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Blue‑White Weekend—More than Just a Football Game. . . . . . . . .
Summer is Almost Here! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Five Reasons to Move to Happy Valley . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Slice of Heaven: Seven Golf Courses to Add to your Spring Bucket List. .
Get Hooked: A Beginner’s Guide to Fly Fishing . . . . . . . . . . . .
Fall Football Preview. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Happy Trails. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Centre County Schools Among the Best in the State. . . . . . . . . . .
Catering in Happy Valley. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Zola Kitchen & Wine Bar Reopens with New Delights for Gourmands . .
Seven Mountains Wine Cellars Comes to the Diamond in Boalsburg. . .
Pizza Mia! Keeps it Green, Local and Fresh . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
2015 Homecoming Gears Up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Hampton Inn & Suites Williamsburg Square . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Beer & Wine in Happy Valley. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
What to Do . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Eating in Happy Valley. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Where to Stay. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Living/Relocating . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Center for the Performing Arts. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2
Dante’s Restaurants and Nightlife. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47
ESSpa at the Carnegie Inn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
Good Seed Baking Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29
Happy Valley Tours . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Happy Valley VIP Program . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24
Heritage Realty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Hoag’s Catering & Event Rentals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
Huntingdon County Visitors Bureau. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
Kelly’s Steak & Seafood . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29
Liberty Craft House. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
Mount Nittany Vineyard and Winery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35
Mountain View Country Club. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
Penn State Homecoming 2015 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48
Penn State Hospitality (Nittany Lion Inn/Penn Stater) . . . . . . . . . . 17
Penn’s Cave and Wildlife Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32
Pizza Mia. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27
Port Matilda Hotel and Tavern . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
Seven Mountains Wine Cellars . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26
Shaner Hotels / PSU football packages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31
Tussey Mountain. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27
Vamos! Lion Chariot . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9
Zola Kitchen & Wine Bar. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
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Calendar of Events
April 19
The Paterno Family Beaver
Stadium Run
April 25
Garth Brooks World Tour
Bryce Jordan Center
Downtown Lewisburg
The Hard Problem
Met Opera Rusticana & Pagliacci
State Theatre
State Theatre
April 20
Nittany Valley Symphony
presents Spanish Impressions
Eisenhower Auditorium
Eisenhower Auditorium
April 22
Mayfest of Huntingdon
Homecoming Legacy Celebration
On Campus
April 24 Men’s Baseball vs. Illinois
Medlar Field
for complete baseball
schedule, go to
Bryce Jordan Center;
Lewisburg Arts Festival
Beaver Stadium
May 2: Garth Brooks World Tour
Downtown Huntingdon
Centre County Cornhole Classic
Nittany Bank Field
Birding Cup
Shaver’s Creek
May 9
North Atherton Farmers’ Market
Home Depot Parking Lot
Talleyrand Park, Bellefonte
May 9‑12
Man and Superman at the State
Central PA Native Plant Festival
Ag Arena
May 26
April 18: Blue White Game
Shaver’s Creek
May 15
Beaver Stadium;
May 8
Palmer Museum
May 29‑31
Nittany Lion Track
May 16
State College Farmers’ Market
Downtown State College
VFW Carnival Grounds,
RTE 45
May 8‑10
Tom Rush at the State Theatre
Mayfest of Huntingdon
Downtown Huntingdon
May 1
Garth Brooks World Tour
Bryce Jordan Center
May 2 Garth Brooks World Tour
Bryce Jordan Center
AAUW Used Book Sale
Friends of the Palmer Gala
Track and Field ‑ Jim Thorpe
Penn State Commencement
On Campus
State Theatre
Memorial Day in Boalsburg
Nittany Antique Machinery Show
at Penn’s Cave
Mifflinburg Red White & Brew
State Theatre
May 17
Tour for Dyslexia
The Big Spring Festival
June 4‑6
PA Summer Special Olympics
Penn State University
June 6
Bellefonte Children’s Fair
Welcome, Spring!
When we moved here in 2002, it was for a change. We got out of the city and stretched our legs; close enough for daytrips
to family but far enough that we were growing into our own space. At the time, it was little more than a nice change of pace
and scenery. I definitely didn’t realize we’d just planted ourselves in one of the best places in the country to live, work and
have fun.
Nearly 14 years later, we appreciate Happy Valley more and more every day.
Great jobs, favorite restaurants, and a wonderful school for our daughter. Places
to hike, a distillery down the street, and summer camps galore for sports, sci‑
ence, art and more. Farmer’s markets, minor league baseball and major league
One of my favorite things to do is to share all of our Happy Valley “favorites”
with visiting friends and family. Sometimes it’s a staple like the Creamery, and
other times it’s a hidden treasure like an antique store in Bellefonte or a winery
in the woods. Even better, our staff and I get to share these things with you.
Now is the time we’ve all been waiting for. Warm weather is here and Happy
Valley’s signature events are right around the corner. We hope to see you soon!
Jodie Dello Stritto
Calendar of Events
Celtic Fest at Tussey Mountain
Summer’s Best Music Fest
Downtown State College
June 19‑20
June 22‑28
Allegheny St., Bellefonte
Around Happy Valley
The Bellefonte Cruise
Ivan the Terrible, Bolshoi Ballet
State Theatre
June 21
State College Spikes vs. Williamsport
Medlar Field
People’s Choice Festival
July 10
State College Spikes vs. Williamsport
Medlar Field
June 7
3rd Annual Happy Valley Culinary Week
State College Spikes vs. Connecticut Tigers
July 4
Central PA 4th Fest
Bryce Jordan Center
July 10‑13
Medlar Field
July 11
State College Spikes vs. Tri‑City Valley Cats
Medlar Field
Downtown State College
Scan the QR code with your smartphone to view the full event calendar
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Where to Eat
18. Arena Restaurant
23. Bar Bleu‑bleu
6. Carnegie Inn & Spa
24. Deli Restaurant‑deli‑z‑bar
25. Down Under Steak House
26. Gigi’s Restaurant and Wine Lounge
27. Qdoba Mexican Grill
28. Hi‑Way Pizza
29. Hoag’s Catering at Celebration Hall
30. Inferno Brick Oven & Bar
31. Kelly’s Steak & Seafood
32. Liberty Craft House
11. The Nittany Lion Inn: The Dining Room
& Whiskers
34. Lodge at Tussey
13. P.J. Harrigan’s
35. The View at Mountain View
Country Club
36. Zola Kitchen & Wine Bar
Pegula Ice
Surrounding Communities
Hublersburg Inn
The Chatelaine B&B
The Way Cafe and Bakery PH Belinda’s Port Matilda Hotel
& Tavern
HU Fairfield Inn and Suites
Where to Stay
Best Western Plus University Park Inn & Suites
2. Fairfield Inn & Suites
3. Holiday Inn Express
4. Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel
5. Toftrees Golf Resort & Conference Center
6. Carnegie Inn & Spa
7. Comfort Suites
8. Days Inn Penn State
9. Hilton Garden Inn
10. Nittany Budget Motel
11. Nittany Lion Inn
12. Quality Inn
13. Ramada Conference Center
14. Rodeway Inn
15. Sleep Inn
16. Super 8
17. Country Inn & Suites
18. Northland Motel
19. Hampton Inn
20. SpringHill Suites
21. Bed and Breakfast at the Rock Garden
22. Hampton Inn & Suites
Bellefonte Area
EL Econo Lodge‑Bellefonte QU Quality Inn
PM Pizza Mia! OF Our Fair Lady Bed &
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Blue‑White Weekend—More than Just a Football Game
Annual Spring Scrimmage Festivities Include Family Fun, Autograph
Opportunities and a Chance to Run on the Field at Beaver Stadium
By Jeff Cavanaugh
Once the frigid winter
weather moves out of town
and the ground begins to
thaw, most people think
‘finally, golf season!’ But here
in Happy Valley, it means
that it is time for spring
football and the annual
Blue‑White Weekend!
The Blue‑White Game is
one of the nation’s top‑attend‑
ed spring football games each
year, drawing crowds in excess
of 70,000 people in recent
years‑‑and 2015 will be no
different. With the Nittany
Lions returning 15 starters and
14 more players that saw sig‑
nificant playing time in 2014,
expectations are sky high for
Coach James Franklin’s second
Penn State team.
This year’s Blue‑White
Photos by Tim Weight
Game will be held Saturday,
April 18 at 4 p.m. inside
Beaver Stadium – and best of all (well, other than football in
April), admission to the game is free! But if you’ve ever been here
for Blue‑White Weekend, you already know that the game is only
part of the fun!
The Totino’s Fan Festival on Curtin Road will run from 9
a.m. through 2 p.m. with numerous vendors and fun activities for
kids. The Blue‑White Family Fun Zone – featuring live enter‑
tainment, mascot appearances, free face painting, games, shop‑
ping and refreshments – will be held from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. in
Holuba Hall.
While you’re having fun tailgating or at the Fan Festival and
Fun Zone, make sure to check your watch because Nittany Lion
fans won’t want to miss the always exciting arrival of the team
bus at 12:45 p.m. at the corner of Curtin and Porter Roads. And
this weekend, fans will also have a chance to meet the entire team
at a pre‑game autograph session inside Beaver Stadium that
will run from 1:15 p.m. until 2 p.m. Gates A and B will open at 1
p.m. for fans interested in getting an autograph.
Admission to the game, activities and parking are all free – but
if you’re looking to make a weekend out of the trip, the overnight
RV lot opens Friday, April 17 at 8 a.m. where you can park and
party all weekend for a $60 parking fee. All Beaver Stadium lots
open at 8 a.m. on Saturday morning for general parking.
While the Blue‑White Game and all of Saturday’s activities are
enough of a reason to make the trip to State College, there are many
other great events taking place on campus all weekend long. On
Sunday, the 6th Annual Paterno Family Beaver Stadium Run/
Family Fun Walk will start at the Bryce Jordan Center and end at
the 50 yard line inside Beaver Stadium. Last year, more than 4,000
runners and walkers of all ages and abilities participated and helped
raise more than $400,000 for the Special Olympics in Pennsylvania.
(Visit to register or to make a donation).
After a roller coaster 2014 season that ended on a high note
with a thrilling overtime victory against Boston College in the New
Era Pinstripe Bowl, the Nittany Lions are chomping at the bit to
put their pads on and build on last year’s success – so come on out
to the Blue‑White game and show your Nittany Lion pride!
The 2015 season kicks off Saturday, September 5 at Lincoln
Financial Field in Philadelphia against the Temple Owls.
Top Picks for Blue‑White Weekend
Player Autograph Session
Saturday, April 18 from 1:15 to 2 p.m. in Beaver Stadium
While many of this year’s returning Penn State stars are already
household names around State College, who’s to say that there
isn’t a future Heisman Trophy winner, Super Bowl MVP, or NFL
Hall of Famer on this year’s team? Do yourself a favor and head
downtown, pick up a Penn State mini helmet, and go meet the
team! This may be your only chance to get up close and personal
with the Penn State stars of tomorrow, so don’t miss out! You can
enter Gates A and B in Beaver Stadium at 1 p.m. to participate in
the autograph session.
All Day Saturday
There’s no atmosphere like Happy Valley on a football Saturday
Ways to see Happy Valley
and even though it’s only a scrimmage, the Nittany Lion fans al‑
ways treat the Blue‑White Game like a mid‑season tailgate. After
a long, cold winter, who doesn’t need a nice afternoon outside
with a cold beer and a burger on the grill!
6th Annual Paterno Family Beaver Stadium Run/Family Fun
Sunday, April 19 at 11:00 a.m. Curtin Road near Bryce Jordan
After a long, fun Saturday of tailgating and watching football,
there’s nothing better than a mid‑morning Sunday jog – espe‑
cially when you’re making a difference. The 6th Annual Paterno
Family Beaver Stadium Run/Family Fun Walk is a 3‑mile run
and a 1‑mile Family Fun Walk that takes you on a tour of Penn
State’s beautiful campus and ends with an exclusive opportunity:
sprinting through the tunnel and out to the 50 yard line at Beaver
Stadium! You can register now online or the morning of the walk
beginning at 7:30 a.m.
On two wheels or three, check out these two fun options next time you need
to break away from traffic.
Summer is Almost Here!
Your Guide to the Best Summer Festivals, Festivities, Food and Fun
By Diana Walker Griffith
Summer in Happy Valley offers a multitude of festivals large and small, performing and visual arts, sports, attractions, tours, farmers’
markets, and shows that have become annual traditions.
Let us guide you swiftly through the territory you know and share what we’ve learned about many other Happy Valley places and
events you can enjoy during the summer months. While most of the performers and schedules were not confirmed at press time, we
encourage you to check or the individual web sites below for updates closer to the event dates.
May 23 ‑ May 25
Boalsburg Memorial Day Celebration
Food, music, craft vendors, and Civil War
reenactments at the Boal Mansion and
Estate, the 35th annual Memorial Day Run,
and the 151st annual Memorial Day Service
in the historic cemetery.
Bonus: Seven Mountain Wine Cellar
is opening a new location on the Diamond
in Boalsburg, and their grand opening is
Memorial Day Weekend! Celebrate the day
with a glass there at the shop, or take home
a bottle of All Razzed Up and mix with
your favorite frozen fruit for the perfect
Memorial Day sangria. Find out more at
June 6
Summer’s Best Music Festival
A tribute to music and the arts in down‑
town State College. Look for stages on Allen
Street, along Calder Way and on Heister
Street. Watch the website for the confirmed
performers and schedule.
July 4
Central PA 4th Fest
This annual 4th of July celebration on the
Penn State campus begins with a Firecracker
4K race in the morning. Activities starting at
2 p.m. include a street dance and America’s
Got Heroes parade and conclude with music
and fireworks at Beaver Stadium. These
fireworks have been rated among the top five
largest, biggest and best 4th of July fireworks
shows in the United States.
July 9 ‑ 12
49th Annual Cen‑
tral Pennsylvania
Festival of the Arts
Children’s Day is
July 8 and BookFest
is July 11. Always
the first full week
after the 4th of July,
and still one of the
nation’s renowned
arts festivals, it
features the Sidewalk
Show and Exhibition,
Photo by Tim Weight
Children and Youth
Sidewalk Sale, Banner
Competition, Sand Sculpture, Sue Crowe
Memorial Arts Festival Races, live music by
veteran bands on the Festival stages and the
food you’ve come to love. Check out the
food vendors link: arts‑
July 9 ‑ 12
23rd Annual People’s Choice Festival
of Pennsylvania Arts & Crafts
Held annually on the grounds of the Mili‑
tary Museum Museum in Boalsburg, the
People’s Choice Festival features more than
200 artists, 23 food booths, and more than
40 musical entertainment acts and activities
for the kids.
June 6
Second Annual CelticFest at
Tussey Mountain
This live music fest at Tussey Mountain cel‑
ebrates Irish, Scottish and Welsh traditions
through food, drink, games and song, and
features dancing and crafts by Celtic‑style
artisans and merchants.
June 20
Lemont Village Strawberry Festival
This one‑day fest in the quaint village of
Lemont celebrates fresh strawberries, as well
as homemade cakes by Lemont residents,
ice cream from Meyer Dairy and lemonade.
Admission is $6 per adult, $3 per child ages
3 ‑ 12.
August 15 ‑ 16
32nd Annual Bellefonte
Arts & Crafts Fair
10 a.m. ‑ 8 p.m. August 15; 10 a.m. ‑ 6 p.m.
August 16 at Talleyrand Park in Downtown
Bellefonte. Artists and schedule to be an‑
nounced. Please visit the website for details.
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Five Reasons to Move to Happy Valley
It’s the Center of Everything!
By Travis Johnson
Considering a move to Happy Valley? You’re not alone. Statistics
from 2010‑2014 from the Pennsylvania State Data Center show
that Centre County is the second fastest growing county in the
Commonwealth. It’s no wonder. State College continues to
rank on national “best” lists, including placement on CNN’s 100
Best Places to Live and Launch a Business, and the #1 spot on
Movoto’s Happiest Small Place in America.
It’s not unusual for Penn State alumni of all ages find their
way back to Happy Valley, but it’s also become a destination for
business owners, young professionals, families and retirees. Some
people might ask, why? Why move to the middle of nowhere
Because it’s actually the center of everything.
In Happy Valley, we have a lot of what you want and very
little of what you don’t. The secret’s out: Happy Valley has mas‑
tered having it all.
College Towns are Great for Business
physical activity.
Tussey Mountain offers winter sports during the cold season
and also is one of many golf options in the spring, summer and
fall. Penn State offers two courses while Skytop Mountain, Belles
Springs Golf Course and Philipsburg Country Club are short
drives away.
State College also comes in at No. 45 on Sperling’s Best Places
list of the country’s top green cities, so you won’t be jogging or
exercising through smog clouds anytime soon.
Roadtrip Central
Central PA is the perfect staging point for a nearly every major
city in the Northeast. Ask a local and they’ll tell you, “it’s four
hours to anywhere.”
