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Cooking Level: Expert

Home Town: Detroit, Michigan, USA
Living In: Richmond, Virginia, USA
Holiday Baker is looking for: (8 recommendations)
Hello, I am looking for traveling ideas to visit Gettysburg or Lancaster, PA around May for a weekend? For Lancaster, PA I was told it was best to take a tour. I have picked out a few ideas for shopping. Would like to know if you have any additional ideas for Lancaster, PA, where to book tours, typical costs, and other must see things? As far as Gettysburg, I have written down to visit the Gettysburg National Park. Any more ideas for Gettysburg, things to do, places to eat, etc? TIA I will check back later if anyone has ideas!

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Last updated: Mar. 16, 2013 7:56 am
Posted: Mar. 14, 2013 4:46 pm
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Mar. 14, 2013 5:06 pm
Pa has no tax on clothes. If you have a few minutes stop at the outlet mall and look for bargains. It isn't very large but saving tax on top of the usual outlet discount can add up.Downtown Gettyburg has lots of places to eat and is nice to walk around.
Mar. 14, 2013 5:11 pm
No ideas for you,i have never been there,just wanting to wish you a very good time.Eat,drink and be merry.Have fun.
Commented by: misty
Mar. 14, 2013 5:13 pm
this should help you....
Holiday Baker
Mar. 14, 2013 5:34 pm
Okay, ty for the well wishes and ideas so far! :-)
Mar. 14, 2013 5:44 pm
At Gettysburg battlefield stop at the visitor center and get the driving tour on cd, we went a couple of years ago and really enjoyed the self tour. If you have kids you aren't far from Hershey Park. It is a favorite with my 2 boys
Holiday Baker
Mar. 14, 2013 5:55 pm
Okay, ty Denise. I was thinking about paying the museum cost of 12 dollars, even though the park was free. I paid to go into the museum at President Washington's home, on a trip to Washington, and it was worth it. I learned so much more from the movie and other exhibited items. I will look into that. I had thought about Hershey Park, but was trying to do 1 day at Gettysburg and 1 day at Lancaster. Unless, I read otherwise here. The area is about a 4 hour drive from my home, guess I could always do another trip too.
Mar. 14, 2013 6:03 pm
by all means, while in need to eat at the Good and Plenty and have a TRUE Amish meal. you won't be disappointed and it is well worth the money. besides, it's all you can eat too!
Holiday Baker
Mar. 14, 2013 8:08 pm
Will write that down, ty Randy!
Commented by: Randy
Mar. 14, 2013 6:14 pm
see the last comment....
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Mar. 14, 2013 7:47 pm
Like Denise Y we got the cd and did the driving tour it was great! We stayed at a motel that had Gen. Lee`s headquarters house next to it. At one time the land was part of the battlefield, if my memory is correct I think it was Holiday Inn. It truly is scared ground will never forget the trip and touring the park/battlefield trying to relive history.
Holiday Baker
Mar. 14, 2013 8:11 pm
Hi, Cliff G ~ I saw something on-line and it is saying Historic Fairfield Inn 1757. Is that the one you were talking about. It looks like a hotel, restaurant, and tavern. The restaurant looked neat. Was going to look more into that. Thanks, for the info.!
Commented by: Meat Legs
Mar. 14, 2013 7:56 pm
Isn't there a lot of Amish in Lancaster? Probably some good canned things you could pick up like jam, etc?
Meat Legs
Mar. 14, 2013 7:56 pm
I meant some good "homemade" things!
Holiday Baker
Mar. 14, 2013 8:09 pm
Yes, was told they had a big farmers type market there. Have that planned. :-)
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Mar. 15, 2013 5:22 am
Not quite sure what would be available in May, the Farm Show Building in Harrisburg (which isn't all that far away) they usually have a huge Farmers Market. Lancaster and Gettysburg are also not that far from Hershey, PA..Go and have yourself a good sniff in the air there and SMELL the chocolate. Take a tour of the chocolate factory and get yourself a good chocolate fix. You might want to notice too, all of the street lamps in Hershey are BIG Hershey kisses. If your a shop-o-holic, there are wonderful outlet malls in both Lancaster and Hershey, both have lots of stores and lots of good prices. But, as stated in my last post, in Lancaster the true Amish meal at the Good and Plenty Restaurant is a MUST. You will be seated at a table probably with other folks along with you and everything is served FAMILY STYLE....pass the chow-chow please...once the bowl is empty, it is removed and replaced by another full bowl. Most important, don't forget the shoe-fly pie at the end of the meal, to me, it is to die for. Also, the battlefield in Gettysburg is wonderful...remember, it is consecrated ground. Hope you enjoy your trip!!
Holiday Baker
Mar. 15, 2013 9:06 am
Thanks for more ideas Randy! I hadn't planned stopping at Hershey. I thought, that was just an amusement park. If there is lots of chocolates and a chocolate tour that would be great! I wrote down the restaurant you gave me and another one someone else gave me that has a smorgasboard. Thank goodness, I will be walking a lot! I have never had shoe-fly pie, thanks for the recommendation! :-)
Holiday Baker
Mar. 15, 2013 9:15 am
Hi Randy, I don't know if you will be back? If so, I went to the Hershey's site and I can't figure out if there is a charge to tour the factory? They have all of these different prices for things, and it was unclear. I figured I would ask about that since I believe you went? Thanks! Also, about how far would you say it is from Gettysburg National Park?
Mar. 15, 2013 1:32 pm
Hershey is about an hours drive from Gettysburg, you could use a trip advisor program such as map quest. Here is some information about the Hershey Chocolate World: I hope these thing help you out...again, enjoy your trip.
Commented by: momtojandj
Mar. 15, 2013 9:09 am
We have gone to Lancaster and surrounding areas for years, what's nice is each town is maybe 5 minutes surrounding Lancaster, etc Strasburg has three train museums. ( at least they used to ) railroad museum of pa. Is the biggest .you can also go across the street from that and ride the strasburg train. They used to even offer lunch or dinner with it. Almost anywhere you go in Lancaster has the horse and buggy , must do. Best one we found is one that takes you to an actual farm and serves homemade cookies . Have a great time!
Holiday Baker
Mar. 15, 2013 9:16 am
Thank you momtojandj, sounds like it will be a nice time and lots to do! I will add train to my list. :-)
Commented by: Randy
Mar. 16, 2013 7:56 am
did you get the last info that I posted for you?
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