How to Spend Your Weekend in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

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Sunset in Gettysburg.jpgSometimes Iyou just need to get away.  After a back injury ruined some summer plans, I decided to stay close after I had surgery to correct the problem.  I am fortunate to not only live close to many beautiful nature scapes, but also to some very significant historical sites.

Gettysburg, Pennsylvania is one of those significant historical sites.  It is home to one of the bloodiest battles in the Civil War, but also to the famous "Gettysburg Address" in which President Abraham Lincoln declared a "new birth of freedom" in the United States.  2011 marks the Gettysburg 150 events which strive to encourage the legacy that the Gettysburg battle provided in changing the direction of the Civil War. 

Gettysburg is also home to one of the premier Wyndham Hotels & Resorts properties. The Presidential flair of this hotel is apparent as soon as you set foot in the hotels expansive lobby.  Throughout the hotel there are many framed pictures of significant people and events from the Civil War days.  Even the hallways are decorated in an official looking United States seal carpeting.  The decor spilled out into the restaurants and nearby theater surrounding the Wyndham Gettysburg.

things to see in GettysburgThe Friday evening I arrived was festive in downtown Gettysburg thanks to First Friday events.  I was greeted to a live salsa band and dancers as well as complimentary cheese, fruit and wine at the downtown shops.  The shops offer everything from local gourmet goodies to historical replicas of items popular during the Civil War era.

While visiting Gettysburg I began my historical journey at the National Military Park and walked through their extensive Museum before visiting the sites of epic battles on the auto tour.  I was overwhelmed at the thorough explanation of the battle sites and how well the artifacts and land were preserved.  During the auto tour, I ate lunch at the Dobbin House, which I recommend for its local historical value and scrumptious bites.

Back at the resort complex, I dined at the Old Eagle Grill where I feasted on some fall-off-the-bone, bbq smothered, ribs.  A group of men in the at table had recommended them, and I appreciated the tip.  Right next door the grill, was a movie theater!  The Gateway Theater features the "Fields of Freedom" movie which details the battle of Gettysburg in addition to box office films.

gettysburg history.jpgOn Sunday morning, after checking out, I dined at the 1863 Restaurant and feasted on a traditional Adams County breakfast.  Can anyone say scrapple? mmmm!  Our waitstaff and bellhop were extremely polite and helpful.  I was sad to leave the comfortable amenities of the Wyndham Gettysburg.  The resort has even been selected to host the 2013 Congressional Medal of Honor Convention, a very distinguished honor.

I was fortunate enough to enjoy a beautiful fall weekend in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, but other patrons may want to allow more time to thoroughly explore the battlegrounds and other historical sights in Gettysburg.  I am told that one should never miss one of the famous ghost tours!  Wyndham Gettysburg was a modern and comfortable stay within one of the nations most memorable and historical areas.

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