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Top 10 Things to do in Hershey in April – Plus Two

Top 10 Things to do in Hershey, PA  in April – Plus Two

No foolin’, there is so much to do this month we couldn’t keep the list to just 10.

 

amusement park, things to do in Hershey, PA1. Springtime in the Park  April 2-3 and April 9-10 –  The dates we all wait for and, after the cold winter, the sound we love to hear – the squeals of riders on the coasters. Preview summer fun with dozens of rides, live entertainment, strolling Hershey characters and to top it all off – a visit to Zoo America.

 

2.Disney on Ice Let’s Celebrate! March 30– April 3 at the Giant Center – It’s just one wonderful party on ice with all your favorite Disney friends – Princesses Cinderella, Ariel, Belle & Tianna join Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy and more in a magical spectacle that is sure to delight fans of all ages.

 

chicago3.Earth, Wind and Fire and Chicago  April 6 at the Giant Center – Two of the most critically acclaimed bands bring their Heart and Soul 2.0 to Hershey. With more than 200 million albums sold and 20 Grammy nominations between them, the concert will provide unparalleled entertainment from two of America’s most legendary bands.

 

4.Hershey Symphony, Symphony Block Busters  April 8  Hershey Theatre – This exciting performance includes Dvorak’s Symphony No. 7 which will be sure to give your ears, and certainly the players on stage, a work-out! Plus, the Hershey Symphony is pleased to welcome back mezzo-soprano Gwendolyn Bowers to the Hershey Theatre stage to perform three of the most famous arias in opera.

 

5.Brantley Gilbert  April 14 at the Giant Center – With back-to-back platinum albums, Gilbert is bringing his Black Out tour to Hershey along with special guests Canaan Smith and Michael Ray. His unrelenting brand of country has notched six #1’s. It’s sure be a rocking night.

 

let it be6.Let It Be  – A Celebration of the Music of the Beatles  April 14 at The Hershey Theatre – Relive the memories with the music that defined a generation and captured the hearts and ideals of millions. Packed with over 40 Beatles songs, this outstanding production is sure to be a memorable evening.

 

 

stars on ice7. Stars on Ice  April 15 at the Giant Center – It’s the 30th anniversary show and will be headlined by Olympic Ice Dancing champions Meryl Davis and Charlie White. They will be joined by an ensemble of the best figure skaters in America including Gracie Gold, Ashley Wagner and Jeremy Abbott plus members of the US Team who will compete at the World Figure Skating championships.

 

8.Brit Floyd  April 15 and 16 at the Hershey Theatre – The world’s greatest Pink Floyd show returns with an even bigger performance including a spectacular new million dollar light show and state of the art video design. They will continue their amazing journey through 50 years of the incredible Pink Floyd catalogue including favorite moments from “Dark Side of the Moon”, “Wish You Were Here” and a show-stopping rendition of “Echoes”.

 

9. Rubie’s Rainbow  April 17 at the Hershey Theatre – Proudly presented by the Chinese Cultural & Arts Institute – This special event will feature professional artists from around the world to present Chinese traditional and contemporary style dance, traditional Erh-Hu & Guzheng music, Chinese Opera, acrobats, traditional folk songs and drama.

 

10. The Hershey Symphony April 23 at the Hershey Theatre – Gershwin’s America, the season finale concert has fun written all over it. The full Hershey Symphony Orchestra is joined on stage by the Hershey Symphony Big Band for The Best of the Gershwin brothers! “From Embraceable You to Rhapsody in Blue”. Hear classic vocals selections including “Man I Love”, “Summertime”, “Someone to Watch Over Me” and more with Gershwin hits like “Strike up the Band” all culminating in the grand-daddy of them all, “Rhapsody in Blue”, featuring Josh Tindall on piano.

 

 

larry the cable guy11. Jeff Foxworthy and Larry the Cable Guy  April 29 at the Giant Center – These super stars of comedy have reunited with their “We’ve Been Thinking” tour to bring you an unforgettable night of comedy.

 

 

12. Ragtime  April 26May 1 at the Hershey Theatre – Everything is changing…and anything is possible.  Ragtime returns to the road in all-new touring production The stories of an upper-class wife, a determined Jewish immigrant and a daring young Harlem musician unfold. Set in turn-of-the-century New York, all three united by their desire and belief in a brighter tomorrow. Their compelling stories are set to theatre’s richest and most glorious Tony Award®-winning score by Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens. This 13 time Tony Award nominated musical is a timeless celebration of life.

For More information, Show Times and Ticket Prices, visit these web sites:

– Hershey Park

– Hershey Theatre

– Giant Center

April is going to be an exciting month in Hershey, if you’re planning a trip come say hi to the horses at The Inn at Westwynd Farm  and enjoy some of our homemade cookies before you slip off to bed.

