There is something so freeing about being able to hop in the car and drive – knowing that you won’t be returning home until the following day. We did just that this past Saturday. After fulfilling our weekend commitments, we drove north to historic Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Established in 1786, Gettysburg is synonymous with the Civil War and is considered one of the most haunted towns in America.
Despite the warmer-than-average temperatures, we were determined to ski on Sunday so instead of paying $200+ for a room at the Liberty Mountain Resort, we opted to utilize the generous military rate at The Gettysburg Hotel and spend Saturday afternoon and evening wandering around historic downtown Gettysburg.
We plan to return this spring to tour Gettysburg National Battlefield so we spent our time popping into shops and exploring the town. We learned that it isn’t uncommon to see Civil War re-enactors walking casually up and down the streets and there are no shortage of wine tasting rooms or tap rooms.
At Battlefield Brew Works Tap Room, the kids enjoyed fresh-brewed root beer while Clay and I sampled the adult beverages. We played a few rounds of UNO and laughed at inside jokes. One of my most favorite things about traveling with our children – both big trips and the seemingly small overnight ones – is that it allows for uninterrupted time together as a family. We sleep in the same hotel room, we eat every meal together, and we laugh together. And sometimes we get super lucky and laugh so hard that tears stream down our faces. Those are the best moments.
Unfortunately, our dinner was underwhelming. We really wanted to eat at Garryowen Irish Pub but the wait was too long so we ended up at an Italian restaurant that was nothing special. Womp womp.
We stayed at The Gettysburg Hotel, which originally opened as a tavern in 1797. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and found the decor and ambiance fitting for the location. As a bonus, that night we discovered that friends of ours were staying there as well so we met their family in the hotel bar for a round of drinks. It was great catching up and our kids enjoyed seeing each other as well. I love such instances that remind us just how small the world really can be.
We woke up on Sunday morning ready to ski and after a quick stop for coffee, we made the 15 minute drive to Liberty Mountain. We spent the next four hours skiing together as a family. This trip, our kids worked up the nerve to ride the highest lift and ski the trail that originates at the top of the ‘mountain’ – we were skiing down said trail when I looked over at Clay with the biggest grin on my face. In that moment, I was so incredibly happy to be engaging in an activity that all of us really enjoy and have a lot of fun doing together – even if we’re still learning.
It was a good weekend and the perfect overnight getaway.