A new hotel is set to open later this summer at the Outlet Shoppes of Gettysburg, representatives with As One Management announced this week.
The Holiday Inn Express & Suites Gettysburg Southeast will open in August and feature 99 guest rooms - a combination the brand's latest prototype guest rooms rooms and suites, as well as three meeting spaces and other amenities including a business center, fitness center, indoor pool and breakfast area.
The hotel is constructed on the southwest corner of the Outlet Shoppes of Gettysburg, visible from Route 15, and is the second hotel built on the property. The other, a Country Inn & Suites by Carlson, was built in 2001, and has been recently renovated. Both are owned and managed by As One Management - as is the Hilton Garden Inn on York Road.
Melissa Ferguson, who has held leadership positions with As One Management's other local properties - the Country Inn & Suites and the Hilton Garden Inn, will be the hotel's new General Manager. Tammy Felton will be the Sales & Guest Services Manager.
The Holiday Inn Express is the second of two hotels to open in Adams County, Pa., this year. In May, the Best Western Gettysburg opened on Steinwehr Avenue.
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Community invited to grand opening event
Members of the Adams County community are invited to celebrate the grand opening of the new Holiday Inn Express & Suites Gettysburg Southeast, on Sunday, Aug. 13, from 4 to 8 p.m.
The celebration will include a moon bounce, food trucks, 105.7 the X Peoples Morning Show Host Jen Shade. Vendors include Treat Yo' Self, Poppa J's Concessions and Uncle Moe's Soul Food.
As a way of supporting the community, As One Management's grand opening event will feature a dunk tank with local celebrities to benefit the Pennsylvania Wounded Warriors Inc.
The celebration will be held at the hotel, 1871 Gettysburg Village Drive, Gettysburg.
For the latest updates, check out the hotel's Facebook page by clicking here.
"Bounty of the County" is a new event in celebration of the bounty of the harvest by putting local produce on the tables of local restaurants from Aug. 11 through 20.
"The event is a new way to reach out to locals and those who visit the Gettysburg area and want to enjoy all that Adams County can offer, including produce from the orchards of the South Mountain Fruit Belt," said Sarah Lott Zost, promotions coordinator with the Adams County Fruit Growers Association , the organization leading the event. "Local farms have donated their peaches, apples and other produce to turn into special appetizers, entrees, desserts and beverages that highlight the great tastes and textures that come from farms right here."
"Bounty of the County" is the latest in Adams County's insurgence as a culinary destination. Gettysburg and the surrounding countryside boast a variety of foodie experiences, including great restaurants, food tours and events throughout the year. In addition, the region features a variety of wineries, cideries, craft breweries and distilleries - many of which pull ingredients straight from the Adams County soil.
"This new event is a great addition to the culinary experience in Adams County," said Norris Flowers, President of Destination Gettysburg. "We're excited to see our restaurants and chefs working so closely with the farmers here in the region."
Those wishing to participate in the "Bounty of the County" event simply need to visit one of the participating restaurants between Aug. 11-20 and choose from a variety of food and drink items on the customized menus.
Participating restaurants include the Dobbin House Tavern, Fidler and Co., Food 101, the Garryowen Irish Pub, the Inn at Herr Ridge, Mason Dixon Distillery, One Lincoln, the Pub and Restaurant and Treat Yo Self.
Since July 1, The Christmas Haus pop-up shop has occupied the Gettysburg Grant Building at 12 Chambersburg Street. Store owner Roger Lund is bringing his German artisan merchandise, which is only available at his New Oxford and internet store, to downtown Gettysburg. The pop-up store will be opened from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day until July 30.
“We are thrilled to have The Christmas Haus as our inaugural pop-up retailer. We joined Roger Lund on his buying trips to Germany and have come to appreciate all that goes into traditional German craftsmanship. The quality of this artisan work makes The Christmas Haus the perfect choice for the inaugural flash retail event in our new space,” said Monica E. Oss, one of the owners of the Grant Building.
In the United States, the concept of pop-up stores and flash events started in Los Angeles and has made its way to the East Coast. The name comes from the temporary nature of the operation, ‘popping up’ one day and disappearing the next.
The Christmas Haus is the first in a series of “exciting flash offerings” coming to the southwest corner of Lincoln Square, according to Monica. Over the next year high-end retail, art and culinary offerings will be taking over the Grant Building with their own pop-up stores.
“The Grant Building is being remodeled into a multi-use flash event space, which will feature art galleries, retail space, meeting space and a commercial kitchen,” said Monica. “We have leased the previously-closed café at 14 Lincoln, which is currently under renovation, and plan to use it for private culinary events.”
Destination Gettysburg is gearing up for its 2017 Operator FAM Tour next week with a seven-stop adventure through Adams County, Pa. Representatives from 11 tour companies are scheduled to arrive in late afternoon on Tuesday, July 18, and spend the 18 hours experiencing a wide variety of sites ranging from hotels and restaurants, to farm markets and other attractions including a sample of Adams County's emerging craft beverage scene.
The tour companies focus primarily on the senior/adult market and are mainly interested in interactive history, civilian stories and new culinary experiences.
In addition to the stops throughout the region, numerous member businesses are participating in an expo on Wednesday, July 19, to showcase their experience to the tour operators.
The Operator FAM is part of a three-day itinerary that includes sites in Lancaster and Hershey.
These FAM tours are great ways to personally introduce those who plan group travel to the experiences that Adams County has to offer. For more about Destination Gettysburg's group travel marketing, click here.
At the first Hospitality Heroes mixer, which took place on June 27, front-line employees from various businesses across Adams County not only got to network with each other, but got to interact with many of the National Riding Stables' rescue horses.
"Our first mixer went well. Attendees had the opportunity to learn more about the National Riding Stables and what they offer our visitors," said Donna White, Director of Member Services. "Everyone loved being introduced to many of the horses and feeding them carrots."
Those who attended the event were entered to win a Sheetz gift card and given a voucher for a free ride at the National Riding Stables.
The next mixer for Hospitality Heroes will be in August with more information to come soon on GettysburgTourismWorks.com.
Hospitality Heroes events are designed to provide an opportunity for front-line employees to meet their peers in the tourism community and learn first-hand about Adams County's popular attractions.
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