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Vegan Spinach Frittata Recipe

We love finding flavorful dishes for guests with special food concerns and allergies. This Vegan, Gluten Free Frittata was hit with everyone this weekend.  I am not a fan of Tofu but this was really, really good.

Vegan Spinach Frittata Recipe


Tofu Spinach FrittataIngredients

  • 1 Package Silken Tofu
  • 1 Tablespoon Wheat-Free Tamari
  • 1 Teaspoon Spicy Mustard
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Thyme
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Tumeric
  • 1 Teaspoon Lemon Juice
  • 1 1/2 Cups Cooked or Frozen Spinach ( I used one 10oz package, frozen chopped spinach)
  • 1/2 Medium Onion – chopped
  • 3 Cloves Garlic, Minced

 

Preheat your oven to 400. Spray an 8in cake pan or smaller quiche pan. Get out your food processor and toss in your tofu, along with all the spices. Puree so well that it makes you nervous. (I honestly thought I had overdone it and made frittata mousse, but that’s actually kind of what you’re aiming for.)

In a small skillet, saute your onions until translucent and deliciously fragrant. Throw in the garlic, and cook for another minute or two. Remove from heat and combine with your spinach [thawed, if originally frozen be sure to squeeze all the water out of the frozen spinach.]. Add to tofu mixture, and make sure all the veggie bits are evenly distributed in the tofu. Pour into the cake pan and slide into the oven for 25 – 30 minutes. Cut into fourths, it makes 4 relatively small portions. I might suggest making a sizable side to go with it. Smart Bacon or fried potatoes are good choices. 

We love sharing the recipes to our guest favorites so they can take a small part of the experience home with them. See more of our go-to’s here.

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The Top 10 Things to Do in Hershey This March

Spring Break, Sweet Romantic Get Away or Family Fun Time, there are so many options for great things to do near our Pennsylvania bed and breakfast. We see the crocuses poking up and spring is just around the corner. Here are just 10 ideas to chase away those winter blues.

Harlem Globetrotters Tour

Celebrate the 90th anniversary of the Harlem Globetrotters at one of their epic games during their world tour. This will be an uniquely entertaining experience for audiences of all ages, so bring your whole family along and take in a North American tradition! Games will be March 3-4 at 7pm. Tickets are available here.

Blue Man Group

Get your tickets and get ready for a comedy, theater, rock concert and dance party all in one unforgettable show. The Blue Man Group is a creative group who have been putting on shows full of music, instruments, stories and technology for nearly 25 years. This multi-media performance is sure to pique your interest and make for a fun night out in Hershey. Shows will be March 15-17 at 7:30pm. Tickets can be purchased here.

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Berry Manilow

Catch Berry Manilow’s One Last Time! Tour on your trip to Hershey this spring. His final tour will take him to Hershey on March 17 at 7:30pm. Manilow doesn’t typically travel everywhere, as the majority of his recent concerts have taken place in Las Vegas. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity you won’t want to pass up. You can purchase tickets here.

Rhythm in the Night, The Irish Dance Spectacular

Experience the new Irish dance that is becoming popular all over the country with Rhythm in the Night, The Irish Dance Spectacular! Enjoy 110 minutes of traditional Irish dance that has a unique way of blending imaginative and fast shoe rhythms with peaceful and calming symphonic music that audiences all over North America have fallen in love with. The performance will be at the Hershey Theatre on March 18 at 8:00pm. Purchase tickets here.

Theresa Caputo at The Hershey Theatre

For a truly unique experience, come see Theresa Caputo, psychic medium and star of the hit TLC show Long Island Medium, who will be giving interactive readings to audience members. She travels around sharing her “gift” of talking to the dead with those who share personal stories with her. You can visit her website for more information and to hear about some of the people she has talked to through her “gift.” Tickets can be purchased here for her March 19-20 shows.

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Merlot Mike’s Wine School’s Wine & Cheese Event

Sample and learn about different types of cheese with Merlot Mike. From smoked to aged cheese, learn which cheeses pair the best with which wines. You will have a choice between two seating times: noon or 3:00 p.m. During this exclusive event at the Vineyard at Hershey, you will learn about all of these types of cheese from our Londonderry Township neighbor and cheese partner Jubilee Heritage Farms, as they team up with Merlot Mike on a cheese class, paired with wine samples, that will delight you for sure! Tickets are just $20/person. More information can be found here.

Opening Day at the Hershey Gardens

Opening Day at the Hershey Gardens on March 24 is pefect for garden enthusiasts of all ages. Hershey Gardens will celberate its 79th season this year. Come out and enjoy 11 beautiful themed gardens, The Children’s Garden, Swan Lake and more. Keep an eye out for the Butterfly House in late May if your travels will bring you back to Hershey later this year. Find more information here.

