Distance from Monmouth County, NJ: 3 hours, 20 minutes
I always enjoy visiting Gettysburg, PA. Not only is it the hometown of my fiancé and his family, but the town has an aesthetic I am naturally drawn to, especially during the autumn months. The wide streets are lined with cozy red brick homes, big trees, yummy restaurants, and quirky shops (including a shop called “Dirty Billy’s Hats” where I purchased a pillbox hat last year during an obsession with Jackie O). Oh! I almost forgot. The town is also home to this little blip in American History called the Battle of Gettysburg.
So, if you’re interested in shopping, food, autumnal aesthetic, or American History, Gettysburg is a great place to visit for a weekend trip. Last weekend I was visiting my soon-to-be in-laws and had no concrete plans. Upon arrival, Danny took me to one of our favorite diners, aptly named “The Lincoln Diner,” where we split a slice of cheesecake and had coffee. It was pretty late when we left the diner so we were not expecting much action of entertainment in the town, but we were happily wrong!
As we were driving downtown, the lights were on in a local wine shop. I inquired about what was happening, so we parked our car and walked to get a closer look. We were soon waved down by at least 25 people in the winery all drinking and singing. It was not a difficult decision to go in because if there are two things we love, they are wine and music.
We walked in to the Knob Hall Winery accompanied by cheers, two glasses of the Cabernet Franc (HIGHLY recommended), and an acoustic version of “Me and Bobby McGee.” For at least two hours we drank, listened to great live music, and made new friends.
The Knob Hall Winery is on Chambersburg Street in Gettysburg and, according to the server, has a live open mic every first Friday of the month. The atmosphere is very welcoming and warm. Even the seats are close, practically forcing patrons to be become friends with the couple next to them. So, if you’re in town on a Friday night, stop by the winery. Between acoustic versions of classic rock and amazing wine, you will not be disappointed.
After the winery we headed home. The next day we visited the Snack Food Capital of the World. Who doesn’t love Utz Potato Chips? Well, we do and make it a point to visit the factory store whenever we are in the area!
Hanover, PA, is also home to one of our favorite restaurants called the “Warehouse Gourmet Bistro & Brewpub.” Danny’s favorite from the restaurant is the cream of crab soup, and I highly recommend the ham and brie sandwich, accompanied by the French onion soup. The atmosphere is eccentric, featuring brick walls and antique-looking tables and chairs. The wine and beer at the restaurant is also something to note, as most of their selection is local to the area.
We had a fun, unplanned weekend in Gettysburg, featuring a 30 minute trip to Hanover. Fortunately, I have future in-laws who I stay with during my visits. However, if you don’t have future in-laws or an alternative free place to flop, I would recommend checking out some of Gettysburg’s unique bed and breakfasts. Many of them were around during the Civil War, so if you’re interested in ghost stories, you’re in luck. Check out places like the Brickhouse Inn B&B.
I visit that area quite frequently, so stay tuned for more!