I sometimes find it hard to believe, that the beautiful town of Hershey was right down the road from where I grew up. Even though I grew up near Hershey, I have mentioned I'm more of a Ghirardelli boy. Hershey isn't bad, but I get a waxy taste to it. But that's here nor there...no denying the town of Hershey is a beautiful little town, and one of the jewels is the Hotel Hershey and it's rose gardens. Who knew all these years later I'd be going weekly to the hotel as the floral shop my friend has does the weekly florals for all of the Hershey properties. Again...is it work?
Apparently Mr Hershey faced the decision of providing welfare for his town or employing them. Thankfully , he chose the later and his dream of building The Hotel Hershey commenced. At a time when the nation was gripped in the Great Depression, Milton Hershey decided to build a magnificent hotel atop of Pat's Hill over looking the chocolate factory. D.Paul Witmer was the architect who designed the hotel, who designed it after a hotel Hershey used to stay, when he visited the Mediterranean. It has a U-shaped base with a tower at either end. The hotel turned into a 170 room hotel, with Spanish patio, tiled floors, a grand fountain and a dinning room without corners. Since then there are 5 dinning places in the hotel, shops two bars, and a full service spa. My mother and I often visited the rose garden and the butterfly arboretum in summers past. I took a walk one day after service to take a stroll.