Perhaps you’ve never heard of Pine Grove, Pennsylvania, but you’d do yourself a disservice by not sauntering through the town at least once in your lifetime. This quaint town of just over 2,000 people is a secluded spot, just 45 minutes from Harrisburg, and a short drive from Philadelphia. This autumn, don’t forget about this hidden gem. Here are just a few things you can do that will delight the senses, relax the body, and make for an all-around good time.
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Historic Walking Tour
Pine Grove wasn’t always a scenic mountain town. In fact, its ample history is bound to delight even the mildest of history buffs. If you want to learn more about the tour, don’t miss the historic walking tour of the town. This tour pairs you with a knowledgeable guide that knows more than his or her fair share of the past. It takes place in Pine Grove Furnace State Park, but it’s a totally free event for everyone.
Become Robin Hood
It’s not every day that you can take a bow and arrow, and set your sights on a target. However, Pine Grove gives you that opportunity. At Swatara Archers, sponsored by Witmer Archery, you can not only learn how to hit the middle of the target, but you can get a full-scale lesson on how to become the next Robin Hood. Maybe you aren’t robbing the rich to give to the poor, but at least you can say that you can hit the middle of the target. If only everything else in life were so easy.
Hit The Links
You’re a fool if you don’t hit the links this fall in Pine Grove. Whether you’re looking to enter a tournament, go for a relaxed 18 with your buddies, or get some top-notch lessons from real professionals, this golf course has everything you need. Opened in 1958, Hidden Valley Golf Course is one of the best kept secrets in all of Pennsylvania. However, its majestic views and challenging holes keep it a favorite of the locals. For the diehard golfer, they even offer competitive leagues.
If you’re a beginner or you’re with friends just trying to have a chilled out weekend, remember that you can play golf and head back to their awesome clubhouse, which offers soups, sandwiches, and beers at prices that you just don’t see at many other golf clubs. Just don’t get discouraged by the top-notch course. Instead, let it bring out your inner Jack Nicholson.
Grab Some of That Grape Juice
Pennsylvania isn’t Napa Valley, yet it offers some of the best wine in the country. When you head over to Stone Mountain Wine Cellars, you’re on the outskirts of town, yet you’re treated with some of the best wine there is. Try from a variety of red, white, and blush wines. Each has a distinct taste and mix to keep you coming back for more.
No matter where you decide to visit in Pine Grove this fall, just remember that it’s one of the most scenic, original, and happening towns in the state. Even with only 2,000 people, you can still have the time of your life.