Disney on Ice

You don’t have to wait for winter to come around again to enjoy an icy event. Disney On Ice presents Let’s Celebrate! featuring Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald and Goofy as they celebrate a “Very Merry Unbirthday Party” with Alice and the Mad Hatter, a Ball with Disney Princesses, and a winter wonderland with Woody, Jessie and Buzz Lightyear, among others! This show will be coming to Hershey March 30-April 3 at the Giant Center. For more information and to purchase tickets, check here.

Tastings: Chocolate from Around the World

Sample delicious warm drinking chocolates from around the world this March at The Hershey Story. Immerse yourself in Milton Hershey’s chocolate-filled world with fruity African chocolates, Indonesian chocolate with caramel, and so much more. Mark March 19 on your calendars and get ready to indulge! Learn more about Tastings.

Easter

Special Two-Day Easter Egg Hunt

For some classic spring fun, bring your children out to search for eggs at two fun indoor egg hunts at the AACA Museum! Egg hunts will be held March 19 & 26 11-1:30 and children under age 12 are free with a paying adult. As if hunting for eggs weren’t enough fun, there will also be yummy treats for all!

We hope you have a wonderful time in Hershey this March as the flowers begin to bloom and the weather warms up!

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Win a FREE Night at our Pennsylvania Bed & Breakfast!

We decided to warm up winter with a fun little contest. We’re giving away a free night’s stay at our award winning Pennsylvania bed and breakfast. Enter before March 31st and you’ll be entered to win a free night any time this year (availability allowing.)

Westwynd Farm PA B&B

You will love the peaceful atmosphere of our property and the romantic mood that it can bring. If you were planning on making a trip to central Pennsylvania this year anyway, why not enter and get a chance to win a free night? We can’t wait to welcome you to our bed and breakfast this year!

How to Enter the Contest:

There are multiple ways to enter. Complete them all to increase your chances of winning!Pennsylvania B&B

  • Like us on Facebook and comment on our Free Night Contest post(s). (This one is required for entry.)
  • Sign up for our email blasts. You can sign up in the footer of our website, or you may do so here (we only need your name and email).,
  • Follow us on Instagram.
  • Follow us on Google+ and +1 our post(s).
  • Follow us on Twitter and comment on our Free Night Contest tweet(s).

The winner will be randomly selected and announced in April. Good luck and thank you for entering! We’ll see you soon.

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The 10 Sweetest Things to Do in Hershey This February

There is no better place to be during the most romantic month of the year than the sweetest town in America. Downtown Hershey, PA is a mere three-minute drive from our Pennsylvania bed and breakfast. If you and your special someone will be in town for Valentine’s Day on a romantic getaway, here are ten things you don’t want to miss.

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Watch the Hersheypark Chocolate Parade
Kick off Valentine’s month with some fun at the Hersheypark Chocolate Parade. Get energized with dancing with Hershey’s characters while the Hersheypark band plays. It’s a show you won’t see anywhere else. Admission is free!

The Spa at The Hotel Hershey
Enjoy ultimate luxury and relaxation at The Spa at The Hotel Hershey. Treat yourself to a massage and let the stress of everyday melt away like gourmet chocolate and let it kick off your vacation with a rejuvenating start.

The Hershey Story
The Hershey Story is an interactive museum experience for every chocolate lover. Learn who Milton S. Hershey was and savor delicious chocolate samples from around the world. Experiencing the Hershey Story will give you a deep appreciation for the wonderful town and the central Pennsylvania area. You will remember the location where you vacationed with your love.

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Try it with Truffles
Get hands-on this February and try your hand at truffle making! In the same way that Milton Hershey once handmade his confections. Take the 45-minute class and make a memory you won’t forget.

Visit Roundtop Ski Area
Get adventurous this winter with a trip to Roundtop Ski area for skiing or tubing. If you’re not a skier, try being a tuber! Snow tubing is like sledding with a spin. Enjoy beautifully groomed tracks and a magic carpet to get back to the top quicker. That means more rides down! The best part is, no experience is required!

Milton Hershey School and Founders Hall
Take in the history of an iconic brand and piece of American culture at the Milton Hershey School and Founders Hall. Founders hall features a beautiful monument, built to honor Milton and Catherine Hershey. Take in one of the most unique architectural structures in central Pennsylvania and understand the immense impact the Hershey’s had on the world and the children whose lives they improved. Stop by the Visitor’s Center and take a tour.

Take a Sip at The Vineyard & Brewery at Hershey
Hershey isn’t just about chocolate… try the wine! There are options for every taste, from light and fun to bold and flavorful. Try a myriad of different types and discover a new favorite. The wine at The Vineyard & Brewery at Hershey features wine produced by local artisans. Top quality and colorful flavors are what Hershey is best known for.

