It’s easy to be healthy in Happy Valley. We’re located just miles away from local growers who take pride in fresh-grown fruits and vegetables, and we are surrounded by restaurants and chefs who take farm-to-table seriously – making healthy eating a delicious way of life. So whether you are on the lookout for organic fruits and vegetables, freshly brewed coffee or vegetarian options, we’ve got... MORE
The distance between farm and table just got a lot shorter.
It all started when Smeal College of Business alum Travis Lesser stood on the roof of his uncle's brownstone in Philadelphia and brainstormed about ways to maximize rooftop space to grow food.
He came back to Happy Valley and teamed up with friend, agricultural guru Woody Wilson, and a business was born.
With Spring just around the corner, we are all looking for things to do as we wait for the weather to warm. Now is the perfect time to visit some of the best breweries, wineries and restaurants in Happy Valley! Who said Winter has to be boring?
Tell us how you got started:
I started working with food with Andy Zangrelli at Great America (where Hi Way North is now located). After apprenticing with chefs in Chicago and working as a chef on several cruise ships, I moved to California and worked with the San Francisco Garden Project, training at restaurants like Chez Panisse. Restaurant-supported agriculture was... MORE
We all have favorites stops downtown, but what about on the way back home? Take a detour and try some of our out-of-town finds. (Bonus: you'll beat some of the traffic, too!)
Just 30 minutes from Beaver Stadium, Hublersburg Inn combines homeyness with upscale elegance. Their chef uses produce, cheese and meats from the surrounding... MORE
UNIVERSITY PARK — The Nittany Lion Inn, located on campus, is Happy Valley's premier hotel experience where comfort and quality meet Penn State tradition. It features The Dining Room, a fine dining restaurant that turns any meal into a special occasion, and Whiskers, a casual, pub-style eatery. And, as if their signature menus were not delicious enough (that lobster bisque!), their specials... MORE
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,... MORE
We might not be out with the old — Happy Valley is home to countless one-of-a-kind restaurants that now feel like home — but we do happen to be in with the new.
Welcome the rising restaurants that joined the Centre County family by giving their menus and dishes a go; each new family member has something to add to the plate, whether it be the new grab-and-go at Yallah... MORE
STATE COLLEGE — It’s springtime in Happy Valley — a time when the birds come back, flowers bloom and we’re finally able to comfortably enjoy the outdoors again. It’s a time when we celebrate weddings and graduations, reunions and golf outings. It’s also the time when one of Happy Valley’s greatest traditions takes place — the Blue-White Game.
The State College area provides a beautiful... MORE
There are plenty of places in town where you can order a seasonally-inspired drink, but where do you head when you want to go straight to the source? Happy Valley has some fantastic wineries, breweries and distilleries. Stop by any of the favorites on our list for a seasonal variety, or the perfect holiday gift.