Staying Off the Beaten Path Beyond Hotels: Happy Valley Offers a Variety of Lodging Options for Your Weekend Getaway

Every fan who comes back for home games has a must-do list for the perfect Penn State football weekend: ice cream at the Penn State Berkey Creamery or Meyer Dairy, a grilled sticky at The Diner, lunch at The Corner Room, or perhaps a photo at the Nittany Lion Shrine.

Coming home to the place of your glory days is an experience you hope will feel the same each time. But you can heighten that experience by changing it up. Keep your Penn State traditions, but don't be afraid to reboot your football weekend by staying somewhere off the beaten path.

Your choices will depend on whether you want to camp out, tailgate in a luxury RV, rent one of the many luxurious Penn State houses and condos available to rent, or spend the weekend in an inviting lodge.

What would you say to tailgating at the stadium all weekend long, and camping out in an RV to start your tailgate as soon as you wake up? Everything is set up for you, so you can come as you are and relax.

Or, roughing it in a Stone Valley cabin, where hallelujah Lake Perez has returned! And by roughing it, we mean getting cozy in a tiny cabin that sleeps 4 or 6 and having to walk (or run when nature calls) to the public restroom and showers.

How about vacationing in Amish country at a beautiful bed and breakfast or lodge? The views are as serene as they are spectacular. 

Start looking and booking as early as possible now; many of these fill up a year in advance. 

 

RENT AN RV

Nittany RV Valet, a sports venue and stadium vendor, offers the Penn State RV Tailgreat Weekend at Beaver Stadium, with 30 RVs available to rent in the Penn State overnight RV parking lot behind the Ag Arena. 

"We specialize in providing a turn-key, hassle-free visit to Happy Valley for the entire football weekend," says Sharon Frazier, co-owner with her husband Jeff McClellan. "We will deliver an RV to the stadium for you to occupy from Friday at noon through Sunday at noon. Arrive Friday, move in for the weekend, and instantly start enjoying your football weekend in a clean RV—it’s like having a vacation home at Beaver Stadium!"

Sharon said she offers a complete professional set-up service. "We take care of the parking pass for the RV, which is set up, serviced, and ready to enjoy the second you arrive."

Amenities:

Nittany RV Valet delivers a safety-inspected RV with full, fresh water tanks, full propane tanks, a cold refrigerator, and heating/air conditioning. Each rental also includes clean bedding and bath towels, a full kitchen including all the appliances and tableware you'll need, a full bathroom, a large awning, outdoor chairs, a table-top grill and fuel, a large outdoor carpet, and an outdoor table. In addition to the RV awning, you'll find a complimentary 10 x 10 EZ-UP canopy set up and tailgate ready. All you need to bring is food, beverages, and the expectation of having a fun weekend. For an extra charge, Nittany RV will arrange for catering or stock your refrigerator with groceries. Additional services including an outdoor set-up with 40' HDTV/ satellite service, coolers with ice, and large patio grills. Our motor homes are also available for tailgate rentals in the client's Day of Game RV parking spot.

Nittany RV Valet is onsite and available 24 hours a day.

Check out the 30 different models, which sleep from three to 10 people.

Best reason to move in for the weekend:

There's no need to get up early, find a restaurant, or sit in game day traffic. Everything you need is steps away from the stadium, and you have your own place to relax.

 

RENT A CABIN

Huntingdon area

Penn State Stone Valley Recreation Area, Petersburg

This beautiful area, home to the newly restored Lake Perez, offers four and six-bed rustic cabins. 11 in all.

Amenities:

Each cabin is equipped with most of the basics: heat as needed, as well as a fan, a good-sized refrigerator and two-burner electric hot plate, water jug, dresser, table and chairs, and bunk beds to save space. Outside, your cabin amenities include a picnic table, charcoal grill, and bench.

You must bring your own bed linens, cooking and eating utensils, as well as anything else you'll need. Keep in mind that Stone Valley does not allow renters to use cabins for parties. Guests are expected to keep the noise at a level considerate of your cabin neighbors.

