Monthly Archives: June 2012

Free Visitor WAKE-UP Reception July 3

The HCVB Visitor Wake-Up Receptions continue each Tuesday morning from 9:30-10:30 a.m. through August 14, 2012, at the Raystown Lake Region Visitors Center in the Seven Points Recreation Area.

The Wake-Up Reception series is a great place to learn all about the fun things to do and great places to visit in the Raystown Lake Region. The series continues with special events planned each week on Tuesdays through August 14.

Each visitor reception typically includes 14-22 displays and door prizes from area attractions, eateries, and shops; free snacks while supplies last, a door prize drawing for a free pass for two to take Seven Points Marina’s Sightseeing Tour aboard the Princess Lake Cruiser on Tuesday afternoon.

Tuesday, July 3:
  • Special guest poet Gabriel Welsch reading from his book
    “The Death of Flying Things”
  • Food sponsor Standing Stone Coffee Company
About “The Death of Flying Things”
Welsch’s third collection of poems, The Death of Flying Things moves through three seasons in Pennsylvania’s breathtaking center. Within, read what it feels like to ride the oldest roller coaster in the world (located in Altoona), hear the roiling tensions at the bar near Malcolm Cowley’s birthplace (in Cambria County), consider the threat and fragility of flowers, hear what smoke means in November in Pennsylvania, and note the unlikely combination of black walnuts and baseball.

Upcoming Wake-Up events:

Tuesday, July 10 

Special guest TBD
Food sponsor: Walmart of Huntingdon
Tuesday, July 17
Special guest artist Leah Davis Dell of Vintage Art Glass and The Foxy Grape with “Stained glass treasures of Huntingdon County”
Food sponsor Hoss’s Steak & Sea House Huntingdon
Tuesday, July 24
TBD

Tuesday, July 31

Special guest Standing Stone Coffee Company discussing “Coffee from bean-in-the-field to cup-in-your-hand”
Food sponsor TBD
Tuesday, August  7
Children’s Book Author Amanda Jenkins with her book “The Italian Hand Story”
Tuesday, August 14
Special guest TBD
Food sponsor Fairfield Inn & Suites Huntingdon Raystown Lake
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A Few Words About Our Partners

Although the Huntingdon County Visitors Bureau is the lead agency for promoting the Raystown Lake Region to tourists, we certainly don’t do it in a vacuum.  We are a small agency with only three full-time, one part-time, and two seasonal part-time employees.  We work cooperatively with a number of organizations that deserve recognition for what they do for us!

The Brand USA and their website designed to promote the United States of America to foreign travelers,  DiscoverAmerica.com is a new partner for the Raystown Lake Region.  The mission of Brand USA is to encourage increased international visitation to the United States and to grow America’s share of the global travel market. In doing so, they aim to bring millions of new international visitors who spend billions of dollars to the United States, creating tens of thousands of new American jobs.

The Pennsylvania Tourism Office within the Department of Community and Economic Development is our state marketing partner at VisitPA.com.  While the state funding for this office has been drastically cut over the last five years, VisitPA.com and it’s social media affiliates, as well as the state travel planner and Pursuits magazine are still great resources for all things tourism in Pennsylvania.

The Alleghenies Tourism Council is a nine-county tourism region in south-central Pennsylvania, and is administered by the Southern Alleghenies Planning and Development Commission.  This region has two websites promoting its tourism assets.  TheAlleghenies.com is targeted toward the individual outdoor enthusiast with lots of great resources for hiking, fishing, boating, bicycling, motorcycle riding, winter recreation, ATV riding, and more.  TourAlleghenies.com is an itinerary planning tool targeted toward groups large and small that are interested in experiencing the region.  A “group” could be as small as a single family, or as large as a convoy of buses.

Within Huntingdon County, we are involved with another promotional alliance called the Huntingdon Area Information Partnership.  This group, consisting of the Visitors Bureau, Huntingdon County Chamber of Commerce, Huntingdon County Business and Industry, Huntingdon County government, J.C. Blair Memorial Hospital and Juniata College, works together to provide reliable information about the county, and provides a central virtual gateway to that information at HuntingdonArea.info.

There are dozens more organizations and media outlets that we affiliate with or buy into, but those listed above are our true partners in promoting the Raystown Lake Region as a destination for tourists.

