My Sweet Welcome Weekend in Hershey, PA

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I spent the weekend in Hershey, PA as part of a media event to learn about some of The Hershey Company’s properties.  I received complimentary lodging to facilitate this event.  No compensation was received.  All opinions are 100% my own.

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If you follow me on social media, you might have seen some of the pictures that I posted during this weekend.  I spent the weekend in Hershey, PA as part of their intensive immersion program to learn all about many of They Hershey Company’s amazing attractions and accommodations available to the public.

We have traveled to Hershey many times over the years.  We have gone to Hersheypark and Chocolate World but that’s about it.  My eyes have been opened over the last 3 days to just how many family-friendly things there are to do in that town!  I will be sharing so much more information with you over the next few weeks, but figured I could post a few picture highlights, as well as links to all of the places we stayed, ate and explored!

Our lodging for both nights was at the beautiful Hershey Lodge.  My room was so comfortable and welcoming! We ate breakfast at the Hershey Grill next door (3 words: S’mores French Toast).  The Lodge was decorated for Christmas and was absolutely picture perfect!

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We had a blast exploring Hersheypark Christmas Candylane and Sweet Lights (the drive-thru light spectacular) on Friday night.

Yesterday we got a great dose of Hershey history by way of the Hershey Trolley Works Tour.

Lunch was decadent, not to mention I couldn’t stop smiling because, yes, it had my name.  We ate some scrumptious seafood at Devon’s.

From there it was time for a tour of Hersheypark Camping Resort.  The campground was beautiful and offered everything from primitive tent sites to deluxe fully furnished cabins available for rentals.  I can guarantee that you will find our camper in there at some point next year!!

The ZooAmerica North American Wildlife Park was new to me and I had so much fun on their “After-Hours Behind-the-Scenes” Tour.  I held an owl, fed two BEARS, fed some cute sea otters and so much more!

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Continuing with the “bear” theme, we left ZooAmerica and headed down the road to the Giant Center and watched a Hershey Bears hockey game.  What a great night!

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This morning was all about relaxation and pampering.  After a sumptuous breakfast at The Circular restaurant in The Hotel Hershey, we were off to the spa.  I awaited my pedicure by reading a book while sipping on some delicious hot cocoa.

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I was treated to the most FABULOUS feeling “Sweet Feet” treatment which was a pedicure with a chocolate sugar exfoliation, chocolate mask for the feet, intensive moisturizing treatment, and nourishing chocolate massage. We ate lunch in the Oasis Restaurant which is located right inside the spa.

After lunch we took a short walking tour of The Hotel Hershey and learned about the inspiration that Milton Hershey drew from to build his hotel.

Just a short walk or drive from the hotel is Hershey Gardens which includes a Butterfly Atrium!

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Our very final stop on this jam-packed weekend was back to the Hershey Lodge where we enjoyed some more hot cocoa at their Holly Jolly Hot Cocoa Bar.

I made the 2 hour drive back home this evening and was greeted by kids and a husband who were all very thrilled with the large amount of Hershey Chocolate that made its way home with me.

I want to send a huge thank you out to the Hershey Company for taking the time to show me all of these amazing properties and for giving me the opportunity to experience so many things!  I look forward to sharing more information from the trip in the weeks to come!

Has your family ever been to Hershey? What were YOUR favorite things to do there?

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