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#IHeartHershey at The Hershey Story Museum
Celebrate love and show some of your favorite things this Valentine’s Day (February 13 and 14). Choose a paper heart and place it on your favorite exhibit for this special holiday. Then snap a photo of yourself and your favorite object at special “selfie stations” and share it on social media using #IHeartHershey and #HersheyStory. Participants will also receive a sweet treat! Free with admission to the Museum Experience.

Musical Performances at Hershey Harrisburg Theatre
Enjoy a night of music this month at the popular Hershey Harrisburg Theatre. February brings two great choices. If your stay spans the majority of February, you may even be able to attend both concerts!
II Volo: Hear a talented group of Italian pop-opera teenage singers (or “popera” singers) perform at Hershey Theatre on February 23. Buy tickets here.
O.A.R.: This American rock band from Maryland consists of a lead vocalist/guitarist, drummer, guitarist, bassist, and saxophonist. They’ll perform all their fan’s favorites from songs off of their debut album, King, to their latest album, The Rockville LP. O.A.R. will perform on February 9. Buy tickets here.

Visit the Antique Automobile Club of America Museum.
Experience the Antique Automobile Club of America Museum and get an appreciation for world-class automobiles. Whether antique cars is a passion of yours or you have never considered the possibilities of them, this museum will interest and excite you. There are options for both guided and self-guided tours so you can learn and enjoy at your own pace. The AACA was named “Reader’s Choice for Best Museum” and “Best Tourist Attraction” for its innovative displays.
AACA will be celebrating Chocolate Covered February this month! Museum visitors will have the chance to see the original Hershey’s Kissmobile cruiser, a unique vehicle like you’ve never seen before. All month, participate in a Hershey’s Kisses Scavenger Hunt throughout the museum. It’s the perfect way to celebrate the sweetness of the season while taking in the vehicles at the museum.

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Concerts in Hershey, PA 2016

The Upcoming 2016 Concert Season in Hershey, PA Looks Amazing!

We thought last year would be hard to top but this year’s
lineup is fantastic and we know that more will be added. Between
the Hersheypark Arena, Hersheypark Stadium, Hershey Theatre, and
Giant Center, the impressive schedule includes something for
everyone.

concerts Hershey, PA 2016

Here are the concerts that are confirmed for Hershey, PA for 2016 so far (as we hear of more we’ll let you know):

  • April 6, 2016 – Chicago and Earth, Wind & Fire are pairing up to bring the “Heart and Soul Tour 2” to Giant Center.
  • April 14, 2016 – The platinum album, award-winning, Brantley Gilbert is coming to Giant Center during his “Black Out” Tour. The ladies are already swooning, so book your room quickly before we are sold out for this megastar’s visit!
  •  April 29, 2016 – Those who love to laugh will love the Jeff Foxorthy and Larry the Cable Guy appearance at Giant Center at the end of April.
  •  June 14, 2016 – Don’t miss seeing Janet Jackson’s performance at Giant Center! The multiple Grammy winning mega-celebrity will stop in Hershey, PA during her “Unbreakable” World Tour.
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  •  June 19, 2016 – The newer, rapidly rising, Twenty One
    Pilots are stopping at Hersheypark Stadium on their summer
    headline tour, “Emotional Roadshow”.
  •  June 24, 2016 – Country music fans will get a chance to
    see the beautiful Dixie Chicks perform at Hersheypark Stadium
    during their DCX MMXVI World Tour.
  • June 2, 2016 – It will seem like 5 seconds before
    summer is here, but on July 2nd the 5 Seconds of Summer band
    will really be here. See them live at Hersheypark Stadium during
    the “Sounds Live Feels Live” summer tour
  • July 16, 2016 – Nick Jonas and Demi Lovato, both
    multi-platinum selling musicians, are coming to Hersheypark
    Stadium for the “Future Now” tour.

The inn is filling faster than ever, too. So if there’s a special event or date that you need, we encourage you to reserve it soon. You can easily check availability on our website or call us at 717-533-6764.

We promise that after the excitement of the concerts, shows and park, you can retreat to the tranquility of the farm. The refrigerator will be stocked with refreshing beverages, the cookie jar will be full and the critters will be looking forward to seeing  you— hopefully with carrots in hand. Don’t worry we have plenty for you to take to the barn.

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Our Delicious Mincemeat Bar Recipe Revealed

 

Today we’re sharing a favorite holiday treat: Mincemeat Bars. For those of you who are unfamiliar mincemeat is a delicious mix of fruits and spices. We love to treat our guests to fresh baked refreshments throughout the day in our garden-front dining room– it just adds a homey feel! This one is a go-to for the holidays.

