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I plan our crew rides. 9 guys this year.

This year, Saturday - Foxboro to Hunter Mountain Zip line. Sunday - West Point, then thru the woods to PA. Monday on to Gettysburg. 3 days in the area, including Battlefields, York HD plant, and touring. Friday evening sunset at top of Freedom Tower. Sunday am at 911 memorial. Home on Sunday.

We have some time in Gettysburg area. All advice welcome !!!
 

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O'Rourkes has some of the best food. The Brew house sucks. Unless you like that froofroo designer beer of the day. I asked for a Guiness and instead of offering up something similar I just got a "we only serve house beer"... I had a water with the microwave quality food.
 

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An interesting quirk in Pennsylvania is that you can't smoke in a restaurant, but you can in a tavern. I don't smoke, but if you do, this may be of use. Taverns don't allow customers under 21 years of age.

Here are some random thoughts - use what you can.

The Lincoln Highway\Rt 30 goes through Gettysburg. It was the first road built across the country for automobile travelers. Search the Web for interesting stuff.

When I ride in the area, I usually don't eat in the historic area - its kind of crowded. One place I like is Earl's Inn Pub & Grille has good food and an old school atmosphere (Not a biker bar, but a local hangout\bar)
2806 York Road (Lincoln Highway) Gettysburg PA 17325

Rt 30\Lincoln Highway west out of Gettysburg is a great ride. West of Gettysburg is the home of the Mountain House Bar & Grill. It sits on a summit 2,123 feet above sea level. Outside deck overlooks the valley and is a great view. There is actually a perch adjacent to the bar where people launch hang gliders. Great place to grab a beer and listen to music on a Sunday afternoon. Not the best dining option, but will do in a pinch. 18734 Lincoln Highway McConnellsburg, PA

The ride up the mountain and down the other side has great views and good curves.

Less than an hour past the Mountain House is the Omni Bedford Springs Resort. Lunch there is a bit pricey, but well worth the visit. It dates back to the 1790s. I'd schedule some time to tour the main building and look at the memorabilia. Lunch can be had ain the new clubhouse adjacent to the golf course or in a Tavern-style dining option in the main building. The place may looks snobby, but it isn't. The folks are very welcoming even when riding.

Gettysburg gets the most attention, but don't discount going to the Antietam Battle Field.

Sorry for the long response - but you asked. Have a great trip. If you need more information, send me a message with a phone number and we can talk.

Safe journeys.
Emil
 

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There is a Microbrewery on the west side of town that has good beer, I can't remember the name of it but the beer was good so check it out. I didn't eat anything there so I can't say how the food is. I was only there for shark week so I don't know much about the area.
 

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First, you should plan a trip West on Rt. 33 to see the Flight 93 Memorial. 2nd, you're in between Steeler and Eagle country. Leave your Patriot stuff at home. :surprise: There's a lot of good riding in and around the Gettysburg area and down into MD on the backroads. I've led groups that have stayed in G'burg for 4 days several times. The traffic in-town can be bad, but it is a must see area. Check out the three covered bridges in Frederick County, MD and the 2 or 3 near Gettysburg.

The Gettysburg dealer sucks for sales and service. Just sayin'.
 

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I plan our crew rides. 9 guys this year.

This year, Saturday - Foxboro to Hunter Mountain Zip line. Sunday - West Point, then thru the woods to PA. Monday on to Gettysburg. 3 days in the area, including Battlefields, York HD plant, and touring. Friday evening sunset at top of Freedom Tower. Sunday am at 911 memorial. Home on Sunday.

We have some time in Gettysburg area. All advice welcome !!!
I would highly recommend taking one of the guided bus tours. The tour guides really know the history and can point out some of the more interesting parts of the battlefield.
 

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An interesting quirk in Pennsylvania is that you can't smoke in a restaurant, but you can in a tavern. I don't smoke, but if you do, this may be of use. Taverns don't allow customers under 21 years of age.

Here are some random thoughts - use what you can.

The Lincoln Highway\Rt 30 goes through Gettysburg. It was the first road built across the country for automobile travelers. Search the Web for interesting stuff.

