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Haunted Happy Valley

Everyone likes a good ghost story, and here in Centre County we have our fair share of them. The haunted places in and around Penn State lend a little mystery and fun for those looking for a story and an adventure. Whether it be a first-person encounter with paranormal activity or a ghost-lore story passed…


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Haunted Happy Valley

Top spots for cocktails (& mocktails) in Happy Valley

There’s no shortage of great bars in Centre County, whether you’re looking for a quick bite, a cold beer or an upbeat scene. But when a well-crafted drink calls your name, here are some of the most popular creations at the top spots for cocktails in Happy Valley. The Tavern/Adam’s Apple Enter The Tavern through…


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Top spots for cocktails (& mocktails) in Happy Valley

New Things to See and Do in Centre County in 2019

Whether you are making a return trip to Centre County or planning an inaugural visit, you’ll find plenty of things to see and do – including a plethora of new offerings just waiting to be discovered. Spend time here and you will find enhanced ways to: enjoy the natural beauty of Happy Valley; savor delicious…


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New Things to See and Do in Centre County in 2019

A Foodie’s Outdoor Seating Guide for Restaurants in Centre County

There are lots of reasons to love this area, but let’s be honest: the long winters is often not at the top of the list. But that just makes sunny days and mild breezes feel extra special, and there are lots of outdoor dining options to enjoy when the weather cooperates. Be ready to take…


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A Foodie’s Outdoor Seating Guide for Restaurants in Centre County

Tour of the Best Burgers Near State College

State College is becoming known for its varied cuisine options and its plethora of talented chefs, who are pairing increasingly local ingredients in creative ways. But let’s face it:  A college town without a decent burger joint (or pizza place!) cannot survive. So it’s no wonder State College is thriving, because we have a ton…


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Tour of the Best Burgers Near State College

Take a Tour of Centre County’s Best Bed & Breakfasts

Visitors have a strong to desire to feel like a local and go home with a story or two. Sometimes a chain hotel experience isn’t exactly what they’re looking for when they are planning out where to stay and what to do. It is the people we meet and the unique experiences that make the…


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Take a Tour of Centre County’s Best Bed & Breakfasts

Best Restaurants for Dates and Romantic Getaways Near State College

  There are plenty of places across Centre County in which to spark romance. If you’re looking to branch out from your usual Netflix-and-wine combo this month — or any other — try pairing two or three of these instead.   Romantic Restaurants   Gigi’s Southern Table Gigi’s is, upon first impression, beautiful and cozy,…


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Best Restaurants for Dates and Romantic Getaways Near State College

Top Places to Meet in State College, Pennsylvania

From award-winning hotels and conference centers to the largest adventure-based team-building course on the East Coast, State College, Pennsylvania, is ready to host your group at a destination that is affordable and filled with great hospitality. As home to Penn State University, State College combines state-of-the-art facilities and accommodations with close proximity to nightlife and…


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Top Places to Meet in State College, Pennsylvania

Digitally Disconnect in Centre County

Image: The Arboretum at Penn State In our high-tech, social media-crazed society, it’s getting increasingly easy to look back on a single day and tally up the rare moments when your phone was not in your hands or just out of reach. Can you even remember the last time you turned it off entirely for…


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Digitally Disconnect in Centre County

5 Reasons State College is a World-Class Destination for Cyclists

Central Pennsylvania’s State College—also fondly known as Happy Valley—is best known as home to Penn State University. But beyond the Nittany Lions, Happy Valley is a world-class hub for cyclists, home to everything from wooded singletrack to smooth road rides. Cycling has also been enthusiastically embraced in State College and the surrounding Centre Region of…


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5 Reasons State College is a World-Class Destination for Cyclists

The 5 Best Trail and Ale Pairings Near State College

Nestled in what is practically the geographic center of Pennsylvania, you’ll find a region that abounds in outdoor recreation, education and employment opportunities as well as the arts, entertainment and some of the country’s best local eats and drinks. The engine that drives this region is the Pennsylvania State University. Located in downtown State College…


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The 5 Best Trail and Ale Pairings Near State College

8 Must-Visit State Parks in Pennsylvania’s Centre County (and What to Do in Each)

When it comes to outdoor recreation in Pennsylvania, there’s no better place than Centre County. State College, which is also known as Happy Valley is a community nestled against the Appalachian Mountains and home to Penn State University, picturesque landscapes, and abundant state parks. From paddling crystal-clear lakes to summiting mountain peaks, there are endless ways…


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8 Must-Visit State Parks in Pennsylvania’s Centre County (and What to Do in Each)

The 8 Best Hikes Near State College, PA

Situated in Central Pennsylvania between the big cities of Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, State College is a charming college town that’s a world unto itself. It’s nestled against the Appalachian Mountains in an area known as Happy Valley, and is home to Penn State University, more than 42,000 students, and outdoor adventures galore. Stories differ on…


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The 8 Best Hikes Near State College, PA