Clocking in at just two and a half hours, thanks to the addi‑
tion of I‑99 from Tyrone to State College, is Pittsburgh‑‑close
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A highly educated talent pool and access to resources like research
and technology make Penn State’s Innovation Park ideal for
start‑ups or business relocation. In fact, the entrepreneurial spirit
is alive and well all over Happy Valley from the start‑up boot
camp and a business incubator to various networking groups
and co‑working space. Check out Innovation Park at Penn
State (, Centre Region Entrepreneur
Network (‑Region‑Entrepreneur‑Network),
and New Leaf Initiative (
We’re Healthy & Happy
For a town that has plenty of cow pastures on its outskirts, State
College also is home to plenty of bell cows – trend‑setters if you
will – when it comes to health and fitness. It’s not an uncommon
sight to pass handfuls of locals jogging or riding bikes during your
morning commute or evening ride home from work.
And State College residents have seen results. According to
statistics released by, Centre County
ranks second out of 67 Keystone State counties when it comes to
healthy outcomes and factors.
Numerous opportunities for outdoor recreation and fitness
exist while Mt. Nittany Medical Center and Geisinger Medical
Group provide plenty of health options for residents.
It’s not hard to find a gym, either as there are at least 12 work‑
out facilities downtown. Those options present themselves to all
body types and fitness levels, too. For those who lack desire to run
on treadmills or ride stationary bikes, there are other outlets for
Slice of Heaven: Seven Golf Courses to Add to your
Spring Bucket List
By Les Barnhart
Photo courtesy
For golfers, Happy Valley is a slice of heaven. And fitting in a
game between reunions or on a football weekend has never been
easier. Bring your sticks next time you are in town, and set aside
some time to play. I’ve been playing here in Happy Valley for 12
years and I’m going to hit straight with you about the best places
to tee it up.
Most golfers know about the Penn State Blue and White
Courses. Nestled in the heart of Happy Valley, each course offers
its own set of challenges but share one thing: their beauty. The
very well‑manicured fairways and greens make these courses true
heartbreakers: equal parts beautiful and cruel.
The two courses at Penn State offer golfers unique challenges
with the Blue Course being the more difficult of the two. The
Penn State golf team plays on the Blue Course, but thanks to a
weekday special of $35 after 11 a.m., so can you. Watch out for
“The Lion’s Den.” The stretch of holes from 14 to 18 is one of
the toughest set of closing holes and has sent more than its share
of golfers to the clubhouse wondering where their round went
Not to be left out, the White Course may not have the water
hazards that the Blue Course does, but it presents a tighter layout
and plays a bit shorter. That’s where it gets you. Staying on the
short grass is critical and it’s not a course that will be muscled
over. The greens will prove to be the great equalizer. The weekday
special for this track is $28 and a better value will be hard to find.
Be sure to say hello to General Manager Joe Hughes and
don’t be surprised if you see some familiar faces on the course.
PSU wrestling coach Kael Sanderson has been known to sign
an autograph or two, but keep in mind that local celebrities
also just want to put the world away for a bit and just golf.
(; 523 West College Avenue, State
College; Proshop: 814‑865‑4653)
There are plenty of places to stay in Happy Valley, but
Toftrees offers the only direct stay‑and‑play option for golfers
who want to roll out of bed and onto the practice green or
the first tee. Toftrees was recently awarded the 7th spot in the
Top Courses to Play in Pennsylvania. It tricks you by being so
appealing on the eyes, and is known to consume its share of golf
balls and frustrate those playing its lush grounds. Make sure
you leave time to enjoy the Down Under Steakhouse on site
after your round. They have some fantastic food, a great bar and
an even better atmosphere with a game usually playing one of
the televisions. (; One Country Club Lane, State
College; 800‑252‑3551)
If you are looking for a challenge on the links, look no further
than the Skytop Mountain Golf Course. The course formerly
known as Freestone has undergone a rather serious makeover
since new ownership took over in 2012. The new look and
ever‑changing course is still on the side of the mountain and
still has tree‑lined fairways, but to dismiss it so easily would be
missing out on a truly unique golfing experience. It is a course
that will test your game and leave you wanting a return trip.
(; 350 Freestone Drive, Port Matilda, PA 16870;
Nestled at the foot of Tussey Mountain is another course that
has changed names and improved the experience for their golfers.
Mountain View Golf Course, formerly the State College Elks, is
a very playable course but certainly isn’t a pushover by any means.
With its share of blind shots, dog legs and hazards, a good round
will require you to stay on the fairway. They offer a very good
clubhouse for enjoying a meal and a beverage before or after your
round. (; 100 Elks Club Rd., Boalsburg;
A little further out of town, in neighboring Huntingdon, is
a course that demands to be played and those making the trip
to Standing Stone will not be disappointed. While the course
may not wow you from the tee box with fairways like you’ll find
at Penn State or Toftrees, the course makes up for it with being
a playable yet challenging track. You are likely to see a gaggle
of geese on the course and possibly a snapping turtle or two.
Standing Stone is an experience that golfers will remember and
want to relive. (; 10506 Standing Stone
Rd, Huntingdon; 814‑643‑4800)
Another out‑of‑the‑way course is Belles Springs located
in Mill Hall. It’s a course that is certainly worth the drive with
its open fairways and forgiving layout. It’s a beautiful course
and doesn’t punish the wayward tee shot like some of the other
courses do. If you are looking for a course to introduce a new
golfer to the game, or just to have a laid‑back round, your tee
time is just a call away. (; 417 Fairground Rd,
Mill Hall; 570‑726‑4222)
If weather is a factor or perhaps you want to stay on top of
your game over the winter months, look no further than Fairways
and Greens. The only local indoor golf simulator, it’s open all
year. Ed Hill runs a great outfit that features two simulators with
a multitude of courses to play. In addition, they sell new and used
equipment as well as offer club repair and consignment for golf
equipment. If
you need it,
check with Ed
first. Fairways
and Greens is a
true gem that is
worth finding,
and your game
will thank you
for the work
you do over the
winter. (1341
Photo courtesy pennstatelive
S. Atherton St. Ste 1, State College; 814‑234‑6266)
There you have it! Make your next weekend in Happy Valley
just a little happier with a round of golf. Be sure to hit ‘em
Photo courtesy Mountain View Country Club
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Get Hooked: A Beginner’s Guide to Fly Fishing
By Scott McKee
Spring is a wonderful time to try new
outdoor recreational activities and if
fly‑fishing has ever piqued your curios‑
ity, this is the perfect season for wetting
a line.
As the length of daylight increases
and temperatures, both air and water
begin to rise, entire aquatic ecosystems
kick into gear; insects become more
active and trout’s metabolism increases,
requiring more frequent feeding activity
– exactly what we fly fishers love to see.
Central Pennsylvania boasts some
of the best trout streams in the eastern
United States and the range of options
is mind‑boggling, from small babbling
mountain brooks to the larger limestone
valley streams such as Penns Creek,
Spring Creek, the Little Juniata River
and Big Fishing Creek.
Like any new endeavor, the first
time is usually the most difficult. That
is, unless your first time wielding a fly
rod is with a skilled instructor, such as
Charles “Vance” McCullough, my first fly fishing mentor and the
third “fly fishing professor” of Penn State’s highly popular course,
Principles of Fly Tying and Fly Fishing for Trout. As one of his
undergraduate students in the early 1990s, I was excited to go on
our first field trip to Fisherman’s Paradise, the fly‑fishing‑only sec‑
tion of Spring Creek. I was the only student to show up for that
Saturday outing; according to Vance, “I was the only one who
didn’t let Friday night activities get in the way of my fishing.”
A One‑to‑One Lesson Births a Lifelong Passion
Whatever the reason, I benefited immeasurably from the
one‑on‑one experience, learning more in that one day than I
probably did during the next six months on my own. By the time
we were done, he had worked out the major glitches in my basic
casting, helped me to understand the basics of fishing nymphs
(submerged wet flies) and dry flies, as well as how to approach
and “read” the water. These last skills were ones I thought myself
reasonably good at, as I had been trout fishing with spinning
tackle since age three; however, the skills Vance demonstrated and
explained quickly showed me how much I had to learn.
I even caught three wild brown trout on nymphs I had
tied during our classroom sessions.
Encouraged by my day with Vance and his guidance
to “get on the water as much as possible,” I fumbled my
way forward, diving into the sport that quickly became a
lifelong passion for me. I’d say it’s the best‑spent money
for anyone interested in getting started in fly fishing.
Find the Best Guide for You
When choosing a guide for an introductory outing, look
specifically for those who have an interest in teaching be‑
ginners. Some excel at teaching more experienced anglers
advanced skills but struggle with instructing rudimentary
basics. Always talk directly with the individual guide
and honestly let them know what your skill level is and
what you hope to accomplish. Their response should be
enthusiastic and encouraging – if it’s not, move on to the
next potential candidate. There are a number of skilled
guides and instructors available; finding a quality instruc‑
tor should not be difficult.
Don’t Forget the Basics
An additional benefit to beginning with a guide is they
are usually willing and able to supply the appropriate
tackle if you don’t yet have your own. The client is gener‑
ally expected to provide his or her own waders and must
have a valid Pennsylvania fishing license with the appro‑
priate trout stamp. Your guide should be able to tell you
where to get this or it can be purchased online via the
Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission’s online store.
On a related note, the Fish and Boat Commission
requires guides to be licensed and this includes manda‑
tory first aid and CPR certification. If it isn’t obviously
apparent, make sure your prospective guide meets this
basic requirement before proceeding.
Make a Day of It
You might seem like light‑years away from civilization,
but the beauty of fishing local waterways is that you
are, at most, thirty minutes from the best of our local
eateries. Whether you are charging up your introvert
soul, watching your son or daughter’s first perfect cast,
or catching up with old friends while you search for that
perfect palomino trout, end the day someplace delicious.
Try a homegrown favorite like Port Matilda Hotel and
Tavern (try the wings and bay fries!) and go home happy.
As your spring begins to unfold and you anticipate
new adventures, why not consider fly fishing? In the end,
it may be you who gets hooked.
What to know before you go
Fly Fishing Shops
The Feathered Hook – Coburn, PA on the banks of Penns Creek.
TCO – State College; 814‑689‑3654;
Flyfisher’s Paradise – State College; 814‑234‑4189;
Spruce Creek Outfitters – Spruce Creek, PA on the banks of The
Little Juniata River. 814‑632‑3071;
Fly Fishing Guide Services
Lance Wilt’s Outcast Anglers ‑ 570‑660‑0285;
Dennis Charney ‑ 814‑280‑8171;
George Daniel’s Livin On The Fly ‑
John Stoyanoff ‑ 814‑944‑0911
Fly Fishing Instruction – If you are new to fly fishing or simply
want to try it for the first time, I recommend hiring a guide for
specific skills instruction, either one‑on‑one or as part of a small
class. All of the guides listed also offer fly fishing skills instruc‑
tion to some degree and pride themselves in helping even ex‑
perienced anglers improve their skills. For beginners, I particu‑
larly recommend Lance Wilt’s Outcast Angler’s, Dennis Charney
and George Daniel’s Livin’ On The Fly services.
Area Waterways
THE BIG FOUR: These are our best (and best known) limestone
trout streams; each have substantial portions (and the entire
length for Spring Creek) with self‑sustaining wild trout popula‑
tions. To compliment these sections, portions of Penns Creek
and Big Fishing Creek are also stocked with trout, both before
and during the season.
✓✓ Spring Creek
✓✓ Penns Creek
✓✓ Big Fishing Creek
✓✓ Little Juniata River
STOCKED WATERS: These streams and lakes are some of the
most popular stocked trout waters in central Pennsylvania.
Though the abundant wild trout are truly gems of the com‑
monwealth, fishing for stocked trout is a lot of fun and can be a
bit easier for beginners. The small lakes are a great place to take
children. If you fish from a watercraft, be sure to adhere to all
safety regulations (see Fish and Boat Commission web site).
Fall Football Preview
Who’s Irreplaceable, Improving, and Fierce... Read on!
By Travis Johnson
What should fans expect from Penn State’s football
team as it transitions from spring ball into train‑
ing camp this summer? Here are five reasonable
The offensive line will improve
The most important unit in football was often the
most scrutinized position group for the Nittany
Lions last season and for good reason.
Quarterback Christian Hackenberg was under
siege constantly. He took 44 sacks and Penn State
averaged less than three yards per carry. It probably
shouldn’t have come as much of a surprise with
four new starters joining the fray at the beginning
of the season.
Injuries also didn’t help as senior Miles Dief‑
fenbach, Derek Dowrey, Brian Gaia and Andrew
Nelson were all banged up in the summer. As a
Photo courtesy Tim Weight
result, the Nittany Lions went through training
camp constantly rotating personnel up front. Dief‑
So far in his career, Lynch hasn’t been the strongest of pass
fenbach was lost to a knee injury and didn’t start practicing fully
protectors but he’ll have plenty of chances to improve. But a
until the midpoint of the season. These setbacks prevented Penn
combination of youngsters will have to contribute to ease Lynch’s
State from developing crucial early chemistry up front and due to burden.
missed practice snaps meant a handful of newbies had to learn on Johnathan Thomas (5‑foot‑11, 215 lbs) has size and speed and
the fly. It was a recipe for a perfect storm.
could emerge as a powerful No. 2.
It should be different this season.
Nick Scott and Mark Allen both red‑shirted last season and
Nelson, Dowrey and Gaia return along with the multi‑talent‑
bring different qualities to the backfield. Scott is well‑rounded
ed Angelo Mangiro who played every spot except left tackle last
and doesn’t lack size at 5‑foot‑11 and 201 pounds while Allen
season. Wendy Laurent and Brendan Mahon are also back and
(5‑foot‑7, 186 lbss) is quick‑footed, can catch passes out of the
started at center and guard respectively.
backfield and could develop into a dangerous perimeter player.
Former junior college standout Paris Palmer is big and athletic
and is being given the chance to step in at left tackle right away. The competition at wideout should be fierce
A young running back must step up
Akeel Lynch is the lone returning runner with a carry at the Divi‑
sion I level. He’s shown flashes of power and vision as a ballcarrier
but hasn’t done so consistently yet. He’s shared carries so far and has only four games with 15
or more carries. Three of those games came over the final third
of last year where Lynch got a taste of what being a feature back
should be like in 2015. In those final four games? Lynch averaged
5.1 yards per carry and scored three touchdowns. He was hard to
bring down for a lot of defenders and his exploits in the weight
room have been heavily praised by his teammates and coaches.
What appeared to be a dynamic one‑two combo of DaeSean
Hamilton and Geno Lewis in Ireland looked pretty regular as the
season unfolded. Was it injuries? Lack of consistent pass protec‑
tion? A failure to run the ball and set up the passing game? The
answer is a little bit of all of the above.
Hamilton was hobbled by a hamstring injury midway through
the season and Lewis didn’t do himself any favors with drops here
and there and the inability to score. Hamilton couldn’t find the
end zone either. Each had two touchdown catches despite catch‑
ing nearly 50 percent of the team’s passes.
Chris Godwin was a monster in the Pinstripe Bowl with seven
catches for 140 yards and a touchdown and Saeed Blacknall also
got plenty of experience as a true freshman last season.
Others will make the competition for playing time even
thicker. Redshirt freshman DeAndre Thompkins is a burner and
has consistently drawn praise from the coaching staff for his speed
since he arrived on campus last year.
Mike Hull may be irreplaceable
It’s going to be hard to replace stalwart Mike Hull but linebackers
coach Brent Pry has a few weeks to experiment and prepare for
training camp.
Junior Nyeem Wartman could move inside and has the size at
6‑foot‑1, 246 pounds and physical prowess to do so. He’s played
there in a pinch before and is a devastating hitter.
Senior Ben Kline is coming off of an Achilles tear after tearing
a pectoral muscle in 2013 but has been on the field this spring
and appears to be nearing 100 percent. He’s one of the smart‑
est players on the team and with five years in the program, is a
respected leader who can control a huddle.
A healthy Brandon Bell – he missed two games late last season
with a shoulder injury – gives Pry another versatile defender. Bell
is quick enough to excel in pass coverage and is a strong, instinc‑
tual blitzer who makes up his mind quickly. He plays with raw
intensity and can lift a team’s morale with a game‑changing play.
Jason Cabinda is an intriguing prospect who has the size to
play inside but could use his athleticism on the outside, too. Gary
Wooten is also in the mix.
The secondary is as deep as they come
Grant Haley and Christian Campbell earned heavy workloads
with their abilities to seamlessly transition into the defensive
lineup as true freshmen but Trevor Williams became a trusted
commodity and made more than a handful of sneaky big plays.
Williams can play the boundary or the field and has four inter‑
ceptions over the last two seasons.
Jordan Lucas will start the season as a safety alongside sopho‑
more Marcus Allen. Another player who was a force as a true
freshman, Allen will look to keep his promising start going. A full
offseason should benefit him, help him diagnose routes and plays
before they unfold and settle down overall as he did give up a few
big plays and took a few bad penalties last season.
