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Artisan Adventure Trail
Cumberland Valley is home to a diverse collection of artists and artisans who share their craft with those who appreciate handmade and homespun. Follow the trail below to find one-of-a-kind items and gifts. Your purchases also serve as unique souvenirs to remind you of your Cumberland Valley experiences.
Stop 1: Carlisle
Drive out into the back roads of Carlisle and visit Meadowbrooke Gourds. The retail shop features hand-crafted gourds for all seasons and purposes. Stop by during an open house to get a behind-the-scenes peek of how the gourds are harvested, cleaned, prepped and painted.
Head back into town and discover the cluster of artisan shops in walkable downtown Carlisle. On High Street you can explore History on High - The Shop and Harmony Society. History on High features local artists' work including paintings, fine jewelry, textiles, pottery, metalwork, wood carvings, clothing and food items. Harmony Society offers vintage and new clothing, gift items, books, and apothecary items.
Hanover Street features a variety of galleries and artisan shops as well. Start at American Artisan Gallery for a unique assortment of arts and crafts fashioned by American artists. Also on Hanover are two galleries right in a row, Nancy Stamm's Galleria which features her whimsical works, and The Garden Gallery which is home to artwork and sculptures from locally and nationally recognized artists.
After exploring these two streets, head over to Pomfret Street and pop in and out of their funky galleries and shops. The Artist Market of Pomfret Street is a co-op that supports a range of artists and sells pottery, clothing and original artwork.
Another hotspot on Pomfret is the Carlisle Arts Learning Center. This gallery space features changing exhibits but is also home to a variety of classes so you can try your hand at crafting.
Before heading out of town, stop by the East Street Artisans for a variety of artists' work in all forms including wood, carving, beading and fiber. Attached to the shop is also Letort Glass which creates decorative glass sculptures.
Stop 2: Boiling Springs
Stop for a snack or lunch at Caffe 101. Enjoy freshly made soups, sandwiches, salads and pastries, or a delicious coffee beverage or smoothie, with a view of the scenic Children's Lake. You can also browse the works of nature artist Thom Glace, as his watercolors are on display in the cafe.
Next you'll find a fine art studio, Village Artisans Gallery, in a renovated church. This gallery is nationally recognized as a treasury of American craftsmanship and artistry, and features works from over 200 artists. Be sure to check the events calendar so you can time your trip to see an Artist-in-Action.
Stop 3: Mechanicsburg
Before you get to downtown Mechanicsburg, make a pit-stop at the Art Center School & Galleries. Housed in an old barn, this organization offers art lessons and gallery exhibits.
In downtown Mechanicsburg you'll find a variety of artisan experiences. 2nd Floor Gallery showcases local artisan works in a re-purposed church. Metropolis Collective offers a collection of contemporary fine art along with musical and artist performances.
If you're in the mood for a snack, stop at Brittle Bark and stock your shopping bags with gourmet brittles and other homemade chocolates.
Next, pop into Hershey Violins to marvel the finely crafted instruments. If your timing is right you may even catch the master craftsman in action. Finally, flex your creativity at Potomac Bead Company while examining thousands of beads to string a totally customized bracelet or necklace - your perfect Cumberland Valley memento!
Stop 4: West Shore
Make a stop in Camp Hill and visit Meeka Fine Jewelry. This small, tucked in, shop on Market Street features fine jewelry crafted by several artists including owner, Monika Krol.
In New Cumberland, visit Tickle My Senses Gallery for one-of-a-kind pieces in mediums including ceramics, glass, wood, mixed media, metals and jewelry from over 125 local, regional, national and Canadian artists.
Around the corner on Third Street sits 3rd Street Gallery and Half Moon Handwerks. 3rd Street features artwork, apparel from Starry Night Alpaca Farm and hosts classes. Half Moon Handwerks sells a variety of quilting embellishments.
Make it a Weekend
After all this shopping you'll be hungry. Enjoy the artistry of food at one of the Valley's authentic dining establishments. With over 30 options in downtown alone, Carlisle features flavors from across the globe. Enjoy a meal with a view of the Susquehanna River with the waterfront restaurants in Wormleysburg. You can view all your dining options here.
When it's time to settle down at night the Valley's charming bed & breakfasts offer a cozy overnight stay. Many feature beautiful artwork and antiques.
If you're looking for another trail to tackle, view our Antiques Trail for more shopping fun.