An Angler’s Guide to State College: The Best Places to Fish in Centre County

Central Pennsylvania’s State College is a truly happy place for avid anglers. It’s recognized as one of the Keystone State’s best trout fishing destinations with more than 216 miles of trout fishing waters. But trout is not all you can catch in the areas waterways, perch, catfish, and bass are also abundant. Whether you fly fish…


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An Angler’s Guide to State College: The Best Places to Fish in Centre County

Locals Weigh in on Their Favorite Outdoor Things to Do Near State College

State College, Pennsylvania, may be best known as a college town, but that’s not the only reason that people decide to spend time there. Located in central Pennsylvania and surrounded by protected forest, State College is filled with outdoor experiences to enjoy that have nothing to do with a football field. Locals have long known…


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Locals Weigh in on Their Favorite Outdoor Things to Do Near State College

The Insider’s Guide to Mountain Biking in Rothrock State Forest

Emblematic of the ruggedly spectacular Ridge and Valley region of the Appalachian Mountains, central Pennsylvania’s 96,250 acre Rothrock State Forest treats adventure lovers to a medley of panoramic ridgelines, rhododendron-sprinkled valleys, spruce-fringed wetlands, and vast swaths of mixed-oak forest. Located just outside the town of State College, the massive state forest is also emblazoned with…


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The Insider’s Guide to Mountain Biking in Rothrock State Forest

Nightlife: State College After Dark

  State College is a playground for a variety of tastes and lifestyles. Whether you like outdoor activities, retail therapy or intellectual pursuits, this area is ripe with opportunities each and every day. But nighttime is the right time to experience a whole other side of State College – and we don’t just mean the…


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Nightlife: State College After Dark

How to Spend 48 Hours in State College

Ah, State College. For many visitors, coming here is a pilgrimage back to ye olde college stomping grounds. But others travel to Central Pennsylvania on business or for reasons unrelated to tailgates or graduation; they never drank the Nittany Lion Kool-Aid and are not sure what all the blue-and-white hype is about, or where to…


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How to Spend 48 Hours in State College

How to Spend 24 Hours in Penns Valley

The History of Penns Valley State College may be the heart of Centre County, but the rolling farmlands, meandering creeks and quiet beauty of the surrounding valleys is part of what makes this area such a great place to live and visit. And it doesn’t get prettier than Penns Valley. Gen. James Potter, a farmer,…


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How to Spend 24 Hours in Penns Valley

How to Spend 24 Hours in Boalsburg

The History of Boalsburg Just a few miles from State College down Rte. 322 East is Boalsburg, a quaint little village with a rich history and a proud heritage. The village was mostly developed between 1809 and 1848, and was named Boalsburg in 1820 after the influential Boal family, whose 200-year-old estate is now a…


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How to Spend 24 Hours in Boalsburg

How to Spend 24 Hours in Bellefonte

History of Bellefonte As home to Penn State University’s main campus, State College gets most of the glory in Centre County. But a beautiful borough 12 miles to the north has been an important piece of Pennsylvania’s history. Bellefonte, settled in 1795 and incorporated in 1806, is the county seat and has produced five of…


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How to Spend 24 Hours in Bellefonte

State College, Penn State & Centre County Museums for $10 or Less

Wanna do a little exploring on the cheap, and learn something along the way? Check out one of these local museums or specialized libraries. None cost more than $10 to get in, and all will show you something you’d never seen before. Penn State All Sports Museum – Any sports fan will appreciate a trip…


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State College, Penn State & Centre County Museums for $10 or Less

11 Can’t Miss Locations for Photos on the Penn State Campus

Penn State University Park is a spawling campus that provides tons of breath-taking backdrops for your photos. For many alumni, there are locations on campus that hold special meaning both while they were a student and during their returns to the area. Here are 11 “can’t-miss” locales throughout campus where you can grab a memorable shot to share on your social…


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11 Can’t Miss Locations for Photos on the Penn State Campus

Penn State Football Tailgating

  Do you know how to tailgate like a pro at Penn State? There is one overriding reason Penn State consistently ranks among the best tailgating colleges in the country. And that reason is not the quality of our burgers or the winning record of our team. It’s the camaraderie and spirit of our fans,…


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Penn State Football Tailgating

Can’t Miss Breakfast Spots and Coffee Shops

When it comes to yummy ways to start your day in State College, many think of the Belgian beauties at The Waffle Shop or the buttery grilled stickies at The Corner Room. Of course, there are tried-and-true chains like Perkins, Cracker Barrel and Panera Bread, not to mention Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts, that serve delicious…


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Can’t Miss Breakfast Spots and Coffee Shops

Fun Things To Do With Kids in State College

Tons of families converge in State College for one main reason in the fall: Penn State football. But many alumni who are happy to be back in the valley for a few days bring with them something they didn’t have when they were Penn State students:  Kids! Hitting up Berkey Creamery and snapping pics at…


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Fun Things To Do With Kids in State College

Experience State College & Centre County Like a Local

Are You a True State College Local? Whether you’ve lived here for decades or are just settling into our region, there are many levels to being “local.” From standards like Arts Fest to deep tracks like Meyer Dairy, here are several ways to experience the area like a true local at every level. Hit Up…


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Experience State College & Centre County Like a Local