A Traveler’s Guide to Gettysburg: Part Two, Foods to Eat

Grab some food after your travels.

Christine’s Cafe


Christine’s only recently opened its Gettysburg location, but I’m absolutely hooked.  Vegan options, fancy options, AND decent prices? Consider me impressed.

Blue & Gray Burgers

Get yourself really in the spirit (pun unintended) of Gettysburg with one of the Blue & Gray’s burgers—topped with a flag!

Gettysburg Root Beer

Continue the Gettysburg spirit with a Gettysburg root beer.


There seems to be a winery around every corner here in Gettysburg.  The house Ginnie Wade was born in? Winery.  It’s literally everywhere, so take advantage.




NAHF also has Tractor Square Dancing, if that’s your thing.


On a similar note, you will be immersed in Apple culture here in Adams County.  We have the National Apple Harvest Festival in nearby Biglerville each fall, and name everything we can after the fruit (like car dealerships).  I’m partial to Rice Fruit Co., but there are plenty of options to suit your taste.

The Mine

The Reliance Mine Saloon is the perfect hidden gem.  Hidden behind a hotel, it’s easy to miss this mine shaft-turned-bar.  The temperature is variable, and it’s small and dark, but I think of it as cozy.



Butter beer, people.  Bacon-flavored anything.  You want it, Sweeet! has it.

Ping’s Cafe

We’ve got a few Asian-style restaurants, but Ping’s is my favorite.  Get the edamame to start and try a bubble tea.


Mexican food at a good price.  They even do take-out!

A Traveler’s Guide to Gettysburg: Part One, Places to See

If you’re not aware, next weekend marks the 153rd anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg.  That means my town shall be flooded with tourists of all shapes and sizes.  Yes, there are moments I get annoyed.  But, overwhelmingly, I’m overcome with a sense of “Wait a minute, I actually get to live here.” In the most sincere sense possible, I’m absolutely blessed.

Of course, I’ve learned a bit along the way, so I figured it was time to share!  Today we’ll cover Part One:  Places to See.

The Village

Located just across from the Jennie Wade House (and the place where you buy tickets for bus tours, so there’s a strong chance you’ll already be there!), the Village is a must-see that is far too often overlooked.  Featuring a Subway (one of at least three in Gettysburg, so if local fare isn’t your thing….), a great little fudge shop, a bookstore (with a cat!!!!!), and Dogs of Gettysburg, you should definitely stop there.  Trust me.



I really wanted the cat to like me.


The Square

Yes, this is the traffic circle in the center of town.  Yes, that’s confusing.  Want to make it more complicated?  It was historically known as the diamond.  Regardless of the geometrical classification you go with, you’ve got all sorts of shops, restaurants, and fellow tourists to check out while circling the square (sorry, couldn’t resist).  Be sure to check out Abe and Perry, and visit the Farmer’s Market if your visit coincides with a Saturday morning.



That’s not ~actually~ Perry Como, but he may as well be.  Also, that is part of the statue, not a real sweater.


Steinwehr Avenue

Locals aren’t exactly fans of the ghost tour-infested Disneyland that is Steinwehr Ave, but it’s an experience you’ve got to, well, experience.  Be prepared to be asked about seventeen times if you want to go on a tour (all while being handed pamphlets you don’t want, picture Times Square), but you can probably pick up a JL Chamberlain bobblehead, so there’s that.

Jennie Wade House

Fact:  This wasn’t Jennie Wade’s house.  Fact:  Her name wasn’t Jennie Wade.  Regardless, this is a cool museum for a less militial aspect of the Battle of Gettysburg, focusing on the only reported civilian casualty.


Little Round Top

THERE’S A FREAKING CASTLE.  Plus, Gouverneur K Warren is there. And, if you’ve seen Gettysburg, this is the spot for the 20th Maine (no further explanation needed).



The hike there was hot and absurd, but I got a selfie with Warren so it was okay.  *Note:  Hiking there is entirely unnecessary.


Devil’s Den

Adjacent to LRT, Devil’s Den is another one of those battlefield spots that you pretty much see no matter what on a Gettysburg trip.  Check out the Witness tree and the P. Noel rock for added coolness.


National Cemetery

Pay your respects and check out the site of the Gettysburg Address at the same time.  The pergola is not where Lincoln gave the Address.



Check out the neighboring Evergreen Cemetary while you’re at it, too!


Seminary Ridge Museum

Okay, okay, I’m biased.  But my museum is awesome and you should visit us. Also, you should follow us on Instagram 🙂


McPherson’s Ridge

The first day’s battlefield gets sorely neglected since The Killer Angels (not that I don’t love the novel as much as the next person).  Visit the barn, the Railroad Cut, and the Eternal Peace Light, to name a few highlights.  If that’s not enough, you can check out my absolute favorite aspect of the battlefield:  GIANT FLOOFY FARM DOGS.



They like to give kisses.


“When I meet the Wizard….”

“When  I meet the Wizard, once I prove my worth, and then I’ll meet the Wizard—what I’ve waited for since, since birth! And with all his Wizard wisdom, by my looks he won’t be blinded.  Do you think the Wizard is dumb?  Or like Munchkins, so small-minded?  No!  He’ll say to me ‘I see who you truly are—a girl on whom I can rely!’ and that’s how we’ll begin, the Wizard and I….” —The Wizard and I, Wicked



Okay, so that likely means nothing to you.  I figure it’s the equivalent of a “normal” person meeting Beyonce.  So yes, it’s a big deal.

Dr. Ayers is my favourite historian.  I read one of his books in my Southern history class freshman year and I was hooked.

That’s why I was absolutely ecstatic when I found out he’d be at CWI 2016 (check out #cwi2016 to catch up on all of the excitement!).

