(NewsUSA) – South central Pennsylvania, known as Dutch Country Roads (DCR), is like a beautiful patchwork quilt, each region woven together with threads of local color — especially its culinary treasures, craft beer and wine offerings. From Chambersburg to Reading, Pa., the growing mix of wineries and breweries provides a perfect opportunity to explore the area’s culture and cuisine.
Spirits: For the travelers who moonlight as wine aficionados, Adams County is new to the wine industry but already gaining nationwide attention.
Quaint Orrtanna boasts two wineries, Adams County Winery, tucked into the valley below the Blue Ridge Mountains, and Reid’s Orchard & Winery, which combines the rich fruit flavor of Adams County with its variety of wine.
Hauser Estate Winery, in Biglerville, is a favorite among locals and travelers, especially for its stunning view of the countryside.
The newest addition to the growing wine scene is a vast selection of artfully handcrafted wines at 15 award-winning, family-run wineries throughout Hershey Harrisburg Wine Country.
Beer lovers discover fine homemade brews at Cumberland Valley’s Market Cross Pub & Brewery, Al’s of Hampden and the Appalachian Brewing Company. Microbreweries also abound in Lancaster County.
Cuisine: DCR is full of delicious eats, too, and what is vacation without indulging your taste buds? Especially when wine and beer are involved.
From chicken potpie to braised pork medallions, Lancaster has many down-home eats and upscale cuisine. Visit local eateries, or sample homemade Pennsylvania staples like shoofly pie and scrapple.
While in Cumberland Valley, travelers can continue the culinary adventure by trying their hand at new recipes at The Kitchen Shoppe & Cooking School or Cornerstone Culinary Kitchen.
Plus, family-owned farmers’ markets in Franklin County offer an assortment of fresh fruits and vegetables, including “Chambersburg Peaches” — famous at roadside stands across the state. Greater Reading also has a sumptuous array of farm-fresh foods and Pennsylvania Dutch delicacies. Just visit the farm markets, roadside stands, breweries, wineries and festivals to understand how much they really value homegrown.
Trails: Get your fill of local culture and spirits on the Gettysburg Fruit & Wine Trail, combining farms and vineyards for a unique vacation. Taste the best in wine and beer on York County’s year-round trails, the Mason-Dixon Wine Trail and Susquehanna Ale Trail. Sip, savor and explore the region at more than 20 wineries, 13 breweries and one distillery.
Learn more at visitpa.com/regions/dutch-country-roads.