Duration: Two days and two nights
You’ll be hard-pressed to find more opportunities to enjoy historic art and architecture than in the Alleghenies region of Pennsylvania, known for Victorian-esque small towns, coveted covered bridges and quaint charm. Downtown Huntingdon is home to galleries, boutiques and specialty shops you’ll get lost in for hours. And of course, this region is home to the famed Pennsylvania State University, so be sure to bring your Pennsylvania pride to enjoy this festive college town.
Just off the shore of scenic Raystown Lake in the Visitors Center, you’ll find a treasure chest of gifts and souvenirs at the Raystown Reflections Gift Shoppe. Find just the right gift among a variety of handmade and local items. Once you’ve had your fill, hop in the car and head to downtown Huntingdon for some good old fashioned antiquing.Read More >
'Lil Deb’s art gallery opened in 2011, displaying the work of four artists. Since then, the gallery has grown into a collection of more than 50 artists’ original pieces in the heart of Huntingdon. Re-founded in 2012, Stone Town Gallery and CafÃ© is a local art hub with an exhibition and performance space, artist studios and several in-house artists. The gallery recently opened a new space featuring a cafÃ© open for breakfast and lunch, as well as live music every Friday night. After... Read More >
Established in 2000 as Huntingdon's premier athletic store, Rothrock Outfitters is a complete outfitting business that offers many exciting opportunities for outdoor recreation. Shopping for an outdoor lover just became easier. Give yourself a pat on the back, as your gifts are sure to impress this season!Read More >
Trough Creek Candle Co. was started in 2007 as one person's passion for crafts and has grown to open its own store in Huntingdon, Pa. Trough Creek wants to provide quality, affordable country home decor. The rustic decor is sure to catch your eye, but their 100% soy hand-poured candles, tarts, brittles and melts will appeal to all your senses. With smells like Cinnamon Buns, Hot Apple Cider, and Blueberry Muffin, you'll surely find the perfect scent to gift this season.Read More >
Boxer's Cafe has been serving great pub food and fine beer for more than two decades. Enjoy a variety of beer on tap including favorites like Dogfish Head, Ottos, Sierra Nevada, Troegs, Victory, Founders, and 21st Amendment, complemented by homemade soups, desserts, and delicious pub fare.Read More >
The Inn at Solvang is a top TripAdvisor rated, secluded bed and breakfast just outside of downtown Huntingdon. Surrounded by forests and spacious lawns, this southern colonial home provides a tranquil country retreat where you can fish on the private trout stream, take a nature walk and enjoy breakfast as part of your stay.Read More >
About an hour away from Huntingdon, historic Bellefonte proudly proclaims itself to be “Central Pennsylvania’s Victorian Secret” with its charming homes in a modern world. An important center during the Industrial Age, Bellefonte has stunning examples of Victorian and Ante-bellum architecture full of charm and history. Among the gorgeous scenery, you’ll find a collection of some of the state’s most unique shopping venues including antiques, dÃ©cor and furniture.Read More >
While you’re in the area, don’t miss the array of antiques, collectibles, vintage clothing, arts and crafts, retail and gift shops cozied up within two restored theatres totaling 30,000 square feet at the Plaza Centre Antique Gallery. You never know the treasures you might find.Read More >
Once you arrive in State College, get ready for the amazing shopping that the downtown area has to offer. First stop is Kranich’s Jewelers, which was established in 1903. Here you’ll find a finer selection of jewelry, including fine timepieces, colored gemstones, gold and platinum jewelry and pearls.Read More >
Time to pamper yourselves at this special boutique for women in downtown State College. Jezebel’s Boutique is located across from the Penn State campus and is owned by the mother and daughter team of Patty & Jessie Stover. With more than 40 designer lines in stock, find your perfect fit of sleepwear, lounge wear, handbags, robes, bath products, lotions, cosmetics, slippers, and more.Read More >
Located in downtown State College since 1976, Lion’s Pride offers the very best in Penn State Sportswear and Gifts and a family owned business operated by proud Penn State University Alumni. And you can shop guilt-free: a percentage of every purchase is contributed to Penn State for student scholarships.Read More >
For the final stop of your day, Boalsburg Village has kept its atmosphere of small-town intimacy and historic character for almost 200 years. Driving into Boalsburg is literally stepping back in time; here you walk to the post office to pick up your mail, go ice skating in the nearby park, and sit on the front porch for an afternoon retreat. Visitors come from near and far to visit the shops and restaurants and to soak up that small-town feeling, which town residents work hard to maintain.... Read More >
There are several dining options at the Inn for you to try. Visit the Dining Room for extravagant lunch buffets, popular seafood dinners, and an award-winning wine list. For a more relaxed setting, bring your appetite to Whiskers, a one-of-a-kind Penn State experience with a full bar, lunch, dinner, and late-night dining options.Read More >
In the heart of downtown State College, Allen Street Grille offers traditional and contemporary American cuisine. In the warmer months, be sure to sit on the porch for an incredible view of the gates to Penn State and its famous Mall while you dine.Read More >
A night at the Nittany Lion Inn is like reliving your old college days. You could get cozy and spend the night in, but then you’d be missing all the fun of downtown State College! This 237-room colonial style inn features restaurants, golf and many other activities conveniently located near the university. Enjoy Penn State's sports events, its two performing arts venues, museums, gardens, cultural and ethnic exhibits and events, and a variety of indoor and outdoor recreational facilities as part of your stay.Read More >
With 102 unique guest rooms and suites, Toftrees Golf Resort and Conference Center is nestled within the secluded pine trees of Central Pennsylvania. Relax outside and enjoy the peaceful surroundings of the resort from your private patio or balcony. Have an extra day to spare at the end of your trip? Stick around for a round of golf on Toftrees’ 18-hole championship golf course, rated 4.5 stars by Golf Digest magazine's “Places to Play.”Read More >
Take a journey back in time to Christmases of the past at the 34th annual Bellefonte Victorian Christmas. Stroll on the streets alongside ladies in traditional dress riding in horse-drawn carriages and gentlemen in top hats greeting the visitors. Ring in the season and turn on the holiday cheer with a variety of Victorian traditions, such as tea parties, home tours and much more.
Located just 30 miles outside of State College, Lewistown is home to the Annual Festival of Ice, an iconic holiday celebration in central Pennsylvania that you’ll want to experience at least once. Old-fashioned carriage rides take visitors past walls of magnificently sculpted ice, interactive ice sculptures and more than 40 individual blocks of sculpted ice, while live entertainment and festive foods keep visitors warm among the decorated wreaths that line the halls of the historic courthouse on Monument Square.