ake a quick trip to Central Pennsylvania in the Cumberland Valley area for a fall city escape weekend. Lindsay and I headed up there last week to enjoy their new beer trail and some excellent fall foliage. Here’s a quick guide with some tips for planning your perfect Central Pennsylvania fall weekend getaway.

Day One:

Start your day with brunch at Cafe 1500 in Harrisburg. The loft-like space has a big city flair with industrial-chic vibes and with New American bites. They excel at their modern twists on American classics. Try the BBQ Smoked Pork Belly Benedict served over cornbread for $12 USD or the Donut French Toast with fresh whipped cream and berries for $7 USD. No brunch is complete without Mimosas and Cafe 1500 does them tall, strong, and cheap; all the essentials for a perfect brunch cocktail. Get the big bottom carafe for only $15USD, share em with a friend or ya know- don’t I’m not judging you.

After brunch it’s hiking time, cause there’s no better idea than doing a easy trek while a bit buzzed. Take the short hike up to Pole Steeple for a calming view of the Valley and to get your Instagram-worthy Namaste pose on. This short, but rewarding hike allows for views of beautiful white and maroon colored quartzite and the lush Valley. Just don’t drop your phone off the top trying to get the perfect selfie like I did the last time I was there. Unfortunately, that’s not a joke- but actually a thing that happened.



Pole’s Steeple
is a light hike for beginners with plenty of stunning views.




Wear sturdy shoes.
Don’t get too close to the edge and drop your phone like I did…


nce you’re done hiking head over to nearby Carlisle, PA which is an adorable little city straight out of a postcard. Head over to the Molly Pitcher Brewing Company for the start of your evening brewery tour. Molly Pitcher is a locally-owned brewery and taproom with 8 craft brews on tap including the cleverly named Powder Horn Porter, Cannonball Kolsh and War Ball Wit. Molly Pitcher was definitely the coolest of the breweries we visited. The urban industrial aesthetic was trendy but approachable and the noshes on the menu were the perfect balance between bar snacks and stuff you’d actually want to eat.

If you’re interested in a more traditional dinner Café Bruges is a great option for traditional cuisine from Belgium in the historic downtown. Grab some savory crepes or mussels for lunch and get your beer touring started with their large selection of beers and ales.

After Cafe Bruges go on a brewery tour Market Cross Pub & Brewery in Carlisle is a local staple for English fare and brews. The English/American meals are paired with over 250 varieties of beer and ales, with 2 or 3 on tap brewed by Market Cross themselves at any given time. Brewery tours available upon request.

For more beer options, check out the recommendations here.

On Day 2, get your morning started at West Shore Farmers Market for breakfast Amish bakery style. I never met a carb I didn’t like. Grab a bagel or some fresh made Amish pretzels with a cup of coffee and head upstairs to browse the handmade collectibles and antiques.


Apple Cider & Fresh Baked Goods.
Amish markets are great for produce too!



fter you’ve had your fill of browsing head out for some fall orchard tours. Get some hot cider and see who can pick the most apples. There are great spots for this everywhere you turn in Cumberland Valley, some of the best are Paulus Farm Market, Oak Grove Farms,and Ashcombe Farm & Greenhouses.

For dinner, class it up a bit at Piatto an upmarket Italian trattoria in Carlisle. The food was delicious and the ambiance was perfect for a dressed up night on the town. Try the Ravioli d’Aragosta – a lobster ravioli with crab meat marinara for $19 USD or the Gnocchi di Patate – made with potato and ricotta dumplings in a sage and brown butter sauce for $14USD.

Day 3

Before you head home stop by The Millworks for brunch. The Millworks might be one of the coolest places in central PA. The restaurant is built at the center of the building and is surrounded by 31 artist studios that double as retail locations. Grab the country fried chicken and sausage gravy biscuit for $15 and pair it with a homebrewed blonde lager $5. Take a minute after brunch to wander through the artist’s studios and check out the wares at the giftshop.



I can never get enough of the gorgeous leaves peeping through the scenery.


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