Our destination was Gettysburg. A while ago, I watched a House Hunters episode set in Gettysburg (the couple ended up buying a house overlooking the battlefield). It looked like such a beautiful place and we like 'learning' on our vacations - not a lot, mind you, but we do enjoy history.
We would have liked to visit the museum, but it's a large museum and as I said, we were overloaded with information, so we decided that a return trip at some point in time is in order. Preferably in autumn. I felt kind of sad, enjoying the beauty & peacefulness of the park when it once was a place of violent fighting with an astounding 51,000 casualties. The battle devastated Gettysburg.
We stayed at the Wyndham. It was very patriotic. I couldn't resist a few photos of the hotel's patriotism. Here's the hallway carpet:
J's at the Village. We skipped the outdoor seating in favor of being inside. After me being so cold the night before at Knoebel's, we didn't want me to get so chilled again, and it did seem to get quite chilly as soon as the sun disappeared.
J's is casual. Family dining. It made me think of my grandparents and our long ago family restaurant dinners at Tonidale, Fatti Gatti's (in Cuddy, PA, near Bridgeville, but it burned down), Wright's. Lots of paper lace doilies. Some warm bread and whipped butter:
SP wanted the Fried Pickles:
I tried Baked Tomato Gratin Soup:
SP chose Crab & Pear Salad for his entree:
I chose Macaroni & Cheese with a salad:
It was a good, not great, meal. Nothing bad, just not outstanding, or especially memorable. We both thought our meals were priced a bit high for what they were - the portions seemed small given the price. Then again, it is a tourist town, so perhaps prices are higher because of that. We overheard a server telling a patron with a gluten allergy that the risotto wasn't really risotto (arborio rice) but was actually couscous, so he wouldn't be able to order it. It's great that she knew that and told him, but how can a place call a couscous dish risotto? There's nothing on the menu that says 'our version of risotto' or 'a risotto like dish.' Our server was very friendly and we had no complaints. We again experienced service that seemed a little slower than we're used to (like at Selin's Grove Brewing) but again, since we were on vacation, it didn't bother us. Or maybe life is just slower paced in Central PA?
There's lots of Ghost/Haunted Walking Tours in Gettysburg, We didn't go on any, but one of them departs from near J's. When we left the restaurant, we discovered these cute ghosts had been drawn on the sidewalk: