Monthly Archives: June 2015

Stroll Awhile

The train chugs through between New York and everywhere else. The RVs who mammoth their way into town tend to turn north to State College or head south to the lake. Whether they come to turn Happy Valley into the third largest city in Pennsylvania for a few weeks each fall, or to camp, boat, and fish on the state’s largest inland lake at Raystown, the traffic here is huge and tends to gravitate to the massive.

That’s nice. But you folks reading this might consider going a little smaller while you’re here.

I live in Huntingdon and work at Juniata College and have spent a few years walking in this place. And when you slow down, the details can come at you fast.

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Photo by Ed Stoddard

Stroll downtown Huntingdon and you will see what was once a thriving global industrial center: the historic homes and their porches wide as an industrialists’ waistcoat, the J.C. Blair brick “skyscraper” of eight stories that was once the tallest building in Pennsylvania between Harrisburg and Pittsburgh, our photogenic town hall (pictures of which you can purchase on any number of postcards and calendars), and the shops undergoing transformation on the town’s main streets.
Where merchants once sold shoes and home goods are galleries, thrift shops, cafes, gift stores, florists, and more. You can spot a koi pond tucked in behind a building, a miniature historic house next to our historical society, or marvel at mosaics you and murals that you discover as you turn a corner or drive into town. You can even discover, as you amble up the road next to the fiberglass plant—an industry that is making Huntingdon again a thriving global supplier—the mounds of green marbles that, by their sheer novelty, will entrance anyone who comes upon their unexpected glimmer.

A favorite route I take with my kids is to start at the library in the center of town, at the corner of 4th and Penn Streets, visit the ArtSpace—a gallery with rotating shows put on by the county’s arts council—before heading to lunch at Boxer’s, a great pub with rotating craft beer selections, or Stone Town Gallery, a restaurant in an art gallery featuring the work of regional artists, as well as a paint-your-own pottery studio. After that, we might grab a movie at the Clifton 5, a restored historic theatre with fully modern digital projection, or walk up to Standing Stone Coffee Company for a warm beverage or smoothie.

That’s just one option: we sometimes hit Sweetheart’s Confectionery for a cupcake (or a dozen). We might go to something at the Huntingdon Community Center on 4th Street. It might just be a nice day to walk up Mifflin and look at the gardens in the yards. Or to note the decorations—people here decorate for holidays the way most people save it up for Christmas. It feels sometimes like Arbor Day even gets its due with twinkly lights and door hangers.

And why not walk? Odds are, if you’re visiting, you’ve spent a good amount of time in traffic. If you came for Penn State football, you dealt with the blue-and-white march of idling and racing automobiles, and need to stretch the legs. If you came to camp or visit the lake, when you finish the unpacking or have accidentally burnt yourself to a crisp out in the sun, a good stroll will help you out.

I know you like the lake. And State College is great—I’m a proud Penn State grad. But for a change, and at a pace where you can take in the delights of the unexpected, the creativity of our residents and the geographic splendor of where we are located, get out there and walk around Huntingdon, Pennsylvania.

By Gabe Welsch

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Father’s Day in the Raystown Lake Region of Pennsylvania

What better way to celebrate Father’s Day than with one of these trip packages!

Angry Musky Outfitters guided fishing trip on Raystown Lake
“Catching with Captain Kirk Reynolds” at Raystown Lake

Go catching with Captain Kirk Reynolds! Kirk is a highly energetic and motivated 31 year old USCG certified Captain. He has been fishing Raystown Lake for more than 25 years; ever since he could cast a rod! Kirk fishes hundreds of days each year and provides individual and personable service for each unique lake excursion. Kirk is known for constantly adjusting his fishing tactics whether it be trolling, live bait, or casting to provide his valued clients with the best opportunity to catch the most fish. Kirk scouts out the hot spots even on the days without a charter in order to stay on top of the fish, their feeding habits, and their locations. Kirk promises each group an enjoyable, unforgettable, and relaxing fishing trip packed with tons of fishing excitement!

Trip notes:

– Guided fishing boat tour with Angry Musky Outfitters
– We suggest lunch at the Marina Café, Lake Raystown Resort – An RVC Outdoor Destination

Angry Musky Outfitter
Captain Kirk Reynolds
Lake Raystown Resort – An RVC Outdoor Destination
3101 Chipmunk Crossing, Entriken, PA
(814) 280-1344
www.rvcoutdoors.com/lake-raystown-resort
http://angrymuskyoutfitters.sharepoint.com/Pages/default.aspx

Seven Points Marina pontoon boat excursion on Raystown Lake
“Raycation Sampler” at Raystown Lake, Pennsylvania

8_AELandesPhotography_RaystownBoat_1204130100The RAYSTOWN FUN begins when you rent a Seven Points Marina pontoon boat. Imagine a beautiful day and miles of Raystown Lake waiting for you. The pristine waters in the many serene coves are great for fishing and relaxing. Try skiing or jump on a tube and take a thrilling ride. Skis, tube, tow rope, ski vests, and all safety equipment are included in rental.

The 8,300-acre, 30-mile long Raystown Lake was created in the early 1970s and is a popular water destination for fisherman, boaters, kayakers and all water enthusiasts. The Raystown Lake Recreation Area welcomes nearly 2 million visitors per year to the lake and the public land surrounding it for world-class fishing, hiking, hunting, mountain biking, boating, picnics and more in scenery that has been rated as some of the 100 Best Scenic Views in America by ReserveAmerica.com’s The Camping Club! Raystown Lake is a popular spot for swimming and water skiing for all ages. Raystown Lake is the largest lake entirely within Pennsylvania.

Trip notes:

– Seven Points Marina pontoon boat
– Self-guided excursion
– Water skis and 1 person towable tube included
– We suggest lunch at Lighthouse Concessions at Seven Points Recreation Area, Raystown Lake

Seven Points Marina
5922 Seven Points Marina Drive
Hesston, PA 16647
(814) 658-3074
www.7pointsmarina.com

 

Rothrock Outfitters guided kayak trip on the Juniata River
“Kayak on the Juniata River”, Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania

Paddle your kayak by wooded banks on history-laden gentle waterways between Huntingdon and Mapleton Depot, Pennsylvania. You will enjoy the views of the interesting rock formations and be sure to watch the skies for the bald eagles that frequent this section of the Juniata River. We have a popular group tour planned that includes 4 kayaks, shuttle service and guiding on this placid, beautiful portion of the Juniata River.

Trip notes:

Huntingdon to Mapleton Depot
– Group trip
– Rental kayaks
– Shuttle service to Huntingdon launch and return from Mapleton Depot end point
– Guided trip 4 hours
– We suggest lunch at Standing Stone Coffee Company in Huntingdon, PA

Rothrock Outfitters
418 Penn Street
Huntingdon, PA 16652
(814) 643-7226
www.rothrockoutfitters.com

For more information contact the Huntingdon County Visitors Bureau at (888) 729-7869 (toll free) or visit www.Raystown.org for information on accommodations in the Raystown Lake Region of Pennsylvania.

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