A 3-Day Weekend in Hershey, PA – Fire & Grain Restaurant, Hershey Trolley Works and Hershey’s Water Works at Hershey Lodge

If you follow along with me on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram {especially Instagram!} you will know that last weekend I spent a long weekend in Hershey, PA {WITHOUT the littles!}

<cue the choir of Angels>

Ok, so ASIDE from being super pumped for a little weekend away {I totally needed it} I was BEYOND excited to be selected as one of the bloggers to participate in the Sweet Welcome 2017 event hosted by Hershey!

So yes, Friday – Sunday a weekend all to myself in the Sweetest Place on Earth – sounds pretty amazing right?

We did SO MUCH that I totally have to break it all down into separate posts. I was very impressed with all the variety of things that Hershey, PA has to offer for friends, families, girls getaways and more reasons to enjoy a sweet weekend. 

We started our weekend off with a preview of the brand new restaurant – Fire and Grain. It just opened last week, is located right inside the Hershey Lodge and it.is.amazing.

The food is delicious, the drinks are creative and the vibe inside the restaurant is really fun.

Executive Chef Tom Moran was there to talk us through the restaurant, the menu and give us an idea of what diners can expect. I was loving learning about all the local and regional ingredients used to create the menu. 

And aside from the Chocolate Martini {pictured above and yes, it DOES live up to the hype} if I could have one of these s’mores jars delivered to me everyday, that would be fantastic.

Thanks.

Even better than you can imagine it would be, totally not Tone It Up approved and I loved every bite anyway.

#worthit

After we were wined and dined it was time for us all to board a trolley for a Hershey Trolley Works Tour. This tour was really special because it included chocolate tasting {yum}, sightseeing and historical entertainment through America’s Sweetest Town.

It was a great way to get a feel for the area and get introduced to the town of Hershey, PA!

Also, we had a trolley at our wedding, so trolleys have a special place in my heart.

The trolley tour covers the inspiring story of Milton Hershey and the main sites of the town of Hershey (the original chocolate factory, Mr. Hershey’s birthplace, his home Highpoint Mansion, Chocolate Avenue, the Hershey Kiss Streetlights, HersheyPark, and Milton Hershey School).

Fun Fact: The Milton Hershey School is a private philanthropic (pre-K through 12) boarding school in Hershey, Pennsylvania. It was founded and funded by Milton Hershey and his wife, Catherine. The school currently serves more than 2,000 students. A member of CORE: Coalition for Residential Education, it is the largest residential education program in the US. 

I was so impressed to learn so much about this school on the tour, it seems like such a great program! And I was even more excited to learn that anytime you purchase anything Hershey, a portion of proceeds goes directly to fund the school. How cool is that?

On the trolley tour we also learned chocolate facts, and were treated to some snacks as well, because – Hershey.

And check out that gorgeous {a little foggy} view of Hershey Park – more on that later – but throughout the weekend I continued to be impressed by the little town of Hershey and all it has to offer.

This is where you will start to realize the amount of chocolate we had on this trip. What am I there 3 hours at this point and already – chocolate martini, s’mores jar, Reese’s peanut butter cup, Kisses {not pictured but I won’t lie} and now stepping off the trolley a Hershey Bar.

Because, Hershey.

I love it. And obviously, I ate it.

After our trolley tour it was time for a tour of the Hershey’s Water Works at Hershey Lodge, where we were staying for the weekend! I don’t know about you, but I had NO IDEA that Hershey had such a sweet indoor pool complex. It was really impressive and perfect for the littles!

The Water Works is an exclusive and complimentary amenity for  overnight guests at Hershey Lodge! The pool complex features  30,000 square feet of splashing good times featuring Twizzlers Twists water slides and Reese’s Water Walk {shown below}! It also has some really fun interactive water features including the zero entry pool, sand castle spray zone, lighthouse tipping bucket, basketball hoops, and more!

I was really impressed with the activities for the variety of ages for kids. Both my boys would have an amazing time in this space and they would be so happy! I can’t wait to bring them back

And also in the Water Works there is a gorgeous gym, arcade area and even a game room for any kid who wants a little break from the pool. This new space was well thought out and really cool. 

After our tour it was time to eat again! This time we went to The ForeBay, also located in the Hershey Lodge.

Since everyone was still pretty full from dinner #1 at Fire & Grain and all.the.chocolate on the Trolley Tour we just stuck to drinks and some lights appetizers while our group chatted about our day and what we were excited about for the next 2 days! 

I can’t wait to share with you all the fun we had on Day 2 and Day 3!

Stay tuned for more Sweet Fun!

Have you ever been to Hershey, PA? If so – I’d love to hear what you did! And If not – I’d love to know what you would want to do!

I participated in the Sweet Welcome 2017 event. My time in Hershey, PA was hosted by Hershey, but as always, all opinions are my own.  

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  • Reply MIMS May 21, 2017 at 7:34 pm

    Your day one sounded amazing – I’d love to do exactly what you did too! You are right, the boys would love the Water Works!

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