Upgrade your Getaway: Add this to make your Happy Valley visit awesome

STATE COLLEGE  — Whether you’re an alum coming back to town, a parent bringing the kids for a trip, or any other kind of visitor to the Centre Region, we want you to get the most out of your visit here. Our area is chock-full of fun and exciting ways to make your trip memorable, from food and drink to recreation. No matter the reason for your visit, you can upgrade your getaway by adding in any of these stops. (For lots more ideas for things to do, see and eat, visit happyvalley.com.)

Add Fun for the Whole Family

If you’re in town with the kids, the Fun Centre at Tussey Mountain has everything under the sun to make their trip awesome at an affordable price for parents. With a mini golf course, a go-kart track, a skate park, batting cages and a driving range, the Fun Centre has tons of different ways to add fun to a family trip. For fishing families, Tussey even offers free catch-and-release fishing at its fully stocked pond — just bring your equipment along! Visit tusseymountain.com to see everything they have to offer, and get ready to up the fun of your family trip.

Add a Wine Tour

If you’re not here with the kids, on the other hand, a visit to our excellent local wineries is the perfect addition to any trip. A visit to the scenic Mount Nittany Vineyard and Winery is as much about enjoying the location as it is about enjoying their award-winning variety of wines. Sipping a bottle on the outdoor patio and taking in the view of the pond and the mountains beyond is the way to go on a sunny spring day. Mount Nittany offers complimentary wine tastings, as well as a tour/tasting combo for just $7.95 per person, complete with a logo wine glass to take home; and be sure to check their event list at mtnittanywinery.com for fun events coming up.

Travel just a few minutes outside of State College to visit Seven Mountains Wine Cellars, whose impressive selection of more than 40 wines will wow you. Their wide variety of fun, fruity wines (including peach, rhubarb and blackberry) make for a great spring-y treat, but their dry and semi-sweet varieties are just as outstanding if that’s more your taste. If you’re visiting for Mother’s Day with any special moms in your life, don’t miss Seven Mountains’ Mother’s Day Vendor Fair, featuring live music, food from Smokin Hot Butts BBQ, tons of handmade gift vendors, and of course, lots of wine!

Add a Once-in-a-Lifetime Experience — in the Sky!

How about viewing Happy Valley from the sky? Ridge Soaring Gliderport is a world‑ famous glider airport located about10 miles west of State College, between Julian and Unionville. They offer flight training and glider rides, so visitors can soar above the beautiful landscape of the region and admire the once‑ in‑ a‑ lifetime view. Ridge Soaring Gliderport offers four different altitude options for rides, from 2,000 feet up to a mile high! Minimum age to fly is only nine years, and every passenger flies with an FAA Certified flight instructor. For more information or to schedule a glider ride, contact Ridge Soaring Gliderport at 814‑ 355‑ 2483 or visit www.eglider.org.  Don’t forget to bring your cameras because you’ll want to look back on that view. The experience will be remembered for a lifetime!

Add a Fresh (and Sweet) Start to Your Days

In a rare meeting of fate, State College was recently graced with the opening of not just one, but three different out-of-this-world fresh donut joints, and each has something that makes it totally unique. So if it’s your first visit back in town since their opening (or your first visit ever), try one out to kick off your morning in style. Duck Donuts whips up made-to-order donuts as well as featured seasonal flavors (their spring assortment includes key lime with graham cracker, cinnamon sugar with vanilla drizzle, and super fun spring sprinkles). Happy Buns introduces the sinfully good combo of hand-crafted ice cream-donut sandwiches, with tons of ice cream flavors to choose from and toppings that range anywhere from chocolate chips to Fruity Pebbles. And Peace, Love and Little Donuts has brought not only the freshest donuts ever with the craziest selection of toppings to State College, but also a whole lot of color and good vibes. The question is, which will you try first?

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