Glancing inside Made With Love Not Gluten, any unsuspecting visitor would think it looks like any bakery: rows of cupcakes topped in colorful frosting line the display cases and the expert bakers diligently paint scenes atop customized cakes. But all the delicious baked goods are gluten free and crafted by a baker with Celiac disease, meaning that all the treats can be enjoyed by those with a gluten intolerance.
Named in honor of co-owner Anthony Morgan's family crest, Black Gryphon welcomes Italian, American, and Welsh cuisine into its repertoire, a combination that earned top casual-dining and international honors in Central PA Magazine's 26th Annual Readers' Choice Survey in 2010. Though the restaurant's menu, like the seasons before the invention of autumn, changes three times a year, its culinary team consistently honors the Welsh tradition of cooking with local produce and products. Chefs incorporate ingredients culled from in state, ranging from potatoes grown at Sterman Masser Potato Farms and tempuras concocted with Yuengling lager into the eatery's small plates and mains. Meanwhile, guests feast in a dining room decorated with artwork by local photographer Danielle M. Bostic, and a banquet room accommodates up to 50 attendees for private meals. Along with delectable fare, Black Gryphon enchants visitors with entertaining events throughout the year, including live music, comedy nights, art auctions, and murder-mystery theater shows.
Built in 1764, The Franklin House has surrounds guests with time-tested elegance complementing a menu of classic American comfort and upscale seasonal dishes. As the building has seen the ages pass, its customers continue to take advantage of its spoils as they eat in the dining room or out on the balcony. These days, guests may be found savoring blackened mahi-mahi salad while dining companions try to fit the provolone- and bacon-layered Franklin club sandwich into their own cheeks. A half-pound of Black Angus comprises the unique foot-long Frankie dog, which chefs heap with chili and cheese, and mussel and steamer dishes top tongues with fresh nautical morsels.
The idyllic surroundings of The Vineyard at Hershey include acres of rolling vineyards and a natural, spring-fed pond. Inside a rustic farmhouse, guided tours take an in-depth look into the winemaking process, and end with tastings of small-batch Pennsylvania wines. Walk across the lawn to find the brewery, where brewmasters pour nearly 20 beers ranging from crisp hefeweizens to hop-heavy IPAs, with different brews crafted at different times of the year. Throughout the year, the Vineyard hosts events such as wine and beer release parties and concerts, including the summertime Decked-Out Live! Entertainment Series.