It’s starting to feel like Fall around here, and we lucked out with some clear, cooler weather during our trip to Hershey, PA last weekend. In a delightful twist of fate, Greg and I lucked out and were able to tag along on a trip with his family. We left D.C. after work on Friday and made the surprisingly easy 2 hour trip without a hitch.

The Hotel Hershey

Pulling onto the hotel grounds. This place is simply stunning.

Hello, Hotel Hershey!

The hotel is a sprawling Victorian-era build that was built in 1933. It’s perched on top of the ridge overlooking the park – giving it some of the best views around.

There are multiple restaurants, a bar, spa, gift shops, a coffee shop, indoor AND outdoor pools – all on the hotel grounds. Many guests take to lounging on the hotel’s expansive deck that overlooks the park, mountains, and town of Hershey, PA below.

Hershey Gardens

The next day, after a trip to Hershey Park and a chocolate massage at the Chocolate Spa for me, Greg and I decided to visit Hershey Gardens, a 23-acre botanical gardens located adjacent to the Hotel Hershey.

Included in your admission to the gardens is access to the Butterfly Garden, home to over 500 butterflies that float and fly and flutter right near you. It’s one of just 25 tropical butterfly gardens in the U.S. – making it a really unique spot.

The rose garden is a must see. There were roses in every shade, size and color imaginable, making for some very pretty photos.

There’s the Hotel Hershey in the background looking all pretty.

Looking back onto the fountain and butterfly garden.

Zero fun was had taking photos of the roses. And ourselves. Zero.

We ended the day with a delicious meal at the Harvest – also located right on the Hotel Hershey Grounds. The menu focused on local fare and had plenty of gluten free options.

After dinner we caught the last of the sunshine on the expansive deck in front of the hotel. They even had a fireplace going since the air had gotten pretty chilly towards the end of the day.

On Sunday, we did a bit more exploring – including paying a visit to Chocolate World and taking a tour of Hershey, PA by trolley. Then, we had to say goodbye. But there are already discussions in Greg’s family about going back around Christmas time. Looks like I might be back to Chocolate Town, USA soon.