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A Student’s Guide to Downtown Hot Spots

by Matthew Manahan

Our downtown is no flashy metropolis, but there are plenty of good times to be had if you’re visiting for the weekend! As a senior here at Penn State, I know my way around town. Here are my recommendations for places to visit the next time you visit.

Happy Valley Eateries with Entertainment

Though State College is a family town, we offer a vibrant nightlife. From bars and pubs to clubs, there is a variety of restaurants and bars offering entertainment and great food. Here are some of the local favorites:

The Arena Bar & Grill
The Arena has a menu of delicious classic American food, including sandwiches, wraps, burgers, pizza, salad, and more. They also feature some of the best local bands every weekend. Every Friday, the Arena features a modern rock band, and Saturdays they feature a classic rock band.

Bee Tree Berry Farm is U-pick Heaven!

It doesn't get any fresher (or more delicious) than this! Bee Tree Berry Farm in Bellefonte is a u-pick berry farm where you can pick your own sustainably produced strawberries, raspberries, blackberries and blueberries and even pumpkins!

Their season starts in June with juicy strawberries and continues with blueberries and raspberries with still more late season strawberries, raspberries and blackberries available until frost! They also offer fresh-picked berries, vegetables and cut flowers daily at the farm!

Dine Local, Feel Good: Healthy and Happy in the Valley

By Melissa Bradley

Dine Out

State College restaurants are taking advantage of the abundant harvest in their own backyard. The result? High quality food with major health benefits. Now is the time to renew those New Year’s resolutions and commit to lifestyle improvements. Fortunately, no sacrifices will be required in the taste department.

Food Revolution: Local, Sustainable, Good Food

By Cara Aungst

I grew up in the heart of Amish country. It's a place where eating well is hard work. You pick the corn you eat (and shuck it, and steam it, and cut it off the cob for that matter, but I digress). We picked raspberries in the dead of summer in someone's back pasture. It was a time when words like pesticide-free, heirloom, organic, whole wheat and local were not cool, and I wanted so badly to be cool. All I really wanted was to be like the kids I saw on TV that ate red licorice and Coke and frozen vegetables.

The Pedestrian Diner’s College (Ave) Experience

Take a Walking Tour and enjoy Downtown's best eats!

By Melissa Bradley

Yea, though I walk through the Valley of Happy, 
I shall fear no hunger. . . 
—preached from the steps of the Willard Building

Ditch your ride in the parking garage and gear up for a downtown walking tour that will spin your taste buds around the world.

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