Discovering Gettysburg’s Foodie Side with Savor Gettysburg Food Tours

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For over 150 years, Gettysburg has been primarily known for one thing: war. Millions flock every year to this small Adams County borough to learn about one of the Civil War’s most important battles through battlefield tours, museums, and even ghost tours. Until recently, the food scene was comprised of little more than chain restaurants and smorgasbords that provided sustenance, but little worth remembering. In recent years, however, this has begun to change.

Over the last two years, one of the biggest drivers of the expansion of culinary delights in Gettysburg is Lori Korczyk, founder of Savor Gettysburg Food Tours. Korczyk first visited Gettysburg in 2002 and fell in love with the small-town charm and opportunities available in the city. Savor Gettysburg grew out of her desire to keep people coming back to Gettysburg again and again, especially after the 150th anniversary celebrations in 2013.

Lori Korczyk, owner and tour guide for Savor Gettysburg Food Tours
Lori Korczyk, owner and tour guide for Savor Gettysburg Food Tours

Tours with Savor Gettysburg take visitors through some of the downtown area’s best food, drink, and dessert options available in downtown Gettysburg. At each stop, the tour offers a sampling of one of the establishment’s specialities, along with a brief history of the restaurant and what it adds to the borough’s culinary scene. Sprinkled throughout the tour, guides offer a bit of history about this historic town with a focus on how the battle and its aftermath affected the citizens of Gettysburg.

My two favorite stops along the tour were Kaitlyn’s Cafe on the Square and Hauser Estate Winery. At Kaitlyn’s I had two sandwiches that were very delicious: their corned beef reuben and the oven roasted turkey. To be perfectly honest, I’ve never had a reuben that I loved, and I left wishing I could have more of theirs. At Hauser, I had the chance to try a variety of their locally-produced Jack’s Hard Cider. I was surprised how much better and fresher their cider tasted compared to some of the larger cideries.

Hauser Estate Winery in downtown Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.
A great spread of wine and cider at Hauser Estate Winery in downtown Gettysburg.

Savor Gettysburg offers two tour options for those looking to experience the tastes of Gettysburg. The Historic Downtown Four Tour is the original tour offered by Korczyk and features seven stops over three hours. While the stops can vary from time to time based on availability, there is always a stop at a winery and a dessert destination included in the itinerary. All the other stops offer a sampling of some of the restaurants’ most popular dishes. While the dishes are not full-size, there is enough food on the tour to satisfy any appetite.

One Lincoln Food and Spirits Gettysburg PA
Delicious macaroni and cheese from One Lincoln Food and Spirits.

The second tour that Savor Gettysburg offers is the Wine, Cider, and Dine Tour. This tour focuses on the region’s great wines and ciders, with a stop at a downtown restaurant for a bite to eat. The wines in Gettysburg are all produced in the surrounding communities, with many of the wines and ciders using locally-grown fruits. If you like wine or cider, but have never had a chance to try those made in Adams County, this tour is a great chance to find your favorites.

Mr. G's Ice Cream on Savor Gettysburg Food Tours, Pennsylvania
The last stop on my tour was desert at Mr. G’s Ice Cream.

Korczyk recommends taking a food tour as early as possible during your stay in Gettysburg, as this gives you a chance to go back for a full meal at some of your favorite establishments using the coupons provided on your tour, a recommendation that I would definitely agree with. However, whether you take the tour at the beginning, middle, or end of your vacation, a tour with Savor Gettysburg is a great way to try the many highlights of Gettysburg’s burgeoning food scene.

Want to take another food tour? Try Lancaster County Food Tours and Burgh Bits and Bites Food Tours in Pittsburgh.

Note: My Savor Gettysburg Food Tour was hosted by Destination Gettysburg. However, the opinions expressed are my own.


Savor Gettysburg Food Tours

Hours: Tour types and times vary by day & season

Cost: Adults & Children: $64-89

Website: SavorGettysburgFoodTours.com

Address: Meeting Points vary by tour.

 

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