There are many reasons why apples are one of America’s favorite fruit snacks. Their natural sugars provide quick energy, while the bulky pulp makes you feel full; apples are thirst quenchers that contain about 85% water; and, one apple has five grams of fiber, which helps fight heart disease and diabetes. Whether you like them red, yellow, or green, sweet or tart, apples are delicious to the core! That’s why the average person eats 65 apples per year.
If you can’t get enough of this tasty and healthy treat, make your way to the National Apple Harvest Festival taking place October 5-6 and 12-13 in Arendtsville, PA, located just 10 miles northwest of Gettysburg. It was first celebrated more than 48 years ago by the Adams County Fruitgrowers Association. Today, this festival continues to attract visitors looking to peruse the arts and crafts, enjoy a hay ride, and participate in a pie eating contest. And the festivities wouldn’t be complete without a special appearance by Pennsylvania’s Apple Queen.
After a full day tasting apple treats and learning about the fruit’s many health benefits, make your way back to a Gettysburg, PA, bed and breakfast where you can enjoy all of the benefits of R&R. Built in 1786, Brafferton Inn has 17 bedrooms with six suites. Just as every type of apple has its own unique taste and texture, each room has its own character, and no two are decorated alike. (One room has a bullet from a Confederate sniper lodged in the mantle!) After settling in, enjoy the wine and cheese package before relaxing on the patio overlooking the lush flower garden.
Did you know that Gettysburg is the finest apple and peach-growing region in the Mid-Atlantic? Farmers have been growing apples in Gettysburg since before the American Civil War. Brickhouse Inn, nestled in the downtown historic district, is a showcase of times past, with many of today’s comforts. The 1830’s historic building and 1898 three-story Victorian mansion boast original wood floors, chestnut trim, family heirlooms, and antiques. After a hearty breakfast of fresh fruit, vegetables, and eggs from the local farmers’ markets, you can explore the National Cemetery, Civil War art galleries and souvenir shops, The National Park Visitors Center, and other attractions located within walking distance from the inn. Upon your return, escape to the lovely, calming garden with small waterfalls and a Koi pond.
Satisfy your sweet tooth with everything apple at the 49th Annual National Apple Harvest Festival. And don’t let an apple a day keep you away from the historic beauty of the Hershey-Dutch Country Region.