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PA ON SCREEN & ON PAPER PA’s big hits at the movies, on TV and in novels.

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PA’S DINERS

The diner is an American institution, one that’s alive and well in Pennsylvania. Learn the lingo, meet the owners, and salivate over the blue plate special in our spotlight on some of the best places to feed your need for comfort food. » BY BOB FRYE

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COLLEGE CONNECTION

For every great college in PA, there’s a great college town. Explore 10 of them with us, and discover cozy cafés, interesting museums and more. » BY BLAKE VOSSEKUIL

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HAVE LEASH, WILL TRAVEL If you fret at the thought of leaving Fluffy or Fido at a kennel, read our tips on traveling comfortably with pets in the State of Independence. » BY GENNIFER BIGGS

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RACINOS Gaming is big business across the state, with the arrival of the “racino” – that racetrack/casino combo that delivers big entertainment, often in plush surroundings.

Info on eco-friendly souvenirs, hotels with a conscience and eating local.

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BOX OFFICE INSIDER Pennsylvania’s performing arts scene explored.

REGIONS

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Regions at a Glance

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Northeast Pennsylvania Mountains

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Pennsylvania Wilds

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Pittsburgh and Its Countryside

Philadelphia and The Countryside

Pennsylvania’s Great Lakes Region

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The Alleghenies and her Valleys

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Dutch Country Roads

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BEHIND THE SCENES

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from the PA Tourism Office With the Web an ever-increasing force in consumers’ travel planning, we wanted the Pennsylvania Pursuits Insiders Guide to evolve to meet your needs as travelers. Gone is the “phone book” model of destination guides, with endless pages of listings. (Looking for an individual listing? Find it at your fingertips on our awardwinning travel website, visitPA.com.) Now in your hands is the Pennsylvania Pursuits Insiders Guide, filled with inviting stories about the Commonwealth’s unique attractions, diverse communities and favorite hotspot suggestions from locals. The Guide continues to be organized by our tourism regions, which allows you to explore attractions just around the corner from your initial destination. We have packed it with roadtrips and getaway ideas that reach into every nook and cranny of the state. HOW DID WE DO? Please send us your thoughts on the new Insiders Guide to insidersguide@visitPA.com. – J. Mickey Rowley, Deputy Secretary of Tourism

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At time of press, every effort was made to ensure the accuracy of the information contained within this magazine. The Pennsylvania Tourism Office and The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania are not responsible for any typographical errors or omissions. We recommend that you call establishments before traveling to obtain current information.

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Edward G. Rendell Governor DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNITY AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT George Cornelius Secretary J. Mickey Rowley Deputy Secretary of Tourism Richard Bonds Executive Director Tourism Marketing Michael Chapaloney Director of Tourism Communications Kalin Miller Publications Manager MILES MEDIA Jay Salyers Regional Publisher Hannah Kelbaugh Project Manager Janet Fusco Executive Editor

On the set, from left: Miles Media’s Jennifer Duncan designing content. Philadelphia’s Water Works cover photo shoot; photographer Jason Varney getting the perfect shot.

ust what does it take to deliver a new Pennsylvania Pursuits Insiders Guide to you? First, it takes a commitment of time and talent: Our closest guess is that, by the time this publication goes to the printer, 57 people in five different offices will have worked approximately 3,987 hours over the course of 10 months to put a finished product into your hands. We had a lot of fun doing it. Twenty-five writers from 20 Pennsylvania cities and towns wrote our copy. Philadelphia-based freelance photographer Jason Varney conducted three photo shoots for us, including his favorite: a story on Pennsylvania’s diners (Jason’s favorite dish: the baked beans at Kuppy’s in Middletown). Senior Designer Jennifer Duncan loved creating the magazine’s new, bright color palette – and designing “Have Leash, Will Travel” (she has two dogs and two cats of her own). As with any big new project, it was a labor of love. In this case, however, “delivery” took on new meaning as two key staff members (Editor Erica Levi Zelinger and Art Director Kim Hanrahan) welcomed new editions in the middle of production: babies Zoey Pearl and Oliver Doran. From our gorgeous cover, shot at Water Works restaurant in Philadelphia to our chock-full-of-ideas regional sections, we hope you enjoy the read. We’ve enjoyed the ride.

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Erica Levi Zelinger Editor Kim Hanrahan Art Director Jennifer Duncan Senior Designer Mike Tompkins Photo Library Manager Melissa Chaffee Advertising Account Manager Jim Hambrick Loren Jordan Rob Schwab Sales RED TETTEMER Steve Red President, Chief Creative Officer Bryon Lomas VP, Creative Director Jennifer Ostrich VP, Director of Account Management Greg O’Loughlin Account Director For additional copies, go to visitPA.com or call 800.VISIT.PA. For advertising information, please send your request to paadvertising@milesmedia.com. The 2009/2010 Pennsylvania Pursuits Insiders Guide is a publication of the Pennsylvania Tourism Office. All rights reserved. © 2009.This publication may not be reproduced in whole or part in any form by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photography, recording or by any information storage and retrieval system known or hereafter invented without written permission from the Pennsylvania Tourism Office. The information and advertisements in this publication do not imply endorsement by the Pennsylvania Tourism Office, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania or the publisher.

Thank you to all contributing photographers for their beautiful images: John Baker, Becky Thurner Braddock, Bill Denver, Eric Forberger, James Fotia, Michael P. Gadomski, Dan Gardner, Jeff Greenberg, Ron Lutz II, Matt McCourtney, Kent Nelson, Shawn Ryan, Chris Sembrot, Mike Tompkins, Jason Varney and GPTMC photographers K. Ciappa, R. Kennedy, B. Krist, A. Nowitz and Leonardi. Thank you to contributing illustrator: Teresanne C. Russell. And, to all of the writers who provided their insider knowledge on Pennsylvania, thank you for being the eyes and ears of the Keystone State: Gennifer Biggs, Marianne Clay, Heather DalleTezze, Lisa Duchene, Eric Fengler, Bob Frye, Bryan Greenberg, Melissa Auman Greiner, Christen Gruebel, Jennifer Iacovelli, Katy Rank Lev, Jeff P. Lewis, Diane McCormick, James McWhinney, Kim Maialetti, Blake Miller, George Miller III, Heidi Ruby Miller, Sue Marquette Poremba, Robyn Russo, Mary Stotler, Constance Trump, Elaine Vitone, Ed Wetschler and April White.


Thanks. We’re glad you’re playing in Pennsylvania. READER RESPONSE

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WHEREVER YOU’RE HEADED, A GREAT STAY IS NEVER FAR AWAY

ENJOY SPECIAL SAVINGS JUST FOR PENNSYLVANIA TRAVELERS. Pennsylvania is full of great things to see and do, and with Holiday Inn® and Holiday Inn Express®, a fun and affordable stay is always just around the corner. At Holiday Inn, you’ll enjoy restaurants where Kids Eat Free*, as well as lounges and room service. And at Holiday Inn Express you’ll be able to jumpstart your day with the Free Hot Express Start® breakfast bar. Plus, at any of our hotels, enjoy FREE high-speed Internet access and Priority Club® Rewards** every time you stay. Book the Visitors Guide Rate and you can enjoy our great rooms and amenities at a significant discount.

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ALLENTOWN AREA

PHILADELPHIA AREA

● Allentown – Dorney Park Area (610) 437-9255

● Fort Washington (215) 643-3000

● Allentown - I-78 (Lehigh Valley) (610) 391-1000

● King of Prussia (610) 768-9500

● Allentown Center City (610) 433-2221

● Philadelphia – Stadium (215) 755-9500

● ALTOONA (814) 944-9661 ● BLOOMSBURG (570) 387-6702 ● BREEZEWOOD (814) 735-7666 ● CHAMBERSBURG (717) 709-9009 ● CLARION (814) 226-8850 ● EASTON (610) 923-9495 ● FRACKVILLE (570) 874-1700 ● FRANKLIN – Oil City (814) 677-2640 HARRISBURG AREA ● Elizabethtown (Hershey Area) (717) 367-4000 ● Harrisburg – Carlisle (717) 245-2400 ● Harrisburg - East (Airport Area) (717) 939-7841 ● Harrisburg – Hershey (717) 657-2200 ● Harrisburg – West (717) 697-0321 ● Harrisburg (Hershey Area) I-81 (717) 469-0661 ● Harrisburg (PA Tpk Exit 40A) (717) 774-2721 ● Hershey (Harrisburg Area) (717) 583-0500 ● INDIANA (724) 463-3561

● Philadelphia NE – Bensalem (215) 638-1500 ● West Chester (610) 692-1900 PHILADELPHIA DOWNTOWN AREA ● Philadelphia – Historic District (215) 923-8660 ● Philadelphia – Midtown (215) 735-9300 PITTSBURGH AREA ● Beaver Falls (PA Tpk Exit 13) (724) 846-3700 ● Center Township (724) 728-5121 ● Irwin (PA Tpk Exit 67) (724) 861-9000 ● Pittsburgh – Allegheny Vly-RIDC (412) 963-0600 ● Pittsburgh – Intl Airport (412) 262-3600 ● Pittsburgh – North Hills (412) 366-5200 ● Pittsburgh – Parkway East (412) 247-2700 ● Pittsburgh Airport (412) 788-8400 ● Pittsburgh West Mifflin (412) 469-1900 ● Washington – Meadow Lands (724) 222-6200 ● QUAKERTOWN (215) 529-7979 ● READING (610) 372-0700 SCRANTON AREA

LANCASTER AREA ● Lancaster – Lititz (717) 625-2366 ● Lancaster – Rockvale Outlets (717) 293-9500 ● Lancaster County (717) 336-7541 ● MEADVILLE (I-79 EXIT 147A) (814) 724-6012 ● MORGANTOWN/PA TURNPIKE EX 298 (610) 286-3000 ● MT PLEASANT – Scottdale (724) 547-2095

● Holiday Inn® Location

● Scranton – East (Dunmore) (570) 343-4771 ● Wilkes – Barre/Scranton (Airport) (570) 654-3300 ● Wilkes – Barre East (570) 825-3838 ● SOMERSET (814) 445-9611 ● STATE COLLEGE @WILLIAMSBURG SQ (814) 867-1800 ● UNIONTOWN (724) 437-2816

● Holiday Inn Express® Location


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PA POSTCARD Muddy Creek in Lawrence County. Photograph by James Fotia

New Ways in PA The Keystone State ventures into 2009 with a list of new attractions, anniversary celebrations and fun awards that showcase the best of the best around Pennsylvania. PENNSYLVANIA, A NATURAL CHOICE:

This year, Pennsylvania is adopting several “green” initiatives to cut down on our carbon footprint, including the new Pennsylvania Wilds Elk Country Visitor Center in Benezette. In addition to help-

New Ways to See PA

ing ensure the future of elk and other wildlife, the center was built with locally available materials and

Planning a trip to Pennsylvania? Log on or tune in to

designed to lessen environmental impact.

some of the Keystone State’s interactive content.

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY:

NEIGHBORHOOD VODCASTS Discover Philly’s most

There are lots of candles to be blown out this year

fascinating neighborhoods on a video tour and “Eat Your

as we celebrate the arts, oil history and travel. The

Way Through Chinatown” or learn about “Fishtown and

Westmoreland Museum of American Art in Greens-

Kensington: Sustainable and Green.”

burg celebrates 50 years of exhibiting American and

www.uwishunu.com

southwestern Pennsylvania art. The Oil Heritage

NAVIGATING PHILADELPHIA Tour Philadelphia’s most

Region honors its 150th anniversary of the start of

historic square mile with the GPS Ranger, a multimedia

the modern petroleum industry. The Hotel Hershey

guide with videos, imagery and fun facts. Pick one up at

will embark on a $55 million expansion to com-

the Independence Visitor Center ($15.95).

memorate its 75th anniversary.

www.independencevisitorcenter.com

IN THE NEWS:

MAPPING IT OUT Take a roadtrip across visitPA.com’s

Walk Score, a website that promotes walkable

redesigned website. Follow the new interactive map with

communities, ranked Philadelphia the 5th most

suggested itineraries, and then download entertaining

walkable U.S. city. The top seven neighborhoods

podcasts. Want to tell your own roadtrip tale? Log onto

in Philadelphia, the survey said, are considered

visitPA.com to share your story!

“Walkers’ Paradises.”

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PLUGGED IN TO PENNSYLVANIA

Wine Trails

History Trails

William Penn brought grapevines with him to the new world in the 1600s, and now Pennsylvania has wineries and vineyards in more than half of its 67 counties. The Pennsylvania Winery Association’s website provides PA wine news, PA wine facts and a list of wineries that celebrate the state’s wide range of grape varieties.

Take a journey on PA’s four trails of history exploring the rich heritage and idyllic beauty of the state. No matter which trail you choose – the Military History Trail, Industrial Heritage Trail, Rural Farm and Village History Trail or Historic Homes Trail – it will lead you to experience the people, places and events that make Pennsylvania so special.

FOR MORE INFO, LOG ONTO WWW.PENNSYLVANIAWINE.COM

FOR MORE INFO, LOG ONTO WWW.PATRAILSOFHISTORY.COM

Pennsylvania Festivals

State Parks and Forests

Punxsutawney’s Groundhog Day is the only Pennsylvania festival where a furry rodent pops his head out of a hole, but the Keystone State has more than 100 exciting fairs and festivals all year long. Celebrate music, heritage, film and contemporary arts and make a weekend roadtrip out of it!

Pennsylvania’s 2.1 million acres of state forest land and 117 state parks are just a click away. The Commonwealth’s Department of Conservation and Natural Resources website offers a wide range of outdoor adventure suggestions, greenways and trail information, hot topics and park profiles at a glance.

FOR MORE INFO, LOG ONTO VISITPA.COM/FESTIVALS

FOR MORE INFO, LOG ONTO WWW.DCNR.STATE.PA.US

Guiding Your Way Pennsylvania is an amazing place to visit, but don’t just take it from us! Check out these new guides:

BOOMING BLOG Looking for that out-of-the-way burger heaven or details on a summer street festival? Prefer to post your own opinions on that funky PA gift shop you happened upon or where you saw the prettiest sunset in the whole state? Become a guest blogger on www.thesavvygrouse.com and share your comments on Pennsylvania travel. www.thesavvygrouse.com A WILD RIDE Get in touch with your wild side with one of PAWilds.com’s podcasts, well-narrated entertaining audio

Compass American Guides: Pennsylvania, 3rd edition, $15.95 - Douglas L. Root. This updated guide features PA’s newest attractions plus the author’s favorite restaurants and hotels around the state.

Insiders’ Guide to Pennsylvania Dutch Country, 2nd edition, $17.95 - Marilyn Odesser-Torpey. The author, a native of Philadelphia, fell so deeply in love with Dutch Country while researching her book, she moved there. Informational icons throughout highlight useful tidbits for readers.

Joe Sixpack’s Philly Beer Guide: A Reporter’s Notes on the Best Beer Drinking City in America, $14.95 - Don Russell.

legheny National Forest and Punxsutawney. You’ll hear great

Philadelphia Daily News reporter Don Russell isn’t just partial to Philly’s classic watering holes; he claims that beer is in Philly’s DNA. Chapters cover breweries, brew pubs and, of course, the beer.

suggestions on scenic overlooks, restaurants, attractions,

Backyard Birds of Pennsylvania, $9.99 - Bill Fenimore.

hiking hotspots and some background on Groundhog Day.

From ruby-throated hummingbirds to black-capped chickadees, keep this guide handy as you stroll PA’s neighborhoods.

files about Cherry Spring’s Dark Skies, Pine Creek, the Al-

www.pawilds.com

Best Hikes Near Pittsburgh, $16.10 - Bob Frye. SOUND IT OUT Plug into SoundAboutPhilly.com and let a

Philadelphia Magazine editor take you on a tour of fashionable hotspots, attractions and a favorite restaurant. www.SoundAboutPhilly.com

Best Hikes Near Pittsburgh is unique among hiking books covering the Greater Pittsburgh region and western Pennsylvania. It highlights more hikes - 70 altogether - than any other book on the market. You even get GPS coordinates for the trailhead.

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FOR THOSE WHO LIKE TO DRIVE, more than 120,000

Washington, D.C.

WELCOME CENTER INFORMATION

driving directions; and free maps, guides and brochures

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from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days a week, year ’round.

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I-70 Eastbound 5 miles east of PA/WV border Claysville, PA 15323

I-81 Northbound 1.5 miles north of PA/MD border State Line, PA 17263

PA Turnpike, I-276 Westbound North Neshaminy Service Plaza Trevose, PA 19053

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I-80 Eastbound ½ mile east of PA/OH border West Middlesex, PA 16159

I-79 Northbound 5 miles north of PA/WV border Mount Morris, PA 15349

I-83 Northbound 2.5 miles north of PA/MD border Shrewsbury, PA 17361

I-78 Westbound ½ mile west of PA/NJ border Easton, PA 18042

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How to TRAVEL GREEN

iCONSERVE

By Ed Wetschler

Pennsylvania

Visit PA’s eco-friendly hotels and inns. You’ll have fun – and you’ll even pick up some tips on lowering your home’s bills while increasing your family’s comfort.

If you recycle, monitor your energy usage, or do

and other accommodations also patronize local farms, assuring guests of the freshest flavors while helping to preserve open space.

3Minimize chemicals. When GARDEN FRESH: The Sayre Mansion grows its own produce.

1Rolling out the green carpet. The Harrisburg Holiday Inn is one of many hotels that urge long-stay guests not to request daily linen changes (and washes). And from Philadelphia’s Rittenhouse Hotel to State College’s Hilton Garden Inn, hotels are using compact fluorescent light bulbs, low-flow faucets, low-

ering thermostat settings in unused rooms, laundering at off-peak hours and composting to make free fertilizer.

2Eat local. Weatherbury Farm in Avella grows and serves organic produce, of course, but so do the Speedwell Forge B&B in Lititz, Bethlehem’s Sayre Mansion Inn and other inns. Milford’s Cliff Park Inn

anything else to help the planet, you can be an iCon: Just go to Pennsylvania’s Department of Conservation and Natural Resources iConserve

the Settlers Inn in Hawley uses low-VOC cleansers and paints, or natural (and sustainable) materials instead of, say, pressboard, everybody feels better.

4Plan ahead. Some things

website and describe what you’re up to, as Sarah, a resident of New Jersey, did. “I don’t just take walks,” says Sarah, who visits Penn’s Woods with her child. “I create a naturalist.” Kristen Hand

aren’t cheap – e.g., the Hilton Pittsburgh’s 1,000 new energysaving windows – but they pay in the long run. Geothermal heating-cooling saves the Inn at Hickory Run in White Haven so much on fuel bills that the system will pay for itself within seven years.

of DCNR adds, “Our iCons inspire us all to keep this state beautiful.”

www.iconservepa.org

GREEN PA PRODUCTS A salad fit for four with whatever herbs and edible fresh flowers in season are growing out back – mint, basil, oregano and thyme, perhaps. EDGEWOOD HERBS

& GIFT SHOP 89 SCHOOL ST., KANE 814.837.7704

Green home furnishings include the Pearl Square Butterfly hand-colored, recycled glass plate ($33), microwave-safe (for gentle heat) and made in PA. HOME & PLANET, 25 E. THIRD ST., BETHLEHEM WWW.HOMEANDPLANET.COM; 610.866.7370 This gallery buys Rajastani Puppets ($36) and other pieces directly from Third World artists to help sustain indigenous crafts.

Eco-friendly clothes and accessories, such as this change purse made from 60 recycled candy wrappers. NOTE: For each purse purchased, a tree is planted ($21.95). E HOUSE

1511 E. CARSON ST., PITTSBURGH, EHOUSECOMPANY.COM; 412.488.7455

INDIGO ARTS STORE

1400 N. AMERICAN ST., PHILADELPHIA, WWW.INDIGOARTS.COM; 215.765.1041 Recent-vintage bath and kitchen pieces, appliances, light fixtures, etc., rescued from upscale homes that are being redecorated. GREEN DEMOLITIONS

45 BROWN ST., HONESDALE, WWW.GREENDEMOLITIONS.COM; 570.253.8933

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A Brazilian cooperative sows and sews this Rio Peasant Dress ($88) of natural cotton. They grow it in four colors, instead of using dye. PROVIDENCE BOUTIQUE

102 S. MARKET STREET, MECHANICSBURG, WWW.PROVIDENCEBOUTIQUE.COM, 717.858.6592

AFM Safecoat Paint ($42) is colorful, durable, and like all this store’s wares, genuinely non-toxic. ENVIRONMENTAL HOME

550 CARPENTER LANE, PHILADELPHIA, WWW.ENVIRONMENTALHOMESTORE.COM; 215.844.4733


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By Melissa Auman Greiner

Chock-full of history, architecture and personality, it’s no surprise writers have turned to Pennsylvania when in need of a vibrant backdrop for their latest blockbuster, TV show or novel.

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ROCKY It’s impossible not to think of this film’s boxing hero without also thinking of his jog up the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Recreate the scene on your own, then pose with a bronze of Balboa himself to commemorate the event. Also, be sure to head to the Italian Market to get a taste of Rocky’s neighborhood and some homemade pasta.

THE DEER HUNTER Three young men from a small Western Pennsylvania town watch their lives change during the Vietnam War in this film that won five Oscars. While the movie was filmed in various places, the scenes create a stunning look at the working class steel towns that made up the region in the ’60s.

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THE BLOB When a meteor falls to Earth near a small town, it brings with it a mysterious jelly-like creature that slowly consumes everything in its path. The film, partially shot in Phoenixville, 30 miles from Philadelphia, stars the town’s movie theatre, The Colonial. To honor the original film’s 1958 release, the theatre holds a re-enactment every year in which hundreds of frenzied fans run screaming from its front doors in terror.

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MARLEY & ME Based on the best-seller, this recent release showcases the relationship between a beloved, but badly behaved, dog and his master. Filming includes the charming town of West Chester, as well as The Philadelphia Inquirer building where author John Grogan was a columnist. 5

5 FLASHDANCE They call it Steel City, so it’s no wonder the movie about Alex, the welder who dreams of being a ballerina, opens with blowtorches and sparks. While the steel mill where she worked has since been converted into loft apartments, you can still see some of the featured Pittsburgh sites. Multiple scenes were filmed at the Carnegie Institute, including the Hall of Statues. Check out Station Square and the surrounding area, too.

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THE OFFICE A group of strong personalities butt heads at a struggling paper company in this NBC sitcom set in Scranton. The city has a close relationship with the producers, sending them numerous Scranton items to authentize the office, including Dwight’s Froggy 101 FM bumper sticker.

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WITNESS Worlds collide and contrast in this film when a young Amish boy is the only witness to a murder. Between his trips to Philadelphia and the investigators visits to their small community outside of Lancaster, both big city buildings (30th Street Station) and quaint country spots (the general store in Intercourse) are featured.


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APPOINTMENT IN SAMARRA, John O’Hara Based in the fictional town of Gibbsville (an imaginary version of the real-life Pottsville) in the winter of 1930, this acclaimed novel focuses on the smalltown struggles of the society couple Julian and Caroline English. Like many other O’Hara stories, this book draws on his childhood memories of the coal region in Schuylkill County.

JOE TURNER’S COME & GONE, August Wilson After years in a chain gang, Herald Loomis arrives at a 1911 Pittsburgh boardinghouse to regain his life. He quickly realizes he will need the help of his wife, whom he left years ago. Wilson’s play shows the pain and patience of African Americans in a changing world.

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MIRACLES ON MAPLE HILL, Virginia Sorensen A family moves to an old cottage set in the bucolic countryside of Northwestern Pennsylvania and discovers the beauty and wonder of nature in this Newbery Award winner. The new environment proves the perfect answer to Father’s distress upon returning from the War.

EVERYDAY PEOPLE, Stewart O’Nan O’Nan has been touted as one of the 20 Best Young American Novelists, and this dynamic book set in Pittsburgh is an example of why. The story follows a troubled black family as they learn about their culture’s past and try to understand their future amid an array of sensitive issues.

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the scenes BLOBFEST BLOB TOUR: The Blob may finds its way to the Colonial Theatre in 2009 and ooze through the heating vent, traveling to several locations in Phoenixville, Royersford and Downingtown where it made itself known. www.the colonialtheatre. com

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TOUR OF SCRANTON While Dwight’s

THE SIXTH SENSE Philadelphia gets another closeup in this M. Night Shyamalan favorite where a boy “sees” dead people throughout town. Aside from many great street scenes, check out St. Augustine’s Church in Old City.

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beet farm isn’t on the route,many Scranton hotspots mentioned or featured in the show are. www.scranton timestribune.com/ projects/maps/

IT’S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA A group of 20-somethings tries to run a bar in this FX comedy set in South Philly. The creators work in a number of area landmarks each episode, including South Street and stadium shots in the opening credits. Episodes have also included Pat’s and Geno’s, the neighborhood’s longtime cheesesteak.

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BACK TO YOU Starring comedy favorites Kelsey Grammar and Patricia Heaton, viewers of this FOX show discovered the wacky antics of Pittsburgh’s evening news team. Fun references to the city included readings of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette as well as pronunciation jokes about the area’s complex names, like Monongahela (Mo•non•ga•he•la)!

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PHILADELPHIA IN THE MOVIES TOUR See the sights and dine in the restaurants

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your favorite actors did through this tour certified by the Greater Philadelphia Film Office. www.tour signup.com/ movie

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Pennsylvania Box Office Insider From musical buffs to Shakespeare aficionados, Pennsylvania’s performing arts scene offers its audiences the leading role. Broaden your horizons with the hottest tickets around. By Christen Gruebel

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Look no further than these theaters, which showcase big-name touring productions from today’s leading performers.

O’Reilly Theater, Pittsburgh The O’Reilly Theater is the only downtown performance venue that features a thrust stage, a platform that extends into the audience on three sides, providing traditional theater with a unique twist. www.pgharts.org

SPOTLIGHT ATTRACTION NEARBY: Continue your cultural education – explore collections from Warhol himself and other influential contemporary artists at The Andy Warhol Museum.

Eisenhower Auditorium, University Park Hosting well-loved theatrical productions, renowned music acts and eye-opening performance art, Penn State’s premier venue presents an eclectic mix to please both veteran and novice show-goers. www.cpa.psu.edu

Fulton Theatre, Lancaster A National Historic Landmark, the Fulton Theatre boasts a wellrounded theatrical experience. With family-friendly offerings, mainstage showstoppers and cabaret performances in constant rotation – all the ingredients for a big night out are ripe for the picking. Schedule an hour-long tour behind the scenes to make the most of your visit. www.thefulton.org

SPOTLIGHT ATTRACTION NEARBY: Thrill the kids with a quick jaunt to Dutch Wonderland amusement park for rides and

SPOTLIGHT ATTRACTION NEARBY:

attractions the whole

For the full Penn State experience, join legions of die-

family can enjoy.

hard fans at Beaver Stadium for a Nittany Lions football game.

Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center, York The StrandCapitol offers a packed performance schedule in its multimillion dollar dual facility. Plus, both theaters are supported exclusively through ticket sales and donations, so its professional lineup is brought to you by … you! www.strandcapitol.org

SPOTLIGHT ATTRACTION NEARBY: A hundred thousand welcomes, traditional Irish fare and post-show revelry await you at the Harp & Fiddle Irish Pub & Restaurant.

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producers Get a front-row seat to watch the local talent pool provoke or inspire you with its programs, plus the traditional favorites you love.

Community Arts Center, Williamsport The building that houses the Community Arts Center has been a Williamsport institution since the 1920s. CAC’s magnificent space remains a respected institution for both touring artists and locals. http://pct.edu/commart

Erie Playhouse, Erie The caliber of talent is extremely high at Erie Playhouse, where a community comes together to bring audiences to their feet. Patrons are often surprised to discover its performers, orchestra members and stage crew are all volunteers. www.erieplayhouse.org

SPOTLIGHT ATTRACTION NEARBY: Love the nightlife? Keep the good times

SPOTLIGHT ATTRACTION NEARBY: Do it for the love of the game. No trip to Williamsport is complete without a stop

rolling with slots, fine dining and more at Presque Isle Downs.

at the Little League Museum.

Sherman Theater, Stroudsburg Recently renovated, the Sherman Theater features several local production companies as well as dance acts, theatrical productions and musicians from around the country. Its superb acoustics and intimate setting make it a favorite for fans and artists alike. www.shermantheater.com

SPOTLIGHT ATTRACTION NEARBY: Visit Mountain Creek Riding Stable and take in the scenery of the surrounding Pocono Mountains by horseback.

Arden Theatre, Philadelphia Showcasing award-winning performances for children and adults, the Arden Theatre is Philadelphia’s leading destination for new works and local talent. An ambitious season schedule means there’s always something to see, even for the time-crunched. www.ardentheatre.org

SPOTLIGHT ATTRACTION NEARBY: Great for a group, or just dinner for two, authentic Spanish tapas is just a short walk away at Amada.

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Pennsylvania diners SERVE UP A SIDE OF HISTORY By Bob Frye

Long before there were drive-through restaurants, the diner offered Pennsylvania’s predecessor to fast food. Quick service, home-style meals served in large portions, and buildings shaped like rail cars (and often transported to their sites via train) made the diner an everyman’s eatery. Scientists have yet to come up with

diner – a 1933 Ward and Dickinson

a way to travel through time, but you

Deluxe model – and settle onto one

wouldn’t know it stepping through the

of the original stools, close enough

door at Kuppy’s Diner.

to the grill to almost reach over and fry your own eggs, and you’d

The Numbers Game

makes it look like any other

almost expect talk of the country’s

Over the years, Pennsylvania has

Harrisburg-area restaurant from the

newest president to be about

had thousands of diners; today

outside. But walk into the long, narrow

Franklin D. Roosevelt.

slightly more than 200 remain.

The building’s brick façade

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OVER THE COUNTER: Left, Kuppy’s Diner interior; right, Nelle Rounsaville inside her Wellsboro Diner.

That’s no accident, said Carol Kupp, who, together with her husband Greg and daughter Rachel, represents the

similar, but each one has a distinctive style,” Butko says. There’s a wide sampling of

fourth and fifth generations of Kupps to

Pennsylvania diner architecture – from

operate the Middletown diner.

barrel-shaped roofs to glass and chrome

“I think people like coming to a place they know, where a lot of the faces are the same and good food is served in

giants, but independent ownership means varied personality. “While you can go to one knowing

PLATE IT UP The oyster pie is a special at Kuppy’s in Middletown. On the menu since “Day

generous portions and the service is fast

what the food is going to be like, whether

and friendly. There’s a lot to be said for

it be a hamburger or a grilled cheese or

Baltimore oysters and other

that,” Kupp says.

a milkshake, there’s still some adventure

ingredients in a homemade

because every one is decorated

crust. But you have to know

allowed authentic diners – factory-

differently and has its own specialty,

just when to get your fix: It’s

built restaurants shipped whole from

which is usually something reflective of

only available every other

manufacturers – to not only survive, but

its town or its owner,” adds Butko.

Friday during months that

Indeed, those very features have

enjoy a revival, said Brian Butko, author of the book “Diners of Pennsylvania.” “I think diners have the perfect

At the Melrose Diner, for example –

One,” it features fresh

have an “R” in them!

a South Philadelphia institution since 1935 known for its jingle, “Everybody

niche because they’re sort of like a

who knows, goes to Melrose” – customers

chain restaurant in that they look

have been able to enjoy the same French

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“The mystique of diners crosses generational lines, toast recipe for decades: custard-dipped, baked and then grilled. Each year, more than 800,000 people visit the Melrose Diner to sample the French toast and other traditional favorites, such as chipped beef on toast.

from grandparents to parents and even teenagers. It’s rare to find something with

“I once tried to ask Holly, our baker, how many pies we sell in a year’s time, and she looked at me like I was crazy,” says Nelle Rounsaville, owner of the

that broad appeal.”

Wellsboro Diner in the Pennsylvania

— Brian Butko, author, Diners of Pennsylvania

Wilds, with a laugh. “She comes in at

“Our customer base is everyone

3:30 each morning to make pies and

from the guy who lives down the street

always wonders where all of the ones

to big business owners to Ed Snider,

she made the day before went. She told

owner of the Philadelphia Flyers,” says

me she didn’t have time to count them.”

Anthony Cortese, general manager of

Beyond the food, what makes

the Melrose. Of course, if there’s one thing

the Pennsylvania diner experience really special is that diner guests and

virtually all diners are known for, it’s

their servers grow to know one another

homemade pies. Most offer a dozen or

over time.

more varieties – from apple and cherry

The Melrose has had six employees

to pumpkin and blueberry cream –

with 50 years of service to the diner,

baked fresh daily on site.

and more than 50 with 25 years, says

ON THE MENU: From left to right, the club sandwich and fries at Kuppy’s; view from Kuppy’s counter; outside the Melrose Diner.

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Cortese, himself a 38-year veteran of the business. Such longevity breeds a comfortable familiarity between customers and staff, agrees Marilyn Hafer, manager and 27-year employee of Dean’s Diner in Blairsville near

DINER LINGO A blonde with sand: coffee with cream and sugar Dough well done: buttered toast 2 cows & make ‘em cry: two hamburgers with onions

Pittsburgh. “You know what time of year it is by when some customers come through the door,” Hafer said. “They might be on their way to summer camp, or to a Pitt or Penn State game, but you recognize them and come to expect them. Even if you don’t know their names, you know

Whistleberries: baked beans

them by what they order.”

Cow feed: salad

fun,” Butko says.

“That’s why diners are so much

DEFINING THE DINER What makes a diner authentic? An “honest-to-goodness diner,” says Brian Butko, is one that was built in a factory and shipped whole to its home. The diner look evolved over time: From 1920 to 1940, many diners resembled railroad cars. In the 1950s, the chrome “outer space”style landed in Pennsylvania. The environmentally conscious 1960s brought brick and stone. Interestingly, Pennsylvania has a unique claim on diner history. Since the diner revival of the 1990s, the Keystone State has become the leading diner export state. “Because it was an undertaking to get them over the mountains from east to west,” Butko says, “those that made the trip stayed and survived. So when interest in diners came back, people outside of the state came here to find them and take them back with them.” V I S I T PA . C O M 2 1


ekuiill lake Voss By Bla

It’s been nearly a decade since I first saw Penn State. I didn’t originally plan to go to school there. I wanted a city school, not cow pastures and football. But when I drove through the campus the summer after high school graduation, I felt what other PSU students had told me I’d feel – magic. SHOPPING ON MAIN STREET IN CLARION, NEAR CLARION UNIVERSITY

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SUBURBAN SQUARE IN ARDMORE, NEAR HAVERFORD COLLEGE

LEWISBURG ICE FEST, NEAR BUCKNELL UNIVERSITY

CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY IN PITTSBURGH

RADISSON LACKAWANNA STATION, NEAR UNIVERSITY OF SCRANTON

BEN FRANKLIN SCULPTURE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA IN PHILADELPHIA

CARLISLE THEATRE IN CARLISLE, NEAR DICKINSON COLLEGE

DIAMOND PARK IN MEADVILLE, NEAR ALLEGHENY COLLEGE

BILL PICKLE’S IN STATE COLLEGE, NEAR PENN STATE UNIVERSITY

CENTRAL MARKET IN LANCASTER, NEAR FRANKLIN & MARSHALL COLLEGE

THE ALLEGHENIES AND HER VALLEYS:

Penn State University, University Park Penn State may sit “in the middle of nowhere,” but you’d certainly never know it. Bill Pickle’s Tap Room offers a DJ, good beer and comfort food. Head off-campus to the American Ale House & Grill (renovated a couple of years ago) then reserve a room at the Colonial-style Nittany Lion Inn or at the traditional Atherton Hotel. Learn about the legendary Nittany Lions from every sport at the Penn State All Sports Museum, located at the southwest corner of Beaver Stadium. The annual Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts held every July is also a must. MORE>> www.psu.edu

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Eclectic galleries, small niche museums, lively cafés have sprung up to support PHILADELPHIA AND THE COUNTRYSIDE:

Haverford College Guided by Quaker values, Haverford College is in a thriving suburb with a cultural scene. Haverford and the Main Line are chock-full of shopping including the women’s boutique Katye K plus nearby Suburban Square. Hit up Ardmore Farmer’s Market for Amish goods or dine at Berwyn’s Nectar for Asianfusion cuisine. Spend the night at the luxurious Radnor Hotel in St. David’s or the charming, Wayne Hotel, on the National Register of Historic Places. MORE>> www.haverford.edu

Lafayette College Two hours north of Philly is Easton, home of Lafayette College. Visit Centre Square, the nearby Crayola Learning Center and

AERIAL VIEW OF WASHINGTON & JEFFERSON COLLEGE

the National Canal Museum. Dine at Valenca, a Portuguese restaurant or Pearly Baker’s Alehouse, known for its burgers and live music. Swing by art gallery/gift shop Connexions or upscale

Bucknell University

baby boutique Baby Gift Clouds. MORE>> www.lafayette.edu

Just 45 minutes from Penn State, you’ll find Lewisburg and Bucknell University. You can attend the Heart of

DUTCH COUNTRY ROADS:

Lewisburg Ice Festival, where you can see dozens of

Dickinson College

sparkling ice sculptures along Market Street. Later,

Carlisle boasts Dickinson College, where students and

relax in the historic Lewisburg Hotel, a restored mid-

locals alike eat at Amy’s Thai Cuisine, Camellia’s Sin

19th-century hotel. Then make a reservation at the

Tea Parlor & Gift Shop or the Back Door Cafe. Shop for

Bull Run Inn, a favorite for clam bakes in summertime

women’s apparel at the Clothes Vine, organic eats at

and wing nights throughout the year. From there,

Appalachian Whole Foods Market and more than 100

make your way to the Campus Theater, a single-screen

antiques vendors at Bedford Street Antiques. Before

theater, followed by late-night jazz (Friday nights only)

settling in for the night at the Hotel Carlisle, get tickets

at 7th Street Cafe. MORE>> www.bucknell.edu

for a show at the circa-1939, art deco-style Carlisle Theatre, home to the Carlisle Regional Performing Arts Center.

FIND THESE GREAT COLLEGE TOWNS

MORE>> www.dickinson.edu

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good ethnic restaurants, and Pennsylvania’s college towns. PITTSBURGH AND ITS COUNTRYSIDE:

Washington & Jefferson College This co-ed, liberal arts college is just 30 miles south of Pittsburgh in Washington County, which is also home to 23 covered bridges. For an extra dose of history, swing by the Pennsylvania Trolley Museum or the LeMoyne House, which was part of the Underground Railroad. Grab a quick lunch at Shorty’s, known for its amazing hotdogs and then dinner at Alfano’s at The Quail – one you’ll want to save room for. Later on, unwind in your gracefully appointed room at Grammy Rose’s Bed & Breakfast. MORE>> www.washjeff.edu PENNSYLVANIA WILDS:

Clarion University Along the banks of the Clarion River, Clarion University and the community are thriving. In the fall, come for the National City Autumn Leaf Festival, with food and art among the brilliant foliage. Enjoy a cappuccino with a side of art at Michelle’s Cafe, or for something heartier, try the Captain Loomis Inn, which is known for its Prime rib. Two great options for lodging include the elegant 21-acre Clarion River Ridge Resort and Spa and turn-ofthe-century Clarion House Bed & Breakfast downtown.

CARNEGIE MUSEUM OF ART IN PITTSBURGH

MORE>> www.clarion.edu

NORTHEAST PENNSYLVANIA MOUNTAINS:

University of Scranton Founded in 1888 as Saint Thomas College, the University of Scranton is a cornerstone of Electric City. Le Festa Italiana kicks off Labor Day with a celebration of Italian culture and cuisine. Venture 300 feet below the earth’s

PHILADELPHIA AND PITTSBURGH While the rest of the state’s university towns have countless activities, don’t forget Pennsylvania’s biggest cities, which are home to more than two dozen colleges. »

PHILADELPHIA: America’s sixth largest city is home

surface during a Lackawanna Coal Mine Tour or bring

to several fine universities (University of Pennsylvania,

the whole family to the Houdini Tour & Magic Show.

Temple, Villanova, St. Joseph’s, Drexel and La Salle)

Find fine continental fare at Carmen’s Restaurant

and a host of attractions. Shop near Rittenhouse

located in the Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel,

Square, Walnut Street, Antique Row and Old City.

where you’ll want to retire later on in the evening.

Make reservations at the BYOB Matyson or dine

MORE>> www.scranton.edu

al fresco at Parc. Be a true Philadelphian and try a

PENNSYLVANIA’S GREAT LAKES REGION:

cheesesteak at Pat’s or Geno’s in South Philly. The whole family will love touring historic Independence

Allegheny College

Hall or the National Constitution Center. And, be

Meadville is home to Allegheny College, a 544-acre college

sure to save time for the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

founded in 1788. Splurge on a hot dog at Eddie’s Footlong Hot Dogs, a city tradition. Pick up fresh-baked artisan bread

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PITTSBURGH: Home to Carnegie Mellon, Duquesne,

at Creative Crust and stop in Hank’s Frozen Custard, which

and Pitt, this western Pennsylvania city boasts the

has been making extra-rich custard since 1952. For sit-down

Phipps Conservancy and Botanical Gardens, Carnegie

dining, opt for cocktails at Meadville Town Tavern, then

Museum of Art and the Heinz History Center. It’s

walk over to Julian’s Bar and Grill for dinner. During the day,

worth walking around the ethnic shops of the Strip

shop @ The Bank and then retire for a night’s sleep at the

District followed by a visit to Primanti Bros. Spend the

Bethaven Inn or Wynken Blynken & Nod.

night at the historic Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel.

MORE>> www.allegheny.edu

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Station Square and in the outside eating areas

Have

Leash, will Travel By Gennifer Biggs (ghost writer for Rover the Retriever)

of many local restaurants. MORE >>> www.hilton.com

ERIE: If you enjoy communing with nature like my friend Nova, check out the popular paths of Presque Isle State Park. (A romp in one of PA’s state parks will have you feeling like a pup again, let me tell ya!) More than 30 state parks accept pets, even in camping areas. MORE >>> www.dcnr.state.pa.us

HERSHEY: Hershey Park understands you can’t just leave us at home, so while pets aren’t permitted in the park, in the summer we can lounge in the “Barking Lot” near the park entrance. Leashed pets can also wander the landscaped grounds of the State Capitol Complex in nearby Harrisburg with their owners. MORE >>> www.hersheypark.com

magine my surprise when Nova, a dog park playmate of mine, told the sad tale of being left in a kennel while her family vacationed. I quickly set her straight about how easy it is to travel with your human family in canine-friendly Pennsylvania. My family never heads out for vacation without adding my leash to the pile, so I’ve traveled to cities, campgrounds – even amusement parks. The secret to my dog-gone good life? My family does “pet-friendly” research when they’re surfing the Web for vacation deals. Sites such as www.bringfido.com, www.dogfriendly.com, www.petswelcome.com and www.officialpethotels.com offer suggestions for hotels, B&Bs, campgrounds and city parks where four-legged friends are welcome. While sites tend to be dog-centric, you’ll find many locations accept other pets if you call ahead. PHILADELPHIA: Philly is popular for letting me romp in offleash dog parks, plus in Rittenhouse Square and the colorful neighborhood around it. One of my favorite city hotels is Loews, which welcomes me with a bowl and treats (even room service) plus a bed, leash and collar, rawhide bones and more. If you must travel with felines, the hotel offers catnip, scratching posts and litter boxes, too. MORE >>> www.loewshotels.com

PITTSBURGH: I can frolic in picturesque Frick Park both on- and off-leash, and I am welcome in many Pittsburgh hotels. At the Hilton Pittsburgh, I’m greeted with treats, a pillow and my own bowls. Pooches are also welcome at

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FETCHING BIG PRIZES

LODGING: We all need to rest our weary tails, and many hotels and B&Bs offer specials. The Glasbern Country Inn outside Allentown has two pet-friendly rooms; the charge for a pet is $25. We’ve also had great luck renting cabins in the Pocono Mountains, where I love to take hikes and hang out by the fire. Hotels that welcome pets, chain-wide, include Days Inn, Hilton, La Quinta, Motel 6 and Red Roof Inn. Other hotel chains welcome pets at some properties, as do many independents, so check with the specific business to see what its policy is. And remind your mom or dad to ask what kind of pets are accepted and about fees for pets. MORE >>> www.glasbern.com

MARLEY & YOU: Left, Loews, a dog-friendly hotel in Philadelphia; top right, Philadelphia’s Rittenhouse Square; below, Glasbern Country Inn near Allentown.

Remember to catch the National Dog Show Presented by Purina, broadcast nationwide on NBC at noon on Thanksgiving Day (November 22). Hosted by the Kennel Club of Philadelphia, the show attracts up to 2,000 of the top dogs to the Greater Reading Expo Center. My family gets tickets for $10 or less. www.national dogshow.com

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Hit the

Jackpot at PA’S Racetrack Casinos

RACINOS From the grandstand at Harrah’s Chester Casino and Racetrack, you can watch the majestic, muscular ponies stampede around the oval. Meanwhile, in the distance, barges push up the Delaware River toward the 2.6-mile-long Commodore Barry Bridge. The thunder of the hooves drowns out all but the pleading, praying, screaming and cheering of the gathered masses (yes, masses!). Harrah’s – which officially launched racing in Chester

senses, entertain the soul, feed the body, and – with a little luck – line the purse. There are now six racetracks with casinos in the state including Harrah’s, Philadelphia Park in Bensalem, Pocono

in 2006 – has generated energy in Pennsylvania’s first city.

Downs in Wilkes-Barre, The Meadows in Washington,

More impressively, the combination of gaming machines

Presque Isle Downs in Erie and Penn National near

and horse racing across the state has reinvigorated

Harrisburg. From November 2006 to August 2008, these

Pennsylvania’s horse breeding industry. “If it wasn’t for the bill allowing casinos and horse

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gaming, there wouldn’t be a horse industry in the state anymore,” says Bill Solomon, a veterinarian and owner of Pin Oak Lane Farm in New Freedom. “It’s kept us alive.” Pennsylvania’s adoption of gaming has inspired sparkling new casinos and rebuilt racetracks that dazzle the

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Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course

The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

GRANTVILLE/HERSHEY 717.469.2211 www.hcpn.com

WASHINGTON 724.503.1200; 877.824.5050 www.meadowsgaming.com


HOLD YOUR HORSES: Clockwise from below: Delaware River Smarty Jones Classic at Philadelphia Park; the Devon Horse Show in Chester; a Pennsylvania horse farm.

Horsing Around in PA The Devon Horse Show in Chester County is the country’s oldest and largest equestrian competition. Since 1896, the finest horses and top riders from around the world have performed there.

Stud farms in Pennsylvania are big business, bringing in $1,000 to $5,000 to breed with their stallions.

Riddlewood in Middletown Township, Delaware County is a residential community on the grounds of famed sportsman Samuel Riddle’s former horse farm. All of the streets are named after his racehorses.

By G.W. Miller III

facilities generated more than $2 billion in revenue and paid out more than $22 billion in winnings. On a day last August, Harrah’s posted purses worth more than $2.3 million, believed to be the largest one-day sum in Pennsylvania racing history. The benefits filter down to the state’s horse

Solomon’s farm foaled Lil E. Tee, the 1992 Kentucky Derby Winner – just one of the many championship horses with connections to the state. Recent Kentucky Derby winners Smarty Jones and Barbaro were raised in Chester County. Famed sportsman Samuel Riddle raised Man o’War – considered among the greatest thoroughbreds of all time –

farms. “More people are shipping their horses to

on his Delaware County farm, just miles from Harrah’s new

foal in Pennsylvania,” says Solomon, who has been

facility. He also raced Man o’War’s son, War Admiral, the

raising racehorses since 1973. “They want to be eligible to

1937 Triple Crown winner. Next year’s champ may be on a

race here because they can win more money.”

Pennsylvania farm right now.

Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs

Philadelphia Park Casino and Racetrack

Presque Isle Downs & Casino

Harrah’s Chester Casino and Racetrack

WILKES-BARRE 570.831.2100 www.poconodowns.com

BENSALEM 215.639.9000 www.philadelphiapark.com

ERIE 866.374.3386 www.presqueisledowns.com

CHESTER 484.490.1800 www.harrahschester.com

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Regional REVIEW With every bend in the road, the State of Independence delivers adventure, scenic beauty, cultural riches – and some of the friendliest people you’ll meet either side of the Mississippi. Our regional sections bring you the best of each area – from “must-sees”… to rambling roadtrips … to family travel ideas … to interviews with Real Pennsylvanians who share their love of the state – and their local secrets – with you. Go to visitPA.com and click on “PA Maps” to link to more information on Pennsylvania’s travel regions.

PENNSYLVANIA’S GREAT LAKES REGION Explore PA’s rich maritime and oil boom history at local attractions, or head to the woods (and the lake) at Presque Isle State Park, one of Pennsylvania’s most scenic nature spots. Oenophiles can sample award-winning vintages along the Lake Erie Wine Trail.

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PITTSBURGH AND ITS COUNTRYSIDE

THE ALEGHENIES AND HER VALLEYS

Pittsburgh – vibrant, entertaining and

Outdoor enthusiasts flock to this

ever-changing – has come into its own.

region which Bicycling and Field &

Just outside the 250-year-young city, visi-

Stream magazines rated as top picks

tors find the mountainous region of the

for cycling and fishing, respectively.

state, with its 16 state parks, and cultural

History buffs and fans of Americana

landmarks such as the architecture of Frank

will relish the area’s covered bridges

Lloyd Wright.

and railroad history.

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PENNSYLVANIA WILDS Visitors come here for stunning scenery, pure waters and six million acres of land in this 12-county hotspot where wildlife outnumbers the human population. Hiking, kayaking, trout fishing and wildlife watching (including a resident elk herd) top the list of activities.

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Waterfalls, mountain vistas and rushing streams create the “get-away-from-it-all” feel that makes this region so special. Add to that the creature comforts of world-class resorts, luxurious spas and chef-owned restaurants, and you’ll understand why visitors come back year after year.

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DUTCH COUNTRY ROADS Dutch Country is best known for its friendly, rural charm, and for the Amish who choose the simple, agricultural life over the amenities that “progress” has brought. This year, the region celebrates the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial; special events will occur in Gettysburg and throughout the area.

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PHILADELPHIA AND THE COUNTRYSIDE In 1776, the nation was born here in Independence Hall, and the legends of the past still feel present in the streets of the nation’s one-time capital. But history is just the beginning: Visitors find a city with innovative restaurants and a major arts scene, surrounded by beautiful countryside and hip, happening towns.

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CAFÉ CROWD: Old City at night

The Soul of the City Philly’s neighborhoods appeal to people from all walks of life, from the well-heeled elite to tattooed trendsetters. 1 Rittenhouse Square:

3rd Street Habit boutique can

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and restaurants satisfying the

cream parlor around the corner.

this “left of center” district. The

to the Independence Visitors Center at 6th and Market streets for great advice or visit www.uwishunu.com.

most discriminating tastes. Check out the sale basement at Anthropologie, then splurge for dinner at Lacroix in the lovely Rittenhouse Hotel overlooking the Square.

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3 Northern Liberties: This

diverse neighborhood north of Old City experienced a revival and is now one of Philadelphia’s most vibrant. Northern Liberties beckons beer lovers

neighborhood’s heart lies in Clark Park, with its Saturday farmers market and playgrounds, and in its countless ethnic restaurants, including Fatou & Fama’s, which spices up any visit with traditional

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Fashion Front Maybe it is the town’s heavy focus on the arts, maybe it’s just

WHERE TO SHOP Boyds

something in the Schuylkill River, but Philly has born and bred a

1818 Chestnut St., Philadelphia, www.boydsphila.com 215.564.9000

number of the hottest designers gracing this year’s runways and

Nicole Miller

2004 and has gained devotees every since. Speckled with inspira-

look-books. From flirty frocks to bestselling bags, these Philadelphia fashion phenoms have the look: Tory Burch This Valley Forge native’s self-named line kicked off in

200 S. Broad St., Philadelphia, www.nicolemiller.com 215.546.5007

tion from Burch’s favorite era, the ’60s and ’70s, the line’s pieces are classic and comfortable with just a bit of trendy thrown in. Nicole Miller From her groundbreaking little black dress to her

Paula Hian

look-at-me optical prints, Miller’s fashion sense has swept across

106 Gay St., Philadelphia, www.paulahian.com 215.487.3067

the country. Miller lineage begins here, though, with two past city

Saks Fifth Avenue

ates fanciful, fun designs for fans from New York to Paris, Philadel-

mayors on her family tree. Paula Hian Paula began her career with a pair of scissors at age five, and the Philadelphian has never looked back. While she cre-

333 E. City Ave., Bala Cynwyd, www. saksfifthavenue.com 610.667.9166

phia’s Manayunk neighborhood boasts her flagship boutique. Melanie Brandon Philly local Brandon’s designs are not only sassy - they make a statement. She supports the city she loves. FASHION FORWARD: Boyds storefront; a Paula Hian dress A

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LOCAL SCENES: Crayola Factory (Easton, MAP: D-1/2);

South Side (Bethlehem, MAP: D-2)

Canals, Caves and BYOB WHERE TO STAY: The Hotel Bethlehem offers historic accommodations in an elegant setting (www. hotelbethlehem.com). If a smaller property is more your style, Sayre Mansion Inn offers 19 rooms, three suites and world-class service (www.sayremansion.com). WHERE TO EAT: You’ll find everything from pasta to pizza on the menu at Allentown’s Taste of Italy Ristorante (www.tasteof italypa.com), but the chicken Giuseppe with jumbo lump crab in a pink vodka sauce is always a good bet.

Begin your adventure at The Crayola Factory in Easton (www.crayola.com/ factory). It’s interactive fun for every kid who has ever picked up a crayon. The fun continues at The National Canal Museum (www.canals.org) where hands-on exhibits highlight the history of towpath canals and a mule-drawn canal boat ride lets you experience the real thing. DAY

Explore the region’s treasures!

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After that, take a walking tour of the historic city of Bethlehem (www.historicbethlehem.org). Or combine the past with modern-day transportation on a Segway tour. From there, head to Allentown’s Mack Trucks Historical Museum to marvel at the antique Macks or visit the nearby Assembly Plant Tour to watch the new ones being built (call ahead to schedule; www.mack trucks.com). End the day with a double feature at Shankweiler’s, the oldest drive-in movie theatre in America (www.shankweilers.com).

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A ROADTRIP THROUGH THE LEHIGH VALLEY From June through October, you can pick your own fruit at Strawberry Acres (www.strawberryacres.com). Then go underground to see stalactites, stalagmites and beautiful rock formations at Crystal Cave (www.crystalcavepa.com). Next up, is a stop at Cabela’s to stock up on outdoor gear and see the amazing museum-quality animal displays (www.cabelas.com).

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End your adventure at a delightful BYOB, but not of the dining variety. Bring your own bike to the Lehigh Valley Velodrome and test your pedaling skills on the 333.3-meter concrete track and 28-degree banks at this professional race course (www.lvvelo.org).

For more information on the Lehigh Valley, go to www.lehighvalleypa.org

(UNDER) WATERPARK Scuba divers looking for a fun place to dive need only look as far as the Lehigh Valley. Dutch Springs, in Bethlehem, offers a 50-acre lake with depths up to 100 feet and a

number of underwater oddities to explore, like submerged vehicles and even a helicopter. Above water, Dutch Springs has an adventure center, team building area and aqua park. But Dutch Springs is more than just a lake: It’s a unique example of environmental reclamation. The facilities are located on the former site of a cement plant. The lake? It’s an old quarry, filled with water. For owner Stu Schooley, keeping things natural is important. “They would dump things here and the landscape was unappealing,” he says. Now, instead of rusty buildings and piles of fly ash, there are trees, solar-powered lights and acres of wet fun. www.dutchsprings.com

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MUST-SEES When you think about Philadelphia, think pretzels, the Liberty Bell and Rocky – and murals, malls, roller coasters and QVC. Here’s a start: Kids

Outdoors

History

Food and Drink

BETHLEHEM: For a decade, artists – and art lovers – have flocked to the galleries and studios of Banana Factory. www.bananafactory.org ALLENTOWN: Ride the new Voodoo coaster – 360-degree twists and 175-foot drops – at classic Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom. www.dorneypark.com WEST CHESTER: Get behind the scenes of the home-shopping phenomenon with a guided walking – and shopping! – tour of 84-acre QVC Studio Park. www.qvc.com

SPOTS ARE IN: Gus the giraffe at the Philadelphia Zoo (Philadelphia, MAP: D-4) PHILADELPHIA: It doesn’t get more Philly than a hand-twisted soft pretzel from Amish-operated Fisher’s Pretzels in Reading Terminal Market. www.readingterminalmarket.org

PHILADELPHIA: The Philadelphia Zoo is home to Gus the giraffe and more

than 1,300 other creatures, both cute and creepy. www.philadelphiazoo.org KUTZTOWN: The Rodale Institute’s

PHILADELPHIA: Do the Rocky run up the stairs of the Philadelphia Art Museum –

straight into the museum’s spacious galleries. www.philamuseum.org

organic farm isn’t just about food. Learn about the research farm’s role in battling global warming – and try some of the popular applesauce. www.rodaleinstitute.org

PHILADELPHIA: From the city’s majes-

tic Water Works to the wilds of Valley Forge, explore the region by bike on the Schuylkill River Trail. www.schuykillriver.org PHILADELPHIA: At Poe House on Seventh Street, celebrate the bicentennial of the popular author’s birth. www.nps.gov/edal DOYLESTOWN: Can you find the Conestoga wagon at the Mercer Museum’s collection of early 19th-century artifacts? Hint: Look up. www.mercermuseum.org PHILADELPHIA: Philly boasts 2,800plus murals, more than any other city. The Mural Arts Program offers docent-led tours. www.muralarts.org KING OF PRUSSIA: Shop, shop, shop, at the King of Prussia Mall, with its 400 stores and – when you need to refuel – 40 dining options. www.kingofprussiamall.com

VALLEY FORGE: After hours at Valley Forge National Historical Park

brings storytelling around the campfire with the colonial troops. www.valleyforge.org GREATER READING: Choose your own self-guided adventure: the Hex Barn Art Tour, the Covered Bridge Tour, the Berks Wine Trail and don’t forget a stop at the GoggleWorks. www.readingberkspa.com

CHADDS FORD: The Brandywine River Museum is home to the paintings

of three generation of Wyeths and other classic American artists. www.brandywinemuseum.org KENNETT SQUARE: Longwood Gardens

is always in bloom, with more than 1,000 acres of indoor and outdoor gardens, and a colorful flush of Christmas lights in December. www.longwoodgardens.org PHILADELPHIA: Mingle with the country’s founding fathers and play the role of a Supreme Court justice at the National Constitution Center. www.constitutioncenter.org PHILADELPHIA: The Franklin finds the science – and the fun – in the everyday, with exhibits that explain the human body, the weather, even a football game. www.fi.edu

KEMPTON: Every fall, 19,000 hawks, eagles and falcons migrate by Hawk Mountain. Bring binoculars to spot your own bald eagle. www.hawkmountain.org NAZARETH: Elvis played a Martin, and so can you, during an insider’s tour of the 175-year-old C.F. Martin Guitar Co. www.martinguitar.com

LOCAL EATS: Fisher’s Pretzels, Reading Terminal Market (Philadelphia, MAP: D-4)

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Sweet Dreams In Philadelphia Hotels and B&Bs for less than $200 a night accommodation

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Brandywine River Hotel

Routes 1 and 100, Chadds Ford, 800.274.9644. Check out nearby Longwood Gardens, the Brandywine River Museum, QVC and local wineries, and then head back to the hotel for afternoon tea from 4 to 6 p.m. www.brandywineriverhotel.com

Chestnut Hill Hotel

8229 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia, 800.628.9744. Serving guests since the 18th century (Don’t worry: all 36 rooms have modern amenities!). Visit the Farmer’s Market for crafts and fresh produce. www.chestnuthillhotel.com

Crowne Plaza Philadelphia Hotel

1800 Market St., Philadelphia, 215.561.7500. In the heart of Center City, close to chic shops and fantastic restaurants (try Stephen Starr’s Continental Mid-town). Complimentary sleep packages include linen mist, a sleep CD, ear plugs and an eye mask. www.cpphiladelphia.com

CASUAL COMFORT: Hampton Inn double room

Hampton Inn Philadelphia Center City-Convention Center

1301 Race St., Philadelphia, 215.665.9100. You can’t get more convenient than right across the street from the Convention Center and three blocks from the Reading Terminal Market (the best place to find authentic Philadelphia flavors). www.hamptoninn.com

La Reserve, Center City Bed and Breakfast

1804/1806 Pine St., Philadelphia, 800.354.8401. An opportunity to stay in one of two, four-story, circa 1850 brownstones on one of the prettiest streets in the city, just three blocks from Rittenhouse Square. www.lareservebandb.com

Overlook Mansion Bed and Breakfast

620 Centre Ave., Reading, 866.272.4186. A romantic spot for a weekend without the kids, Overlook Mansion offers Victorian charm, breakfast served in your room and the pleasure of strolling gorgeous surrounding gardens. www.overlookmansionbedandbreakfast.com

Penn’s View Hotel

Front and Market streets, Philadelphia, 215.922.7600. Cozy rooms close to all the history Philly has to offer. Cobblestone streets lead you toward the National Constitution Center, Liberty Bell and Independence Hall. www.pennsviewhotel.com

COZY & CLOSE: Penn’s View Hotel

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TOUR DU JOUR You’ve done the bus tour a million times and your feet feel like they’ve covered a million miles – time to see Philly from a new vantage point.

I Glide

Open Studio Tours

Taste of Philadelphia Tour

Carriage Tours

Roll through town without

Whether you’re looking for a

Philly claims fame to many

See Old City’s historic structures,

missing a site or structure when

new piece for your collection or

foodie favorites, including the

including Independence Hall, the

you’re touring atop a personal

just get a kick out of watching

cheesesteak, hoagie and soft

way Washington did when you

Segway. Led by your knowledge- the artistic process from paint

pretzel. Learn the history of

hop onboard a horse-drawn car-

able guide, you’ll see the Ben

can to gallery wall, view some

these items, and snack on a

riage. Available by reservation or

Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

of the city’s best work up close

few yourself, with a guided tour

on Society Hill street corners,

Museum of Art, Fairmount Park

during this annual “open

through Philadelphia’s heralded

carriages are a great option for a

and Boathouse Row from a

house” of artist studios, held

Reading Terminal Market.

quaint, romantic ride through the

new perspective.

each October.

www.iglidetours.com

www.philaopenstudios.com

www.readingterminal market.org

area’s streets.

www.phillytour.com

BEER HERE CHADDSFORD WINERY Pre-prohibition, Philadelphia was a beer-brewing powerhouse. Now the region’s craft brewers are reclaiming that title with award-winning beers. Here’s what’s on tap: SLY FOX BREWERY started out as a Phoenixville brewpub. Now its bold brews are all over the place. Look for Guinness-alternative O’Reilly’s Stout and bright Pikeland Pils pilsner.

(Phoenixville, MAP: C-3) Dowingtown-based VICTORY BREWING COMPANY is behind the almost-ubiquitous deliciously assertive Hop Devil IPA and the strong, herbal Golden Monkey.

(Downingtown, MAP: C-4) Newcomer PHILADELPHIA BREWING COMPANY revived a defunct Kensington brewery with quaffable ales like the thirst-quenching Kenzinger and fragrant white Walt Wit.

(Philadelphia, MAP: D-4)

YARDS BREWING recently built a new Philly brewery to produce its familiar favorites: crisp, hoppy Philadelphia Pale Ale and dark, chocolaty Love Stout, a seasonal selection (though it’s no longer brewed with the oysters that originally made it famous.)

Visit Pennsylvania’s largest and most recognized winery to tour the winemaking and barrel aging cellars, taste the current vintage of premium, nationally acclaimed wines and picnic on the scenic outdoor deck and grounds. See our website for calendar of special events including wine and music festivals, outdoor summer concerts, wine education classes and dinners. Winery, café and gift shop open seven days a week for visits, tours, tastings and sales.

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GREAT GRAPES & BIG BREWS The region’s brewers and vintners continue Philadelphia’s centuries-old tradition as a great brewing capital. Area wineries have joined forces to establish two wine trails in Philadelphia’s countryside: The Brandywine Valley Wine Trail bridges eight Chester County wineries, and the Bucks County Wine Trail unites eight wineries just north of Philadelphia. Spend an afternoon or even a full weekend sipping your way along the trails. If a sudsy brew is more your taste, you can tour breweries and sample their delicious stock. So raise a frosted mug or clink a long-stemmed flute in a toast to the region’s breweries, gastropubs and wineries.

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VINO FINO a There’s no way to list all the medals the Chaddsford Winery has racked up for their wines, so you’ll just have to drop by their tasting room along the Brandywine Valley Wine Trail and sample them for yourself.

a If you are an oenophile, the four doctors who launched Paradocx Vineyard on the Brandywine Valley Wine Trail have the prescription—a glass or two of their fine wines.

a Drop by Victory Brewing Company on the weekend for a behind-the-scenes brewery tour, or order up one of the 20 hand-crafted beers served at their full-service restaurant in Downingtown.

a There’s a new look, a new location and a new tour in store for you at Philadelphia’s Yards Brewing Company, but they still produce the same hearty, flavorful brews that earned raves from The New York Times.

a VaLa Vineyards combines works by local artists with their own art of winemaking in a charming tasting room that overlooks the vineyards.

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a The atmosphere at Buckingham Valley Vineyards on the Bucks County Wine Trail is casual—you pour your own samples—but the wines they produce will please even the most sophisticated palates.

a Sip on the vintages produced at Rose Bank Winery on the Bucks County Wine Trail, and enjoy the sweeping views of the Newtown-based vineyards, pastures and centuries-old manor house and stone barn.

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Try before you buy. When you take a free tour of the Philadelphia Brewing Co., you’ll get to sip samples of the brewery’s hearty beers and ales.

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What’s green—and fuchsia and blue and yellow and red and violet—all over? Philadelphia. William Penn’s “greene countrie town” and the surrounding countryside are awash in colorful blooms. Together they add up to a visual delight for garden lovers.

a In Wayne, Chanticleer’s 35 acres are like a party for your senses with thousands of blooms, scents and sculptures scattered throughout the Asian Woods, Fairy Tale Garden or any of the 11 garden environments.

a Proving that sometimes biggest really is best, Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park, the nation’s largest municipal park system, offers 9,000 acres of sweeping meadows, trails lined with wildflowers and thickets of towering trees.

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TINY TREASURES & BIG STYLE When you want to shop big, you’ll love the high-style shops at King of Prussia Mall, the shopping capital of the East Coast, or the great savings that await you at nearby Philadelphia Premium Outlets in Limerick, a mecca for bargain PHILADELPHIA PREMIUM OUTLETS hunters. But sometimes only pocketsized boutiques will do. Throughout Philadelphia and The Countryside® you’ll find dozens of quaint Main Street shops that specialize in personalized service and out-of-theordinary finds. And with no tax on clothing or shoes, you can fill your wardrobe without maxing out your credit card.

a Sip a cup of tea by the cozy fireplace as you ponder purchasing antiques, decorative items, architectural elements and furniture at the Brick Garage in Kennett Square.

a Treat your tootsies to imported footwear by the hippest MORRIS ARBORETUM

new European designers at Bus Stop in Philadelphia.

a Whether you want handmade fairy wings or handmade pottery, textiles, instruments or other rare objects, you can find it at Media’s Earth & State, a fair-trade boutique featuring more than 200 artists from around the globe.

a One nibble of Éclat Chocolate’s specialty international chocolates and you’ll taste why top magazines like Vogue and Food & Wine rave about the West Chester chocolatier’s toothsome treats.

a You’ll find all kinds of custom and one-of-a-kind jewelry treats hidden in clocks, dangling from trees or displayed on tabernacles at Halloween in Center City.

a If it’s on the runway, you’ll find it at Joan Shepp, a Center a Keep your camera handy when you visit Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square. With indoor and outdoor brightly colored blooms, swirling fountains and the giggle-inducing Children’s Garden, you’ll want to remember all 1,500 acres of eye-popping opulence.

a Look up to spot the new Canopy Walk soaring 40 feet above the ground at Morris Arboretum in Philadelphia. The Victorian-inspired garden features unusual species of trees and flowers, a swan pond and a Garden Railway that shrinks Philadelphia landmarks to miniature size.

a Take just one whiff of the acres of lavender at Bucks County’s Carousel Farm to feel calm and serene in no time.

a After you solve the riddle of the Meadow Maze labyrinth, treat your senses to a walk past the 80-foot tulip trees and the Native Woodland Walk at Media’s Tyler Arboretum.

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a Love Saves the Day vintage clothing store in New Hope is so popular that the owners charge 20 cents to enter on weekends. Once inside, you’ll go crazy for sunglasses, collectible Pez dispensers and clothes dating back to the 1850s.

a You and your home can get a style makeover at Ambler’s Mojave Moon, where you can find handmade accessories, home accents, jewelry and linens.

a Your miniature fashionistas will be the hippest kids in school when they show up in cool threads from Monkey Business in Doylestown.

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Walls do talk. Listen closely as you stroll through the region’s historic buildings, and those walls will tell you all about the Quaker farmers who settled in the countryside, the rabble-rousers who defied a tyrannical king, the brave abolitionists who offered the enslaved a chance of freedom and others whose achievements built the American legacy.

a Settle in at one of the storytelling benches to hear tales of America’s past, or wander along Philadelphia’s cobblestone streets to discover centuries of history throughout Independence National Historical Park.

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a The Brandywine Battlefield Historic Site brings to life the largest engagement of the Revolutionary War, fought on September 11, 1777 between the Continental Army led by General George Washington and the British forces headed by General William Howe.

a Explore the recently renovated Edgar Allan Poe National Historical Site, the literary icon’s one-time Philadelphia home where he wrote Murders in the Rue Morgue and other classics.

a Bring your tissues. You just might need them when you hear the stories of lost loves and treasonous alliances that occurred at Graeme Park, the 1772 Horsham home of the Royal Provincial Governor of Pennsylvania.

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a Once inside the Germantown home of the Quaker family who hid enslaved Africans in the attic of the Johnson House Historic Site, you can feel the dangers risked by those traveling the Underground Railroad.

a Step into Pennsbury Manor and the costumed re-enactors who demonstrate centuries-old crafts, cooking and farming activities on William Penn’s reconstructed 43-acre Morrisville farmstead will whisk you back into the 17th century.

a When you step inside the Paul Robeson House in West Philadelphia you might wonder how such a small house could contain the many talents of the legendary actor, singer, athlete, scholar and social activist.

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a Walls can’t hold all the art you’ll discover at Abington Art Center. In addition to the galleries that feature works by regional artists, the outdoor Sculpture Garden with creations by international artists is a visual feast.

a Take a stroll around the leafy grounds of the Brandywine River Museum, and then spring for the side trip to the Kuerner Farm for a peek into the private farm that appears in more than 1,000 of Andrew Wyeth’s paintings.

a Slip into comfy shoes and spend First Friday poking around dozens of Old City Philadelphia galleries that open their doors for late-night gallery hopping.

a Name an architectural style, and you can probably find it at Fonthill, Henry Mercer’s fanciful concrete castle in Doylestown that’s a maze of storybook turrets, 32 staircases and 44 rooms, each adorned with antique and handcrafted tiles from around the world.

a Sometimes the old ways are the best ways. Just ask the ceramic artists at Doylestown’s Moravian Pottery and Tile Works who create stunning tiles using traditional Arts and Crafts movement techniques.

a You can enjoy the paintings, photography and sculpture in the galleries at the James A. Michener Art Museum in Doylestown, but the classes and workshops let you hone your own talents.

a Watch dedicated artisans crafting bowls, trays and other giftware in aluminum, bronze and pewter at Exton’s Wendell August Forge, the oldest and largest forge of its kind in the nation.

a If your taste runs to outsider art, craft art and found art, Sweet Mabel Folk Art and Fine Craft Gallery in Narberth has just what you’re looking for.

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a The sprawling Victorian mansion that houses Woodmere Art Museum is a work of art in itself, but don’t stop there. Step inside the Chestnut Hill landmark and peruse its nine galleries featuring classical, contemporary and rule-breaking artists.

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Listen closely. That sound you hear is the sound of the hipster rock, finger-snapping jazz, heart-pounding classical and other genres that have put Philadelphia and The Countryside® on the world’s musical map. And while there’s loads of talent in the city’s majestic concert halls, you can tune in to all kinds of grooves on intimate stages and in tiny clubs around the city and suburbs.

a When the region’s top local bands step up to the mic at Chambers 19 Bistro & Bar in Doylestown, you’ll want the party to last all weekend long.

a The name has changed, but you’ll rock out to the line-up at the Fillmore at TLA, which features a mix of ready-to-break-out, esoteric and alternative artists.

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a Fashionistas can get runway ready at the King of Prussia Mall, a 400-store shopping mecca with dozens of international trendsetters, including Versace and Louis Vuitton. Those on a budget can ďŹ nd name brands on sale every day at Philadelphia Premium Outlets.

a Although 4,000 pieces of art can be viewed inside, it’s the extensive collection of contemporary sculpture out at the Berman Museum of Art that is sure to catch your eye at this charming Collegeville campus.

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a If you’re a food lover, the Ardmore Farmers’ Market at Suburban Square is a dream come true. The fresh fruits, vegetables, prepared foods and pastries are sure to please every palate.

a Enjoy First Fridays in Ardmore, Haverford and Bryn Mawr (Montgomery County’s Main Line) as you visit all three towns via trolley.

a The tree-lined Ambler Main Street features ďŹ ne dining, award-winning live theater and alluring stores. Stroll the adorable, historic Skippack Village with more than 80 one-of-a-kind shops and boutiques housed in 18th– and 19th– century homes and buildings.

a Mandatory for adventurers is the newest rush of adrenaline in Montgomery County: zip lining at Spring Mountain. For more information on Montgomery County, please check out valleyforge.org .

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INDEPENDENCE VISITOR CENTER Start at the Center! The Independence Visitor Center will help make the most of your visit to Philadelphia and The Countryside®. Open at 8:00 a.m., 362 days a year, Independence Visitor Center is the official visitor center to Independence National Historical Park, the City of Philadelphia and the surrounding counties of Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery, as well as the Southern New Jersey Delaware River waterfront. Located at 6th & Market Streets, across from the Liberty Bell Center, Independence Visitor Center is a one-stop-shop for all your travel needs. Gather information, buy tickets, make reservations, grab a snack and surf the Web—all from the comfort of the center. Remember, the Independence Visitor Center is the exclusive location to obtain tickets to Independence Hall. On-site representatives from the National Park Service are available to tell you more about Philadelphia’s historic sites. From where to go, what to see and how to get there, the multilingual concierge staff has you covered. With an incredible knowledge of Philadelphia and The Countryside®, these experts can help plan a trip that is sure to create memories that will last a lifetime! With the user-friendly informational kiosks throughout the center, you can make reservations, book hotel accommodations or research the surrounding region. The kiosks can help visitors plan their trip from start to finish with the touch of a button. The Independence Visitor Center also offers more than 600,000 brochures from top attractions, restaurants and shopping districts in Philadelphia. The newest way to explore Philadelphia is with the Historic Philadelphia GPS Ranger Tour, available only at the Independence Visitor Center. Visitors can rent personal GPS devices to lead them through 25 sites in Independence National Historical Park. Philly’s own Ben Franklin leads the virtual tour. Speaking of Ben, don’t miss Breakfast with Ben every Saturday morning, from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. Guests enjoy an interactive breakfast and discussion with one of our nation’s most influential Founding Fathers. For more information and to speak with a live concierge at the Independence Visitor Center, call 800-537-7676. Or check out IndependenceVisitorCenter.com . Start at the Center! The Independence Visitor Center.

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Friday Night Lights Finding yourself in the Philadelphia region on the first Friday of the month and wondering what to do? Try checking out the local arts scene. Communities throughout the city and the countryside host monthly First Friday celebrations that showcase the unique works of local artists and musicians. Whether on Main Street in

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street, and restaurants and bars entice visitors with First Friday specials in what becomes a giant open house once a month throughout the year. Philadelphia-based painter Kim Martin, of Coldnose Productions, recently opened a show on a First Friday at

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region has never been easier.

A HANDS-ON MUSEUM When the Please Touch Museum made the long-awaited move to its new home at Memorial Hall last fall, the 30-year-old children’s museum recreated many of its iconic exhibits – such as the grocery store and the SEPTA bus. But you’ll also find new attractions like Alice’s Wonderland. (Enter through the rabbit hole.) www.pleasetouchmuseum.org

the Artists’ House gallery in Old City with other emerging

SPLASHY FUN Our tip: Bring a towel to Longwood Gardens’ new Indoor Children’s Garden. The garden’s 17 spouting fountains are irresistible to kids, who are encouraged to splash around with the likes of the Drooling Dragon. Thankfully, parents observe the fun from the safety of the dry garden walkway. www.longwoodgardens.org

COLORIFIC Learn how crayons and markers are made, then let your kids – and their creativity – loose on the floors and walls of the Crayola Factory in Easton. www.crayola.com/factory

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GlassWorks, Lehigh Valley’s only hot glass studio, is an educational facility dedicated to promoting an understanding and appreciation of the art of blown glass and the glass making process.

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Visit The Crayola FACTORY Discovery Center and see how Crayola Crayons are made. Ideal for families with children ages 3 - 12, this fun attraction has many hands-on activities for visitors to explore.

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Stay & Save in Lehigh Valley with affordable travel packages. Come for skiing, golfing, Dorney Park and the holiday season. Find a list of participating hotels and complete details on our Web site.

LOST RIVER CAVERNS

Enjoy a guided tour of limestone caverns. See beautiful crystal formations, stalactites, stalagmites and flowstone, the Lost River and Crystal Chapel. Located just south of Bethlehem.

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Relax and unwind at the awardwinning Hampton Inn Easton, featuring upgraded guest amenities and outstanding service. Enjoy our complimentary On The House™ breakfast buffet, Cloud Nine bedding package, indoor pool and fitness center. Our elegant ballroom, the Lotus Ballroom and Lounge, can accommodate up to 200 guests and boasts uncompromising service, a modern décor package and exquisite cuisine that will exceed your expectations.

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THE MARTIN GUITAR COMPANY

Nestled in the foothills of the Pocono Mountains resides one of America’s treasures: The Martin Guitar Company. A world-class travel destination and center for reflection - The Martin Guitar Museum, Factory Tour and Visitors Center is a haven for those fascinated by music history, culture and craftsmanship. Daily tours provide an up-close and personal view of the world’s finest steel-string guitars being built. Free tours are conducted on weekdays.

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ALL THAT JAZZ Superstar sax player Stan Getz got his start in Philadelphia, as did chipmunk-cheeked trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie. The city can even lay some claim to the legend of John Coltrane (he attended high school here). The jazz tradition continues at these cool clubs:

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April-October ORTLIEB’S JAZZHAUS

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Philly’s smoke-free these days, but narrow, dim Ortlieb’s still cultivates that throwback jazz club vibe. Sunday and Tuesday nights brings some of the city’s best jazzmen to this long-time Northern Liberties haunt for a free-for-all jam session – and a New Orleans menu packed with Cajun classics.

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847 N. Third St., Philadelphia, 215.922.1035; www.ortliebsjazzhaus.com

The largest indoor flower

Valley Forge National Historical Park.

215.629.4026 www.historicphiladelphia.org PHILADELPHIA FLOWER SHOW Philadelphia

March show in the world. This year’s theme: Italy.

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CHRIS’ JAZZ CAFÉ

Hidden on a nondescript block, Chris’ Jazz Café has been a Center City jazz destination for 22 years. Known for its lineup of local legends like saxophonist Bootsie Barnes, the recently rehabbed stage is also a magnet for touring musicians such as the Count Basie Orchestra. Don’t miss the “Sunset Sessions” happy hour for half-priced drinks and some cool jazz.

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September Celebrate Pennsylvania’s famous fungi with a weekend’s worth of tasty events.

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1421 Sansom St., Philadelphia, 215.568.3131; www.chrisjazzcafe.com

PERFORMING LEGENDS: Natalie Cole at World Cafe Live (Philadelphia, MAP: D-4)

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This brick-and-mortar spin-off of popular Philly radio station WXPN-FM hosts all manner of music, some of it jazz – from jazz rockers Agent Moosehead to gypsy jazz pioneer John Jorgenson – in its intimate Upstairs Live cafe. Sundays bring a leisurely brunch to University City; check online to see what the musical genre of the day will be.

Long known for its blues, zyedeco and soul acts, 100seat, Southern-themed Warmdaddy’s has recently upped its jazz credentials, serving up acts like singer Denise King’s jazzy interpretations of rock hits alongside fried chicken and sweet tea.

There may still be a few regulars at Natalie’s Lounge who can recall when the small West Philly stage was home to Coltrane, but the real excitement at this 60year-old venue is the city’s next generation of cool cats who crowd in for all-night, no-cover Saturday night jams (call ahead to see when the next one is planned).

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the cellblocks of Eastern State Penitentiary.

888.763.NITE www.easternstate.org CHRISTKINDLMARKT Bethlehem

November-December An annual celebration features live holiday music, German food

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DID YOU KNOW? PHILADELPHIA’S FAIRMOUNT PARK is the largest city-owned park system in the United States. Its 63 regional and neighborhood parks total more than 9,200 acres. (Philadelphia, MAP: D-4)

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History Loves Company in Valley Forge and Montgomery County, 18 miles from Philadelphia. Discover America’s past at Valley Forge National Historical Park. Marvel at a menagerie of museums. Appreciate architecture. Shop Main Streets, Premium Outlets and America’s largest retail mall, King of Prussia. Bike 55 miles of trails. Golf on 40 public courses. Ski Spring Mountain or zip-line over it! Dine at award-winning restaurants and stay over with great hotel packages!

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PHILADELPHIA AND THE COUNTRYSIDE PA

REAL PENNSYLVANIAN

Favorite place to eat… Continental Mid-town. They have a really diverse menu and small plates so you can eat a little bit of everything. Try the Thai lettuce wrap and a chocolate martini! Yum!

1801 Chestnut St., Philadelphia, 215.567.1800; www.continentalmidtown.com Favorite place to shop… There’s so many: Sephora in Center City for great makeup, Guacamole on South Street for chic, urban hipster finds without the huge price tags and Open House for kitchenware.

Sephora: 1714 Chestnut St., Philadelphia, 215.563.6112, www.sephora.com; Guacamole: 422 South St., Philadelphia; 215.923.6174; Open House: 107 S. 13th St., Philadelphia, 215.922.1415, www.openhouseliving.com

Favorite Old City spots to take friends… The shopping, clubs and bars are amazing here – Bleu Martini has great martinis and 32˚ has a huge dance floor with plenty of space to move around.

Bleu Martini: 24 S. 2nd St., Philadelphia, 215.940.7900, www.bleumartinionline.com; 32˚: 10 S. 2nd St., Philadelphia, 215.627.3132, www.32lounge.com

KRISTEN HENRY has lived in Pennsylvania her entire life and “wouldn’t have it any other way.” She started out in the ‘burbs and made her way to the city to study at the University of Pennsylvania. Now she lives near the Italian Market. And the big question…who has the best cheesesteak, Pat’s or Geno’s? Pat’s – 100 percent! They upgraded the meat they use and it’s 10 million times better – and I can order in any language I want.

9th, Wharton and Passyunk streets, Philadelphia; 215.468.1546; www.patskingofsteaks.com

Favorite South Philly location… There are still the traditional Italian areas, but it’s really diversifying. My new favorite restaurant is a little Mexican place called Cantina Los Caballitos on Passyunk Avenue.

1651 E. Passyunk Ave., Philadelphia, 215.755.3550; www.cantinaloscaballitos.com Favorite museum… I like the Franklin because they have the IMAX and have really cool exhibits. I can take anyone there from kids to friends to parents.

222 N. 20th St., Philadelphia, 215.448.1200; www.fi.edu

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TRAVELER INFORMATION Brandywine Conference and Visitors Bureau: www.brandywinecountry.org, 800.343.3983

Greater Reading Convention and Visitors Bureau: www.readingberkspa.com, 800.443.6610

Bucks County Conference and Visitors Bureau: www.BucksCounty.Travel, 800.836.2825

Independence Visitor Center Corp.: www.independencevisitorcenter.com, 800.537.7676

Chester County Conference and Visitors Bureau: www.brandywinevalley.com, 800.566.0109 Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation: www.gophila.com, 215.599.0776

Lehigh Valley Convention and Visitors Bureau: www.lehighvalleypa.org, 800.747.0561 Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau: www.philadelphiausa.travel, 800.225.5745 Valley Forge Convention and Visitors Bureau: www.valleyforge.org, 888.847.4883


BRANDYWINE VALLEY WINE TRAIL

Visit wine country for tours, tastings and world-class wines at our seven vineyards in the Brandywine Valley, between Lancaster and Philadelphia. See website for special events and festivals all year long!

info@bvwinetrail.com Southern Chester County, PA 866-390-4367 610-444-3842 www.wvwinetrail.com READER RESPONSE 30

BRANDYWINE RIVER MUSEUM

Internationally known for its unparalleled collection of works by three generations of Wyeths and its outstanding collection of American illustration, still life and landscape painting.

U.S. Route 1 Chadds Ford, PA 610-388-2700 www.brandywinemuseum.org READER RESPONSE 31

THE FRANKLIN

Curious about the Giant Heart, Space Command, Benjamin Franklin National Memorial and the Fels Planetarium? Curious about interactive exhibits and live demonstrations? Curious about movies in IMAX and 3D? Satisfy your curiosity at The Franklin! Special Exhibits: See Real Pirates, the world’s first exhibition of authentic pirate treasure May 31 - Nov. 2, in The Mandell Center at the Franklin. Visit fi.edu/ realpirates for tickets and details.

LONGWOOD GARDENS

Longwood Gardens, a jewel situated near the Philadelphia and Lancaster regions, is a place of unparalleled beauty. Offering a new experience daily, Longwood presents one-of-akind events, wonderful concerts, and delicious fine and casual cuisine in breathtaking settings. Often referred to as the world’s premier horticultural showplace, Longwood Gardens’ 1,050 acres of natural woodlands, majestic gardens, and dancing fountains are open every day of the year!

U.S. Route 1 Kennett Square, PA 800 737-5500 610 388-1000 www.longwoodgardens.org READER RESPONSE 32

NATIONAL CONSTITUTION CENTER

222 N. 20th St. Philadelphia, PA 1-800-TFI-TIXS 215-448-1200 www.fi.edu READER RESPONSE 33

The National Constitution Center is America’s only museum devoted to the U.S. Constitution. The museum dramatically tells the story of the Constitution from Revolutionary times to the present through more than 100 interactive, multimedia exhibits, film, photographs and artifacts, and features a powerful awardwinning performance, “Freedom Rising.” Visitors can take the Oath of Office, sit on a replica of the Supreme Court bench and even sign the Constitution.

525 Arch St., Independence Mall Philadelphia, PA 866-917-1787 215-409-6700 www.constitutioncenter.org READER RESPONSE 34

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Historic Philadelphia Historical treasures. Delicious restaurants. Independent boutiques. Exciting nightlife. Thriving art scene. ®

Book the two-night Philly Overnight Hotel Package and receive FREE HOTEL PARKING and a gift at check-in.

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A FESTIVE TIME

Punxsutawney’s Groundhog Day is the only Pennsylvania festival where a furry rodent pops his head out of a hole, but the Keystone State has more than 100 exciting fairs and festivals all year long. So whether you are interested in music, heritage, film or contemporary arts, there’s probably an event that fits your fancy. For more infor-mation, log onto visitPA.com/festivals and experience the state’s natural beauty, ethnic diversity, rich history and fabulous music and film.

MUSEUM MARVELS

Looking for a less conventional exhibit on your trip to Philly? IndependentTraveler.com recently compiled a list of the world’s weirdest museums, and couldn’t resist mentioning the morbid medical oddities on display at The Mütter Museum. Stare open-mouthed at adisplay of some 20,000 objects including President Grover Cleveland’s cancerous jaw growth and – gasp! – 2,000 objects removed from peoples’ throats. 19 S. 22nd St., Philadelphia, www.collphyphil.org; 215.563.3737

CRYSTAL CAVE

Spend a day with nature at Crystal Cave, PA’s greatest natural wonder. Underground tours, 125 wooded acres, souvenir buildings, rock shop and panning for gemstones. Mini-golf, fast food and museum (in season).

963 Crystal Cave Rd. Kutztown, PA 610-683-6765 www.crystalcavepa.com READER RESPONSE 35

MERCER MUSEUM

Castle houses dramatic displays of implements, folk art and furnishings of early America. See unique objects suspended overhead. Buy a Mercer Experience ticket and visit the Mercer Museum and Fonthill. Open daily.

84 S. Pine St. Doylestown, PA 215-345-0210 www.mercermuseum.org READER RESPONSE 38

KUTZTOWN FOLK FESTIVAL

GREATER READING CONVENTION AND VISITORS BUREAU

June 27 - July 5. Early American crafts, nation’s largest quilt sale and folklife programs, six stages of continuous entertainment, many children’s activities, delicious Pennsylvania Dutch food.

Make history come alive, go shopping for treasures, find great deals, enjoy colorful art, make your own jewlery, jazz it up! Catch the excitement in Greater Reading, just take a ride!

P.O. Box 306 Kutztown, PA 888-674-6136 610-683-1537 www.kutztownfestival.com READER RESPONSE 36

201 Washington St. Reading, PA 800-443-6610 610-375-4085 www.readingberkspa.com READER RESPONSE 37

PEDDLER’S VILLAGE

Bucks County’s premier destination. 70 specialty shops, six restaurants, the Golden Plough Inn, Giggleberry Fair family entertainment center and year-round events on 42 acres of award-winning gardens.

Route 202 & Route 263 Lahaska, PA 215-794-4000 www.peddlersvillage.com READER RESPONSE 39

HOLIDAY INN PHILADELPHIA NORTHEAST

Newly-renovated hotel in Bucks County minutes from Philadelphia. Enjoy our restaurant, lounge, business and fitness centers and pool. Rooms equipped with refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker and wireless Internet.

3499 Street Rd. Bensalem, PA 877-275-7458 215-638-1500 www.holidayinnbensalem.com READER RESPONSE 40

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a look at the

REGION >>

HISTORY LESSON

LOCAL SOUVENIR

The Roebling Aqueduct

Houdini Wonder Wand

Cross the historic

Enjoy the sleight-of-hand magic

Delaware River from

tricks at Scranton’s

Pennsylvania to New

Houdini Museum,

York via The Roebling

but don’t leave

Aqueduct, the country’s

without your

oldest suspension

own Houdini

bridge, built in 1849.

POCONO MOUNTAINS ROADTRIP pg. 60

Wonder Wand. (Lackawaxen, MAP: E-2)

www.nps.gov

>>

PIZZA pg. 60

>>

ANTIQUES pg. 62

www.houdini.org

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(Scranton, MAP: D-2)

WINTER ACTIVITIES pg. 68

DIVINE SETTING: Lodge at Woodloch (Hawley, MAP: E-2)

NORTHEAST PENNSYLVANIA MOUNTAINS Touring the Transcendental The Lodge at Woodloch: Learn, grow, strengthen, beautify, relax and reflect. www.thelodge atwoodloch.com Himalayan Institute: The tradition of the Himalayan gurus extends for thousands of years. www.hima layaninstitute.org Deerfield Spa: Immersed in true mountain beauty and country charm. www.deerfieldspa.com

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Spiritually based retreat destinations in the Pocono Mountains unite the ancient wisdom of the East with the modern technology of the West. Spiritual seekers will discover

to a healthy cohabitation with

For more than 35 years, the

several retreats in the Pocono

nature. Genuine healing treat-

2 Himalayan Institute,

Mountains that nourish the

ments such as Thai, deep tissue

located on a tranquil 400-

mind, body and soul. Each

massage and reflexology are

acre campus, has been at the

destination has developed its

among their most requested

forefront of holistic health and

own unique niche, but all focus

services. Popular self-enrich-

eastern philosophy. Its mission –

on the premise that health and

ment classes include T’ai chi,

to discover and embrace the

happiness come from within.

yoga, dance, watercolor,

sacred link and spirit of human

stretching, toning and cones

heritage that unites the East and

Since its opening in 2006

and ladders, an exhilarating

West – is enhanced by a special

as one of the country’s most

combination of footwork and

blend of spirituality and science,

luxurious spas, 1 The Lodge at

agility drills that challenges

combining ancient wisdom and

Woodloch pampers guests who

everyone’s athletic side. Don’t

modern technology. In-depth

are looking for an upscale re-

miss the Power of Presence

residential programs bring

spite from stress and a pathway

meditation sessions.

together a community of people


NORTHEAST PENNSYLVANIA MOUNTAINS PA

Choose Your Own Adventure While the forested ridges and clear mountain lakes of this region offer tranquility for those who seek it, they also serve as the backdrop for more than a few heart-pounding thrills. Ride the Rapids: Those in-the-know plan to paddle the Lehigh Gorge on dam release days, when the increased flow from Paddle: Pocono Whitewater Adventures Jim Thorpe

upstream creates roaring Class III rapids that’ll leave you white-knuckled and smiling.

www.whitewaterrafting.com Race for the Checkered Flag: Drive your own 600-horsepower Drive: Stock Car Racing Experience Blakeslee

stock car around famed Pocono Raceway and earn bragging

www.877stockcar.com

and a chance to follow them around the track at 160 mph.

Jump: Sky’s the Limit Skydiving East Stroudsburg

Pocono Freefallin’: Parachute with Sky’s the Limit 13,500 feet

www.skysthelimit.net

ages are available for novices, and can include a professionally

Ski: Elk Mountain Ski Resort Union Dale www.elkskier.com

rights for life. Instructors provide detailed safety instructions

over the Pocono Mountains. First-time tandem jump packedited video of the experience. Carve the Perfect Turn: There’s a throwback feel to Elk Mountain’s tough terrain, and its challenging black-diamond runs entice good skiers. With 1,000 vertical feet and 27 trails, it ranks with the state’s largest resorts, but its Endless Mountains location draws half the crowds. THE BIG CHILL: Elk Mountain (Union Dale, MAP: D-2); Stock Car Racing Experience (Blakeslee, MAP: D-3)

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devoted to personal growth

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private room accommodations, Wyalusing

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the 3 Deerfield Spa include a

Eagles Mere

Clarks Summit

Ricketts Glen

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gressive, non-invasive renewal

Welcome Centers State Parks

and resurfacing of the skin. A

State Museums

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Old Forge Moosic Heritage Museum

Wilkes-Barre

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Promised Land

Tobyhanna Gouldsboro

Benton

Milford

Skytop

Pocono Mountains

White Pocono Summit Pocono Bushkill 3 Analomink Blakeslee Haven Manor Nescopeck Lake Tannersville Shawnee-on-Delaware Big Pocono Hickory 80 Harmony East Stroudsburg Eckley Run Stroudsburg Miners Village Delaware Water Gap Sciota W Weatherly Lehigh Beltzville 81

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body treatment provides a pro-

Honesdale

Archbald Pothole Scranton Iron Furnaces

Scranton

Hunlock Creek

masque. A micro-dermabrasion

Union Dale Prompton

Worlds End

Forksville

Specialized spa treatments at

fresh food menu incorporates

PENNA

TURNPIKE

Lackawanna

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and karma yoga.

grape wine peel and a seaweed

New Milford

Mount 220 Pisgah

and selfless service, and include

Jim Thorpe

Gorge

all major food groups. The spa is open seasonally, from April through October.

Photo locations in this regional section reference this map. For a full-size map of Pennsylvania, please refer to the gatefold map in the back of this guide.

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NATURE AND HISTORY: Lake Wallenpaupack (near Hawley, MAP: E-2);

Grey Towers (Milford, MAP: F-3)

Trails, Waterfalls & Museums A ROADTRIP THROUGH THE POCONO MOUNTAINS Street, the historic courthouse and tiny 1849

WHAT TO DO: Visit Honesdale, the DorflingerSuydam Wildlife Sanctuary and Glass Museum (570.253.1185, www.dorflinger.org); the ARTery (570.409.1234, www.arteryonline.com); and Grey Towers National Historic Site (570.296.9630, www.fs.fed.us/na/gt/) in Milford.

209 South, turn right for Dingmans Falls,

synagogue. Take Route 6 to the Dorflinger-

two cascades bordered by Day-glo golds.

Suydam Wildlife Sanctuary, with its exquisite

Continuing on 209 South in the Delaware

glass museum and lovely trails. Then continue

Water Gap National Recreation Area, turn left

to Hawley and a splendid dinner and room at

on Hollow Road, then right at River Road to

the Settlers Inn.

WHERE TO STAY: The Inn at Pocono Manor (800.233.8150; www.poconomanor.com); and The Settlers Inn (800.833.8527; www.thesettlersinn.com)

Overlook, where Mount Tammany scrapes the

DAY

splendid churches, too – and, on Court

planked Dingman’s Bridge. From

DAY

Enter Pennsylvania via the wood-

Get ready for great sightseeing!

sky. Turn back to 80 West to 380 North; Exit 3

an eclectic outdoors emporium, en route to

leads to the Inn at Pocono Manor. Request a

Milford. Explore Grey Towers, conservationist

room in the Main Lodge and enjoy a couples’

Gifford Pinchot’s chateau, and admire works by

Sam Snead’s Tavern for lunch with a view. Take Route 611 South to nearby Point of Gap

massage at the spa before dinner.

