Make a detour for these delicious out-of-town finds
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 area to make what he calls “beautiful food at an affordable price.” If you are go on the weekend, make time for their brunch. Try their crispy pork belly egg benedict that features poached egg and chipotle hollandaise on a cinnamon brioche, or his signature Monte Cristo with french toast, ham, bacon, egg and a side of strawberry preserves.
If you live south of Penn State, do yourself a favor and take Route 305 next time. It'll find its way back to 322, but before it does, you'll get an eyeful of some of the best views anywhere. After passing through Rothrock Forest and Greenwood State Park, you'll head into Belleville, small town home of Amish … and Taste of the Valley. This coffee shop not only makes all the espresso beverages you'd expect, but also their own bagels, soups and sticky buns. It's just the bucolic stop you need before heading back in to the work week.
Just out of town, you can enjoy Centre County’s best tavern fare with some hometown flavor at the Port Matilda Hotel & Tavern and Tavern. They have a full menu with offerings like the “Hot and Wet Sloppy Jimmy” burger served with gravy and fries, but if it's your first time, just get the wings, full stop. You'll definitely be back for seconds. And thirds.
Travel Route 26 for about 40 minutes, and you'll end up in Alexandria nestled along the Juniata River. When you do, stop in at Edgewater Inn’s Riverside Grill. This historic house-turned-inn was originally built in 1762, and now accommodates guests for weddings, retreats, or just a quiet, great meal. Enjoy their New American menu featuring favorites like short rib nachos, lobster bisque and filet mignon salad. Plan ahead, and you can turn it into a weekend getaway. Their breakfasts are pretty great, too.