Mincemeat Bars

  • 2 cups Pillsbury BEST™ All Purpose FlourMincemeat Bars
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup Crisco Pure Vegetable Oil
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 cup chopped nuts
  • 1 (27 oz.) jar None Such Ready-to-Use Classic Original Mincemeat

  1. HEAT oven to 400°F. Combine flour, sugar, baking soda and salt in large bowl. Add oil and milk, stirring until mixture is evenly moistened and crumbly.
  2. RESERVE 1 cup crumb mixture. Press remaining crumb mixture firmly into bottom of ungreased 13 x 9-inch baking pan. Top evenly with mincemeat. Sprinkle evenly with remaining crumb mixture and nuts.
  3. BAKE 30 to 35 minutes or until golden brown. Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Chill if desired. Cut into bars.
Enjoy this special holiday treat! For more easy, delicious recipes like this check out our cookbook– it’s full of all of our guest’s favorites.
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Top 10 Holiday Activities :: Luxury Hershey Getaway

After the air becomes crisp and the leaves have lost their golden luster of autumn, there is another season that visitors and residents of Hershey, PA look forward to. The thrill of the holiday season is now in full swing in and around Hershey, and perhaps no other time of year is quite as festive and romantic.

Hersheypark Christmas

 

Although there is always plenty to do in and around Hershey, there are “10 Activities To Do in Hershey for the Holidays” that the Inn at Westwynd Farm highly recommends. Here is a list of our favorites, including something for everyone in your entire family:

 

  • Christmas Candy Lane: It’s always at the top of our list. It’s simply magical! This year it’s bigger and brighter than ever, with over four million twinkling lights. In addition to the other rides, four of the favorite coasters will be running, too. The view should be amazing from the peak of the Wildcat. Of course, there’s plenty of holiday treats, shopping, and entertainment!
  • Hershey Sweet Lights: If you’d prefer to stay a bit warmer, you can drive the family  to enjoy close to 600 light displays of the Hershey Sweet Lights. Many of these displays are animated, which is exciting for kids and grownups alike!
  • Santa Visit: If you have little ones, Santa will be available at Hershey Park. He’s here for the children and ready to see if they’ve been nice (or naughty). You will also get a great photo opportunity of some live reindeer. Ask your children if they can spot Rudolf!
  • Ice Skating at Rudolph’s Skating Pond: Speaking of all ages, ice skating is a fun way to spend an afternoon. We love having fun at Rudolph’s Skating Pond!Hershey's Candylane
  • Live Entertainment: Throughout the holiday season, music is part of the underlying charm of Hershey, Pennsylvania’s region. This year’s show at Hershey Park is called, “A Music Box Christmas: The Littlest Tree” and the show is appropriate for all ages.
  • Hershey Lodge: From November 27th to December 27th, the Chocolate Avenue Christmas Dinner Theatre will be open at Hershey Lodge. There will be an EMMY Award winning team of performers at this year’s Chocolate Christmas, transporting Broadway to the home of delicious chocolate.
  • Craft Breweries: Chase away the cold chill of winter by touring the many craft breweries and wineries in the Hershey area.
  • Museums: For history buffs, the Hershey area has a rich and interesting past. You can experience it first hand – while getting a fascinating look at how our festive town came to be – at places like the Hershey Derry Township Historical Society and the Hershey Story. Both have some wonderful holiday events planned, such as “Snowball Saturdays” and “Little Elves Workshop”. There are also super toy train exhibits at both the Antique Car Museum and the Historical Society.
  • ZooAmerica North American Wildlife Park: Bundle up and enjoy eleven acres of wildlife at ZooAmerica, a unique walk-thru zoo that will give your family a chance to see real reindeer, mountain lions, bears, beavers, owls and more. The Wild Winter Adventure is scheduled for December 19 – 20th, 2015 but you can explore this awesome wildlife sanctuary most any day of the week from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. during the winter months.
  • Inn at Westwynd Farm: Don’t miss the opportunity to stay at our remarkable Inn, where we will have plenty of tea, coffee and hot cocoa to warm up our guests after a long day of fun holiday festivities. Rest in comfort and serenity as you visit and enjoy the Hershey, PA region this holiday season!

Hersheypark Sweetlights
This Top 10 Activities in Hershey for the Holidays list is just a few of the many activities in and around our region this holiday season. We’re always happy to spend time helping you plan the things that will make your visit to Hershey memorable. We’re looking forward to having you join us! Book your stay today. Please call 717-533-6764 to ask about rates.

 

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Restaurants In Hershey :: Romantic Pennsylvania Getaway

Restaurants in or near Hershey – Our Five Favorites Plus One

  • The Circular at The Hotel Hershey
  • The Mill Restaurant
  • Devon Seafood + Steak
  • What If… of Hershey
  • Piazza Sorrento
  • Troegs Tasting Room and Snack Bar

 

Here are five of our favorite restaurants in Hershey, within 15 minutes of the Inn at Westwynd Farm. They are unique to the south central Pennsylvania area aside from Devon Seafood + Steak, which has restaurants in a few other locations.