Thank you!

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Last Minute Fathers Day Ideas

Okay, you’ve only got four days to plan something for dad! What do you do?

We have some ideas for you that dad is sure to appreciate, all of which you still have time to pull-off!

    1. Weekend getaway in the Raystown Lake Region:  If dad loves the water, why not rent a houseboat from Seven Points Marina  or Lake Raystown Resort Lodge and Conference Center?  It is impossible to find accommodations any closer to Raystown Lake than a houseboat!  These are perfect for the dad who loves to fish, swim, kayak, grill, and/or drive a boat.  Plus mom and the family get the comforts of home with fully equipped kitchens, and bathrooms, not to mention comfy beds!  Other types of accommodations are also available this weekend from camping to bed and breakfasts, cabins and vacation homes.  Visit Raystown.org/places-to-stay to hone in on exactly the type of lodging you are looking for!
    2. Nostalgia and Ice Cream: Is dad the guy who loves cars, or is he the guy who has fond memories of riding the streetcar through his hometown?  Why not treat him to a visit to the Swigart Automobile Museum, and take him for a ride and an ice cream treat at the Rockhill Trolley Museum? Other great places to reminisce are the Isett Acres Museum, Altoona Railroaders Memorial Museum, and the Broad Top Area Coal Miners Historical Society Museum.
    3. The Bird’s Eye View: Take dad on a road trip he’ll never forget.  Stop at Jo Hays Vista on Route 26 for a bird’s eye view of Happy Valley, then let him interact with raptors at Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center.  After that, head south to Ridenour Overlook and Hawn’s Overlook for great views of Raystown Lake.  Get back on Route 26 south then turn right onto 164 west to check out the views from atop Tussey Mountain on your way to a surprise helicopter tour of Raystown Lake or the Horseshoe Curve with Pine Bottom Aviation!  Check out this Google Map for directions and suggested places for eating along the way!
    4. Buck the System: Admit it, there’s something mesmerizing to almost all dads about cowboys riding bucking broncos and bulls!  If this describes your dad, then you need to get him tickets to the Central Pennsylvania Rodeo this weekend! Add in some great vittles, and dad can settle into the grandstand at the Huntingdon County Fairgrounds, and have a mighty fine time!  Yee Haw!
    5. The Old Standbys with a Different Twist: So, the old standby is more your speed for a Fathers Day gift…The RLR has you covered there too!  Want a sweater or socks?  Then check out Terrace Mountain Alpacas for great Alpaca wool products.   New camping gear? Rothrock Outfitters and Bear Creek RV have your back!  Dinner and a show?  Check out some great places to eat and the Clifton 5 or Playhouse at  McConnellstown!
    6. A Gift from the heART: Gifts of art are always appreciated.  The RLR has some great places to find the perfect piece of work for your favorite piece of work, I mean dad!  Check out the Log Cabin Gallery Shop, Vintage Art Glass and the Foxy Grape, Li’l Deb’s Custom Stained Glass, Reeve’s Gift Boutique, Raystown Reflections Gift Shoppe, and Family Treasures, all have great artwork for sale!

If you are still at a loss, then give us a call at 888-729-7869, and we’ll help you out!

Happy Fathers Day!

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TEMPORARY DETOUR AND TRAFFIC FLOW CHANGES AT WHIPPLE DAM STATE PARK

On June 11, 2012, Laurel Run Road, Jackson Twp. Huntingdon County will be closed to thru traffic for approximately two weeks for road work. This road closure will impact traffic entering and leaving Whipple Dam State Park and the start time is weather dependent. Detours and traffic changes will be posted. Drivers will not be able to access Laurel Run Road from the park.

Traffic entering and exiting Whipple Dam State Park must use Whipple Road. Within the park, motorists are advised to use caution when travelling the road around the breast of the dam to access Beach Road, as the road is narrow and with limited sight distance.

Beach Road will be closed at the far end. Traffic will be two-way on Beach Road, requiring drivers to turn around at a designated area and exiting along the same road. During the road closure, there will be a shortage of parking near the beach, as parking will only be allowed along the lake side of the road. Additional parking is available on the winter entrance road and on the north shore area.

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