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August's Featured Getaway: Summer Is Just Peachy When You Explore York

Published: 07/20/2015

Early August is prime peach season in York County, and during the month you're invited to pick your own, devour them on sundaes, sip their sweetness in a glass or two of wine and more. No matter where you start in York County, you're on the trail of a fantastic farm-fresh getaway weekend!

One of the best places to begin is at Brown's Orchards & Farm Market, which has grown from a roadside stand into a destination market with fresh local produce and a bakery, deli, cafe, homemade fudge and greenhouse - all just minutes off Interstate 83 in southern York County.

Not only can you shop your way through nature's bounty in the market, but Brown's pick-your-own peaches experience begins in August!

Or come for one of the free Sunday summer concerts at Brown's, and looking ahead, mark your calendar for the Orchard to Table Dinner featuring both peaches and apples August 21.

And you can't leave without enjoying ice cream and fresh fruit-topped sundaes from Brown's best-kept secret: the Shiver Shack!

Also enjoy the season in eastern York County at Flinchbaugh's Orchard and Farm Market's annual summer festival celebrating peaches on August 1 and August 8. Mark your calendars for pick-your-own peaches, take tractor-drawn hayrides through the peach orchard, and have your family experience kids' games and activities, fresh peach sundaes and more!

While you're there, journey through the on-site Corn Maze opening in late July and shop through Flinchbaugh's unique market of all things local and York County!

Don't forget that peaches aren't just for eating! Take a tour on the Mason-Dixon Wine Trail for wines made from local fruit such as Peaches Plus from Naylor Wine Cellars.

And this perfect summertime wine is made even better when mixed to make Peachy Mint Tea - one of several Naylor beverage recipes.

Also, Naylor's Shop, Eat and Dance special offer provides a just-peachy night cap for your peach season excursion through York County.

Complement a winery tasting and tour with an evening of Summer Sounds at the pavilion and then retire to your choice of recommended stays at nearby Hampton Inn - Shrewsbury or Jackson House Bed and Breakfast.

Or do you want city ambiance as a backdrop for your farm-fresh getaway weekend?

Come and enjoy nature's bounty - and so much more - amid the bustle of Downtown York starting inside Central Market House in the heart of York's Market District.

This historic market house dates to the late 1800s and features fresh and local produce, meats, baked goods, amazing lunch eateries, and many unique amenities and attractions.

Watch for upcoming events at the in-market YorKitchen or gather with friends for a craft beer at adjoining Mudhook Brewing Company - and plan to come back this fall as the Kable House Presents music series hosted at Central Market gears back up for another season.

Make reservations ahead of time in York's WeCo neighborhood, where the Roosevelt Tavern serves upscale seasonal farm-to-table fare in a historic building and casual atmosphere.

Then stroll to The Yorktowne Hotel - A Historic Hotel of America just a few blocks away from Central Market, where you've booked the Romance Package completing your farm-fresh night on the town with Champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries!

Maybe you also want to learn more about buying and eating better in a holistic sense?

If so, no visit to York County is complete without jetting out into the countryside to shop and learn at Sonnewald Natural Foods.

A family-owned grocery store since 1955, Sonnewald features more than 300 bulk foods, organic produce, flour grinding, raw milk and more - but perhaps the most important commodity here is the knowledge imparted by Willa Lefever and her staff.

And do you and your friends love to shop for more than farm-fresh produce and baked goods?

Across York County, crafts and culinary treats converge at numerous markets. Discover authentic Pennsylvania Dutch products and foods at The Markets at Shrewsbury or The Markets at Hanover in southern York County.

Right along Interstate 83 near the Mason-Dixon Line, The Markets at Shrewsbury is home to an Amish bakery, produce, eateries, gift shops, Amish-built furniture and more. And don't miss Peach Days July 30-August 1!

Or pair Hanover snack food tours and factory outlet shopping at Utz Quality Foods, Snyder's of Hanover and Revonah Pretzel with a visit to The Markets at Hanover featuring Amish and artisan vendors in an awesome market environment.

Trekking north, come and explore the antique gallery and flea market operating alongside authentic farmers market stands at Morningstar Marketplace, Inc. and discover flea market treasures along with fresh, local produce at Newberrytown Peddlers Market in northern York County.

No matter when you visit during the month, choose from a wide-ranging list of themed lodging packages and find the right option perfectly paired to your tastes for a spectacular farm-fresh getaway this August.

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