Bantam Jeep Festival now taking entries Jan20

Bantam Jeep Festival now taking entries

Butler, Pennsylvania lights up each year when thousands of Jeeps invade for the annual Jeep Fest weekend. Jeep owners and 4-wheeling aficionados flock from around the country for this premier event. The Bantam Jeep Festival runs from June 12-14, 2015 and entries were just opened online today.   Jeep Invasion   Open to everyone, the event opens with a Jeep Parade into downtown Butler.  In 2011, the first year of the Bantam Jeep Festival, 1,106 Jeeps were in the parade and set a Guinness World’s Record.  Each year the event has grown and this year, being the 75th anniversary of the first Bantam Jeep made in Butler, the organizers...

Foodie discoveries in Gettysburg Jan17

Foodie discoveries in Gettysburg

Most people think of the battlefields when they hear Gettysburg, but that is slowly changing.  Gettysburg now has a way to get their tourists to experience some of the fine cuisine that’s always been there.  It’s called… Savor Gettysburg Food Tours Food tours are getting popular throughout the country, and with good reasons: It is hosted by a local representative with their finger on the pulse of the local food scene Only the best and most willing establishments are part of the tour – they want you to come and sample their finest. Often you’ll discover the off-the-main-drag places that you might not have ever discovered on your own You get...

Gettysburg – famous then, fabulous now Jan17

Gettysburg – famous then, fabulous now

Located a mere 82 miles from Washington, DC, just into the south central part of Pennsylvania, the borough of Gettysburg welcomes visitors today to some of the most famous real estate in the country’s history. This beautiful little town of less than 8,000 inhabitants sees millions of visitors each year.  No wonder. In addition to the battlefields, Gettysburg is surrounded by natural beauty: Michaux State Forest, the Appalachian Trail and three state parks. Top that off with a fabulous wine trail and a hot new food scene, and you’ve got the makings of a great vacation. The Gettysburg Battlefield When people first hear the name Gettysburg,...

Erie, PA’s little purple secret Jul05

Erie, PA’s little purple secret

Grapevines don’t want you to discover this secret about Erie, PA For sixty miles or so, along the southeastern shores of Lake Erie, you’ll notice the air smells a little different. Not the typical fresh lake air that you get driving along the coast of the Great Lakes. No….once you are around Erie, Pennsylvania the air takes on a fragrant, grapey, soda-popish aroma that comes from the Concord grape. Welcome to the Lake Erie Concord Grape Belt – with 30-40,000 acres of vineyards in the region, this is the largest Concord grape region in the world. Better yet, in this one stretch along I-90, there are twenty-four wineries specializing in not...

Bear Run Campgrounds is a must-see in PA Apr21

Bear Run Campgrounds...

If you’re touring Western Pennsylvania and a campground is your destination, you can’t go wrong selecting Bear Run Campground (184 Badger Hill Road; Portersville, Pennsylvania 16051; toll-free 888-737-2605). I had the opportunity to visit last fall after the season was technically done, but...

Cranberry Township, PA – the center of the universe? Nov21

Cranberry Township, PA – the center of the univers...

I’ve been spending a lot of time in Cranberry, PA recently and I began to wonder why? Turns out, Cranberry is in the middle of everything and everywhere I’ve been exploring recently. Chances are you’ve been through here many times and never knew it. If that’s the case, you’re missing a great resource for either a lunch or a weekend. So where is Cranberry? Cranberry, PA is located at the intersection of I-76 and I-79, just less than 30 minutes north of Pittsburgh. If you’re going south from Erie, PA to Charleston, WV on I-79 or if you’re traveling east-west on the Pennsylvania Turnpike, you’re going to go right through it. Take the exit and...

Ridgway, PA – center of all-season outdoor fun Mar02

Ridgway, PA – center...

In February every year, the internationally renowned Chainsaw Carving Rendezvous takes place in Ridgway, Pennsylvania. Since my great grandfather was their town physician around the turn of the 20th century, we decided to go see the Rendevous and also check out Dr. Bardwell’s office on Main...

Getting to know St. Marys, PA Feb28

Getting to know St. ...

In the Pennsylvania Wilds, there’s the pleasant little town of St. Marys, PA. About 120 miles northeast of Pittsburgh and 120 miles due south from Buffalo, NY, you’ll find this city that was home to the first Benedictine convent in the US. Straub Brewery also calls St. Marys home. We spent...

Small town cafe hidden in gift shop Feb28

Small town cafe hidd...

Walking down the street in St. Mary’s, Pennsylvania, you’d probably walk right by the Village Peddler Country Store if you were looking for a restaurant. Sure, there’s a “Café” sign in the lower left corner of the plate glass window, but your eyes are caught instead by the colorful...

Top 5 Attractions in Philadelphia, PA Feb04

Top 5 Attractions in...

A trip to Philadelphia, PA is a great idea for anyone wanting to get a broader sense of real American culture. The history of this proud city alone draws in millions of visitors each year. This is the place where modern American culture began. Ben Franklin made most of his riches here, and he...

Bedford County, PA for covered bridges and much more Jan24

Bedford County, PA f...

Roughly two hours east of Pittsburgh and two hours northwest of Washington, D.C., you’ll find what may be the largest concentration of historic and picturesque covered bridges – most of which are still in operation today. If you follow the directions of the driving tour (found on the Bedford...

Bay Leaf – a hidden gem in Allentown Dec28

Bay Leaf – a hidden ...

Having just driven into Allentown, Pennsylvania to spend the night, we really hadn’t made any dinner reservations.  Checking with a couple on-line apps, we finally decided to try the Bay Leaf, at 935 Hamilton Street.  Turns out it couldn’t have been more convenient, it was just diagonally...