York, PA is known as the Factory Tour Capital of The world Located in Pennsylvania’s #1 tourist region! When I got word that Sara and I were going to York Pa I was so excited. Not only was I excited to see York but I was excited to be in the Factory Tour Capital. The number of factories located in York are endless and there is a Factory for everyone; From Harley Davidson, to Pretzel Factories, to soap factory Tours. When we first arrived we took a Steam Train ride at Steam into History. Here we took a 1hr Narrated Steam Train Ride where we learned history of the Underground Railroad. Narrators were dressed up in character and the whole ambiance made you feel like you were back in time! Make sure after your train ride to stop into their museum filled with great souvenirs.
Naylor Wine Cellars: Naylor Wine Cellars was officially founded in 1978 by Richard and Audrey Naylor. Wine making started as a hobby of Mr. Naylor’s in the late 60’s with dandelion wine being the first wine he ever made. With such a passion and interest in the wine-making process Naylor planted a vineyard is his backyard at his home in York. After winning many competitions he realized he could turn his passion into a successful business. When visiting Naylor Wine Cellars get a tour if you can where you will learn the history of how their business started. Make sure to pack a blanket and some snacks to pair with your wine as they have a beautiful property surrounding the cellar. Check their website out online to find out about upcoming events and bands they have playing.
The wine was great, I loved the variety. It was definitely different from the NJ wines I’m used to. I loved the wide variety they had also. It was awesome getting the tour of the winery, I’d highly recommend it.
Shank’s Mare Outfitters; After the Wine Cellar we continues on to the Shank’s Mare Outfitters which is located on the Susquehanna River. They have two convenient locations. At Shank’s Mare you can purchase kayak , rentals, lessons, eco-tours, hiking, and clothing. I would have to say Kayaking was my favorite part of the whole trip since it was Kayak at your own leisure Sarah and I had many laughs when we couldn’t get out of the rocks.
John Wright Restaurant: For dinner we went to John Wright and boy am I glad we did! If I had to sum up the dinner in one sentence I would say; excellent food & service with a stunning view! The atmosphere was unique as it is a restaurant that was transformed from an old warehouse to a casual dining experience with large windows and breathtaking views. If you have to wait a little for a table walk out back and enjoy the scenic view or sit on the patio and have a drink or two. John Wright is family oriented with a kids menu and games out back (a little toss) while also being a great place for a date or casual night out. I suggest a table near any of the large windows so you can enjoy the view during your meal as well.
The menu was awesome, very traditional but had a modern feel to it. The cocktail menu was very cool and fun. They had an awesome selection of wines, cocktails, and tastings. Some of the tasting were spirits in-house which I loved.
Some Food Suggestions we have are:
- Sun-Dried Tomato Hummus large portion great for sharing. Comes with Warm Pita, Kalamata Olives, Raw Local Feta, Cucumbers, Tomatoes and more!
- I also recommend the Pesto Chicken Skewers which are served with a Parmesan Peppercorn Sauce
- Our entrees were both phenomenal and well executed. I got this pork dish which was a special and it tasted great! Jess’s steak was nothing short of amazing, on par with temp & flavor!
Have time to make your trip a weekend stay make sure to check out Heritage Hills Golf Resort. A great family friendly resort centrally located between all of the attractions. Enjoy mini-golf of the premises and make sure to check out the amazing view out back. Sit back and enjoy Sunday brunch while overlooking the golf course.
Also don’t miss going to downtown York where they have events going all the time and have awesome local purveyors. We stopped by the Sunrise Soap Company where they legitimately make homemade soap. It was awesome to get the factory tour and see how it was made. I cherish the piece of soap we got forever. The owner has so much heart and truly loves her company which has been around for 13 years now.
I recommend that you check out York County, the Factory Tour Capital of the world. With Captivating history, quality food, wine and an exciting downtown you will have a fun filled getaway!
Check out http://www.visityork.org/ for the latest events and news as to whats happening in York.