When I ride in the area, I usually don't eat in the historic area - its kind of crowded. One place I like is Earl's Inn Pub & Grille has good food and an old school atmosphere (Not a biker bar, but a local hangout\bar)
2806 York Road (Lincoln Highway) Gettysburg PA 17325

Rt 30\Lincoln Highway west out of Gettysburg is a great ride. West of Gettysburg is the home of the Mountain House Bar & Grill. It sits on a summit 2,123 feet above sea level. Outside deck overlooks the valley and is a great view. There is actually a perch adjacent to the bar where people launch hang gliders. Great place to grab a beer and listen to music on a Sunday afternoon. Not the best dining option, but will do in a pinch. 18734 Lincoln Highway McConnellsburg, PA

The ride up the mountain and down the other side has great views and good curves.

Less than an hour past the Mountain House is the Omni Bedford Springs Resort. Lunch there is a bit pricey, but well worth the visit. It dates back to the 1790s. I'd schedule some time to tour the main building and look at the memorabilia. Lunch can be had ain the new clubhouse adjacent to the golf course or in a Tavern-style dining option in the main building. The place may looks snobby, but it isn't. The folks are very welcoming even when riding.

Gettysburg gets the most attention, but don't discount going to the Antietam Battle Field.

Sorry for the long response - but you asked. Have a great trip. If you need more information, send me a message with a phone number and we can talk.

Safe journeys.
Emil
I need to send a shout out to Emil1 for this informative post. My sons and I have been to Gettysburg several years ago for a good history lesson. I regretfully say that I knew nothing about the Antietam Battle Field. Thank you Emil1 for posting this , I could not stop reading and learning about this battle and it will be on my destination next time I get out east.

Good reading here folks
https://www.nps.gov/anti/index.htm
 

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I need to send a shout out to Emil1 for this informative post. My sons and I have been to Gettysburg several years ago for a good history lesson. I regretfully say that I knew nothing about the Antietam Battle Field. Thank you Emil1 for posting this , I could not stop reading and learning about this battle and it will be on my destination next time I get out east.

Good reading here folks
https://www.nps.gov/anti/index.htm
It's amazing the amount of battlefields in the DC Metro area. Not too far from Antietam (Sharpsburg) is the Monacacy Battlefield in Frederick, MD. A small battle, but extremely pivotal battle. Ask about the railroad bell! Also close by is Harpers Ferry just over the line from Sharpsburg in West VA. Some fun times visiting battlefields and local pubs with the guys.
 

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Emil - Awesome info, thank you !
Mountain House will be on our route.

I will be in touch in a month or so !

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As I work for the Patriots, I will defer and wear Harley stuff.....
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Please keep the details coming. Much appreciated.
 

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The brewery on the west side of Gettysburg is the Appalachian Brewing Co. It's back by the cinema and hotels behind Battlefield Harley Davidson. Highly recommend their "Hog Wild" pulled pork sandwiches, and they have really good craft beer and home brew soft drinks. Give a heads up and maybe I'll be able to ride along for a bit. I'm local.
 

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The auto tour is a good way to see the Gettysburg battlefield and a lot of the monuments on a scooter. But best to avoid it on weekends and holidays.

As for the town itself, its a go around for me. Mostly tourist trap these days. There are a lot of good bars and taverns in the towns around it. And as soon as you get out of Gettysburg, the prices return to reasonable.

West of there on 30 is Mr Ed's Elephant Museum and Candy Emporium. A memorable place to take a break.

West of that is Chambersburg, another go around town for me. A long stretch of stop lights and retail traffic.

Then a good ride up the mountain to Mountain House. Typical scoter bar. Food's good if you're not expecting more than normal tavern fare. Beer's always cold.



West of that, is the flight 93 memorial. That's a day trip from Gettysburg if you want to spend some time there. And well worth the time and effort. 30 is a little bit of everything as far as the ride goes. Some of it is easy two lane or divided highway, some of it is freeway, and some of it is real twisty over the ridges.
 

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Thanks for the input.

We have booked a motorcycle tour guide. Good value at $12 each, and the guide has written 3 books on the battle. So, it should be awesome.

To the down side, our hoped for Harley Steel Toe Tour can't happen. As the plant is re-tooling and not offering it during our stay. The regular tour is available.

Any good rides to/from the Mountain House ?

Other good twisty rides in area ?
 

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Let me pre warn you that some of these roads I have never been on and others have been 25 years since I have been on them but here goes..... From Gettysburg head west through South Mtn to Mont Alto to Waynesborough to Greencastle to Mercersburg to Ft. Loudon. Mtn House for Lunch at the top of the ridge on US 30. From the Mtn House there is a road directly across Rt 30 heading north PA 1005 which will wind around and take you through Cowans Gap State park and turns into PA 4004. Follow that through Fanettsburg over the mtn turns in to PA 533 at Upper Strausburg towards Shippensburg. From Shippensburg looks like a nice road through Michaux State Forrest back to Gettysburg.
 

