” program, a way for her to celebrate the National Park system during this centennial anniversary.

For one month, Lisa toured the Gettysburg battlefield, the Adams County countryside and dove deep into the power of this place. She embraced the land, the people and the history that makes this region so special. Reigning from Half Moon Bay, California, ... Read This Story

Top 10 Things to be Excited for in Gettysburg this Fall

September 22, 2016

By Paige Neidig – There is something about autumn that awakens the senses! We gaze upon the beauty of vibrant and colorful leaves falling from the trees, smell a campfire on a crisp fall night, hear leaves crunch beneath our feet as we walk, taste freshly baked pies of the apple and pumpkin variety and feel the warmth of a cozy sweater wrapped close around us during these fall days and nights. In Gettysburg, these 10 things will give you all of the fall feels!

1. Fall Foliage

Gettysburg is beautiful any time of year. However, take a carriage ride on the ... Read This Story

Beating the Summer Heat in Gettysburg, Pa.

July 22, 2016

By Carl Whitehill – The summer season is a great time for a Gettysburg roadtrip, but if you’re worried about the temperatures, this town has a variety of ways for visitors to cool down and chill out. Visitors may even find themselves exploring parts of the destination they would have never considered.

Start by planning your day accordingly. Sure, by mid-afternoon temperatures may be a bit uncomfortable at times, but schedule that wake-up call at the hotel a little earlier than usual and head outdoors before the heat sets in. You may even catch that sunrise you’ve always wanted to see.

Get ... Read This Story

A Summer Morning Hike at Strawberry Hill Nature Preserve

July 14, 2016

By Paige Neidig – During every hike I take, I have this one notable moment of appreciation. It can happen at any time during my hike, but all at once I am hit with wonder, appreciation and gratitude for the life I’ve been given. Don’t get me wrong, I am often reminded of these things; but it is especially overwhelming in this one moment. Hiking reminds me that I am a part of something so much bigger than my own little world that I so often get caught up in. My life is connected to the trees, plants, wildlife, vegetation ... Read This Story