This past weekend to belatedly celebrate our fourth wedding anniversary, me and my hubby went on an impromptu getaway to Hershey, PA. Otherwise known as “the sweetest place on Earth.” Yup, the home of chocolate, farms and romance!
Because we didn’t want a high-impact trip, this was so fun and relaxing. Our goal was to spend quality time together with a change of scenery. And as a straight, three-hour drive from NYC, Hershey is a great choice. It is calm, quiet and more secluded than I expected. We caught the tail-end of fall colors, which was really lovely. It felt like another world.
Where We Stayed:
For the two nights we were away, we stayed at the wonderful 1825 Inn Bed & Breakfast in Palmyra, PA. It is literally a five-minute drive from all of Hershey’s attractions.
This B&B is charming and cozy. Comfort is the beginning, middle and end of the story here. The proprietor, Will, is so friendly. Immediately, you feel so welcomed. We had our own cottage, aptly called the “Hershey Sweet.” A big fluffy bed and jacuzzi welcomed us, as did the warmth of a heater and fireplace, plus a gift basket filled with roses, wine, cheese and chocolate.
Breakfasts at this B&B were delicious, too. On our first morning, we were served an Amish Bake (breakfast casserole), bacon and fresh fruits. And on our second morning, stuffed French Toast with fruit (made with soy milk for me) and sausage were on order. These hearty meals really did keep you full through most of the day.
And did I mention that all my dietary restrictions and allergies were taken very seriously? I really appreciated the Inn’s kindness and flexibility.
What We Did:
We got to Hershey on Friday evening, after which we picked up some dinner, picked up some DVDs from the Inn’s main house and just holed up in our cottage. It was great: cozying up in the super soft bed and watching movies (lots of ’90s goodies that my hubby hasn’t seen yet like Sleepless in Seattle and The Pelican Brief), relaxing in the jacuzzi, enjoying gift basket goodies and nice hot mugs of tea.
There are a number of attractions dedicated to Hershey, chocolate and candy, but all I really wanted to do was see Hersheypark Christmas Candylane. It is basically a Christmas carnival, and I’m a Christmas junkie.
We went to Candylane on Saturday evening, just at sunset, so that we could really enjoy the lights as it got darker. There was a nip in the air, but that didn’t stop the couples and families around us from laughing and squealing in delight. There was a light show where Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas is You” was featured. And after Love Actually (an all-time favorite), who wouldn’t adore that?
I think my hubby was skeptical at first, but he got into the holiday spirit in no time. We took in the lights, played some carnival games and just made the most of the whole experience. I felt like a kid again!
What We Ate:
Aside from the lovely breakfasts at 1825 Inn, we only really had room for dinner on each day. On our first night, we did takeout from Piazza Sorrento, which was really delicious, simple Italian fare. We wanted to eat in the restaurant, but there was a long wait and we were too hungry to wait. Salad, chicken tenders, spaghetti marinara and a meatball hero: our take-home feast when we got back to our cottage and just devoured dinner in comfort.
Unfortunately, on the second night, dinner was really disappointing. We went to the Hershey Pantry, which serves typical, diner-like, American food. The ambiance of the place is warm, but the food was sub-par. I wouldn’t recommend it.
But just across the street is a bakery called Desserts Etc, where we shared an amazing s’more cupcake. That was worth it and almost made up for a failed dinner!
If you’re looking for a quick, low-key getaway, Hershey is a good choice, especially during the holidays. Stay at a local B&B instead of the family-friendly resort and take in the attractions at your ease. Share it all with chocolate and a loved one.