We started out around 7:30 in the morning, after a stop at Tim Horton's for a quick breakfast. I love donuts. Anyway, the drive was uneventful, with sunny skies and warm temps. Even traffic wasn't too terrible. The scenery improved dramatically as we neared Pennsylvania; I truly loved driving through the mountains! I have decided that this area of Ohio is too flat for my taste. I would like to buy a mountain and move it back here with me. We took the toll roads in PA, and this was the bad part--we spent a total of $16.40 to drive on a toll road that was a construction zone for 75% of our journey. We didn't care much for that. However, after leaving the toll road, we drove through the mountains for an hour to get to Gettysburg, and it was a fun and beautiful drive. I could easily pack up and move there. Another thing that I loved about the drive was getting to see so many old farms. As in, late 1700s to early 1800s homes. I LOVE historic homes and farms, and there was no shortage! I would love to live in one. After driving through mountains and passing the old homes, we finally arrived in town around 3 p.m. Our lodging was located right on the main street, but outside of the downtown district, which was good. We checked in, met the innkeepers, and took our belongings up to our third floor room. We were pretty tired, especially hubby, since he had driven to Indiana Friday to help his father tear out their kitchen cabinets in preparation for the new ones that were going to be installed, so we just rested for a while. We decided to walk to a nearby Italian restaurant for pizza, and it wasn't that great, but that's what happens when you drive all day and still have to find something to eat when you get to where you're going! It wasn't terrible, but we have had better pizza. Oh well!
http://www.uniondb.com/ and http://www.horsesoldier.com/) We took a tour of the Shriver House as well (http://www.shriverhouse.org/Virtual_Tour.html), one of a few Confederate sharpshooter hideouts, and this was quite enjoyable. By the later afternoon, the rain had stopped and things had begun to dry out. We ate dinner at The Dobbin House, the oldest building in Gettysburg dating back to 1776. The upper restaurant was pretty expensive, so we ate in the basement tavern, which is also original to the 1776 building. It was so neat! It was built entirely with large field stones, and had three fireplaces (none of which were in use when we were there), and was lit almost entirely by candlelight. We had the chicken on a spit, with a garden salad, roll, and baked potato. It's one of the dinners they are known for there...it was so good...I would love it if we could eat that everyday!
|Pickett's Charge Cyclorama, painting section|
http://www.the-mannings.com/), which is a store for anyone who knows the arts of spinning, weaving, knitting, crocheting, or any other yarn or thread-related crafts. While far out in the middle of nowhere, the drive was beautiful, with many old brick farmhouses, rolling hills in the distance, and a beautiful meandering stream, which the road followed. We walked around the store for a while, looking at the looms, spinning wheels, and every imaginable type and color of yarn. It was quite impressive! I didn't buy anything, but it was still neat to see. After that, we headed back to Gettysburg to meet up there with a college friend who was driving up from the Baltimore area to spend the day with us. She arrived around 11 or so, and our first stop was lunch at the Dobbin House Tavern! We dined on sandwiches by candlelight, and she fell in love with the basement area--I think it would have been just fine with her to stay down there all day! But we took her around to some shops, then we took her out to the Little Round Top and Devil's Den area of the battlefield, and she enjoyed that. She had never been to Gettysburg before, and so we wanted her to see at least a little of the reason that Gettysburg was so famous, and a turning point in the war. We went up into a New York state castle-style monument, where I was violated by some kind of army bug or stink bug that flew down the back of my shirt and then fell down my pants, and came out of one of my pants legs! I felt creepy-crawly for the rest of the day! It was gross and I did not like it! But the bugs were everywhere, apparently a new infestation all along the East Coast region, and while harmless, they were still big and yucky. I survived, though. We spent quite a bit of time showing our friend the area, and then it started raining around 5 that night. We returned for dessert to the Dobbin House Tavern, and then sent our friend on her way home. Later that night, we decided that we wanted something for dinner, but didn't want to go out anymore, so we ordered a pizza and had it delivered to the inn. It was a great, and relaxing, way to end our vacation in Gettysburg.
The Keystone Inn
We have always had great luck with bed and breakfast establishments, and this one was no different. We stayed at the Keystone Inn Bed and Breakfast (http://www.keystoneinnbb.com/), which was on one of the main roads through Gettysburg, but just far enough from the center of town to be peaceful and out of the way. It is a beautiful Victorian home, built in 1913, and it was comfortable and homey, with beautiful original woodwork, tall ceilings, and fall decorations. The innkeepers, Mike and Marj Day, were very kind and hospitable, and were more than happy to answer our questions and offer their opinions about what attractions were worth seeing while we were there. Every morning, at 8 a.m. and again at 9 a.m., they served a wonderful three course breakfast, starting with a fresh-baked muffin or breakfast cake, then a bowl of fresh fruit, then the main course that ranged from a delicious ham, egg and cheese casserole to blueberry pancakes with bacon to french toast with sausage, and a selection of juices as well. It was the best breakfast that I've ever had at a B&B! Everything was made fresh each day by Mike. The Days would also come out and chat with whoever was eating, which was nice too. We were staying there with several other couples, and they all seemed nice and seemed like they truly enjoyed their stay there. If anyone is planning to head out that way, I highly recommend staying here. I believe it to be, by far, one of your best lodging options in the area!
So, this was our vacation. Now we have to head back to our work, and our normal lives, and that's always a little sad. But this was probably one of the most enjoyable vacations that I've ever experienced, and I'm so glad to have had the opportunity to have such a great time with the man I love!
The friendliness and hospitality we encountered on our vacation was wonderful, and this was a large part of the reason that we were able to relax and just enjoy our time there together. My husband quoted a verse while we were there, and it seems appropriate for ending our vacation story: "Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by this some have entertained angels without knowing it."--Hebrews 13:2