EAT Features

There’s never been a better time to establish yourself in Happy Valley, whether that means buying a year-round home, starting a new business or committing to visit several times a year. As our local population grows, so, too, do small businesses. Here’s a sampling of a few of our favorite new restaurants and corporations that are happy to great new customers.

 

The Melt... MORE

Photo: © Dante's
Nitro Coffee and Cake, Liberty Craft House

I used to work out at the State College YMCA during the lunch hour, and the woman who ran on the treadmill beside me told me her motivation.

“I work out so much because,” her voice sank to a whisper, “I love to eat.”

Five kids later, my office has moved to my house and I run on back roads... MORE

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... MORE

Leave hibernation to the bears - not the Lions! You can turn basketball season into a winter getaway with the Slam Dunk Package at The Penn Stater – it includes overnight accommodations with a breakfast buffet for two, and two best-available game tickets to see the Penn State men’s or women’s basketball teams... MORE

As summer winds down, Happy Valley prepares to share the harvest—bringing scrumptious fall flavors to local establishments. Many local restaurants, bars, and other eateries are adding a taste of autumn to their inventories and menus. Here are a few to try…

 

Cool Down with a Frozen Apple Cider from Otto's

Drink your way into fall with a special libation... MORE

With a primetime kickoff this weekend, you may want to leisurely make your way out of town on Sunday. But with large crowds on a football weekend, there are plenty of great places outside of town to load up on breakfast or brunch before you hit the road.

 

Some of our favorites include:

Gardens Restaurant at The Penn Stater

Perhaps the granddaddy of... MORE

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... MORE

Penn State's premier hotels, The Nittany Lion Inn on campus and The Penn Stater located in Innovation Park, are ready for your visit back to Happy Valley. With golf packages, game weekend seafood buffets, Sunday brunches and events around the holidays, your... MORE

Thanks to Penn State attracting students and faculty from around the globe, you don’t have to go far to find authentic ethnic food in Happy Valley. Whether you’ve got a craving for a particular cuisine or want to try something for the first time, there are plenty of options in Happy Valley to taste different foods from around the world.

 

 

Kimchi Korean Restaurant... MORE

Save room for these decadent treats hand-spun with your favorite Berkey Creamery ice cream flavors at The Field Burger and Tap at Toftrees. They feature both hard and classic milkshakes in delicious flavors like Salted Caramel Pretzel... MORE

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