Also in the mix at safety is junior Malik Golden who never
appeared fully recovered from a hamstring injury last season.
Redshirt freshman Amani Aruwariye has also moved from corner
to safety.
Happy Trails
A Beginner’s Guide to Running Trails in Happy Valley
By Scott McKee
As the remnants of a long cold winter began giving way to the
first signs of spring, I found myself humming a song that has
a way of randomly popping into my head from time to time:
“Happy trails to you, until we meet again, Happy trails to you,
keep smilin’ until then.”
Happy Trails could easily be a theme song for the central
Pennsylvania outdoors community. The region boasts hundreds
of miles of trails, from segments of the Appalachian Trail and
Mid‑state Trail to small locally known paths, lightly maintained
and frequently used even if not well known.
The milder temperatures of early spring have a way of
jump‑starting my trail adventures, especially through hiking and
trail running.
Enjoy the Great Outdoors on a Happy Valley
Many of the simple day hikes my family and I do in central
Pennsylvania can be accomplished in sneakers, especially on
warm sunny days. I recommend a decent pair of water‑resistant
or waterproof hiking boots for longer hikes, as weather can turn
unexpectedly; additionally, the more rugged tread and ankle sup‑
port are valuable in protecting the bottoms of your feet, toes and
ankles from bruising‑‑or worse. However, sneakers are just fine to
get started with short woodland walks, on pleasant days.
Hiking is truly a minimalist endeavor; you are the transport
for anything you bring along, so choose wisely. Sound shoes and
Happy Trail Resources
Greenwood Forest*
Whipple Dam*
Poe Valley Poe Paddy
Bald Eagle
For a complete listing, see
*nice trails around lake – ideal for walking and running
Bald Eagle Rothrock
Tip: Find Purple Lizard Maps specialized outdoors recreation
maps for these state forest areas.
a bottle of
water are all I
generally carry
on short (1 – 2
hour) walks.
Other useful
items for these
or longer hikes
might include
a small first
aid kit, a light
snack or meal
(I like granola
based meal/
energy bars),
a map and
a compass if
not familiar
with the trail
in question, a
light wind and
water proof jacket or light fleece jacket and a good walking stick.
A small pack to carry these basics (other than the stick) rounds
out my basic kit.
Turn Up the Pace: Trail Running Offers
Refreshing Alternative to Pavement
These last suggestions apply for my other favorite trail activity –
trail running. To begin with, I am proudly a “back‑of‑the‑pack”
runner, when it comes to the handful of 5Ks I run each year. That
being said, I truly enjoy running and I spend as much of my time
on trails as possible.
For years I counted myself among those who “hate” run‑
ning. However, my desire to increase my cardiovascular activity
occurred serendipitously at the same time the YMCA of Centre
County offered a “Beginners Running Class.” The gradual pro‑
gression of the class, allowing for all ability levels began to dispel
my antipathy for running and before I knew it, I had entered
and completed my first 5K. Shortly thereafter, training guru Josh
Cone, offered to introduce a small group of us to one of his favor‑
ite forms of exercise, trail running.
We met at the trailhead for Shingletown Gap Trail after and
an initial scramble up a short steep segment, we hit a patch that
actually allowed for running. The terrain proved to be one of the
things I most enjoyed, and I found it to be helpful as the ground I
was covering naturally dictated my pace and provided variety that
I just didn’t get with road running. Rockier segments required me
to carefully pick my foot placement to avoid loose rocks.
Minutes later I encountered a marked contrast. A long smooth
patch of sparse grass and luxurious soft green moss cushioned
each step and allowed me to run along that segment in a way I
hadn’t done since childhood, for the sheer joy of it.
Some people have misgivings about this form of running, citing
safety concerns. I’m not a gifted athlete nor do I have particularly
good balance, the result of lost hearing in my right ear and the
associated effect on the inner‑ear function. Simply put, if I can do
it, almost anyone can.
I use the same sneakers for trail running that I would use on
paved surfaces; my feet require a supportive sneaker that happens
to perform admirably on trails. Other runners opt for trail specific
shoes. I always defer shoe questions to those who know running
footwear and I’ve never been steered wrong by the folks at Rapid
Transit Sports in State College. They understand how to properly
fit running shoes based on the runner’s foot and running gait.
Since that first woodland run, I have found a wide variety
of trails, via different avenues; two of my favorite informational
sources for either hiking or trail running have been the Delorme
Atlas and Gazetteer Pennsylvania and the Purple Lizard Maps,
both geared toward outdoors recreation.
Getting Started
Central Pennsylvania has extensive state parks and state forests
open to the public for outdoors exploration and I’ve spent the
vast majority of my trail adventures on some combination of
these amazing resources. Just getting started? Try somewhere like
Bear Meadows Natural Area near Tussey Mountain. Shortly
after leaving Boalsburg on 322 East, the right turn onto Bear
Meadows Road leads past the ski area and to a conveniently
located parking area on the edge of the Rothrock State Forest. I
recently discovered a great web site for hiking in Pennsylvania,
which has a decidedly central PA focus ‑ It has some
very nice entries for Bear Meadows which dovetail with my own
experiences, as well as providing a couple of alternatives I haven’t
yet explored.
And, in the end, some of my best adventures have been the
result of lacing up my shoes and heading out the door to simply
“get out there.”
Explore the Raystown Lake
Directions from PSU to Raystown Lake:
• Hiking
• Beaches
• Mountain Biking
• Birdwatching
• Kayaking
• Paddleboarding
• Boat tours
• Cave tours
Centre County Schools Among the Best in the State
Choices Abound For Preschool through High School
By Holly Swanson
My family had many reasons for deciding to move back to the
State College area six years ago, but the abundance of strong
educational opportunities for our then five year old was at the top
of the list. The area’s public school districts hold several state rank‑
ings in academics, athletics and learning initiatives, while numer‑
ous private and charter schools are available to meet a student’s
individual interests.
“The Centre County region really does offer a lot of wonderful
and unique educational opportunities,” says Mark Toci, Ph.D.,
co‑founder and teacher at Centre Learning Community (CLC)
Charter School.
Choices abound when it comes to your child’s education in
the Centre Region. In fact, there might be more great educational
options than there are views of Mount Nittany!
School Districts
Bald Eagle Area School District
751 S. Eagle Valley Road, Wingate;
Serving five boroughs and seven townships, Bald Eagle Area School
District is small enough to offer students personalized educational
experiences, including a wide variety of extra-curricular opportunities.
The district also offers a dual enrollment program through which
students can earn college credits.
Bellefonte Area School District
318 N. Allegheny St., Bellefonte;
Serving approximately 2,700 students in Bellefonte and the surround‑
ing areas, BASD encourages collaborative learning in four elementary
schools, one middle school and one high school.
BONUS: The school district was the first in the area to be recognized
in the state’s School‑Wide Positive Behavior program, which develops
initiatives for encouraging positive student behaviors.
State College Area School District
131 W. Nittany Ave., State College;
With a mission of preparing students for lifelong success through excel‑
lence in education, SCASD serves nearly 7,000 students in 11 schools.
The district has a strong athletics program and offers many advanced
courses, including AP calculus and advanced physics. The student‑teacher
ratio is 23:1 in the elementary schools and 24:1 at the high school.
BONUS: The school district recently voted to add Chinese language
courses to its World Language Department and is developing a new
construction plan for the high school.
Penns Valley Areas School District
4528 Penns Valley Road, Spring Mills;
Educating students in Centre Hall, Millheim, and the surrounding town‑
ships, Penns Valley Area School District is a rural but progressive district
dedicated to creating life‑long learners. The high school also has a vibrant
fine arts program.
Private Schools
Grace Prep High School
848 Science Park Rd., State College;
Grades: 9‑12
Grace Prep is a centrally‑located faith‑based high school with small
class sizes and an extensive list of course offerings. They also offer online
classes and unique learning opportunities.
BONUS: The teachers aim to complete all necessary work during the
school day, so most evenings are “homework free.”
Nittany Christian School
1221 W. Whitehall Rd., State College;
www.Grades: K‑5
Celebrating their 40th year in State College, NCS provides a Christ‑cen‑
tered environment that is focused on family and parent involvement. Ad‑
mission is offered based on a student’s academic
history and placement tests.
Our Lady of Victory Catholic School
800 Westerly Parkway, State College;
Grades: K‑8
OLV prides itself on small class sizes (an aver‑
age of 20 students per classroom), a supportive,
community atmosphere and high standards of
learning. The school’s mission is to integrate
Catholic truths, values and attitudes with the
intellectual and emotional development of its
students. Enrollment is open to students of any
faith background.
BONUS: Financial aid is available to families
who qualify.
Saint John the Evangelist Catholic
116 E. Bishop St., Bellefonte;
Grades: PreK‑5
Founded in 1890, Saint John is a Catho‑
lic‑based school that encourages and accepts
each student’s individual talents, abilities and
challenges. The staff believes that every child
is a unique gift from God and that all students
should experience spiritual, academic, and
physical growth each day.
Principal Kristina Tice says, “While we have
excellent academics, our focus is on so much
more. Generations of students have benefited
from our Christ‑centered environment, small
class size and supportive school family.”
BONUS: Students are involved in service
projects throughout the community.
Saint Joseph’s Catholic Academy
901 Boalsburg Pike, Boalsburg;
Grades: 9‑12
A relative newcomer to the local education
scene, SJCA opened in 2011 and boasts a
100% college acceptance rate among recent
graduates. With a family‑centered school en‑
vironment, students are held to high standards
of the academic honor code based on honesty,
integrity, respect and responsibility.
State College Friends School
1900 University Dr., State College;
Grades: PreK‑8
The Friends School is an independent,
tuition‑based, child‑centered school founded
in the tradition of Quaker values. The students
work together outside the constraints of tradi‑
tional grade levels, allowing younger students
to learn from older students.
Charter Schools
Centre Learning Community Charter
School (CLC)
2643 W. College Ave., State College; clccharter.
Grades: 5‑8
CLC is a tuition‑free, public middle school that
emphasizes learning by doing.
Technology tools, such as SmartBoards in
every classroom and MacBooks for each student,
give students a hands‑on way to learn. Unique
course offerings, such as yoga, stained glass and
fencing, keep learning fun and creative.
BONUS: Free after‑school activities.
Nittany Valley Charter School (NVCS)
1612 Norma St., State College;
Grades: K‑8
Students at NVCS enjoy hands‑on learning,
small class size (6:1 student to teacher ratio),
and weekly field trips. An educational focus is
placed on environmental studies.
BONUS: Foreign languages are offered.
Wonderland Charter School
2112 Sandy Dr., State College;
Grades: K‑5
After opening as a kindergarten‑only school in
1999, Wonderland recently expanded to offer
schooling for students up to 5th grade. Won‑
derland develops a Differentiated Education
Plan for each student based on motor skills;
creative, social and cognitive development; and
acquired readiness skills.
Young Scholars of Central Pennsylvania
1530 Westerly Parkway, State College;
Grades: K‑8
Young Scholars focuses its education on global
perspectives and welcomes native speakers
of American English with an appreciation
of world regions and students whose native
language is not American English as they tran‑
sition into the American educational system
and culture. Students learn two languages aside
from their mother language.
Bellefonte Playschool—Faith Church
512 Hughes St., Bellefonte;
The Bellefonte Playschool offers a
twice‑a‑week Three‑Year‑Old class, a Pre‑K
Basic that meets three days a week for 2.5
hours, and a Pre‑K Extended that meets
three days a week for five hours. Class size
is limited to 12‑14 students and the school
schedule follows the same calendar as the
Bellefonte Area School District.
BONUS: Playschool offers a summer ses‑
sion that meets two days a week.
Good Shepherd Lutheran Christian
851 N. Science Park Rd., State College;
Dianne Sefter, school director and teacher
at Good Shepherd, says that the school “is
excited to be one of the longest‑running
Christian preschools in State College.”
She says, “Now in our 23rd year of min‑
istry, the preschool offers five class choices
for children ages 2 years 7 months up to 5
years old.”
Parents can choose a flexible schedule
from one to five days a week, plus afternoon
Lunch Bunch on Tuesday and Wednesday
afternoons for 3‑5 year olds.
“Hands‑on science experiments, cooking,
musical activities and field trips are built into
the curriculum alongside of stories from the
Bible about God’s love for us,” Sefter says.
“The staff, which has very few turnovers year
to year, is mostly made up of mothers who
have had children in the program. They meet
regularly to plan fun pre‑reading, writing,
math, health, art and science activities for
their students.”
BONUS: The huge playground and spa‑
cious classrooms allow children to do what
they do best—PLAY!
Jewish Community Council Nursery
School (JCC)
620 E. Hamilton Ave., State College;
The JCC is a parent‑run school that wel‑
comes families of all faiths. Students age 2
years, 7 months through 5 years are taught
by play‑based learning, which includes mu‑
sic, art, story time and monthly field trips.
Park Forest Montessori School
1833 Park Forest Ave., State College;
Park Forest Montessori offers a full 180 days
of education for preschool and kindergarten.
Morning and afternoon sessions are available
for preschoolers with a full‑day option for
kindergarten. Weekly activities include mu‑
sic, French, science and Show and Tell.
Catering in Happy Valley
Arena Bar & Grill, The
Why settle for the same old party? Take your group
to Northland Bowl and the Arena Bar & Grill to
celebrate with great food and tons of fun for all
ages. Packages are built to suit your needs. Cosmic
bowling, an arcade and pool tables will keep your
group entertained. 814‑237‑8833; 1521 Martin St.,
State College;
Champs Sports Grill
Champs is a multi‑level bar and grill that of‑
fers a large American style menu with burgers,
pasta, pizza, steaks and much more. The venue
has spacious inside and outside areas, pool
tables, flat screen TVs and booth seating. Large
groups, sports teams and buses are welcome.
814‑234‑7700; 1611 N. Atherton St., State College;
Dante’s Restaurants, Inc.
From simple deli trays to dining for hundreds,
Dante’s can help take the hassle out of your event.
For over 50 years all of their food, including breads,
desserts, sauces, dressings and desserts is made
in‑house 100% from scratch. You can even book
space in any of their seven restaurants and night‑
clubs for events. Email [email protected]
for more information. 814‑234‑1344; 138 Moses
Thomson Lane, State College;
Gigi’s Restaurant & Wine Lounge
Old world sophistication meets modern elegance
in the beautifully renovated Gigi’s Restaurant
& Wine Lounge. Let Gigi’s host your next party
or luncheon. Visit to view their
large group menus and Tailgate Party Packs,
and call with for reservations or more informa‑
tion. 814‑861‑3463; 2080 Cato Ave., State College;
Happy Valley Catering by Pizza Mia!
Happy Valley Catering by Pizza Mia!, offers all of
the same deliciousness you are used to, plus any
a la carte catering menu you can dream up, such
as fresh‑baked salmon, roast beef, or one of their
uniquely designed dessert items. 814‑355‑3738;
106 N. Spring St., Bellefonte; bellefontepizzamia.
Kelly’s Steak & Seafood
Two private dining rooms accommodate parties
of up to 25 or 50 people, perfect for reunions,
rehearsal dinners and other special occasions.
Reserve a room and customize a menu to suit your
tastes and budget. The menu is structured with
a large selection to allow you to customize the
scope, style and cost. They will provide you with
personal assistance planning your event to make
sure every detail meets your expectation. The
Chef’s Fresh Sheet rotates every few weeks and
the desert menu rotates seasonally assuring the
freshest ingredients, including many locally grown
products. 814‑466‑6251; 316 Boal Ave., Boalsburg;
Lodge at Tussey Mountain
A beautiful facility year‑round, the Lodge at
Tussey Mountain will host your wedding, staff
retreat, picnic or other special events! They have
a fully equipped kitchen, bar and courteous
staff who will accommodate you in every way.
814‑466‑7976; 341 Bear Meadows Rd., Boalsburg;
Mad Mex
Wouldn’t it be cool if you could pick up
crowd‑sized quanti‑
ties of your favorite
Mad Mex dishes? Now
you can! Each tray is
designed to feed ten,
and comes with all
the plasticware and
plates you’ll need. Call
ahead to order your
Mad Party Tray. For
small orders, allow
at least two hours.
For multiple trays,
consider calling the
day before.
814‑272‑5656; 240 S.
Pugh St., State Col‑
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Mountain View
Country Club
Nestled amid Central
PA’s scenic splendor,
Mountain View’s Club
House is available for
banquets, holiday
parties, receptions,
anniversary parties,
business meetings
and other special
events. The Banquet
Facilities accom‑
Catering in Happy Valley
modate groups from 10 to 300. Large windows
surround the Ballroom and extend to the Patio’s
outdoor seating, providing breathtaking views
of Tussey Mountain and the Golf Course. Along
with our unrivaled atmosphere, we provide
impeccable service, award‑winning food and
beverage and superior customer satisfaction.
