Visit Franklin County, PA for a Perfect Romantic Getaway

Visit Franklin County, PA for a Perfect Romantic Getaway

Franklin County is a Pennsylvania treasure that has a hometown feel and upscale experiences that make for a perfect romantic escape. Lovers can retreat at one of the cozy inns or bed and breakfasts and explore many attractions nestled throughout the county.

In Chambersburg lovers are always welcome at the 1900’s, hillside Inn at Ragged Edge located just a few miles East of Chambersburg’s downtown, shopping and dining. Elevate romance in the Honeymoon Suite complete with a jacuzzi tub and upgrade to the Romance Package for complimentary wine, fresh flowers and a gift card to a local restaurant. Downtown, take a romantic stroll and explore art, shopping and fabulous dining. Bistro 71 is a date night favorite with a unique, seasonal menu and creative cocktails. Enjoy romantic seating on the patio terrace or inside the dim-lit lounge. Couples can catch a show at the historic Capitol Theatre featuring musical acts, tributes, comedy shows and events. Just steps away from the heart of downtown sits a trifecta of breweries (and a winery.) At TBC Brewing Company, GearHouse Brewing Co., Roy Pitz Brewing Company and JanZell Wines couples can enjoy live music, great food, craft beer and cocktails.

Mercersburg Inn offers grand elegance and secluded romance in all its luxurious rooms. Add-on the date night package to turn up the romance with chocolates, candles, wine and roses. A romantic dinner is just steps away at Byron’s Dining room with exquisite meals and occasional live music. The inn is just a short drive from area attractions including, White Tail Ski Resort, James Buchanan’s Birthplace State Park and the Star Theatre.

Situated on Main Street in the charming town of Waynesboro is a variety of great shopping, galleries, coffee, candy and book stores. Couples can book a stay at the 1883 Italianate Amberson House Bed & Breakfast. Among the many locally owned restaurants are Sapporo Japanese Restaurant, The Waynesburger and Christine’s Café. Stop by Rough Edges Brewery and 633 Brewing Co. to wind down; there’s always something exciting on tap!

Consider Fireside Pub and John-Allison Public House in Greencastle for great food or check out the Franklin Fresh Food & Dining Guide. To find more great places to stay, relax, rejuvenate, and explore during your romantic retreat view the Franklin County Visitors Guide, here.

Franklin County Celebrates Labor Day Weekend

Franklin County Celebrates Labor Day Weekend

The Franklin County Visitors Bureau invites all to celebrate this Labor Day weekend in Franklin County.   Summer is winding down and Labor Day is approaching, but no need to worry about the end of fun. There is plenty of fun in Franklin County with tailgating, pop-up markets, food trucks, and live music.

Start the celebration at Food Truck Friday in Waynesboro, 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM on September 3. Enjoy lunch from Jimmy’s Famous Seafood Truck and catch singer/guitarist Brad Munn in the Main Street Park.

On Friday evening, festivities move to Shippensburg for September First Friday. Enjoy music by Evan Crider and visit the local shops of downtown. The Cumberland Shop is having a Red Dot Sale, artisans at work, and a chance to make a decorative card. Find local deals and special events throughout the town, plus plenty of tasty food and beverages, including Uncle Eddie’s BBQ and The Dog Cart, Grand Illusion Hard Cider, Appalachian Brewing Company, and Castlerigg Wine Shop.

On Saturday, September 4, the fun continues in Waynesboro with the pop-up Market in the Park, 8:30 AM – 12 PM, with local vendors selling fresh produce, meat, baked goods, plants, handmade items and more! More fun on Sunday, September 5, at Jammin’ in the Park Music & Arts Festival, 1 PM – 7 PM. It will be a day full of entertainment with two stages, art demos, food trucks, breweries, raffles, kids’ activities and more!

TBC Brewing Company, located on North 3rd Street in Chambersburg, is launching Patio Weekends with the inaugural TBC Tailgate to celebrate the kick-off of college football season with game between Penn State Nittany Lions and Wisconsin Badgers. Party all weekend, September 3rd – 5th and find a variety of local food vendors including, Sweet Rollers, Goosebrothers Ice Cream and Artisan Pizza, happy hour specials, beer releases, live music, and brunch on Sunday.

