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Hotel Hershey – More than just Chocolate

In Northeast, Restaurants by Daryl & Mindi Hirsch7 Comments

We are more likely to get on a plane than we are to take a trip within our own state.  That’s a shame since there’s so much to do right here in Pennsylvania.

We recently spent a jam-packed weekend in the Harrisburg area.  A highlight of the weekend was the Saturday morning Segway tour and lunch at the Hotel Hershey.  We knew about the park and the chocolate.  We’d heard about the chocolate massages.  But it turns out that there’s more to Hershey.  Or so we found out during the Segway of Hershey off-road tour.

Segway of Hershey

Segway of Hershey

Segway of Hershey Tour

We had never ridden Segways before, and the off-road versions seemed initially daunting to Mindi.  Daryl rode the Segway like a pro from the start.

Daryl on the Hershey Off-Road Segway Tour

Daryl on the Hershey Off-Road Segway Tour

The informative tour guides taught us basic Segway skills, and we spent an enjoyable two hours gliding around the hotel grounds and along private wooded paths.  We heard colorful stories about the history of the company and founder, Milton Hershey.  It was a pleasant way to spend an autumn morning, and the tour got our appetites primed for lunch.

View from the Hershey Off-Road Segway Tour

View from the Hershey Off-Road Segway Tour

Lunch at Harvest at Hotel Hershey

We conveniently had lunch at Harvest on the Hotel Hershey grounds.  Harvest features local ingredients sourced from purveyors including Rettland Farm, Hummingbird Farms, Lancaster Co-Op and Groff’s Meats.

Harvest at Hotel Hershey

Harvest at Hotel Hershey

Upon sitting down in a private room with big picture windows overlooking the Hershey Hotel grounds, we both ordered drinks.  Not surprisingly, Daryl opted for wine.  Mindi, however, went for the Hershey Kisses Signature Chocolate Martini.

Hershey Kisses Signature Chocolate Martini with 360 Chocolate Vodka, Vanilla Vodka and White Crème de Cacao

Hershey Kisses Signature Chocolate Martini with 360 Chocolate Vodka, Vanilla Vodka and White Crème de Cacao

Daryl started the meal with a big bowl of She Crab soup, and Mindi got the sampler with three small bowls of soup.  Daryl made a good choice since the She Crab soup was the best soup of the three.

Soup Sampler with She Crab Soup, Pennsylvania Dutch Chicken Rivel Soup and Pumpkin Pear Soup

Soup Sampler with She Crab Soup, Pennsylvania Dutch Chicken Rivel Soup and Pumpkin Pear Soup

For the main course, Daryl had the Fish and Chips made with Yuengling beer batter.  Mindi had the recommended lobster cobb salad.

Entrees at The Hotel Hershey's Harvest

Entrees at The Hotel Hershey’s Harvest

We just had to try a dessert.  Hello, we were at chocolate headquarters.  We shared a Candied Bacon Maple Cheesecake, but we sadly only had room for a bite or two.

Maple Cheesecake with Local Apple Compote, Caramel Sauce and House-Made Chocolate Dipped Candied Bacon

Maple Cheesecake with Local Apple Compote, Caramel Sauce and House-Made Chocolate Dipped Candied Bacon

Although we enjoyed the meal and our conversation with lunch companion Laurie Forster, it’s fair to say that the colorful Red Hat Society ladies were having even more fun at their table.

Red Hat Society at Hotel Hershey's Harvest

Red Hat Society at Hotel Hershey’s Harvest

It’s true.  Hershey is a happy place for people of all ages.

Harvest is located at 100 Hotel Road, Hershey, PA 17033.

Disclosure: The Segway tour and lunch were provided by the Hershey Harrisburg Regional Visitors Bureau as part of our participation in the Fall Cornucopia Media Weekend.  As always, all opinions expressed are completely our own.


Comments

    1. Lucky you to have such delicious food in Italy. We went to a fabulous chocolate festival in Florence a few years ago. Hershey is delicious too – you should check it out if you come to the U.S.

  1. Have not yet been to Hershey (or Penn) for that matter. Glad to see there’s some succulent treats for big kids. too! Will have to get myself there.

  2. Oh, I haven’t been there but gladly I saw this blog. Hershey is the best place for all ages – I agree with this, since the Red Hat Ladies on the photos are looking very happy.

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