814‑466‑7231; 100 Elks Club Rd., Boalsburg;
Penn State Hospitality
Penn State University offers two full service
hotels, each with its own atmosphere and
up‑to‑date amenities. Both feature gracious ac‑
commodations, exceptional service, a choice of
dining experiences, and state‑of‑the‑art facilities
for conferences, banquets, and special events.
800‑233‑7505; Nittany Lion Inn & Penn Stater,
University Park;
Ramada Conference Center
The Ramada’s professional staff make your casual
or formal occasion a pleasure for everyone. With
over 20,000 square feet of meeting space, they
can accommodate small groups of 10 or large
group functions up to 350 persons with compli‑
mentary on‑site parking. The Ramada’s banquet
and conference menus have been designed to
provide a wide variety of affordably‑priced op‑
tions, always delivered with impeccable service,
award winning food and beverage and superior
customer satisfaction. 814‑238‑3001; 1450 S.
Atherton St., State College;
Zola Catering
Their catering represents the modern culinary
fashion of global fusion as well as the best of
traditional fare. They are committed to provid‑
ing their clients with innovative cuisine made
with the freshest ingredients, and an experience
heightened by exceptional service. Whether an
intimate dinner in your home, company event,
tailgating bash, wedding day celebration, or
holiday party, Zola offers complete full service ca‑
tering services tailored to meet your every need.
Allow our experienced event planner and profes‑
sional management arrange every detail on your
behalf. Meet with them to design a custom menu
tailored to your tastes and budget. For more
information, please email [email protected]
com or call 814‑237‑8474. 814‑237‑8474; 324 W.
College Ave., State College;
For a complete listing of Happy Valley caterers,
go to
To be included in
the catering listing,
email [email protected]
Zola Kitchen & Wine Bar Reopens with New
Delights for Gourmands
What’s the Same, What’s New, and What to Try
It’s open! Zola New World Bistro was shuttered for three
months, and while devoted fans waited and wondered,
some amazing things were happening. Purchased by
Chef Andrew Hufnagel and his father, Bob, who has
spent 35 years in management, the restaurant has
reemerged rebranded, remodeled and renamed. Now
named Zola Kitchen & Wine Bar, the restaurant is still a
benchmark of gourmet good eats in Happy Valley, with
some great new improvements. So what’s still the same,
and what can you expect this spring? Read on!
New American Cuisine
First, what’s the same? Zola Kitchen & Wine Bar main‑
tains its dedication to using exceptional local, seasonal
ingredients to create new American cuisine. This means
that its menu rotates seasonally to take advantage of
the best foods of each time of year. This spring, in the
inaugural months of the newly opened dining room,
it means old favorites like crispy whole red snapper along
with new offerings like beef tartare with waygu beef, truffle
aioli, crostini, quail egg, and parmesan, duck confit dump‑
lings and foie gras parfait.
“We are serving ‘New American Cuisine,’ which means we
take a melting pot of international dishes and create something
new,” Chef Andrew explains. “I take my influences and create
new American dishes, adding in molecular gastronomy touches
that artistically bring the plate together. I am bringing my experi‑
ence from Philadelphia to a small town that I know and love. I’ve
always wanted to bring excellent cuisine to State College – now is
finally my chance and I am very excited to do so.”
They have a sommelier available to help choose a wine selec‑
tion. Your table can choose a bottle, or you can choose a glass to
perfectly complement your plate and taste preferences. They’ve
added a climate‑controlled wine room which allows them to store
up to 200 bottles of wine in a temperature‑ and humidity‑con‑
trolled environment and cuvenee system which operates on nitro‑
gen gas, allowing them to dispense wine by the glass while keeping
the wines free from oxygen (which make them go bad). The bar
will feature live music on Friday and Saturday night as well as an
extensive selection of craft beer, brown liquors, and specialty cock‑
tails for relaxed post dining entertainment. You are going to have
to let anticipation build a bit on trying these wines and cocktails;
the liquor license is still in the process of transferring and Zola will
operate as BYOB until the transfer is complete sometime in May.
Hudson Valley duck served with red currant gastrique and
Peruvian sweet purple potatoes.
What’s New
“Can’t wait to try the ‘advanced culinary techniques’,” reads a
comment on Zola Kitchen & Wine Bar’s Facebook page. As word
spreads about the new menu, so does the excitement. New menu
offerings feature foams, gelification, spherification, sponges and
more advanced culinary techniques that are not available any‑
where else in the Happy Valley area, creating taste experiences
that are truly an adventure and delight. Even though the taste
experience is like nothing else available in the area, “Everything
is comfortable and approachable,” Andrew points out. “You are
not exploring anything completely out of the ordinary – we are
just making it with fresh, seasonal ingredients and plating it in
interesting way.”
And stay tuned for summer! “State College in the summer
is very exciting for chefs. That’s when the abundance of fresh,
local ingredients are available with peak flavor potential. Watch
for dishes like the heirloom salad with local heirloom vegetables,
balsamic caviar, burrata cheese and olive oil powder.”
For a flavor experience quite literally like nothing you’ve had
before, be sure to try Zola Kitchen & Wine Bar this spring! Serv‑
ing lunch and dinner seven days a week. Live music on Fridays.
Reservations recommended. Catering. Free parking after 5:30
p.m. 814‑237‑8474; 324 W. College Avenue, State College
Seven Mountains Wine Cellars Comes to the
Diamond in Boalsburg
New Location, More Ways to Get Your Favorite Wine!
Seven Mountain Wine Cellar’s
flagship location on Decker Road
is a destination in itself. Home to
their wine cellar, a beautiful tasting
room, and a breathtaking view of
the mountains, it’s a perfect place
to meet up with friends, try a new
wine, or to start out date night on
the perfect note with a wine tasting.
Now there’s somewhere even closer for Happy Valley fans: Seven
Mountains Wine Cellar is opening a new shop on the Diamond
in Boalsburg!
“Many people from State College call and want to know
where they can purchase wine closer to town...They asked and
we listened!” says Tracy from Seven Mountains. The new location
will be on the Diamond in downtown Boalsburg in the location
of the former n’V shop.
They will be open five days a week,
and will feature wine by the glass and
bottle daily along with all the current
wine selections for purchase. The shop
will carry all wines by the bottle that
are carried at the winery. Summer
hours will be adjusted to fit summer
events in Happy Valley. They will kick
off on Memorial Day, so make sure to stop in while you are in
Boalsburg for the Memorial Day festivities! You can celebrate with
a glass, or take home a bottle of your favorite wine.
Check their website for details and dates for Campfire
Nights between June and September. Find out more at or by calling 814‑364‑1000.
Pizza Mia! Keeps it Green, Local and Fresh
We hear the words all the time: green, local, fresh. “What’s wrong
with that?” Mel Jennings wants to know.
“If we have this common goal to do what’s right, good things
will happen.” She and husband John own Pizza Mia! in Bellefon‑
te, and words like green, local and fresh get thrown around a lot. “We are constantly sourcing local foods,” expressed Mel. “Our
produce is never warehoused.”
It’s not just the freshness factor that sets them apart – they are
on a mission to make the best quality with the best service. “Why
is it when a restaurant aims for good quality and good service,
that no one can afford it?” John wants to know. They feature a
$4.99 special on a large cheese pizza every eight weeks, selling
900+ pies the last time the special ran. Their every‑day‑priced
foods are as affordable as they are amazing – burgers featured on a
just‑baked bun are only $5.99.
Why are price points low and quality so high? And how? They
are dedicated to being involved in the local community in Happy
Valley by partnering with growers, grain mills and farmers, paying
employees fair market wages, and always giving back. “People ask
how we can afford to be so involved in the community,” John
says, “and I ask them how they can afford not to be.”
Mia! has big
plans for
2015. They
are building
their first
to produce
as much
fresh pro‑
duce as they
can beyond
the typical growing season. They also work with several local meat
suppliers for a noticeable difference in flavor and quality.
If you have still never tried Pizza Mia!, you are in for a treat.
It’s the kind of “pizza heaven” we are all looking for at a great price
and a quality that shows in every bite of perfectly molten cheese., 106 N Spring St, Bellefonte, PA 16823;
Summer is Almost Here! Continued from page 10
June 22 ‑ 28
3rd Annual Happy Valley Culinary
This is a seven‑day celebration of local food,
art of cooking and the chefs who prepare
them. Demos are scheduled throughout the
week and discounted, multi‑course fixed
price menus will be available throughout.
Beginning June 5
Tussey Mountain Summer Live Music
Festival and WingFest Nights
Tussey Mountain’s amphitheater has been
voted State College’s Best Place to See Live
Music. Summer live music festival:
CelticFest: June 5
Rusted Root: July 3
Wingfest: July 16, 23, 30, August 6, 13, 20
and 27
State College Brew Expo: August 15
June 16 ‑ 17
2015 Music at Penn’s Woods Festival‑mpw‑festi‑
Featuring four concerts on the Penn State
campus, MPW is a summer professional
orchestral and chamber music festival. Visit
the website as details are announced.
July 4 ‑ 6
Flavors of Happy Valley‑of‑july‑
Stay the weekend of the 4th and enjoy lodg‑
ing specials, discounts on purchases at local
merchants, restaurants, winery tours, State
College Spikes baseball games, museums and
other attractions.
July 5
Ice Cream Fest
10 a.m. ‑ 4 p.m., State College Municipal Building
At the conclusion of Flavors of Happy Valley
Week, enjoy 15 flavors of locally‑made ice
cream, face painting, magicians, Discovery
Space’s hands‑on exhibits, an ice cream
eating contest, Buttons
the Clown and balloon
animals, making ice cream
with liquid nitrogen, a
life‑sized Candy Land game
and and hourly events.
July 24 ‑ 25
Brings local and regional
jazz musicians together at
Talleyrand Park in Belle‑
fonte for big band, blues,
bop and more. Leading
the way in jazz and jazz
June 19 ‑ 20: 27th Annual Historic Bellefonte Cruise
May 29 ‑ 31
41st Annual Nittany Antique
Machinery Association Spring Show
Penns Cave, Centre Hall
For nearly 40 years, people from all over
the United States have traveled to the Penns
Cave grounds to enjoy this flea market
featuring more than 700 vendors. You’ll find
more than 800 tractors on display and more
than 40 parts vendors. The food is highly
recommended. Admission is free. Camping
is $10 for the weekend.
June 19 ‑ 20
27th Annual Historic Bellefonte Cruise
View an incredible array of classic cars and
motorcycles in Downtown Bellefonte. Fea‑
turing food and other vendors.
July 26
Last Cruise Car & Motorcycle Show
A “Best of the Best” car show on South Allen
Street, State College.
August 15
17th Annual State College Brew Expo
This celebration at the Tussey Mountain
Ski Resort celebrates beer appreciation, not
alcohol consumption. “Drink Less, Drink
the Best” is its motto.
August 18 ‑ 20
PSU Ag Progress Days
Penn State Ag Progress Days at Ag Progress
Fields in Rock Spring is the show for every‑
one who cares about Pennsylvania agricul‑
ture: the farmers, the consumers who benefit,
and the children whose future depends on it.
There’s plenty for children to see and do
as well—a kid‑safe tree climb, corn maze,
friendly bugs and farm animals.
August 21 ‑ 29
141st Centre County Grange Fair
Grange Fairgrounds, Centre Hall
Grange Fair is a family tradition, and as
campers arrive to stay at the Grange Park to
live for more than a week, it becomes a town
within a town.
General Info:
What’s in season:
Bellefonte, 8 a.m.‑noon Saturdays, Gamble
Mill parking lot
Downtown State College, 11:30 a.m.‑5:30
p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays at Locust Lane —
different vendors each day
North Atherton Farmers Market, 10 a.m.‑
2 p.m., Home Depot parking lot
Boalsburg, 2‑6 p.m. Tuesdays in the
Pennsylvania Military Museum parking lot
Lemont, 2‑6 p.m. Wednesdays in the
Millheim, 10 a.m.‑1 p.m. at the American
May 30
Trash to Treasure Tote‑It‑Away Sale
Beaver Stadium
Shop the donations students have made to
help the local community. Proceeds benefit
the Centre County United Way and its
partner agencies.
June 4 ‑ 7
PSU Alumni Weekend
Happy Valley Tours
Tour Happy Valley via The Segway Personal
Transporter. Choose from guided tours
of the Penn State campus, Rothrock State
Forest and Tussey Mountain nature tour
ski resort grounds. Tours begin and end at
Medlar Field at Lubrano Park.
May 23 through October 18, weekends
Sightseeing Lake Cruise at Seven
Points Marina, Huntingdon
Delivers a spectacular view of Raystown Lake
aboard the Princess Lake Cruiser.
Penns Cave and Wildlife Park,
Centre Hall
A guided, interpretive 45‑50 minute tour
of the water cavern by flat‑bottomed boat.
Penns Cave is the only Pennsylvania cave
on the National Register of Historic Places.
See glittering stalactites and stalagmites and
familiar shapes such as the Statue of Liberty.
Penns Cave also features a wildlife park tour,
a maze and combo packages.
June 27 ‑ 28
11th Annual Discovery Days
Lincoln Caverns & Whisper Rocks,
Discovery Days celebrates Lincoln Ca‑
verns’ family history, special historic tours,
workshops and children’s activities at special
2015 Homecoming Gears Up
Legacy Celebration Previews Fall Fun
Join the glory with Penn State
Homecoming as they instill pride
and tradition to students, fac‑
ulty/staff, and alumni! The 2015
theme, “A Legacy to Shape the
Future,” captures the success of
the past and inspires the future to
achieve the same level of motiva‑
tion and excellence. Homecom‑
ing Week remains a time for
the Penn State community to
celebrate the tradition and honor
of the University.
Homecoming is kicking off
the year with the Legacy Celebration that takes a peek into the
fall festivities. It will take place
on April 22 in the HUB Robeson
Center from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
What’s in store for this year’s
Homecoming? The lineup in‑
cludes old favorites as well as new
Photos courtesy of 2015 Homecoming Committee
events! Starting out on Sunday,
October 4, there will be a dance
competition with one another to best exemplify the 2015 theme.
competition and Homecoming concert. Pollock Party, an event The Best of Penn State Carnival, affectionately known as
that encourages first year students to get involved in Homecom‑
BOPS, invites the student body and community to enjoy food,
ing events, takes place Monday, October 5.
games, and endless fun on Wednesday, October 7. This outdoor
Past to Presents on Tuesday, October 6 connects the current
extravaganza ensures a friendly atmosphere for Nittany Lions
students to the history and tradition from preceding Penn Staters. throughout the Valley!
The same night, For the Glory Talent Show puts organizations in Alumni enjoy ice cream with current students at our Alumni
Ice Cream Social in the Hintz Family Alumni Center on Friday,
October 9. Later that evening, the State College streets will be
taken over by the largest collegiate parade in the country!
Check out the floats, bands, homecoming court, and honorary
guests as they strut their stuff.
Finally, Saturday, October 10, the Nittany Lions will take
on the Indiana Hoosiers at the Homecoming Football Game.
Don’t miss your chance to cheer on white and blue!
Hampton Inn & Suites
Williamsburg Square
By Jeff Cavanaugh
Planning to head out to Happy Valley for a football weekend or
just to visit the campus and need a place to stay? Look no further
than the Hampton Inn & Suites Williamsburg Square hotel in
State College.
Conveniently located less than five minutes from the campus
of Penn State University, the Hampton Inn & Suites Williams‑
burg Square Hotel is in the perfect location to allow travelers
from near and far to explore Penn State’s beautiful campus, have a
bite to eat in any of the fabulous downtown restaurants, or to just
bike, hike and tour the great outdoors.
You’ll feel right at home in one of their 71 stylish guest rooms
– each equipped with free high‑speed internet access. After you
get a great night’s sleep in one of the most comfortable beds in
State College, you can start your day with a wonderful, free hot
breakfast in their new breakfast area. And if you’re running late
to a meeting, you can pick up a Hampton On the Run® Breakfast
Bag on your way out the door any weekday.
With nearly 100 ‘Excellent’ reviews on the popular travel site
TripAdvisor, everyone that stays at the Hampton Inn & Suites
Williamsburg Square hotel leaves with a great experience. And
like one reviewer said, your stay at the hotel can be summed up in
five words: “clean, classy and excellent service.”
So the next time you are in Happy Valley for a game at Beaver
Stadium, a concert at the Bryce Jordan Center or just to visit
your favorite Penn State student, stay at the Hampton Inn &
Suites Williamsburg Square hotel located at 1955 Waddle Road
in State College.
For more information on one of Central Pennsylvania’s best
hotels, call 814‑231‑1899 or visit
Hampton Inn & Suites’ new breakfast area
Move to Happy Valley Continued from page 11
enough to make a day trip for a Pirate game.
Philadelphia to the east is little farther at just over three hours.
Be in Baltimore in under three hours or in New York City in four.
