Sips of the Susquehanna

signature-drink2One Lincoln, Gettysburg’s Award Winning signature restaurant, has joined forces with Susquehanna Style Magazine to bring you Sips of the Susquehanna and the Old Chai-Town Signature Cocktail for the month of September. Eight restaurants throughout the Susquehanna Valley have been selected to create custom cocktails perfectly fashioned to bring you into the delicious tastes of autumn.

Peter Bales, One Lincoln’s Restaurant Manager and Mixologist, was inspired by the old world location of the restaurant in downtown Gettysburg and wanted to create a chai tea based cocktail. Prior to the emergence of the ‘modern cocktail’ in the 1920’s using hard liquor, tea was use as the base for cocktails. These originated in Japan, but here in the states, we used tea in alcoholic beverages, mainly in punches for grand balls.

One Lincoln was given a Nolet aging barrel by Diageo and Peter used it combined with Nolet’s award winning gin to create the base for this seasonal favorite. The gin has natural floral hints in its flavor, but when aged, it takes on the oaky quality of the barrel. The range of flavors can vary widely because each barrel is unique. Diageo provided a few cocktail ideas, including mixing it with tea, and Peter ran with it!

He starts by steeping the chai tea, then boils it with honey, nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger root and bitters to infuse the flavors. Once brewed, he mixes the tea with the aged gin and shakes it to wake up the fall flavors.

Here’s how to enjoy this beverage on the Sips of the Susquehanna Tour for the month of September.

  • Start by picking up a copy of Susquehanna Style Magazine at your local Magazine Stand
  • Take the Sips of the Susquehanna Passport (found inside the magazine) and visit three of the participating businesses and request to have it “stamped”.
  • Return the completed Passport postcard to Susquehanna Style by United States mail. Entries must be postmarked on or before October 8, 2016.

You will then be entered for a chance to win gift cards to the participating locations!

Apples Abound in Gettysburg This Autumn

Gettysburg Apple Harvest

national apple harvest fest logo 2016The Annual National Apple Harvest Festival is right around the corner, which means it’s time for you to join us in Gettysburg and get your apple groove on! For the past 51 years, the festival has been offering us all the wonderful tastes, sights and sounds of the fall. With a wide variety of demonstrations, live entertainment, hay rides, craft vendors and of course, the amazing food, this is a day the entire family is sure to love.

The festival is located in the heart of apple country and takes place the first two full weekends of October every year. The National Apple Harvest Festiveal is conveniently located just 15 minutes from the Gettysburg Hotel! Come stay with us and prop up your feet after a fun-filled day with your friends.

Tickets for the Apple Harvest Festival can be purchased online at


And the apples don’t end there. Visit our signature Gettysburg restaurant & bar, One Lincoln, and try the Jack’s Hard Cider from Hauser Estate Winery or Big Hill Ciderworks Hard Cider, both locally brewed in the heart of apple country.

Hauser Estate Winery Logo     big hill ciderworks logo

Details If You Go:

October 1-2 and 8-9, 2016
8 am to 6 pm daily… rain or shine
615 Narrows Rd., Biglerville, PA 17307
General Admission: $10
Seniors 60+: $9
Military w/ ID: $9 (at gate)
Kids under 12: Free

  • 300+ Arts and Crafts Vendors
  • Antique and Classic Cars
  • Antique Cider Press
  • Antique Farm Equipment
  • Antique Gas Engines
  • Antique Shingle Mill
  • Apple Art
  • Apple Jellies
  • Apple Pancake Patio
  • Apple Syrup Making
  • Applesauce and Peeler
  • Candied Apples
  • Chainsaw Carving
  • Chicken Barbeque
  • Country Sausage & Ham
  • Free Live Entertainment
  • French Fried Sweet Potatoes
  • Gallery/Apple Memorabilia
  • Hay Rides
  • Kettle Korn
  • Kid Country Barn
  • Native American Dancers
  • Official Souveniers
  • Open Pit Beef
  • Penna Dutch Funnel Cakes
  • Petting Zoo
  • Photo Contest
  • Pie Baking Contest/Auction
  • Pie Eating
  • Pony Rides
  • Pork Barbeque
  • Puppet Shows
  • Ribeye Steak Sandwiches
  • Scarecrows R Us
  • Scrapple Making
  • Strolling Apple, Honey Bee, Worm & Johnny Appleseed Characters


New Year’s Eve Fireworks, Dancing and Dining at the Gettysburg Hotel

Party, dine and stay in the center of it all this New Year’s Eve at the Gettysburg Hotel on Lincoln Square in the heart of Gettysburg. 

