Budget Travel, Harrisburg, Lesbian Travel Guide, Pennsylvania, Travel, United States

The Ultimate Central Pennsylvania Fall Weekend Getaway

[et_pb_section admin_label=”section” transparent_background=”off” allow_player_pause=”off” inner_shadow=”off” parallax=”off” parallax_method=”off” padding_mobile=”off” make_fullwidth=”off” use_custom_width=”off” width_unit=”on” make_equal=”off” use_custom_gutter=”off” module_id=”top-section” custom_padding=”||70%|” background_color=”#ffd063″ custom_css_main_element=”margin-top: 20%;”][et_pb_row admin_label=”row” make_fullwidth=”off” use_custom_width=”off” width_unit=”on” use_custom_gutter=”off” padding_mobile=”off” allow_player_pause=”off” parallax=”off” parallax_method=”off” make_equal=”off” parallax_1=”off” parallax_method_1=”off” column_padding_mobile=”on” custom_margin=”-24%|||”][et_pb_column type=”4_4″][et_pb_divider admin_label=”Divider” color=”#333333″ show_divider=”on” divider_style=”solid” divider_position=”center” hide_on_mobile=”on” divider_weight=”6″ module_class=”top-separator” custom_css_main_element=” width: 100px !important;”] [/et_pb_divider][et_pb_text admin_label=”Text” background_layout=”light” text_orientation=”left” max_width=”690px” text_font_size=”5vw” use_border_color=”off” border_color=”#ffffff” border_style=”solid” text_text_color=”#333333″ text_line_height=”1em” custom_margin=”50px||50px|” text_font=”Arimo|on|||”] THE ULTIMATE CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA FALL GETAWAY [/et_pb_text][et_pb_divider admin_label=”Divider” color=”#333333″ show_divider=”on” divider_style=”solid” divider_position=”center” hide_on_mobile=”on” divider_weight=”6″ module_class=”top-separator” custom_css_main_element=” width: 100px !important;”] [/et_pb_divider][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][/et_pb_section][et_pb_section admin_label=”Section” fullwidth=”off” specialty=”off” transparent_background=”off” allow_player_pause=”off” inner_shadow=”off” parallax=”off” parallax_method=”off” padding_mobile=”off” make_fullwidth=”off” use_custom_width=”off” width_unit=”on” make_equal=”off” use_custom_gutter=”off”][et_pb_row admin_label=”Row”][et_pb_column type=”1_2″][et_pb_divider admin_label=”Divider” color=”#ffffff” show_divider=”off” divider_style=”solid” divider_position=”top” hide_on_mobile=”on”] [/et_pb_divider][et_pb_divider admin_label=”Divider” color=”#ffffff” show_divider=”off” divider_style=”solid” divider_position=”top” hide_on_mobile=”on”] [/et_pb_divider][et_pb_image admin_label=”Image” src=”http://everyqueer.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/autumn-1740686_1280.jpg” show_in_lightbox=”off” url_new_window=”off” use_overlay=”off” animation=”off” sticky=”off” align=”center” force_fullwidth=”off” always_center_on_mobile=”on” use_border_color=”off” border_color=”#ffffff” border_style=”solid” custom_margin=”-40%|||” max_width=”386px”] [/et_pb_image][/et_pb_column][et_pb_column type=”1_2″][et_pb_text admin_label=”Dropcap” background_layout=”light” text_orientation=”left” text_font=”Arimo||||” text_font_size=”6vw” text_text_color=”#333333″ text_line_height=”1″ use_border_color=”off” border_color=”#ffffff” border_style=”solid” custom_css_main_element=” float: left;” max_width=”0.7em” custom_margin=”-5px|6.4%|0px|”] T [/et_pb_text][et_pb_text admin_label=”Text” background_layout=”light” text_orientation=”left” text_font=”Arimo||||” text_font_size=”18″ text_text_color=”#666666″ text_line_height=”1.6em” use_border_color=”off” border_color=”#ffffff” border_style=”solid”]

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.

[/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][et_pb_row admin_label=”Row” make_fullwidth=”off” use_custom_width=”off” width_unit=”on” use_custom_gutter=”off” custom_padding=”0px||0px|” padding_mobile=”off” allow_player_pause=”off” parallax=”off” parallax_method=”off” make_equal=”off” parallax_1=”off” parallax_method_1=”off” parallax_2=”off” parallax_method_2=”off” column_padding_mobile=”on”][et_pb_column type=”1_3″][/et_pb_column][et_pb_column type=”2_3″][et_pb_text admin_label=”Text” background_layout=”light” text_orientation=”left” text_font=”Arimo||||” text_font_size=”18″ text_text_color=”#666666″ text_line_height=”1.6em” use_border_color=”off” border_color=”#ffffff” border_style=”solid” custom_padding=”0px|||”]

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.

