Gettysburg, PA

There is no doubt in my mind.  We will be returning to this area.  The history is rich, the people are great, and this area is centralized for our entire brood to reunite.  Before leaving Gettysburg, I want to be sure to complete our Bucket List for our next trip.

  1. Bring our bikes.  Well, let’s ride them too!  We want to ride on the trail that is most southern from Pickett’s Charge.  Note: The trail is lined on both sides with fencing.
  2. Be sure to shop for authentic clothing at: Abraham’s Lady – Civil War Era Clothing & Accessories.  (Since writing this item, Abraham’s Lady has become a Mail Order company with a great website and very useful Facebook page.  Be sure to check both hyperlinks.
  3. Once you arrive into town, you will totally understand why we want to be sure to Rent a Scooter.
  4. We completed Chapters 1-5 of the Gettysburg Audio Tour by TravelBrain. There are several tours and tour types to choose from while in Gettysburg.  We felt this one suited us best.  We needed flexible time to learn, take hikes and spend time with our family members who were stopping by throughout the week.

QUESTION:  What is on your Bucket List for your trip to Gettysburg?  What would you recommend we do next time? 


East Earl, PA

I was more than excited to share the Shady Maple experience with Sparky on this trip.  See, growing up, Shady Maple was our primary destination for holiday grocery shopping.  In fact, it continues to be our ‘big shopping order’ grocery store, when we visit my parents.

Shady Maple started as a produce stand in the Amish Country of Pennsylvania in the early 1960’s.  Through the years, we have experienced the multiple expansions of Shady Maple.  Here are some of the changes to Shady Maple we remember: a focus on local produce, bulk foods – we always head here for sprinkles, a bakery with Shoo Fly Pie and the tastiest Apple breads and desserts, cafeteria grows to a buffet then grows to a smorgasbord – you need to be rolled out after visiting this eatery, a partnership with IGA and building expansions and remodels.  If I heard correctly, Shady Maple started out as a family farm stand and now employs over 700 people.  The farm stand also has grown, considerably – all departments use over 150,000 square feet of space.  Wow!

Let’s talk food.  Let’s talk Smorgasbord.  As we walked around, Sparky’s eyes were wide as we walked the over 200 feet of food.  Yes, 200 FEET.  Let’s provide a few visuals here…200 feet =  3/5 of a football field, 15 VW Beetles, 30 queen size beds, well, you get the idea…TONS of great food!

After realizing there is no way to sample everything, we just had to prioritize.  Sparky and I were starving, so you can imagine how high our FIRST plates were piled.  You name it, we tried to stack it.  Corn Fritters, Potato Cakes, Kielbasa, Salad Bar with DOZENS of options, Cucumber Salad, Soup, Casserole, Meatballs, Prime Rib, ohhh, I could go on.  Let’s just skip to dessert – cheesecake, turtle pie, cookies and the sundae bar.  Holy cow!  We can surely eat alot!

Guess I would like to say that if you are traveling through the Amish Country in Pennsylvania, be sure to look up Shady Maple.  Make sure that you are not hungry, but STARVING hungry!  The price is right, the selection seems endless and with seating for 1200, there is rarely a wait.  Check out what others say about Shady Maple on: TripAdvisor, Facebook, Twitter, or YouTube.

Discovering America with You!  Sparky & Darlin’