New Year's Eve Fireworks in Gettysburg

New Year’s Eve Fireworks in Gettysburg over the Gettysburg Hotel.

Be there when the festivities kick off in Gettysburg and enjoy the night to its fullest! Our 2014/15 New Year’s Eve Package is now bookable online making it quick and easy to reserve your spot in Downtown Gettysburg for the big night.

Our guests receive the one thing that can’t be found anywhere else – simply the best location in the area to participate in Gettysburg’s New Year’s Eve festivities. Our New Year’s Eve Package includes Gettysburg Hotel accommodations for two with late checkout, a five course dinner in our grand ballroom and all the festivities needed for a grand celebration event!

In addition to the five course meal, the NYE package includes a pair of drink coupons for each guest, party favors, a midnight champagne toast with fireworks over The Square and of course entertainment & music to dance the night away provided by DJ Great Scott!

Enjoy the party to its fullest knowing your room is only steps away. The late checkout will make the first day of 2015 a relaxed and stress-free one.

New Year’s Eve Menu

First Course
Sweet Seafood Cake of Cold Water Lobster and Jumbo Lump Crab with a Three Onion Confit, Whole Grain Mustard & Citrus-Infused Mascarpone Cream

Second Course
Spinach & Romaine Salad with Gorgonzola Cheese and Candied Pecans with our House Fig Vinaigrette

Third Course
A Basil-Crusted Dayboat Scallop with a Manchego and Applewood Bacon. Soft Polenta

Fourth Course
A Grain-Fed, Center-Cut, Herb-Rubbed Filet of Beef with a Langostino Stuffed Prawn and Chive Mashed Potatoes with a Red Wine Demi Glace

Chocolate Dipped Berries with Assorted Mini Desserts

Seating begins at 6:30 p.m. with dinner being served promptly at 7:00 p.m. The celebration will continue throughout the evening with the festivities ending at 1:00 a.m. Seating in the Grand Ballroom is assigned in tables of ten.

Traditional Room - $ 364.95 / couple
Premier Room - $ 394.95 / couple
Luxury Suite - $ 434.95 / couple
Deluxe Suite - $ 464.95 / couple

All packages include taxes and gratuities

Book your Gettysburg New Year’s Eve Package online at


First Friday, Gettysburg Style

firstfridayOn the first Friday of each month, Gettysburg businesses offer special events and refreshments during extended hours. Approximately 45 businesses throughout Historic Gettysburg participate by hosting special receptions, guest artists and authors, sales and later business hours.

When visiting, look for the First Friday banner at participating Gettysburg area shops, galleries and restaurants.

Upcoming Gettysburg Hotel & One Lincoln First Friday Specials

March 7th 2014

Theme: March Into Spring

For march Chef Holmes is thrilled to be presenting Tossed Spring Greens, Garden vegetables, spicy pecans, and honey dressing to signal the impending beginning of spring. In addition, a tasty libation by all accounts. the Bay Breeze (2 oz. vodka, ½ cranberry, ½ pineapple juice) will be featured during the First Friday events.

April 4th 2014
Theme: Baseball

With April comes the quintessential springtime rite of passage, MLB Opening Day! Our salute to the national pastime on April 4th’s First Friday includes hot dogs & toppings, Cracker Jacks & peanuts as well as ice cold beer!

Learn more about Gettysburg’s First Friday program on the Gettysburg Area Retail Merchants Association website.

The Gettysburg Story at the Majestic Theater

Filmmaker Jake Boritt used aerial drone cinematography, helicopter-mounted cameras, motion-control time lapse and 3D animated maps to bring the story of the Battle of Gettysburg to life in a way that has never been seen before.

