In this section, we provide you with an overview of many of the area attractions. Our list is far from a complete compendium of attractions to see and do in our area...there is so much! For example, in the genre of live theatre alone, there are over 30 performing arts theatres in our vicinity-nearly any night one can see a live play or musical! And that doesn't count the seven area symphonies, several ballet companies and art galleries. Top this list off with dozens of golf courses, museums to peruse, hiking trails to explore, nature conservatories, vineyards to tour, spas to relax in, two excursion railroads, and even more! For this reason, Annville Inn offers a complete concierge service. We will help you find sites that are of interest to you, help you make reservations, give you turn-by-turn directions. We are here for you to help make your trip one of the best you have ever had!
Performing Arts - Discover how culturally rich this area is with all the museums, performing arts and diverse activities and attractions. Here are a few of the local professional and community theaters that offer wonderful productions: Mt. Gretna, Mt. Hope's Theater (located at the Renaissance Faire), Whittaker Center, and The Timbers. Hershey and Lebanon both have community theaters with excellent reputations. Our Theatre Scene also includes American Music Theatre, Sight & Sound, Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre, Rainbow Dinner Theatre, and Fishing Creek Dinner Theatre. The performing arts list continues with numerous theatres in Harrisburg and other locations throughout our area.
Sight and Sound in Lancaster - Thrill to multi-million dollar stage productions, most using the latest technology in stagecraft. Productions at Sight and Sound are so dramatic and visually stimulating; they often have production runs of two or more months. www.sight-sound.com or call 717-677-7800.
Pennsylvania Dutch Country - Lancaster, in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch Country, is just a pleasant 30-minute drive from Hershey. On the way, you'll pass farms and fields where the Amish still live without electricity and use horses and mules to plow some of the most beautiful and productive farmland in America. Amish farms continuously out produce standard mechanized farms. These families, farmers and craftsmen follow a deeply religious, family-centered lifestyle. There is fun and adventure for you to experience from shopping to Pennsylvania Dutch-style food, museums, and cultural attractions. www.padutchcountry.com
Hollywood Casino - is now open for fun and excitement in Grantville, and Annville Inn is just the place for high rollers to unwind and relax. The Casino also features live music every Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights in the "Hollywood on the Roof" nightclub. www.hcpn.com
Renaissance Faire - Step back in time as you stroll through the streets of a town conjured up from the days of yore. There is something for everyone at this rustic location as you experience life in the time of Shakespeare. There's a wonderful theater, wild and crazy comedy, high drama and live music, jousting and juggling on every street corner, and turkey drumsticks are always on the menu in the tavern. And don't forget to sample the wines from the local Mt. Hope Winery. www.parenfaire.com
Lebanon Farmers' Market - The Lebanon Market House, a 30,000 square foot historically restored facility occupies nearly one-half the block in downtown Lebanon. The original 1892 Farm Market Building has been preserved to the beauty of its 19th century birth while creating a 21st century shopping experience! The structure is home to a varied list of more than 30 Farm Market Vendors, Lebanon Picture Frame and Fine Art, and Niko's Restaurant. www.lebanonfarmersmarket.com
Lebanon County - Lebanon County, rich in Amish and Mennonite history is the site of more than just Amish buggies and farm fields plowed by horses. The county seat is Lebanon, one-time center of steel and aluminum industries, textile mills, box factories, and home to the Coleman family iron ore, mill and railroading dynasty that lasted through the industrial age to recent history. All that is gone now, but eye-popping architecture remains, even a summer house mansion by architect Sanford White. The town is recovering from the loss of industry as art walks, exceptional restaurants and of course, the renown Farmers Market bring new life into the town. Also in Lebanon, take in the world's only bologna factory that still cures smoked bologna in real smoke houses.
Indian Echo Caverns, one of the most visited attractions in the eastern United States! Sparkling crystal clear lakes, intimate passageways, and room after room of mystical beauty...and you have a fantastic journey of geological wonders that will take your breath away! www.indianechocaverns.com
Cornwall Furnace - A Site of "Transcendent Significance" In these words, Robert Vogel of the Smithsonian Institution described Cornwall Furnace. "With the exception of a mere handful of similar preservations in Sweden and Germany - and possibly a few in eastern Europe - I doubt that elsewhere in the world is there a 19th century iron furnace complex with the degree of historical integrity to be found at Cornwall..." The Furnace operated from 1742 to 1883.