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Route 6 skirts Lake Wallenpaupack and passes Alice’s Wonderland,

20 terrific artists at The ARTery. Lunch at the WaterWheel Café, in an old mill. Then, one last

DAY

WHERE TO EAT: Sam Snead’s Tavern in Shawneeon-Delaware (570.424.0990, www.samsneads-pa.com); and the Waterwheel Café in Milford (570.296.2383, www.waterwheelcafe.com)

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Play golf, hike or go horseback riding

classic Poconos vista: Raymondskill Falls, just

amid fall’s fiery colors. After lunch,

off Route 209.

follow country roads 196 North and 191 North to Honesdale. Admire the grand, wide-porch

For more information on the Pocono Mountains,

houses on Main and Church streets – some

go to www.800poconos.com

PIZZA CAPITAL OF THE WORLD Local lore says the legend of Old Forge pizza began 88 years ago at a gentlemen’s social club when the owner used a rectangular pan to bake pizza on a coal stove for patrons. With about 25 pizza establishments serving a population of 8,600, Old Forge, five miles outside of Scranton, is the self-proclaimed “Pizza Capital of the World,” and is arguably home to more pizza parlors per capita than any other town. Its signature “rectangle-style” pizza has been attracting visitors for decades, and locals mail it par-baked to out-of-town relatives who pine for the real deal. Although each restaurant serves a distinct pizza, common ingredients include a sweet, onion-based sauce, homemade dough and a closely guarded family secret of blended cheeses. White pizza, a combination of cheese and double crust, is also an Old Forge specialty.

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MUST-SEES Northeast Pennsylvania is home to an array of special attractions nestled within its spectacular mountains. Check these out: Kids

Outdoors

History

Food and Drink

CARBON COUNTY: Witness the scenic wonders at Boulder Field in Hickory Run State Park, a national landmark with miles of hiking trails. www.dcnr.state.pa.us THE POCONO MOUNTAINS: Wet your appetite during the summer at Camelbeach Waterpark, the state’s largest outdoor water park, or indoors at Great Wolf Lodge. www.camelbeach.com or www.greatwolf.com HAMLIN/STROUDSBURG: See wildlife up close and personal at Claws ’N’ Paws Wild Animal Park or pet farm animals in their natural habitat at Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm. www.clawsnpaws.com or www.quietvalley.org

KID PLEASER: Great Wolf Lodge (Scotrun, MAP: D/E-3) SKYTOP: Skytop Lodge, an opulent

hotel pampering newlyweds, is also a dream destination for naturalists. www.skytop.com WYALUSING: Sacred ground for Native Americans, Wyalusing Rocks offers panoramic vistas of rolling farmlands. www.bradford-pa.com/sites/wrocks.php NEW MILFORD: “Where Antiquity Lives,” Old Mill Village is dedicated

to preserving artifacts of the past. www.oldmillvillage.org FORKSVILLE: Worlds End State Park plays host to spectacular scenery

punctuated by splendid fall foliage. www.dcnr.state.pa.us BENTON: Ricketts Glen State Park

features 22 waterfalls, hiking trails, camping, fishing and cabin rentals. www.rickettsglen.info WHITE HAVEN: Experience worldclass whitewater rafting at Whitewater Challengers. Five great rivers offer leisurely rides to adrenaline-pumping rapids. www.whitewaterchallengers.com WEATHERLY: Eckley Miners Village

provides history lessons about the hardships and triumphs of coal miners. www.eckleyminers.org

THE WYOMING VALLEY: The Wyoming Valley Levee Trail offers bikers

and walkers a paved surface along the spectacular Susquehanna River. www. wvwellnesstrails.org/WyomingValleyTrails.html BUSHKILL: The “Niagara Falls of Pennsylvania,” Bushkill Falls comprises eight cascading waterfalls throughout wooded splendor. www.visitbushkillfalls.com MILFORD: See the 36-star flag that Lincoln’s head rested on after he was shot at Ford’s Theatre. It’s on permanent display at The Columns, the museum of the Pike County Historical Society. www.pikehistory.org/lincoln.htm SCRANTON: Take an informal, selfguided Scranton Office Tour by visiting Cooper’s Seafood House, a restaurant mentioned frequently in the hit TV show. www.scrantontimestribune.com/projects/ maps/map3.3.html

SCRANTON: Ride the rails at Steamtown Historic Site, home to an

interesting locomotive museum and roundhouse. www.nps.gov/stea BRADFORD COUNTY: Known as Missicum, or “Meadows,” by Native Americans, the French Azilum provided a setting of pastoral serenity for French exiles who settled here in 1793. www.frenchazilum.com SCRANTON: Go down 300 feet in a coal car and accompany a miner in the underground gangways and rock tunnel at the Lackawanna Coal Mine. www.lackawanna county.org/attractions_coal.asp THE POCONO MOUNTAINS: Get teed off by hitting the links at more than 35 scenic, challenging golf courses, designed by such legends as Donald Ross and Jack Nicklaus. www.800poconos.com

JIM THORPE: “All aboard.” Railroad buffs will want to hop aboard the Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway. www.lgsry.com JIM THORPE: Take in independent film festivals, roots music fairs, international performing artists and much more at Mauch Chunk Opera. www.mauchchunkoperahouse.com

THE OFFICE: Cooper’s Seafood House (Scranton, MAP: D-2)

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ANTIQUERS’ PARADISE Fine Victorian furniture, rustic tools, kitchenware, Art Deco jukeboxes … the range (and the prices) of antiques and collectibles in this region can’t be beat. OLDE ENGINE WORKS MARKET PLACE

More than 100 dealers offer a variety of antiques and collectibles; some prices are negotiable. Items include handmade Pennsylvania quilts (from $120), real Fiestaware (about $10), usable and decorative old tools (i.e., a rasp for $4) and a variety of oak furniture. 62 N. Third St., Stroudsburg, 570-421-4340, www.oldeengineworks.com OLD LUMBERYARD ANTIQUES

Like the Engine Works, the Lumberyard hosts dealers with various specialties. These include 19th-century oils (a nautical scene for $595), linens (from $8), Lionel railroad cars (Pennsylvania line, of course) from $30, and walking canes, such as a $28 bamboo cane with a built-in flask. 113 7th St., Milford, 570-296-2086, www.oldlumberyard antiquesllc.com

GREAT BUYS: Carriage Barn Antiques (Clarks Summit, MAP: D-2)

There are many other great shops, too, such as: they thought we couldn’t FIGHT” – about $300), 19thcentury trunks (one $2,550 beauty depicts Adam and Eve) and even an 18th-century Bodhisattva ($1,850).

Doug Schmitt Antiques 117 Tresslarville Rd., Lake Ariel, 570-698-6694. 20th-century oak furniture. Hamlin Glass Hat Village Attic

Route 191, Hamlin, 570-689-4060. Furniture and collectible glass.

Route 6, Hawley, 570-226-1711, www.haexchange.com

Anne’s Early Attic WHISPERS IN TIME ANTIQUES

CARRIAGE BARN ANTIQUES

Among the 30 dealers here is the world’s foremost collector of fluorescent “Vaseline” (uranium) glass. Other specialists offer century-old Pennsylvania postcards ($1-$3), World War I posters (“And

Ensconced in a 19th-century barn, Carriage sells antiques that its staffers restore to mint condition. That means plenty of furniture, but you’ll also find old clocks (a 4.5-foot E. Howard for about $5,000), working jukeboxes (from $1,900) and

Oriental carpets (from $200 and up) that truly make stunning wall hangings.

23 Broadway, Jim Thorpe, 570-325-2299, www.visitjimthorpe.com. Wood carvings, glass and more.

1550 Fairview Rd., Clarks Summit, 570-587-5405, www.carriagebarnantiques.com

Pocono Auction Center

Editor’s note: prices listed are subject to change.

Summit Road, Pocono Summit, 570-839-0202, www.pocono auctions.com. Twice-monthly, Saturdays, 10 a.m.

DID YOU KNOW? EAGLES MERE’S TOBOGGAN SLIDE: The toboggan slide in Eagles Mere has delighted people since 1904, but there’s much more to this historic village. With its Victorian buildings and inns, evocative museum, little shops, and gracious people, Eagles Mere really is the town that time forgot. Route. 42, Sullivan County, www.eaglesmere.org

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A Reason in the Winter Season Winter playtime: It ain’t just skiing. Or, for that matter, snowboarding. These snow-mantled, postcard-pretty mountains, lakes and forests offer great fun for everyone from die-hard athletes to couch potatoes.

Delaware (570.421.7231; www.shawneemt.com) and Ski Big Bear in Lackawaxen (570.685.1400; www.ski-big bear.com). They’re expanding

The new Zip Rider at Snö

easy as walking), too. Jack Frost

terrain parks and offering new

Mountain in Moosic swooshes

and Big Boulder have rentals

rental gear, too.

safely downhill at speeds up to

and trails, as do The Inn at

50 mph. Prerequisite skills?

Pocono Manor (800.233.8150;

Northeastern Pennsylvania

None. (570.969.7669;

www.poconomanor.com) and

offers ice fishing and ice skating

www.snomtn.com).

Cliff Park Inn (800.225.6535;

on lakes ranging from little Moon

www.cliffparkinn.com) in the

Lake in Hunlock Creek to

GO TARGETED

New chutes, tubes and lifts

Delaware Water Gap National

giant Lake Wallenpaupack.

at the area’s ski resorts are

Recreation Area.

Romantics can take a horse-drawn

No other region beats Northeast Pennsylvania at creating lift tickets that help you save money by paying only for the time you’ll be on the mountain. For example, Elk Mountain’s weekday Extended Ticket (from opening ‘til closing) costs $50, but Elk’s other options include a twilight (12:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.) or daytime ticket for $45 and, for realists, fourhour passes for just $33.

sleigh ride with Pocono Country

also making snowtubing increasingly popular. Alpine

Meanwhile, these resorts

Carriages in East Stroudsburg

Mountain Ski & Ride Center

haven’t forgotten skiers and

(570.424.6248; www.pocono

in Analomink (570.421.6464;

riders. They’ve all upgraded

countrycarriagesinc.com). And ev-

www.alpinemountain.com)

their snowmaking equipment,

erybody loves the annual Ice-Tee

offers nighttime as well as

as have Elk Mountain in

Golf Tournament (570.226.3191;

daytime snowtubing.

Union Dale (570.679.4400;

www.hawleywallenpaupackcc.

Jack Frost in Blakeslee

www.elkskier.com), Shawnee

com). It’s not near Lake Wallen-

(570.443.8425; www.jfbb.com)

Mountain in Shawnee-on-

paupack, it’s on it.

TIPS FOR WINTER FUN

has seven chutes and Big

GO WEEKDAY

Boulder at Lake Harmony has

Weekday packages are common at most ski resorts, but again, Northeast Pennsylvania’s deals are standouts. For example, ski/ride packages at Fernwood Hotel and Resort and the Shawnee Inn knock 30 percent or more off weekend a la carte prices.

20, so waiting around is not a winter sport here. Blue Mountain in Palmerton (610.826.7700; www.skibluemt. com) offers 14 runs, while Camelback in Tannersville (570.629.1661; www.skicamel

GO NATURAL

back.com) has 20.

Visit www.dcnr.state.pa.us/ stateparks/recreation/cross ski.aspx, for information about cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in this area’s state parks and forests.

Downhill resorts are offering cross-country skiing (almost as

For more information, contact the individual resorts, the Pennsylvania Ski Areas Association (570.443.0963; www.skipa.com) and Pocono Mountains Ski (800.762.6667; www.poconoski.com)

ICE DAY: Skating on Moon Lake (Hunlock Creek, MAP: C-3) 6 8 P E N N S Y L VA N I A T R AV E L

SLIP SLIDING: Camelback (Tannersville, MAP: E-3)


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Regional

events FINE ARTS FIESTA, Wilkes-Barre May

AIRING OF THE QUILTS Tunkhannock

Art show with beautiful handcrafted

October

jewelry, pottery, artwork, wood

Quilts decorate homes, porches,

carvings and more.

shrubs, fences and businesses throughout town.

www.fineartsfiesta.org

570.836.7575 www.emquiltworks.com

NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES Long Pond June & August

BLACK BEAR FILM FESTIVAL

A premier racing competition at

Milford

Pocono Raceway.

October

570.646.2300 www.poconoraceway.com

The state’s fastest growing film fest screens feature films.

BLUEBERRY FESTIVAL, Montrose

570.409.0909 www.blackbearfilm.com

August Everything blueberry! Pancake breakfast, entertainment and crafts.

800.769.8999 www.susqcolibrary.org/bluefest

For more Pennsylvania events, go to visitPA.com

RADISSON LACKAWANNA STATION HOTEL

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Beautiful, historic fully restored Downtown Train Station. 146 modern classic guest rooms renovated 2007. Elegant dining, classic wine bar, active guest lounge, extensive meeting/ banquet facilities.

SPEED FANS: NASCAR at Pocono Raceway (Long Pond, MAP: D-3)

A proud member of the Green Hotel Assc.

“ONE OF THE WORLD’S BEST ALL-INCLUSIVE RESORTS” FAMILY CIRCLE MAGAZINE

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700 Lackawanna Ave. Scranton, PA 570-342-8300 www.radisson.com/scrantonpa READER RESPONSE 41

Nestled in the northeast PoconoMountains lake region YEAR-ROUND AWARD-WINNING RESORT WITH CHAMPIONSHIP GOLF & LUXURY SPA

800.572.6658 www.WOODLOCH.com V I S I T PA . C O M 6 9


the birthplace of the natural high Experience the ultimate retreat by visiting one of the most esteemed hotels and resorts in the country—Skytop Lodge. This historic estate features the very best in accommodations, fine dining and limitless recreation including the new Adventure Center at Skytop. You and your family can explore 5,500 pristine acres of inspiring natural beauty while enjoying a range of seasonal activities. Choose from the adventurous—like clay shooting and downhill skiing— to the serene—like nature hikes and full spa services. No matter your age, personality or desire, Skytop Lodge can make your next trip an unforgettable experience. Call 800 345 7759 or visit skytop.com READER RESPONSE 43 M e m b e r N a t i o n a l Tr u s t H i s t o r i c H o t e l s o f A m e r i c a · A C o n d é N a s t J o h a n s e n s R e c o m m e n d e d R e s o r t

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The Pocono Mountains, PA

Qntmctoxntqo`bj `mcgd`csnsgdkncfd An unforgettable family experience is waiting for you at Great Wolf Lodge, where we promise fun and memories for every family member. Enjoy the thrill of our gigantic indoor waterpark, reserved exclusively for our guests. Continue your adventure in our 100-game-redemption arcade, fabulous restaurants and much more. Your little ones will love Cub Club™, featuring educational craft activities for kids. And to unwind, enjoy Elements™ Spa or retreat to one of our 401 Northwoods-themed suites. There’s no time like a Great Wolf time!

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it’s time for the pocono mountains.

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adventure

memories

fun

laughter

For family fun year-round, head to the mountains, lakes, rivers, resorts, state parks and attractions of Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains. For your free coupon booklet, brochures and money-saving packages, visit 800poconos.com.

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800POCONOS.COM

L ake Wallenpaupack

800-POCONOS (800-762-6667)


CARBON COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

BUSHKILL FALLS

Explore our Trail Map Adventure! Open since 1904, Bushkill Falls is known as “The Niagara of Pennsylvania.” Visit our eight waterfalls, Native American and Wildlife Exhibits, paddleboat rides, fishing, miniature golf, ice cream parlor, gift and souvenir shops, fudge kitchen, snack bar and miles of nature trails. Open seven days a week at 9 a.m. April through October. November— weather permitting. Free parking and picnic area. Managed by ARAMARK.

Experience Carbon County Where Adventure, Fun and History Meet!

Route 209 Bushkill, PA 570-588-6682 www.visitbushkillfalls.com READER RESPONSE 47

THE CROSSINGS PREMIUM OUTLETS

What’s a day in the Poconos without a little retail therapy? For designer labels and name brands at savings of up to 65%, head to The Crossings Premium Outlets where you’ll find 100 outlets featuring Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, Burberry, Calvin Klein, Chico’s, Coach, Gap Outlet, Nike, Polo Ralph Lauren and more. Regular hours: Mon. - Sat. 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Sun. 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Check www.premiumoutlets.com/ thecrossings for extended summer and holiday hours, a list of sales and more.

Interstate 80, Exit 299 Tannersville, PA 570-629-4650 www.premiumoutlets.com READER RESPONSE 49

From our diverse attractions, vast array of outdoor recreation, inspiring arts and both local and national entertainment ... to unique accommodations, quaint shopping and distinctive local dining – we offer something for everyone in the family. Visit our website for all that there is to see and do in historic and picturesque Carbon County.

110 N. Third St., Ste. 216 & 217 Lehighton, PA 610-379-5000 www.CarbonCountyChamber.org READER RESPONSE 48

FERNWOOD HOTEL AND RESORT

Stay in fully appointed villas* or hotel rooms. Activities and amenities include 18-hole, par 71 golf, a Winter Fun Center, themed restaurants, canoeing on the Delaware, live entertainment, and daily scheduled activities. Visit FernwoodHotel.com for special packages. Make family memories at Fernwood Hotel and Resort. *Broker: Sand Hill Creek Realty, Inc.

Route 209 Bushkill, PA 888-FERNWOOD 570-588-9500 www.FernwoodHotel.com READER RESPONSE 50

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CAMELBACK MOUNTAIN RESORT

CHESTNUT GROVE RESORT

CLAWS ‘N’ PAWS WILD ANIMAL PARK

Camelback Mountain Resort is the #1 resort in the Pocono Mountains by Snow East Magazine, with 34 trails, 15 lifts including two high-speed quads, over 20 acres of terrain parks, 2 halfpipes and snowtubing.

Fun-filled family resort, spend quality time not a fortune! Includes dinner, breakfast, indoor/ outdoor pools, paddleboats, fishing, entertainment, activities and more! Next to waterparks, outlets, casino, stables!

Get close to over 120 kinds of animals. See white tigers, leopards, wolves, bears, otters, monkeys and more. Feed the giraffe & lory parrots. Enjoy live animal shows, petting zoo & Dinosaur Outpost. GPS: 1475 Ledgedale Rd., Lake Ariel, 18436

Exit 299, I-80 Tannersville, PA 800-233-8100 570-629-1661 www.skicamelback.com READER RESPONSE 51

Carlton Road Swiftwater, PA 570-839-3656 www.chestnutgrove.com READER RESPONSE 52

Route 590 4 mi. E. of Hamlin, PA 570-698-6154 www.clawsnpaws.com READER RESPONSE 53

MOUNT POCONO CAMPGROUND, INC.

OTTER LAKE CAMP RESORT

KITTATINNY CANOES INC.

Kittatinny Canoes, family owned and operated for 68 years. Quality service and equipment. Whitewater rafting, canoeing, kayaking, tubing, paintball and camping on the Delaware River.

We are a family-oriented campground with 193 sites. Our “Piece of Heaven” offers heated pools, Wi-Fi, camp store, rec hall, clean bathrooms, laundry, nature trail and planned activities. Pets welcome.

DANIELS TOP-O-THE POCONOS MOUNTAIN RESORT

Fun and affordable packages include delicious meals, great nightclub entertainment and activities galore! Enjoy pools, sports, fishing, kids playpark, sledding and much more on secluded countryside.

Glenmere Road Canadensis, PA 800-755-0300 570-595-7531 www.danielsresort.com READER RESPONSE 54

PENN’S PEAK

All wooded campsites on a private 60-acre lake, no fishing license required. Indoor and outdoor pools, whirlpool, tennis, racquetball and basketball courts. Planned activities, camp store and pet friendly.

Premier entertainment venue offering concerts, luncheon shows, music inspired Roadies Restaurant, weddings, banquets, amazing views and more. Just four miles off the NE Extension of the PA Turnpike.

4805 Marshalls Creek Rd. East Stroudsburg, PA 800-345-1369 570-223-0123 www.otterlake.com READER RESPONSE 57

325 Maury Rd. Jim Thorpe, PA 866-605-PEAK 610-826-9000 www.pennspeak.com READER RESPONSE 58

unt Pocono

Campground Seven locations on the Delaware Milford, PA 800-356-2852 570-296-5890 www.kittatinny.com READER RESPONSE 55

30 Edgewood Rd. Mount Pocono, PA 570-839-8950 www.mtpoconocampground.com READER RESPONSE 56

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THE SHAWNEE INN AND GOLF RESORT

STROUDSMOOR COUNTRY INN

Set admist the unspoiled splendor of the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. Ask about the Legacy Collectionour new luxury cottages, suites and boutique rooms, photograph above.

Everything you need to wake the soul and put your cares to bed. Enchanting atmosphere, fine dining, wireless Internet, golf, indoor pool and fitness center, spa, salon and five private event facilities hosting events for 350.

One River Rd. Shawnee on Delaware, PA 800-SHAWNEE 570-424-4000 www.ShawneeInn.com

RD 4, Stroudsmoor Road Strousburg, PA 800-955-8663 570-421-6431 www.stroudsmoor.com

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THE FRENCH MANOR

VISIT WAYNE COUNTY

POCMONT RESORT AND CONFERENCE CENTER

Nestled near the breathtaking Delaware Water Gap and picturesque Bushkill Falls, Pocmont is a premier, allinclusive, four-season resort and conference center. Three restaurants and a bar/lounge provide contemporary dining and cuisine. For spring, our fun-filled, on-site activities include hiking/ walking trails, tennis, and more. Enjoy indoor/outdoor pools, fitness and indoor recreation centers, Kid’s World Camp, live entertainment, and Wi-Fi Internet. This spring, make it Pocmont.

Box 1232 Bushkill Falls Rd. Bushkill, PA 800-762-6668 570-588-6671 www.Pocmont.com READER RESPONSE 61

SPLIT ROCK RESORT & GOLF CLUB

50 Huntingdon Dr. South Sterling, PA 877-720-6090 570-676-3244 www.thefrenchmanor.com READER RESPONSE 62

THE INN AT JIM THORPE

24 Broadway Jim Thorpe, PA 800-329-2599 www.innatjimthorpe.com READER RESPONSE 63

Visit Wayne County in the Poconos and enjoy unequaled natural beauty and top-notch amenities. Numerous visitors have enjoyed good times and now have pleasant memories as lifetime keepsakes.

925 Court St. Honesdale, PA 570-253-5970 www.visitwaynecounty.com READER RESPONSE 64

Four-season resort offering a variety of deluxe accommodations, exciting amenities including the new H20ooohh Indoor Family Waterpark featuring attractions for all ages, including the Komodo Dragon, PA’s first Indoor Flow Rider. Plus a 27-hole championship golf course, minigolf, beach, pools, tennis, bowling, game room and daily activities program. Enjoy fine dining, entertainment, sports bar or firstrun movie. Visit the website for special packages and festivals.

One Lake Dr. Lake Harmony, PA 800-255-7625 570-722-9111 www.splitrockresort.com READER RESPONSE 65

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REAL PENNSYLVANIAN What do you do? I take people out on trails and talk about the ecology of the area. When I’m not lecturing or leading hikes, I’m writing. (Serrao’s seventh book, “The Natural Pocono Mountains,” was released in 2008.)

Favorite winter activity… Hike or paddle the upper Delaware. About 250 bald eagles congregate on the river each winter. They come down from Canada and Maine to fish because the river rarely freezes over.

274 River Rd., Beach Lake, 570.729.7134, www.nps.gov/upde; www.eagleinstitute.org/ calendar/calendar.php

Personal favorites outdoors... For a great hike, take one of Hickory Run State Park’s trails down into the dramatic Lehigh Gorge. Or head to the Delaware Water Gap for waterfalls. A few of the best are right off Route 209.

For naturalist JOHN SERRAO, the mountains of Northeast Pennsylvania are both his home and office. Here are his suggestions for the region’s best sights, sounds and attractions.

Route 534, White Haven, 570.443.0400; www.dcnr.state.pa.us

Fun fact about the area... In one of the first great conservation movements, the public successfully opposed the building of a dam on the Delaware River. All the land for the reservoir instead became the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area.

River Road, Bushkill, 570.828.2253; www.nps.gov/dewa (Bushkill, MAP: E-4)

(White Haven, MAP: D-4)

Best nature photography... I recommend Big Pocono State Park in June, when the mountain laurel is in bloom. You get a 360degree panorama, not to mention great pictures.

Camelback Road, Tobyhanna, 570.894.8336; www.dcnr.state.pa.us/ stateparks/parks/ bigpocono.aspx

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Best thing about living in the Pocono Mountains... We have the biggest black bears in the nation, bobcats are making a comeback, and we have healthy bald eagle and otter populations.

TRAVELER INFORMATION Endless Mountains Visitors Bureau: www.endlessmountains.org, 800.769.8999

Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau: www.800poconos.com, 800.POCONOS

Lackawanna County Convention and Visitors Bureau: www.visitnepa.org, 800.229.3526

Upstate PA: www.upstatepa.org

Luzerne County Convention and Visitors Bureau: www.tournepa.com, 888.905.2872


BEST WESTERN GENETTI HOTEL AND CONFERENCE CENTER

THE HILTON GARDEN INN WILKES-BARRE

ECKLEY MINERS’ VILLAGE

MOHEGAN SUN AT POCONO DOWNS

Thrills that keep you on the edge of your seat. 2,500 electrifying slots. Dining options that tantalize. Shopping experiences that inspire. Nightlife that wows.

A historic landmark, the Best Western Genetti Hotel is an ideal place for guests to stop and spend the night. Recently renovated rooms and our banquet facility set us apart from the competition.

We know finding the time to get away can be a big deal, that’s why we provide extras when you stay with us-all for a lot less money than you’d expect. Everything. Right where you need it.®

Eckley Miners’ Village is a living history site dedicated to the lives of the immigrants who toiled in the coal fields at the height of the anthracite boom. Tour the exhibits and miners’ homes.

77 E. Market St. Wilkes-Barre, PA 800-833-6152 570-823-6152 www.genetti.com READER RESPONSE 66

242 Highland Park Blvd. Wilkes-Barre, PA 877-STAYHGI 570-820-8595 www.wilkesbarre.hgi.com READER RESPONSE 67

Rural Route 2, Box 236 Weatherly, PA 570-636-2070 www.eckleyminers.org READER RESPONSE 68

Welcome To Our World

WILKES-BARRE/ SCRANTON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

Wilkes-Barre, PA 888-WIN-IN-PA www.mohegansunpocono.com READER RESPONSE 69

THE WOODLANDS INN & RESORT

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Your Gateway to Northeastern Pennsylvania and the Pocono Mountains, offering non-stop service to major hubs, with one-stop service to hundreds of destinations worldwide!

100 Terminal Drive Avoca, PA 877.2FLYAVP www.flyavp.com READER RESPONSE 70

The area’s only boutique-style hotel featuring newly-renovated rooms, two restaurants, outdoor bar, meeting space, spa, hot tub and indoor pool. Closest hotel to Mohegan Sun Casino, shuttle available.

1073 Hwy. 315 Wilkes-Barre, PA 800-762-2222 www.thewoodlandsresort.com READER RESPONSE 71

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PENNSYLVANIA WILDS PA

a look at the

REGION >>

>>

HIKING pg.80

HISTORY LESSON

LOCAL SOUVENIR

Little League World Series For more than 60 years, baseball enthusiasts have descended upon the Williamsport area in August to attend the Little League World Series, a natural choice since Little League baseball was founded here in 1939. www.littleleague.org

Crafty Collection Right on the farm, visit the Yorkshire Meadows Knitting & Spinning Shop’s studio and take home natural wool, raw fleeces and yarn. 570.549.2553

(Williamsport, MAP: E/F-2/3)

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MUST-SEE EXPERIENCES pg.84

(Mansfield, MAP: E-1)

REAL PENNSYLVANIAN pg.86

PENNSYLVANIA WILDS Home on the Range An avid wildlife watcher shares insider info on elk behavior and viewing locations. Somebody forgot to tell northern

eye out for intruder bulls. The bull

Pennsylvania’s elk – the largest

stands watch and when it spots a

free-roaming herd in the East – that

rival, it “bugles”and struts menac-

grazers are supposed to be gentle,

ingly. If the intruder won’t scram,

peace-loving creatures.

the bulls may get into an antler-

We once got too close to two bull

shoving match that’s as primal as

elk – one of whom was a muscular

anything you’ll see in Africa. Now,

800-pounder with huge antlers –

in Elk County, this often occurs

that were threatening to fight. Over

in fields just yards away from the

what? Why, cow elk.

road. Here are the best places to

Each dawn and dusk from late

CURIOUS GAZE: Elk viewing.

see this spectacle:

summer through mid-October,

1 Benezette: Elk wander into

every healthy bull will herd its cows

town and rest on people’s lawns.

onto an open field so it can keep an

2 Elk Scenic Drive: Spot elk and

other wildlife at 23 viewing areas A

B

C

D

E

F

Bradford

1

62

the Route 555 section between SinW

Kinzua Bridge

Warren 6

446

Port Allegany

Chapman

PA Lumber Museum

Denton Patterson Hill

Hills Creek

Ansonia Galeton 6 Wellsboro

Mansfield

nemahoning and Weedville. 3 The

Maple Hill

Elk Trail: Good midday viewing,

15 Lyman Leonard Run Colton Harrison Point Prouty Allegheny Sizerville Cherry 219 Place Springs Tiadaghton National Forest Blackwell Sinnemahoning Ole Bendigo Bull Hyner Upper 3 Run Kettle St. Marys Winslow Pine Little Hyner Hill 4 5 6 Creek Bottom Pine Cook Forest Benezette Weedville Hyner Clear 1 Bucktail View Williamsport 180 Cooksburg Creek 2 Parker 219 220 Woolrich Dam South

Austin

Kane

when elk retreat to the woodlands.

Elk

2 322

Clarion

SB Elliott

3

Foxburg 119

Lock Haven Bald Eagle

Clearfield

Punxsutawney

Grampian

80

Black Moshannon

219 322

220

east on 555, take a left onto Dents Run Road, go two miles to the parking area on the left (trailhead on Williamsport

right). 4 Gilbert Farm Elk Viewing Area: Sweeping vistas, replete with elk. Insider’s tip: Facing east, turn left onto the dirt road. 5 Dent’s

KEY Welcome Centers State Parks State Museums Elk Scenic Drive

Photo locations in this regional section reference this map. For a full-size map of Pennsylvania, please refer to the gatefold map in the back of this guide.

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From Benezette, drive eight miles

Susquehanna Ravensburg

W

4

along this 127-mile route, especially

Run Elk Viewing Area: Interpretive displays and seasonal presentations. 6 Hick’s Run Wildlife Viewing Area: A blind prevents the animals from getting spooked.


PENNSYLVANIA WILDS PA

Eco Expertise With more than two million acres of forests, fields and falls, the PA Wilds offer countless opportunities for nature lovers to enjoy hiking, fishing and more. But where to start? We asked J. Merlin Benner, former wildlife biologist for the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and current interpretive director of Nature Quest, Inc., a tour service in Wellsboro, to help point us in the right direction. Want to head into the hills with Merlin? Visit Nature Quest’s website at www.naturequestadventures.com or call 866.376.5068.

Q: The PA Wilds are known for their amazing outdoor activities. Which are Nature Quest’s most popular tours?

PRIME VIEWING: Campbell Run Falls (Tiadaghton, MAP: D-2)

A: Biking or hiking into the Pine Creek Gorge. Seeing

waterfalls is also real high on people’s lists, since they are hard to find on your own.

Q: Which tours are your favorite to lead? A: Elk tracking. This part of the state has more deep forest and wildlife [than other areas]. And you see more than just elk – we recently saw a nest of flying squirrels.

Q: What advice would you give to a first-time visitor to the PA Wilds? What about a repeat visitor? A: I always encourage people to look beyond the trail and discover what is not always so obvious and in plain view. People who have been here should try to do something they’ve never done. We have bog habitats and cool bald eagle nests, or black bears. I work with them and find out what’s next on their list.

BUNK HOUSE: Hills Creek State

Park (Wellsboro, MAP: E-1)

ACCOMMODATIONS ADAPTATION Want some vacation bragging rights? Stay in a yurt at Hills Creek State Park. These Mongolian-inspired structures sleep four within their rounded walls. Cozy amenities include heating units, stoves and refrigerators. The state park features scenic Hills Creek Lake for 137 acres of water fun, including fishing, boating and a swimming beach. Lake Side Trail runs near the yurt site and connects to the Northern Extension of Mid-State Trail, which leads backpackers to the Tompkins Recreation Area at Cowanesque Lake. www.dcnr.state.pa.us

STAR-GAZING AT CHERRY SPRINGS With so many stars in view at Cherry Springs State Park, constellations are hard to find. Guide Stash Nawrocki lights the way. Amateur astronomer Stash Nawrocki can guide anyone through the night sky. Nawrocki charges $20 for 90-minute sky tours, through Crystal Spheres – Adventures in Stargazing. Tours begin at dusk, when the larger stars are easiest to see sans telescope, so that people can find them again back home. “Once it’s really dark at Cherry Springs, it’s great because you can see a million stars, but it’s terrible because you see a million stars,” says Nawrocki.

QUIET NIGHTS: Dark Sky Preserve in Cherry Springs State Park (near Galeton, MAP: D-2)

When darkness comes, Nawrocki shows ama-

“The ancients looked up and saw this bit of a

teur stargazers how to find Ursa Major, the Big

cloud. They called it the breast milk of Hera,”

Dipper and Cassiopeia. Then, he points out

says Nawrocki, who tells stories to help the

the Milky Way, the sea of tiny stars we live in.

stars come to life.

The park just won the gold standard from the

Cherry Springs State Park, www.dcnr. state.pa.us; Crystal Spheres, 814.848.5037

International Dark Sky Association.

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Take a Hike

With 29 state parks and the Allegheny National Forest, the Pennsylvania Wilds not only offers hundreds of trails within the region, it also contains a large portion of the Mid-State Trail, which will eventually run the length of Pennsylvania.

= EASY, little elevation gain

30 SCENIC MILES: West Rim Trail (near Ansonia, MAP: D-1)

= MODERATE, slight elevation

= DIFFICULT, steep elevation, rough terrain

park/trail

description

Star Mill Trail, Black Moshannon State Park

Spot wildlife among the balsam firs and hemlocks on this loop trail. www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/ parks/blackmoshannon.aspx

Turkey Path, Colton Point State Park

Enjoy a 70-foot waterfall while hiking into Pine Creek Gorge. www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/parks/ coltonpoint.aspx

Fred Woods Trail, Elk State Forest

The Rock Loop section of this 4.6-mile trail showcases interesting rock formations meandering through tight spaces. www.dcnr.state.pa.us/ forestry/stateforests/elkactivities.aspx

Susquehannock Trail, Ole Bull State Park

Catch a trailhead for the 85-mile Susquehannock Trail on a backpacking adventure through the park and into the Susquehannock State Forest. www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/parks/olebull.aspx

Quehanna Trail; Parker Dam State Park

Begin at Parker Dam State Park and travel 75 miles through some of PA’s most remote areas, including Elk and Moshannon State Forests. www.dcnr.state. pa.us/forestry/hiking/quehanna.aspx

Allegheny Front Trail, Black Moshannon State Park

Take in great views along the Allegheny Plateau on this 40-mile trail circling the park, which also passes by Moshannon Creek. www.alleghenyfronttrail.info

Chuck Keiper Trail, Sproul State Forest

This 53-mile trail loops into the heart of the Fish Dam and Burns Run wild areas and two swamp natural areas. www.dcnr.state.pa.us/forestry/hiking/keiper.aspx

Lake Side Trail, Hills Creek State Park

Look for beaver activity along the lake shore as you traverse this 1.5-mile trail to the dam at Hills Creek Lake. www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/ parks/hillscreek.aspx#hiking

Mid-State Trail

“The Wildest Trail in Pennsylvania” (a 300-mile rugged track), promises wildlife encounters. Side trails offer access to state parks and forests. www.dcnr.state.pa.us/forestry/hiking/midstate.aspx

West Rim Trail

To see Pine Creek Gorge rimside, follow the state’s most scenic backpacking trail. The canyon vistas are worth every step. www.dcnr.state.pa.us/forestry/hiking/westrim.aspx

RUGGED TRACK: Mid-State Trail (Blackwell, MAP: D-2)

DID YOU KNOW? After being drained in 2000, Lyman Run Lake in Lyman Run State Park has been refilled and restocked with trout. You’ll find the park seven miles west of Galeton near U.S. Route 6. 8 0 P E N N S Y L VA N I A T R AV E L

= boots recommended

= backpacking trails

= good wildlife viewing

For more parks and trails information in the Pennsylvania Wilds, go to www.dcnr.state.pa.us or alleghenyfronttrail.info


PETER HERDIC TRANSPORTATION MUSEUM

Explore the “Rivers, Rails and Roads” exhibits in the area’s newest museum featuring the history of surface transportation! Also home of a restored Pullman railcar and the Williamsport Trolley Tours!

810 Nichols Pl. Williamsport, PA 800-248-9287 570-326-2500 www.PHTM.org READER RESPONSE 73

PETER J. MCGOVERN LITTLE LEAGUE MUSEUM

HIAWATHA PADDLEWHEELER

Spend time touring the scenic Susquehanna River on one of several trips; Brunch, Dinner, Karaoke, Wing Night, Family Night or Concert Cruises! Public and private charters available for family fun!

Discover youth baseball’s roots, learn about safety, hit, pitch and run, visit the Hall of Excellence, watch Little League World Series championship game highlights at the Peter J. McGovern Little League Museum. Hours of fun for your team, class or group.

525 Rte. 15 Hwy. Williamsport, PA 570-326-3607 www.LittleLeague.org

Susquehanna State Park Williamsport, PA 800-248-9287 570-326-2500 www.RideHiawatha.com READER RESPONSE 74

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LYCOMING COUNTY VISITORS BUREAU

Thousands of Little Leaguers worldwide anxiously compete to reach their dream destination of the Little League World Series held annually in Williamsport. Let Lycoming County be your dream destination for your vacation and recreation plans as well. From our colorful and extensive lumber heritage, striking Victorian architecture, baseball history and a legion of outdoor activities, there are plenty of activities to experience. See why Victorian Homes magazine called Williamsport, Pennsylvania’s Mother lode for Victorian architecture. There’s also the Pine Creek Rail Trail ranked by USA Today as one of the top 10 trails in the world along with other great outdoor recreation activities including fly fishing, birding and hunting.

210 William St. Williamsport, PA 800-358-9900 570-327-7700 www.VacationPA.com

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BILGER’S ROCKS

COALPORT AREA COAL MUSEUM

HEAVENLY TRAIL RIDES

Lose yourself in this 300-millionyear-old rock labyrinth that includes an ice cave and rock carvings. Camping, pavilion, stage, snack bar and special events throughout the season add to family fun.

Learn about real life in the deep mines of central Pennsylvania. Explore Coalport’s rich coal heritage through exhibits, artifacts, company documents and an extensive genealogy of area miners.

Trail rides through the pristine Quehanna Wild Area. See the elk from horseback. Great experience for riders of all skill levels, beginners are welcome. Horse boarding and lessons are available.

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WINKLER GALLERY

1181 Pleasant Valley Rd. Woodland, PA 814-577-0160 www.heavenlytrailsandstables.com READER RESPONSE 79

The highest quality work in all mediums including stained glass, watercolor, acrylics and pastels, sculpture, photography, digital art, mosaics and blown glass. Gallery is on the PA Wilds Artisan Trail.

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MUST-SEES From the Pennsylvania Wilds’ scenic outdoors to its cultural heritage, here are highlights not to miss: Kids

Outdoors

History

Food and Drink

ANSONIA: If you’re looking for a multi-purpose trail for hiking, biking or even horseback riding, try Pine Creek Rail Trail. www.dcnr.state.pa.us BRADFORD: The 15,000 square feet of the Zippo/Case Visitors Center houses both a museum and a store showcasing lighters and other merchandise. www.zippo.com ALLEGHENY NATIONAL FOREST: From the view at Rimrock Overlook, traverse a stone staircase

THOUSAND POINTS OF LIGHT: Lighter art at the Zippo/Case Visitors Center (Bradford, MAP: B/C-1)

down into the crevasse, or is rappelling more your speed? www.fs.fed.us

PORT ALLEGHANY: Meet the alpacas at Cinco C’s. Call ahead, though, because these show animals travel the country. www.cincocsalpacas.com

BRADFORD: Spend your days fly fishing at Lake Bondieu and the evenings sampling the lodge’s culinary delights. The Lodge at Glendorn (a AAA-four Diamond property) is

CLEARFIELD: Home of the world’s largest hamburger, Denny’s Beer Barrel Pub also challenges

appetites with 2-, 3-, 6- and 15-pounders. www.dennysbeerbarrelpub.com

WOOLRICH: John Rich started selling

fabric and outdoor goods from the back of a mule cart at PA logging camps in the 1830s. Today, folks can shop at the Woolrich Company Store for high-quality outdoor clothing. www.woolrich.com COOKSBURG: Experience the awe of communing at Cooks Forest State Park, known for its old growth

forest. www.dcnr.state.pa.us WARREN: From summer boating to ice fishing in the winter, the Allegheny Reservoir and Kinzua Dam provide year-round recreation. www.fs.fed.us GRAMPIAN: Climb over or duck under the towering sandstone formations of Bilger Rocks, some of which reach 50 feet high. www.bilgersrocks.com

FOXBURG: The golfers in your group will want to play at Foxburg Country Club, the oldest golf course in continuous use in the U.S. www.foxburggolf.com FOREST COUNTY: Grab your

GPS and look for geocaches along the Allegheny GeoTrail. What’s geocaching? Find out here: www.alleghenygeotrail.com

all about the good life. www.glendorn.com AUSTIN: Visit the Old Austin Dam Site which once serviced the Bayless Pulp & Paper Mill. The dam

failed in 1911, destroying much of Austin and killing 78 people. www.dcnr.state.pa.us GALETON: See what it was like to be a woodhick at the Pennsylvania Lumber Museum. www.lumbermuseum.org HYNER: Watch hang gliders riding the winds over Hyner View State Park or catch them taking off from the scenic vista. www.dcnr.state.pa.us

LOCK HAVEN: Collectors can find antiques and crafts among the shops of this artistic WELLSBORO: How does shopping and university town. www.lockhaven.org dining along tree-lined boulevards sound? Each night the streets in this small town PUNXSUTAWNEY: Even if it’s not are aglow with gas-lit lanterns. February, visit the Weather Discovery Cenwww.wellsboropa.com ter or Groundhog Zoo to (maybe) catch a

glimpse of Phil. www.punxsutawney.com ST. MARYS: While on the Straub Brewery tour, legal-aged guests may

enjoy a free beer from the Eternal Tap. www.straubbeer.com

TIOGA COUNTY: Launch a boat, throw in a line or splash around in Tioga and Hammond Lakes, amidst the mountains’ splendor. www.pawilds.com

SNOWSCAPE: The Lodge at Glendorn For more attractions listings in the Pennsylvania Wilds, go to visitPA.com

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GROUNDHOG DAY Punxsutawney February Punxsutawney Phil comes out of his burrow to predict the weather for the rest of winter.

Favorite item on the menu at Wellsboro Diner... The hot roast beef with mashed potatoes and gravy. But really the burgers are the best ever. Of course, we also have fresh-baked pies and cakes for dessert.

www.groundhog.org CHAINSAW CARVERS RENDEZVOUS Ridgway February Sawdust flies at the largest chainsaw carving gathering in the world.

19 Main St., Wellsboro, 570.724.3992; www.wellsborodiner.com

NELLE ROUNSAVILLE, owner of Wellsboro Diner, is a busy woman who still finds time to show friends and family around the Pennsylvania Wilds.

814.772.0400 www.chainsawrendezvous.org BILLTOWN BLUES FESTIVAL Williamsport June Annual blues festival with concerts, food and rollicking good times.

570.584.4480 www.billtownblues.org LITTLE LEAGUE WORLD SERIES Williamsport August Little League teams from around the world compete in this culminating tournament.

Favorite place to visit on your day off... Little Pine Creek in Little Pine State Park. Just to put your feet in the water. The creek and nearby Little Pine Lake are also great spots for fishing.

4205 Little Pine Creek Rd., Waterville, 570.753.6000; www.dcnr.state.pa.us/state parks/parks/littlepine.aspx

570.923.2411 www.clintoncountyinfo.com

3 Charles St., Wellsboro, 570.724.3288; www.nellesinns.com (Wellsboro, MAP: E-1)

Favorite place to eat besides the diner... Lambs Creek Food & Spirits. It has elegant outdoor dining amidst gardens and fountains, and its décor inside is punctuated with stained glass.

www.littleleague.org PA FLAMING FALL FOLIAGE FESTIVAL Renovo October A celebration of nature’s beautiful colors and views.

Favorite place to take friends who want to relax... LaBelle Auberge & Spa. They can stay overnight at the bed and breakfast, enjoy a buffet in the morning, and try a hot stone massage in the afternoon.

(Mansfield, MAP: E-1)

200 Gateway Dr., Mansfield, 570.662.3222; www.lambscreek.com

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www.pagreatoutdoors.com

TRAVELER INFORMATION Allegheny National Forest Vacation Bureau: www.visitANF.com, 800.473.9370 Clearfield County Recreation and Tourism Authority: www.visitclearfieldcounty.org, 866.469.4537

For more Pennsylvania events, go to visitPA.com

Favorite place to spot elk... West of Wellsboro in Benezette. That’s where you’ll find Winslow Hill, a great place to spot elk in late summer through early fall. You can hear the males bugling then, too.

Clinton County Economic Partnership: www.clintoncountyinfo.com, 888.388.6991 Lycoming County Visitors Bureau: www.vacationpa.com, 800.358-9900

Northwest Pennsylvania’s Great Outdoors Visitors Bureau: www.visitpago.com, 800.348.9393 Pennsylvania Wilds: www.pawilds.com, 800.577.2029 Potter County Visitors Association: www.visitpottercounty.com, 888.POTTER2 Tioga County Visitors Bureau: www.visittiogapa.com, 888.846.4228 Warren County Visitors Bureau: www.wcvb.net, 800.624.7802


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118 N. Main St. Coudersport, PA 888-POTTER2 814-274-3365 www.visitpottercounty.com

Everything is bigger. The sky is more vast, the mountains higher, the trees a bit taller.

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CALL OF THE PA WILDS

To encourage and support improvements in the environment and enhance the quality of life of its visitors, The Clearfield County Recreation and Tourism Authority is using earth-friendly promotional products to advertise the region’s assets and create interest in environmental stewardship. Popular items include: a recycled plastic litter bag; a Pennsylvania Wilds golf tee, made from corn, which breaks down and goes back to the earth if left in the ground; and a pen fashioned from old car and truck tires. www.visitclearfieldcounty.org

BEST WESTERN BRADFORD INN

This AAA Three Diamond, Best Western Director’s award-winning hotel is the perfect home base for visiting the Allegheny National Forest Region, Seneca-Allegany Casino and Holiday Valley Ski Resort.

100 Davis St. S. Bradford, PA 800-344-4656 814-362-4501 www.BWBradford.com READER RESPONSE 88

WARREN COUNTY VISITORS BUREAU

Welcome to Warren CountyKinzua Country in the Pennsylvania Wilds-Allegheny National Forest, Kinzua Dam/ Allegheny Reservoir, wild and scenic Allegheny River, Pa Rte. 6. Outdoor enthusiasts enjoy four seasons of breathtaking beauty to golf, canoe, hike, camp or snowmobile while cultural and heritage enthusiasts enjoy our history, theater and festivals. Fun for the entire family, consider a multi-generational vacation. Call or visit our website for free guide.

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PENNSYLVANIA’S GREAT LAKES PA HISTORY LESSON

LOCAL SOUVENIR

Oil Creek & Titusville

A Box of Daffin’s Candies

Railroad

Visit the whimsical Chocolate

Step back in history on

Kingdom at Daffin’s in Sharon,

this trip along Oil Creek

which features a

with stops at Drake Well

chocolate castle,

Park and Oil Creek State

a look at the

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Park. www.octrr.org

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Ferris wheel. www.daffins.com

Drake Well Museum (Titusville, MAP: C-3)

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PENNSYLVANIA’S GREAT LAKES A Toast to PA Wines Wineries gild the Lake Erie shore like jewels, sparkling with style and taste. The moderate climate and rolling

(www.arrowheadwine.com), which is

terrain of the Great Lakes region

flanked by its own fruit market.

sprout a “purple paradise” of sweet

And, don’t miss two more wineries:

Niagara, dry Cab Savs, unique ice

6 Wilhelm Winery (www.wilhelmwin

wines and rich ports. Many of the

ery.com) in Hadley, and 7 Conneaut

region’s wineries are open seven

Cellars (www.ccw-wine.com) in

days a week, with tours and tastings

Conneaut Lake. Both offer a full menu

available year ’round. Each

of wines, plus Willhelm features an

season is different, with festivals –

antique wine-making museum inside

such as North East’s September

its 100-year-old tasting barn.

Wine Country Harvest Fest –

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related events throughout

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the year including the Wine

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and Chocolate Weekend,

ranean-style tasting room is cool

Wine and Cheese Weekend

and inviting. As you head east

and Holiday Wine Weekends

on Route 20, look for 3 Presque

(which perfectly pairs local

Isle Wine Cellars (www.piwine.

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com) where experts advise on

some Christmas shopping).

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Golf Courses From resort golf experiences, to classic links, Brad Isles, assistant golf coach at Grove City College, considers the Pennsylvania Great Lakes region a notable golfing destination with a good mix of showy courses unmatched in scenery or challenge. Q: What makes the Great Lakes a prime spot for golfing? A: Golfing here is great because it’s affected by the seasons. In the spring, courses tend to be a little softer

golflink.com, pagolfweb.com, and pagreatlakes.com are some good resources for visitors looking for specifics about golf in the four-county Great Lakes region.

from the rain and this leads to thicker and heavier rough. Things tend to dry out in the summer and the fairways get firmer. The fall is spectacular with cooler temperatures and, aesthetically speaking, the changing leaves provide a

GREAT LAKES GREENS: Spring Valley Golf Club

great backdrop.

(Mercer, MAP: A/B-5)

Q: What are the signature features of courses in the Great Lakes? A: Within Crawford, Erie, Mercer and Venango counties, there are more than 50 courses and

practice facilities, 34 of which are public, and 22 have 18 holes (with par above 70). There are a lot of “traditional” courses, meaning tight, tree-lined fairways with tons of pines and maples. Most are well-manicured with flowers, wetlands and lakes. Also, most are shorter in length with doglegs and gently rolling fairways.

PORTRAIT OF PYMATUNING Greet the great outdoors with a quick weekend trip where fine wine and frantic, famished fish coexist.

GET OUTDOORS: Linesville Spillway (Linesville, MAP: A-3); Pymatuning State Park’s Turtle Beach

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For a less-frenzied lake view, head to

five dollars, diners enjoy a down-home

cones at Hank’s (13940 Conneaut

Pymatuning State Park’s Tuttle Beach (North

breakfast that keeps them full until dinner.

Lake Rd.). The best bet is plain vanilla

Lake Road, off PA-285). The beach has a

While basking in a pancake-induced daze,

custard, which has an irresistibly rich,

gradual slope, calm waters and an ample,

try cruising the lake in a pontoon boat; the

old-fashioned taste.

sandy shore for sunbathing or relaxing.

Espyville Marina (www.espyvillemarina.com)

Once you’ve had a treat, watch

Settle in – or rather, out – for the night at one of the park’s three campgrounds, which offer both sites for pitching a tent and modern cabins. (Make reservations at www.dcnr.state.pa.us or call 888.PA.PARKS.)

offers rentals by the hour.

thousands of carp at the Linesville Spillway (Linesville-Hartstown Road) gobble goodies even faster. Ducks walk across the lake on backs of the tightly packed fish while visitors toss food into their gaping mouths, causing loud, splashing battles.

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Before heading home, pick up some of the local vintage at Conneaut Cellars Winery (www.ccw-wine.com) and tour the winemaking facilities. The winery’s

After packing up camp, head to

Pymatuning Rose, a subtly sweet Catawba,

Espyille’s Country Side Family

is a perfect choice for sharing stories from

Restaurant (1944 PA-285) where for less than

your trip with friends.

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MUST-SEES From local favorites to regional attractions, the Great Lakes Region holds something for every age. Explore: Kids

Outdoors

History

Food and Drink

TITUSVILLE: Take “sleeper car” to a new level by checking into the Caboose Motel. www.octrr.org/caboosemotel.htm ERIE: Walk through exotic animal exhibits, visit the new children’s area and don’t miss the scenic train ride at the Erie Zoo. www.eriezoo.org ERIE: The Tom Ridge Environmental Center offers interactive exhibits, a 75-foot-

high observation tower and the “Big Green Screen” (a four-story-high, 45-foot-wide screen that shows large-format films). www.trecpi.org

SAILS UNFURLED: U.S. Brig Niagara (Erie, MAP: B-1)

SHARON: Visit the original Quaker Steak & Lube and enjoy savory, sweet or hot wings, all part of the restaurant’s “best wings” claim. www.quakersteak.com TITUSVILLE: Oil 150 showcases and celebrates America’s petroleum history with events throughout 2009. www.oil150.com

TITUSVILLE: Horseback riders, hunters and vacationers alike enjoy The Knapp Farms’ B&B plus riding trails, hunting excursions, and hay and sleigh rides. www.theknappfarm.com

ERIE: Enjoy wet and wild thrills or watch from the comfortable Island Oasis Tiki Bar at Splash Lagoon Indoor Water Park & Resort. www.splashlagoon.com EDINBORO: Watch the buffalo roam at Wooden Nickel Buffalo Farm and take-out restaurant. www.woodennickelbuffalo.com

United States. www.octrr.org

CAMBRIDGE SPRINGS: The Riverside Inn

GROVE CITY: The mission project turned Slovak Folk Crafts Shop offers handmade crafts imported directly from Slovakia and many other countries. www.slovakfolkcrafts.com FRANKLIN: DeBence Antique Music World welcomes visitors to explore its

CAMBRIDGE SPRINGS: Visit Campbell’s Pottery for handmade pottery

that is both beautiful and functional. www.campbellpotterystore.com

GROVE CITY: Enjoy the variety at the Prime Outlets 140-shop retail experience.

and birds. www.pymatuningdeerpark.com

ERIE: The Erie Art Museum hosts both permanent collections and a rotating selection of exhibits, from painting to sculptures and more. www.erieartmuseum.org

For more attractions listings in the Great Lakes, go to visitPA.com

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captures the charm and glamour of the late 1800s. Attractions include dinner theater, the gardens and golf. www.theriversideinn.com

collection of music boxes, nickelodeons, band organs, phonographs and other antique musical instruments. www.debencemusicworld.com

www.primeoutlets.com

fashion store. www.thewinneroutlet.com

ERIE: See living history when the U.S. Brig Niagara is docked September through

May. www.brigniagara.org

JAMESTOWN: The Pymatuning Deer Park features more than 250 exotic animals

SHARON: Shop till you drop at The Winner, the world’s largest off-price ladies’

year. www.visitcrawford.org

TITUSVILLE: Mail a postcard from the Oil Creek & Titusville Railroad’s post office car, the only one operating in the

ERIE: Whether you’re interested in

trails for biking, lagoons for kayaking, secluded spots for fishing or beaches the entire family can enjoy, Presque Isle State Park has it. www.dcnr.state.pa.us

MEADVILLE: The oldest continually operating market house in the state, the Market House offers local products throughout the

HANDMADE BEAUTY: Campbell’s Pottery (Cambridge Springs, MAP: B-2)


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Regional

events

REAL PENNSYLVANIAN “DON’T TAKE THE OIL OUT OF OIL CITY”

OIL 150 CELEBRATION Oil City Through December

Favorite things to do in Oil City... I’m an outdoors person, so my favorite place would be Oil Creek State Park and its bike trails. It’s so colorful there and the creek is rapidly running. You also come across wildlife very commonly. I’ll come across the bend and there’ll be two porcupines.

Celebrate the 150th anniversary of the first successful commercial oil well.

814.677.3152 www.oil150.com NORTHWEST PENNSYLVANIA MAPLE ASSOCIATION’S MAPLE WEEKEND Crawford, Erie, Mercer, Venango and Warren counties March

NEIL MCEWEE moved to Oil City from Pittsburgh to experience the area’s natural beauty and absorb the great residential architecture. The real draw, though, was the area’s history of early oil.

Enjoy sugar house tours, demonstrations and samplings.

814.796.3699 www.nwpamaple.org STEELHEAD FISHING SEASON Erie April-September Anglers fishing on Lake Erie are required to possess a valid Lake Erie permit.

www.fish.state.pa.us THURSTON CLASSIC HOT AIR BALLOON EVENT

Favorite place to take a friend in from out of town... The DeBence Antique Music World. They have people there that know about all types of musical machines. They have Regina music boxes that sound like an entire orchestra. Head to the Drake Well Museum or take the Oil Creek & Titusville Railroad excusrion train that goes down through Oil Creek Valley and Oil Creek State Park. Justus Park, the Venango Museum and the National Transit Building are must-see Oil City destinations as well.

Meadville June Watch more than 30 balloons grace the sky.

814.336.4000 www.thurstonclassic.com WINE COUNTRY HARVEST FESTIVAL North East September WineFest showcases the region’s grape growing

National Transit Building

industry, heritage and

(Oil City, MAP: C-4)

Favorite thing about Oil City’s history... Built by oil men in the 19th century, the Oil City Southside Historic District features one of the most varied, extensive collections of Victorian homes in the state. We bought an old Victorian and I started writing about them. It evolved into the history of the town and I became known as an Oil City historian.

(Oil City, C-4)

MAP:

fine wines.

814.725.4262 www.nechamber.com

For more Pennsylvania events, go to visitPA.com

TRAVELER INFORMATION Crawford County Convention and Visitors Bureau: www.visitcrawford.org, 800.332.2338

Oil Region Alliance of Business,Industry & Tourism: www.oilregion.org, 800.483.6264 Pennsylvania’s Great Lakes Region: www.pagreatlakes.com, 1.866.7PA.LAKE Mercer County Convention Visit Erie: and Visitors Bureau: www.mercercountypa.org, 800.637-2370 www.VisitErie.com, 800.524.3743

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vrooms & views On your next roadtrip, break away from the highway and take a drive down one of Pennsylvania’s 17 scenic byways. From historic treasures, to national parks, to sandy beaches, each route offers a different view of what our state has to offer. Plan your PA roadtrip at visitPA.com/byways and look forward to your next drive.


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SPLASH LAGOON INDOOR WATERPARK RESORT

VISIT FRANKLIN

THE ARLINGTON HOTEL

1 Seneca St. Oil City, PA 877-677-1222 814-677-1221 www.oilcityhotel.com READER RESPONSE 93 Ride, slide, splash or plunge your way to fun, where summer never ends! With nine waterslides, a lazy river, family whirlpools and a zerodepth entry toddler play area, there is something for everyone in this 100,000-square-foot waterpark.

Visit Franklin and discover history, unique shopping and dining in a vibrant downtown, great festivals, beautifully preserved Victorian architecture, outdoor recreation including a 40-mile bike trail.

8091 Peach St. Erie, PA 866-3-SPLASH www.splashlagoon.com

1259 Liberty St. Franklin, PA 888-547-2377 814-432-5823 www.franklin-pa.org

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225 Singh Dr. Cranberry, PA 814-677-2640 www.hiexpress.com/franklinpa READER RESPONSE 95

407 S. Perry St. Titusville, PA 800-827-0690 814-827-5730 www.octrr.org READER RESPONSE 94

QUALITY INN AND CONFERENCE CENTER

1411 Liberty St. Franklin, PA 814-437-3031 www.choicehotel.com READER RESPONSE 96

OIL REGION ALLIANCE OF BUSINESS, INDUSTRY AND TOURISM

OIL 150

Come to Pennsylvania’s Oil Region and discover roots of our nation’s oil industry. OIL 150 invites you to celebrate the 150th anniversary of an industry that has fueled more progress than any other in the history of civilization. Attend events, explore key historic sites and enjoy educational programs that showcase 150 years of American innovation and ingenuity, all starting from the first successful commercial oil well near Titusville.

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS HOTEL AND SUITES

THE CABOOSE MOTEL

206 Seneca St., Fourth Floor Oil City, PA 800-483-6264 814-677-3152 www.oil150.com READER RESPONSE 97

Celebrate our oil heritage during 2009. Special events such as an Oil Baron’s Ball or the Oil Man’s BBQ, Queen Cutlery knife show, art shows and much more. We also have over 60 miles of recreational trails and the Allegheny River for fishing and relaxing. Ride a vintage train, visit our oil and musical museums and learn about our great heritage. Bring the kids and enjoy our beautiful landscapes while geocaching or attending bluegrass festivals.

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Prime Outlets at Grove City is a shopper’s paradise with over 130 brand name outlet stores and eateries. Shopper’s receive up to 75% off every day retail from top brand name stores like Coach Factory Store, Nike, Old Navy Outlet, Banana Republic Factory Store, J. Crew Outlet, Coldwater Creek, Brooks Brothers Factory Store and many more! Located halfway between Pittsburgh and Erie just off I-79 at exit 113.

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a look at the

REGION

HISTORY LESSON

LOCAL SOUVENIR

Heinz History Center

St. Vincent Gristmill’s Flour

In 1803, in Pittsburgh, Lewis

Want flour that answers

& Clark began their expedition

to a higher power?

to the Pacific Ocean and

Try these wheat,

back. They were the first

flour and bread mixes –

Americans to make the

all preservative-free

journey. Learn more at

and stone-ground.

www.pghhistory.org

www.saintvincentgristmill.com (Pittsburgh, MAP: B-3)

>> LAUREL HIGHLANDS ROADTRIP pg.98 >>

LANDMARKS pg.100

>> ALLEGHENY PASSAGE

pg.101

(Latrobe, MAP: C-3)

>> HERITAGE SCHOOL

pg.102

SCENIC CROSSING: Bush Creek Covered Bridge in Beaver County (Beaver Falls, MAP: A-2)

PITTSBURGH AND ITS COUNTRYSIDE Tunnels of Love Forty-seven covered bridges – a.k.a. “kissing bridges” – still dot the countryside around Pittsburgh. Here are a few that’ll leave you smitten. Washington County has got you covered. Itching for a fun roadtrip? There are more than 20 covered bridges in Washington County alone. Download a

1 The Kintersburg Bridge

Meadowcroft village in 1962.

remaining covered bridge

As a Howe truss bridge, the

Step inside and see its king-

in Westmoreland County.

Kintersburg Bridge in Indiana

post construction and peruse

www.westmorelandheritage.org

is a rarity – one of only five of

the old advertisements that

4 The Henry Bridge Built in

its kind in Pennsylvania. It was

still hang on the walls.

1881, this queen post truss

built by J.S. Fleming

www.washwow.com.

bridge is a local favorite,

in 1877; today it is open to

3 Bells Mills Bridge

situated in Monongahela’s Min-

pedestrians only.

Crossing Big Sewickley Creek

go Creek Park and included as

www.indianacountyparks.org

just outside the village of

a stop in Washington County’s

2 The Pine Bank Bridge

Yukon, this single burr arch

Covered Bridge Festival, held

This 1870 bridge was moved

bridge was designed and

every fall. www.washwow.com

from Greene County to

built by Daniel McCain in

5 White Bridge Refurbished

Washington County’s

1850. Today, it’s the last

in 2008, the White, in Garards

helpful tour map at www.washwow.com.

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Rave Reviews The results are in! Destinations throughout Western Pennsylvania are making the grade as top-notch spots for travelers and adventurers.

1 LAUTREC: In 2008, only one new restaurant on the East Coast won the distinction of a five-diamond AAA rating – Lautrec at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort. Enjoy modern French cuisine prepared by up-and-coming, self-taught chef Dave Racicot, and luxuriate in the only five-star luxury hotel between Philadelphia and Cleveland. www.nemacolin.com

2 SEVEN SPRINGS MOUNTAIN RESORT: Voted the “No.1 Ski Resort in the Mid-Atlantic” by the readers of Ski magazine, this mountaintop resort in the Laurel Highlands offers trails for every level of skier. Glide through some of the best natural snow in the Mid-Atlantic, and take in a majestic view of deciduous trees and evergreens. www.7springs.com

3 THE YOUGHIOGHENY RIVER: In 2008, the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources named the Youghiogheny its River of the Year. Along its 70-mile stretch through Pennsylvania, “the Yough” attracts a host of water adventurers – 100,000 boaters a year at Ohiopyle State Park alone. www.dcnr.state.pa.us

AWARD WINNERS: Seven Springs Mountain Resort (Seven Springs, MAP: C-4);Youghiogheny River (McKeesport-Connellsville, MAP: B-3/4-C-4)

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New Castle

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Raccoon Creek Hillman

Evans City

State Museums

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Leechburg Indiana

Old Economy Village Lawrenceville

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a goliath, measuring 70’2” long, 15’

Yellow Creek

Allegheny Islands

Highland Park Fort Pitt

Blairsville

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Museum Mt. Washington Run Keystone McKeesport Bushy Battlefield West Mifflin North Greensburg Latrobe 79 Sutersville Avella Huntingdon 30 Blythedale Linn Laurel Run Buena Vista Yukon 70 Washington 4 Mountain 76 Donegal 3 Monongahela Laurel 70 70 40

wide, and 17’6” tall, and able to hold up to four tons. www.co.greene.pa.us

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6 Brush Creek Park Bridge Just

44 miles from downtown Pittsburgh stands a much-beloved landmark

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Acme Seven Springs 119

Kooser

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Summit

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Welcome Centers State Parks

Karns City

Moraine

Butler Ellwood City Portersville

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bridge in Greene County. It’s a bit of

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Jennings

McConnells Mill

Beaver Falls Beaver

Fort is the longest queen post truss

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Somerset History Center PENNA

in Beaver Falls, Beaver County. Make a day of it with picnicking, playing in the Tiny Tots playground and year-round fishing in the park. www.beavercountypa.gov/recreation

79 Garards

4 Ryerson Station

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Fort

Laurel Ridge Connellsville Mill 381 Run Uniontown Laurel Hill Ohiopyle Ohiopyle

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Chalk Hill

TURNPIKE

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Confluence 40

Photo locations in this regional section reference this map. For a full-size map of Pennsylvania, please refer to the gatefold map in the back of this guide.