[/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][et_pb_row admin_label=”Row” make_fullwidth=”off” use_custom_width=”off” width_unit=”on” use_custom_gutter=”off” custom_padding=”||0px|” padding_mobile=”off” allow_player_pause=”off” parallax=”off” parallax_method=”off” make_equal=”off” parallax_1=”off” parallax_method_1=”off” parallax_2=”off” parallax_method_2=”off” column_padding_mobile=”on”][et_pb_column type=”1_2″][/et_pb_column][et_pb_column type=”1_2″][et_pb_text admin_label=”Text” background_layout=”light” text_orientation=”left” text_font=”Arimo||||” text_font_size=”18″ text_text_color=”#666666″ text_line_height=”1.6em” use_border_color=”off” border_color=”#ffffff” border_style=”solid” custom_padding=”0px|||”] 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. [/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][et_pb_row admin_label=”Row”][et_pb_column type=”1_2″][et_pb_text admin_label=”Text” background_layout=”light” text_orientation=”right” text_font=”Arimo||on||” text_font_size=”12″ text_text_color=”#333333″ use_border_color=”off” border_color=”#ffffff” border_style=”solid” max_width=”195px” custom_css_main_element=”float: right;”]

 

 

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

 

 

[/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][et_pb_column type=”1_2″][et_pb_image admin_label=”Image” src=”http://everyqueer.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/IMG_8705JPG.jpg” show_in_lightbox=”off” url_new_window=”off” use_overlay=”off” animation=”off” sticky=”off” align=”left” force_fullwidth=”off” always_center_on_mobile=”on” use_border_color=”off” border_color=”#ffffff” border_style=”solid”] [/et_pb_image][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][/et_pb_section][et_pb_section admin_label=”Section” fullwidth=”off” specialty=”off”][et_pb_row admin_label=”Row”][et_pb_column type=”3_4″][et_pb_image admin_label=”Image” src=”http://everyqueer.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/IMG_9133JPG.jpg” show_in_lightbox=”off” url_new_window=”off” use_overlay=”off” animation=”off” sticky=”off” align=”left” force_fullwidth=”off” always_center_on_mobile=”on” use_border_color=”off” border_color=”#ffffff” border_style=”solid”] [/et_pb_image][/et_pb_column][et_pb_column type=”1_4″][et_pb_text admin_label=”Text” background_layout=”light” text_orientation=”left” text_font=”Arimo||on||” text_font_size=”12″ text_text_color=”#333333″ text_line_height=”1.5em” use_border_color=”off” border_color=”#ffffff” border_style=”solid”]

 

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

 

[/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][et_pb_row admin_label=”Row”][et_pb_column type=”1_2″][et_pb_text admin_label=”Text” background_layout=”light” text_orientation=”left” text_font=”Arimo||||” text_font_size=”6vw” text_text_color=”#333333″ text_line_height=”1″ use_border_color=”off” border_color=”#ffffff” border_style=”solid” custom_css_main_element=” float: left;” max_width=”0.7em” custom_margin=”-5px|6.4%|0px|”] O [/et_pb_text][et_pb_text admin_label=”Text” background_layout=”light” text_orientation=”left” text_font=”Arimo||||” text_font_size=”18″ text_text_color=”#666666″ text_line_height=”1.6em” use_border_color=”off” border_color=”#ffffff” border_style=”solid” custom_margin=”0px|||”] 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. [/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][et_pb_column type=”1_2″][et_pb_text admin_label=”Text” background_layout=”light” text_orientation=”left” text_font=”Arimo||||” text_font_size=”18″ text_text_color=”#666666″ text_line_height=”1.6em” use_border_color=”off” border_color=”#ffffff” border_style=”solid” custom_margin=”0px|||”]

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.

[/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][/et_pb_section][et_pb_section admin_label=”Section” fullwidth=”off” specialty=”off” transparent_background=”off” allow_player_pause=”off” inner_shadow=”off” parallax=”off” parallax_method=”off” padding_mobile=”off” make_fullwidth=”off” use_custom_width=”off” width_unit=”on” make_equal=”off” use_custom_gutter=”off” module_id=”section4″][et_pb_row admin_label=”Row”][et_pb_column type=”4_4″][et_pb_divider admin_label=”Divider” color=”#dddddd” show_divider=”on” divider_style=”solid” divider_position=”center” hide_on_mobile=”on” divider_weight=”3″ module_class=”top-separator” custom_css_main_element=”margin:auto; ||width: 100px !important;”] [/et_pb_divider][et_pb_text admin_label=”Text” background_layout=”light” text_orientation=”center” text_font=”Lora||on||” text_font_size=”40″ text_text_color=”#333333″ use_border_color=”off” border_color=”#ffffff” border_style=”solid” custom_margin=”52px||52px|” text_line_height=”1.3em”]

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.

