Dining

The Road Less Traveled

By Kevin Cook and Ed Stoddard

At the time of this article, Kevin Cook, was the baker at McBurney Manor bed and breakfast, living and working along a road less traveled; where life slows down just like the traffic. McBurney Manor is just down the road a piece from Greenwood Furnace State Park. Along that path you can stop in for some of Mary Lou’s meatloaf at Couch’s Country Store. The C. Barton McCann School of Art sculpture garden and gallery are worth special arrangements for a scheduled visit.

C. Barton McCann School of Art. Photo by Ed Stoddard.

C. Barton McCann School of Art. Photo by Ed Stoddard.

We have many great state parks along our roads less traveled in Huntingdon County, Whipple Dam State Park is a gem in the mountains of Stone Valley – not too far from Shavers Creek Environmental Center. You can make a day of it by visiting the raptor center at Shavers Creek, rent a canoe at Whipple Dam and have dinner at the award-winning Doan’s Bones Barbecue.

Meander through Huntingdon (one of the coolest small towns in PA per Budget Travel magazine) for a stop in at the newly renovated Station General Store, located in the old Huntingdon train station. You might want to tuck in a vegan lunch at Boxers or stop for a fine coffee at Standing Stone Coffee Company.

Take a trip into Mount Union to visit the historical society and buildings there. This area is known for textiles and industry – being along the old East Broad Top Railroad line and also for its sand quarries that are still worked today for some of the finest sand in all of the United States. Our current Riverview Business Center is not too far from the borough of Mount Union.

Head to some of the most scenic locations in the area while you visit. Trough Creek State Park and the Trough Creek Valley are some of the most scenic locations in Pennsylvania – any time of the year. There are some great events that happen in this area too; like Oktoberfest in Cassville each year in September. Cassville Food Mart and Deli is a great spot for lunch and you will not leave hungry.

The Saxton Area is the southern gateway to Raystown Lake and is a popular destination for kayakers and bass fisherman. Saxton Outdoor Supply has fishing gear and bait or any hunting gear you might need through the seasons.

You will find great surprises around each bend on the road less traveled in the Raystown Lake Region. We encourage you to explore our sights, sounds, tastes and moments of solace.

Balanced Rock at Trough Creek State Park. Photo by Ed Stoddard.

Balanced Rock at Trough Creek State Park. Photo by Ed Stoddard.

 

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Made to Order Moments Along the Road

By Luana Lindberg & Matt Price

From fast food to slow smoked barbeque, and all speeds in between, the road to dining in the Raystown Lake Region is a road worth traveling!

S'mores cupcakes at Sweethearts Confectionary.

S’mores cupcakes at Sweethearts Confectionary.

From the moment you arrive, we are ready to serve you.  Want a quick lunch before you head to the lake?  Stop at one of our fast food restaurants or convenience stores and you won’t be disappointed!  You might even find some surprises like barbeque chicken pizza, homemade macaroni salad, and some of the best meat loaf you’ve ever tasted!

Got the whole family? Great!  We have some fabulous family restaurants to make your moment special!  Whether its pancakes for breakfast, a burger for lunch or pork chops for dinner – diners are the quintessential eating experience for the road!  One diner even offers free pie if a train stops at the diner and the engineer comes in to get something to eat!

Maybe steaks and salad are more to your liking?  We’ve got that too, as well as quaint cafes offering gourmet specialties surrounded by the work of local artists!

Does an ice cold beer or martini sound good after a day in the sun?  No problem.  Try one of our pubs or bars.  Memories Sports Bar & Grill has award-winning wings, frequent entertainment, and all the best sports!

Even on our main roads, there are treats for your tastebuds!  On Route 45 you’ll find inside-out doughnuts, on Route 26 you’ll find award-winning barbeque, and ice cream treats, on Route 22 you’ll find gourmet candy, and in Huntingdon, you can find pineapple upside down cupcakes!

Yes, everyone has their moments.  Let us make you another one…a Raystown moment…made-to-order.

Dining among local art at Stone Town Gallery & Cafe. Photo by Ed Stoddard.

Dining among local art at Stone Town Gallery & Cafe. Photo by Ed Stoddard.

About the Authors: Luana Lindberg resides in Huntingdon where she enjoys dining out with her husband Erik.  Matt Price works for the Huntingdon County Visitors Bureau and lives on a road less traveled atop Warrior Ridge.

 

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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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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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“What’s the Special Today?”

One dilemma that happens with 80 degree days in April is: “Should I turn on the air conditioning, or not?”  For those of us without central AC, turning on the air conditioning means cleaning windows and sills, cleaning and lugging a window unit out of the basement or attic, mounting it, and hoping the fact that you have never recharged it doesn’t come back to haunt you this summer.  For all of those reasons plus the savings on the electric bill, most of us try to hold out as long as possible before turning on the AC.  With that in mind, we offer this article by our friend Ken Hull, author of Going Local! An Adventurer’s Guide to Unique Eats, Cool Pubs & Cozy Cafes of Central Pennsylvania.  After all, the last thing you want to do on a hot day without air conditioning is cook!  This article first appeared in the 2009  edition of the Raystown Lake Region/Huntingdon County Visitors Guide.  Ken has since published Going Local 2: A Second Helping.  

For some great options for eating out on  a hot April day, visit Raystown.org/Places-To-Eat.  Enjoy!

Ken Hull with a beer at Selin's Grove Brewing

Ken Hull

by Ken Hull

I love Huntingdon County. Though a Centre County native through and through, I have close ties to this region to my south and visit often. My buddy’s folks have a cottage along the beautiful Juniata River and I’ve spent many a lazy day drifting quietly in a peaceful cove at Raystown Lake. Not only that, but I live in a structure that grew out of the rich mountain soil of Huntingdon County nearly a hundred years ago. What I mean is; I built a log cabin out of trees that came from a wood lot south of Cornpropst Mills. It’s a beautiful place to live and every time I travel down Rt. 26 I recall the adventure of finding these logs and the great experience of moving them to Boalsburg.

