Friday, October 10, 2014

Drinking Sarsparilla and Hunting Ghosts in Gettysburg Pennsylvania

On the way back from Hartford CT on our first trip in July, we made a little excursion into Gettysburg, PA to make the subject of history fun for my Doodle. She seemed to think it was boring. I, on the other hand, love history. Spooning it up with a vast knowledge irritates the 13 yr old wise teenager that she has quickly become - Evil maniacal laugh. The addition of ghosts is perfect for our October post, including the infamously haunted Gettysburg.

Road worn and hungry, we pulled into town, knowing from researching that there were far and few options in Gettysburg. But, one little pizza cafe, Deliso Pizza, was rated very high on Urbanspoon. We chanced it and although it isn't fine dining, it is definitely appreciated that the owner takes great care in providing possibly the safest option in town. She even uses rice flour and potato starch when handling her gluten dough so no cross contamination is flying in the air. That's nice.

Gluten Free Cheese Ravioli at Deliso

Sarsaparilla soda is a drink made from a root, if naturally made, which is uncommon these days. It was popular in the early 19th century for skin and blood problems, and is still popular at Mr G's Ice Cream Parlour. Most of their ice cream and toppings are gluten free. The bottles of their Sarsparilla are in an ice chest by the counter and made from natural ingredients also gluten free. So, stop in there and have a treat on a warm day. 

Mr G's Ice Cream Parlour - Banana Split and a Sarsparilla Soda

But, if in Gettysburg, and you want to have some fun with the kids, take one of their Ghost Tours that are abundant. Some are better than others by ratings on Trip Advisor. Ghosts or no ghosts, your tour will be informative in a fun way for all involved. We decided on the late night tour to fully enjoy without being in a crowd and am glad we did. The late night tours usually let you use the tools used by the famed Ghost Hunters of TV. These little gadgets are a blast, adding a bit of the TV magic to the tours.

After all that excitement and a late night hunting ghosts, we made our way back to the Baladerry Inn. This recommended spot was meant to be. The owner was aware of how to prepare breakfast gluten free and did an amazing job. As a matter of fact, another family had a gluten free child also. This made us all feel more at ease. The Baladerry Inn is said to be haunted as well, which led to loads of fun teasing Doodle about the man who likes their women guests. Nothing like making your child sleep with one eye open while you snore happily away.

From L to R: Our room in the old part of the Inn, Gluten Free Canapes served on roasted potatoes instead of crostini, Gluten Free Apple Upside Down Breakfast Cake, and Fresh Fruit Parfait started our day

Don't take our word for it. Book your trip today - We double dog dare you.