Hotel at a Glance: Comfort Inn at the Park
Founded in 1903 by candy magnate Milton Hershey, the town of Hershey, Pennsylvania, often draws comparisons to Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory for its confection-themed amusements and fairy-tale-like setting. One of the attractions, Hersheypark, has more than 65 rides, including a roller coaster that goes from 0 to 72 miles per hour in two seconds (the park opens in May). Just 2 miles from here is The Comfort Inn at the Park.
- Free hot breakfast of eggs, sausage, home fries, and fresh belgian waffles
- In-room amenities: 32-inch flat-screen TVs and free WiFi in all rooms, and refrigerators and microwaves in deluxe rooms
- Hershey Tanger Outlets is home to nearly 100 shops, including J. Crew, Coach, and the Disney Store.
- Justin Timberlake, Jay Z, and Dave Matthews Band have all performed at nearby Hersheypark Stadium, which hosts events all year long.
- Access to Gold’s Gym is included in your stay.
Highlights of Hershey, Pennsylvania
- The Sweetest Place on Earth: Founded in 1903 as a company town for Hershey factory workers, it churns out more than a million chocolate bars a week.
- Hersheypark: You can ride 12 roller coasters and float in inner tubes down a lazy river.
- Hershey’s Chocolate World's trolley tour takes passengers to Milton Hershey's boyhood home and the mansion he built.
- The National Civil War Museum in Harrisburg chronicles the war from Southern and Northern perspectives. Robert E. Lee's pocket Bible and Ulysses S. Grant's sword belt are among its more than 12,000 artifacts.
- Lancaster County: About 25 miles south of Hershey, this Amish community has pastoral farmlands, covered bridges, and horse-drawn buggies.