The flowers are poking out of the ground, the weather is getting warmer and everyone is itching to get out of the house and cure their spring fever. Gettysburg, Pa., is the place to jump into spring and embrace the inspiration.
Gettysburg provides a perfect spring escape for those emerging from their winter hibernations. The apple and peach blossoms will soon be in full bloom throughout the surrounding Adams County countryside, and a handful of new events and festivals will get travelers outdoors and enjoying the season.
Hollabaugh Bros. Fruit & Farm Market in nearby Biglerville, Pa., is hosting its “Bees n’ Blossoms Festival” from May 4-5. Tours through the blossoming orchards, games and activities for kids, entertainment and educational activities are scheduled for this spring event.
And a few weeks later, the Gettysburg BBQ Festival will feature world class barbecue samples, a craft beer garden, live entertainment all day and a barbecue competition sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society. The festival will be held on Saturday, May 25-26, with tickets on sale now at GettysburgBBQFestival.com.
These events join several traditional events including the Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival, May 16-19; the Gettysburg Outdoor Antique Show, May 18; and the Gettysburg Memorial Day Parade (one of the oldest in the United States), on May 27.
Springtime in Gettysburg is a perfect blend of relaxation and recreation. Strawberry Hill Nature Preserve provides 10 miles of hiking trails, a nature center and programs that showcase the region’s nature and wildlife. Strawberry Hillis a picture-perfect place to spend a warm spring day relaxing or connecting once again with Mother Nature.
The Gettysburg countryside is filled with golf courses, campgrounds, shopping and other fun family activities like farm markets, roadside attractions and museums. It also features wineries, breweries, cideries and distilleries. The Adams County Pour Tour is a craft beverage trail that brings together the craft beverage makers of Adams County. A springtime Pour Tour excursion is a perfect opportunity for visitors to get out into the scenic countryside and sample the seasonal libations produced at these unique beverage makers.
For history enthusiasts, tours of the Civil War battlefield are in full swing, including horseback, bicycle, bus, Segway or scooter, and even horse-drawn carriage tours. Starting each April, the Gettysburg National Military Park hosts living history encampments each weekend around the battlefield and other Civil War sites. There is no better way to be inspired by the history than engaging with the past through these hands-on camps.
The Gettysburg region features a variety of lodging, dining, entertainment and shopping that provides visitors from around the country with an ideal escape after winter thaws.
For a full list of spring events, places to stay and things to do visit DestinationGettysburg.com.