If you prefer flying, University Park Airport connects to De‑
troit, Philadelphia, Washington/Dulles, Chicago and has weekly
Saturday non‑stop flights to Atlanta (March 7 through August
A safe place
State College has been consistently ranked among the safest, most
secure places to live in the United States. Sperling’s Best Places –
which uses U.S. Census data in its reports – ranked State College
the safest small metropolitan area to live in the country out of
117 towns.
Meanwhile, Farmers Insurance Group of Companies ranked
State College No.2 behind Ithaca, N.Y. in its list of Top 20 most
secure small towns (fewer than 150,000 residents) in America.
This aspect of life in Happy Valley appeals especially to
families, young professionals and retirees looking for a place to
live where they get out and about enjoying recreation, events and
A sports fan’s dream
Happy Valley is home to the second‑largest American football
venue – and fourth‑largest on the planet – in Beaver Stadium.
The 55‑year‑old, 107,282‑seat complex that sits on the corner
of Porter Road and Park Avenue is the centerpiece of a town that
has almost countless venues and sporting options for the casual
fan to the diehards (‑stadium.
Penn State boasts 31 sports and many of them draw national
headlines including the football, basketball, wrestling and wom‑
en’s volleyball programs. Wrestling and volleyball have turned
in long streaks of dominance on the national stage the last few
seasons and call Rec Hall home. The men’s and women’s basket‑
ball teams play in the Bryce Jordan Center that also doubles as a
concert venue.
Penn State’s baseball team plays at Medlar Field at Lubrano
Park, also home to the State College Spikes, a Single‑A,
short‑season minor league affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinal
( The Spikes won their division in 2014,
but even non‑diehard fans love the community appeal of a minor
league team. Promotions, giveaways, kids’ activities and more
make Spikes game a major draw all summer long.
Hockey fans now have a state‑of‑the‑art facility to enjoy Divi‑
sion I hockey inside the Pegula Ice Arena. The arena will enter
its third year of use next season. The Pegula Ice Arena also features
a public sheet of ice that is open normally for public skating ses‑
sions (‑ice‑arena).
Football is, of course, the main draw – and the tailgate parties
that come each college football Saturday rival the main event. The
spectacle alone is worth a visit regardless of your fan affiliation.
Discover for yourself
For the creative and curious there are seemingly infinite ways to
spend your time in Happy Valley. Not every amenity, facility,
activity or opportunity is listed here but this guide should suffice
to get new visitors started.
If you’re making a permanent move or just visiting for a few
days, it won’t take much time to find a way to occupy your free
time. Newcomers will quickly find out that State College has a
bustling night life, a vaunted arts scene and plenty of wide open
space that are just waiting to be explored.
Beer & Wine in Happy Valley
Beer & Wine
Beer Belly’s Beverage
Beer Belly’s is State College’s downtown
beverage destination with plenty of parking,
convenient hours, and the widest selection
of beer, hard cider, and malt beverages. 814‑237‑BREW;
Brewsky’s Bottle Shops
Four locations featuring cold beer and
snacks to go. 814‑272‑1074
Happy Valley Brewing Company
Visit Happy Valley’s newest brewery and
restaurant in a 200‑year‑old barn and enjoy
hand‑craft beers, food from their wood
fired grill, and a great cellar music scene.
814‑234-4406; 137 Elmwood St., State
Happy Valley Vineyard & Winery
The Vineyard at Happy Valley Winery
produces specific varietals that transform
well into their stylistic wines. They strive
for perfection in the vineyard as well
as in the winery which in turn produces
flavorful crisp clean wines. 814‑308‑8756; The Hopshop Beer Market
Located directly under Z Bar and The Deli
Restaurant, The Hopshop is a takeout
beer boutique that features over 600
unique selections of American Craft and
Specialty Imported beer. With 21 cold
doors, mix‑your‑own 6‑ and 4‑packs as well
as a custom 8‑tap growler filling station that
allows you to bring your own for a refill,
or purchase one of theirs. The Hopshop
is a beer geek’s dream! 814‑308‑9808;
p.m., Sat. 10‑5
p.m., & Sun.
12:30‑4 p.m.
Liberty Craft House
Cocktails, wine and 35 draft beers (even
coffee!) are on tap at this innovative
industrial‑era appointed neighborhood joint.
Otto’s Pub and
THE place for fresh
food and fresh beer.
Their American
cuisine is made with
local ingredients,
and the beer is
brewed onsite. They get their beef from a
local farm, whose cows get to enjoy spent
grain of the brewing process! Many menu
items, like wings and fondue, feature
beers as a centerpiece. 814‑867‑OTTO
(6886), Brewery Orders 814‑470‑1394;
Mount Nittany Vineyard and Winery
They are your local vineyard & winery in
the heart of Lion Country and a Penn State
tradition for more than 20 years. Come visit
them at their mountainside location above
the historic village of Linden Hall and taste
their award‑winning wines. Winery tours
by appointment. Hours: Tues.‑Fri 1:30‑5
Seven Mountains Wine Cellars
Spend time at the tasting bar or join friends
on the spacious outdoor patio for a glass
of their award winning wines. Visit for a
winery tour and tasting. Located one mile
off of US Route 322 between Lewistown
and State College. 814‑364‑1000;
Zola Kitchen & Wine Bar
Featuring ingredient‑driven, seasonal
New American cuisine and exceptional
service (BYOB). COMING IN MAY: A new
climate controlled wine room with premium
by‑the‑glass wine pours, fine liquor and craft
beer at their full service bar. Serving lunch
and dinner seven days a week. Live music
on Fridays. Reservations recommended.
Free parking after 5:30. 814‑237‑8474;
For more places to shop
in Happy Valley, visit
Scan the QR code with your smartphone to find shops in Happy Valley
What to Do
Arts & Culture
Bryce Jordan Center
The Bryce Jordan Center, located on
campus, is centrally located within the state
of Pennsylvania and the only entertainment
facility of its size in the region. The 16,000
seat Bryce Jordan Center hosts circuses,
sports exhibitions, family shows, commence‑
ments, lectures, and Big Ten basketball, as
well as some of the top‑name performers
in the music entertainment industry.
Center for the Performing Arts
Penn State’s premier venue for performing
arts! Each year, dozens of performers take
the stage from comedians to musicians to
opera singers. 814‑863‑0255;
Palmer Museum of Art
The Palmer Art Museum, right in the middle
of campus on Curtin Road, has been the
leading art gallery in the area since its open‑
ing in 1972. Its bold facade was part of a
major renovation and expansion in 1993,
with the museum now housing 11 galleries.
Along with permanent fixtures, featured
exhibits change around the same time
semesters do; see their website for what’s
next and for related events. And...admission
is FREE! 814‑865‑7672;
The State Theatre
The State Theatre is a non‑profit community
theatre in the heart of State College. The
theatre is dedicated to servicing the Centre
County region by providing a venue for
performing arts, including, but not limited
to: music, theatre, dance, opera, indepen‑
dent and classic films, family programming,
and so much more. 814‑272‑0606;
Penn State All‑Sports Museum
The Penn State All‑Sports Museum is an
interactive delight for returning alumni
and visitors of all ages. Just follow the
canopy from Curtin Road into the southwest
corner of Beaver Stadium to find this
all‑inclusive archive of Penn State sports
history. 814‑865‑0044;
Happy Valley Hotspots
Lincoln Caverns
Discover Lincoln Caverns and Whisper Rocks,
where the splendor of nature’s handiwork
has been protected and preserved for your
visit since they were first discovered in 1930
and 1941. Explore winding passageways
and splendid rooms containing massive
flowstones, thousands of delicate stalactites,
pure white calcite and sparkling crystals.
Experience a fascinating and worthwhile
family adventure where special attention is
given to each and every guest—both the
young and young at heart. Enjoy a one hour
educational and entertaining interpretive
tour which includes both caverns for one
reasonable admission. Share the tradition of
three generations of hospitality, education
and cave conservation. Your visit will
remain a striking memory. 814‑643‑0268;
Northland Bowl
Northland Bowl offers more than your
average bowling alley. The location
features 32 brand new bowling lanes,
state‑of‑the‑art UV graphics for Cosmic
Scan the QR code with your smartphone to find fun in Happy Valley
Bowling and a top‑of‑the‑line scoring system.
Plus, don’t miss Northland’s interactive
games, music videos, billiards, arcade, or
full restaurant menu, bar, and takeout beer.
Penn’s Cave and Wildlife Park
Penn’s Cave is America’s only all‑water
cavern and wildlife park. Don’t worry about
the weather outside, it’s always 52 degrees
inside the cave. Plus, don’t miss their
amazing wildlife park with bears, mountain
lions, and even wolves. Take a break from
your everyday and head to Penn’s Cave!
Raystown Lake Region
Located in central Pennsylvania’s Allegheny
Mountains, Raystown Lake is the heart of
Huntingdon County and home to year round
outdoor fun. Check out bed & breakfasts,
lodges, campgrounds, and other places to
stay! 814‑658‑0060;
Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center
Penn State’s environmental center offers
fun and educational events for the whole
What to Do
community. Located in Petersburg, Shaver’s
Creek has hiking trails, hands‑on exhibits
and more. 814‑863‑2000;
State College Farmers Market
Tuesdays and Fridays host the State College
Farmer’s Market where you can find fresh
produce, organic foods, flowers, meats and
more in addition to live bands and entertain‑
ment that frequently stop by. Markets are
held on Locust Lane in Downtown State
College. Established in 1976, all members
of the farmers market are Happy Valley
State College Spikes
The State College Spikes are the Class‑A
affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals and offer
fun, affordable, family entertainment and
the chance to watch future Major League
Baseball players 38 nights from mid‑June
to September. They’re also the 2014 New
York‑Penn League Champions! Ticket prices
start as low as just $6! 814‑272‑1711;
Tussey Mountain
This all‑season resort has fun for families
and friends all year long—movies, concerts,
special events and more, plus the Fun
Center! Enjoy affordable, fun activities,
there’s something for everyone: Go‑Karts,
Golf, Centre Community Skate Park,brand
new Mountain Mini‑Golf course and zipline.
It won’t be long before the flakes are flying
and Tussey becomes your spot for winter fun,
too! 814‑466‑6266;
Vamos Lion Chariot
Choose Vamos Lion Chariot for ‘transportain‑
ment’ in one of their eco‑friendly pedi‑cabs
for sightseeing tours of Penn State and
downtown, romance excursions, parties and
more. Locally owned and operated, these
pedi‑cabs are bringing smiles to Happy Val‑
ley! 814‑ 404‑ 2782;
Way Fruit Farm
Six generations of the Way family have lived
on and worked the Way Fruit Farm. The
current farm store and cold storage facility,
originally built in 1958 by Elwood and Emily
Way, have been remodeled and expanded
in 2009, and now boasts a bakery and
café. There is also plenty of new retail space
where you’ll find their own fruits, and local
vegetables, meats, cheeses, milk, bulk
food items, canned preserves, apple butter,
pickles, relishes, salsas and so much more!
Movie Theaters
The State Theatre
The State Theatre in Downtown State
College is Happy Valley’s premier
entertainment venue. From concerts, to
musicals, to movies, the State Theatre
has it all. Check out the State Theatre’s
website for upcoming films and showtimes.
Tees, the golf course offers picture perfect
views of both Mount Nittany and Tussey
Mountain throughout the round. Mountain
View Country Club is known to have superb
playing surfaces; a favorite in the area
for the many who frequent the greens.
men’s and women’s golf teams make their
home. The Blue Course hosts the annual
Men’s Rutherford Intercollegiate and the
Women’s Nittany Lion Invitational, while
the White Course provides a challenging
alternative. Both are open to the public.
Tussey Mountain Par 3 Golf
The course is well maintained with quality
greens that are a good introduction for
beginning golfers, yet provide healthy
challenges to the best of golfers. The nine
whole, par three course is perfect for a quick
round to better your game. 814‑466‑6266;
Toftrees Golf Club
It’s been awarded 4 1/2 stars as one
of Golf Digest magazine’s places to play.
It’s rated as one of Pennsylvania’s “Best
Resort/Public Golf Courses.” Toftrees Golf
Club is a gem gently cradled in the heart of
Pennsylvania’s rolling green hills. Located
just 2 miles west of Beaver Stadium, this
Centre County gem offers 1500 acres of
rolling hills for a leisurely and refreshing
experience. 814‑238‑7600; toftreesgolf.
Penn State Golf Courses
Two 18‑hole courses ‑ Blue and White ‑ and
an array of practice facilities are where the
College 9
Located behind Lowes off North Atherton
Street. 814‑272‑3050;
Premiere Theater 12
Located next to the Best Western Inn
and Suites off East College Avenue.
Tussey Mountain ‑ Movies on the
Mountain (Summer Season Only)
Wegman’s Movie Nights
Golf Courses
Mountain View Country Club
Mountain View Country Club offers a chal‑
lenging 18‑hole layout that appeals to both
the experienced golfer and beginner. Mea‑
suring 6,427 yards from the Championship
Eating in Happy Valley
While in town, log on to for delivery and
takeout at all of your favorite State
College restaurants!
Angelo’s Pizzaria
Located in historic Boalsburg, Angelo’s offers
NY Style Pizza with great customer service.
Enjoy lunch or dinner off the beaten path of
students. 814‑466‑1980; 603 E. Boal Ave.,
Duffy’s Tavern
Dining at Duffy’s gives you a taste of the
past. The intimate dining room offers a full
fine dining menu, while the tavern is an au‑
thentic 19th century pub where it’s easy to
envision a rowdy crowd gathered around the
bar. They are also equipped with banquet
and meeting rooms. 814‑466‑6241; 113
E. Main St.,Boalsburg;
Kelly’s Steak & Seafood
Kelly’s has quickly become the premier
dining experience for steak and seafood lov‑
ers. Kelly’s chefs were trained at America’s
top culinary schools, and you’ll know it
when you take your first bite. The menu is
creative, but not overly exotic. Shipments
of carefully selected fresh beef, seafood
and poultry arrive daily. The Chef’s Fresh
Sheet rotates every few weeks and the
desert menu rotates seasonally assuring the
freshest ingredients, including many locally
grown products. 814‑466‑6251; 316 Boal
Ave., Boalsburg; kellys‑
Pump Station Café
Quaint coffee shop in an old pump station.
Grab a cup of joe on your way into work, or
enjoy breakfast, baked goods or lunch menu
items served all day. 814‑466‑6202; 103
E. Boal Ave., Boalsburg
The View at Mountain View
Surrounded by the premier golf course of
Mountain View Country Club, The View
Restaurant & Bar is open to the public
and great for any occasion. Guests enjoy
breathtaking views of Tussey Mountain
and Mount Nittany. Open daily for lunch
and dinner, guests can enjoy indoor and
seasonal outdoor dining. The View also
offers the best Sunday brunch in town and
happy hour specials with discounts up to
50% off. 814‑466‑7231; 100 Elks Club
Rd., Boalsburg;
Centre Hall
Whistle Stop Restaurant
This unique dining experience is just off
Route 45 in Centre Hall. Housed in an old
train station that was built in 1884, you
can see the original ticket window, the flag
station, a restored passenger car and a ca‑
boose along with the eatery’s old Victorian
railroad decor. Daily specials include Chicken
and Waffles on Wednesday, and Sunday
afternoon has a special menu featuring
the most comforting homestyle comfort
foods.814‑364‑2544; 104 E. Wilson St.,
Centre Hall
The Cafe
814‑641‑0170; 516 Washington St.,
Historic D, Huntingdon
Kelly’s Korner
The place to go for food, family, fun and
good times! Kelly’s serves up classic
appetizers, traditional bar food, seafood,
steaks, chicken and pasta. 814‑643‑4900;
1430 Pennsylvania Ave., Huntingdon;
Hublersburg Inn
One of Central Pennsylvania’s best kept
secrets, The Hublersburg Inn is a local
favorite for great food and drink. Be sure
to try their famous “hubie” burger or spicy
garlic ranch wings among other great
choices. The Inn is located in the heart of
Pennsylvania Amish country just six miles
from Lamar, exit 173 off of Interstate
80.814‑383‑2616; 449 Hublersburg Rd.,
Howard, PA;
Boxer’s Cafe
814‑643‑5013; 410 Penn St., Huntingdon
Serving the best beer and pub food in
Huntingdon County!
Bric A Brac Café & Catering
814‑644‑6568; 400 Penn St., Huntingdon
Donna’s Family Restaurant
814‑643‑6113; 6 Route 22 Plz,
Jackson’s Place
814‑643‑9985; 1100 Pennsylvania Ave.,
Stop in for good food, good fun and good
friends. Try their award‑winning wings and
visit them every Thursday for wing night.
