Museums of Happy Valley

museumHere in Happy Valley, there is an abundance of museums around the region that cater to many different interests.

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America's Longest Pasta Table

Carnegie Inn & SpaMake the Mount Nittany Marathon a weekend getaway and enjoy Saturday night at America's Longest Pasta Table event...a Pasta Buffet held in downtown State College. Get your tickets and make your reservations at one of the sponsoring hotels.

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Sweet Treats in Happy Valley

ice creamState College is not short on sweets.

From prominent franchises such as Rita’s Water Ice and Coldstone Creamery, to locally owned ice cream shops, you can pick and choose how you want to indulge your sweet tooth.

And this year, State College is bringing its ice cream community together for a celebration.

From July 4th to July 7th, the inaugural Flavors of Happy Valley will occur around State College. Visitors will get to enjoy an Ice Cream Festival with special deals on selections from several of the stores downtown as well as discounts from area attractions such as Tussey Mountain and Penn’s Cave.

Beginning with the Central PA 4thFest and continuing through the weekend, it’s a great reason to enjoy a Happy Valley getaway, especially with so many discounted offerings from area businesses and hotspots.

Click here to see more information and reserve your stay for a special discounted rate at one of our six hotels! Like Flavors of Happy Valley on Facebook.

Take a look at some of the options available in town. Many of which are just a short walk from the Days Inn Penn State. (website)

Happy Valley Freez (Map) - Whether you're in the mood for a sundae, milkshake, or just a regular soft-serve cone, you can find the perfect dessert at Happy Valley Freeze. Plus, they offer some of the most convenient prices in town.

Coldstone Creamery (Map) At Coldstone, you’re not just getting a cup or cone of ice cream, you’re getting a work of art. Shakes, smoothies and yogurt are also available at Coldstone.

Kiwi Frozen Yogurt (Map) - Create your own delicious concoction at Kiwi. Kiwi provides more than 40 different toppings that guests can use on any of their 16 different flavors of thick, creamy yogurt.

Yogurt Express (Map) When you walk into Yogurt Express, you can choose from much more than you would expect. In addition to their frozen yogurt and fresh fruit selections, guests can order smoothies and soft serve ice cream. But there’s more! You can also order Penn State Creamery Ice Cream and unlike at the Creamery, you can mix flavors.

Rita’s Water Ice (Map) - A cup of Rita’s signature Italian Ice is one of the best ways to enjoy summer. In addition to their ices, Rita’s sells custard, milkshakes, gelato and Mistos, a milkshake made of a combination of ice cream and water ice of your choosing.

Penn State Berkey Creamery (Map) - Of course, what’s a trip to State College without a visit to the Creamery? The Creamery makes about 100 different flavors and sells 20 different flavors in store daily.

Make your visit to Happy Valley a little sweeter this summer with a trip to one of these locations.

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Photo Credit: Penn State Berkey Creamery 

Vote for Tolly

Please support our friend and General Manager at the Super 8 (website) Tolly Bilger in her quest for fitness. 

Tolly Bilger-Silfies entered a 60 day R.I.P.P.E.D. 2 Fit nationwide competition and placed in the Top 10 out of 800 participants. She needs your vote to be the Grand Prize Winner!

To vote for Tolly click here

Visit the Vote for Tolly Facebook page here

We wish you the best of luck Tolly! 

Flavors of Happy Valley

Carnegie Inn & SpaThe 4th of July is always a great reason to visit Happy Valley, thanks in large part to the Central PA 4thFest. Home to the “third largest and best fireworks show in the United States” according to international fireworks website Fireworks Guide, it’s a fantastic way to celebrate our nation’s independence.

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Happy Valley Culinary Week June 17-23

Celebrate local food and local restaurants with the first annual Happy Valley Culinary Week June 17-23. 

There will be events and demonstrations throughout the week and participating restaurants will offer a discounted three-course fixed price menu during their hours of operation.  Click here to see the full list of participating restaurants. 

Culinary week provides a great opportunity for visitors to sample foods at different restaurants around State College for an affordable price. 

Our very own Carnegie Inn & Spa will be participating in Culinary Week. Click here to see the menu being served at the Carnegie House Restaurant. 

Located inside the Hilton Garden Inn, Harrison's Wine Grill and Catering will also be a participant in Culinary Week. Click here to see Harrison's menu. 

Click here to get the full schedule of events. 