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P I T T S B U R G H A N D I T S CO U N T RY S I D E PA WATER WONDERS: Fallingwater (Mill Run, MAP: C-4); Fly fishing in Ohiopyle State Park (Ohiopyle, MAP: C-4)

Wildflowers & Frank Lloyd Wright

WHERE TO STAY: The Rockwood Trail House offers cyclists a rustic, yet cozy retreat for sore legs, plus full country breakfast with locally made sausages and syrup. www.rockwoodtrailhouse.com WHERE TO EAT: The Firefly Grill in Ohiopyle serves cool wraps, like the Summer Hummer featuring red pepper hummus or the Thai Chicken with spicy peanut sauce. thefireflygrill.com

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Exit the turnpike in Donegal and

at Shepherd’s Farm before heading back.

fuel up along Route 381 with fresh

Historical plaques and landmarks along your

produce from one of the local farm stands

ride explain the influence of the logging and

peppering this scenic byway, just one of five

railroad industries. Rejuvenate with a well-

in the region. There’s nothing like a local

earned night at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort

blueberry as you cruise past the bubbling

and let an expert massage your tired legs

streams and fields of wildflowers reminiscent

(www.nemacolin.com).

of The Wizard of Oz. Stop at Fallingwater (reservations essential), saving a few hours to marvel at Frank Lloyd Wright’s masterpiece (www.fallingwater.org). Make sure to investigate Lower Bear Run Trail in the backyard before you continue on toward Ohiopyle State Park (www.dcnr.state.pa.us).

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WHAT TO DO: Learn to kayak in the calm Lower Yough with Laurel Highlands River Tours. 800.4RAFTIN, www.laurelhighlands.com

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Immerse yourself in nature!

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A ROADTRIP THROUGH THE LAUREL HIGHLANDS

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Follow the blue signs through the woods to Kentuck Knob for more

Wright mastery (www.kentuckknob.com). Art installations like pieces of the Berlin Wall and wind chimes complement the sweeping view of mountain ridges. Swing over to the National Road (visitPA.com/byways) and check out

Leave the car parked and rent a

Christian W. Klay Winery, maybe squishing

bike to cruise 11 flat miles of the

grapes barefoot or digging into a clambake for

Great Allegheny Passage to Confluence (find bike rental locations and information at www.gaptrail.com), stopping to snag a sundae

dinner (www.cwklaywinery.com). For more information on the Laurel Highlands, go to www.laurelhighlands.org

PA, 14,000 B.C. Avella, a town 30 miles southwest of Pittsburgh, has long been a history buff’s dream, offering a rare glimpse of the continent’s first inhabitants. Meadowcroft Rockshelter, site of the oldest evidence of humans in North America, reopened in May 2008 after an extensive preservation effort. A new partial enclosure and visitor platform hugs a rock ledge overlooking a 16,000-year-old campground. Encounter an Ice Age fireplace, animal remains from 149 species, pottery and tools. When these artifacts were first carbon-dated in 1973, the discovery rocked the archaeological community, proving that humans migrated to North America thousands of years earlier than previously thought. Today, it’s an attraction for the ages. www.heinzhistorycenter.org/meadowcroft.aspx

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MUST-SEES Head to Western PA this year to relish the unexpected. When you go, don’t miss: Kids

Outdoors

History

Food and Drink

INDIANA: Cut your own evergreen in the Christmas Tree Capital of the World, where

some farmers offer horse-drawn wagon rides and holiday festivals. www.christmastreecapital.com PITTSBURGH: From vegan brunch to vintage clothes to microbrews on tap, the Southside has you covered. www.southsidepgh.com LEECHBURG: A river runs through Leechburg, and you can kayak or canoe through the rapids. Book an adventure with the River’s Edge Canoe and Kayak. www.the-rivers-edge.com

VIEW FROM THE TOP: Duquesne Incline

PITTSBURGH: Experience dazzling views from new heights on the Duquesne Incline and history center. www.incline.pghfree.net PITTSBURGH: No need for sides at Primanti Brothers restaurant. The fries

and coleslaw come inside your sandwich. These famous behemoths are a must-eat! www.primantibros.com PITTSBURGH: With 17 botanical areas and ever-changing shows, the Phipps Conservatory takes an eclectic approach to flora.

www.phipps.conservatory.org NEW CASTLE: Check out the German

suit of armor in the historic four-building complex at The Hoyt Institute of Fine Arts, Lawrence County’s “cultural jewel.” www.hoytartcenter.org NORTH HUNTINGDON: The Big Mac was born 40 years ago in western PA. Learn all about this fast food staple at the Big Mac Museum Restaurant.

www.bigmacmuseum.com GREENE COUNTY: The “History on the Hill” walking tour highlights the first woman in PA to earn a college degree. www.greenecountytourism.org

BUTLER: Jade and ivory abound in Western PA’s only Asian-focused museum. Visit the Maridon. www.maridon.org NEW WILMINGTON: 2,000 OldOrder Amish make their home in this

community, which offers crafts and antiques shops on top of unique sightseeing. www.visitlawrencecounty.com GREENSBURG: View America’s story through art at the Westmoreland Museum of American Art. www.wmuseumaa.org WEST MIFFLIN: There’s something spooky at Kennywood: Ghostwood Estate. The amusement park adds a new dimension in October when Phantom Fright Nights bring eerie enjoyment to everyone. www.kennywood.com ACME: Treat your family to an

overnight stay in a Frank Lloyd Wright treasure. Rent Duncan House – where Usonian architecture and nature commune. www.polymathpark.com

PORTERSVILLE: Moraine State Park offers 16,725 acres of year-round

enjoyment. From horseback riding to ice fishing, this park’s perfect. www.dcnr.state.pa.us INDIANA: Celebrate the life of an American legend at the Jimmy Stewart Museum. www.jimmy.org BEAVER: Step back into a quieter age. Visit the former Harmonist settlement Old Economy Village. www.oldeconomyvillage.org. KARNS CITY: Listen in: Check’s Radio Museum has 800 radios and other audio

memorabilia on display in a picturesque setting on the Allegheny River in Armstrong County. 724.526.5202

UNIONTOWN: Walk the roads George Washington carved through the wilderness and relive his military career at Fort Necessity. www.nps.gov/fone WASHINGTON: Ring the bell aboard an antique streetcar at the PA Trolley Museum. www.pa-trolley.org

SANDWICH STAR: Primanti Brothers For more attractions listings in Pittsburgh and Its Countryside, go to visitPA.com V I S I T PA . C O M 9 9


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Home Sweet Farm Whether it’s bottle-feeding a baby goat, tasting some homegrown grapes or coming face-to-face with an ostrich, the farms of Western Pennsylvania offer visitors numerous opportunities to get up close and personal with farm life. farm

what you’ll experience

BER-NITA ACRES Ellwood City

Sheep, alpacas, cattle, chickens and a mini-horse greet visitors to this rolling 92-acre farm. After a big breakfast at the farmhouse, guests can head over to the ponds for some bass and blue gill fishing.

www.pafarmstay.com/bernita, 724.752.1455 MARBURGER DAIRY Evans City

This renowned Western Pennsylvania dairy opens its doors up daily for tours of the entire dairy process, from milking to pasteurized product. More than 100,000 gallons of milk are processed each week.

www.marburgerdairy.com, 724.538.4800 WEATHERBURY FARM Avella

This working farm raises Hereford and Scottish Highland beef cattle, as well as grass-fed sheep. Visitors can have a true farm experience as they help Farmer Dale with chores like collecting eggs and bottle-feeding sheep.

CHRISTIAN W. KLAY WINERY Chalk Hill

This family-run winery boasts more than 14,000 grapevines. Enjoy a wine tasting in the restored barn that dates back to the 1880s, or a clambake or murder mystery night.

www.weatherburyfarm.com, 724.587.3763

www.cwklaywinery.com, 724.439.3424 BUCOLIC BEAUTY: Feeding time at Weatherbury Farm (Avella, MAP: A-3); sheep at Ber-Nita Acres (Ellwood City, MAP: A-1)

LANDMARKS TO LOVE Praise be beer! Several Pittsburgh churches have been born again. These architectural gems combine modern design elements with the buildings’ original stained-glass charm.

Union Project

Brew Works

THE UNION PROJECT (Highland Park):

CHURCH BREW WORKS (Lawrenceville):

CHARLIE MURDOCHS (Southside):

ALTAR BAR (Strip District):

A Baptist church-turned

Get thee to this craft-brew pub

An all-request dueling-piano

A three-level, upscale video

haven for artists and

and grill, where beer takes cen-

bar and restaurant, and a

nightclub in the former St.

community builders, plus a

ter stage. A giant copper tank

perfect place to raise Cain.

Elizabeth’s Catholic Church.

café. Catch a poetry reading,

adorns the altar of this former

Back in the 18th century, their

Giant flat-screen monitors

grab a cup of Joe, make a

Catholic church which once

famous namesake sold whiskey

line the wall behind the bar,

ceramic vase or take yoga

served the area’s Northern Ital-

to families outside as they left

and the old basilica dome

classes that soothe body

ian population. Their pierogies

Sunday services.

houses heavenly sound and

and spirit.

will make a convert out of you.

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www.churchbrew.com

Altar Bar

www.charliemurdochs pittsburgh.com

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Railways Reborn: The Great Allegheny Passage The mighty railways of Western Pennsylvania bustle with activity once again thanks to The Great Allegheny Passage, 150 miles of rail beds repurposed as idyllic cycling and hiking trails. Comprised of seven individual

ball game at PNC Park, explor-

If it’s woodland beauty and roaring

scenic trail organizations, The

ing the Warhol Museum’s col-

rivers that you crave, head east

Great Allegheny Passage rail- lection of modern art or fuel up

to the Ohiopyle section of the

trail stretches from Pittsburgh

at one of the local restaurants.

trail. Bike alongside the swift

For a nine-mile ride through

moving Youghiogheny River.

old towns and new prairie,

The crashing rapids and waterfalls

to Cumberland, Maryland. For an urban adventure along

the Passage, try the Three Riv- check out the Allegheny Trail

offer hikers and riders a stunning

ers Heritage Trail. This route

Alliance’s (www.atatrail.org)

backdrop for their trek. Shady

begins in Pittsburgh’s Point

suggested sample trip from

groves of trees delight travelers

State Park. After enjoying the

Sutersville to Dravo Cemetery.

with the perfect place to enjoy

majestic fountain and the views The trip will take you through

a picnic lunch. For visitors seek-

of Mount Washington at the

the coal country towns of

ing an adrenaline rush after a day

Point, travel through the North

Blythedale and Buena Vista,

on the trail, Ohiopyle is brimming

Shore, along the Allegheny

and past a waterfall. Keep

with guided whitewater rafting

River. When you need a rest,

heading north to visit Dead

and kayaking.

park the wheels and take in a

Man’s Hollow Wildlife Preserve.

www.gaptrail.org

The Priory Hotel

QUIRKY QUARTERS Scrap the familiar lodging, and stay the night at one of Pittsburgh’s rare rooms. THE PRIORY HOTEL Slip out of this century and eat breakfast in the former monks’ dining room (serving – pardon the pun – heavenly pastries). The hotel’s 25 guest rooms have historic charm and the latest amenities. www.thepriory.com

THE GEORGE WASHINGTON HOTEL Glide into white-gloved service, where suites are named for famous former patrons. A half-hour from Pittsburgh, the hotel is a classy respite with an extensive menu appealing to any gourmand. www.thegeorgewashington.com

THE INN ON NEGLEY Sit down to formal English tea in Pittsburgh’s trendy Shadyside. Eight suites offer varying amenities, including 24-hour room service available to deliver local wines. www.theinnsonnegley.com

MORNING GLORY INN Specially treated “rainwater soft” showers differentiate this Italian-style inn tucked one block back from Carson Street – close enough to walk to the action, but far enough away for a silent sleep. www.gloryinn.com

THE INN ON THE MEXICAN WAR STREETS

BIKE CROSSING: Great Allegheny Passage (Pittsburgh-Ohiopyle, MAP: B-3/C-4)

DID YOU KNOW? In 1940, Butler’s Bantam Company designed the prototype for the World War II reconnaissance vehicle destined to become the Jeep.

The inn, built in 1888 for department store baron R.H. Boggs, is nestled in a historic Pittsburgh neighborhood. Chef/owner Jeffrey Stasko says folks come back for his secret-recipe chocolate chip cookies. The Owner’s Suite has a view of the city skyline. www.inn onthemexicanwarstreets.com

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Center of Attention There’s a new anchor for Pittsburgh’s cultural district: The city’s August Wilson Center for African American Culture opens in early 2009. The center honors the Pulitzer-prize winning playwright who grew up a few blocks from the curved stone and steel building, which also features works from other AfricanAmerican artists who hail from the region. One of the permanent exhibits, Past as Present, uses technology to draw visitors into the local creativity. A circular bank of CREATIVE CULTURE: August Wilson Center Theatre

interactive video screens lets guests choose their own lesson, tapping into an information database and then sending history home with customized DVDs. You can even email yourself a video! Techno-savvy artists shine in this modern space with galleries specifically devoted to new media, where listeners download music scores to their own MP3 players and comment about their experiences instantly through the center’s blog. The $36-million structure, complete with a 500-seat theater and a constant cycle of programming, is part museum, part gallery and part meeting place where patrons of all backgrounds

For more information or a schedule of events, visit www.augustwilsoncenter.org

can celebrate not just artistic contributions, but African-American achievements in science, business and athletics as well.

RELIVING YOUR HERITAGE The Heritage School at The Conservancy gives visitors the rare opportunity to step into another time as they gain new skills in some very old trades. Nestled in Butler County, The Heritage School sits upon a picturesque campus. While blacksmithing and woodworking may be a thing of the past in most circles, they are alive and well at this traditional trade school. Students can choose from a wide range of ever-changing classes that have included topics such as basket weaving, beer brewing and Native American beading. Between classes, visitors can take advantage of the on-site walking trails and enjoy the natural beauty of the school’s ponds. With all it offers the eternal student, it’s easy to see why The Heritage School was recently highlighted as one of the Fine READER RESPONSE 13

Living Network’s “8 Learning Vacations.”

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Regional

events

REAL PENNSYLVANIAN

SOUTH SIDE MID-WINTER SOUP CONTEST Pittsburgh February Warm up with Pittsburgh’s best bowl of soup at this annual soup contest.

(Ohiopyle, MAP: C-4)

412.481.0651 www.southsidepgh.com

Favorite place to kayak: Swimmers Rapids on The Lower Yough, where there’s always a standing wave. It’s the perfect spot to surf on a kayak! You can also jump off the bank and swim through the hydraulic.

BUTLER FARM SHOW Butler August Experience Butler County’s farming community with exhibits, demonstrations, rides and crafts. www.butlerfarmshow.com DAYTON FAIR Dayton August Don’t miss the 129th Dayton Fair with demo derbies, tractor pulls and entertainment.

Route 381, Ohiopyle, 724.329.8591; www.dcnr.state.pa.us

Best place to learn water sports: I like Wilderness Voyageurs. That’s who gave me my first lessons and that’s who I kayak with. The staff is really nice and funny, but they are also serious about the river.

Commercial Street, Ohiopyle; 724.329.5517; www.wilderness-voyageurs.com

814.257.8332 www.daytonfair.com MOUNTAIN CRAFT DAYS FOLK FESTIVAL Somerset September Celebrate the rich frontier heritage of Southwestern Pennsylvania.

814.445.6077 www.somersethistorical center.org PITTSBURGH DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL Pittsburgh September Showcasing Chinese and pan-Asian cultures in the region through performances and boat racing.

724.348.4836; www.pittsburghdragonboat festival.org

For more Pennsylvania events, go to visitPA.com

McMurray high schooler LOGAN CURRY knows the Youghiogheny River, southeast of Pittsburgh, like the bottom of his well-worn sneakers. This teen is all about the outdoors.

(Ohiopyle, MAP: C-4)

Favorite place to eat: Falls City Pub in Ohiopyle. It’s the best restaurant in town. I always order the grilled chicken wrap. Plus, all the locals hang out there after work so it’s a great place to meet people.

Garrett Street, Ohiopyle; 724.329.3000; www.fallscitypub.com

Best way to spend an afternoon: The mountain bike trails along The Yough and in Seven Springs are pretty good! So many trails branch off the Great Allegheny Passage Trail. I’d love to try them all. For more from Logan Curry, check out:

www.youtube.com/visitPA

Other cool hangouts: I sometimes go to Primanti Brothers in the Strip in Pittsburgh. I order the No. 2 Best Seller, which is like a Philly cheesesteak.

46 18th St., Pittsburgh, 412.263.2142; www.primantibros.com

(Pittsburgh-Ohiopyle, MAP: B-3/C-4)

TRAVELER INFORMATION Armstrong County Tourist Bureau: www.armstrongcounty.com, 888.265.9954

Indiana County Tourist Bureau, Inc.: www.visitindianacountypa.org, 877.746.3426

Beaver County Recreation and Tourism Department: www.visitbeavercounty.com, 800.342.8192

Laurel Highlands Visitors Bureau: www.laurelhighlands.org, 800.333.5661

Butler County Tourism & Convention Bureau: www.visitbutlercounty.com, 866.856.8444 Greene County Tourist Promotion Agency: www.greenecountytourism.org, 724.627.8687

Lawrence County Tourist Promotion Agency: www.visitlawrencecounty.com, 888.284.7599 VisitPittsburgh: www.visitpittsburgh.com, 800.366-0093 Washington County Tourism Promotion Agency: www.washwow.com, 866.927.4969

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Got Culture? Pittsburgh is consistently named among the best cities for the arts. • A thriving Cultural District highlights a vibrant area of downtown with cultural facilities, public parks and plazas. See performances by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, PNC Broadway Across America - Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Public Theater, Pittsburgh Opera, Cabaret Theater and more! • Named after native Pittsburgh literary genius, the August Wilson Center for African American Culture is a stunning addition to downtown’s Cultural District. • Other must-sees for art lovers: The Andy Warhol Museum, Carnegie Museum of Art, Mattress Factory and Pittsburgh Glass Center.

Rivers and Trails Come into Pittsburgh from any direction, via highways, byways, from the air, rivers and trails. With stunning architecture and breathtaking views, Pittsburgh never looked so good. • Ride along The Three Rivers Heritage Trail, a spectacular pedestrian and bicycle trail that stretches for 37 miles along both sides of the Allegheny, Monongahela and Ohio rivers and connects Pittsburgh to Washington, D.C. along the Great Allegheny Passage. • Set sail on a variety of excursions, such as a Gateway Clipper cruise, Just Ducky tour or check out RiverQuest and learn about the ecology of the rivers. • Paddlers can soak up the Pittsburgh skyline like never before. Rent kayaks and hydrobikes from Kayak Pittsburgh for a new view.

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Opportunities for shopping in Pittsburgh are as endless as they are interesting. Don’t forget shoe shopping. • Ross Park Mall is a one-stop-shopping destination – with Nordstrom’s, Louis Vuitton, Kate Spade, Burberry, L.L. Bean and Tiffany & Co. stores, among others.

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• Other hot spot destinations with boutiques and eclectic shops include 16:62 Design Zone, Strip District, Shadyside and the SouthSide Works. • Did we mention shoes?

Family Adventure

Beaver County Pittsburgh and Its Countryside A Pittsburgh and Its Countryside location with great parks and outdoor activities, antiquing, ethnic festivals, historical sites including Old Economy Village, golfing, boating, bike races, museums, motorsports racing, outdoor concerts and more! All only minutes from Pittsburgh!

Bradys Run Park Recreation Facility 121 Bradys Run Road Beaver Falls, PA 15010

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With so much to see, and even more to do, Pittsburgh is a great place to create a special family getaway. • In this town, one word is synonymous with fun — Kennywood. This traditional amusement park is a summertime destination for thrill seekers. • Party animals love the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, where you can see baby elephants and get nose-to-nose with polar bears, sand tiger sharks and sea otters at the new Water’s Edge. • A colorful array of more than 600 exotic and endangered birds take flight at the National Aviary, the nation’s premier bird park. • For a breath-taking view of the rivers and skyline, ride the historical Duquesne or Monongahela Incline to the top of Mt. Washington. • The Carnegie Science Center boasts one of the world’s most sophisticated interactive planetariums, a four-story domed OMNIMAX® Theater and a Cold War submarine. And roboworld™, a new, permanent exhibit opening in June! • Sports meets history at the Senator John Heinz History Center’s Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum where the story of the region’s long, rich sports heritage is on display.

Into the Woods Relax, unwind and enjoy! There’s no better place than Pittsburgh and Its Countryside. • Get your green on in Greene County. Enjoy a farm stay, visit local wineries, check out covered bridges. Watch the green turn to gold and crimson in one of the best places for fall colors, according to Martha Stewart Living.

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• When the snow flies, bundle up and head to Indiana County, known as the “Christmas Tree Capital of the World.” • Explore Butler County’s Moraine State Park, the No. 1 state park in Pennsylvania. From hiking and biking, to ice fishing and geocaching, there’s year-round fun! • Take a ride along Armstrong County’s scenic Kiski Junction Railroad with narrated train rides. • Get in gear at the BeaveRun MotorSports Complex in Beaver County, a world-class race course featuring a variety of sports, formula cars and motorcycles.

Shop Around The Countryside Go ahead. Shop! There’s no sales tax on clothing, shoes or necessities! • Explore Amish communities in Smicksburg, Indiana County, and Volant, Lawrence County where unique shops feature wine, pottery, cheese, crafts, quilts and more. • Comfy shoes are a must when you visit the new Tanger Outlets in Washington County, with over 70 name brand and factory stores. • “Antiquing Along the Allegheny” in Kittanning, Armstrong County, is a favorite tradition in this quaint river town. Check out the festivities on Sept. 12.

Check It Out Craving something different? Here’s your ticket! • Watch stupendous fireworks displays when you visit New Castle, the “Fireworks Capital of America” in Lawrence County. • Experience Butler County where you can learn how to bagpipe and forge metal, make wine and other culinary delights and see how glass is blown. • “It’s a wonderful life in a wonderful town” at the Jimmy Stewart Museum in Indiana County, the birthplace of the actor, patriot and all-around good guy. • See a simple way of life in the Old Order Amish community, Lawrence County. Approximately 1,500 residents live in farms and carry on the traditions and styles of the Palatine region of Switzerland during the sixteenth century.

Time Warp 21st Century travelers experience 19th Century lifestyles. • Experience the 1800’s way of life at Old Economy Village, part of the National Historic Landmark District of Ambridge, Beaver County. • Washington County celebrates its heritage through the national “Preserve America Community” designation. Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Museum of Rural Life, the Pennsylvania Trolley Museum and the David Bradford and LeMoyne houses embody Washington’s rich history and heritage. • Visit the Greene County Historical Museum. The site sits on 162 acres with six additional buildings and is home to over 10,000 artifacts complete with a variety of exhibits and period rooms representing local history.

We’ve Got Game! • Spring 2009 debuts The Meadows Racetrack and Casino’s permanent grandstand and casino, bringing 4,000 slots, live harness racing and fine dining to Washington County. • The new Rivers Casino in downtown Pittsburgh promises to be a true riverfront jewel with 3,000 slots, a nightclub, panoramic views of the city plus numerous restaurants and bars.

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America’s Favorite Traditional Amusement Park

World-class roller coasters, exciting thrill and wild water rides, challenging games, great food and live shows for fun everyone can enjoy.

4800 Kennywood Blvd. West Mifflin, PA 412-461-0500

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INDIANA COUNTY TOURIST BUREAU

Indiana County offers visitors the opportunity to explore historic sights, cultural events, and ethnic and heritage festivals. For nature lovers, county parks and Yellow Creek State Park offers activities for every season - swimming, fishing, boating and cross-country skiing. Hiking and biking enthusiasts will enjoy more than 60 miles of trails throughout the County. Visitors can recall life at the turn of the century while exploring the beauty of our four covered bridges. Arts and theatre come alive on the campus of Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Famous actor, Jimmy Stewart, was born and raised in Indiana where visitors can experience a little “Hollywood Magic” at the Jimmy Stewart Museum. Known as the Christmas Tree Capital of the World, Indiana County winter events include the “It’s a Wonderful Life” Festival and the Blue Spruce Park Festival of Lights, a display of still and animated lighted figures surrounding the lake. Step back in time with a visit to the Amish community of Smicksburg, where horse-drawn buggies share the road with automobiles and shops sell hand-made goods. Discover Indiana County, one of rural Pennsylvania’s hidden treasures.

DANE CASTLE

INDIANA UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA

71 Frederick Rd. Strongstown, PA 814-749-7341 www.danecastle.com READER RESPONSE 105

Sutton Hall, Suite 117 Indiana, PA 800-442-6830 www.IUP.edu READER RESPONSE 106

2334 Oakland Ave., Indiana Mall Indiana, PA 877-7INDIANA 724-463-7505 www.visitindianacountypa.org

THE JIMMY STEWART MUSEUM

835 Philadelphia St. Indiana, PA 800-83-JIMMY 724-349-6112 www.Jimmy.org READER RESPONSE 107

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SMICKSBURG AMISH COUNTRY

Smicksburg, PA 724-463-7505 www.smicksburg.net READER RESPONSE 108

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AUGUST WILSON CENTER FOR AFRICAN AMERICAN CULTURE

CARNEGIE MUSEUM OF ART

CARNEGIE MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY

CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF PITTSBURGH

Excitement is building for the 2009 opening of Pittsburgh’s African American cultural center. Enjoy vibrant arts programming for everyone in our exhibit galleries, restaurant, classrooms and theater.

Carnegie Museum of Art is among the most popular and esteemed cultural institutions in the region, providing visitors with access to great works of art that inspire, provoke and delight.

Carnegie Museum of Natural History maintains, preserves and interprets a collection of objects and specimens of about 10,000 on view at any time that teach, delight and astound kids of all ages.

980 Liberty Ave. Pittsburgh, PA 412-258-2700 www.AugustWilsonCenter.org READER RESPONSE 109

4400 Forbes Ave. Pittsburgh, PA 412-622-3131 www.cmoa.org READER RESPONSE 110

4400 Forbes Ave. Pittsburgh, PA 412-622-3131 www.carnegiemnh.org READER RESPONSE 111

10 Children’s Way Pittsburgh, PA 412-322-5058 www.pittsburghkids.org READER RESPONSE 112

DUQUESNE INCLINE

FRICK ART & HISTORICAL CENTER

CARNEGIE SCIENCE CENTER

We make science come alive! Explore roboworld™, the nation’s largest robotics exhibition and blast off in the Buhl Digital Dome for an exhilarating, highdef, full-dome planetarium experience. Submerge yourself in history aboard the USS Requin submarine and experience the biggest screen in Pittsburgh at the four-story Rangos Omnimax Theater. Visit the world-renowned Miniature Railroad and Village®. Only minutes from downtown Pittsburgh.

Take off on fantastic flights of imagination and return to earth to slide down a bowling alley, play with real stuff, build and launch a boat, ink a silkscreen, catch words that fall from the sky and more.

Scale Mount Washington in beautifully restored cable cars used by commuters since 1877. Enjoy a breathtaking view of Pittsburgh, pictorial history of the city and more! Open daily 5:30 a.m. - 12:45 a.m.

Experience the culture and refinement of the Gilded Age at the Frick Art & Historical Center, a museum in Pittsburgh’s East End. Visitors will enjoy exhibitions, tours, dining, and shopping.

1220 Grandview Ave. Pittsburgh, PA 412-381-1665 www.incline.cc READER RESPONSE 114

7227 Reynolds Street Pittsburgh, PA 412-371-0600 www.TheFrickPittsburgh.org READER RESPONSE 115

1 Allegheny Ave. Pittsburgh, PA 412-237-3400 www.carnegiesciencecenter.org READER RESPONSE 113

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WASHINGTON COUNTY TOURISM PROMOTION AGENCY

HILTON GARDEN INN PITTSBURGH/SOUTHPOINTE

39TH ANNUAL COVERED BRIDGE FESTIVAL

Discover the many faces of Washington County! History and heritage, bets and bats, outdoor fun and festivals, outlets and overnights. New Visitor Center at the outlets.

273 S. Main St. Washington, PA 866-927-4909 724-228-5520 www.washwow.com READER RESPONSE 116

PENNSYLVANIA TROLLEY MUSEUM

1 Museum Rd. Washington, PA 724-228-9256 www.pa-trolley.org READER RESPONSE 117

Join us in the countryside of Washington and Greene Counties for crafts, heritage, homestyle foods, fun and entertainment. Celebrate fall at 10 covered bridge festival sights, Sept. 19-20, 2009.

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When tomorrow’s a big day stay HGI tonight. We realize you’re doing important things when traveling. That’s why we provide lots of extras to help make your trip successful. Like complimentary Wi-Fi, a microwave, fridge, coffee maker, evening room service, a workout 1000 Corporate Dr. facility, indoor pool, 20,000 Canonsburg, PA square feet of event space and 724-743-5000 more - all for a lot less money than you’d expect. “Everything www.pittsburghsouthpointe.stayhgi.com right where you need it®.” READER RESPONSE 119

THE MEADOWS RACETRACK AND CASINO

The Meadows Racetrack and Casino has over 1,800 exciting games, a full-service restaurant, sports bar, gift shop and snack bar. Located just 20 minutes south of Pittsburgh, off of Interstate 79, The Meadows Racetrack and Casino...It’s so easy! The Meadows’ new state-of-the-art casino will open Spring 2009 and will feature over 3,700 slot machines! The Meadows will be a true destination with a fun-for-all bowling center, premier steakhouse, 1,100-space parking garage and more! A centrally located lounge and bar will feature panoramic views of both the casino floor and the racetrack. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, help is available, call 800-848-1880. Must be 21 years of age or older to gamble.

210 Racetrack Rd. Washington, PA 877-824-5050 724-503-1200 www.meadowsgaming.com

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HISTORY LESSON

LOCAL SOUVENIR

Altoona Railroad In 1945, the Pennsylvania Railroad shops in Altoona were the world’s largest. Learn about Altoona and American Industrialization at the Railroaders Memorial Museum. www.railroadcity.com

Joe Paterno mask Channel Penn State’s beloved head football coach of 43 years with a JoePa paper mask ($8 at The Student Bookstore, not to be confused with the Penn State Bookstore). (State College, MAP: C-2) www.thestudentbookstore.com

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SCENIC WONDER: Raystown Lake (Raystown Lake, MAP: B/C-3)

On the Waterfront: Raystown Lake Huntington County is Raystown country! The big lake offers 30 miles of navigable water, 118 miles of shoreline and countless recreational opportunities. Return to Raystown Can’t get enough of this laketown resort? Come back often for such events as fireworks displays on Independence Day weekend or fall foliage.

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commodations. Campers can

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wilderness. Raystown Lake offers boating, swimming, fishing, hiking, hunting and more. With

enjoy 7 Seven Points dancing, dining and sightseeing. Campground or 8 Lake 4 Seven Points Marina is home to 5 Clem’s Wood-fired 44 4

Raystown Resort Campground. Rooms, suites, rustic

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Kids Love Knoebels Built to please kids and families, Knoebels Amusement Resort delivers tradition, charm and thrills and is a quintessential part of central Pennsylvania family life. The park opened in 1926 with a Crystal Pool and steampowered carousel. As it’s grown, Knoebels has kept its nos-

Open late April through late September. Off Route 487, Northeast of Elysburg. See www.knoebels.com for ride restrictions and directions. Watch for bargain nights on many Wednesday and Friday nights. 800.487.4386.

talgic charm. In 2009, Flying Turns, a new wooden coaster in which trains freely move through high-walled turns, promises the feel of bobsledding. The gleeful laughter of children dances throughout this 200-acre, 54-ride traditional family amusement park, rising above the carousel’s organ music, thunderous splashes of the water flume and creaky clattering of wooden coasters. “Kiddie Rides” let kids “drive” fire trucks or rocket ships; “Thrill Rides” include two wooden and two water rides; a giant Ferris-style wheel and Grand Carousel make up the “Family Rides.” Ride pricing varies from 75 cents to $5, and pay-one-price packages are available on weekdays. Parking, admission and picnic facilities are free. SCREAMING GOOD TIME: Phoenix roller coaster at Knoebels Amusement Resort (Elysburg, MAP: E-2)

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VOYAGE TO THE VALLEY: Benton Market (Benton, MAP: E-1); Display at Bill’s Old Bike Barn (Bloomsburg, MAP: E-1)

Vineyards & Farmers Markets

WHERE TO EAT - FINE: Lewisburg: Pineapple Inn B&B (www.pineappleinnbnb.com) Bloomsburg: The Inn at Turkey Hill (www.innatturkeyhill.com), Yellow Gables (www.yellowgables.com), Irondale Inn (www.irondaleinn.com)

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Take the Lewisburg Loop: Routes 405

Ashland, take the Pioneer Tunnel tour 1,800 feet

South to 147 South to Routes 11/15

into Mahanoy Mountain and explore the Museum

South to 35 W to 104 North to 45 East. From

of Anthracite Mining then visit abandoned

Lewisburg, home of Bucknell University, stop

Centralia, with its underground fires.

at Shikellamy State Park to overlook the meeting of the Susquehanna’s West and North branches. Taste the valley at Shade Mountain Vineyards outside Middleburg. In Lewisburg, explore shops and galleries, comfortable taverns and the beautifully restored Campus Theatre.

