Wednesday, August 11, 2010


I visited some friends in Gettysburg over a weekend last month. We drove up to Winchester, VA on Friday night and stayed at a very nice and new Hilton Garden Inn. The room was very nice, and we had an excellent breakfast included in our very reasonable rate. I would definitely recommend this hotel to anyone staying or stopping over in Winchester. We left and headed on to Lancaster County, PA for a very quick and all too brief visit. We visited some of our Amish friends, went to an amazingly crowded Kitchen Kettle Village (I'd never seen it so busy-we had to park at the Intercourse Post Office), had a nice lunch at Bird-in-Hand, and did a little outlet shopping before heading over to Gettysburg. We stayed at the Hilton Garden Inn in Gettysburg and again had a nice stay. The chef at the restaurant at this Hilton Garden Inn makes the best bacon I can find. It almost melts away in your mouth. That evening we ate at the Gingerbread Man (I know it's name is Gettysburg Eddie's but it will always be the G-Man to me) and had a good meal. We then went to a campfire ranger program that was more like a play. Four Gettysburg College students reenacted the roles of actual students/alumni at the time of the battle. It was a good performance, though you could tell they were not exactly polished actors. Still, it was extremely warm and they did a good job overall. After the performance we went to Appalachian Brewing Company with some ranger friends before calling it a night. The next day we did a little sight seeing and visited Boyd's Bear Country before heading back home after brief stops in Staunton and Radford.