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Is a destination wedding in the Raystown Region right for you?

By Susan Penning

Destination weddings, which are essentially getaways that combine both the wedding and honeymoon, are becoming an increasingly popular alternative to traditional weddings.

Wedding at the Gazebo at Lake Raystown Resort. Photo by Lisa Rhinehart.

Wedding at the Gazebo at Lake Raystown Resort. Photo by Lisa Rhinehart.

There are many reasons why more and more couples are choosing destination weddings.

  • They have family all across the country (or world) and most guests will need to travel regardless of where the wedding is located.
  • They yearn for a more intimate gathering. The guest list of a destination wedding is typically smaller, which allows a couple to indulge in extra luxuries for closest friends and family.
  • They are looking for something unique as this is a second marriage – or they are renewing their wedding vows.
  • They want to save themselves the money (and stress) associated with planning a large wedding and they would prefer to elope somewhere picturesque and relaxing.

For couples desiring a spectacular and memorable destination wedding experience, the Raystown Region may be the perfect spot. The area offers dozens of locations for both indoor and outdoor weddings and receptions as well as countless choices for romantic honeymoon accommodations.

For example, weddings are a specialty at the elegant Lake Raystown Resort, Lodge and Conference Center, which overlooks beautiful Raystown Lake – known as the crown jewel of Pennsylvania. With multiple indoor and outdoor ceremony and reception sites and a variety of lodging options for the wedding party and guests, the resort is a popular place where marriages begin, or are rekindled.

The C. Barton McCann School of Art, situated on 250 pristine acres between Huntingdon and State College, is a unique event venue that boasts one of central Pennsylvania’s most spectacular backdrops. The soon-to-be bride and groom may choose from five indoor or outdoor facilities with several different configurations to suit their needs.

Other popular wedding sites in the Raystown Region include Hawn’s Overlook at the Raystown Lake Recreation Area, the Huntingdon Country Club, Lincoln Caverns and Whisper Rocks, Seven Points Marina and the Stone Valley Recreation Area.

For more information on these destinations and more, visit www.Raystown.org and click the “plan a wedding” link.

 

Photo by Lisa Rhinehart.

Photo by Lisa Rhinehart.

 

About the Author: Susan Penning writes the blog Living Rich on Less, and resides in Hesston.

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Go outside, get happy!

By Bobbi Hicks

In a world where people are too often bogged down with responding to emails and jumping on their next conference call, it’s refreshing to know that retreats like the Raystown Lake Region exist. As a transplant to Huntingdon County, I quickly found that the natural beauty of the area makes it nearly impossible not to close your laptop, go outside, and get happy.

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If getting outside is your goal, there are a plethora of things to fill your time and your spirits. I’m a firm believer that a family that paddles together stays together. That said, if you haven’t tried it, I highly recommend renting a few Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) from Rothrock Outfitters, Seven Points Marina or the Lake Raystown Resort, Lodge and Conference Center and getting out on the water for a sunset paddle. The views are breathtaking and the time that you get to spend unplugged with your family is invaluable. For Yogis visiting the lake, there’s nothing like performing sun salutations on a SUP as the sun peeks over the mountains to take your practice to the next level.

For those visiting the area that prefer to stay on dry land, taking a walk, run, or bike ride on the 2.5 mile Greenside Pathway is an enjoyable way to spend the afternoon. The pathway connects 19 different recreation facilities and is composed from 100% recycled tires, which means that your run, ride, or walk will not only be convenient, but comfortable.  Win-win, right?!

If getting out of your comfort zone and into the woods is more your speed, then grab your GPS and take to the trails and surrounding area for a Geocaching adventure! For those unfamiliar with Geocaching, it is basically a real life, outdoor treasure hunt. Several caches have been placed by Juniata College in partnership with the Corps of Engineers around the Seven Points Recreation Area. Each site has a set of GPS coordinates that indicate where a local geocache is hidden. Using a GPS enabled device, the adventurer navigates themself to the coordinates and then searches the site for a hidden Geocache (container). A list of local Geocaches can be found at http://www.geocaching.com.

When you’re visiting the Raystown Lake Region, go outside, explore all that our region has to offer, and get happy. Tour the local waters by SUP, keep it low-key with a stroll along the Greenside Pathway, and go adventuring for Geocaches. The biggest risk that you’ll take is the possibility that you may never want to leave.

Bobbi and a group of friends enjoy an evening of paddleboarding on Raystown Lake. Photo by Helena Kotala.

Bobbi and a group of friends enjoy an evening of paddleboarding on Raystown Lake.

 

About the author: Trailblazer. Raconteur. Adrenaline junkie… “Carpe Diem!” Bobbi is a mom, wife, and Juniata College graduate currently living life to the fullest in Huntingdon County, PA. 

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Area Fireworks Displays Start Tonight

Fireworks over Raystown Lake by Kevin Mills

Fireworks on the Lake at Lake Raystown Resort Lodge and Conference Center, Entriken, PA. Photo by Kevin Mills, picturesbykevin.com.