 

An upscale casual atmosphere will be found at all of our favorites, and the cuisine mostly falls into the contemporary American category — although Devon’s menu centers on seafood, and Piazza Sorrento is all about classic regional Italian dishes and is known for its extensive gluten-free menu.

 

The five restaurants are open daily for lunch and dinner with a few exceptions: The Circular offers lunch on Fridays and Saturdays only and it is limited to a buffet; What If… doesn’t serve lunch on Sundays; and Piazza is closed Sundays, but the pizza and sub shop Mr. Sorrento’s, which is accessed through the Piazza restaurant, is open. Sunday brunch is available at The Circular, Devon, and The Mill.

 

Since these are among the area’s most popular restaurants, reservations are recommended. Casual dress is acceptable for most. The dress code at The Circular specifies no tank tops for men, no graphic T-shirts, and no hats; denim that is not torn or faded and dress shorts are permitted.

 

For those dining with a group or hosting an event, a private room can be arranged at all five favorites.

 

Also, there are benefits to being a guest of the Inn at Westwynd Farm: a 10 percent discount at The Mill and one appetizer free of charge at Devon.

 

The Circular at The Hotel Hershey

100 Hotel Road, Hershey, 717-534-8800 (reservations required)

Lunch Buffet: Friday and Saturday, noon to 2 pm

Sunday Brunch: noon to 2:30 pm

Dinner: Monday through Saturday, 5 to 9:30 pm; Sunday, 6 to 9:30 pm

Happy Hour: Daily, 5 to 6:30 pm

 

Choose The Circular for its:

  • Impressive reputation — The Circular has maintained a AAA Four Diamond rating since 1988 and was one of eight restaurants in the Northeast to win an Achievement of Excellence Award from the American Culinary Federation in 2014.
  • Elegant setting — The hotel is a member of Historic Hotels of America and one of four Pennsylvania hotels earning the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star rating in 2015.
  • Exceptional wine list — It earned a 2015 Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator, which lists selections numbering 550 and French and California wines as strengths.
  • Signature cocktails — Classic, contemporary, and chocolate libations are crafted by certified mixologists at the circular bar in the center of the dining room.
  • Exquisite desserts — Skilled pastry chefs prepare dreamy confections at the central bar while diners look on. A local restaurant critic picked The Circular as one of her favorite spots for dessert in the region in 2015.
  • Legendary brunch buffet on Sundays — It’s best to make reservations well in advance.
  • Appetizers and small plates — There’s no shortage of options, including favorites like lobster bisque and cocoa-dusted scallops, for those with smaller appetites.
  • Imaginative semicircular layout — Per Hershey Chocolate Company founder Milton S. Hershey’s instructions to the architect, no corners or columns obstruct the view for diners.
  • Longevity — The restaurant, originally called the Circular Dining Room, was built in 1933 during the construction of the hotel.
  • Proximity to the Inn at Westwynd Farm and the Hershey Gardens — It’s a three-mile drive to the inn, and the entrance to The Hotel Hershey is located opposite the Gardens entrance.

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The Mill Restaurant

810 Old West Chocolate Avenue, Hershey, 717-256-9965

Lunch/Dinner: Monday through Thursday, 11 am to 9 pm; Friday and Saturday, 11 am to midnight; Sunday, 10 am to 8 pm

Sunday Brunch: 10 am to 3 pm

Happy Hour: Monday through Friday, 4:30 to 6:30 pm, bar and high-top tables only

Benefit for guests of the Inn at Westwynd Farm: 10 percent discount

 

Choose The Mill Restaurant for its:

  • Past life — Dating to 1914, the brick and limestone building known as the Curry Feed Mill served as a warehouse, a mill, and a store selling flour, grain, feed, coal, and heating oil.
  • Thoughtful reinvention — A strong connection to the building’s architectural history survives because the owners opted to keep its structural integrity intact in the dining areas and build an addition to house the kitchen, elevator, and restrooms.
  • One-of-a-kind look and feel — From sleek and modern to rustic to industrial, the design spotlights inlaid glass doors, zinc bar tops, brick and stacked stone walls, iron spindles, copper tiles, metal ducts, and lots of wood (much is reclaimed lumber from the original structure) — posts, beams, plank walls, doors, and the staircase.
  • Fresh, seasonal “melting pot” menu — Current offerings include deviled eggs, house-pulled mozzarella with heirloom tomato and basil, house-cured bacon, fried chicken with rosemary waffles, sesame-crusted ahi tuna noodle bowl, seared sea scallops with sage and cheddar grits, and duck breast with butternut squash risotto.
  • Outdoor dining — Patio seating at umbrella tables is available on the lower level, adjoining the parking lot and adjacent to the train tracks.
  • Entertainment options — Live music performances and other events take place on the third floor on select Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings.
  • Three floors of dining — Each level has a distinctive tone and layout as well as its own bar area with televisions.
  • Loft lounge — The top floor provides a spot to relax and survey the building from a new perspective.
  • “By the tracks” location — One mile from downtown Hershey, it’s bordered by Old West Chocolate Avenue in front and railroad tracks in back.
  • Immediate success — Recipient of Harrisburg Magazine’s Readers’ Choice award for best new restaurant in 2015, The Mill opened in September 2014 and appeared on a local restaurant critic’s year-end top 10 list just two months later.
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Devon Seafood + Steak