814‑643‑0353; 221 13th St., Huntingdon;
Mimi’s Restaurant
Mimi’s relaxed atmosphere and friendly
staff provide the perfect place for faculty get
togethers, family outings, intimate dinners
or a meal after a day on the lake. Call
“Mimi” and she will help make your dining
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special. 814‑643‑7200; 312 Penn St. Suite
314, Huntingdon;
Ninth Street Market & Deli
814‑641‑7241; 416 9th St., Huntingdon
Village Tavern
814‑643‑3128; 9459 Main St, Huntingdon
Walt’s Cafe
814‑643‑5551; 422 Washington St.,
Woody’s Bar‑B‑Q
Imagine a restaurant with great food and
quick service, an easy‑going setting with
a comfortable atmosphere, and where the
highest quality is still considered “standard.”
Combine these features with a team‑orient‑
ed staff and that is what we at Woody’s
Bar‑B‑Q feel a neighborhood restaurant
should be! 814‑641‑7429; 7620 Lake
Raystown Shopping Center, Huntingdon:
Port Matilda
Port Matilda Hotel & Tavern
Enjoy classic American tavern fare at the
Port Matilda Hotel & Tavern. There are six
hotel rooms available. It is truly the best
place you have never been. 814‑692‑4097;
201 W. Plank Rd., Port Matilda
Way Cafe and Bakery
Simple country food using fresh, local ingre‑
dients. The homemade soup, fresh‑baked
bread, their own and local fruits and veg‑
etables, pork and cheese used throughout
their menu is what sets them apart. They
offer a lunch menu Monday through Friday,
with a full breakfast and lunch served on
Saturdays. Full menus are available on their
website. 814‑692‑5211; 2355 Halfmoon
Valley Rd., Port Matilda;
State College
The Aardvark Kafé
By offering items from both the former
Original Italian Pizza menu and their own
vegan creations, Aardvark has been able to
serve vegetarians and meat lovers alike!
Affordable prices in a rustic café atmosphere
make the Aardvark a great spot for students,
families and professionals on the go.
814‑238‑2400; 906 W. College Ave., State
Allen Street Grill
In the heart of downtown State College,
they offer traditional and contemporary
American cuisine, late night specials and
banquet facilities for weddings and events.
With an incredible view of the gates to Penn
State and its famous Mall, their porch is the
place to dine in downtown State College.
814‑231‑4745; 100 W. College Ave., State
American Ale House
The owners and Chef Agustin Aranguiz
are devoted to serving excellent food
in comfortable surroundings. With a
commitment to true hos­pitality, Chef Gus
offers an ever‑changing menu celebrating
and inspired by the best of each season.
They have a piano bar, the area’s only
steam bar, a sommelier, and a Sunday
brunch featuring a Bloody Mary bar.
814‑237‑9701; 821 Cricklewood Dr., State
The Arena Bar & Grill
The Arena not only offers an incredible
selection of fresh food on their menu,
including their famous award‑winning wings
and homemade pizza and sandwiches, but
also has an extensive beer selection and
handcrafted drinks as well as takeout beer.
Offers the NFL Sunday Ticket, karaoke, live
music, Texas Hold ‘Em tournaments, Team
Kelly’s Steak & Seafood
Trivia and much more. Daily entertainment
includes darts, billiards, NTN Trivia and Texas
Hold ‘Em. Daily food and drink specials and
fantastic drink features are available every
day, in addition to happy hour specials.
814‑237‑8833; 1521 Martin St., State
Baby’s Burgers and Shakes
Looking to go back in time? Baby’s
offers the best food (and shakes!) from
the 1950s in a retro diner atmosphere.
814‑234‑4776; 131 S. Garner St., State
bar bleu
Socializing and sports viewing awaits at
bar bleu. Two different levels, two different
styles, tons of personality and fantastic
drinks including their signature “Fishbowl”
concocted in its own 43 oz. tank! 22 HD
screens display every game every day
upstairs, while you’ll find live music and
a lounge vibe downstairs. Hungry? Their
kitchen serves up authentic Kansas‑City style
barbecue smoked onsite, including smoked
wings you’ll talk about! 814‑237‑0374;
114 S. Garner St., State College;
Bell and Whistle
Bell and Whistle is a mobile gluten‑free
bakery and creamery, providing handmade
baked goods and ice cream made from
local ingredients whenever possible. They
specialize in specialty! With a wide variety
of gluten‑free and vegan items, they can
accommodate your needs. They also do
catering and special orders! 814‑238‑5964;
2465 Buchenhorst Rd., State College;
Bill Pickle’s Tap Room
A casual bar with an open feel and good
drinks downtown on Allen Street just next
campus. Try the peanut butter wings or fried
pickles! 814‑272‑1172; 106 S. Allen St.,
State College;
Café 210 West
A favorite spot of students, alumni and
residents alike, the Cafe boasts the best
outdoor seating in the area. It provides a
front row seat on the patio to watch the
happenings of College Avenue, as well as
a secluded back patio for private functions
and a great tailgate atmosphere. While Café
210 West offers a great atmosphere for
a fun night out with friends, or a relaxing
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afternoon on the patio with a famous Café
Tea, they also offer great food at affordable
prices in their dining room. 814‑237‑3449;
210 W. College Ave., State College;
culinary gems among standard bar food, like
house‑made raviolis, Carpaccio, and fresh
soups. There are 45 varieties of beer on
tap. 814‑238‑7788; 1611 N. Atherton St.,
State College;
Carnegie Inn & Spa
Home to the “Best Fine Dining and “Most
Romantic Dining” in State College according
to readers of State College Magazine, dining
at Carnegie Inn & Spa is as spectacular as
it is relaxing. While their award‑winning
staff prepares your meal, you can relax
in the library and enjoy hor d’ouevres
while savoring a cocktail or glass of wine.
814‑234‑2424; 100 Cricklewood Dr., State
This all‑in‑one club, hookah lounge, and
cocktail bar is a fresh addition to the down‑
town State College bar scene. Come experi‑
ence the big‑city ambiance of Chrome and
take advantage of their daily drink specials.
814‑231‑0808; 222 W. Beaver Ave., State
California Tortilla
Adding to the list of fast casual downtown
eateries, California Tortilla’s focus on fresh
quesadillas, burritos and salads makes them
a major player in the Cal‑Mex movement.
Some of the unique staples featured on
the menu like the Bacon Chicken Ranch
Club Burrito and Caribbean Mango Salad
go hand‑in‑hand with the light, fun vibe of
the dining area. Also be sure to ask about
their catering options to add some flavor to
any special event. 814‑862‑9199; 322 W.
College Ave., State College;
Carvers Deli and Barbecue
Carvers Deli and Barbecue is a family owned
restaurant that prepares their food the way
others wish they could. Deli meats are
cooked in house, soups are homemade and
their wood smoked barbecue is always ten‑
der and juicy. They offer dine in, take out,
and delivery, and can meet all your catering
needs. 814‑237‑0620; 1633 N. Atherton
St., State College;
Champs Sports Grill
It’s the place to catch any big game on TV,
as Champs subscribes to a large array of
TV sports packages to broadcast any game
you’re looking for. The menu boasts some
Clem’s Roadside Bar & Grill
Clem’s Roadside Bar & Grill proudly serves
Clem’s world‑famous barbecue selec‑
tions in addition to wood‑grilled burgers,
steaks and other southern comfort foods.
814‑238‑2333; 1405 S. Atherton St.,
State College;
Corner Room
The “Corner of Hospitality” since 1926, the
Corner Room is a landmark at the corner
of College and Allen. The restaurant serves
up all‑American fare at great prices. A
must‑stop in Happy Valley! 814‑237‑4350;
100 W. College Ave., State College;
Cozy Thai
At Cozy Thai Bistro, they incorporate various
kinds of fresh herbs and spices as well
as imported Thai seasonings in their food
preparations, such as lemongrass, lime
leaves, Thai basil, coconut milk, tamarind,
and fish sauce, creating a perfect blend of
sweet, salty and sour flavors. Their menu in‑
cludes appetizers, soups, entrées, desserts,
beverages, as well as, many popular Thai
dishes, such as Pad Thai, Tom Yum, and Red
or Green Curry. 814‑237‑0139 ; 232 S.
Allen St., State College;
The Deli Restaurant
An American kitchen since 1973, they
serve up everything from New York‑style
deli sandwiches to comfort food and pub
favorites. Everything is always homemade
from scratch... soups, breads, sauces and
award‑winning desserts. Their food festival
feature menus are a must experience, check
their website for their current feature festival
menu. 814‑237‑5710; 113 Heister St.,
State College;
Dickey’s Barbecue Pit
Dickey’s Barbecue Pit prides itself on
authenticity, innovation and barbecue sauce,
one store at a time. With roots in Dallas,
Travis Dickey set out to perfect Texas‑style
barbecue. Dickey’s is one of the newest
eateries in State College and will certainly
satisfy all barbecue lovers cravings. Kids
eat free on Sundays! 814‑867‑2124; 333
Benner Pike (Behind Barnes & Noble, in
Bed, Bath & Beyond Plaza), State College;
The Dining Room (at The Nittany
Lion Inn)
The Dining Room at the Nittany Lion Inn
has been a Penn State tradition since
1931. The popular Sunday brunch features
waffles, omelets and carved meats, and is
a favorite for football weekends and holiday
meals, like Christmas, Easter and Mother’s
Day. Reservations are recommended.
814‑865‑8590; 200 W. Park Ave. State
Don Patron Mexican Grill
This newly established Mexican restaurant,
located in the Wal‑Mart Plaza, will bring a
taste of Mexico to State College! Besides
offering traditional Mexican food Don
Patron will provide Mexican beer, wine and
margaritas, as well as more family‑friendly
fare. 814‑861‑8700; 1653 N. Atherton St.,
State College
Down Under Steak House
This casual restaurant is the place for unique
dining featuring hearty appetizers and
delicious entrees, including steaks, chops,
chicken, pasta and seafood on the grill, as
well as fresh sandwiches and salads served
in a comfortable, smoke‑free family atmo‑
sphere. Their popular lounge offers specialty
cocktails, beers and wines. 814‑234‑8000;
1 Country Club Lane, State College; toftrees.
Eat’n Park
Casual, neighborhood restaurant known for
award‑winning food and friendly service.
Offering a full breakfast, lunch, and dinner
menu available anytime. Visit for authentic
espresso beverages, an in‑restaurant bakery,
and seasonal specials. 814‑231‑8558;
1617 N. Atherton St., State College;
Faccia Luna
A true neighborhood hangout highly
regarded for its authentic New York‑style,
award‑winning wood‑fired pizza. Mouth
watering fresh seafood on the weekends!
Italian cuisine homemade with only the best
and freshest ingredients. 814‑234‑9000;
1229 S. Atherton St., State College; fac‑‑college
Fasta & Ravioli Company
Fasta & Ravioli Company is a producer of
fresh artisan handcrafted pasta. All products
are made locally and sold in their shoppes
in State College (tucked away in an alley
off the Fraser Street parking garage)
and their new location in Pleasant Gap.
814‑238‑1133; 129 S. Fraser St., State
College & 157 W. College Ave., Pleasant
Gap; fasta‑
Fiddlehead Cafe
Fiddlehead is Happy Valley’s newest soup
and salad cafe. They make their soups
from scratch daily using fresh stocks, and
their salads are made to order using fresh,
locally sourced ingredients. 814‑237‑0595;
134 W. College Ave., State College;
Fraser Street Deli
Great sandwiches named after local legends
Eating in Happy Valley
Primanti Bros.
distinguish this small shop on Fraser Street.
814‑234‑1918; 109 S. Fraser St., State
Fuji & Jade Garden
Eat in or take out Japanese Steakhouse and
Sushi bar. Fuji dinners are prepared with
100% cholesterol‑free margarine and pure
vegetable oil. One of the most important
reasons for the freshest, prime quality
vegetables and fish and the finest cuts of
beef and poultry, aged and trimmed to their
demanding specifications. 814‑861‑3226;
418 Westerly Parkway, State College;
The Gardens Restaurant (at the Penn
The Penn Stater’s restaurant offers
sophisticated dining, and classic cuisine with
an American flair. This restaurant also offers
guests a sumptuous Sunday brunch and the
expansive America’s Bounty Buffets on both
Friday and Saturday evenings. Reservations
are recommended. 814‑863‑5090;
215 Innovation Blvd., State College;
Gigi’s Restaurant & Wine Lounge
A tremendous addition to the Happy
Valley food scene! Old world sophistication
meets modern elegance in the beautifully
renovated Gigi’s. Seasonal chef‑prepared
menu, plus small plates and extensive drink
options. Patio seating is available when
weather permits. Friday and Saturday nights
are Martini Nights and feature a Raw Bar
beginning at 5 p.m. 814‑861‑3463; 2080
Cato Ave., State College;
The Greek
Founded by John Dimakopoulos, the same
man as the original Waffle Shop, The Greek
offers the same customer service and deli‑
cious cuisine you have come to expect. The
Greek’s menu is filled with your favorite au‑
thentic and traditional Greek dishes. Located
behind the Waffle Shop on North Atherton
Street. 814‑308‑8822; 102 E. Clinton Ave.,
State College;
restau­rant in a 200‑year‑old barn and enjoy
hand‑craft beers, food from their wood
fired grill, and a great cellar music scene.
814‑234 4406; 137 Elmwood St., State
& restaurant, 154 menu items varied
enough for all tastes, locally owned and
operated. Homemade, Hometown, Home
D! 814‑237‑7777; 1820 S. Atherton St.,
State College;
Harrison’s Wine Grill & Catering
A modern, chef‑centric restaurant, located
inside the Hilton Garden Inn, Harrison’s is a
casual favorite for local foodies. Local chef/
owner Harrison Schailey sources locally and
seasonally for this globally‑inspired menu,
from over 25 local farms and purveyors
including popular Otto’s microbrews.
Service is outstanding and the atmosphere
is casual and friendly. Open for lunch and
dinner seven days a week. 814‑237‑4422;
1221 E. College Ave., State College;
Visit for breakfast and enjoy their signature
pancakes, or stop in later in the day
and choose from their burgers, fried
chicken, salads and other dinner classics.
814‑238‑1049., 1661 S Atherton St.,
State College;
Herwig’s Austrian Bistro
Everything at Herwig’s is prepared fresh
every day. The bratwurst is made in‑house
from local pork and they now bake
their own bread. They also offer at least
one vegetarian dish daily. Big selection
of delicious dessert like Apfelstrudl,
Sachertorte, and their famous bacon‑based
desserts…At Herwig’s you will find
a fun and unique dining experience.
814‑272‑0738; 132 W. College Ave., State
Green Bowl
Fill your mind, body and bowl. Choose your
meat, veggies and other goodies, then
mix in your sauces and stir fry on the spot.
814‑238‑0600; 131 W. Beaver Ave., State
Hi‑Way Pizza
A State College tradition for over 50
years, Hi‑Way offers over 29 varieties of
hand‑spun pizzas with an endless combina‑
tion of toppings. They’ve got a pizza for
everyone! Their vodka “flaky” crust pizza
is simply a must have! Hi‑Way uses only
the freshest local and imported ingredients
available to make their unique pizzas,
pastas and desserts. Hi‑Way delivers, and
you can even order on your smart phone!
814‑237‑0375; 1688 N. Atherton St.,
State College,
Happy Valley Brewing Company
Visit Happy Valley’s newest brewery and
Home Delivery Pizza Pub
More than just pizza! Full service bar
Inferno Brick Oven & Bar
With a casual yet sophisticated atmosphere,
Inferno is a place to see and be seen.
Lunch and dinner boasts a contemporary
Neapolitan brick‑oven experience featuring
a focused menu of artisan pizzas and other
modern‑Italian plates. Night transitions to a
boutique ultra lounge featuring the area’s
most talented DJs, a lit dance floor, and
a full‑service bar offering premium pours
and bottle service for you and your friends.
814‑237‑5718; 340 E. College Ave., State
India Pavilion Exotic Indian Cuisine
Enjoy an upscale and elegant meal in one
of State College’s most unique restaurants.
Lunch buffets offered 7 days a week 11:30
a.m. to 2:30 p.m. with a wide variety
of vegetarian and non‑vegetarian dishes.
Selection changes daily. 814‑237‑3400;
222 E. Calder Way, State College;
Irving’s, where bagels are made by boiling
then baking, where delicious sandwiches
are made to order, where espresso beans
are ground right before brewing, where
smoothies start as fresh, whole fruit, where
salads are crisp and soups are simmering.
814‑231‑0604; 110 E. College Ave., State
Joie De Crepe
For a taste of Europe, enjoy gourmet crepes
Eating in Happy Valley
and waffles inspired by French and German
cuisine. Both sweet and savory options are
available on their budget‑friendly menu.
Locally‑produced teas, coffee, vegetarian op‑
tions, wait service and outdoor seating are
available. 814‑753‑1777; 428 E. College
Ave., State College;
Banh Mi. 814‑237‑7505; 432 College Ave.
State College;
Liberty Craft House
Cocktails, wine and 35 draft beers (even
coffee!) are on tap at this innovative
industrial‑era appointed neighborhood joint.