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WHERE TO EAT - CASUAL: Lewisburg: Vic’s Pub (www.thevictoriahouse.net) Selinsgrove: Emma’s (www.emmasfoodforlife.com) Bloomsburg: Bloomsburg Diner (570-387-9044), Rose Marie’s (570-784-7169) Shamokin: Coney Island Lunch (717-648-9249), Cookie Station Café (570-648-4383)

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WHERE TO STAY: Lewisburg: Pineapple Inn B&B (www.pineappleinnbnb.com) Bloomsburg: The Inn at Turkey Hill (www.innatturkeyhill.com), Yellow Gables (www.yellowgables.com), Irondale Inn (www.irondaleinn.com)

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Covered Bridge Country, the Route 487 corridor. Fly-fish or go

antiquing in Benton, then shop the Benton Farmers Market or nearby Forks Farm Market, offering cheeses, fruits, vegetables, homemade soaps and bakery. Route 487 winds through

Mining the history of Danville and the

covered bridge country, with more than two

anthracite coal country, Routes 11 East

dozen including the state’s only twin bridges.

and 61 East. Danville’s Montour Ironworks in

Don’t miss Bloomsburg’s Children’s Museum

the 1850s produced the modern T-rails key to

or Bill’s Old Bike Barn, an enormous private

railroad development, celebrated every July with

collection of vintage motorcycles.

the Iron Heritage Festival. Take Route 61 through small, old-fashioned towns of coal country. In

For more information on the Valleys of the Susquehanna, go to www.pavalleys.com

THE SUMMER SEASON Stroll around the midway at the Centre County Grange Fair and Encampment, and it looks like any other county fair across the country. You’ll find 4-H kids showing their animals, displays of handmade quilts, carnival rides, shows at the Grand Stand and plenty of food. What makes the 135-year-old Grange Fair unique is that for a week in late August, the fairgrounds become home for almost 2,400 families – 975 move into green canvas tents, while another 1,400 stay in RVs. Fair week is also reunion week, as tent neighbors become reacquainted and family members return home to celebrate a tradition they’ve known since birth. Located in Centre Hall, Grange Fair stays true to its original roots of highlighting the area’s agricultural achievements. Visitors can walk through exhibits featuring farm animals, garden products and handmade clothing and crafts. Monday is always Children’s Day, where kids board the rides for a discounted price and many of the events are geared toward the youngest members of the crowd. The teen crowd is drawn to a Guitar Hero tournament and a Grange Idol. www.grangefair.net 1 1 6 P E N N S Y L VA N I A T R AV E L

TRUCK TRICKS: Tractor Pull parking at Grange Fair (Centre Hall, MAP: C-2)


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MUST-SEES Find railroad history, scenic drives, quirky museums and America’s oldest brewery here. Explore: Kids

Outdoors

History

Food and Drink

BEDFORD: Play the designs of three golf architectural masters – Spencer Oldham, A.W. Tillinghast and Donald Ross – at the classic Bedford Springs Resort’s Old Course. www.bedfordspringsresort.com ALTOONA: Ride the Funicular, an incline plane at Horseshoe Curve Historic Landmark, to get a bird’s eye view of this railroad

hairpin turn. www.railroadcity.com

AT YOUR SERVICE: Bedford Springs Resort (Bedford, MAP: A-4) PATTON: Go underground at the Seldom Seen Tourist Coal Mine and learn

BEDFORD: Step back in time at Old Bedford Village’s 40 log and stone

first-hand about Pennsylvania’s old-time coal miners and their independent spirit. www.seldomseenmine.com

buildings, craft shops, village jail, blacksmith’s shop, carriages and settlers. www.oldbedfordvillage.com

UNIVERSITY PARK: Why does Penn State University Creamery ice cream taste

LEWISBURG: Hunt for antiques at Roller Mills, featuring more than 400 antiques

so fresh? Only seven days pass from cow to cone. www.creamery.psu.edu

dealers in this restored 1880s flour mill. www.rollermills.com

BELLEFONTE: See Victorian homes and

HUNTINGDON: See the world’s largest collection of license plates at the William E. Swigart, Jr. Automobile Museum. www.swigartmuseum.com

filigree-adorned downtown buildings on a walking tour. www.victorianbellefonte.com WOODWARD: Spend an intense week honing your skateboard, gymnastics, cheering and BMX bike skills at Camp Woodward.. www.campwoodward.com MIFFLINBURG: At the Mifflinburg Buggy Museum, learn how “Buggy Town”

produced more horse-drawn sleighs and coaches per capita than any other Pennsylvania town. www.buggymuseum.org BOALSBURG: In Memorial Day’s

FORKS: Kiss your sweetie at least twice under the state’s only twin bridges, the East and West Paden, so-named for spanning the same creek. www.columbiapa.org PATTON: Wander leisurely along rolling green hills on foot or horseback, or plunge your ATV onto expert trails at Rock Run Recreation Area, a 6,000-acre playground of terrain. www.rockrunrecreation.com POTTSVILLE: Take a free tour of Yuengling, America’s oldest brewery, family-

run since 1829. Two tours (open to all ages) are offered daily at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. www.yuengling.com

JOHNSTOWN: At the Johnstown Flood Museum, learn about the 1889

flood that killed 2,209. www.jaha.org ALTOONA: Spot the ghost of Isaac Mishler, said to still be roaming about the beautifully restored Mishler Theatre he built then rebuilt after a fire nearly destroyed it. www.mishlertheatre.org JOHNSTOWN: Ride up the Inclined Plane, an 1890 railway built up Yoder Hill.

birthplace, check out the artifacts that honor Pennsylvania service men and women at the Pennsylvania Military Museum. www.pamilmuseum.org

With its 70.9 percent grade, it’s considered the steepest of its kind. www.inclinedplane.com

MT. UNION: Start here for a winding 25mile journey through the scenic Juniata River Valley north on Route 103 to

LORETTO: Seek peace among the ponds and rock gardens of the Mount Assisi Monastery Sunken Gardens, at the former estate of Bethlehem Steel magnate Charles Schwab. www.visitjohnstownpa.com

Lewistown. www.juniatarivervalley.org

TIPTON: Ride the 1920s Antique Carouselle with 36 hand-carved horses at DelGrosso’s Amusement Park. www.delgrossos.com

ICE CREAM DREAM: Penn State Creamery’s Mint Chocolate Chip (State College, MAP: C-2)

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FWhS^]Âźch^d R^\Td_P]SbTT \Tb^\TcX\T. or those who love the outdoors, there’s a place just waiting to be explored. Where ďŹ shermen cast their lines in world-class waterways, kayakers and rafters run Class III and IV rapids, and bikers ďŹ nd challenges at every turn. Its lakes are home to boaters who come for speed, sport and relaxation, its ďŹ elds and woods the favored grounds of birdwatchers hoping to spot one of the more than 250 species that can be found here. Come, discover an amazing land of rich history, striking beauty and endless adventure. READER RESPONSE 121


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If the shoe fits... you can wear it here. Hike, bike or just stroll the streets as you enjoy endless choices of things to do. So kick up your heels and a little fun in Central PA.

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PHILIPSBURG REVITALIZATION CORPORATION

HERITAGE COVE RESORT

1172 River Rd. Saxton, PA 814-635-3386 www.heritagecoveresort.com READER RESPONSE 128

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Visit historic Philipsburg during Heritage Days or any time of the year. Check our website for self-guided walking tours. Heritage Days July 7 - 12, 2009. Ad sponsored by Pennsylvania and CPCVB.

203 N. Front St., Box 4 Philipsburg, PA 814-342-2260 www.philipsburgpa.org READER RESPONSE 127

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ROCKHILL TROLLEY MUSEUM

430 Meadow St. (PA 994) Rockhill Furnace, PA 717-821-3179(M-F) 814-447-9576 www.RockhillTrolley.org READER RESPONSE 129

Discover what the day uncovers. Awards for The Alleghenies

June 20 “Our trip through the Susquehanna River Valley reminds me that life’s greatest joy is in the journey. Here, the river sets the relaxing pace and meandering seems to come easy. We follow winding rivers, roads, and pathways that connect us to one delight after another, inviting us to stop often, explore, discover, celebrate. What a place! What a journey…”

WHITEWATER American Whitewater magazine

(Boalsburg, MAP: C-2)

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Boalsburg is home to perhaps the most important Columbus collection on the continent. Here, the Columbus Chapel houses a desk that belonged to Chris himself, along with two pieces of the True Cross of Jesus (which a bishop gave to the Columbus family) and other artifacts. www.boalmuseum.com

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ranked the Stonycreek River as one of the top five whitewater destinations in the country. It’s 45 miles long with Class III-IV rapids.

BIKING Altoona was named the fifth best biking town by Bicycling magazine. The community hosts “Tour de ’Toona,” the largest Pro-Am road race in the U.S., as well as 800 miles of wonderful cycling opportunities.

ADVENTURE State College was ranked one of the 50 next great adventure towns, according to National Geographic Adventure magazine. According to the article, State College, the only Pennsylvania town to be named to this list, has easy access to mountain hiking, and fly fishing for trout in 19 nearby streams.


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Regional

REAL PENNSYLVANIAN

events

Favorite things to do when you’re not at the vineyards... Our area has mountains with great foliage, so we enjoy hiking the trails during the fall. Our favorite state park for trails is Greenwood Furnace because it’s close, convenient and takes you along Greenwood Lake.

LEWISBURG ARTS FESTIVAL Lewisburg late April / early May Market Street is lined with 100-plus juried artists, food vendors and entertainment.

570.524.5221 www.lewisburgartscouncil.com THUNDER IN THE VALLEY Johnstown June A motorcycle rally featuring stunt shows, a bike parade dinners and scenic rides.

15795 Greenwood Rd., Huntingdon, 814.667.1800; www.dcnr.state.pa.us

CHERYL GLICK is the owner of Belleville’s The Vineyard Inn in Kishacoquillas Valley. She and her husband Ed bought the Brookemere mansion and adjoining vineyards in October 2007 and converted the 1866 mansion into a cozy bed and breakfast.

800.237.8590 www.visitjohnstownpa.com INTERNATIONAL TOUR DE ’TOONA Altoona July The largest Pro-Am cycling event in North America.

814.949.7223 www.tourdetoona.com BELLEFONTE VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS Bellefonte December Offers a taste of Christmas past, with a historic homes tour and horsedrawn buggy rides.

814.355.2917 www.bellefonte.com FIRST NIGHT State College December An alcohol-free New Year’s celebration with music, 5K run and ice sculptures.

814.237.3682 www.firstnightstatecollege.com

For more Pennsylvania events, go to visitPA.com

Favorite places to take a friend in from out of town... Two large antiques co-ops in Belleville. The Belleville Livestock Auction and Flea Market, known as the “Sale Barn.” We visit Amish furniture and quilt makers on their farms. (Tip: Look for the signs. If the sign is out, drive up the lane, but never on Sunday.)

1704 S. Penn St., Belleville; 717.935.2146

Favorite place to dine... The Waterfront Tavern in Lewistown. It has excellent food and a great view of the Juniata River.

6392 Belle Ave., Lewistown; 717.248.9094 Favorite thing about the Kishacoquillas Valley? It’s warm and welcoming. The valley is a quiet, friendly valley. (Belleville, MAP: C-2)

TRAVELER INFORMATION The Alleghenies: www.thealleghenies.com, 800.458.3433 Allegheny Mountains Convention and Visitors Bureau: www.alleghenymountains.com, 800.84.ALTOONA Bedford County Conference and Visitors Bureau: www.bedfordcounty.net, 800.765.3331 Central Pennsylvania Convention and Visitors Bureau: www.centralpacvb.org, 800.358.5466 Columbia-Montour Visitors Bureau: www.itourcolumbiamontour.com, 800.847.4810

Fulton County Chamber of Commerce and Tourism: www.fultoncountypa.com, 717.485.4064 Greater Johnstown/Cambria County Convention & Visitors Bureau: www.visitjohnstownpa.com, 800.237.8590 Huntingdon County Visitors Bureau: www.raystown.org, 888.RAYSTOWN Juniata River Valley Visitors Bureau: www.juniatarivervalley.org, 877.568.9739 Schuylkill County Visitors Bureau: www.schuylkill.org, 800.765.7282 Susquehanna River Valley: www.visitcentralpa.org, 800.525.7320 Valleys of the Susquehanna: www.pavalleys.com V I S I T PA . C O M 1 2 1


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a look at the

REGION >> BEYOND

HISTORY LESSON

LOCAL SOUVENIR

David Wills House

Meadowbrooke gourd

It is believed Abraham Lincoln

The creative people of

finished writing the Gettysburg

Meadowbrooke Gourds,

Address at the David Wills

Carlisle, craft locally

House. Visit the new museum

grown, dried gourds

during Lincoln’s bicentennial.

into lanterns, birdhouses

www.davidwillshouse.org,

and decorative fruits. (Gettysburg, MAP: C-4) www.gourdshop.com

www.gettysburg.travel

THE BATTLEFIELD pg.126

>> GETTYSBURG

pg.127

>>

FARM SHOW pg.127

>> FARMSTAYS

(Carlisle, MAP: C-3) pg.128

SHOP & STROLL: Outside Lancaster’s

Central Market (Lancaster, MAP: E/F-3)

DUTCH COUNTRY ROADS The (More Than) Shoo Fly Pie Tour Sure, shoo-fly pie entices the taste buds, but for a true understanding of Amish life, try all the flavors, colors and sounds of Pennsylvania Dutch Country. A little girl holds her nose by the livestock barn

eating self in a lunch of gravy-drenched,

Remember to thank

at 1 Root’s Market, Manheim. Hey, no one

noodle-packed chicken pot pie.

Pennsylvania German

ever said farm life smells sweet. But around

Julius Sturgis for his

the corner, the scent of cinnamon – ooh, are

great contribution to

those apple dumplings? – lures you into the

American culture – the

sprawling complex of flea market, farmers

hard pretzel – by pay-

a cast-iron oddity on the wood stove. If it’s a

market and country auction. The Pennsylvania

ing homage before his

waffle-maker, shouldn’t it plug into the wall?

Dutch are ahead of the times.

Electricity, explains the guide, is a “line to the

at the Julius Sturgis

At Lancaster’s 2 Central Market, feast your

outside world that the Amish don’t want.”

Pretzel Bakery, Lititz.

eyes on the vibrant colors of chemical-free

Peel back the stack of quilts at 4 Hannah’s

www.juliussturgis.com, 717.626.4354

veggies and inhale the intoxicating aromas of

Quilts and Crafts, Smoketown, and the

organic herbs. Then again, forget your tofu-

distinct personality of each comes into view,

original brick ovens,

Roosters crow while pumps clank, drawing water into the authentic 3 Amish Farm & House. Inside, a young visitor wonders about

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Rent-A-Mansion Party spaces should be as special as the reunions, birthdays and anniversaries they celebrate. These historic mansions – now B&Bs – were just made to host memorable gatherings: mansion

what you’ll experience

EMIG MANSION Emigsville

Convene the clan at a table for 25, in a dining room radiant with Honduran mahogany and stainedglass windows. Reconnect with old friends in the grand parlor. Breakfast on the wrap-around porch.

www.emigmansion.com, 717.764.2226 MANHEIM MANOR Manheim

Guests can congregate in the sun room or over afternoon wine in the parlor. Cool down in the shade of the backyard pergola, or warm up by the fire pit on the deck. The manor is within walking distance of historical sites and antiques shops.

www.manheimmanor.com, 888.224.4346 MILESTONE INN Harrisburg

Understated elegance, from the library with pool table to the slate-floored piano room, in a 1920s riverfront Tudor. Instant ambiance – no need to spend time decorating – in a space that’s all your own.

GREAT GATHERINGS: The garden at

Manheim Manor (Manheim, MAP: E-3)

www.milestoneinn.com, 717.233.2775 For more ideas on where to plan your next special event in Pennsylvania, go to visitPA.com

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from the playful “Country Bride”

Fowlers Hollow

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While women quilt, men make furni-

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the farm. At 5 E. Braun Farm Tables,

Swatara

Mechanicsburg

Chambersburg

Caledonia 30

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Gifford Pinchot

Pine Grove Furnace

Buchanan’s Birthplace

Middletown 3 Mt. Joy 83 Marietta

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Ephrata Cloister

Lititz

Landis Valley Museum

Smoketown 4 Bird in Hand Paradise 5 6Intercourse 7 Strasburg

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New Freedom

Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania

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Cornwall Iron Furnace

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Gettysburg

Mont Alto

Cornwall

Hershey

Harrisburg

Boiling Springs

Kings Gap

made from salvaged barn wood.

view of lush Amish countryside. That’s

Carlisle

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Cowans Gap

Bird-in-Hand, feel the nail holes under

Life slows down during a horse’s-eye

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ture with carpentry skills learned on

the varnished surfaces of furniture

Colonel Denning

Big Spring

in burgundies.

Liverpool

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Photo locations in this regional section reference this map. For a full-size map of Pennsylvania, please refer to the gatefold map in the back of this guide.

Ben and Buck up front, immense Percherons at work for 6 Aaron &

mozzarella, the tangy cabbage slaw

Dutch. Here’s tradition with a twist. Pick

Jessica’s Buggy Rides, Bird-in-Hand.

called southern chow-chow tantalizes,

up a jar of Thai peanut dressing or a bean

7 Intercourse Canning Company’s

and the pineapple mango salsa – oh,

soup mix with the helpful direction, “Add

peanut butter schmeer stretches like

wait. That last one’s not Pennsylvania

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MUST-SEES Experience both the classic and the unexpected in Hershey, Lancaster, Harrisburg, Gettysburg, York, Carlisle, Chambersburg and more: Kids

Outdoors

History

Food and Drink

NEW GERMANTOWN TO LIVERPOOL:

Drive to all 15 covered bridges of Perry County from New Germantown to Liverpool. www.perrypa.net CHAMBERSBURG: For the John Brown Sesquicentennial, celebrate aboli-

tionist John Brown’s life in Chambersburg where he stayed immediately before his 1859 raid at Harper’s Ferry. www.johnbrownraid.org YORK: Tomato bisque and corn pudding gets everyone to return to the elegant Yorktowne Hotel. www.yorktowne.com

LOOK UP: State Capitol interior (Harrisburg, MAP: D-3) HERSHEY: Thrill seekers, ride HERSHEYPARK®’s Fahrenheit, the

coaster with the steepest drop in the nation, climbing 121 feet at a 97-degree angle before its dramatic descent. www.hersheypark.com LANCASTER: History comes alive at Landis Valley Museum. Experience

Pennsylvania German rural life with artisans, live animals, guides in period dress and historic buildings. www.landisvalleymuseum.org MANHEIM: Enjoy Mount Hope Estate and Winery for its entertainment – most notably the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire,

a recreation of a 16th-century village – and for its wines. www.parenfaire.com LANCASTER: Attractive and friendly, Dutch Wonderland offers rides, shows

and events geared to younger children. www.dutchwonderland.com HARRISBURG: Teddy Roosevelt called the State Capitol, “the handsomest building I ever saw.” It’s gorgeous. www. visithhc.com/harrisburgcapitolbuilding. shtml Across the street, enjoy free admission and the richness of Pennsylvania at the State Museum of Pennsylvania. www.statemuseumpa.org/visit.html

HERSHEY: The Hotel Hershey celebrates its

75th anniversary with a “grand expansion,” adding a skating rink, swimming pool complex, restaurant and cottages to this elegant resort and spa. www.thehotelhershey.com

NEWPORT: Come see Little Buffalo State Park’s rare, fully operational water-

MARYSVILLE: Rent a canoe or kayak from Blue Mountain Outfitters, which also sells

powered grist mill. www.dcnr.state.pa.us

paddling accessories and offers lessons and guided trips. www.bluemountainoutfitters.net

features 12 family-owned wineries in York, Lancaster, Harrisburg and Gettysburg. www.uncorkyork.com

HARRISBURG: Any Saturday afternoon, tour Tröegs brewery with brothers Chris and John Trogner. www.troegs.com

YORK: Uncork York Wine Trail

BOILING SPRINGS: The murder mystery weekends at the Allenberry Resort Inn and Playhouse “knock ’em dead.” LEBANON: Take a boat ride through the www.allenberry.com oldest transportation tunnel in the country in Union Tunnel Park, a 109-acre park complete LANCASTER: Collectors prize the with trails. www.visitlebanoncounty.com. Amish quilts created in Lancaster from LANCASTER: The Lancaster Arts Hotel

offers luxurious accommodations and original art in a 19th-century warehouse. www.lancasterartshotel.com

the mid-19th to the mid-20th century, and the finest hang in the Quilt and Textile Museum. www.quiltandtextilemuseum.com

HARRISBURG: The Susquehanna Art Museum showcases internationally

recognized artists as well as emerging and regional artists. www.sqart.org CORNWALL: An intact survivor from the mid-19th century, Cornwall Iron Furnace once kept men laboring night and day producing the nation’s charcoal, limestone and iron ore. www.cornwallironfurnace.org

For more attractions listings in Dutch Country Roads, go to visitPA.com

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LANCASTER: Bethel AME Church, a station in the Underground Railroad, now re-enacts the stories of the enslaved who risked everything for freedom in “Living the Experience.” www.bethelamelancaster.org/lte.html

STORY TIME: Dutch Wonderland (Lancaster, MAP: E/F-3)


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BEYOND THE BATTLEFIELD Want the true scoop on life during the Civil War? Step off the battlefield and onto the Civil War Trails, where you can walk in the footsteps of not just soldiers but also mothers, freedmen, merchants and countless others who defined this moment in history. ADVENTURE PLANS

Begin your journey at visitPA.com and plan your adventure, whether for a day, a weekend, or a month. This isn’t your usual travel website – you can map out your itinerary, check out some suggested roadtrips, start exploring sites and attractions, and even pick up some books to take along during your trip (it’s vacation – you’re allowed to read). COUCH POTATO

Don’t pack those bags just yet. For an even cooler pre-trip experience, explore the Civil War Trails on Google Earth and start your journey from the comfort of your couch. It’s like a map on steroids, with interactive, ultra-realistic 360-degree images of monuments, museums, historical sites – you can even check out indoor exhibits, zoom in to read tombstone inscriptions or change the view from night to day. http://earth.google.com CIVIL WAR BUFF

Now it’s time to hit the road. Train buffs can punch their ticket on the Strasburg Railroad and explore Leaman Place, a stop along Lincoln’s inaugural train ride. Interested in the life of a soldier? Head over to the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center, a great companion to any battlefield visit. And for a glimpse into the life of John Brown, stop by Mary Ritner’s Boarding House to sit in on a planning session for the attack on Harper’s Ferry. Have another interest? With more than 25 attractions along the Civil War Trails, there’s always something new to explore.

TRACKING HISTORY: Strasburg Railroad (Strasburg, MAP: F-3/4)

home and land was ransacked by passing soldiers; Mary Beatty, president of the Ladies Union Relief Association, who’ll give you the inside scoop on caring for soldiers; and William Goodridge, a former slave-turned businessman who helped fund the Underground Railroad. Info posted on visitPA.com/civilwartrails.

HISTORY LIVE

Like to meet some folks who lived through the Civil War? Now you can with the Pennsylvania Past Players. There’s Josiah Gitt, a none-too-happy merchant whose

SIGNS OF PROGRESS

To tie your adventure together, check out the sleek new interpretive signs, scattered along the trails. The signs, chock-

full of enlightening information, will help you uncover the rich history tucked away in even the most remote location. Best of all, you can view them online at visitPA.com/ civilwartrails before you get on the road. So what are you waiting for? Hit the trail. TRIP COLLATERAL

Visitors should pick up a Civil War Trails brochure to plot their experience. They are available at all Pennsylvania welcome centers, participating convention and visitors’ bureaus and attractions along the way.

DID YOU KNOW? Meet the man behind everyone’s favorite treat. Now open, “The Hershey Story” traces Milton S. Hershey’s life in a new, world-class, interactive museum on Chocolate Avenue. Check out the Chocolate Lab, where you too can become a chocolate-making genius. www.hersheystory.org

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Gettysburg An American treasure has been undergoing a phenomenal facelift. Welcome to Gettysburg, where the battle many claim “defined the nation” raged over three grueling days in July 1863. Over time, sections of the battlefield overgrew with new vegetation; fences, lanes and orchards, present during the conflict, disappeared. Today, a major

TRYING TIMES: Gettysburg Museum exhibit and museum exterior (Gettysburg, MAP: C-4)

move is underway to restore the battlefield’s historic integrity. With nearly two million visitors annually, the 6,000-acre battlefield is home to more than 1,300 monuments and memorials, each with its own tale. The battlefield can be toured on foot, bike, horseback, trolley, car or bus. Also available are ghost tours, church and tavern tours and valley and country tours.

COOL TIDBITS

Along with battlefield rehabilitation, several other rehab/restoration projects are underway or newly completed. The New Museum and Visitor Center is a $103 million facility with films, arti-

Come for a panorama of the Cumberland Valley and fresh cheddar cheese! High atop South Mountain, near Pine Grove Furnace and north of Caledonia, Kings Gap State Park (www.dcnr.state.pa.us) offers hiking trails, environmental courses and, on special weekends, overnight stays in the glorious 32-room stone mansion built by James McCormick Cameron. In 1908, Cameron had the mansion’s walls quarried from this mountain. Come sunset, stand on Cameron’s patio to watch the sun drop in the western sky. When you’re hungry, head just outside the park’s entrance to the Kings Gap General Store (717.486.5855). The owner will make sandwiches, cut cheddar from a big wheel, and explain how he acquired the 12-foot python skin above his window.

facts, exhibits, a bookstore and restaurant. Don’t miss the “Gettysburg Battlefield Cyclorama,” America’s largest painting, now restored to its 1884 splendor with a new multimedia element. Also recently renovated are the David Wills House and Lincoln Train Station. Nearby attractions: Eisenhower Farm, New Oxford Antiques, Adams County & Hauser Estate wineries, Utz Potato Chip Co., Boyd’s Bear Country and Hanover Shoe Farm.

For more information on battlefield tours, visit www.gettysburgbattlefieldtours.com. Additional information on Gettysburg can be found at www.gettysburgfoundation.org or www.gettysburg.travel.

SHOW TIME The Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex & Expo Center in Harrisburg hosts many events, not just the famous one. Besides the annual Farm Show, the complex presents more than 200 events from car shows to rodeos to proms. Not to mention the Eastern Sports & Outdoors Show in February (the largest outdoor show in North America); the Pennsylvania National Horse Show in October (one of the most prestigious all-breed, indoor horse shows in the U.S.); and six major dog shows (four in April; two in August). The Farm Show continues to provide a valuable forum for the evolution of the state’s agriculture industry – while its fabulous food gives visitors a reason to brave the January weather. For more information, go to: www.agriculture.state.pa.us/fscomplex/site

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KIDS ‘N’ CALVES:

A farmstay in Lancaster County (MAP: E/F-3)

Farming Out the Chores In case you’ve forgotten, milk comes from cows and potatoes come from the ground. Pull on your mucking boots, reconnect with the earth, and tackle the chores at a farmstay vacation.

Yep, that’s a steam engine chugging past Verdant View Farm in Paradise. It might even be Thomas the Tank Engine, on a visit to Strasburg Railroad. www.verdantview.com

Hummerhaven Farmstead, Millerstown,

thinks it’s a person. There are mountain views,

offers mountain air and solitude, with

and stalls for stabling your own horse if you

spotty cell phone reception (www.hummer

want to ride the local trails. Olde Fogie Farm

havenfarmstead.com). But that means more

Bed & Breakfast, Marietta, is an organic farm,

time to swim, canoe, fish for bass, pick

with resident pot-bellied pigs and every type

veggies or search for deer tracks in the woods.

of livestock imaginable (www.oldefogiefarm.

At Rocky Acre Farm Bed & Breakfast,

com). “A lot of people have never seen turkeys

Mt. Joy, a family-style breakfast provides

up close,” says co-owner Biz Fogie. Even the

fuel for a morning of milking cows, gathering

fish in the swimming pond and water garden

eggs from the henhouse and petting

like to be petted.

miniature horses (www.rockyacre.com).

Many of the celery hearts that make their

Like many farmstays, Rocky Acres’ beautiful

way into PA kitchens come from Stone

rooms can accommodate entire families.

Haus Farm Bed & Breakfast, Manheim

Look at, but don’t touch, the bison at

(www.stonehausfarmbnb.com). The owners’

Tuscarora Bison Farm, Millerstown

kids like to show guests’ kids around the place,

(www.tuscarorabisonfarm.com). Walk the

where they can ride pedal tractors and play

llamas. Play with the dogs, including one that

on a rope swing in the barn.

SWEET TREATS & SALTY EATS If you’re looking for good eats – and let’s face it, isn’t that what vacation is all about? – nothing compares to York County, Snack Food Capital of the World, and home to the new Sweet Treats & Salty Eats Trail. This seven-stop tour, a gustatory, behind-the-scenes look

at some of Pennsylvania’s most delectable companies, offers tasty tidbits worth spending time exploring. From Wolfgang Candy, where the peanut butter is so pampered it gets a double bath of chocolate; to Martin’s, home of the presidential potato chip and official snack of Air Force One; and on to Perrydell Farm Dairy, offering self-guided tours where you can see cows being milked, calves being fed and milk being bottled (they also make their own delicious ice cream!) – there’s a delicacy to satisfy the whole family. And don’t worry, you can eat as much as you like (hey, it’s snacking – it doesn’t count). www.yorkpa.org

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Request a FREE Visitors Guide! www.yorkpa.org 1.888.858.YORK

York County, PA

15 Free Factory Tours From Harley-DavidsonŽ motorcycles to pretzels and candy, get a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the making of your favorite products. Award-Winning Wineries The 12 family-owned wineries of the UnCork York Wine Trail look forward to helping you discover a wide range of vintages sure to please your palate. Compelling History Uncover three centuries of history, from stories of Underground Railroad stationmasters to museums featuring the Revolutionary War, watches and clocks, and weightlifting. Exhilarating Recreation Hike, bike, paddle, putt and play in York County’s scenic countryside. READER RESPONSE 132

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Regional

events ABRAHAM LINCOLN’S 200TH BIRTHDAY, Gettysburg

HERSHEYPARK®

February

May

Visit the town where Lincoln made

Heat up or cool down at the

his famous Gettysburg Address.

sweetest place on Earth.

800.337.5015 www.gettysburg.travel

800.HERSHEY www.hersheypark.com

GREAT PENNSYLVANIA FLAVORFEST, Manheim

CHRISTMAS MAGIC, York

OPENING DAY, Hershey

November-December

May Unique culinary specialties from Lancaster County. Sampling, chef competitions and demonstrations.

717.665.7021 www.padutchcountry.com

Walk a half-mile trail with more than 300,000 Christmas lights, holiday scenes and a food court. Handicapped accessible.

717.840.7440 www.yorkcountyparks.org

ARTFEST, Harrisburg May

FARMSCAPE: Transportation, Amish-style

Juried art show, entertainment and children’s activity area.

For more Pennsylvania events, go to visitPA.com

717.238.5180 www.harrisburgarts.org

(Lancaster County, MAP: E/F-3)

A little bit of everything, all in one trip. From county fairs and country markets to farm stays and local wineries, a roadtrip through the Pennsylvania countryside has it all. To plan your Farm Fresh PA Roadtrip go to visitPA.com/keystonecountry. Welcome to Keystone Country.

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CARROLL VALLEY RESORT

DOBBIN HOUSE

GETTYSBURG TRAVELODGE

613 Baltimore St. Gettysburg, PA 717-334-9281 www.TraveLodge.com READER RESPONSE 139 Escape with a special package that includes lodging, dining, spa services and your favorite activity such as golfing, hiking, biking, shopping, sightseeing, skiing and more. A Four Season Resort!

