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Everything you need to know about the apple season in Adams County

Wooden crate of apples

Calling all Apple Lovers! If your mind is thinking about getting out in the fresh county air and experiencing the flavors of a freshly picked apple, we have the perfect fall getaway for you at the Keystone Inn. Fruit orchards surround our lovely town of Gettysburg in Adams County. The apple season runs from late August and culminates with the National Apple Harvest Festival held at the South Mountain Fairgrounds (near Arendtsville, PA) during the first two weekends in October. 

Did you know Pennsylvania is the fourth largest apple producer in the U.S.? Adams County has more than 20,000 acres of apple orchards, which grow more than 35 different varieties.  One of our favorite apples is the Honeycrisp, and this variety is explosively crisp, super juicy, sweet-tart. Check out this chart provided by Boyer Nursery and Orchards to see the wide variety of apples that grow in our region and which types are good for different recipes and eating.

In the mood for apple wine? You can find apple wine and apple crisp cider at local wineries, including the nearby Reid’s Winery Tasting Room and Cider House, Jacks Cider House, and Adams County Winery. 

What's ripe for picking in Adams County? Apple picking has already started at some local orchards. Here's a guide to take you through the fall season, listing places to pick apples in and around the Gettysburg region. What’s ripe for picking now? The local orchards have Melrose, Red Delicious, Early Fuji, RubyMac, and Shizuka.  Later you'll find Fuji, Autumn Gala, Golden Delicious, Winesap, and York Imperial available for picking. We've also included a little history of the Apple and Apple Pie for all our history-loving guests. 

A little History about the "Apple."

You may be surprised to learn that neither the apple nor apple pie is actually native to America. In fact, apples are native to Asia. Interesting note that the only apple variety native to North America is the Crab Apple. The sweet yet tart apples that are so plentiful in Adams County first traveled from Asia to Europe. Later, European colonists brought apples to North America. Specifically, the early colonists of Jamestown are thought to have brought European apple tree cuttings and seeds with them on their journey.  In the early days of colonization, European settlers primarily used their apples for making cider, which was preferred over water and easier to make than beer. In addition, tree planting helped maintain a land claim in colonial America, and apple trees were often chosen for this purpose since they were also popular for cider-making. The result was that by the 1800s, Americans were growing over 14,000 different varieties of apples! 

Piece of Apple pie with a flag

Is Apple Pie Americana?

Apple pie is thought to have been brought to America by the British, Dutch, and Swedes. In 1796, the first apple pie recipe was published in America's first cookbook titled- American Cookery.  Since it was an easy and affordable dish to make, apple pie quickly became part of the American culinary repertoire. Looking for a yummy homemade Apple pie to enjoy during your visit to Gettysburg? We love to recommend to our guests that they dine at the popular Dobbin's House. Their Apple Pie and Ice Cream is over the top delicious!

Round Barn in Adams County


The Bounty of the County and where to go for apples?

Hollabaugh Bros. has a farm market on Carlisle Road just outside of Biglerville, PA.  

The Historic Round Barn and Market can be found on Cashtown Road, just off of Route 30.  

Peters Orchards have a farm market on Carlisle Road (Rt. 94) in Gardners, PA.  

Leaving our very favorite place for last...

Boyer Nurseries and Orchard are settled in the countryside on Boyer Nursery Road. While visiting, you can get local produce, buy some plants and trees, and enjoy wine and cider at Boyer Cellars. 

The National Apple Harvest Festival

Every October, Apple Country celebrates its agricultural heritage by welcoming 100,000 visitors into the heart of the Pennsylvania Fruit Belt at the National Apple Harvest Festival. Here, workers fill buckets of apples to be processed for apple jam, sold every year at the festival. Located in the heart of Pennsylvania Apple country, The National Apple Harvest Festival celebrates the fall season with beautiful handmade crafts, delicious food, and jam-packed entertainment.
The Festival has something for everyone with special attractions ranging from steam engine displays, live music, antique cars, orchard tours,  pony rides, tastings, craftsman demonstrations … and so much more!

Where Are the Best Places to Dine in Gettysburg During the Fall?

Take a Gettysburg fall foodie getaway to explore our exciting restaurant scene, renowned cideries and wineries, and the fun culinary experiences in Adams County's Apple Country. 
Some of our favorites include Dobbin House, GettysBurger, La Bella Italia, and Mela Kitchen.  You can reference a previous blog about some of the other eateries in Gettysburg. 

entrance to the Keystone AInn

Where is the best place to stay in Gettysburg?

The Keystone Inn is a comfortable 8 room bed and breakfast known for its hospitality and farm-to-table breakfast. Our central, quiet location is just a few blocks from the town center and makes for a perfect home base for your Fall Gettysburg getaway. In addition, Adams County is just a short drive from the inn, leaving you plenty of opportunities to visit the orchards. 

Check out our room choices here and book your stay today as the fall is our busiest season. If your calendar allows, mid-week is the best time to visit. You'll find savings in our room rates and fewer crowds in the area. 

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