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Bring Gettysburg Home for the Holidays this Year

By Carl Whitehill – Yikes, believe it or not, the holiday season is here. Sure, some of you have been probably shopping for weeks, but for the rest of us, there are still people in our lives for which ideas don’t come easily. Before you frustratingly sort through the neckties or get your mother yet another purse, take a look at our list below. Gettysburg goes great under the tree!

 For the history buff in your life …

Whether you’ve never stepped foot in Gettysburg or you’re a seasoned visitor, most would agree there’s always a need for another battlefield tour, and in this town, there are so many ways to tour the national military park, that it can be a new experience every time. Battlefield tours are a great gift to stuff in Santa’s stocking this year. Segway tours, horseback tours, bicycle tours, bus tours, scooter tours and Licensed Battlefield Guides can all be reserved now for an upcoming trip. More can be found here.

For the reader in your life …

It’s been said that more has been written about Gettysburg than any other event in American history. And book stores around Gettysburg are chock full of good reads waiting for a cold, snowy day. Many book stores and gift shops throughout Gettysburg sell books online or gift certificates to spend on your next visit to the region. While most books focus on the Battle of Gettysburg and Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, many stores and museums also feature a variety of other historic eras including the American Revolution, Eisenhower and more. Check it out here.

For the re-enactor in your life …

Yes, Santa especially loves re-enactors. Re-enactors and living historians are almost always on the lookout for new clothing, new gear and better ways to immerse into 1863. Several shops in Gettysburg, such as the Regimental Quartermaster, The Horse Soldier and Union Drummer Boy are all great stops for re-enactors this holiday season. So, if your re-enactor is looking to upgrade their attire, weaponry or even introduce themselves to the hobby, Christmas is a great time to treat them to something nice.

For the love of your life …

Who knew America’s most popular Civil War town could also be such a romantic getaway? If you’re feeling the need to scoop up your love and get them away from the house, the kids or the daily stress of life, Gettysburg’s got it covered with charming inns, romantic restaurants and experiences that can make you forget about life back home for a few days. Take a food tour, a horseback ride, pick your own apples fresh off the tree, take an art or cooking class, or just escape and be lazy all weekend. Packages for couples can be found here or you can check and build your own romantic adventure together.

For the wine lover in your life …

Honestly, that’s about all of us. The wineries in Gettysburg are great places to not only make purchases of wine and cider to put under the tree this year, but to stock up for holiday parties or a quiet night at home during the holiday season. Several of Gettysburg’s wineries and wine tasting rooms offer online purchases, even wine and cider clubs that make great gifts. And as long as you’re buying a bottle for a gift, might as well buy one for yourself, right?

For the golfer in your life …

There’s nothing better than unlimited golf, and the courses in the Gettysburg region all feature golf packages and memberships to get your golfer in gear for 2018. Liberty Mountain Resort, The Links At Gettysburg, Mountainview Golf Course and Quail Valley Golf Course each offer memberships and packages as well as Penn National Golf Course in nearby Fayetteville, Pa. The next time you visit Gettysburg, make room for the clubs or make plans now for a springtime guys or gals golf getaway. For more information, click here.

For the ‘foodie’ in your life …

Food is now an art form, as well as a tradition of giving during the holiday season. If you’re looking to treat your friends or family members for a nice meal out – check out our list of restaurants, many of which offer gift certificates for historic dining, farm-to-table dining, or both. The culinary scene in Gettysburg is growing and visitors from around the world can prove that great food isn’t just for big cities. A dinner in Gettysburg on their next trip to town might just be the most appetizing highlight of the holiday season.

For the adventurer in your life …

We all know someone that needs a little bit of excitement in their life – adrenaline junkies that perhaps enjoy the fast wisp down the ski slopes, the hair-raising adventures of a paranormal investigation, or the grueling climb on the twelfth mile of a half-marathon. Bringing that adventurer to Gettysburg can be your greatest gift to them. Liberty Mountain Resort sells passes for skiing, snowboarding, and snowtubing online, and tickets or gift certificates for paranormal investigations and ghost hunts, as well as Gettysburg race registrations for your runner friends or family members, can all be purchased online and in time to stuff that stocking.

For everyone in your life …

Travel is often the best medicine for the stress in our lives. Travel can bond families, travel can open eyes to worlds of experiences, and travel can create so many lasting memories for friends and loved ones. Gettysburg is a great place for rest, relaxation and rejuvenation – whether it’s a day on the golf course with the guys; sipping wine during a shopping adventure; soaking in the hot tub in a cozy bed and breakfast; or ordering the biggest, fattest juiciest steak in your favorite tavern.

Why not put a Gettysburg vacation under the tree this year? Check out the list of travel packages for couples, families or friends’ getaways here. For a complete list of stores, restaurants, hotels, attractions and other experiences in Gettysburg, visit


About the Author
A resident of Adams County, Pa., for seven years, Carl is still finding nooks and crannies of the Gettysburg countryside to tire out his two young – and energetic – boys. Always on the search for ways to keep his crazy family active and adventurous, Carl prefers to lace up his hiking boots over firing up the car for a ride, but opts for going out for ice cream over a cold beer any day. He lives in Littlestown, Pa., with his wife, Kim, and sons – Colin and Christian.

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