I gave birth to my beautiful daughter at this medical center, and have been there on several other instances, as well. While I think the ER leaves much to be desired, my experience of childbirth was a different story. The labor and delivery room was large and cozy--as cozy as such a room can be, that is. After birth, we were moved to the recovery room--where I stayed until I was discharged. This room was basic, simple; it did have a chair that unfolded into a makeshift bed for my husband.
What I want to say most about my experience is the wonderful, wonderful nurses. I think I only had one nurse my entire stay who was not above-and-beyond-the-call-of-duty fantastic. They did come in every couple hours to check on me medically, and while I grumbled about it then (hello! I was just up all night giving birth!), I can't fault them for it! They were so helpful (as was the in-house lactation consultant) in establishing my breastfeeding with my daughter . I had to press the emergency call button once, and immediately, several nurses rushed into my room.
One thing to remember is that this is a teaching hospital, so you must expect medical students and interns. The ones I met during my stay were just as sweet as the nurses, and very eager to learn. They were not a bother and never made me feel uncomfortable.
The Crossroads is more commonly known as "the big white barn in Hershey," because that's exactly what it is! Instead of animals, though, it's filled with antiques. There are several floors with booths full of interesting antiques and crafty-type things; there are definitely more antiques than the crafty stuff, though. My brother collects vintage Hershey's Chocolate items, and he always has a very hard time deciding just what he can afford to buy when he visits--there are always too many great finds! The staff here is very friendly, making for a pleasant shopping experience. Make sure you plan for lots of time here, because you'll want to be able to see as much as you can. Seems like you can always find something that you've never seen before. Prices depend on the booth owner.
Olde Factory has a fantastic selection of antiques and crafts. It's got a really nice mix of antiques and crafty-type things--unlike some similar establishments where you're hit over the head with homemade crafts. When I visited a few weeks ago, I found an overload of great country decorative items for our home. (I had a hard time limiting my purchases!) There are three floors full of booths--the staff at the checkout desk will gladly hold your purchases until you finish your shopping. There is an elevator for those who can't do the stairs. I guess if I had to nitpick, I could say the aisles are a bit small--but with my little one in a stroller, most aisles are! This is the perfect place to get those little finishing touches for your home, or a lovely gift for someone who's hard to shop for. Attached to the Olde Factory is a nice little cafe, which is nice because you'll surely work up an appetite shopping!
Roadside America is one of those off-the-beaten-path type of attractions. It's relatively near tourist meccas like Hershey, but far enough away that visitors might not hear about it or want to make the trek. For locals, though, and anyone who does venture out there, it's a treat. I remember visiting Roadside America when I was a kid, and not much has changed since then! But that's not a bad thing--it's still pretty amazing. The main part of the attraction is the humongous train display. It takes up an entire (large) room. You can spend lots of time walking around the display, examining each little scene that's been created. There are waterfalls, towns, countrysides... and it's especially neat if you stay long enough to experience at least one nightfall. The overhead lights dim, and little lights pop on all through the display. There's really a lot to see. The gift shop(s) include lots of train-related items, of course, but also other interesting local items. You don't have to be a train-lover to enjoy Roadside America.
Steve Hein's is more than your average gas station/convenience store. It's much larger, and carries a nice selection of hardware and automotive supplies, as well as the limited selection of groceries that most larger convenience stores carry. They also have a deli, and fresh-made sandwiches and subs, along with macaroni salads, etc. One of our favorites is a dessert that combines whipped cream and crumbled Oreos--yummm. In addition, they provide services such as key-cutting. Nice one-stop shop.
Water Golf is a great mini golf course. The scenery certainly can't be beat--it's got gorgeous views of the Susquehanna River, thanks to its location on City Island. This location also puts it in the middle of a great family entertainment spot--when you're done golfing, you can visit the playground nearby, go for a walk by the river, or play some games in the arcade. It's a fun course to play, and never seems so crowded that you can't enjoy your round (last time we played, there was only one other customer). Pricing is good. Staff is friendly. In short, this is one of the better golf courses in the area.
Located about 45 minutes away from larger, more well-known HersheyPark, some visitors may wonder if a trip to Dutch Wonderland is worth it. I'd say it depends on the age and temperament of your children. DW is great for the younger set. There are more slower, gentler, family-type rides and attractions, and the park itself is smaller. The ticket prices are also cheaper. HersheyPark did take over ownership of DW a few years ago, and I would say that it hasn't really benefitted visitors. Prices went up, more rules went into place, and some of the old-fashioned charm of the place is now gone.
But, if you are looking for a quieter amusement park for your family, DW is the place to go. Plus, with its location in Lancaster, there are plenty more attractions in the surrounding area to fill your time.
Down a Country Road is a pretty amazing little store. Located on the main drag in Hummelstown, walking in is like walking into another world. The way the product is arranged is nothing short of artistic. It really speaks to your senses and makes you want to buy, buy, buy! There are lovely decorative accessories for your home and bath. Pricing is average for the merchandise you're getting--nice stuff! As you can tell by their name, they carry country-style decorative accents--but this is not cheap, cheesy stuff. It's cute, quality accents for your home.
Sugar Shack is a nice, almost old-fashioned candy shop. Walking into the store makes you feel like a little kid again; all the sweets are laid out before you (my personal favorite is the Jelly Bellies). You could probably buy the candy cheaper at a warehouse store, but you can't beat the experience. They have pretty wedding and baby shower favors, also. Just recently (fall 2005), they moved into a new, larger location just up the street from their old location. More room for sugar! The owners/staff are friendly and helpful. Bring the kids and stop in for a treat.
We love Garden Spot. Filled to the brim with mostly used furniture at great prices, you're sure to find something unique if you take the time to look. There are two full floors of furniture, including beds (even mattresses), dining room suites, end tables, coffee tables, and sofas and chairs. I've seen amazing deals on really interesting (and I mean that in a good way!) bedroom suites and dining room suites. The staff is helpful and will take the time to assist you in finding what you're looking for. When we need furniture, this is our first stop.