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The last time I was at Mountain House, the view inside was as good as outside, if you get my drift.
There's a decent twisty detour if you're headed west on RT 30. A few miles west of Gettysburg hang a right at the red flashing light on to Cashtown Rd and follow it into Arendtsville. At the stop sign turn left onto Rt 234, it will take you along the creek and back to Rt 30.
You never did tell us the dates...just sayin'
 

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I want to thank everyone again for their input !

The trip starts on 7/28. Will be in Gettysburg area Monday evening 7/30 thru Friday morning 8/3.

Our Motorcycle tour of the Battlefields is Tuesday about 11am. There are nine of us. Anyone in the area that wants to join, $12 each.

I have all the previous thoughts written down. The plan will remain a work in progress, for another week. Please add idea's to this thread !
 

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Thanks to all that contributed ! Certainly, the advice made out trip all the better !!!

To re-cap, we were in the area during one of the two wettest weeks on record. So, we were adjusting, dancing between the rain, and in some cases, sitting on the porch watching it pour.

We had a very nice house rented, in Fairfield close to Liberty Ski area. Great house for a group. There were 9 of us, and 6 had there own rooms, one likes a couch, and two were is a game room building about 50 yards away. Great porch for hanging too ! (Find it thru Airbnb - Corrine)

We were escorted on a tour of the Battlefields on our bikes by Phillip Cole. A licensed guide, and author. Great guy, knows his history, and I highly recommend. Half the cost of getting on a bus, and able to adjust and tailor to your interests. We are able to see a bit more of Firefighters, Irish, and Massachusetts aspects, as that comprised our group. We had two hours booked, and he stayed with us for about 45 minutes overtime. Contact him thru: [email protected]

We did eat at the Pike. Huge portions, average food. Surprising to us, Battlefield HD was re-stocked, only a week after the Bike Week. Or, maybe the rain had held crowds/sales down. Note, they had few new bikes on the floor.

Trying to stay dry, we did skip over a lot. We die breeze thru the HD plant in York. Added a stay dry un planned overnight stop in Bethlehem PA. Braveheart was a very good tavern. Excellent food.

As to other stops and sights:

Hunter Mountain Zip Line is awesome. Take the longer/expensive one. As the shortest of the 6 runs on that one, is longer that the entire short/cheap run.

Motorcyclepedia Museum in Newburg NY is outstanding. Two almost full football field sized floors, filled with MC. The complete line of Indians, start to finish - plus. HD well covered, as are all other brands I am aware of. Henderson, Yamaha, Honda, Triumph, etc... Well worth the $15. ---- No we didn't bother with the other motorcycle places in Newburg....

West Point is great. I have been there 5 times. We had an active duty Major in our crew, so we toured on the MC's. Not sure if all can do that.

Avoid the Appalachian Motel in Vernon NJ. Worst entrance to any commercial business I have ever been to. Awful from both directions. On blind curves, switch back uphill going south. Blind left going north.

NYC Freedom Tower and 911 Memorial are must go experiences. We stayed fairly close, at the Four Points Sheraton on Platt St. Parking is close. The attached Break restaurant and bar were good. Felcia, an awesome old school Italian Restaurant is 75' away. **** I planned out approach to come into the city on 278, and over the Brooklyn Bridge. Longer, but safer IMHO.

This was our 4th year of longer trips. Certainly, our luck with weather ran out. But, we adjusted and were able to stay dry. Just lost out on some of the planned excursions. Next year, maybe the upper West Coast. Pacific Coast Highway, Redwoods. On thru to Washington State. Or, to some other still to be determined destination.

Next up, 7 of us going to the Winter Classic at Notre Dame. Bruins vs Blackhawks. Then our annual Bike Week in Laconia NH, with a crew of 18 in June.

Thanks again all !

If you ever need advice on MC travel o New England, Nova Scotia, eastern NY State. Deadwood (Sturgis) send me a PM
 

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Never saw this,was out of town for Muzikfest in Bethlehem, Pa...Sorry couldn't help, but sounds like a great trip..I'm new to this forum and hope to help another time...Salute.
 
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