Head over to Hip Gypsy Emporium on Mont Alto Road in Chambersburg for a groovy time at KarmaFest, Sept. 4th & 5th. Camp out or just stop by to hang and have a blast checking out drum circles, yoga, free lectures, food, vendors, music, and great people! Check out the line-up and get tickets here.

The Franklin County Visitors Bureau invites all to explore history, arts and architecture, recreation, natural beauty, fresh foods, and the warm hospitality of communities like Chambersburg, Greencastle, Mercersburg, Shippensburg, and Waynesboro. Franklin County PA is located just north of the Mason Dixon Line and is an easy drive from Washington DC, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh. For more information, visit ExploreFranklinCountyPA.com regularly or contact the Franklin County Visitors Bureau at 866.646.8060 for information on 11/30 Visitors Center activities.

Celebrate National Peach Month at Franklin County Farm Stands and Festivals

Celebrate National Peach Month at Franklin County Farm Stands and Festivals

Franklin County Visitors Bureau invites all to celebrate National Peach Month with sweet, delicious Franklin County peaches. Local farm stands, farmers markets, and festivals are ready to share Franklin County gold — “Chambersburg peaches.”

Get ready for a day of family fun at Country Creek Produce Farm’s Pickin’ Play Peach Fest on Saturday, August 14, 9 AM – 3 PM. Enjoy pick-your-own peaches, pick-your-own flowers, ice cream smothered in fresh peaches, and lots of fun for children, including mountain slides, jump pads, zip lines, rat racers, tube swings, and a chance to feed farm animals.

Fort Loudon is gearing up for its 10th Annual Peach Festival on Saturday, August 21st from 9 AM – 3 PM on the grounds of the Fort Loudon Community Center on Mullen Street. This free event is all about peaches and hosts lots of entertainment throughout the day, more than 80 craft and home-based business vendors, pony rides, face painting and, of course, lots and lots of decedent peaches served up in a variety of ways!

Franklin County is home to more than 20 farm stands, farmers markets, and locally owned grocery stores where peaches are plentiful this August. Local produce is the freshest option, with the most nutrients and flavor. There are lots of ways to enjoy locally made peach products. Stop by the Butcher Shoppe in Chambersburg and grab a jar of locally made Pappy J’s BBQ Sauce. With a dash of hot sauce, a little honey, peach preserves and chunks of peaches, it is a perfect peach glaze for summer grilling. JanZell Wines, now located in Jim’s Farmers Market on Grant Street in Chambersburg, offers refreshing peach wines…while supplies last.

Plan a road trip to pick up Franklin County gold—sweet, delicious peaches, known for decades as the “Chambersburg peach.” Check out orchards, markets, and produce stands throughout the county in Franklin Fresh Food & Dining Guide here.

Tourism Partner Spotlight: Fireside Pub

Tourism Partner Spotlight: Fireside Pub

Nestled on a hillside overlooking the Greencastle Golf Club greens and community is a charming pub. The Fireside Pub at Greencastle Golf Club is a public restaurant that offers a modern yet rustic atmosphere, a beautiful fireplace inside, incredible views outside and a divine menu sure to suit many tastes. They offer indoor and outdoor seating which includes several firepits that can be reserved in advance or guests can take a chance and see what is available when they arrive.

Back to the food, did we mention it is divine? The Fireside Pub believes in supporting local small business and guests will find locally sourced meats, cheeses, produce, beer, spirits and more! Some of their local partners include Gearhouse Brewery, Roy Pitz Brewery, Cold Spring Hollow Distillery, Amazin Grazin Farm, Pipe Dreams Dairy, Martins Potato Rolls and Bean & Biscuit. From burgers with locally sourced beef, salads with fresh, local cheese and produce, delectable desserts and adult beverages, they definitely emulate farm-to-table quality and their menu changes throughout the year giving guests a chance to explore seasonal flavor! Adult slushies seem to be all the rage and Fireside Pub is excited to provide both wine and spirited slushies in a changing variety of flavors. Condiment lovers, Fireside Pub has a variety of sauces made fresh, weekly and don’t forget to grab a side of Fireside Sauce which goes with pretty much everything on the menu; in fact, they give you a side of it with almost everything, but if you want the recipe you will need to ask the cat. He’s the only been known to share the secret recipe with a very few amount of guests!