With Independence Day falling on a Wednesday, the Raystown Lake Region will be celebrating all week with fireworks displays, beginning tonight, Sunday, July 1st, at the Lake Raystown Resort Lodge and Conference Center after dusk (9:00 PM-ish).  If you don’t want to find a place to park to watch them (it’s illegal to stop on Route 994 in the area of Entriken Bridge), and you aren’t confident enough to boat at night, Seven Points Marina still has tickets to view them from the deck of The Princess Lake Cruiser.  The cruise on The Princess departs from the marina at 7:00 PM.  A limited number of tickets are still available.  We recommend calling 814-658-3074. ASAP to reserve.

Fireworks at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park, State College, PA by Matt Price

Fireworks following a State College Spikes Minor League Baseball Game at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park, State College, PA on the Penn State University campus. Photo by Matt Price

Also tonight, tomorrow night, and Tuesday night, the State College Spikes Minor League Baseball team will be having fireworks displays following each game in their series versus the Batavia Muckdogs.  Game times are 6:00 PM tonight, and 7:00 PM on Monday and Tuesday at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park, on the Penn State University campus, State College, PA.

Tuesday night, July 3rd, also brings a community fireworks display to Huntingdon.  The fireworks are launched from atop Flagpole Hill, and visible from nearly everywhere in Huntingdon Borough and Smithfield Township.  For those of you not familiar with Huntingdon, Flagpole Hill is located at the top of 5th Street (look for the giant American Flag).

Of course the actual Independence Day holiday falls on July 4th, and that’s when the big mortars come out.  Working from South to North along Interstate 99, look for the Independence Day Firestorm fireworks display at Altoona’s Lakemont Park, and another display following the Altoona Curve Minor League Baseball game against the Reading Phillies at PNG Field, Altoona.  One of the largest, most renowned, professional fireworks displays in Pennsylvania happens at DelGrosso’s Amusement Park with its annual Summer Thunder 4th of July Fireworks.  Farther north on Interstate 99, State College’s Central PA 4th Fest will be happening in the area of Medlar Field at Lubrano Park and Beaver Stadium.  This display is the largest all-volunteer fireworks display in the  world.

The fireworks don’t end with Independence Day, though.  The Altoona Curve will have fireworks following each game against the Reading Phillies, July 4th, 5th, and 6th, and Saturday and Sunday night games against the Binghamton Mets.  Game times on Wednesday-Saturday are 7:00 PM and Sunday at 6:00 PM.

If you were counting, that’s 13 fireworks displays in 8 days, including at least one every night!  Be safe, have fun, and don’t drink and drive or drink and boat!

God Bless America!


 

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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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Welcome to the Water!

Publisher’s Note:  As we kick off another summer season with Memorial Day Weekend, we thought it would be a good time to share an excerpt from our 2002 Raystown Lake Region/Huntingdon County Visitors Guide.

Raystown Lake Recreation Area

We are proud to offer the largest lake within the state. With it’s 118 miles of shoreline, 8,300 acres of clean, clear water and 30 miles (as a bald eagle flies) of lake, there is plenty of room to enjoy all kinds of water activity. What most people like about the lake is that except for just a few miles that are developed, nature’s beauty is the backdrop. The US Army Corp of Engineers manages the lake; they operate campgrounds in the Seven Points Recreation Area, Nancy’s Camp and Susquehannock. Eight launch ramps are available for boaters, the lake has no size or horsepower restrictions, and personal watercrafts are welcome. Picnic Pavilions are available for rent and weekend events are provided at the Seven Points Amphitheater. Hiking trails have been developed in 4 areas of the facility. There are four private concessions on the lake, which offer a wide range of services including camping, restaurants, marinas, amusements, entertainment and accommodations.

Shallow water is really not an issue for general running on the lake, the average depth is 80 feet, and some have graphed depths upwards of 200 feet.  Although some structures do exist, the rumor that a town was flooded is just that, a story.

For swimmers, skiers and personal watercraft users, wet suits are common until the end of May, beginning of June.  In July and August surface temps are 75-80 degrees. Visit the Raystown Lake Visitors Center in the 7 Points Recreation Area for more information, plus a gorgeous view of the lake!

WATER ACTIVITIES

BOATING

Raystown Lake glassy at Seven Points Marina photo by Abram Eric Landes, aelandesphotography.com

Early in the morning, Raystown Lake is calm, and the waters are glassy. (Photo by Abram Eric Landes aelandesphography.com

The PA Fish and Boat Commission enforce rules and regulations; a license is required for all motorized vessels. Persons using Personal Watercraft must have a certification.

Boating on Raystown Lake

All sizes of boats are welcome on Raystown Lake; there are no restrictions of horsepower.  During the busy weekends in July and August, it is suggested that those using small boats consider using Weavers Falls, Aitch, James Creek and Snyders Run areas, which have easy access to the abundant no-wake areas.  There are 8 public boat launches, since our lake rarely freezes completely; boaters can usually enjoy the lake year round. Boat rentals, and launch and park services are available at the marinas; water trampolines are also available.  The US Army Corps of Engineers no longer charges a launch fee at the 8 public launch ramps.

