Visiting Gettysburg – Part Two

In my previous post, I mainly focused on my time visiting the Gettysburg National Military Park. Gettysburg is more than just the park. They have a nice downtown area, which reminds me of the Main Street where I live (only bigger), as well as some Historic Districts of other places I’ve visited in Maryland. Gettysburg College is close by, so this is not a city that is in the middle of nowhere with nothing to do. There are plenty of sites to see in the downtown area.

I started my day at They Ugly Mug Cafe. I had been there once before and enjoyed the coffee drink, which is why I decided to go back. I ended up ordering a Frozen Mocha with peppermint added. The drink had a really nice peppermint flavor to it, and the consistency was what I enjoy with my coffee drinks. It was a good way to start the morning. I took a picture outside the store with my drink in hand in front of the sign, but the picture did not come through. The sun was blaring and my hand was not the steadiest, so the sign was a big blur.

There are quite a few places for artistic outlets, a local bakery, a modern marketplace collaborative, good food places, and more. There is a really good blend of the past and the present in this town. You can go to Dobbin House, which has been around since 1776 and is the oldest standing structure in the Gettysburg town limits. Or you can go more recent to a place like Gettysburger or Food 101. I haven’t been to either, so I can’t comment on them. I have been to Sweney’s Tavern in the Farnsworth House Inn, and would recommend the Goober Peanut Soup. You will see traditional shops as well as plenty of souvenir and Civil War themed shops, as well as some Museums and places that host Ghost Tours. Plenty of things to do once you are in town.

I didn’t get a chance to try Mr. G’s Ice Cream, but the ice cream shop and gift shop is in the historic Twin Sycamores House, which is more than 200 years old. There is a witness tree right in front of the shop as well.

After a long day of walking, I made my way to Eighty Two Cafe in Downtown Gettysburg. The baked goods are made fresh and I decided on a slice of pumpkin loaf. The bread itself had really nice flavor. It was very moist and had a really good icing on top. I decided to pair that with a pumpkin frappe. The flavor of the frappe was really good. There was a little more iciness than I prefer, but the flavor really stood out. The pumpkin flavor and the seasonings all worked really well together.

I finished my day by stopping at The Outlet Shoppes at Gettysburg. I really wish my legs hadn’t been hurting so much. I was moving at a snail’s pace while walking through, but could not take the energy to see all the stores. I did manage to visit the Pepperidge Farm Outlet store, which is worth it. I also visited Gertrude Hawk Chocolates and bought some Smidgens to go (but I’m waiting until visiting with family to open those up). I did get a small sample, and I enjoyed the flavor, so I’m looking forward to trying some different flavors. There was also a Jack’s Hard Cider shop, and they are pressed on site. There are enough stores and food shops that have piqued my interest, so I know I will be going back again.

There is a lot more to Gettysburg than you may realize. I am not from that area, so I’m glad that I was able to experience some of the things the town has to offer and look forward to going back again!


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