We awoke in our palatial hotel room at the Wingate by Wyndham with grand plans to go into Philadelphia and visit all of the historical sites. A quick look out the window into the pouring rain led to a change of plans that included only indoor activities.
Our first stop of the day was in Nottingham, PA, for the Herr’s Foods Snack Factory Tour. Herr Foods started in 1946 when James Herr bought a truck and three iron pots for cooking potato chips for $1750. From these humble beginnings, Herr’s has grown into a major enterprise, selling over 340 different snack food items in 20 states.
The factory tour led us through all phases of their chip and pretzel making processes and was really cool. The machinery used to make chips and other snacks on such a grand scale was amazing. Unfortunately, no cameras were allowed, so you’ll have to take our word for it. The best part of the tour was getting to sample warm potato chips that had just come of the line on their way headed to the bagging stations.
Our second indoor stop of the day led us to New Castle, Delaware, and Bowlerama. The family bowled two games (luckily we paid by the game and not by the hour because we bowl VERY slowly), and everyone had a grand time.
Thanks to a little iPhone research we found our dining venue for the evening. We headed to a nearby mall in Delaware that had another Cheesecake Factory. Two nights in a row at the same restaurant is no problem for this group, especially when cheesecake is involved.
Despite the rain, we had a great, fun-filled day!