October 27, 2011

The Sweetest Place On Earth

We awoke to another rainy day.  Not only rain, but also fog, which never seemed to lift throughout the day.  Tim and I are growing a bit tired of the wet weather, with more rain than usual for this time of year.  The tradeoff, I guess, is that temperatures in the Northeast have been much warmer than usual this month.  That’s been a very good thing.  A freeze warning, however, has been issued for tonight, which will be our coldest night so far.  Snow is even predicted for Saturday, although it’s not supposed to last.  We’re going to have to think about heading south before too long.

But enough about the weather.  Today was all about chocolate.  We spent much of the day in Hershey, Pennsylvania, at Hershey’s Chocolate World.  We took Hershey’s Great American Chocolate Tour, which was a real hoot.  The tour was a ride that followed the cocoa beans on a journey from the tropical rainforest to the processing plant at Hershey.  The ride explained the process of making chocolate and was really a lot of fun.  Yes, I know that’s hard to believe, but I really had fun on the ride.  Go figure!  Who knows what I’ll have fun with next.

Welcome to Chocolate World

Tim and Sarah Go For a Ride

Gabby, Harmony and Olympia, the Singing Hershey Cows
After our tour we had to stock up at the shop, which contains the world’s largest selection of Hershey’s products.  Not that we can’t purchase chocolate at almost any store, but shopping here just seemed the thing to do.  Besides, it gave us the ingredients for our own chocolate tasting later.  Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups are winning so far.

Reese's Peanut Butter Cups
Before we left town, we stopped at the Hotel Hershey, another grand, historic hotel that has been beautifully preserved.  The hotel is perched on a hill overlooking the city.  The impressive Fountain Lobby, inspired by a Spanish-style courtyard, is a wonderful space.

Hotel Hershey

The Fountain Lobby
We had hoped to enjoy a lovely tour through the Amish countryside of Lancaster County this afternoon, but could see little because of the rain and fog.  Instead, we ended up at BestBuy where we purchased a new camera.  A little retail therapy is not a bad thing on a rainy day.  Besides, we have hardly shopped on this trip.  We’ll see if the quality of the photos improves after today.


  1. Hope you are going to share!! NF & MH

  2. Sybil shared your blog on the Estes group. I am loving it! If you are near Springfield, IL, let us know!

  3. Wow, that's a lot to ask of us. We'll have to think about it and see if it will last until the end of next week. Sarah

  4. Donna, We're so glad you're enjoying the blog. Unfortunately, I doubt that we will be making it to Illinois, but who know. Sarah