Friday, March 14, 2014

Chocolate, Beer, Music... What else matters?

This past weekend, Brett and I decided to take a little road trip to Harrisburg!  Appalachian Brewing Company was putting on their annual "Winterfest" event and we decided to make the trip over for it.  We did a similar trip a few years ago for the very same reason.  And once again, we had a blast!

We hit the road Friday after work and made it to Harrisburg just in time to grab a bite to eat (and some beers, of course) before calling it a night.

On Saturday, we had lots of plans!  And these plans started with spending some time at Hershey!!  First, we spent some time at the Hershey Story museum learning all about Milton Hershey and how his famous chocolate came to be.  And THEN, we did a chocolate tasting!!  We got to try various chocolates from different regions all over the world and it was so awesome.  My love for chocolate is strong, so naturally this was one of my favorite parts of the weekend. :)  We also hit up the Chocolate World ride because what's a trip to Hershey without it. ;)

After all this chocolate, we need to take a breather before moving on to the next item on the agenda (beer!).  So we decided to head up to Hotel Hershey and walk around the grounds for a bit, since the weather was really awesome this weekend!

The sun was starting to set and we figured it was about time for some beer, so we headed over to Troegs Brewing Company (one of my faves!).  We reserved a spot on the last brewery tour of the day and it was pretty cool.  We got to go into the back of the brewery, where usually only the brewers are allowed, and learn all about Troegs and how they make their great beer.  And at the end, we got to do a beer tasting that resulted in a few free pint glasses, score!  And after the tour, of course we stuck around for a while drinking some beers and enjoying the cool vibe of the brewery.

After such a fun, jam packed day, it was time for Winterfest at Appalachian Brewing Company!  We got to drink local brews and see some great (and some not so great) bands throughout the night.  And of course, it ended with pizza. :)

On Sunday, we woke up and wandered around downtown Harrisburg for a while before hitting the road.  The sun was shining, but it was still pretty chilly.  We made the most of it though!

On our way home to Pittsburgh, we decided to make a detour visit to Johnstown (just like last time!) to take a stroll down memory lane.  We walked around UPJ's campus (where we both went & where we first met/kissed/lived/etc!), drove by our old apartment, and ate dinner at one of our favorite Johnstown restaurants (The Boulevard).

After all that fun, it was time to head home to Pittsburgh.  We definitely packed in a lot in a short 2 days.  Just goes to show that even a small weekend getaway can be so much fun!

Till next time!*


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