I was even more excited when he turned out to be one of the most amazing speakers of the conference.


Absolutely captivating.

To top it all off, I got to meet him after his lecture.  Being the totally sane human I am, I was first in line with the book I’d bought just for the occasion—I’d left my beloved class copy at home.  He was just as perfect one-on-one, and the evening was topped one the woman behind me (and my photographer for the momentous occasion) commented that she’d thought she was his number one fan…. Nope.  That would be me.


Super surprised I hadn’t started sobbing at this point.

Check out Dr. Ayers in all his awesomeness on Twitter, or pick up his books for yourself!

The Crystal Circle (Liora Rosenman): A Book Review

*I received this item for free or at a discounted rate in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are 100% my own and completely honest.*

I’ve tried to shy away from paranormal romance.  Ever since Twilight took off, so many authors gave it a shot that the genre has been absolutely decimated.  That’s why I was more than a little hesitant in picking up The Crystal Cycle.

But, that little part of me came through.  The part that rocked a “Team Edward” shirt half a decade ago (because NO ONE can say no to Cedric Diggory, duh) and has an absurd number of crystals sitting in her closet.  I decided to give the book a chance.

And I’m glad I did.


Amazon describes the book thus:  The Crystal Circle is a gripping romantic drama that weaves history, suspense, and spirituality together with biblical history.  The result is an original novel that challenges our conception of destiny, past and future, and re-frames the potential of the human spirit.

I couldn’t put it any better myself.

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“In Llamaland, there’s a one-man band and he’ll toot his flute for you….”

“Come fly with me, let’s float down to Peru….  In llama-land there’s a one-man band
and he’ll toot his flute for you!  Come fly with me, let’s take off in the blue…. Once I get you up there, where the air is rarefied, we’ll just glide, starry-eyed; once I get you up there, I’ll be holding you so near you may hear angels cheer, ’cause we’re together….” —Come Fly with Me, Frank Sinatra

*I received this item for free or at a discounted rate in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are 100% my own and completely honest.*

I’ll be studying in Bath, England next spring.  Honestly, it doesn’t feel real yet.

Even so, anxiety has decided to kick in.  I’m pretty familiar with the differences between British & US customs (I practically grew up on BBC, for crying out loud), but what if I don’t know enough??

Then there are little things.  Like outlets.

Thankfully, I had the chance to check out these 3-1 Travel Adapters— the perfect addition to my travel kit that will quell when of my anxieties!  AND, there are two them!


So, TO&E-ers…. what advice do you have for my travels?

“Daddy, I want a golden goose!”

“I want a feast, I want a bean feast, cream buns and dounuts and fruitcakewith no nuts so good you could go nuts…. No, now!”  —I Want It NowWilly Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

Old Willy Wonka > New Willy Wonka, even with Johnny Depp.

Anyway, time for the actual point of this post!!

You may have noticed sponsored posts popping up more often here at TO&E.  In the interest of full disclosure, I want to give some background before I continue to flood your Readers with reviews (okay, a review or two isn’t flooding, but you get my point.).

I recently joined Tomoson, a site where “Influencers” (bloggers like myself) can work with companies to review products for free or at a discounted rate.  Lots of free/cheap stuff?  Sounds like a win to me!

In exchange, we honestly share our thoughts about them on social media, including our website.

What does this mean for you, readers?  Well, you’ll get to hear my TO&E regarding some cool stuff, like this cookbook.  All sponsored posts will begin with the disclaimer seen in this post, so if you see it and really want to avoid a review, that’s your cue to exit the window.

Thanks as always for your love and support!

101 Vegan Chocolate Recipes: A Cookbook Review

*I received this item for free or at a discounted rate in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are 100% my own and completely honest.*

Okay, readers.  Get ready to have your mind blown.

Being human, I love chocolate.  Being vegan, I struggle to obtain chocolate I can eat.  That struggle may be no more now that I have this cookbook.



Check it out for yourself here!


First, I tried the recipe for depression cake, complete with peanut buttery, chocolatey icing.  I’ve had pretty substantial success with Depression-era recipes before, so it seemed like it was worth a shot!

Unfortunately for me, the cake didn’t quite hold together. Fortunately, though, cake tastes good no matter what shape it’s in.  The frosting was absolutely necessary for the relatively dry cake, but I wasn’t complaining.  Is it possible to have a bad cake…?

The star of the show so far, though, has been the chocolate bar recipe.  With just three ingredients, which I actually had on hand, I filled half an ice cube tray with yummy chocolatey goodness.  Growing up just a few miles from Hershey, this felt like home.

Even better?  THEY WERE AMAZING.  Perfectly bite sized, melt-in-your-mouth delicious.  I can’t say enough good things about these chocolates.


In fact, I may have to go make some more now.

Long story short?  You should check out this cookbook, if for nothing else but the three-ingredient chocolates.

Top Down, Ain’t Nothing But Time

“Feels something like summertime, Top down, ain’t nothing but time.  Radio’s on and you’re by my side—it feels something like summertime….”  –Bon Jovi, Summertime

I’ve been hard at work at my internship since I returned to Gettysburg, but I wanted to catch you lovely readers up on things!

First of all, my apartment is fantastic.  My closet alone is bigger than a minimum of half of my past dorm rooms.




My bed is huge and made of memory foam!


There’s a playground—with swings—just a few yards from my window!

On the other side of that, my neighbors have horses!

I’m just across the hall from the laundry room!

And, I HAVE A KITCHEN(ette)!


Perhaps more importantly, I love my job.  The people I work with are fantastic, the work I’m doing shows results, and I’m actually happy with it.


If you’re following us on Instagram, have no fear— the Giant Floofy Farm Dogs are coming soon!  If you’re not following…. Well, you should.


So sayeth the cows.  @TOandEBlog