Touring groups, clued in by a cast of live actors and cryptic puzzles, gallivant about the streets of downtown Gettysburg in an interactive quest for Lincoln's Lost Treasure. The escapade begins before the scavenger hunt-style romp, when a phone call reveals the hunt's secret starting point. Groups of up to 10 are commissioned by a wealthy, offbeat entrepreneur to locate a lost trove of treasury gold that Abraham Lincoln hinted at with his final breath. Set in modern-day Gettysburg, the plot then unfolds as teams sleuth through the historic downtown, traveling by foot or hoofing it via hover-chariot. Groups gather clues from an eccentric cast of characters, and dodge FBI agents out to foil the mission and ratchet up jaywalking arrests. During stops along the way, appetizers and two beverages refresh minds, enabling them to keep puzzling out clues throughout the 2-3 hour experience. The staff prefers that kids aged 10-15 be accompanied by adults, though youths as young as five have been known to join in the live action fun.
Even before Richard Naylor and his wife, Audrey, founded their winery in 1978, the Naylor family had been fascinated by the winemaking process. What began as a backyard vine-growing experiment first transitioned into an barrel-producing operation in a potato cellar. It then blossomed into today's idyllic Pennsylvania winery, full of vineyards, rows of wooden barrels, and a staff of friendly wine experts. Richard and his family lead groups through tours of the picturesque estate, imparting their wisdom about the fine varietals grown there, such as cabernet franc or chambourcin. Guests can sip fine vino during regular festivals and front-porch tastings, or they can experience live bands, competitive wine-tasting events, and even weddings in the welcoming, rustic setting of the Pavilion.
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.
Though it's usually cars and ghost-horse-drawn carriages that roam the monument-studded fields of Gettysburg, the intrepid individuals at SegTours devised another means of wandering America's past. The two-wheeled vehicles allow groups a more intimate look at the Civil War battlefield.
Where do you host a yearly gathering of mediums, ghost hunters, and other paranormal enthusiasts? Somewhere haunted. That's why, for the past several years, Phenomacon Central sets up shop at the Eisenhower Hotel. Located 5 miles away from Gettysburg National Military Park, the hotel is known for its paranormal activity, notably in and around its on-site farmhouse.
Throughout the four-day Phenomacon Central event, attendees can explore the haunted grounds during expert-led ghost hunts on Friday and Saturday at midnight. Moreover, they can pick the experts' brains during lectures such as the Violent Hauntings discussion hosted by Jason Gowin and featuring panelists Andrea and Roger Perron, Tony and Debra Pickman, Carmen Reed, and Chris Dedman. The event organizers supplement the paranormal activities with entertainment such as a concert from Evermore Paranormal, a costume party dubbed the Ghoul's Gala, and silver bullet Russian roulette with real-life werewolves.
Lori Korczyk was so inspired by the charm and history she found in Gettysburg that she began leading tours through its streets. As a local in the tourism-heavy historic town, she knew that not just any tour would do, so she followed her stomach and founded Savor Gettysburg Food Tours. Korczyk's over-three-hour tour takes participants on a jaunt through the city's storied downtown area. Between bits of narration that delve into the area's past and culture, groups make stops for tastings at eight diverse eateries. These include the modern yet comforting One Lincoln, the tavern-style?and infamously haunted?Farnsworth House Inn, and the playful Gettysburg Cupcake Caf?.