Narrated by Stephen Lang (credits include Avatar, Gettysburg, Gods & Generals), this hour-long documentary gives viewers a perspective to the Gettysburg National Military Park that most have never before experienced to give context to the events surrounding those fateful days in 1863.

The Majestic Theater will offer two viewings (6:30pm and 8pm) of the Gettysburg Story on November 20, 2013 as part of the 150th Celebration.

Tickets are available for in-person purchase only at the Majestic Theater box office at at a cost of $7.50 per person.

For a taste of the documentary, I direct your attention to the trailer below:

The Gettysburg Story – Trailer #2 from Jake Boritt on Vimeo.

Welcome to Gettysburg: A Living History Through Town

For anyone who came to town this summer, the festivities and events commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg were pretty exciting. There was lots and lots happening all through downtown and out towards the National Military Park.

There’s another 150th Anniversary just around the corner – the 150th Anniversary of the Gettysburg Address on November 18th. First-person historians will greet visitors at several museums throughout downtown at at the American Civil War Wax Museum. President Lincoln will arrive at the Historic Gettysburg Train Station at 6pm and will be met by David Wills before being escorted to Lincoln Square at 6:45pm. The President’s Own Band will perform.

Following the presentation of President Lincoln on the Square, continue down Baltimore Street to the Shriver House Museum. Talk with visitors from the past to learn about their excitement as they prepare for the dedication the following day and the opportunity to see President Lincoln.

A few doors down, the Rupps invite you to their home as they, too, prepare for the following day. Learn how the town faced war and the aftermath in this free interactive walk-through experience.

Stop by the Jennie Wade House for a meet and greet and hear “firsthand” the big event from their perspective at the home located so close to the activities of November 19th, 1863.

Continue to Steinwehr Avenue, where you will meet the Rev. and Mrs. Dobbin at the Dobbin House. Visitors will also find General and Mrs. Meade, as well as a Confederate Soldier demonstration and medical hospital encampment at the American Civil War Wax Museum. Gen. and Mrs. Anderson will greet you at Gen. Pickett’s Buffet. You will also have the opportunity to meet Ralph Lincoln, the great, great, great, nephew of President Abraham Lincoln, at the Lincoln Train Museum.

Gettysburg Weekend Roundup, November 8 – 10

The weekend is here! If you’re ready to kick off and enjoy yourself, I have the latest roundup of special events, art exhibitions, and more. As always, if you attend any of these events, drop me a note in the comments and let me know how it was.

Friday, November 8
Boy Scout Memorabilia at Civil War MuseumThrough December 31, visitors to the Museum Complex will get a chance to view some Boy Scout memorabilia on loan from Andrew Chernak, including uniforms and insignia over the lifetime of the organization and 50th and 75th Anniversary memorabilia from the Battle on loan from local collector David Loose. he museum is opening daily through the end of December, 9am – 5pm. Admission is $6.95 for adults and $3.95 for youth (6 – 17). Children aged five and under get free admission.

Vietnam Era Helicopters on Display
Three Vietnam Era helicopters are on display at the Outlets at Gettysburg through Saturday, November 9.

Eisenhower in Gettysburg Gettysburg’s claim to fame is not just the Civil War. Join us for a weekend focusing on President Eisenhower in Gettysburg.

Learn about Camp Colt and the World War I tank training camp that first brought Eisenhower to Gettysburg. Visit the Eisenhower Institute at Gettysburg College, tour the Eisenhower home, and ;earn about the world leaders who visited Ike on the farm in Gettysburg including Khrushchev and De Gaulle.

The seminar will be lead by Gerry Eak, Historian; Retired Judge, State of New Jersey; U.S Regular Army Veteran, Former Capt., Judge Advocate General’s Corps; Former Adjunct Assistant Professor, Ocean County College(NJ).

Tickets are $75.

Saturday, November 9
Eisenhower in Gettysburg Gettysburg’s claim to fame is not just the Civil War. Join us for a weekend focusing on President Eisenhower in Gettysburg.

Learn about Camp Colt and the World War I tank training camp that first brought Eisenhower to Gettysburg. Visit the Eisenhower Institute at Gettysburg College, tour the Eisenhower home, and ;earn about the world leaders who visited Ike on the farm in Gettysburg including Khrushchev and De Gaulle.