27 West Chocolate Avenue, Hershey, 717-508-5460

Lunch: Daily, 11 am to 4 pm   

Sunday Brunch: 10 am to 3 pm

Dinner: Monday through Thursday, 4 to 10 pm; Friday and Saturday, 4 to 11 pm; Sunday, 3 to 10 pm

Happy Hour: Monday through Friday and Sunday, 4:30 to 6:30 pm, bar and high-top tables only; Saturday, 1 to 3 pm, entire restaurant

Benefit for guests of the Inn at Westwynd Farm: one appetizer free of charge

 

Choose Devon Seafood + Steak for its:

  • Fresh seafood — The Seafood Mixed Grill entrée allows diners to sample the shrimp, scallops, salmon, and jumbo lump crab cakes; other dishes feature calamari, clams, king crab legs, lobster, mussels, oysters, and tuna.
  • Variety of simply prepared fish — The menu is updated daily to highlight the freshest available fish, such as barramundi from New Zealand, mahi mahi from Hawaii, halibut from Alaska, swordfish from Block Island, haddock from Massachusetts, and rainbow trout from Pennsylvania.
  • Jumbo lump crab cakes — Served with creole remoulade and mango tartar sauce, they were named the region’s best crab cakes in 2014 by a local restaurant critic.
  • Surf and turf options or just steak — Steaks include center-cut filet mignon, Kansas City strip, and bone-in ribeye.
  • Notable collection of wine — It earned a 2015 Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator, which lists selections numbering 160 and California wines as a strength.
  • Convenient downtown location – The Hershey Story museum resides next door and the Hershey Theatre sits across the street.
  • Century-old building — Completed in 1916, the Hershey Press Building was renovated and its original façade restored in 2005; it received the Hershey–Derry Township Historical Society’s Preservation Award in 2007.
  • Local following — It garnered three Simply the Best awards (seafood, service, and power dinner) from Harrisburg Magazine in 2015.
  • Critical success — Praising the seafood, service, biscuits, desserts, and Sunday brunch, a local restaurant reviewer selected Devon as one of her top five favorite restaurants in south central Pennsylvania in 2014.
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What If… of Hershey

845 East Chocolate Avenue, Hershey, 717-533-5858

Lunch/Dinner: Monday through Thursday, 11 am to 11 pm; Friday and Saturday, 11 am to midnight; Sundays, 4 to 11 pm, dinner only

Happy Hour: Daily, 4:30 to 6:30 pm

 

Choose What If… of Hershey for its:

  • Eclectic American cuisine — Pan-seared scallops, fried calamari, and hand-cut steaks are among its signature dishes; the current menu also offers several pasta dishes, chicken and seafood entrees, plus veal and pork options.  
  • Small plates and specialty salads — The selection of small plates ranges from pierogies and pizza, to crab martini and baked Brie, to buffalo shrimp and bone-in short rib bites. Salads include wedge, arugula, spinach, Caesar, Greek, Gorgonzola, and watermelon and can be topped with shrimp, scallops, tuna, salmon, jumbo lump crab, lollipop lamb chops, or sesame chicken; there are seven house-made dressings plus six house-made vinaigrettes.
  • Plentiful desserts — The hot fudge peanut profiterole is a favorite, but the kitchen abounds with sweet creations: from brownies, cobblers, pies, and cakes, to paris-brest, tiramisu, mousse, and crème brûlée, to ice cream, sorbet, and gelato.
  • Martini menu — The house specialty is a fruit-infused vodka martini; also listed are vanilla watermelon, pomegranate, summer punch, sour cherry, grapefruit, and sweet and sour, as well as three gin martinis (French cat, Negroni, and basil smash) and four dessert martinis (vanilla cream caramel, white chocolate raspberry, espresso, and chocolate).
  • Romantic ambiance — The What If… restaurant qualifies as a hidden gem: After the unremarkable hotel exterior, the stairs to the lower level, and the front-room bar with televisions, diners will discover a large, welcoming dining area that’s divided into smaller, more intimate sections filled with candle-lit tables and booths.