121 Sanders Rd. Fairfield, PA 888-330-4206 717-642-8211 www.carrollvalley.com READER RESPONSE 137

GETTYSBURG CAMPGROUND

Located on 26 acres bordered by beautiful Marsh Creek, just three miles from the center of town. Shady and sunny RV sites, primitive tent sites, rustic cabins and full facility cottages are all available.

2030 Fairfield Rd. Gettysburg, PA 888-879-2241 717-334-3304 www.gettysburgcampground.com/pa READER RESPONSE 141

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Candlelit elegance and superior food. Built 1776, National Register of Historic Places. Overlooks site of President Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. Underground Railroad slave hideout. Bed and Breakfast.

89 Steinwehr Ave. Gettysburg, PA 717-334-2100 www.DobbinHouse.com READER RESPONSE 138

THE HORSE SOLDIER

We’ve specialized in the sale of fine Civil War military antiques for 35 years. Visit our store in Gettysburg or our web catalog where thousands of items are updated daily.

777 Baltimore St. Gettysburg, PA 717-334-0347 www.HorseSoldier.com READER RESPONSE 142

HOLIDAY INN BATTLEFIELD

516 Baltimore St. Gettysburg, PA 717-334-6211 www.Holiday-Inn.com/get-battlefld READER RESPONSE 140

DID YOU KNOW?

For those who were raised conducting model train sets in the basement – and for those wide-eyed kids who seek entertainment, a night’s stay in one of the Red Caboose Motel’s two baggage cars or 38 cabooses may just be the ticket aboard train paradise. Written up recently in the Washington Post, the motel overlooks Amish farmland and the Strasburg Rail Road tracks. In the morning, eat a meal in the dining car or play with animals in the petting zoo in the back. 312 Paradise Ln., Ronks, www.redcaboosemotel.com; 888.687.5005.

MAZE CRAZE

Get lost in Pennsylvania this summer – that is, get lost in Cherry Crest Adventure Farm’s Amazing Maize Maze™. Grin from ear to ear as you make the trek through this year’s 5-acre “agritaining” design, “Visit PA…All in a Day!” showcasing the Keystone State’s seven regions. Take the easy route or accept the ultimate challenge as you wind through the “World’s Largest Interactive Game ™.” Want a preview of the Lancaster County attraction? Check out visitPA.com’s virtual vacation to the Ronks Maize Maze and learn Kernels of Knowledge highlighting famous people and interesting facts from each of the regions. Also, discover cool attractions throughout the state and buy visitPA.com merchandise. Need to know more? Go to www.cherrycrestadventurefarm.com or call 866.546.1799.


Best Western

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Celebrate Gettysburg Magazine 2008

In The Heart of Gettysburg’s Historic District z Great Getaway packages Romantic, Winery, Boyd’s Bear Battlefield, and much more. z Luxury & Family Suites z Restaurant and Tavern

GATEWAY GETTYSBURG

A Destination in itself · Garibaldi’s · Old Eagle Grill · Gateway Theaters on site America’s largest digital movie theater Exclusive home to:

Located at the Crossroads of Presidents and Heroes, US 15 & US 30, just minutes from the battlefields

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(717) 337-2000 One Lincoln Square. Gettysburg, Pennsylvania 17325 Toll-Free Reservations (866) EST-1797

www.hotelgettysburg.com

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Gatewaygettysburg.com Wyndhamgettysburg.com Courtyardgettysburg.com

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SIMMONS MOTEL AND SUITES

LAKE TOBIAS WILDLIFE PARK

INDIAN ECHO CAVERNS

CLYDE PEELING’S REPTILAND

18628 U.S. Rte. 15 Allenwood, PA 800-737-8452 www.Reptiland.com READER RESPONSE 185 Walking distance to Hershey attractions. Located downtown and walking distance to attractions. Family owned and operated. Find charming, quaint and spacious accommodations in suites, rooms or apartments all at affordable rates.

Enjoy hundreds of wild and exotic animals from around the world on an adventure of safari tours, reptile shows and zoo exhibits. The park is located 20 minutes north of Harrisburg and is open May-Oct. Call for days and hours.

Our 45-minute guided tour reveals the natural underground beauty that awaits you. Every passage and room offer a fantastic array of geological wonders, stalactites, stalagmites, columns and flowstone.

760 Tobias Rd. Halifax, PA 717-362-9126 www.laketobias.com READER RESPONSE 147

368 Middletown Rd. Hummelstown, PA 717-566-8131 www.indianechocaverns.com READER RESPONSE 148

THE NATIONAL CIVIL WAR MUSEUM

Simmons Motel & Suites

355 W. Chocolate Ave. Hershey, PA 717-533-9177 www.SimmonsMotel.com READER RESPONSE 146

1 Lincoln Circle at Reservoir Park Harrisburg, PA 866-BLU-GRAY 717-260-1861 www.NationalCivilWarMuseum.org READER RESPONSE 149

IN PENNSYLVANIA ALL ROADS LEAD TO HISTORY

Explore the 25 historical sites and museums operated by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, the Commonwealth’s official history agency. We’ve blazed four special interest Trails leading to some of Pennsylvania’s most important historic sites. No matter which trail you choose, we’re sure it will lead you to experience—and embrace—the people, places and events that make Pennsylvania unique.

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DAUPHIN COUNTY HOWARD JOHNSON INN

HILTON GARDEN INN HERSHEY

ANTIQUE AUTO MUSEUM AT HERSHEY

PARKS

www.dauphincounty.org

Enjoy our spacious rooms with free wireless high-speed Internet access, complimentary continental breakfast, large outdoor pool and our new restaurant, The Lancaster Brewing Company.

473 Eisenhower Blvd. Harrisburg, PA 717-564-6300 www.harrisburghotels.com READER RESPONSE 150

Sweeten your stay in Hershey at Hilton Garden Inn Hershey. Located less than two miles from Hersheypark, at HGI Hershey we welcome you to sleep deep, stay fit, eat well and treat yourself.

Cruise through time with eight decades of antique cars, buses, motorcycles and memorabilia in themed displays. Visit our website for current special exhibits and events. Group rates and event space available.

550 E. Main St. Hummelstown, PA 877-782-9444 717-566-9292 www.hershey.stayhgi.com READER RESPONSE 151

161 Museum Dr. Hershey, PA 715-566-7100 www.aacamuseum.org READER RESPONSE 152

Wildwood Park

&Nature Center

Fort Hunter Mansion &Park READER RESPONSE 153

If Our Entertainment Was Any More Exciting, It Would Come with a Warning Label.

Nightlife that gets your heart racing. Outdoor activities for the extreme side of you. Family fun and culture for everyone! Whatever you’re looking for, Hershey Harrisburg is where it’s at! Experience our region for yourself! For a FREE Visitors Guide, call 1.877.727.8573 or view online at www.hersheyharrisburg.org and don’t forget, you can plan your family vacation and book rooms directly from our website with Travelocity. READER RESPONSE 154

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REAL PENNSYLVANIAN

An obscure fact about Pennsylvania history... York surrendered to the Rebels during the Civil War. There are some debates, but the fact is, Confederates raised a flag in the county square shortly before Gettysburg. Favorite Central Pennsylvania historical character... William Goodridge was a successful black businessman in York who risked it all to harbor fugitive slaves. His house on West Philadelphia Street will be a museum of the Underground Railroad.

123 E. Philadelphia St., York, 717.845.3949; www.yorkpa.org

JUAN CALIX, an NYU student pursuing acting, grew up in York and is fascinated by PA history. With the Pennsylvania Past Players, he re-enacted the stories of Pennsylvanians affected by the Civil War.

What you miss most about home... Concrete doesn’t give you leaves changing and brilliant colors. I miss the natural beauty of this area.

Best places for kids to experience history... A living person sharing stories can interest kids in something they never connected with. Good places to start are Gettysburg and the National Civil War Museum in Harrisburg.

www.gettysburg.travel; www.visithhc.com, 1 Lincoln Cir., Harrisburg, 717.260.1861; www.nationalcivilwarmuseum.org

(Gettysburg, MAP: C-4)

Favorite theaters... The Fulton Opera House in Lancaster – gorgeous, and performances are top-notch. In York, the renovated Strand-Capitol is astounding. Community theaters, like York Little Theatre, are an outlet from the real world.

12 N. Prince St., Lancaster, 717.397.7425, www.thefulton.com; 50 N. George St., York, 717.846.1111, www.strandcapitol.org; 27 S. Belmont, York, www.ylt.org

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Three places you would take an out-of-town friend to see... The Capitol in Harrisburg. It’s stunning. The new Revolutions baseball stadium in York. Awesome. The Fulton Opera House, along with a show.

(Lancaster, E/F-3)

MAP:

(Harrisburg, MAP: D-3)

3rd Street, Harrisburg; 5 Brooks Robinson Way, York, 717.801.4487, www.yorkrevolution.com; 12 N. Prince St., Lancaster, 717.397.7425, www.thefulton.com

TRAVELER INFORMATION Cumberland Valley Visitors Bureau: www.visitcumberlandvalley.com, 888.513-5130

Hershey Harrisburg Regional Visitors Bureau: www.hersheyharrisburg.org, 877.PA.PULSE

Dutch Country Roads Region: www.dutchcountryroads.com

Lebanon Valley Exposition Corporation: www.visitlebanoncounty.com, 717.273.3670

Franklin County Visitors Bureau: www.explorefranklincountypa.com, 717.709.7204

Pennsylvania Dutch Convention and Visitors Bureau: www.padutchcountry.com, 800.723.8824

Gettysburg Convention & Visitors Bureau: www.gettysburg.travel, 800.337-5015

York County Convention and Visitors Bureau: www.yorkpa.org, 888.858.9675


DAYS INN & SUITES CARLISLE

2007 Days Inn of the Year; Chairman’s Award; highest customer satisfaction scores in history of Days Inn. Minutes from Harrisburg, Hershey, Lancaster and Gettysburg. Great hospitality with an affordable rate.

101 Alexander Spring Rd. Carlisle, PA 800-914-4147 717-258-4147 www.daysinncarlisle.com READER RESPONSE 155

WOLFGANG CANDY COMPANY

Indulge in the most chocolaty tour this side of heaven! Daily tours Mon. - Fri. 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Experience a hands-on tour of one of America’s oldest family-owned confectionery manufacturers.

50 E. Fourth Ave. York, PA 800-248-4273 717-843-5536 www.wolfgangcandy.com READER RESPONSE 156

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DUTCH WONDERLAND FAMILY AMUSEMENT PARK

Do you remember your ďŹ rst cotton candy, your ďŹ rst train ride, the ďŹ rst time you screamed on a roller coaster, then laughed when it was over? These are Dutch Wonderland ďŹ rsts! With over 30 kid-friendly rides and entertainment, Dutch Wonderland provides many of the ďŹ rst and most memorable moments of childhood. Don’t forget to bring your swimsuits for Duke’s Lagoon, a zero-depth water play area! Dutch Wonderland, where ďŹ rsts happen! Just a short drive from New York and Baltimore.

BEST WESTERN EDEN RESORT AND SUITES

2249 Lincoln Hwy. E. Lancaster, PA 866-FUNatDW 717-291-1888 www.DutchWonderland.com READER RESPONSE 157

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Featuring 276 rooms including 135 new two-room suites. Two restaurants and lounge, three pools including heated indoor pool and whirlpool, modern ďŹ tness center, children’s playground and more.

Enjoy our tranquil spa, shopping, or take in the beautiful Amish country with family and friends. Children under 18 are free and so is breakfast! Conveniently located to all Lancaster activities.

222 Eden Rd. Lancaster, PA 866-801-6432 717-569-6444 www.EdenResort.com READER RESPONSE 158

Routes 340 and 772 Intercourse, PA 800-717-6202 717-768-3636 www.AmishCountryInns.com READER RESPONSE 159

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136 Brown St. Middletown, PA 888-STEAMIN 717-944-4435 www.mhrailroad.com READER RESPONSE 161

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CHERRY CREST ADVENTURE FARM

Join over three-quarters of a million adventurers. Twenty-six farm fun activities for everyone. Experience the Amazing Maize Maze™. Five-acre corn maze, world’s largest interactive game.

150 Cherry Hill Rd. Ronks, PA 866-546-1799 717-687-6843 www.CherryCrestAdventureFarm.com READER RESPONSE 162

HISTORIC STRASBURG INN & SUITES

FAIRFIELD INN BY MARRIOTT

FULTON STEAMBOAT INN

Marriott award-winning hospitality! One hundred percent smoke-free environment. Free Early EatsTM hot continental breakfast and high-speed Internet. Very clean and comfortable guest rooms. Outdoor pool and spa.

Stay, play and dine aboard a steamboat! Surrounded by beautiful farmlands and minutes from Lancaster’s most popular attractions, The Fulton Steamboat Inn is where your adventure begins.

150 Granite Run Dr. Lancaster, PA 888-STAY-FFI 717-581-1800 www.marriott.com/LNSFI READER RESPONSE 163

Routes 30 and 896 Lancaster, PA 877-505-0249 717-299-9999 www.FultonSteamboatInn.com READER RESPONSE 164

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS LANCASTER

Historic Strasburg Inn is tucked away in a town steeped in tradition. It’s a place where the rhythm of the horse’s trot and whistles of the railroad blend to create background music of simpler times.

“Simply situated.” We are the only hotel in the county where you can score amazing bargains and treat your tastebuds without ever starting the car; nestled in the heart of the Rockvale Outlets.

One Historic Drive Strasburg, PA 800-872-0201 717-687-7691 www.historicinnofstrasburg.com READER RESPONSE 173

24 S. Willowdale Dr. Lancaster, PA 800-524-3817 717-293-9500 www.padutchhotels.com READER RESPONSE 172

LANCASTER COUNTY

Wake up Lancaster County! There’s something special about Lancaster County mornings and as you explore, you’ll soon find there’s a Lancaster County for everyone! Order our free Lancaster County Map & Overnight Getaway Guide for ideas to fill your whole stay.

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GOOD ’N PLENTY RESTAURANT

Enjoy authentic Pennsylvania Dutch cooking at Good ’N Plenty Restaurant - a remodeled twostory farmhouse staffed by people who know how to make the food you’ve only read about. It’s all you can eat, so come hungry.

Route 896 Smoketown, PA 800-767-0976 717-394-7111 www.GoodnPlenty.com READER RESPONSE 165

NATIONAL TOY TRAIN MUSEUM

“(re) Capture the Memories!” Visit us at The National Toy Train Museum. Open daily 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.; May 1 - Oct. 31; weekends in April, Nov. and Dec.

300 Paradise Ln. Strasburg, PA 717-687-8976 www.nttmuseum.org READER RESPONSE 166

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Americas Best Value Inn ...........................................................................13 Best Western International ................................................................. IFC* Choice Hotels of the Mid-Atlantic ............................................................3 Days Inn Mid-Atlantic...........................................................................IBC* Days Inn PENN West .............................................................................IBC* Holiday Inn Hotels ....................................................................................6-7 Howard Johnson ....................................................................................... 143 Pennsylvania Campground Owner’s Association .............................. 11 Pennsylvania Lottery ....................................................................................5 Pennsylvania Recreation Vehicle & Camping Association ..............13 Pennsylvania Ski Areas Association ........................................................ 1 Pennsylvania Wilds .................................................................................... 83

Chestnut Grove Resort ............................................................................. 74 Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh .........................................................112 Claws ‘N’ Paws Wild Animal Park .......................................................... 74 Clearfield County Recreation and Tourism Authority ...................... 82 Clinton County Visitors Bureau ............................................................. 87 Clyde Peeling’s Reptiland ...................................................................... 134 Coalport Area Coal Museum ................................................................... 82 The Comfort Inn Valley Forge ................................................................. 53 The Crayola FACTORY® ............................................................................51 The Crossings Premium Outlets ............................................................ 73 Crystal Cave ................................................................................................ 57 Cumberland Valley Visitors Bureau .................................................... 125 Dane Castle ................................................................................................ 111 Daniels Top-O-The Poconos Mountain Resort .................................. 74 Dauphin County Parks............................................................................ 135 Days Inn and Suites Carlisle................................................................. 137 Days Inn Lancaster .................................................................................. 138 Discover Pike ...............................................................................................69 Dobbin House ........................................................................................... 132 Dolce Valley Forge Hotel .......................................................................... 53 Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom....................................................... 49 Duquesne Incline ......................................................................................112 DUTCH WONDERLAND® Family Amusement Park........................ 138 Eckley Miners’ Village ................................................................................77 Econo Lodge Lancaster .......................................................................... 138 Endless Mountains Visitors Bureau ...................................................... 64 Fairfield Inn by Marriott Lancaster...................................................... 139 Fernwood Hotel and Resort .................................................................... 73 Fort Hunter Mansion and Park ............................................................. 135 The Franklin ................................................................................................. 55 Franklin Chamber of Commerce ............................................................ 94 Franklin County Visitors Bureau .......................................................... 137 The French Manor ...................................................................................... 75 Frick Art & Historical Center ..................................................................112 Fulton Steamboat Inn ............................................................................ 139 Gateway Gettysburg ............................................................................... 133 Gettysburg Campground ....................................................................... 132 Gettysburg Convention and Visitors Bureau.................................... 133 Gettysburg Travelodge ........................................................................... 132 Good ‘N Plenty Restaurant .................................................................... 139 Great Allegheny Passage ....................................................................... 105 Great Wolf Lodge.........................................................................................71 Greater Johnstown/Cambria County Convention & Visitors Bureau ......................................................................................119 Greater Philadelphia Tourism and Marketing Corporation ................................................................ 38-47, 56 Greater Reading Convention and Visitors Bureau............................ 57 Greene County Tourist Promotion Agency .......................................108 Hampton Inn-Easton .................................................................................51 Harley-Davidson Motor Company ....................................................... 137 Heavenly Trail Rides .................................................................................. 82 Heritage Cove Resort .............................................................................. 120 Hershey Harrisburg Regional Visitors Bureau ................................. 135 HERSHEY® Entertainment and Resort.............................. 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39th Annual Covered Bridge Festival..................................................113 The Alleghenies .........................................................................................118 Allegheny Mountains Convention & Visitors Bureau ......................119 Allegheny National Forest Vacation Bureau ....................................... 87 Antique Auto Museum at Hershey (AACA Museum) ..................... 135 The Arlington Hotel ................................................................................... 94 Armstrong County Tourist Bureau ......................................................109 Arts Quest .....................................................................................................51 August Wilson Center ..............................................................................112 Beaver County Recreation & Tourism Department ........................109 Bedford County Conference and Visitors Bureau ............................119 Best Western Bradford Inn ...................................................................... 87 Best Western Eden Resort Inn and Suites ........................................ 138 Best Western Genetti Hotel......................................................................77 Best Western Gettysburg Hotel Est. 1797 ........................................ 133 Best Western Intercourse Village Inn ................................................. 138 Bilger’s Rocks.............................................................................................. 82 Brandywine Conference and Visitors Bureau..................................... 43 Brandywine River Museum ..................................................................... 55 Brandywine Valley Wine Trail ................................................................. 55 Bucks County Conference & Visitors Bureau ..................................... 46 Buhl Mansion Guesthouse & Spa ......................................................... 95 Bushkill Falls ............................................................................................... 73 Butler County Tourism and Convention Bureau .................... 102, 106 The Caboose Motel.................................................................................... 94 Caesars Pocono Resorts .......................................................................... 70 Camelback Mountain Resort .................................................................. 74 Carbon County Chamber of Commerce .............................................. 73 Caribbean Indoor Water Park ............................................................... 138 Carnegie Museum of Art .........................................................................112 Carnegie Museum of Natural History..................................................112 Carnegie Science Center ........................................................................112 Carroll Valley Resort ................................................................................ 132 Central Pennsylvania Convention & Visitors Bureau ......................119 Chaddsford Winery .................................................................................... 37 Cherry Crest Adventure Farm ............................................................... 139 Chester County Conference & Visitors Bureau .................................. 44 * IBC = Inside Back Cover IFC = Inside Front Cover

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Hiawatha Paddlewheeler...........................................................................81 Hilton Garden Inn Hershey.................................................................... 135 Hilton Garden Inn Pittsburgh/Southpointe.......................................113 Hilton Garden Inn Wilkes-Barre..............................................................77 Historic Strasburg Inn ............................................................................ 139 Holiday Inn Battlefield ............................................................................ 132 Holiday Inn Express Hotel and Suites.................................................. 94 Holiday Inn Express Lancaster ............................................................. 139 Holiday Inn Philadelphia Northeast ..................................................... 57 The Horse Soldier .................................................................................... 132 Howard Johnson Harrisburg/Hershey ................................................ 135 Howard Johnson Lancaster ................................................................... 138 Huntingdon/Raystown County Visitors Bureau .............................. 120 Independence Visitor Center .................................................................. 47 Indian Echo Caverns ............................................................................... 134 Indiana County Tourist Bureau. ............................................................ 111 Indiana University of Pennsylvania...................................................... 111 The Inn at Jim Thorpe ............................................................................... 75 The Jimmy Stewart Museum.................................................................. 111 Johnstown/Cambria County ..................................................................119 Kennywood .................................................................................................110 Keystone County ...................................................................................... 130 King of Prussia Mall................................................................................... 49 Kittatinny Canoes, Inc. ............................................................................. 74 Kutztown Folk Festival .............................................................................. 57 Lackawanna County Convention & Visitors Bureau ......................... 67 Lake Tobias Wildlife Park ....................................................................... 134 Lancaster County ..................................................................................... 139 Laurel Highlands Visitors Bureau ........................................................ 105 Lawrence County Tourist Promotion Agency ....................................110 Lehigh Valley Convention and Visitors Bureau............................50, 51 Longwood Gardens.................................................................................... 55 Lost River Caverns ......................................................................................51 Luzerne County Convention & Visitors Bureau ...........................65, 77 Lycoming County Visitors Bureau ..........................................................81 The Martin Guitar Company ....................................................................51 The Meadows Racetrack and Casino...................................................113 Mercer County Golf Trail .......................................................................... 95 Mercer Museum .......................................................................................... 57 Middletown & Hummelstown Railroad .............................................. 138 Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs.............................................................77 Mount Pocono Campground ................................................................... 74 National Civil War Museum .................................................................. 134 National Constitution Center ................................................................. 55 National Toy Train Museum .................................................................. 139 Northwest Pennsylvania’s Great Outdoors Visitors Bureau........... 85 Oil 150 ........................................................................................................... 94 Oil Region Alliance .................................................................................... 94 Otter Lake Camp Resort........................................................................... 74 Park Ridge Hotel & Conference Center ................................................ 53 Peddler’s Village ......................................................................................... 57 Penn’s Peak .................................................................................................. 74 Pennsylvania Civil War Trails .................................................................131 Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission ........................... 134

Pennsylvania Trolley Museum ...............................................................113 Pennsylvania’s Great Lake’s Region ..................................................... 93 Peter Herdic Transportation Museum ...................................................81 Peter J. McGovern Little League Museum ............................................81 Philadelphia Premium Outlets ............................................................... 53 Philipsburg Revitalization Corporation.............................................. 120 Pocmont Resort and Conference Center ............................................. 75 Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau. ............................................... 66, 72 Potter County Visitors Association ....................................................... 87 Prime Outlets at Grove City .................................................................... 95 QVC Studio Tour......................................................................................... 53 Quality Inn and Conference Center ...................................................... 94 Radisson Hotel Valley Forge ................................................................... 53 Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel....................................................69 Rockhill Trolley Museum ........................................................................ 120 Sesame Place® .......................................................................................... 49 The Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort ........................................................ 75 Sight & Sound Theater ........................................................................... 134 Simmons Motel & Suites ....................................................................... 134 Skytop Lodge .............................................................................................. 70 Smicksburg Amish Country ................................................................... 111 Splash Lagoon Indoor Waterpark Resort ............................................ 94 Split Rock Resort........................................................................................ 75 Stroudsmoor Country Inn........................................................................ 75 Susquehanna River Valley Visitors Bureau....................................... 120

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Tara - A Country Inn .................................................................................. 95 Tioga Central Railroad .............................................................................. 85 Tioga County Visitors Bureau ................................................................. 85 Upstate Northeast Pennsylvania Mountains ................................63-67 Valley Forge Convention and Visitors Bureau ..............................45, 53 VisitPittsburgh .................................................................................. 106-113 Warren County Visitor Bureau ................................................................ 87 Washington County Tourism Promotion Agency ....................108, 113 Wayne County ............................................................................................. 75 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport......................................77 Wingate by Wyndham Lancaster ......................................................... 138 Winkler Gallery ........................................................................................... 82 Wolfgang Candy Company .................................................................... 137 The Woodlands Inn & Resort ...................................................................77 Woodloch Resort ........................................................................................69 World’s Largest Stores .............................................................................. 95 York County Convention and Visitors Bureau .................................. 129

Lebanon Valley Exposition Corporation ........................................... 136 Lehigh Valley Convention and Visitors Bureau ................................. 54 Luzerne County Convention and Visitors Bureau ............................. 76 Lycoming County Visitors Bureau .........................................................86 Mercer County Convention and Visitors Bureau ............................... 91 Northwest Pennsylvania’s Great Outdoors Visitors Bureau...........86 Oil Region Alliance of Business, Industry & Tourism ...................... 91 Pennsylvania Dutch Convention and Visitors Bureau .................. 136 Pennsylvania Wilds ....................................................................................86 Pennsylvania’s Great Lakes Region ...................................................... 91 Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau .................................. 54 Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau ....................................................... 76 Potter County Visitors Association .......................................................86 Schuylkill County Visitors Bureau....................................................... 121 Susquehanna River Valley ......................................................................121 Tioga County Visitors Bureau .................................................................86 Upstate PA ................................................................................................... 76 Valley Forge Convention and Visitors Bureau .................................... 54 Valleys of the Susquehanna .................................................................. 121 Visit Erie........................................................................................................ 91 VisitPittsburgh .......................................................................................... 103 Warren County Visitors Bureau ..............................................................86 Washington County Tourism Promotion Agency ............................ 103 York County Convention and Visitors Bureau ................................. 136

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The Alleghenies ........................................................................................121 Allegheny Mountains Convention and Visitors Bureau ................121 Allegheny National Forest Vacation Bureau .......................................86 Armstrong County Tourist Bureau ...................................................... 103 Beaver County Recreation and Tourism Department.................... 103 Bedford County Conference and Visitors Bureau ...........................121 Brandywine Conference and Visitors Bureau .................................... 54 Bucks County Conference and Visitors Bureau ................................ 54 Butler County Tourism & Convention Bureau.................................. 103 Central Pennsylvania Convention and Visitors Bureau .................121 Chester County Conference and Visitors Bureau ............................ 54 Clearfield County Recreation and Tourism Authority ......................86 Clinton County Economic Partnership.................................................86 Columbia-Montour Visitors Bureau ....................................................121 Crawford County Convention and Visitors Bureau ........................... 91 Cumberland Valley Visitors Bureau ................................................... 136 Dutch Country Roads Region .............................................................. 136 Endless Mountains Visitors Bureau ...................................................... 76 Franklin County Visitors Bureau ......................................................... 136 Fulton County Chamber of Commerce and Tourism .....................121 Gettysburg Convention & Visitors Bureau ....................................... 136 Greater Johnstown/Cambria County Convention & Visitors Bureau .....................................................................................121 Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation ................... 54 Greater Reading Convention and Visitors Bureau........................... 54 Greene County Tourist Promotion Agency ....................................... 103 Hershey Harrisburg Regional Visitors Bureau ................................ 136 Huntingdon County Visitors Bureau ..................................................121 Independence Visitor Center Corp. ..................................................... 54 Indiana County Tourist Bureau, Inc.................................................... 103 Juniata River Valley Visitors Bureau ...................................................121 Lackawanna County Convention and Visitors Bureau .................... 76 Lawrence County Tourist Promotion Agency ................................... 103 Laurel Highlands Visitors Bureau ........................................................ 103 1 4 4 P E N N S Y L VA N I A T R AV E L

We’d like to thank the following businesses and individuals for contributing photography: Indigo Arts; Mall at Steamtown; PunxsutawneyPhil.com/ Alan Freed; Stephen Danelian; Clay McBride; Nancy J. Cox, Pennsylvania Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center; Eric Stashak; Erica Zelinger; Kristy Giballa; Carnegie Mellon University; Dickinson College/ Pierce Bounds; Radisson Lackawanna Station; Washington & Jefferson College; University of Pennsylvania; Loews Philadelphia Hotel/ Ed Massery; Pine Oak Lane Farm; Boyds; Paula Hian; The Crayola FACTORY®, Phil Stein; Philadelphia Zoo; Reading Terminal Market; Hampton Inn Philadelphia Center City-Convention Center; Penn’s View Hotel; Ann Koivunen; Kim Martin; Please Touch Museum; World Cafe Live/Shawn Ryan; Lodge at Woodloch; Elk Mountain Ski Resort, Inc.; Stock Car Racing Experience/ Jesse Roverana; Grey Towers; Wolf Lodge; Carriage Barn Antiques; Camelback; Kim Hanrahan; National Park Service; Peter J. McGovern Little League Museum; Meadows Knitting & Spinning Shop; Nature Quest/ Merlin Benner; Hills Creek; Cherry Springs State Park; DCNR; Zippo/Case Visitors Center; Glendorn; Lambs Creek Food and Spirits; La Belle Auberge & Spa; Drake Well Park; Spring Valley Golf Club; Linesville Spillway and Pymatuning State Park’s Tuttle Beach/Linda Armstrong; Campbell’s Pottery; National Transit Building; Fine Line Design; Seven Springs Mountain Resort; Western Pennsylvania Conservancy; Primanti Brothers-Strip District; Ber-Nita Acres; Union Project staff ; Altar Bar; The Priory Hotel; August Wilson Center for African America Culture; Falls City Restaurant & Pub; Seven Springs Mountain Resort/Scott Rodgers; Knoebels Amusement Resort; Benton Market; Bill’s Old Bike Barn; Bedford Springs Resort; Phil Marques; The Waterfront Tavern; Manheim Manor; Dutch Wonderland; Strasburg Rail Road; Gettysburg Museum; Sayre Mansion. Thank you to the following convention and visitors bureaus for their photography: Pennsylvania Dutch Convention & Visitors Bureau; Susquehanna River Valley Visitors Bureau/VisitCentralPA.org; Crawford County Convention & Visitors Bureau; Central Pennsylvania Convention & Visitors Bureau; Columbia-Montour Visitors Bureau; Laurel Highlands Visitors Bureau; VisitPittsburgh.com. We’d also like to thank the following businesses for contributing their goods for our photo shoots: Home & Planet; E House; Providence Boutique; Environmental Home; Sly Fox Brewery; Victory Brewing Company; Philadelphia Brewing Company; Yards Brewing Company; Houdini Museum; Cooper’s Seafood House; Lisa Sutter, Arcaro & Genell Catering; Peak Resorts; Daffin’s; St. Vincent Gristmill; The Student Bookstore; Meadowbrooke Gourds.


Save at these participating Days Inn hotels:†† Pennsylvania Dutch Country 1. Carlisle 2. Chambersburg 3. Gettysburg 4. Harrisburg – Airport 5. Harrisburg – Front Street 6. Harrisburg – New Cumberland 7. Hershey 8. Lancaster – East Ronks 9. Lebanon – Jonestown 10. Reading – Wyomissing

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2009/2010

Keep on the Sunny Side.

“This summer, we’re going to Hershey. The kids love Hersheypark® and Hershey®’s Chocolate World®. I can relax at the Chocolate Spa®, go shopping, or play golf, and it’s so close! We’re really excited about our time together, and the memories are worth it.”

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You’ll find a friendly host with a warm welcome. Sure-to-please improvements in your guest room and bath. Free high-speed Internet and a fresh, free Daybreak® Breakfast.* And Wyndham Rewards® points to turn your stays into extraordinary rewards.** READER RESPONSE 168

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Days Business Place® rooms include high-speed Internet access, a large work desk, in-room laptop safe, microwave/refrigerator unit, complimentary snack basket, bedding upgrades, in-room coffee, iron/ironing board, and 30% bonus Wyndham Rewards points for each member stay in a Business Place room. *High-speed Internet access and Daybreak Breakfast available at most locations. **A qualified stay is defined as a stay at a qualifying rate at one of the participating Wyndham Hotel Group properties. †Best Available Rate means the best, non-qualified, publicly available rate on the Internet for the hotel, date and accommodations requested. Advanced reservations required through daysinn.com or 1-800-DAYS-INN. Due to rounding and other issues, rates within $.25 of our Best Available Rate will be considered a match and will not qualify for Best Rate Guarantee claims. Other restrictions apply. See daysinn.com. ††Rooms at this discount are limited and subject to availability at participating properties. Blackout dates and other restrictions may apply. Cannot be combined with any other discounts or special offers. Stay must be completed by 12/31/09. All Days Inn hotels are independently owned and operated. ©2008 Days Inns Worldwide, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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