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3 Days in Gettysburg...Help

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I am sending my mom & dad to Gettysburg in late October as a surprise. I have booked the brickhouse inn for 4 nights and 3 full days. Can you suggest the best things to do, including restaurants. If you know great things outside Gettysburg (Hershey, York, Harrisburg, Lancaster, etc.) please let me know as well.

I truly appreciate all your help....



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Hi Sharon -

I've never stayed at The Brickhouse Inn but I've never heard a bad word about it, and it's in a great location, walking distance to just about everything.

My first choice for dinner would be the Dobbin House (an easy 5-minute walk from their Inn) - they do cater to tourists, which turns some people off (costumed servers, diners dressed very casually), but I've been there many times and the food has always been exceptional, with entrees around $20. The Herr Tavern & Publick House is great, too, but a bit more upscale in decor, menu & price - we usually do lunch here instead, which is just as good and very reasonably priced. The Cashtown Inn is about 8 miles outside town and I've had one "great" meal and one "okay" meal here, but it's worth the trip for the historical aspects of the building alone - in fact, all three of the restaurants are historically significant to Gettysburg and merit a visit.

As for things to do...there's something for everyone. Right across the street from The Brickhouse are 2 great museums which concentrate on the stories of local families during the battle - the Rupp House is a free (donations appreciated), tour-on-your-own establishment packed with information and hands-on exhibits. The Schriver House, about 2 blocks down the road, offers guided tours and a very interesting narrative of this family's experience during the battle and after. There are tons of other museums in the neighborhood, ranging in content from Gettysburg-specific to former presidents to trains, but I've never visited any and can't really offer a recommendation. Other attractions just outside the Inn's doors include horse drawn carriage rides, ghost tours & lots of little shops to browse. And, of course, they could spend their entire trip roaming the Nat'l Park and still not see it all - to get the most out of it, you may want to consider arranging for a battlefield tour guide - you can even hire one to ride in their car with them.

If you go to the Gettysburg Visitors Bureau website, you can order a free visitors guide, which will really help you in planning the trip. Good luck, and let me know if I can be of further help.

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My favorite restaurant is Crazy Horse in Cross Keys nine miles out of town on the York Pike (rt 30E). Previous poster hit most of the high end places but some more casual eats are; The Pike, O'Rourke's, The Farnsworth House Tavern, and The Pub. In Emmitsburg is the Ott House.

October is kind of tough because Hershey Park will be closed as well as most summer attractions. Depending on the dates the apple festival may be going on as well as many small harvest festivals.Things to do Include a tour of the battlefield with a guide. Out of town many nice rides to look at leafs. Calladonia State Park is ten Mile on RT 30 W. Emmittsburg has a fire museam. Harpes Ferry only a 45 minute drive. Charlestown Horse Racing and Casino one hour away. Fredrick Md. has the Civil War Museam of Medicine. Camp David is less than 30 min. If active many golf courses in the area. Two Favorites are The Bridges and Links at Gettysburg.

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