The kids are home, nothing's happening and you want to go away for a bit. But where to?
This week, Patch introduces a new feature: Hot Spots. Each week, we'll highlight a summer daytrip destination for you and your family. This week, we'll visit York County, PA
What's there? York County is known for its factory tours. And these tours are things you can really sink your teeth into—the county is home to names like Utz, Snyder's and Martin's, along with several candy companies. Read up on the tourism bureau website, and note some may come with admission, age or other restrictions.
If you're looking for a thrill, AE Balloon Flights offers weekend-only rides high above south central Pennsylvania.
If you're without little ones, tour the Mason-Dixon Wine Trail and the Susquehanna Ale Trail. The wine trail features the works of vineyards throughout southern Pennsylvania and northern Maryland (including Boordy Vineyards in Hydes). The trail includes a French-style chateau and boutique tasting rooms. The ale trail takes you on a tour of seven breweries in York, Hershey and beyond.
Eats? Bogey Macaws American Grill has an menu full of summer treats, an arcade and even a golf course. It's part of Heritage Hills Golf Resort, which is also home to several other pubs and restaurants worth checking out.
The Accomac Inn offers what the restaurant's website calls "creative cocktails." The gourmet menu includes macaroni gratin, terrine of duck and pork and a flourless chocolate cake.
How do I get there? York is a straight shot up Interstate 83. After leaving the Beltway, continue north for 37.4 miles to Exit 15 in Pennsylvania.
York County's Rabbit Transit runs weekday buses from Towson and Timonium to York County, but those run only three round trips daily.
More info? York County's tourism site offers directories, a free guide and information about discounts.
What other suggestions do you have for our readers? Where are your favorite places to go for a daytrip? Share in the comments!