Looking for a fun getaway with your sweetie? Whether you are newlyweds or have been married quite a while, Pennsylvania’s Adams County Pour Tour offers scenery, history, and of course, lots of pouring to enjoy.
I was invited by Destination Gettysburg to experience their tour. Opinions are genuine and my own.
About the Adam’s County Pour Tour
Located just 10 miles above Pennsylvania’s southern border, Gettysburg is generally considered a hub for history. Of course, it is, yet the landscape is beautiful and peppered with orchards, farms, and vineyards, which lend themselves to the creation of craft beverages. Hence, the Adams County Pour Tour started in order to showcase some of the area’s finest places to get a drink. Whether you enjoy wine, beer, cider (my favorite), or distilled spirits (think vodka and rum), you’ll enjoy time roaming the beautiful countryside as you sip and taste.
Things to know about the Adams County Pour Tour
- First and foremost, like any laws would state, be sure to have your ID ready and be over 21. It’s also a good idea to have a designated driver with you – especially if you plan on doing several stops in one day.
- 15 locations are currently along the trail, and some offer multiple types of beverages for tasting and a potential for getting up to 22 stamps in your passport (see next point).
- Patrons are given a passport, which is perfect for documenting your travels. Each stop gives you a stamp for tasting, and the passport has enough space for making notes of your favorite beverages. A full passport enters you to win a grand prize of a Gettysburg getaway, but there are also incentives along the way at 5, 12, and 20 stamps.
- A trail map is available, which makes note of each stop. Names, addresses, phone numbers, and map locations are given for each point on the Adams County Pour Tour. This is great for those who are directionally challenged (like me) or are from out of the area.
- Not a fan of beer but love wine and spirits? The tour website has itineraries for all different tastes based on the type of drink and location in case you would like to stay in one general area.
- If an overnight stay is in order, be sure to check out the Gettysburg Hotel right in the center of town.
Adams County Pour Tour Stops
There are so many great stops on the tour. Below are the highlights of the ones that I visited while in Pennsylvania.
The orchards associated with Boyer Cellars have been family owned and operated since 1900. In 2016, the cellar itself was opened in partnership with a winemaker. Therefore, they are able to offer excellent ciders along with both traditional and sparkling wines. For a couple looking to enjoy a glass or two, their location has a tasting room along with a few places to relax and overlook lovely greenhouses. The nursery’s store and adjacent orchards add to the beauty, and there is a friendly kitty ready to greet you on site.
Adams County Winery
Beautiful grounds filled with flowers (I was there in late summer) along with gorgeous, sprawling vines make Adams County Winery’s farm location the perfect stop for the connoisseur. As the 5th oldest operating winery in Pennsylvania, they offer wines with Gettysburg inspired names such as Rebel Red and Tears of Gettysburg (both were delicious!). Their Terrace Bistro’s pizza oven makes this a great stop for lunch as you tour and taste. Be sure to add your pin onto their map – you can see mine on Lynchburg in Virginia!
Thirsty Farmer Brew Works
With a fabulous logo (notice a beer bottle is the body of the tractor) and a brew selection to match, Thirsty Farmer Brew Works is a fun stop. Directly across from the Historic Round Barn & Farm Market, a stop at both is worth your while. Hailing as a brewpub, a selection of foods is also available so that you can satiate your appetite while you sample their selection of craft beers and hard ciders. As a sidebar, I had never seen hops before, and that is what is shown in the very last photo. So interesting!
Altland House & Center Square Brewing
Offering dinner, quaint rooms for lodging, and a brewhouse, Altland House & Center Square Brewing makes a great stop! With several original brews and the area’s only female brewer, this location is a great way to experience a few unique craft beers.
Halbrendt Vineyard & Winery
Two plant experts – a husband and wife couple, in fact – decided to create the perfect environment for quality fruit, which produces fabulous wine. With gorgeous vineyards and a tasting room filled with wines, Halbrendt Vineyard & Winery offers a fabulous selection both for tasting and purchasing.
Reid’s Orchard & Winery
With a gorgeous property and offerings of both ciders and wines, Reid’s Orchard & Winery has a peaceful location for tasting. As music lovers, they have a fairly active event calendar during the warm months so that you can sip and enjoy some live tunes.
Mason Dixon Distillery
This father/son distillery has an interesting story! George, the father, has been in the restaurant business for years. His son, Yanni, almost burnt their house down when he was 11 by experimenting making moonshine. Years of a love for food and drink have blossomed into Mason Dixon Distillery, which has perfected the process of making rum, corn whiskey, and vodka. A tour through their manufacturing process can be concluded with a bite to eat at their restaurant.