Fireside Pub isn’t just for the grown ups and is certainly not only a place for members, its a place for friends, families and co-workers and they have all the fun and games! Sundays are for nothing but fun with yard games including corn hole, yard yahtzee, connect 4 and more. Mondays are family night followed by Trivia on Thursdays. You can finish the week with Firepit Friday complete with S’mores kits and then turn it up on Saturday with live entertainment!

The Fireside Pub and Greencastle Golf Club is a beautiful, open and accommodating space to hold your wedding or event and of course, golf! Golf memberships are available as well as daily passes. If the weather isn’t ideal, guests can head down to the Golf Shop just below the Fireside Pub and take a few swings on their virtual golf simulator, daily passes and yearly memberships are also available for the simulator. There’s lots to enjoy at Greencastle Green and the Fireside Pub, to learn more about golfing, special happenings, see menus or book your own special event, visit: https://greencastlegolf.com/ or follow them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/firesidepubrestaurant or https://www.facebook.com/greencastlegolf 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contributed by Lauren Formosa

Franklin County Gold – Chambersburg Peaches!

Franklin County Gold – Chambersburg Peaches!

The Franklin County Visitors Bureau invites the public to enjoy Franklin County’s 100-year-old sweet, golden treasure, Chambersburg peaches! Near and far, Chambersburg is known for delectable, juicy peaches found in many orchards in and around the South-Central Pennsylvania county. What makes these peaches so desirable? Franklin County has the rich soil and ideal climate for these sought-after peaches, such as the Redhaven peach, often compared to the Georgia peach. Other well-loved peaches that are in peak harvest through Labor Day are the Donut Peach, White Peach, Cresthaven, Sunhigh, and Baby Gold with freestone, cling-free and clingstone varieties.

Stumped on what to do with your yummy peaches aside from just sinking your teeth into the soft and juicy fruit? Peach fans love making jam, in-fact that is one of the first uses for peaches grown in the area. It’s a great fruit to use for jam because the entire fruit including the skins and pits can be used during the process and the sweetness makes for a perfect jam! Thinking outside the box (or crate), peaches can top sundaes, milkshakes, funnel cakes, donuts or fill a warm pie or cobbler. Peach lovers also get creative and make salsas and bar-b-que sauces with locally sourced Chambersburg peaches.

August is National Peach Month and Chambersburg peaches are celebrated throughout Franklin County. On Saturday, August 7th and 14th visit Country Creek Produce Farm for the Pick & Play Peach Festival! Enjoy peach treats, pick your own peaches from their peach orchard, and visitors can feed the farm animals and play on the slides, jump pads, zip lines, mountain slide and more! On August 21st head to Fort Loudoun for the 10th Annual Peach Festival from 9 AM – 3 PM for a day full of peachy fun including musical entertainment, food, kids activities, magic, reptile and puppet shows throughout the day and of course lots of peaches!

Franklin County is loaded with farm stands for all to quench their cravings and take home fresh, orchard-to-hand peaches! Peaches can be purchased at Tracey’s Orchard, Shatzer’s Orchard Fruit Market, Hess Orchard, Andrew’s Orchard and Farm Market, Country Creek Produce Farm and farm stands, Jim’s Farmers Market, Country Breeze Farm Market and many other locally owned grocery stores, markets, and roadside stands. For a full list and details on Franklin County markets and fruit stands check out the “Franklin Fresh Food & Dining Guide” here.

The Franklin County Visitors Bureau invites all to explore history, arts and architecture, recreation, natural beauty, fresh foods, and the warm hospitality of communities like Chambersburg, Greencastle, Mercersburg, Shippensburg, and Waynesboro. Franklin County PA is located just north of the Mason Dixon Line and is an easy drive from Washington DC, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh. For more information, visit ExploreFranklinCountyPA.com regularly or contact the Franklin County Visitors Bureau at 866.646.8060 for information on peaches and 11/30 Visitors Center activities.

Contributed by Lauren Formosa