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Hershey PA worth the trip - My mother taught me to enjoy chocolate

I have always wanted to go to Hershey, PA ever since I was a kid.  My mother and I had plans to go "one day", but unfortunately, we never had the chance.  We talked about it on several occasions as my mother was an avid Hershey fan.  She loved chocolate, all kinds, but Hershey was definitely her favorite.  I have many memories of her buying the extra large bars from Walgreens in the 70s and 80s, sometimes with nuts and sometimes without. 
The trip was absolutely fantastic and Hershey, PA is definitely worth the trip!!
I had no real expectations for the trip, except to have fun and we did.
We stayed at Hershey lodge, which if your budget allows, is a must.  It's everything Hershey, clean, good food and every restaurant gives you kisses, of course, with every check.
Chocolate World is also a place to go.  This is where you can make your own Hershey Chocolate Bar, taste test the many chocolates they make, learn about chocolate, see a 4-D movie, meet the fun Hershey characters and buy your chocolate to take home with you.  Believe it or not, we did get all of our chocolate back to 105 degrees in Arizona without melting, which was a challenge with the East Coast heat, but well worth the efforts, as we are still enjoying our purchases.  They even have their own bakery with homemade goodies.  The best buy would be a toss up between kisses with macadamia nuts or an extra large peanut butter chocolate chip cookie with a large peanut butter cup in the middle...yum, yum...that alone would be well worth the trip back!!
Hershey park was also a hit with the kids.  Ranged 5-8, they all loved it with many rides and a water park area.  We did not go on all of them, but on enough of them that the kids had so much fun and were thrilled to be there.
I recommend at least 3 nights to enjoy the experience.  We spent two nights and 3 days and there was still plenty to do and see. 
As summer winds down, if you still want to make the effort to get away, look into it, I posted a link on my links page. 
I am happy to say, that I finally made the trip, instead of with my mother, with my daughter, who in many ways is just like my mother.  I felt that she somehow was there with me enjoying every minute and every indulgent bite of chocolate. 
My mother taught me to enjoy chocolate and I am glad she did!! 
Make the effort to do something that you have always wanted to do.  All of my
best, Dyan

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