Pennsylvania Capitol Complex - (including the State Museum, which houses a planetarium, art, natural history and artifacts.) Pennsylvania's Capitol is, first and foremost, a public building belonging to the citizens of the Commonwealth. It is also a priceless architectural and artistic treasure, a majestic symbol of history and power, and an icon of democracy and freedom.
When President Theodore Roosevelt attended the dedication of the building on October 4, 1906, he said, "This is the handsomest building I ever saw." The Capitol was designed in the American Renaissance style by Philadelphia architect Joseph Huston (1866-1940), who envisioned the building as a "Palace of Art."
Words here cannot fully describe the experience of visiting the Capitol, noted in an architectural digest as the most beautiful domed capitol in the country. Be sure to notice all the details when you visit, from the faces carved into the front door to the Monrovian tiles in the floor. Capitol - State Museum
Fort Indiantown Gap (FITG) - Fort Indiantown Gap offers more than 17,000 acres and 140 training areas and facilities for year-round training for military forces, law enforcement agents and civilians from across the nation. With state-of-the-art training facilities, Fort Indiantown Gap is always looking for ways to better serve our citizen-soldiers, as evidenced by the ongoing renovations of existing facilities and construction of new facilities. Our guests enjoy driving out to watch Black Hawk and large transport helicopters as well as pursuing an excellent military museum on base and observing one of the cars from the famous "Freedom Train" sent throughout the USA by France following WWII. Around base are displays of military aircraft. FITG is also the site of the annual Battle of the Bulge reenactment each March, which attracts historians worldwide.
Indiantown Gap National Cemetery - If you are familiar with Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, DC or other National military cemeteries, Indiantown Gap National Cemetery is similar. Respectful, quiet, dignified and strikingly beautiful. The architecture of the cemetery is intentionally designed to represent bombed out buildings of the European WWII era. In 1976, a section of Fort Indiantown Gap was selected as the national cemetery for the states of Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Virginia and West Virginia. The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania donated Land for the 677-acre site to the Veterans Administration.
Other sites in Harrisburg not to be missed
National Civil War Museum - www.nationalcivilwarmuseum.org
Whitaker Center, in Harrisburg. IMAX, SCIENCE & STAGE: Three entertaining options. One captivating destination. Three floors of interactive, hands-on exhibitions. www.whitakercenter.org
Carlisle - Home to the Redskins football training camp for many years, and even more famous for the Army War College, where General Bruce Kendall was Commandant. General Kendall's history is fascinating...and he built the house that has become Annville Inn!
Gettysburg - The turning point of the Civil War occurred from July 1 - 3, 1863. While staying at Annville Inn, visit Gettysburg National Military Park, with over 1,000 monuments and cannon along over 40 miles of scenic roads, a battlefield shrine to the Union and Confederate soldiers who fought here.
Plan to visit the scene of the Gettysburg Address, Picket's Charge, General Robert E. Lee's Headquarters, Little Round Top, and the Devil's Den. You can even meet Abraham Lincoln! In Gettysburg, you can eat authentic Civil War era foods and discover over 25 museums and attractions -- some unlike any in the world. www.gettysbg.com
Hummelstown - A charming town just outside of Hershey offering a variety of things to see and do, including great shopping in the many antique and craft shops and visiting the wonderful and spacious gift shop in the local pharmacy. You will discover restaurants and tea rooms where you can enjoy a good meal. Visit the Middletown & Hummelstown Railroad (M&H RR) for an excursion trip into the Pennsylvania countryside. To ride the rails, check out this railway at www.mhrailroad.com.
WINTER SPORTS ABOUND. We have already mentioned ice skating, snow shoeing and cross country skiing. Here is a short list of area ski resorts for downhill skiing, snowboarding, tubing and other adventures. Ski Roundtop, Ski Liberty
York - Don't forget Uncork York, the Tour de Tanks wine trail mentioned elsewhere on this Web page. Also, York is known as the "Factory Capitol of the Country." Among the factory tours is the Harley Davidson factory, a sure winner! www.yorkpa.org/
Mt. Gretna - A town like no other. Similar to "Little Switzerland"-Eureka Springs in Arkansas-Pennsylvania's Mt. Gretna is built on the sides of hills and heavily forested land. The town is the site of the Chautauqua movement, still alive and well. Houses are often summer homes, and are delightful Craftsman-style. Take a step back in time as you enjoy live equity theatre during the summer and a continuous flow of arts-related activity and productions.
