By Chris Morelli on September 15, 2017
If it’s football season in Happy Valley, then it must be Eberle Wine Dinner Time.
Hailing from the Paso Robles region of California, legendary wine maker and Penn State graduate Gary Eberle will be at the Nittany Lion Inn for his annual Eberle Wine Dinner on Thursday, Sept. 28. Reception hour begins at 5:30 p.m. Dinner service begins at 6:30 p.m.
By Blake Burfield on July 25, 2017
Summertime means it’s time to kick back and let yourself relax a little with a drink or two. And if you’re in Happy Valley this summer, you’re in the right place for it. We’ve got all the craft breweries, wineries, distilleries, and even cideries you could need. Each one is fantastic and offers its own unique perks, so you can’t go wrong with any of these fresh, local options.
By Anonymous (not verified) on July 18, 2017
Looking for great wine in Happy Valley? Look no further!
By Holly Riddle on May 30, 2017
It’s no secret that Happy Valley is home to a variety of farmers’ markets and all-natural eats, and some of our favorite fresh-food vendors are pulling out all the stops for the upcoming spring season. You’ll even find some brand-new restaurants in town that are sure to offer up a selection of fabulously fresh, spring-inspired menu items.
By Anonymous (not verified) on May 09, 2017
What does downtown State College look like with 46,000 undergrads gone? Fun! Enjoy easy parking and low wait times at some of your favorite downtown eateries. So where should you go? Here are some ideas!
By Blake Burfield on April 23, 2017
Happy Valley’s Best Beers, Wines and Spirits
Here in the land of Central Pennsylvania, we take our alcohol seriously. Our always-expanding list of breweries, wineries and distilleries more than proves that point. But most importantly, the drinks being produced here are no cheap knockoffs. These locally sourced, expertly crafted beers, wines and spirits rival any national brand and then some.
So when you’re in Happy Valley, forego the state store or beer distributor and make a stop at one of these local spots for a drink instead. You’ll be really glad you did.
By Blake Burfield on March 28, 2017
As spring slowly but surely arrives in State College, it’s time to start planning your warm weather adventures, and these brand new wine and brew tour packages from Happy Valley Hotels are the perfect place to start.
What sets the new tours apart from others is that they’re all at your own pace—allowing you to taste Happy Valley’s best locally-crafted beers, spirits and wines on whatever schedule you choose, along with gift cards galore and an overnight stay.
By Jeff Cavanaugh on November 14, 2016
Photo: © Dante’s
It is no secret that whether you are a cash-strapped Penn State student or an alum looking to relive your college days, you can always find $2 PBR cans at the Phyrst or a $5 Monkey Boy at The Saloon or the legendary "Case of Rocks" at the Rathskeller. But with a growing emphasis on craft beers and classic cocktails throughout Happy Valley, downtown State College has become more than just your typical shot and cheap beer college town.
By Cara Aungst on October 21, 2016
The Nittany Lion Inn has long made a niche for itself for its old world charm, inventive and delicious food and unmatched guest happiness. Over the past few years, there has been something else putting The Nittany Lion Inn on the map – its love for international wines. It started when Sean Caviston, The Dining Room's operational manager, began training with the Court of Master Sommeliers of North America. As he studied each region and how soil, climate and technique influenced unique wines, he created dining experiences at The Dining Room to share what he'd learned.
By Holly Swanson on September 26, 2016
The Dining Room at The Nittany Lion became the first restaurant in the State College area—and only the 18th in the state—to earn a “Best Of” Award of Excellence by the internationally respected Wine Spectator magazine. Wine Spectator’s ranking system is considered to be the industry standard by which restaurants and vineyards mark their progress and exclusivity.