Outdoor Dining

Summer at The Inn: Tapas, Tight Lines and T-bones

Since 1931, The Nittany Lion Inn has defined Penn State luxury. It pairs nostalgia with world‑class amenities and dining to create a memorable experience. Best of all, you don’t have to stay there to enjoy their award‑winning dining experiences like their summer PA on the Patio, or scrumptious steakhouse menu. Catch up with friends this summer at one of The Inn’s summer picks:

PA on the Patio

Drink and dine under the sun and stars

Summer is meant to be spent outside. So, after a long day at work, why not meet up with friends for a drink or gather the family for a meal under the sun? Luckily, Happy Valley boasts a vast number of quality restaurants that offer seating outside, and we are here to share our favorites.

Whether you are looking to escape to an outdoor urban oasis, relax on a patio or dine among nature, Happy Valley offers it all.

Big City Feeling

Fresh foods and specials make your spring great

Spring weather may be blooming a bit late here in Central Pennsylvania this year, but that just makes all things spring even more exciting when they finally arrive — including food! From great ingredients to great atmosphere, here are a few places you’ll want to visit this spring for top-notch meals.

The Freshest Burgers and Brews

Almost Here: RE Farm Cafe's living, working lab

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, mushroom production, forest farming, energy sourcing, solar systems and more.

Wing Fest finals set for tonight

This is it. The Wing Fest Finals are here.

Tonight at Tussey Mountain, Wing Fest winners from the past several weeks will square off in the finals to see who takes home the title of 2017 Wing King. The participants are: Ye Olde Hotel, American Legion Post 245, Edgewater Inn and Riverside Grill, Kelly’s Steak and Seafood, Wilderness Lodge, Bill Pickle’s Tap Room and Main Street Bar of Milroy. The seven finalists are the most Wing Fest has ever seen.

Pints on Park Avenue event set for Aug. 23

As temperatures begin to cool and students head back to campus, everyone is trying to squeeze as much as they can out of the last few weeks of summer.

The Nittany Lion Inn has you covered.

There will be another Pints on Park Avenue dinner at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 23. The event will take place on the patio overlooking the golf course. If you missed the July wine dinner, the weather was fantastic … don’t miss this one!

Our Favorite Outside Eats

Now that the seemingly unending cold and snow has made way for warmer temperatures and sunny skies, Happy Valley visitors and residents alike can enjoy a multitude of summer activities. After hiking Mt. Nittany, a day on the lake in Raystown or taking in one of the many fun festivals that occur over the next few months, try one of our favorite restaurants that offer an al fresco dining option, and enjoy a little more of the great outdoors … before winter hits!

Think Your Penn State Tailgating Recipe is the Best?

We’re thinking what every fan is thinking this time of year: bring on the football, and bring on the tailgates.

Everybody has a favorite tailgating recipe, and we want to hear yours! Whether it’s wings, snacks, drinks, a sandwich, something off the grill, or a dish so awesome you have to create your own category, we’re counting on our readers to share their go-to recipe on gameday!

Enjoy Local Microbrews, Tapas, and Burgers at Penn State Hotels this Summer

There’s nothing like the slow-paced days of summer in Happy Valley. Add chef-inspired grilled tapas, delicious burgers, PA beers, and local spirits to the equation and you have the perfect way to kick off a summer weekend.

Get Fresh-Off-the-Grill Food This Summer

Happy Valley is home to some amazing restaurants with authentic cuisine, but the best part of our summer variety is the many fresh-off-the-grill food options. 

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