[/et_pb_text][et_pb_divider admin_label=”Divider” color=”#dddddd” show_divider=”on” divider_style=”solid” divider_position=”center” hide_on_mobile=”on” divider_weight=”3″ module_class=”top-separator” custom_css_main_element=”margin:auto;||width: 100px !important;”] [/et_pb_divider][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][/et_pb_section][et_pb_section admin_label=”Section” fullwidth=”off” specialty=”off”][et_pb_row admin_label=”Row”][et_pb_column type=”1_4″][et_pb_text admin_label=”Text” background_layout=”light” text_orientation=”right” text_font=”Arimo||on||” text_font_size=”12″ text_text_color=”#333333″ text_line_height=”1.5em” use_border_color=”off” border_color=”#ffffff” border_style=”solid” module_class=”section-caption”]

 

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

 

[/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][et_pb_column type=”3_4″][et_pb_image admin_label=”Image” src=”http://everyqueer.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/IMG_8598JPG.jpg” show_in_lightbox=”off” url_new_window=”off” use_overlay=”off” animation=”off” sticky=”off” align=”left” force_fullwidth=”off” always_center_on_mobile=”on” use_border_color=”off” border_color=”#ffffff” border_style=”solid”] [/et_pb_image][et_pb_text admin_label=”Text” background_layout=”light” text_orientation=”left” text_font=”Arimo||||” text_font_size=”6vw” text_text_color=”#333333″ text_line_height=”1″ use_border_color=”off” border_color=”#ffffff” border_style=”solid” custom_css_main_element=” float: left;” max_width=”0.7em” custom_margin=”-5px|5.4%|0px|”]

A

[/et_pb_text][et_pb_text admin_label=”Text” background_layout=”light” text_orientation=”left” text_font=”Arimo||||” text_font_size=”18″ text_text_color=”#666666″ text_line_height=”1.6em” use_border_color=”off” border_color=”#ffffff” border_style=”solid” custom_margin=”0px|||”]

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.

 

 

[/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][/et_pb_section][et_pb_section admin_label=”Section” fullwidth=”off” specialty=”off”][et_pb_row admin_label=”Row”][et_pb_column type=”4_4″][et_pb_text admin_label=”Text” background_layout=”light” text_orientation=”left” text_font=”Arimo||on||” text_font_size=”12″ text_text_color=”#333333″ text_line_height=”1.5em” use_border_color=”off” border_color=”#ffffff” border_style=”solid” max_width=”195px”]

ENJOY THE FALL COLORS.
I can never get enough of the gorgeous leaves peeping through the scenery.

[/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][et_pb_row admin_label=”Row”][et_pb_column type=”1_2″][et_pb_image admin_label=”Image” src=”http://everyqueer.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/14372376_10154442170435891_2663439598272922380_o.jpg” show_in_lightbox=”off” url_new_window=”off” use_overlay=”off” animation=”off” sticky=”off” align=”left” force_fullwidth=”off” always_center_on_mobile=”on” use_border_color=”off” border_color=”#ffffff” border_style=”solid”] [/et_pb_image][/et_pb_column][et_pb_column type=”1_2″][et_pb_image admin_label=”Image” src=”http://everyqueer.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/rsz_1lake-65443_1920_1.jpg” show_in_lightbox=”off” url_new_window=”off” use_overlay=”off” animation=”off” sticky=”off” align=”left” force_fullwidth=”off” always_center_on_mobile=”on” use_border_color=”off” border_color=”#ffffff” border_style=”solid”] [/et_pb_image][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][/et_pb_section][et_pb_section admin_label=”Section” fullwidth=”off” specialty=”off”][et_pb_row admin_label=”Row”][et_pb_column type=”4_4″][et_pb_text admin_label=”Text” background_layout=”light” text_orientation=”left” use_border_color=”off” border_color=”#ffffff” border_style=”solid” text_font_size=”40″]

SAVE THIS ARTICLE FOR LATER ON PINTEREST

[/et_pb_text][et_pb_image admin_label=”Image” src=”http://everyqueer.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/The-Ultimate.png” show_in_lightbox=”off” url_new_window=”off” use_overlay=”off” animation=”left” sticky=”off” align=”left” force_fullwidth=”off” always_center_on_mobile=”on” use_border_color=”off” border_color=”#ffffff” border_style=”solid”] [/et_pb_image][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][/et_pb_section][et_pb_section admin_label=”Section” fullwidth=”off” specialty=”off”][et_pb_row admin_label=”Row”][et_pb_column type=”4_4″][et_pb_text admin_label=”Text” background_layout=”light” text_orientation=”left” use_border_color=”off” border_color=”#ffffff” border_style=”solid” text_font_size=”40″]

Want new articles before they get published?

