Gettysburg, Pa. – long thought of for its tragic Civil War battle in the brutal summer heat – is cooling things off this winter with fun outdoor adventure, cozy getaways in historic inns and a variety of ways to break that cabin fever.
This winter, Gettysburg is gearing up for a season of family fun, tasty trips, romantic getaways and presidential retreats. From the New Year through President’s Day Weekend and Valentine’s Day until the verge of spring, this small Pennsylvania town will welcome thousands of visitors looking to shake off the winter blues and enjoy the cool, fresh air, or enjoy a relaxing warm and snug getaway.
“Winter is unlike any other season in Gettysburg,” said Norris Flowers, President of Destination Gettysburg. “The sights of snowtubing, delicious meals by the fireplace and the comforts of an engaging museum replace the sights of Civil War re-enactors, summer bicycle rides and evenings with ice cream.”
At the heart of Gettysburg’s winter season is Liberty Mountain Resort, one of the region’s best retreats for skiing, snowtubing, snowboarding, and now, outdoor ice skating – which just opened in December 2016.
With a cozy new Highland Lodge, two restaurants and onsite hotel, Liberty Mountain is great for a weekend getaway or midweek trip. Within a short drive of Downtown Gettysburg, guests at Liberty Mountain are just minutes away from great dining, an array of boutique shopping, museums and wineries.
Gettysburg boasts a variety of bed and breakfasts, historic inns and charming hotels – many of which offer ski and wintertime packages that perfectly blend cold days with warm, cozy nights and range from romance, presidential and outdoor adventure. These inns are often rich in history, many of which date back to the 1860s when the epic battle raged throughout the town. Their warm hospitality and cozy comforts make a trip to Gettysburg feel like a true getaway.
In Gettysburg, food is second only to history. With an abundant variety of restaurants ranging from fine dining to tavern fare and local diners, the region features a hearty cuisine often packed with local ingredients, yet eclectic with international flare and hometown touch. The wineries that dot the Gettysburg countryside are infused with the region’s culinary gem – the apple. Its hard-cider industry is attracting attention nationally, and its wine is perfect for bringing back to the inn to warm up the winter chill.
History surrounds Gettysburg year-round, and it’s often the wintertime that attracts history enthusiasts who look to avoid the summer crowds and get a unique perspective of the Gettysburg battlefield. With a variety of battlefield and museum programs throughout the winter months, it’s a great opportunity to pour a cup of coffee and leisurely tour the town and the breath-taking hallowed countryside at their own pace.
President’s Day Weekend – February 18-20, 2017 – gives visitors a chance to get up-close-and-personal with some of Gettysburg’s favorite presidents – Lincoln and Eisenhower. Follow in the footsteps of our nation’s 16th president as he arrives and prepares his immortal Gettysburg Address or tour the only home ever owned by Dwight Eisenhower and relive the 1950s and 60s.
Enjoy a romantic getaway with a Valentine’s escape. Enjoy great food, charming lodging and a weekend with just the two of you – wine tastings, art galleries and special dinners.
Strawberry Hill Nature Preserve, tucked away at the base of the South Mountain and a short distance from Michaux State Forest, is proof that nature and outdoor recreation is not a summertime activity. Throughout January and February, the preserve and its 600 acres gears up for Maple Madness in late February and early March where families are taught the fine art of maple sugaring.
“Whether it’s adventuring outdoors or keeping warm by the fireplace with a good book in one of Gettysburg’s historic inns or hotels, the town is a great place to get away during a time of year when many of us are stuck inside waiting for spring to arrive,” said Flowers.
For a full schedule of events and activities during the winter months and throughout the year, along with ideas on how to spend a winter getaway in Gettysburg, visit www.destinationgettysburg.com or call (800) 337-5015.
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