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Spring Trout Fishing

Trout Mild temperatures, lengthening days, blossoming trees and plants, the smell of fresh cut grass and the emergence of aquatic insects: Spring is truly here!

All but the last are signs noted by most people but anyone not familiar with the peculiar world of fly fishing may find our fascination with aquatic insects odd.

For fly fishers, spring in the eastern United States is a special season in which the greatest abundance of aquatic insect emergences occurs. In turn, trout gorge themselves upon this abundance and, at the height of this activity, rise to the surface of the area streams to intercept the insects as they float on the surface, temporarily stuck in the transitory phase between aquatic and air-born flying insect.

Fly fishers attempt to imitate these insects with artificial hand-tied flies in order to catch the feeding trout. The final component of this special spring mix is the beautiful wild trout found in the best of our central Pennsylvania streams, such as Penns Creek, Spring Creek, Big Fishing Creek and the Little Juniata River.

The May “hatches,” our common name for these insect emergences, have begun in earnest, with March Browns, Gray Foxes (both now listed by entomologists as the same species but still noted separately by many fly fishers based on size and coloration), Sulphurs and little Blue-winged Olives leading the ranks of Mayflies.

A variety of Caddisflies, Stoneflies, Craneflies and Midges can be important as well. When attempting to understand and navigate the proverbial bug blizzards of May, a resource such as the Pocket Guide to Pennsylvania Hatches by noted authorities Charles Meck and Paul Weamer can be extremely helpful. Charlie and Paul are both residents of central Pennsylvania and Paul manages the TCO State College fly shop.

If you are visiting the area for the first time or are new to fly fishing, the best piece of advice I can offer is to take advantage of the wealth of knowledge and expertise found here. One of the best ways to do this is by working with a licensed fly fishing guide service, such as Lance Wilt’s Outcast Anglers.

A recent day on the water with Lance netted this for the happy client:
PIC: Cheryl White with Spring Creek Brown Trout

Additionally, our area is home to three excellent fly fishing specialty stores:

The Feathered Hook – located in the town of Coburn on the banks of Penns Creek. TCO State College

Flyfisher’s Paradise – State College

If you are an experienced fly fisher but have not yet visited the area, these resources will be helpful in planning a trip. Additionally, if I can be of help, please feel free to contact me directly at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The spring is a wonderful season. Whether new to the sport or an experienced angler, why not consider a visit to central Pennsylvania?

Visit Happy Valley for a Golf and Spa Getaway

Carnegie Inn & SpaThis summer, treat yourself to a relaxing weekend getaway filled with fantastic golf, dining and spa treatments in Happy Valley.

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Generations Evolve, Traditions Remain: Penn State Homecoming 2013

In keeping with the Penn State tradition, Homecoming in Happy Valley will be a can’t-miss event this fall. The 2013 Homecoming Committee and Penn State Alumni Association have planned a fun-filled, jam-packed weekend for returning alumni around the theme Generations Evolve, Tradition Remains, beginning Friday, October 11.

This year, fun, new events are combined with beloved traditions of the past, in the spirit of this year’s theme. Events will appeal to both students and returning alumni. Penn State played its first Homecoming game in 1920 against Dartmouth, and 93 years later, the university continues to celebrate its traditions such as this and inspire new ones. Through the years, Penn State Homecoming remains steadfast in its purpose to uphold the connections between the Penn State and its proud alumni. For the Glory!

Student-Alumni Ice Cream Social Friday, October 11, 1-4 p.m., Hintz Alumni Center

Enjoy performances by the Alumni Blue Band and appearances from the Nittany Lion and Penn State Cheer- leaders, plus your favorite Berkey Creamery flavors. Don’t forget to pick up your class button to display your Penn State pride!

Homecoming Parade Friday, October 11, 6 p.m. Step-off Arguably the most exciting event of the weekend (next to the big game, of course), the Homecoming Parade brings out Nittany Lion faithful from State College and the surrounding community, along with students and visiting alumni. Fans line the streets of downtown State College to cheer on the Blue Band, the Alumni Blue Band, local high school marching bands, and of course, the Nittany Lion football team! Student groups and Greek letter organizations are also featured on unique floats they’ve designed.

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The Best Bars in Happy Valley

PSU FootballAny trip to State College is not complete without a visit to one of its many bars and nightspots. A drink with some friends at one of the watering holes in the downtown area is a perfect way to close out your day, or stop for an afternoon break in the midst of your travels around town.

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