[/et_pb_text][et_pb_contact_form admin_label=”Contact Form” captcha=”off” use_redirect=”off” input_border_radius=”0″ use_border_color=”off” border_color=”#ffffff” border_style=”solid” custom_button=”off” button_letter_spacing=”0″ button_use_icon=”default” button_icon_placement=”right” button_on_hover=”on” button_letter_spacing_hover=”0″] [et_pb_contact_field field_title=”Name” field_type=”input” field_id=”Name” required_mark=”on” fullwidth_field=”off”] [/et_pb_contact_field][et_pb_contact_field field_title=”Email Address” field_type=”email” field_id=”Email” required_mark=”on” fullwidth_field=”off”] [/et_pb_contact_field] [/et_pb_contact_form][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][/et_pb_section]

15 Comments

  • Reply Jennifer Morrow at 8:16 pm

    I have a very good friend who just moved to the area. I really need to go visit her and see more of Central Pennsylvania!

  • Reply TheSoulofSeoul at 11:04 pm

    Autumn getaways are my favorite. That market seems so quaint and perfect for a stop. I also didn’t even realize there were mountain views like that to enjoy over there. I just back from a weekend away here in Ohio but I’ve gotta get over to Pennsylvania one of these days for sure it looks like.

  • Reply Stacey Gilkes at 11:46 pm

    Wow those pictures are beautiful. This itinerary seems perfect and those food places sound yummy! Never thought about visiting here

  • Reply Leah Shoup at 12:32 am

    Seems like the perfect itinerary! I love that you’ve included brunch 🙂 I’d love to spend the fall season around there

  • Reply [email protected] at 2:32 am

    Cheap & strong mimosas?! Sign me up! I would love to go to an Amish bakery – I’m sure everything is delicious and fresh!

  • Reply Marissa at 5:33 am

    “After brunch it’s hiking time, cause there’s no better idea than doing a easy trek while a bit buzzed.” YES! You are my kind of hiker. Ha. I am excited that you posted this, as I could easily do this as a weekend trip — it’s going on my list!

  • Reply Daphne Foo at 12:41 pm

    Now I have some idea what to do when I visit PA. Thank you for sharing.

  • Reply Neha Verma at 1:05 pm

    Its a nice itinerary. Very detailed out also. I will bookmark it for future. Are there veg options available at the Millworks?

  • Reply Christina Pfeiffer at 1:08 pm

    The autumn leaves in Pennsylvania look awesome, Meg. The shades of yellow, gold and orange are straight out of a painter’s colour chart. I’ll certainly keep this region in mind for my next trip to North America.

  • Reply Spendlifetraveling.com at 7:36 pm

    I love this itinerary, very detailed. Great trip and Cafe 1500 definitely sounds like it would be my favorite! 🙂

  • Reply Arnav Mathur at 10:31 pm

    A perfect Itenary to spend the perfect weekend.I like hows there so much to do in Central Pennsylvania, right from Hiking, eating some amazing dishes and tasting the Apple Cider.

  • Reply The Full-Time Tourist at 3:28 am

    I did a road trip from Toronto to NYC this past summer where we drove through Pennsylvania- I’ve been wanting to go back ever since! I would love to do the Pole Steeple hike and visit the orchards. Also where were the last two photos taken? They’re so beautiful!

  • Reply SydneyFashionHunter at 8:25 am

    My sole experience with Pensylvania was a day trip to Philly from NY. It seems like I really missed out and there is lots more to discover. The Autumm colours look spectacular!

  • Reply Jimmy & Tina Durham at 12:16 am

    Pennsylvania is so beautiful, sorry you lost your phone but the hiking looks fantastic! It’s interesting to me that Pennsylvaia has such a high population of Amish, I bet the pretzels were delish!

  • Reply travelandlipsticks at 10:49 pm

    That´s definately something different. The market looks very intriguing. Pennsylvania seems like such an interesting place for history lovers.

  • Leave a Reply