Outdoor Dining

Eat Fresh and Local This Spring

Spring means more than just warmer days and brighter sunshine in Happy Valley — it also means the springing of fresh and local produce once more. Thanks to the abundance of farmers markets in and around the State College area, locals will have no trouble finding the season’s latest and greatest from local providers around town.

Take the Happy Valley Detour

By Cara Aungst
 

Say the words “football weekend,” and you already have a picture in your mind. You know where you are going to order that pizza, what you’re going to pick up at The Book Store to bring home with you, and the bottle of wine you’ll buy. (See, it’s right there.) That’s the great thing about being in one of the best small college towns in the world, after all — it’s small! We know it by heart, and we love it.

 

Local foods alumni cannot live without

Last week, we asked Penn State alumni on Facebook what they missed the most about Happy Valley when they are away. Even now, you're probably thinking about your favorite restaurant, maybe even down to a favorite table or booth, and that food craving you can't quite satisfy anywhere else.
 

Alumni obliged with their dream food from their favorite spot, some old, some new, and some a distant memory. Here are their top picks:
 

Summer at The Inn: Tapas, Tight Lines and T-bones

Since 1931, The Nittany Lion Inn has defined Penn State luxury. It pairs nostalgia with world‑class amenities and dining to create a memorable experience. Best of all, you don’t have to stay there to enjoy their award‑winning dining experiences like their summer PA on the Patio, or scrumptious steakhouse menu. Catch up with friends this summer at one of The Inn’s summer picks:

PA on the Patio

Drink and dine under the sun and stars

Summer is meant to be spent outside. So, after a long day at work, why not meet up with friends for a drink or gather the family for a meal under the sun? Luckily, Happy Valley boasts a vast number of quality restaurants that offer seating outside, and we are here to share our favorites.

Whether you are looking to escape to an outdoor urban oasis, relax on a patio or dine among nature, Happy Valley offers it all.

Big City Feeling

Fresh foods and specials make your spring great

Spring weather may be blooming a bit late here in Central Pennsylvania this year, but that just makes all things spring even more exciting when they finally arrive — including food! From great ingredients to great atmosphere, here are a few places you’ll want to visit this spring for top-notch meals.

The Freshest Burgers and Brews

Almost Here: RE Farm Cafe's living, working lab

STATE COLLEGE — The doors are almost open at Happy Valley's new, innovative dining experience: RE Farm Café.

Located between Toftrees and the University Park Airport, RE Farm Café will be beyond “farm-to-table” — it will be a working lab available to learners of all ages with educational opportunities including cooking classes for adults and children, canning and preserving foods, mushroom production, forest farming, energy sourcing, solar systems and more.

Wing Fest finals set for tonight

This is it. The Wing Fest Finals are here.

Tonight at Tussey Mountain, Wing Fest winners from the past several weeks will square off in the finals to see who takes home the title of 2017 Wing King. The participants are: Ye Olde Hotel, American Legion Post 245, Edgewater Inn and Riverside Grill, Kelly’s Steak and Seafood, Wilderness Lodge, Bill Pickle’s Tap Room and Main Street Bar of Milroy. The seven finalists are the most Wing Fest has ever seen.

Pints on Park Avenue event set for Aug. 23

As temperatures begin to cool and students head back to campus, everyone is trying to squeeze as much as they can out of the last few weeks of summer.

The Nittany Lion Inn has you covered.

There will be another Pints on Park Avenue dinner at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 23. The event will take place on the patio overlooking the golf course. If you missed the July wine dinner, the weather was fantastic … don’t miss this one!

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