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Meals while on vacation can be so stressful – high cost, unhealthy food, unfamiliar ingredients and dietary restrictions all present problems. Of course going to Hershey brings to mind only one kind of food – CHOCOLATE – but there’s plenty more to be had. Our family of four had 3 meals at the Hershey Lodge and HersheyPark, and one at Chocolate World and we were pleased with the options.
On our first night in Hershey, we had some activities planned at Chocolate World so decided we’d have a casual meal while there. Chocolate World is just outside the entrance to HersheyPark, and there’s a food court but no sit down restaurants. There’s plenty of seating. The food court offers a coffee counter, deli, pizza, soups, baked potatoes and more. We chose two kids meals of turkey/mashed potatoes, and a hot dog with mac and cheese. Both came with a drink and applesauce. The adults ordered chicken tenders with potatoes, and a baked potato. The four meals were enough for the four of us, and cost just under $30. Dessert – of course! Visit The Bakery for cakes, cupcakes, sweetened popcorn, brownies or milkshakes. Just try to resist!
We headed back to the hotel and explored after a dip in the pool. The Bear’s Den was active and busy and smelled of french fries. Since they were open late, we stopped in and ordered a plate to bring back to the room. I had to convince my kids that if I said it was okay – it was okay! What a treat to eat that late! The Lodge of course offers a full room service menu as well.
Saturday morning we were headed to HersheyPark and wanted to take advantage of early hours for resort guests. We stopped into the Cocoa Beanery for coffee, orange juice, a couple of bagels and a breakfast sandwich. The line was starting to get long (at 9 AM) but our sandwich was made within minutes. Toasters and butter were available for us to make our bagels as we desired. The Cocoa Beanery offered other pastries as well, and a cooler of bottled drinks. There was plenty of seating inside, and customers were also taking purchases into the lobby for more seating. The Cocoa Beanery is open until 11 PM with a menu that includes sandwiches and salads.
Saturday, we spent the day at HersheyPark. As with all theme parks, there was no lack of food to be had! We were pleased by the offerings of kosher, nut free, gluten free, and vegetarian options. Ingredients are even listed on the HersheyPark website. There are kids meals and counter meals, sit down meals and snacks of all kinds. No one in our family happened to be hungry at the same time (love when that happens right?) so we made a few stops for lunch.
First was at Famous Famiglia where the combo got us a drink, large slice of pizza and a side salad for about $9. This fed two of us. The next stop was a kids meal at the Dietz and Watson Grill, where we were entertained by the Rollin’ Down the River country music show. The meal came with a small sling bag (a souvenir for our American Girl doll!), a squeezable applesauce, a squeezable yogurt, milk and an order of chicken tenders and potato wedges. Again, this fed more than one of us. Later we indulged in some Dunkin Donuts coffee drinks and fresh kettle corn and a bottle of water. Vendors push food carts throughout the park, if you’re unable to make it to a food counter, or there’s a line. HersheyPark offers meal tickets, a prepaid meal and souvenir refillable cup for $14 which can be useful if you have older kids who are exploring the park alone.
Saturday night our dinner was off premises, but Sunday morning we stayed in the Hershey Lodge for a meal my son had been looking forward to – a breakfast buffet at Lebbie Lebkicher’s! The Lodge was participating in a Kids Stay and Eat Free promo so we expected a wait at 10 AM, but we were seated right away. Once we saw our friendly waitress we headed to the buffet. The usual fare of scrambled eggs, pancakes, bacon, sausage and hash browns awaited, but custom omelets were available to order as well. A table offered a variety of cold cereals and milk, and healthier and lighter options could be found by the fruit/yogurt table.
Looking for something really filling? Lebbie’s has a sausage gravy and a station with steel cut oats. There truly was something for everyone, and even my picky eaters went up for seconds.
Drinks were included and our kids got take home plastic cups with lids. Our waitress warned us about the extra pulpy orange juice which was appreciated, since that would not have gone over well! We stuck with the milk – chocolate of course! The buffet offered chocolate chips for your pancakes (or whatever!) and chocolate butter near the pastries. We weren’t rushed through our meal and lingered over coffee for a bit. The service was attentive and the food at the buffet was constantly checked and refilled.
Whether you prefer sit down or quick service, light meals or full options, you won’t be disappointed while visiting the Hershey resorts. Visit the Hershey Lodge website for all restaurant options and hours, and the HersheyPark website for park dining options and details.
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