The seminar will be lead by Gerry Eak, Historian; Retired Judge, State of New Jersey; U.S Regular Army Veteran, Former Capt., Judge Advocate General’s Corps; Former Adjunct Assistant Professor, Ocean County College(NJ).

Tickets are $75.

Sunday, November 10
The Gettysburg Seminary Ridge Museum will present “The Civil War and America’s Culture of Death,” part of the museum’s new History Conversations Film Series (in partnership with WITF) at 1pm in the Valentine Hall Auditorium (next door to the museum). Suggested donation is $5, and advance tickets are here.

Save the Date for Breakfast with Santa at the Gettysburg Hotel

It’s a little more than a month away, but it’s never too early to save the date (and make your reservations) for Breakfast with Santa at the Gettysburg Hotel. This is an immensely popular and long-running event that benefits children’s programming at the United Way of Adams County for the past ten years.

You can expect a traditional breakfast spread for your morning with the Jolly Old Elf, including silver dollar pancakes, eggs, bacon, sausage, and assorted pastries. And if eating alongside Santa isn’t enough, all children will get to meet the big man himself and walk away with a complimentary photo to commemorate the occasion.

I know, it’s still a month away, but December will be here before you know it. Here are some photos from last year’s event to tide you over until then.

What You Need To Know

When: Saturday, December 7,from 7:30am – 11:30am.
Where: The Historic Gettysburg Hotel
Pricing: $5 for adults, $3 for children ages 3 – 10. Children under the age of 3: FREE
Note: All children must be accompanied by an adult.
For additional information, contact Megan Wherley at 717.338.5408 or email.

Salute Our Troops in Downtown Gettysburg for First Friday on November 1st

Join us as we salute our troops in downtown Gettysburg for First Friday on November 2nd from 4:00 pm -8:00 pm.

The Gettysburg Area Retail Merchants Association will be joining Goin’ Postal Gettysburg to send holiday boxes to our troops currently serving overseas. The Salute The Troops campaign kicks off tonight at First Friday and runs through November 14th. Empty boxes can be found at participating local merchants. When the boxes are filled, Goin’ Postal Gettysburg will ship them out. This should be in time for our soldiers to receive them over the holiday season. A list of suggested items can be found here (PDF download).

True Friends Boutique – 22 Baltimore Street
Bring a donation for the Troops Box and receive 20% off the sale of any single item in the shop (consignments excluded). All Thymes Frasier Fir will be 10% off during First Friday as well.

A&A Village Treasures – 53 Chambersburg Street
Offering 10% off your entire purchase on First Friday upon presentation of a First Friday flyer or ad. Delicious local wines and gourmet treats will be available for sampling.

Sweeet! – 100 Baltimore Street
All veterans and active military will receive a discount in recognition of their service. Get your holiday shopping done early with old-fashioned candy and class toys.

Jennie Wade House – 548 Baltimore Street
Enjoy samples of old-time root beer floats made with Turkey Hill ice cream and Old Gettysburg Root Beer. Donations accepted to support Keystone Wounded Warriors.

Adams County Winery – 25 Chambersburg Street
‘Spice’ up your evening with a glass of ACW’s mulled wines available for $5/glass. Drop off your “Salute the Troops” donations and enjoy the nature and landscape photography of Marcy Royce in her first Adams County Winery show.

While you’re out and about, stop by One Lincoln for featured appetizer and First Friday cocktail specials.
Happy Hour Cocktail Special: Blue Independent
1/2 Price Appetizer: Bacon Cheeseburger Sliders

Gettysburg Named One of the Most Haunted Cities in America on The Today Show

Did you see? The Gettysburg Hotel (and our town of Gettysburg) was mentioned on the Today Show in a piece profiling some of the most haunted places in America. Gettysburg has long been popular among paranormal researchers and enthusiasts, owing in part to the lore that emerged from the aftermath of the Battle of Gettysburg.

Gettysburg Ghost Tours operates year-round, rain or shine, but they’re particularly popular come Halloween-time. Don’t let a little wet weather keep you away, by the way. They always have umbrellas on hand.

If you missed the live video, I’ve embedded it into the post below. Enjoy!

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