Italian wine selections and over 15 selec‑
tions by the glass, Mario’s is a seven‑time
consecutive Wine Spectator and Wine
Entheusiast award winner. 814‑234‑4273;
1272 N. Atherton St., State College;
Ni Hao
Ni Hao, located in the Northland Center,
offers a variety of buffet style Asian‑fusion
cuisine including a dim sum bar, sushi bar
with 30 varieties and a stir fry bar. The stir
fry is made to order in their open kitchen
using fresh ingredients and the cooking
style (wok, grill or hibachi) of your choice.
814‑238‑8838; 255 Northland Ctr., State
KAARMA Indian Cuisine
Indian cuisine is known around the world
for its diversity and its distinctive use of
spices in creating a wide range of dishes,
from mild Kormas and Tikka Masalas to the
spicier Vindaloos. Discover these delicious
homestyle meals, from traditional Indian
curries to sumptuous grilling foods, perfect
for any occasion. 814‑238‑8141; 120 E.
Beaver Ave., State College;
Local Whiskey
This is the place FOR whiskey. It offers over
250+ types of whiskey, whiskey tasting
flights and unique cocktails. They feature
a full late night menu and Direct TV sports
on their 360‑degree TVs. They are open
365 days a year, from 11 a.m ‑ 2 a.m.
814‑272‑6831, 107 E. Beaver Ave., State
Kimchi Korean Restaurant
Kimchi offers traditional and contemporary
Korean cuisine, including Korean BBQ, rice
dishes, seafood, noodles, soups, stews and
vegetarian dishes, All meals are served
with six side dishes and hot tea. They also
offer a weekday lunch special for $6.99
(11:30 a.m.‑2:30 p.m.). 814‑237‑2096;
1100 N. Atherton St., State College;
Luna 2 Woodgrill & Bar
From the owners of the classic State College
restaurant Faccia Luna comes Luna 2, serv‑
ing residents and visitors on the east side
of town. The restaurant features wood‑fired
pizza and fresh homemade pasta, as well as
wood‑grilled baby back ribs, BBQ ribs, home‑
made meatloaf, award winning burgers and
fresh seafood. 814‑234‑9009; 2609 E.
College Ave., State College; luna‑
Kildare’s Irish Pub
Great Irish‑feel bar near the east side of
Penn State’s campus. 814‑272‑0038; 538
E. College Ave., State College; statecollege.
Mad Mex
At Mad Mex, they spin an American food
mashup of Mexican, Southeast Asian and
Spanish. They aren’t scared to put fun things
together if they taste good. Just about
everything is made from scratch daily. From
burritos to sizzling fajitas to chimichangas,
Mad Mex offers big plates and big flavors
with plenty of beer and tequila to wash it
down. Viva la Margarita! 814‑272‑5656;
240 S. Pugh St., State College;
Olde New York
Mixing old world flavors with American
tastes, and serving up everything from
steaks and unique sandwiches to traditional
favorites like stuffed cabbage, Olde New
York is a shining star on the east side of
town. Near the mall, yet not too far from
“the back way” to Beaver Stadium, the
bar and restaurant’s dark wood tables and
booths are as inviting as the big selection of
high‑end beer. 814‑237‑1582; 2298 E. Col‑
lege Ave., State College;
Mario’s Italian Restaurant
With pasta made from scratch, hand‑tossed
wood‑fired pizza, rotisserie wood‑grilled
chicken and sauces made fresh daily, it’s
easy to see why Mario’s is authentically Ital‑
ian. Mario’s Original Vodka Sauce is so good
that they’ll even let you take a jar home.
With a list of over 550 unique imported
Otto’s Pub & Brewery
Since 2002, Otto’s is THE place for
award winning craft beer and fresh food.
Their American cuisine is made with local
ingredients, and the beer is brewed onsite.
They get their beef from a local farm,
whose cows get to enjoy spent grain from
the brewing process! Many menu items,
Legends (at the Penn Stater)
This casual pub offers classic dishes for lunch
and dinner in a warm atmosphere. Have a
beer with friends and catch the game or enjoy
a delicious meal with the whole family. Huge
sandwiches, salads and appetizers are fea‑
tured. 814‑863‑5080; 215 Innovation Blvd.,
State College;
Lemongrass Vietnamese Café
This new addition to State College comes
courtesy of the owners of local favorite
Green Bowl. Lemongrass offers authentic
Vietnamese dishes such as Pho, Bun, and
Noodles & Co.
A new addition to the downtown State
College area, Noodles & Co. offers
something for everyone with American,
Asian and Mediterranean meal options.
This “fast‑casual” restaurant combines the
ordering style of a fast food joint with the
delivery and table service of a restaurant.
814‑235‑0703; 244 W. College Ave., State
such as wings and fondue, feature beer as
a centerpiece ingredient. They also offer a
wide variety of distilled spirits and popular
red and white wines. Family friendly, locally
owned, and dedicated to customer satisfac‑
tion are some of the reasons Otto’s is an
eating and drinking destination of choice!
814‑867‑6886; 2235 N. Atherton St.,
State College;
Pho 11
Pho 11 offers a delicious selection of Viet‑
namese dishes including Pho, a traditional
dish of broth, noodles, meat, coriander and
onions, served with sides of bean sprouts,
teas and popular sauces like Sriracha and
hoisin. 814‑231‑1367; 146 N. Atherton
St., State College;
P.J. Harrigan’s
The award‑winning Ramada Conference
Center’s onsite restaurant is packed with
authentic memorabilia from the sports and
entertainment worlds. Enjoy the best happy
hour in town weekdays from 4 to 7 p.m.
and Sundays 6 to 8 p.m., featuring $5 ap‑
petizers plus drink discounts up to 50% off!
Or stop in for an express lunch with P.J.’s
soup & salad buffet, available 11 a.m. to 2
p.m. daily, always fresh with two hot soups,
a hot entree, fresh bread and a variety of
salads for $7.49! 814‑235‑3009; 1450 S.
Atherton St., State College;
Primanti Bros.
You can now get a taste of the edible Pitts‑
burgh institution right here in State College.
Take a bite out of a Primanti Bros. signature
sandwich, topped with a generous serving of
crunchy, tart coleslaw and crisp French fries
piled high on top of soft Italian bread. They
also offer a top‑notch selection of pizza,
wings and snacks that will put the pickiest
eaters in a good mood. Open late! Serving
until 2 a.m. Sunday, Monday and Wednes‑
day, and until 3 a.m. Tuesday, Thursday,
Friday and Saturday. 814‑862‑9367; 130
Hiester St., State College;
Eating in Happy Valley
Quaker Steak & Lube
With nearly 30 flat‑screen TVs and its famous
wings, Quaker Steak and Lube is the perfect
place to gather with friends and watch a
sporting event. 814‑237‑5823; 501 Benner
Pike, State College,
Rey Azteca
Tempt your taste buds at Rey Azteca Mexican
Restaurant. You simply won’t find another
Mexican restaurant in the area that serves
such a diverse range of Mexican cuisine.
From enchiladas to chile rellenos, they
make all of your favorites fresh to order.
866‑421‑1290; 485 Benner Pike, State
Pizza, Pasta, Perfect! That’s how loyal
customers describe their menu. Freshly
prepared chicken, veal, seafood, salads,
homemade sauces and plenty of vegetarian
and gluten free options. 814‑238‑8463;
250 E. Calder Way, State College;
Rumors Lounge at The Atherton
Rumors Lounge offers appetizers, homemade
soups, salads and sandwiches in addition
to a full dinner menu. With a variety of
specialty cocktails and drinks, Rumors is a
favorite spot to enhance formal business
meetings at the end of the day or the ideal
location to begin a perfect evening or conver‑
sation. 814‑231‑2100; 125 S. Atherton St.,
State College;
Sadie’s Gourmet Waffles
The newest contestant in the breakfast
arena is Sadie’s Gourmet Waffles. Serving
up baked goods, coffee and you guessed
it, waffles, Sadie’s is a great spot for those
suffering from an early morning sweet
tooth. And they aren’t just any waffles.
Made from dough instead of the traditional
batter, these Belgian delicacies have a rich,
full flavor and won’t break the bank. In
fact, nothing on the menu will run you more
than $6. 814‑954‑4156; 118 S. Pugh St.,
State College
Spats Café & Speakeasy Restaurant
Serving the best of Cajun and Creole, Spats
offers the best of New Orleans. Stop in and
try one of many new fantastic offerings for
lunch and dinner. Their menu offerings are
priced to fit anyone’s appetite and pock‑
etbook. Closed Sundays. 814‑238‑7010;
142 E. College Ave., State College;
Sweet Frog Frozen Yogurt
At Sweet Frog, their goal is to create the
best frozen yogurt experience you’ve ever
had. Stop in to create your own delicious
frozen yogurt combination and then load
it up with as many fresh toppings as you
can choose. One visit and you’ll quickly see
why many people around the country are
embracing Sweet Frog. 814‑238‑9500;
281 Northland Center, State College;
Tadashi offers a variety of traditional
Japanese dishes as well as some from other
cuisines that will surely pique your interest.
814‑308‑9132; 206 W. College Ave., State
prime rib are their specialties. Serving dinner
from 5 p.m. seven days a week. Dinner at
The Tavern… a long‑standing tradition in
State College and Penn State since 1948.
814‑238‑6116; 220 E. College Ave., State
The Waffle Shop
THE place for breakfast, The Waffle Shop
starts your day with fresh omelets, pancakes
and of course, waffles. Also serving lunch.
814‑235‑1816; 2 locations: 1610 W. Col‑
lege Ave, State College; 1229 N. Atherton
St., State College;
814‑308‑9826; 320 E Calder Way, State
Zola Kitchen & Wine Bar
Featuring ingredient‑driven, seasonal
New American cuisine and exceptional
service (BYOB). COMING IN MAY: A new
climate controlled wine room with premium
by‑the‑glass wine pours, fine liquor and craft
beer at their full service bar. Serving lunch
and dinner seven days a week. Live music
on Fridays. Reservations recommended.
Free parking after 5:30. 814‑237‑8474;
Webster’s Bookstore Café
Webster’s new site is twice the size of the
past Allen Street location. Now Webster’s
boasts an extensive and primarily local and
organic menu, a used bookstore with over
10,000 titles, Stax of Trax Record Shop
and community events such as open mics,
book readings and yoga. 814‑272‑1410;
133 E. Beaver Ave., State College;
Tarragon Room at The Atherton
Tarragon offers breakfast, dinner and room
service menus. Well known for its creative
menus, relaxing and lovely atmosphere
and meals that are as delicious as they are
beautifully prepared, Tarragon is a great
choice for any meal. While Tarragon boasts
an elegant atmosphere, guests are encour‑
aged to dress casually and comfortably.
814‑231‑2100; 125 S. Atherton St., State
Whiskers (at The Nittany Lion Inn)
The casual lounge at the Nittany Lion Inn
serves soups, salads, sandwiches and
includes a full bar. Whiskers is open daily
for lunch, dinner and late‑night dining, and
offers seasonal outdoor seating on the
garden patio. Their menu offers items made
from local and seasonal ingredients for the
freshest taste, and now includes a wide
variety of vegan and vegetarian options.
814‑865‑8580; 200 W. Park Ave. State
Ye Olde College Diner
Home of the Grilled Sticky, this is a
must‑stop location to experience State Col‑
lege. 814‑238‑5590; 126 W. College Ave.,
State College;
The Tavern Restaurant
Relax among the rare and historic
Pennsylvania lithographs and memorabilia
at The Tavern. Fresh seafood, veal and
Yummy Cafe
A variety of Chinese food that can only
be described as “yummy.” Order online
or make reservations on their web site.
Good Seed Baking Co.
Good Seed Baking Co.
With the philosophy that gluten‑free should
taste good, Good Seed Baking Co. is
dedicated to turning local ingredients into deli‑
cious treats. With a menu featuring breads,
macaroons, cookies, cakes and fresh pasta,
they are a one‑stop‑shop catering to the needs
and concerns of the gluten‑free community
without sacrificing taste. Vegan options are
also available and the bakery is committed
to green practices and preserving the environ‑
ment. 814‑238‑1133; 129 S. Fraser St.,
State College;
Where to Stay
Fairfield Inn & Suites State College
upstairs and experience a Happy Valley
landmark. 814‑692‑4097
The Atherton Hotel
Enjoy all the comforts of a full‑service
boutique hotel conveniently located just
one block from Penn State University in the
heart of downtown State College. Amenities
and conveniences include complimentary
use of Penn State’s pools and Natatorium
and of The North Club, Lionheart, and Titan
exercise facilities; on‑site exercise facilities;
affordable in‑room dining; Lodgenet movies
and on demand television; local shuttle
services; large, comfortable guest rooms;
full service conference and banquet facilities;
covered parking; and warm and welcoming
staff and service. The Atherton is within
walking distance to most all university and
downtown restaurants, shops, and venues.
Belinda’s Port Matilda Hotel
Enjoy the best American cuisine and tap
beers with its own unique atmosphere in
Port Matilda, minutes from downtown State
College. Stay in one of the special rooms
Best Western Plus University Park
Inn & Suites
Come stay at one of the newest hotels
in Happy Valley. The Best Western Plus
offers a hot, complimentary breakfast each
morning, an indoor pool and hot tub, a
fitness area and a very friendly staff. The
hotel also prides itself on being eco‑friendly.
Carnegie Inn & Spa
Located in the Toftrees area of State
College, the Carnegie Inn & Spa is another
of those Happy Valley mainstays that
everyone seems to talk about. Boasting
one of the fanciest dining facilities in the
area, the AAA Four Diamond‑award winning
property is also a striking place to stay.
Twenty rooms and two suites are individually
decorated and have foyers, ceiling fans and
tall, sunny windows. PSU Parent and Alumni
Discount Plans ‑ 15% off our room rates.
Fairfield Inn & Suites State College
When visiting Happy Valley, choose the
Fairfield Inn & Suites State College for your
business or leisure travel. Minutes from Penn
State University, Bryce Jordan Center, Beaver
Stadium, and Medlar Field, the Fairfield is less
than five years old and offers an ideal location
and award‑winning service. Spacious guest
rooms feature luxury bedding, coffeemaker,
high‑speed Internet, and individual climate
control. After a substantial complimentary
breakfast buffet, visit the fitness room and
the beautiful indoor pool next to a charming
outdoor patio. The Fairfield Inn & Suites is
truly a cost‑effective and enjoyable place to
enjoy your State College trip. 814‑238‑3871;
Fairfield Inn & Suites Huntingdon
The Platinum Award‑Winning Marriott
Fairfield Inn & Suites Huntingdon Raystown
Lake Hotel is just minutes from Raystown
Lake and Juniata College. This Raystown
Lake hotel features 83 guestrooms and
suites and is easily accessible to boating,
fishing and hiking activities available
at Raystown Lake. 814‑643‑3672;
Fairfield Suites Lock Haven
When visiting Lock Haven and Happy
Valley, choosing the Fairfield Inn & Suites
Scan the QR code with your smartphone to find a restaurant
for your business or leisure travel is a great
choice. Our hotel is just minutes from all
the attractions Lock Haven has to offer,
including Lock Haven University campus,
the Little League Museum, Penn State
and Beaver Stadium, and all the excellent
dining options in the area. 570‑263‑5034;
Hampton Inn & Suites Williamsburg
Step back in time when you come to the
Hampton Inn & Suites hotel in State College
at Williamsburg Square. Their colonial‑style
hotel in State College has the old‑world
feel of the Revolutionary period, but boasts
modern amenities and convenience to
almost everywhere you want to be in town.
Headed to Penn State? The campus is just a
mile away. Want to explore downtown State
College? Just four miles from their lobby.
Holiday Inn Express
This friendly, award‑winning hotel is located
just off Interstate 99/U.S. 220 (322 By‑
pass) minutes from downtown State College
and in the heart of Centre County. Situated
only five minutes from campus, Beaver
Stadium, and the Bryce Jordan Center, the
Where to Stay
hotel features newly updated guest rooms,
lobby, breakfast area, and fitness room. The
boardroom has meeting space for eight and
the Williamsburg Room has space for up
to 75. With a free breakfast each morning
and four popular restaurants within easy
walking distance, the Holiday Inn Express
State College is a great place to stay!
Northland Motel
Northland Motel, conveniently located near
campus off North Atherton, offers moder‑
ately priced accommodations with weekly
and monthly rates available. The Northland
Motel adjoins Northland Bowling and
Recreation Center and The Arena Bar & Grill.
Free Wi‑Fi is offered along with other room
amenities. 814‑237‑1400; northlandbowl.
Nittany Lion Inn
Located 1.1 miles from downtown, it’s the
only hotel on campus. Amenities include a
fitness center, putting green, gift shop, free
internet, and conference and banquet facili‑
ties. Food and beverages available through
the dining room and on‑site Whiskers
Lounge. AAA Four Diamond Award Hotel;
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Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel
Located three miles from downtown, you’ll
find fun, food, and friends at the Penn Stater.
