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Each year, millions visit the historic town of Gettysburg. They come for the Civil War history, which they explore on the battlefield, in museums, on tours and throughout the town. While they are there, visitors begin to discover all that is Gettysburg. Treasures are found in the boutique shops that line the quaint streets of the historic downtown, they are discovered in the period restaurants and bistros, and they are discovered in the time spent in a place where hospitality is still very much alive. These treasures are also uncovered in the towns and in the countryside that surrounds Gettysburg.
Antiques abound in the town of New Oxford, just 20 minutes east of Gettysburg along the historic Lincoln Highway. Hundreds of shops are scattered throughout the town. You can easily make a day of it or a weekend. Victorian homes have been preserved and now serve as Bed & Breakfast Inns filled with exquisite architecture and, you guessed it, antiques!
If the outdoors are more your style, take a short drive west to Fairfield and Carroll Valley. Here, visitors discover Liberty Mountain for skiing, boarding and tubing in the winter. Just next door awaits Carroll Valley Resort with two golf courses to choose from when the temperatures are a bit warmer. Nestled in the hills, nature lovers will uncover Strawberry Hill Nature Preserve with hiking trails and a variety of wildlife. If you make it in June, the Pennsylvania Lavender Festival at Willow Pond Farm is a must. The three-day event offers entertainment, lectures, cut-your-own lavender, tours, workshops, food and more. You may also want to visit the Land of Little Horses Farm Park where miniature horses call home. A petting zoo, shows, and hands-on activities make the experience both fun and educational - just don't tell the kids! No matter the time of year, don't miss an opportunity to stray a few more miles to Hickory Bridge Farm... down-home, family style dishes served to the public on weekends (groups during the week by reservation) all set in a historic barn. If you go home hungry, you did something wrong!
While you are out in the countryside, don't miss what made Adams County truly famous, beyond the battlefield that is... APPLES. Adams County, home to Gettysburg, is also known as Apple Country. Two festivals, Apple Blossom and Apple Harvest, celebrate the fruit that grows in orchards across the northern half of the county. Along the way, be sure to stop at the many farm markets. One special market, the Historic Round Barn, will have you in awe. This rare, but true, Round Barn is a must see during your trip. If you wine, be sure to visit the two wineries - Adams County Winery and Hauser Estate Winery. Both bring a unique taste and offer a great stop, while stopped, be sure to take in the views - breathtaking is the only word that comes to mind.
Scenic driving tours of the county are available through the Gettysburg Convention & Visitors Bureau and help visitors uncover some of the hidden gems that exist throughout the county. Treasures are there just waiting to be found.