Reservations and Availability:

Peak rates are in effect for PSU Home Football Games, the Arts Festival, Antlered Deer and Trout seasons. Cabin reservations are accepted the first business day following January 1 of each year. Penn State Football weekends require a two-night reservation for Friday and Saturday, and you must pay in full by May 31.  Call the office at 814-863-1164 for current rates and availability. 

Stone Valley
Best reason to move in for the weekend:

Its beautiful and quiet, and affordably priced. 

Distance: Stone Valley is 28 minutes from Beaver Stadium. 

Penns Valley

The Cottage at Over the Moon Farm, Rebersburg 

Here's a lovely and quaint country cottage in the heart of Amish country, secluded on a woman-run organic farm. Its the ideal getaway before and after the game, if you want peace, quiet, and no electronic stimulation of any kind (that includes Internet as well as TV). You are free to walk the grounds and take in the sights of this working farm. A short drive takes you to Millheim, where you can explore the small shops and enjoy a drink at the Elk Creek Cafe or the Millheim Hotel.

Amenities:

Three rooms and an attached porch, with a kitchenette that includes a small fridge, microwave, and single burner propane stove. The bed comfortably sleeps two, and the cottage also includes a futon. Tents are permitted. The bathroom is fully equipped with a shower, sink, and composting toilet. Bedding and towels are provided, as well as hammocks, picnic tables, and a bonfire area stocked with firewood. If your vehicle has a roof rack, you can also borrow a canoe. Add $8 per person a day and a delicious farm fresh continental breakfast will be served at 7 a.m. each morning. A dog is permitted. 

Keep in mind you are likely to smell manure and hear farm machinery.

Reservations and Availability:

Rates are for two or three-night weekends, four-night weekdays, or a full week, for one or two people only. If more than two adults want to stay, the cost is $20 per night and they are welcome to pitch a tent outside.

Distance: Over the Moon Farm is 45 minutes from State College.

 

State College Area

Aikens Cabins at Bear Meadows, Boalsburg

www.aikenscabins.com 

Bear Meadows is a beautiful spot, adjacent to Rothrock State Forest and Tussey Mountain Ski Resort. Each of these five well-constructed and beautifully appointed cabins feature all the comforts of home. Take a walk down the drive and over to the nearby pond as you explore the area.

Amenities:

Each cabin features a living room with electric fireplace, fully equipped eat-in kitchen, two bedrooms and two baths, a porch, and DirecTV. The facilities include a picnic table, charcoal grill, and fire ring. Firewood, linens, blankets, towels, and paper products are all provided. Grocery and beverage shopping are offered for a nominal charge. Each cabin accommodates up to four persons. Smoking is not permitted; alcoholic beverages may be consumed in moderation.

Up to two dogs are permitted. Please consult pet guidelines. 

Reservations and Availability:

A two-night minimum stay is required for all football and graduation weekends. Call or e-mail for availability.

For more cabin options, check our list here.

 

Big Valley 

Hill Store Guest Cottage and Event Place, Belleville

This 1853 general store, restored by owners Tom and Ann McNabb, is located in the heart of Amish country, in scenic Big Valley.It offers proximity to state parks and forests, hiking and mountain biking trails, wineries, antique stories, and farmers markets. The property includes two rental units: a freestanding farmhouse and a guest cottage. The Greenwood House is five minutes from Greenwood Furnace State Park.

Amenities:

The Greenwood House: Two bedrooms (one queen, one double), full bath on each floor, two sofa beds on first floor, washer and dryer ($5 a load), full kitchen, landscaped deck, air conditioning, Wi-Fi, and large-screen TV.

The Cottage: Three bedrooms and a pull-out sofa for sleeping up to five. The cottage also features a private bathroom and shower, full kitchen, washer and dryer ($5 a load), living room with flat screen TV, central air, and WiFi. Make it yourself breakfast includes in-season local fruit, cereals and oatmeal, coffee, tea, orange juice, and half moon pies.

