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By Jeff Cavanaugh   State College may be known elsewhere as a football town — but in the summer, the outdoors and baseball steal the show. There are so many fun and one-of-a-kind experiences in Central Pennsylvania to enjoy during the summer. Whether its heading out with the family to the ballpark, eating dinner outside on College Ave. or watching an outdoor movie at Tussey Mountain,... MORE
By Emily Riden   In 1967, the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the ArtsTM was first introduced as a way to bring more of the arts to the area, marking the start of one of Happy Valley’s earliest summer festivals. Now more than 50 years later, ‘Arts Fest’ has not only grown exponentially, so has the lineup of festivals offered each summer throughout Happy Valley.  ... MORE
By Abbe Hamilton   This summer, venture outside to some of the best hiking, biking, and paddling destinations Happy Valley has in store! Beginner or expert, here are some destinations to check out for local outdoor fun. Purple Lizard Destinations If you’ve never used a Purple Lizard map, make this summer the one you try it. Based in Central PA, the Purple Lizard Maps... MORE
By Emily Riden   If the sunshine and warmer weather have found you yearning to dust off your golf clubs, day dreaming about hitting the links and improving your handicap, or contemplating learning to golf for the first time, and if you happen to live in or plan to visit Happy Valley this summer, you’re in luck!   The region is home to an exceptional array of courses, ideal... MORE
  Boalsburg, Pennsylvania, otherwise known as the founding place of Memorial Day, is a heartwarming historic town with an air of elegance and patriotism. Visitors and locals alike will enjoy all that this town has to offer.   Where to Eat Duffy’s Tavern offers a cozy environment, with both casual and fine dining. You can enjoy a fine dining room, a closed-in porch, or a seat... MORE
By Laura Zaks There aren’t many places in the world that bring a smile to a face the same way Happy Valley does. There’s just something about it — a feeling, perhaps — the pride, love and community that comes with being a Nittany Lion is precious indeed.   And the best way to celebrate? With weekends that honestly live on in our hearts and memories for years and years to come.... MORE
One of Happy Valley’s biggest perks is the wealth of arts, music and culture that Penn State University brings into State College. The spring and summer lineups promise ample opportunity for arts entertainment.   WHERE TO GO Interested in live performances? There are several venues in the area that host regular shows. Check out the Center for the Performing Arts, Bryce Jordan Center... MORE
By Abbe Hamilton   The Allegrippis Trail System is 36 miles of contoured single-track mountain bike trail on the north side of Raystown Lake in Hesston, Pennsylvania. It turns ten this year, as if there weren’t enough reasons to celebrate the best mountain biking east of the Mississippi — and just an hour away from State College! How did this gem wind up in Happy Valley’s backyard... MORE
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... MORE
State College is no stranger to Top Ten lists. It's been named one of the least stressful cities in the US, best place to live and launch, one of the most active cities in the country, and an all-around best of both worlds by CNNMoney. The latest accolade comes from this past week’s Readers’ Digest, naming the area on its short list of best places to move before they get too crowded. They... MORE

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