SWIMMING

Seven Points Beach photo by Kevin Mills, picturesbykevin.com

Seven Points Recreation Area Beach on Raystown Lake (Photo by Kevin Mills picturesbykevin.com

The public beaches at Seven Points and Tatman Run at Raystown Lake offer refreshing relief on a dog day afternoon. For those who boat, we encourage swimming in the “no-wake” areas, rather than the main stream. Three of our state parks offer swimming as well.  Greenwood Furnace State Park offers a 300 foot sand beach on Greenwood Lake from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Whipple Dam offers guarded beaches and cool waters for swimming in a beautiful environment. Cool off in our clean water resources!

WATER SKIING

Water Ski Magazine recently named Raystown Lake as a water ski haven. On the Lake, serious skiers find glass!  For those with little time to explore, try the mountainside of the lake between mile markers 25 & 26; 10 & 8; 4& 2; 2&1. You’ll find the best skiing during the week, and on weekends try VERY early morning and after 5pm.  Ski and toy rentals are available at the boat dealers around the area, just use the guideto find your options.

Water skiing on Raystown Lake photo by Kevin Mills, picturesbykevin.com

Water skiing is a popular activity on Raystown Lake (photo by Kevin Mills, picturesbykevin.com)

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Spring is Springing into Some Summer!

Both marinas on Raystown Lake open this weekend for the season with 51 degree surface water temperature and air temperatures in the high 60’s Saturday, and near 80 on Sunday!  Couple that with unseasonably clear water, beautiful spring foliage, and fantastic trails, great trout fisheries on the opening day of the season, and it all adds up to a great weekend to head to the Raystown Lake Region!

Stop in at the Visitors Center for ideas of what to do and where to go, and to check out our new merchandise for the summer!  Plus there are more than 20 events happening this weekend.   If you can’t make it this weekend, give us a call to plan your future visit at 1-888-729-7869.

Thanks, and have a fantastic weekend!

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Boating on Raystown Lake and The Perfect Storm?

By Captain Stephen Prosser
There are days on the water at Raystown Lake that I recall a scene in the movie, “The Perfect Storm”.  Captain Billy Tyne is talking to another boat captain, Christine.  It goes like this.
“The fog’s just lifting. Throw off your bow line; throw off your stern. You head out to South channel, past Rocky Neck, Ten Pound Island. Past Niles Pond where I skated as a kid. Blow your air-horn and throw a wave to the lighthouse keeper’s kid on Thatcher Island. Then the birds show up: black backs, herring gulls, big dump ducks. The sun hits ya – head North. Open up to 12 – steamin’ now. The guys are busy; you’re in charge. Ya know what? You’re a swordboat captain! Is there anything better in the world?”
Some of you know what I am talking about as Raystown Lake has 118 miles of shoreline and is 28 miles long.  Maybe you put in at the southern end where the lake is more like a lazy river winding through the mountains or James Creek where you can go back to the Brumbaugh Homestead and party cove.  We all have our favorite spots like Pee Wee Island or a cove that you and the family always seems to end up at on your weekend adventures.  I have mine but would never tell you about them, you have to find your own.
Raystown has about 8,300 acres of water and there is room for you to discover what we all know about this special place, located only one day’s drive from one third of the entire population of the United States.  Your vacation or get-a-way is waiting to happen with support from Seven Points Marina, voted as the best marina in the country on the northern end and Lake Raystown Resort on the southern end.  The Corps of Engineers at Raystown Lake manages seven (7) boat launches along the length of the 28-mile lake. They are, from the northernmost end to the southernmost end:Snyder’s RunSeven PointsAitchJames Creek,Tatman RunShy Beaver and Weaver Falls.  Check out the Corps of Engineers web site to learn more and to get directions.
Everybody seems to write about their vacation spot as being special, I suppose, and claim it only rains at night and everyone is always happy and the food explodes in your mouth with flavor.  Ok, I get it, everyone wants you to visit.
All I know is that there are times when I throw out the bow and the stern line and head out past the wave break.  Then comes the public beach and I blast the air horn at the kids playing in the water.  We head north toward the dam, push it up to 22 and we’re throwing a wake now.  The sun hits the water and it seems to come alive, dancing in front of us to the sound of the radio playing softly in the background.  We pass jet ski’s and cruisers, and everyone seems to be enjoying the day.  Water people always seem to be at their best when they are on the water again.  Way back in the no wake zones people either tie up together with friends or stay by themselves.  There is plenty of room for everyone.
I ask the mate for another beverage and our guests are busy enjoying their first glimpse of the Lake aboard the tour boat, The Princess.  Ya know what?  I’m a tour boat captain on Raystown Lake.  Is there anything better in the world?
About the author:
For the past five years Steve has been the Captain of the tour boat, The Princess that docks at Seven Points Marina.  He is a United States Coast Guard licensed captain, 100 tons.  Although he has a BA in religious studies, along with a masters degree in Education and another masters degree in Business, water is his first love.
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