Happy Valley prepares for Thanksgiving and Final Football Homegame

The holidays are quickly approaching, which means preparation has begun! Families are reuniting, pies are being baked, and home is the place to be. Thanksgiving is a time for giving and providing to our loved ones - and Penn State football. Begin the holiday season on a good note, getting ready in every way possible. Whether you are visiting Happy Valley for Penn State's last homegame of the season against Maryland (Nov. 24) or visiting your favorite resturants and bars, there is something here for everyone. 

If you haven't booked your stay for next week, hop to it! Luckily, Wyndham Garden has rooms availabile for all remaining homegames of the season! Wyndham Garden is a brand new venue with breath-taking views and is less than a five minute drive to Beaver Stadium and downtown State College. Make a reservation today!

Whether you are hosting a dinner or a night of drinks with friends, options are important for guests. Not everyone has the same taste! Here in State College there are a number of distilleries and wineries to choose from.

Barrel 21 Distillery and Dining, located on North Atherton, is a distillery that works with local farmers to use as many raw materials as possible. From bourbon and whisky to gin, Barrel 21 has it. Come in and visit the tasting room, where the staff can inform you about the distilling process and anything else you want to know about their spirits.

If you’re wishing to go the wine route, Hungry Run Wine Spirits is the place for you! Small batch and hand crafted, there’s a multitude of wines to choose from. Meet the needs of all your guests, from reds to whites, as well as special liquors like apple pie moonshine!

Aside from the drinks needed for the holidays, your home is important too. Your guests will most likely be scurrying through your front door to escape the cold. Whether it be family or acquaintances, you want to make them feel as welcome as possible. Warm colors are festive and in season, so stick with tones like reds and oranges if possible. It can simply be a wreath on your front door or decorative placemats on your dining room table. It is the little details that really pull a home together. 

If you’re having trouble thinking of festive decorations, there are a few places around town you can visit for inspiration. Pick up some pumpkins from Wasson Farm Market located in Centre County or shop around the Douglas Albert Gallery—downtown on Calder Way—for hand crafted paintings, custom framing and other home décor. Whether it is artwork or memorabilia, your own decorations can make a space feel more personal. Decorate your home based on your own personal style—it is yours after all!

To ensure your guests leave on a good note, give them a little something to take home with them! Or if you aren’t playing host, give a thank you gift for the hospitality. A small gift bag or basket filled with goodies is the way to go. A Basket Full Boutique offers gift basket orders, customized to your desires. They are located in Boalsburg and offer customers the chance to choose hand-picked items from local businesses. Local food products include Tait Farm’s specialty butters, jams, chutneys and Cooke Tavern’s Soups that will help you stay warm during State College’s winter!

The holidays should be a fun time, not stressful one! By prepping as much as you can beforehand, your gatherings will be a breeze. Check out these places around town to help you collect the essentials for the holidays. Once everyone is settled in, take a second to relax and enjoy the time spent surrounded by your loved ones - and don't forget to cheer on the Nittany Lions as they take on the University of Maryland on Nov. 24 (kickoff is at 3:30 p.m.).

For updates of the football game and other holiday tips, like HappyValley.com on Facebook!


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