Amenities include a pool, fitness center, free
internet, and conference and banquet facili‑
ties. Dine in the onsite Gardens Restaurant or
Legends Lounge. 814‑863‑5050;
Quality Inn Milesburg
Located off exit 158 of I‑80, the Quality
Inn Milesburg is just 11 miles from State
College. Features include a complimentary
continental breakfast, on‑site lounge, indoor
pool, and fitness center. Offering an afford‑
able lodging option with easy access to
Penn State University, Beaver Stadium, and
the Bryce Jordan Center. 814‑355‑7521;
SpringHill Suites State College
One exit from Penn State, SpringHill
Suites by Marriott State College is the only
all‑studio suite choice among local hotels.
Enhanced by service that will delight both
the business and leisure traveler, this smart
and stylish hotel is a breath of fresh air,
designed to enrich your travels. Enjoy sepa‑
rate spaces to work and relax, along with
thoughtful amenities to help you get the
most out of your stay, like free high‑speed
Internet access, a pantry with mini‑fridge,
coffee maker, and microwave with a
comfortable seating
area including a
pullout sofa bed.
After a rejuvenat‑
ing sleep in their
signature bed, start
your day with their
free Suite Seasons
hot and healthy
breakfast buffet.
An indoor pool and
workout facility
provide the perfect opportunity to unwind.
“Friends hosting friends” is their motto.
Toftrees Golf Resort & Conference
Central Pennsylvania’s only Golf Resort
and Conference Center is nestled amid
1,500 scenic wooded acres in beautiful
Centre County, Pennsylvania. The view is
inescapable. Sophistication and charm are
reflected in every direction. Elegance and
a relaxed ambiance surround you amid
the splendor of this natural and pristine
setting in the heart of Pennsylvania’s
panoramic landscape. 814‑234‑8000 or
Days Inn Penn State
Located centrally downtown. Full‑service,
indoor pool, fitness center, internet,
conference and banquet facilities with a
business center. Mad Mex and Brewsky’s
Bottle Shop located on‑site. 814‑238‑8454;
Carnegie Inn & Spa
Located in Toftrees, one mile from Penn
State University, the Carnegie Inn & Spa
offers guests luxurious accommodations
with 21 uniquely appointed guestrooms,
each with a private soaking tub and Frette
Linens. Voted “Best Fine Dining” in State
College, the Carnegie Inn & Spa is a AAA
Four Diamond award‑winning property and
is perfect for corporate retreats, intimate
small weddings, and family reunions.
The boutique hotel offers travelers the
comforts, charm, and warm hospitality of
a European Country Inn. 814‑234‑2424;
Comfort Suites
Relax and recharge at the Comfort Suites,
located behind T.G.I. Friday’s off of North
Atherton Street. Enjoy room to breathe with
their 100% non‑smoking suites, indoor pool
and spa, fitness room, free Internet, and de‑
luxe continental breakfast. 814‑235‑1900;
Country Inn & Suites
Relax at the brand new Country Inn &
Suites, located one mile from downtown
and PSU. Enjoy a deluxe hot breakfast
buffet in their grand breakfast area, freshly
baked cookies on arrival, and refrigerators,
microwaves, and safes in every room.
Econo Lodge Bellefonte
Located five miles from downtown in historic
Bellefonte. Free internet and free breakfast.
Hilton Garden Inn
Located 1.7 miles from downtown.
Includes a pool, fitness center, free internet,
conference facilities, and business center.
Harrison’s Wine Grill and Catering on site.
Nittany Budget Motel
Located 3.1 miles from downtown. Offers
Internet, free coffee, and light breakfast.
Brewsky’s Bottle Shop located on‑site and
Gigi’s Restaurant adjacent to the property.
Pet friendly. 814‑238‑0015;
Quality Inn
Located 1.7 miles from downtown. Internet,
conference room. Free deluxe breakfast. Pet
friendly. 814‑234‑1600;
Ramada Conference Center
Located 1.4 miles from downtown. Indoor
and outdoor pool, recreation center, free
internet, business center, conference and
banquet facilities. P.J. Harrigan’s restaurant
on site. 814‑238‑3001;
Rodeway Inn
Rodeway Inn is only two blocks from Penn
State University and one mile from down‑
town State College. Beaver Stadium and
the Bryce Jordan Center are just two miles
Toftrees Golf Resort & Conference Center
Where to Stay
away. Enjoy a free continental breakfast
as well as free high‑speed Internet access.
Sleep Inn
Designed to dream at the State College
Sleep Inn, located behind T.G.I. Friday’s off
of North Atherton Street. Your satisfac‑
tion couldn’t be simpler at the Sleep Inn,
featuring over‑sized showers, free breakfast,
high speed Internet, and fitness center.
Super 8
Located 1.7 miles from downtown. Fitness
center, internet, gathering room, and free
breakfast. Brewsky’s Bottle Shop next door.
Bed & Breakfasts
Centre Mills Bed & Breakfast
Stay in their lovely 1813 mill‑owner’s
home, which is listed on the National Reg‑
ister of Historic Places. Their fully‑restored
stone house sits on 26 acres in the heart
of Brush Valley’s Amish farm community
but they are still close by to restaurants and
shopping! 814‑349‑8000;
Chatelaine Bed and Breakfast
Located six miles from Penn State’s campus,
the Chatelaine Bed and Breakfast offers a
luxurious escape for visitors and alumni.
The Chatelaine was built in 1841 and
serves as a perfect getaway in the shade
of Tussey Mountain. Spend a night in one
of the Chatelaine’s Empire/Federal‑style
rooms, featuring fireplaces, canopy beds,
and private baths, or book your wed‑
ding, bridal shower, or anniversary party.
Bed & Breakfast at the Rock Garden
A scenic 10‑minute drive from State College
is the small village of Oak Hall, between
Lemont and Boalsburg, and home to the
Bed and Breakfast at the Rock Garden. The
farmhouse‑style B&B has five guest rooms,
each with its own private bathroom. Another
bonus: each room has a gorgeous view
of either Mt. Nittany or Tussey Mountain!
Hublersburg Inn
One of Central Pennsylvania’s best kept
secrets, The Hublersburg Inn is a local favor‑
ite for great food and drink. Be sure to try
their famous “Hubie” burger or spicy garlic
ranch wings among other great choices. The
Inn is located in the heart of Pennsylvania
Amish country, just six miles of Lamar exit
173 of Interstate 80. 814‑383‑2616;
Carnegie Inn & Spa
Located in Toftrees, one mile from Penn
State University, the Carnegie Inn & Spa
offers guests luxurious accommodations
with 21 uniquely appointed guestrooms,
each with a private soaking tub and Frette
Linens. Voted “Best Fine Dining” in State
College, the Carnegie Inn & Spa is a AAA
Four Diamond award‑winning property and
is perfect for corporate retreats, intimate
small weddings, and family reunions.
The boutique hotel offers travelers the
comforts, charm, and warm hospitality of
a European Country Inn. 814‑234‑2424;
Mountain Hideaway
Only 20 minutes from State College,
Mountain Hideaway is tightly nestled in the
mountains of the Black Moshannon Forest
in the borough of Port Matilda. The beautiful
facility is equaled by its surroundings and com‑
plemented by the warm hospitality of its staff.
Each of the guestrooms offers a queen‑sized
bed, full private bath, gas fireplace, central
air, DirecTV, and high‑speed wireless internet.
Our Fair Lady B&B
Located just nine miles from Penn
State’s campus lies Our Fair Lady, a
Victorian Bed & Breakfast. Built in 1883,
this historic property features four guest
rooms with queen‑sized feather beds.
Enjoy the sights and sounds of downtown
Bellefonte located just blocks away. Escape
the commotion of downtown State College.
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Purple Gate Guesthouse
Located in scenic Birmingham, 4 miles south
of Tyrone, the Purple Gate Guesthouse is
easily accessed from I‑99. Great fishing is
a short distance away at the Little Juniata
River or Spruce Creek. Enjoy a stay at a
country getaway! 814‑684‑7806; purple‑
Rest and Repast Reservation Service
Rest and Repast B&B Reservation Service
fulfills a lodging shortage during peak PSU
football weekends, PSU commencement,
and other special events. Rates include
breakfast and range from $165 to $200
a night double occupancy. All properties in
the State College area are within 1 to 6
miles of Beaver Stadium. Properties within a
short drive are between 7 to 16 miles of the
stadium. 800‑262‑2655;
The Cottage at Over the Moon Farm
For those in need of a quiet getaway in
farm country, look no further than The
Cottage at Over the Moon Farm. Located
in Rebersburg, just 45 minutes from State
College, the cottage is tucked away in a
corner of their working farm. The grounds
include a garden, bonfire ring, picnic
area, a hammock and barn verandah. The
cottage itself has room for 1‑2 people,
providing a three‑room open layout with
a bed, futon, kitchenette, bathroom with
shower and attached porch. For more
information including pricing and availability
visit or email [email protected] 814‑349‑2697
The Queen
Enjoy an evening of Victorian pastimes year
round. Relax by the fireplace in the foyer
surrounded by a collection of antiques.
Common areas for guests include a Victorian
parlour with working victrola, player piano
and steroptic viewer. Sit on the front porch
and listen to the quiet while sipping a mint
tea and watch the neighbors enjoy caring
for their beautiful homes. Walk to the
historic commercial district and purchase
that unique gift or enjoy fine dining in a
charming Victorian village. 814‑355‑7946;
Weiler Mansion B&B
Located just 30 minutes from State College,
this historic B&B offers three rooms with a
tremendous view, and incredible hospitality.
Step back in time as you explore our rural
heritage among one of Pennsylvania’s
Amish communities. If your life is complex,
get back to the simple basics with a visit to
their bed and breakfast. 717‑483‑6736;
Lodges, Cabins &
Aaronsburg Farm Stay at
Woodward Crossings
Experience the ambiance of Woodward
Crossings’ two private vacation suites
with fully equipped kitchens. Choose
one of their convenient packages (from
romance to fishing and relaxation) for
a stay in the heart of Amish Country.
Where to Stay
Bear Country Cabin
Located outside of Lock Haven, a short
drive from State College and 15 minutes
from I‑80, the newly remodeled cabin
has everything you need for a weekend
get‑a‑way. The cabin sleeps eight comfort‑
ably and features a fully stocked kitchen
and satellite television amongst other
amenities. Build family memories that last a
life time and experience nature at its finest!
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Happy Kamping in Happy Valley! Come
experience all natural and rural beauty
mixed with the rich culture of nearby Penn
State University. We invite you to try some
fly‑fishing in the best native trout streams
in the east. Drop a line for the big bass
in nearby Bald Eagle State Park, or stay
right on the campground and fish in our
stocked fishing pond. Explore one of the
many caves, visit Victorian Bellefonte, Piper
Aviation Museum, or view Amish farms.
Black Moshannon Lodge
Nestled in the nearly 4,000 acres of the
Black Moshannon State Park, the Black
Moshannon Lodge is a perfect place to
stay for a getaway in the great outdoors.
Your hosts, Curt and Tracy, provide all
the comfort of your home—full kitchen,
modern bathroom, beds for up to eight
guests (with linens!), and a large back
porch with a fire ring. 814‑592‑8859;
Happy Valley Retreats
Planning a last‑minute weekend trip to
Happy Valley? Happy Valley Retreats
has you covered since 1999! Their
well‑maintained properties are inspected and
approved for the safety and comfort of their
guests. 866‑466‑9955;
Huntingdon Hideaway
Huntingdon Hideaway is located on the
Little Juniata and near Raystown Lake.
This three‑bedroom home that comfort‑
ably sleeps eight is a wonderful place to
stay for a getaway in the great outdoors.
There is an activity for everyone. If you
want to relax, you can take an Amish tour,
check out the winery, shop for antiques,
or even bird watch. If you are the more
adventurous type, there are trails for hiking,
biking, running, cross‑country skiing, and
horseback riding. This area also offers
boating, fishing, and water sports. After a
long day of activities you will come home to
a comfortable living room and fireplace, full
kitchen, satellite TV, air conditioning, and
even an outdoor fire ring. 412‑289‑8222;
Ingleby Lodge
A private Pennsylvania fly fishing lodge
located in Central PA, between Penn
State (conveniently 25 minutes for PSU
Football Fans) and Bucknell University. The
three‑Story hand hewn log vacation home
is situated in the Appalachian Mountain
Range, just off of Ingleby Road between
Camp Woodward Action Sports Center and
the quaint Fly Fishing town of Coburn, PA ‑‑
where Elk,Pine and Penn’s Creek meet and
was host to the U.S. National Fly Fishing
championship. The Lodge is convenient yet
secluded for all of your Central PA vacation
needs. 814‑360‑5145;
Mountain Acres Lodge
The secluded lodge is only 15 minutes from
Beaver Stadium and equally convenient to
the many other area attractions. The lodge
boasts a great room that opens three stories
to a widows walk, a commercially‑appointed
kitchen, two full baths, and a grand
fireplace, and seating surround. Private
bedrooms are located off the second and
third floor balconies. 814‑364‑1508;
The Queen
Nature Inn at Bald Eagle
The Nature Inn at Bald Eagle is unlike
any place in the Pennsylvania State Park
system. Nestled within the natural beauty of
Bald Eagle State Park, in the very center of
the state, the Inn combines the comfortable
amenities of an inviting bed and breakfast
with sweeping views and door‑step access
to year‑round land and water activities.
Their walls of windows, huge decks, private
balconies, and patios immerse you in
nature and provide you with an unequalled
natural experience. 814‑625‑2879;
Raystown Lake Region
Located in central Pennsylvania’s Allegheny
Mountains, Raystown Lake is the heart of
Huntingdon County and home to year‑round
outdoor fun. Check out bed & breakfasts,
lodges, campgrounds, and other places to
stay! 814‑658‑0060;
Ridge Retreat
Rethink your visit to Penn State. Add one
day to your weekend and make it a mini va‑
cation. Or better yet, spend a whole week at
Raystown Lake. Stay in a 4200‑square‑foot
timber‑framed mountain home with four
bedrooms and three full baths. Take advan‑
tage of fishing in Raystown Lake or biking
the certified trails, judged by the American
Mountain Biking Association to be the best
on the east coast. Canoe and kayak on the
Little Juniata River below the dam. Fly fish
the stream where Jimmy Carter fishes just
below Alexandria, PA. This magnificent prop‑
erty is 33 miles (40 minutes) from Penn
State. 610‑644‑7097;
The Cottage at Over the Moon Farm
For those in need of a quiet getaway in farm
country, look no further than The Cottage at
Over the Moon Farm. Located in Rebersburg,
just 45 minutes from State College, the
cottage is tucked away in a corner of their
working farm. The grounds include a garden,
bonfire ring, picnic area, a hammock and
barn verandah. The cottage itself has room
for 1‑2 people, providing a three‑room
open layout with a bed, futon, kitchenette,
bathroom with shower and attached porch.
For more information including pricing
and availability visit overthemoonfarm.
com or email [email protected]
For more accommodations in Happy
Valley, visit
Fine Line Homes
Home Builders
Fine Line Homes
Fine Line Homes builds beautifully
customized homes to fit your
dreams, needs, and lifestyle.
They are dedicated to building
energy‑efficient homes with
extraordinary quality, stunning
designs, and the delightful
amenities that enhance life’s
every moment. Your ultimate
new home experience begins with
Fine Line. They are the area’s
exclusively‑licensed Woman Centric
home builder. 814‑237‑5581;
Local Services
PA –
Planning a last minute trip to
Happy Valley? Wondering who
still has rooms available for
football season? PA‑Reservations
has had you covered since 1999!
With a click of a mouse, you’ll
gain access to inns, guest rooms,
resorts, cabins and houses! Their
well‑maintained properties are
inspected and approved for the
safety and comfort of their guests.
Heritage Realty
Heritage Realty’s experienced
real estate professionals can help
you rent, buy or sell real estate in
State College and the surrounding
Centre Region. 814‑231‑0101;
Salons, Spas &
The ESSpa at the Carnegie
ESSpa is owned and operated by
Hungarian skin care expert, Eva
Kerschbaumer, who also founded
ESSpa Kozmetika in Pittsburgh.
This award‑winning facility has
been recognized as “The
Tussey Mountain
Scan the QR code with your smartphone to learn about living in Happy Valley
Best Spa in America” by the
publication Industry Source and
the “Best Skincare” in Western
Pennsylvania by Pittsburgh Maga‑
zine. 814‑380‑9772;
Athletic Clubs of State
Join Athletic Clubs of State College
for $30! Access to all clubs!
Unlimited Group Fitness Classes
for just $15 a month! Additional
fees for Martial Arts and CrossFit
programs. More classes, more
choices! Athletic Clubs of State
College offers more Group Fitness
classes than any club in the area
‑ there’s something for everyone!
Gyms that comprise the Athletic
Clubs include the North Club, Lion‑
Heart, Crossfit LionHeart and the
LionHeart Annex. 814‑237‑1510;
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