2013 Visitors Guide

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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The Road to Unions and Reunions.

By Lydia Lane

www.RhinehartPhotography.com-112Location, location, location! On the road less traveled in the Raystown Lake Region, nestled amongst the Allegheny Mountains; you can hold your event overlooking a pristine lake, a vast valley or peaceful & tranquil forest. Available all seasons of the year: spring, summer, fall, winter or any holiday. Now is the perfect time to schedule your fabulous wedding, indescribable family reunion, church or family retreat, quilters, scrapbook, art or writer’s club, tea party, red hat meeting, fishing or hunting expedition. Our beautiful Raystown region, with its awesome natural backdrop is a perfect venue for a spectacular wedding, also small groups, bridal parties, bachelor party, fellowship, planning committees, office retreat or social ride on your motorcycle.

Have you thought about renewal of your wedding vows? Make it a big splash celebration! There are accommodations & photo opportunities galore, with the amazing natural backdrop of the trees, waterfalls, creeks, lake or ponds. Our area is spacious, with limitless beauty of the valleys, mountains, visions of fields of grain, assorted crops, and forests; with a profusion of plants, flora and fauna in groves & glens.

Take the time…take the road less traveled and hold your next event amongst our scenic byways. Come, hear, see and experience the perfect place that can host your next great vacation, union or reunion.

Photo by Lisa Rhinehart.

Photo by Lisa Rhinehart.

About the Author:  Lydia Lane and her husband Bruce are the proprietors of two accommodations in Todd, PA and have hosted many unions and reunions on their 146 acre homestead.

 

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Stop and Shop the Circuit

By Candice Hersh

Coming to Huntingdon? Take time to “stop and shop the circuit” of stores unique to Huntingdon and the surrounding area. You’ll find hand-crafted jewelry, birdhouses and specialty birdseed, pottery created by local artists, country crafts, mosaic tables, braided rugs, antiques, framed art, photographs, stained glass décor, and so much more!

Checkers_DSC_0847If you’re traveling on Route 26 North towards Huntingdon, check out Checkers! Nestled in the small town of Marklesburg, Checker’s front porch beckons you in for a quaint shopping experience. Continuing North on Route 26, turn right onto Seven Points Road and venture out to the Raystown Lake Region Visitors Center. Just inside the lobby you will find Raystown Reflections Gift Shoppe where you can purchase local crafts and Raystown Lake souvenirs.

If you are a visitor traveling to Huntingdon on Route 22 East, your first “stop and shop the circuit” opportunity is at Lincoln Caverns, the area’s largest gift shop. Here you will find a variety of nature-style gifts and Raystown country souvenirs. Next stop – continue on Route 22 East and turn right onto Hartslog Valley Road, home to the Log Cabin Gallery. This cozy space is filled with an ever-changing selection of juried art and crafts: hand-forged iron, jewelry, photographs, Amish quilts, kaleidoscopes, toys, and Russian wall art.

Approaching Huntingdon on Route 22 East, you will arrive at Family Treasures. Here you will find an array of booths filled with irresistible treasures to include primitives, Americana, handcrafted jewelry, antiques, and seasonal decorations. Jumping back onto Route 22 East, watch for Gardners Candies, on your right. This red and white candy-striped shop is full of sweet treats such as chocolate covered pretzels and the original peanut butter meltaways.

After filling your bags with lots of sweet confections, it’s time to head for Huntingdon.  Crossing over the Juniata River, you will find Laney’s Feed Mill immediately on your left. A large selection of birdfeeders hangs throughout the store and Laney’s is known for their fresh, specialty birdseed mixes, but don’t be fooled by the name Feed Mill, Laney’s carries Carhartt clothing, Beaumont pottery, hammocks and lots of pet supplies.

As you travel the corridors into Huntingdon, there are shops you won’t want to miss. Once in town, hit the Washington Street/Penn Street loop and find more unique shops all within walking distance. You’ll want to visit them all so plan to “stop and shop the circuit!”

Laney's Feed Mill. Photo by Ed Stoddard.

Laney’s Feed Mill. Photo by Ed Stoddard.

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