One look at downtown State College and it’s obvious that the region is in the midst of a growth spurt. Cranes tower over construction projects while new businesses are taking over vacant buildings. It’s almost hard to keep up with the news about what stores and restaurants are going where, so we’ve compiled a list of the newest businesses—and those we’re eagerly anticipating—in Happy Valley.... MORE
Happy Valley's downtown treasure, The Deli, has brunch with live jazz each Sunday from 10-2. Enjoy specialties like Croque Madame, Stuffed Brioche French Toast, Frittatas, and more, served alongside 'eye-openers' like the Deli Mimosa, Sam-mosa (Samuel Adams Imperial White and OJ) or Seattle's Best... MORE
The holidays are just better with wine. From festive sangrias, warm mulled wines, to the perfect pairing for your turkey, ham or roast chicken, the right wine makes a good holiday better (and a stressful holiday less so!). The wineries in Happy Valley are here to ring in the holidays with events, gift ideas and wine pairings for your big get-togethers!
By Diana Walker Griffith
Most of the vegetables available this time of year are the root variety—potatoes, onions, carrots, beet and shallots, for example—and cold-tolerant greens. At the area’s three winter farmers’ markets, you can find these and a whole lot more — bars of handmade soap, crafts, pottery, jars of honey, jam, kosher dill pickles and peaches and winter... MORE
By Jeff Cavanaugh
There are countless reasons State College was named the top college town in the United States by CollegeTownNetwork.com – the Penn State Nittany Lions, the local wineries, the craft breweries, the downtown nightlife, the outdoor activities and hiking Mount Nittany. But when you consider the quality of restaurants here in Happy Valley, there’s no question that State... MORE
By Jeff Cavanaugh
Kelly’s Steak and Seafood has built a reputation as the premier steak and seafood restaurant in Centre County. And while in most cities premier is synonymous with pricy, Kelly’s serves up the best steaks and seafood available at a great value for family dinners, special occasions and everything in between.
Kelly’s Steak and Seafood is not hard... MORE
By Cara Aungst
Hot on the Happy Valley scene after opening Valentine’s weekend, Liberty Craft House combines prohibition-era accoutrement with innovation to create a one-of-a-kind experience. With its repurposed plank woods floors, brick and locally-crafted wrought iron rails, it feels like a neighborhood pub from another time. In perfect paradox with this old time feel... MORE
By Chad Lear
There is no shortage of dining options in and around State College. But, if you’re like me, you often find yourself going back to your favorite spots over and over. It’s a new year and a great time to remember that variety is the spice of life! So put down that two-day-old takeout and check out the newest arrivals to the Happy Valley food scene.
A lot has happened in Happy Valley in the past 15 years. For me, a transplant who relocated here in 2002, I’ve seen a blossoming of our local food movement—markets, food, beer, wine and more recently, spirits. Now that someone’s put it all on a map, there’s one more reason Happy Valley’s become a destination for more than weekend football.
The Central PA Tasting Trail is a self-guided... MORE