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After giving The Hershey Story a few weeks to get over those opening jitters, I made my way to the museum on Thursday to see what all the time, effort and money had wrought.
To be honest, I was skeptical. I loved the charm and the history of the Hershey Museum, and I wasn't happy about the contribution of my tax dollars to build the new place.
I'm happy to report that my skepticism was misplaced. The Hershey Story offered one pleasant surprise after another.
The interiors match the impressive exterior. The architecture is nothing short of stunning. The displays are informative and beautifully sequenced. The lighting is perfect. And best of all, The Hershey Story focuses on people: the story of Milton Hershey from boyhood to chocolate mogul; the importance of community; the legacy of Mr. Hershey and the immigrants who helped him build his factory and the town around it.
Better yet, the focus on people doesn't stop with the displays. From the moment we walked through the entry doors, we were welcomed and guided by friendly people. Staff and volunteers alike took the time to smile and say hello, and then offer their help. They were happy to talk about their own experiences in Hershey, and this added immeasurably to the experience.
After two hours spent wandering through the exhibits and enjoying a dessert at Café Zooka, I had only one nit-picky complaint: they're using non-dairy based topping on those beautiful cakes?!? The Hershey's Chocolate Coffeeholic Cream Cake shown above would have been a masterpiece had the oily topping been replaced with authentic whipped cream.
Save that minor (and easily corrected!) detail, I can recommend The Hershey Story without reservation. So much so that we'll be returning this weekend to buy our family membership so we can take our kids as often as possible!
February is Hershey's secret season. No, Hersheypark isn't open. Visitor counts are low. We're a little short on hours of daylight.
But that makes February one of the best months to visit! You can get into some great restaurants without a wait, there's an impressive new museum to explore, the trees are often covered in snow or frost at the Hershey Gardens (half-price admission and the makings for some awesome wintry photographs!) and last, but not least -- you can hit some Chocolate-Covered February events!
Chocolate-Covered February is in its fifth year, and it's not just some random tourist bureau "event." There are some outstanding special chocolate-themed meals, seminars and treats around town in February. Whether you'd like to take in a $55 chocolate and cognac pairing with dessert buffet or you want to take the kids to Hershey's Chocolate World for free samples after the ride, there's something for every age and every budget. Guest chefs and notables often appear during the month to offer their expertise as well -- and it's a real treat to watch Joseph Schmidt or John Scharffenberger talk about their passion for chocolate, or to enjoy a meal of Alison Barshak's inspired creations.
So check out the event list and choose a few. Don't forget that many events require pre-registration. And immerse yourself in Chocolate-Covered February.