Speaking of adventures and experiences, I’ve recently published a book about them in regards to unique eats, cool pubs and cozy cafés of central PA. The book is called Going Local and it chronicles my journeys as I crisscross the state aboard my 1994 Harley Sportster in search of locally owned places to eat and drink.

One of the best reasons to take a ride, whether by bike or car, is a food destination. My friends and I always look for scenic roads that include, or eventually lead to, a great restaurant, pub or café. And since I’m somewhat of a “gastronomical guru,” I’m always the one in charge of the route we take because my foodie and beer geek friends know we’ll end up with a very cool trip and very happy bellies. The funny thing is that as soon as we crest the Tussey Mountain range outside of Pine Grove Mills and enter our neighbor Huntingdon Co., I know they’re all wondering which roads I’ll choose and where we’ll end up. Because in this place, the roads are amazing and the eats are awesome! But since this is about dining and not a guide to sweet curvy byways, I’ll stick to what makes you go “mmm!”

As I mentioned, I only go to the local places (of which there are many here) and I go for everything from breakfast to dinner, coffee to a beer, and pie to ice cream. Actually, most folks would prefer pie AND ice cream but I like mine separate as to appreciate the differences of each dish. But every once

Going Loca! An Adventurers Guide to Unique Eats, Cool Pubs and Cozy Cafes of Central Pennsylvania by Ken Hull

Going Loca! An Adventurers Guide to Unique Eats, Cool Pubs and Cozy Cafes of Central Pennsylvania by Ken Hull

in a while I “let my hair down” and go for the stack. But only if the pie is warm, otherwise the ice cream doesn’t melt into the pie and create a whole new blend of flavors. However, I digress. Seriously though, Huntingdon Co. has it all, so let me just get to some of the things you’ll find here to fill your stomach, warm your heart and support independently owned businesses.

Breakfast places are a good place to start and why not? Where else can you show up with bed head and be addressed as sweetie no matter your age or gender. Simple dishes like bacon and eggs can be found as well as more gourmet offerings like sweet potato pancakes. Coffee in the morning is most folk’s salvation and you’ll find that at all the breakfast spots. But for me a good latte or cappuccino in the afternoon is always an option and there are even cafés here that offer those.

Lunch is one of those meals that gets the shaft a little I think. You’re either too busy or needing to get somewhere to stop. Well, most of the rest of the world considers lunch the main meal, so if you want to join with them Huntingdon Co. has plenty of places to stop, take some time and enjoy. With great soups, sandwiches and even pizza, your midday meal will not only be yummy but keep you going on your adventures.

Now about dinner; my friends, it’s a tough call here. As I so boldly stated, I’m somewhat of a food snob and most definitely a beer snob. Not that I look down on things like onion rings (which, by the way, there’s a place in Huntingdon that has the world’s best – no lie) because in my book (literally) I consider a good burger as sacred as a good steak. There’s casual as well as fine dining, and let me tell you, you’ll be blown away by both. And, whether a hand-crafted beer or fine wine is your choice with dinner, or a perfectly made martini beforehand, you will find all and in atmospheres that are welcoming and easy-going. No taste bud or stomach is discriminated against here… only embraced.

Yeah, Huntingdon Co. is not just a bunch of scenic roads and beautiful waterways; it’s a place where you can have many great experiences and adventures by just pulling over, pulling up a chair, and saying “what’s the special today?”

Enjoy!

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Made to Order Moments- Dining in the RLR

by Luana Lindberg

Good moments, bad moments, embarrassing moments, hilarious moments….moments, moments, moments…We all have our moments!  Now we want to give you a different moment…A made-to-order Raystown Moment!

From the moment you arrive, we are ready to serve you.  Want a quick lunch before you head to the lake?  Burger King and Wendy’s are quick and tasty and you can always grab a sub at Subway.

Maybe your Raystown moment will come after the campers are set up and camping gear is put away.  You could steal a moment to relax at Memories at the Lake.  Enjoy their award winning wings or one of their famous burgers while watching the boats sail into dock at the 7-Points Marina.

If you want to make your own Raystown Moments on the lake last as long as possible, then the Light House Concession might be the choice for you.  Just call you order in from your boat, pick-it up, and enjoy while you soak up the last of the sun’s rays as they set over beautiful Lake Raystown.

Looking for a little nightlife?  Does an ice cold beer sound good after a day in the sun?  You won’t find better choices anywhere than Boxer’s Café in Historic downtown Huntingdon.

Got the whole family? Great!  We have some fabulous family restaurants to make your moment special!  Try Top’s or Miller’s Diner.  Whether its pancakes for breakfast, a burger for lunch, or pork chops for dinner, these two are hard to beat.  Miller’s offers free pie if a train stops at the diner and the engineer comes in to get something to eat.  THAT is train stoppin’ good!  Maybe steaks and salad are more to your liking, try Hoss’s Steak and Sea House.

Need a sports fix?  No problem.  Try Main Street Café or Memories, both local sports bars with great food and drink.

Looking for a quiet candle filled moment? Then Mimi’s is the place.  A more upscale restaurant with great food prepared by local chefs and a wonderful martini bar.

Did you say I need a cup of coffee?  Well then check out the Standing Stone Coffee Co. in uptown Huntingdon.  They offer great coffee and pastry in a cool coffee bar setting.

Yes, everyone has their moments.  Let us make you another one…a Raystown moment…made-to-order.

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