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Piazza Sorrento

16 Briarcrest Square, Hershey, 717-835-1919

Lunch/Dinner: Monday through Wednesday, 11 am to 9:30 pm; Thursday through Saturday, 11 am to 10 pm; Sundays, closed, but Mr. Sorrento’s pizza and sub shop (at the same address) is open from noon to 9 pm

Happy Hour: Daily, 4:30 to 6 pm

 

Choose Piazza Sorrento for its:

  • Classic Italian cuisine — Piazza Sorrento’s menu is built on the family recipes of one of its owners, Anna Maria Collura, who was born and raised in Sicily. Her homemade ricotta cheesecake is a favorite.
  • Pizza — The hand-tossed pizzas can be simple (Traditional, White, and Old World), focused on vegetables (Margherita, Mediterranean, and Vegetarian), or topped with meat (Arugula, Prosciutto, Pecorino; Meat Lovers; Buffalo Chicken). The Woodsman, which is layered with sausage, pepperoni, prosciutto, mushrooms, black olives, roasted red peppers, and mozzarella cheese, was named by a local restaurant critic as one of her favorite pizzas in the region in 2015.
  • Gluten-free menu — The gluten-free menu is extensive, listing all 10 pizzas that appear on the regular menu plus five salads, five subs, and seven desserts. There are eight appetizers (bruschetta, eggplant involtini, baked crab dip, clams, garlic shrimp with crostini, ahi tuna, prosciutto mozzarella crostini, and Pete’s grand appetizer), eight lunch entrees, and 16 dinner entrees, including lasagna, five cheese ravioli, chicken Alfredo, penne Bolognese, garlic shrimp pasta, fettuccini with spicy crab, chicken or veal piccata, and chicken or veal Marsala.
  • Italian wines — Vineyards in the Abruzzo, Apulia, Emilia-Romagna, Liguria, Piedmont, Sicily, Trentino–South Tyrol, Tuscany, and Veneto regions of Italy supply the majority of the wines served at Piazza Sorrento.
  • Neighborhood feel — Residing in a shopping complex and adjoining a gas station, Piazza Sorrento doesn’t necessarily make a great first impression. However, inside, there’s a comfortable atmosphere in both the front room, which offers a few tables plus bar seating with televisions, and the main dining area with booths and tables.

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Troegs Tasting Room and Snack Bar

200 East Hersheypark Drive, Hershey, 717-534-1297

Sunday through Wednesday, 11 am to 9 pm; Thursday through Saturday, 11 am to 10 pm

 

And just for fun, don’t miss Troegs Brewing Company, a local craft brewery that focuses on seasonal and specialty beers. The current brewery tap list includes Master of Pumpkins (brewed with neck pumpkins harvested a few miles from the brewery), Dead Reckoning Porter (the flavor of which begins with chocolate and roasted malts), and year-round favorite Troegenator Double Bock (a 2014 Great American Beer Festival gold medal winner).

 

The snack bar, offering plenty of picnic table seating, features an unexpected menu, with items like root cellar vegetable chips with walnut salt and smoked cream cheese; duck confit with Yukon Gold pancake, braised red cabbage, cider glaze, and slab bacon; and porchetta on maple sweet potato roll with apple butter, endive sauerkraut, Amish cheddar, and hop fries.

 

The Troegs brewery in Hershey opened in 2011 after being relocated from Harrisburg. Tours are available every day of the week. In 2015, Troegs earned Harrisburg Magazine’s Simply the Best award for local beer and Susquehanna Style’s Best of Harrisburg award for best brewery.

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Delicious Dessert Recipe :: Pear Galette

Pear GallettFrank’s absolute favorite fruit is pears and our local farmers markets have a wonderful supply this year. This easier than pie, free form fruit tart is terrific with vanilla ice cream (another Frank favorite) or a dollop of crème fraiche. Guests at the Inn at Westwynd Farm always love this treat!

Ingredients
1 refrigerated pie crust (9-inch)
3 tablespoons of caramel sauce, divided
3 ripe Red or Green Anjou Pears
½ teaspoon cinnamon
2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons milk
1 teaspoon granulated or turbinado sugar

Directions
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Bring pie crust to room temperature as directed on package. Unroll the pie crust on a non-stick or parchment paper lined baking sheet. Spread one tablespoon of caramel topping on the crust, leaving a 1 ½-inch border. Peel, quarter and core the pears. Slice each quarter lengthwise into 4 even slices. Place pear slices in a bowl and toss with cinnamon and flour. Starting in the center, arrange the slices on the dough in a spoke pattern, in overlapping layers as necessary to fit and leaving a 1 ½-inch border. Drizzle the pear slices with 1 tablespoon of caramel topping. Fold the edge of the crust over the tart. Brush the top of the crust with milk and sprinkle with sugar. Bake 30 minutes or until crust is lightly brown. Let galette cool 10 minutes. Drizzle top of the fruit with the remaining tablespoon of caramel topping before serving.

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