Reservations and Availability:

The earlier you book, the better. Hill Store also offers a large event space and will gladly arrange for caterers, photographers, florists, and entertainment.

Distance: Belleville is 41 minutes from Beaver Stadium.

 

STAY IN A HOSTEL

Godspeed Hostel, Port Matilda

This brand new hostel can make your next stay in Happy Valley a one-of-a kind experience. With the Bald Eagle Creek winding its way through the property, you can enjoy twenty acres of manicured open space, forest, and wetlands make the getaway feel much more than just ten minutes from the stadium. Modeled after Central American surf camps, you can enjoy a good night's sleep at the brand  new hostel for as low as $30 a night with group rates also available. Rent a private room with queen  sized bed and pull  out couch, vaulted ceiling and beautiful view, or enjoy true hostel living in the bunkhouse. Offering full  sized mattress bunkbeds, lots of natural light and a central common area, the bunkhouse is separated into a men's area and women's area.

Amenities: A main house features a community TV room with Amazon Prime, Hulu Plus, Netflix, and Wifi. Enjoy a K  cup coffee machine, microwave, fresh muffins, snacks, and fruit. The extensive grounds and new, inexpensive accommodations make it equally as perfect for reunions, large family gatherings, families with young children, and budget travelers. Rent out the entire bunkhouse and grounds for an on  location wedding, reunion, or retreat.

Availability: Warm weather is perfect for hostel stays! You can book your stay for a football weekend, or summer getaway or event. Call 814-554-0024 for reservations.

 

STAY IN A LODGE or BED AND BREAKFAST

The Nature Inn at Bald Eagle , Howard

This place in The Wilds is a bed and breakfast and a whole lot more, designed with the environment in mind. At The Nature Inn, walls of windows, huge decks, and private patios and balconies await you, and you can bird watch from a personal bid scope on the deck. Take in the view of a pair of bald eagles in their nest. You'll also have access to year-round land and water activities just steps from your door. The decor features illustrated prints by John James Audubon as well as Pennsylvania's naturalist Ned Smith. With beautiful lake and forest views, The Nature Inn offers a true getaway.

Amenities:

Single and double rooms, as well as spacious family suites are available, each featuring refrigerators and flat-screen TVs. A complimentary hot breakfast is served.

Reservations and Availability:

Guest rooms fill up fast, so book early by calling or making your reservation online. Special packages are available.

Distance: The Nature Inn at Bald Eagle is a short drive from historic Boalsburg and Beaver Stadium. 

Ingleby Lodge, Ingleby

This three-story mountain log home on one acre is located between Woodward and Coburn.

Amenities:

Accommodations include a spacious master bedroom, loft bedroom, and private bath upstairs; a full kitchen, dining room, great room with fireplace, half bath, and laundry room on the main floor; and a private bedroom, full bath, and home theater entertainment room downstairs. Have a seat on the porch or on the patio.

Reservations and Availability:

Weekend rates are for up to four guests and a two-night minimum. Check the Ingleby Lodge Calendar for availability.

Distance: Ingleby Lodge is three miles from Millheim, 30 minutes from Beaver Stadium. 

We've got a list of Bed and Breakfast recommendations you can consult at HappyValley.com

 

RENT A HOME 

Rent from an enterprising homeowner who understands the demand for luxury housing on home football game weekends and you're likely to find an awesome place to stay, many within convenient walking distance of campus.

FlipKey lists single-family homes, cabins, vacation rentals, bed & breakfasts, condos, and town homes, ranging from $110 to more than $1,000 a night.

Rent Like a Champion takes you to the event weekend you want to book for, from each scheduled home game to the Arts Fest and more. Prices range from $800 to $2,800 or more. 

Airbnb, which promises unique places to stay,at press time offered 126 vacation rentals in the State College area, with rates from $30 to $125 a night for a private bedroom, guest suite, or apartment.

VRBO (Vacation Rentals By Owner) at press time listed 26 vacation rentals in the State College area, with rates from $120 to $1,000 a night.

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