Day Spas & Salons
Spa at Annville Inn - RELAX, REFRESH, REJUVENATE and increase your overall feeling of well-being by reserving your massage at Annville Inn during your stay. - Spa at Annville Inn
Emerald Springs Spa - www.emeraldspringsspa.com
The Chocolate Spa at Hotel Hershey - www.chocolatespa.com
Leo Frittelli Salon and Day Spa - www.leosonchocolate.com
A Classic Touch Spa - www.aclassictouchspa.com
Golf Courses - Take time at one the many golf courses in our area, to work off some of the chocolate you've been eating. The Hershey-Annville area is the place to bring your golf clubs as we have a variety of courses - something for every golfer, including a Pitch and Putt just minutes from our Inn.
Hershey Country Club (Hershey) - In 1930, Milton Hershey opened the Hershey Country Club, designed with sporting excellence and refined luxury in mind. The rich tradition continues today. Ranked in the top 50 resorts in the U.S. by Golf Digest, the Club features two spectacular and distinctive 18-hole courses that challenge even the most skilled player. The first pro at the Hershey Country Club was none other than Ben Hogan. Hershey CC offers reciprocity with many other clubs.
Golf is indeed BIG here in PA Dutch Country! When we moved from Washington, DC to the Hershey area, we had no idea we were about to become centered around 35 courses, some beautiful and well-known. Craig and son, Michael, are attempting to play them all when they have time. Last summer, they found amazing views at Cornwall Iron Furnace course, for example. To see a list of our 35 golf courses and to check their ratings Click Here.
Nature Parks, Creeks & Rivers, Hiking, Canoeing and Biking - Just wait until you discover the extensive area parks and waterways ideal for a day of hiking, biking, canoeing, picnicking, or just enjoying nature at its finest. Here are a few of the places to enjoy nature within minutes of Annville Inn:
Quittie Creek Nature Park - just minutes from our doorstep in the township of Annville. Perfect for a little trout fishing, bird watching or walking along the trails. Explore an old quarry and lime kiln operation. After the rock was mined, it was cooked in the kilns, and then crushed into powder at the creek's water mill. The water race from the mill is still visible.
Coleman Memorial Park - 110-acre park with baseball fields, tennis courts, miniature golf course, ice cream parlor and a recently added water complex. The park was once part of a grand boulevard and lawn area in front of several mansions from the Coleman dynasty. Today the mansions are gone, save a carriage house. Lebanon County has developed a master plan to bring a great deal of the grandeur back to life. In the summer, enjoy free concerts in the outdoor amphitheatre, similar to...but on a much smaller scale...Wolftrap. Great for hiking.
Memorial Lake State Park - 230 acres with a 45 acre lake perfect for boating and fishing. Great place for hiking, cross country skiing, snow shoeing and ice skating in the wintertime. Find out about all the fun you can have at Memorial Lake State Park.
South Hills Park - features include golf course, and a paved walking/biking path that's great for winter sledding.
Union Canal Tunnel Park - This Park features the historic canal and tunnel located within 109 acres of meadows and woods. Here you will find the oldest transportation tunnel in continuous use in the US. Canal Boat rides through the tunnel are available on warm summer nights when we have a full moon. Other activities include hiking, picnic facilities, kite flying festivals, and fishing.
Rails to Trails - Two extensive trail networks. One in the Blue Mountains just to the north behind Annville Inn, (Swatara) and one located just south of us. The one to our south features a walk over a gorgeous iron railroad bridge, a room-sized root beer barrel at the trail head, which serves as an information center, and beautiful walks through hardwood forests. (Lebanon Valley Rail Trail). For a map that shows the extensive rails-to-trails network around Annville Inn, Please Click Here.
Appalachian Trail (The "A.T.") - The world-famous Appalachian Trail runs behind our Inn in the Blue Mountains! Craig and his buddies have section hiked most of the trail in Virginia and Maryland, and part of Pennsylvania. You are minutes away from the AT at Annville Inn. WE WELCOME thru hikers wanting to come down off the mountain to refresh and meet up with family and friends. Many touching reunions have occurred at our inn where a hiker's friend or family have stayed here waiting for their hiker's call: "Come pick me up!"
Annville Inn features five unique guest rooms, each with a private bath.
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