By Cory Runk – Gettysburg is widely known for the historic Battle of Gettysburg. What people might not know is that this is the same town with a budding foodie scene, a hot spot for wineries and home to plenty of charming Inns and B&B’s. Some people see Gettysburg as just a summer destination but over the years, Gettysburg has changed that perception to show that this is a year-round destination. Gettysburg is becoming appealing to couples looking to get away during the winter months.
Because I grew up around Gettysburg and had an affinity for history, Gettysburg has always appealed to me. As I got older and was looking for places to take dates and friends, Gettysburg proved to be the best place to go. This became true when I met a girl in Gettysburg who then became my wife. We met in Gettysburg and had our first date here as well. Our first date was at one of our favorite places to eat, The Garryowen Irish Pub. With its cozy atmosphere and great food, we quickly fell in love with it and realized that Gettysburg was our go-to place for dates. We love that we can go to dinner in a fine-dining restaurant and walk around town after to take in the small town charm. With so many locally-owned stores and shops, you can’t help but to fall in love with the quaint feeling of Gettysburg.
Despite the small town luster, Gettysburg can also appeal to the inner adventurer that is hiding in all of us. My wife and I are both the outdoors type so we love going for hikes at The Strawberry Hill Nature Preserve and Caledonia State Park. Both have trails that traverse the Appalachian Mountain Range. A personal favorite hiking trail of mine is along the Middle Creek stream in Strawberry Hill during the wintertime. Seeing the water trickle through the half frozen stream makes for amazing photos. Sometimes I like to just stop and listen to the water running and trees blowing slightly. The winter can be very peaceful and awakening especially when you enjoy it in the great outdoors. The crisp clean air gives you the breath of fresh air that you need during the winter while you’re cooped up inside.
Related Post – Blazing A Trail At Strawberry Hill
When we’re done playing in the snow and ready to warm up, we like to frequent the local wineries. Hasuer Estate Winery, Adams County Winery & Reid’s Winery have their vineyards situated on land just outside of downtown Gettysburg which provide a unique view of the surrounding landscape. All three of these wineries as well as Knob Hall Winery have in-town tasting rooms which provide cozy and welcoming atmospheres all year-round. While we love tasting wine at all of these places, our favorite spot is Hauser Estate. Their wine is good anytime of the year but the view and the atmosphere of their vineyard tasting room is something everyone must experience. We love the comfy couches situated by the large fireplace that peers out across the rolling hills of Adams County. There is something about the smell and warmth from the crackling fire, a nice glass of wine and the tranquil snowfall that makes the winter time the perfect time to cozy up inside with your significant other.
Valentine’s Day Weekend Getaway in Gettysburg
My wife and I had the pleasure of getting to know the fine restaurants and shops around Gettysburg since we’ve been dating/married, so I wanted to create a perfect weekend getaway for couples looking to experience a little bit of everything Gettysburg has to offer.
Arrive at the Brafferton Inn in downtown Gettysburg for check-in.
Spend the late afternoon touring downtown Gettysburg and getting a feel for charm of the town. Be sure to stop in at the Ragged Edge for a great cup of coffee and Lark Gifts for unique gifts that you won’t find anywhere else in town.
Treat your significant other to a romantic dinner at The Blue Parrot Bistro. Dine in the candle light while experiencing some of the finest fare Gettysburg has to offer.
After dinner, make your way down Baltimore Street to Reid’s Winery Tasting Room. My favorite to taste is the Sharpshooter North, a delicious white wine that makes a great after dinner drink.
Wake up to the delicious aroma of cooked bacon and eggs on your first morning at the Brafferton Inn. Enjoy a hot breakfast with your significant other in their beautifully decorated dining room.
Pack warm clothes because you’re going to be hitting the slopes at Liberty Mountain Resort for the afternoon. If skiing isn’t your thing, you can enjoy the outdoors by exploring the Battlefield, hiking Strawberry Hill Nature Preserve, or taking a quick trip to Caledonia State Park.
After working up an appetite, make your way to the historic Dobbin House Tavern for an intimate dinner set back in 1863. Take in the period setting in this historic home while enjoying The Dobbin House’s warm apple cider. This tasty drink is great to warm up with after a long adventurous afternoon.
After dinner, take a quick trip east to The Appalachian Brewing Company for some evening drinks. You will be just in time to try their February seasonal beer, Zoigl Star Lager.
Get your last taste of the Brafferton Inn with another hot breakfast in the morning.
Before leaving Gettysburg, treat your significant other to some shopping at the Outlet Shoppes of Gettysburg.
Make one last stop back in town for a trip to Paris to enjoy a delicious French-style lunch at the Cafe Saint-Amand.
As you’re enjoying your winter getaway in Gettysburg, share your experiences with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with our winter hashtags: #GettysburgGetaway, #GettysburgSnow & #MyGettysburg. We would love to hear about your adventures!
About the Author
Cory Runk is a native of the Adams County area and has spent many years frequenting the fine establishments of Gettysburg. Despite spending the majority of his life in or around Gettysburg, Cory still manages to learn new and interesting facts about the town and finds that to be one of the greatest features of the town. Cory is an avid photographer, nature hiker, sports enthusiast, and beer lover. Cory currently lives in Waynesboro, Pa., with his wife, Bridget.