Craft Your Artisan Adventure
Spend a day visiting artisan craft shops to peruse the fine wares made by our local and regional artists. Not only is this a wonderfully relaxing way to spend your day, your purchases also serve as unique souvenirs to remind you of your Cumberland Valley experiences.
Start your trip with a cluster of artisan shops in walkable downtown Carlisle. The American Artisan Gallery, Artist Market of Pomfret Street and History on High-The Shop all feature locally and regionally crafted gifts including leather goods, jewelry, pottery and handmade cards. The Carlisle Arts Learning Center, Nancy Stamm's Galleria, The Garden Gallery and Fly Away Home Studios are all sales galleries featuring locally created artworks. End your time in Carlisle with a visit to Colucci & Company, where you can find funky jewelry, unique frames and pottery. If you're lucky you might even catch a jewelry making demonstration!
After a busy morning, slow down your pace in scenic Boiling Springs. Enjoy lunch on the patio of Caffé 101 where you can overlook picturesque Children's Lake. Be sure to stop by Gerald W. Putt Studio to view this Boiling Springs native's award winning wildlife artwork. 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 event schedule so you can time your trip to see an Artist in Action.
Or, take a drive out into the back roads of Carlisle and visit Meadowbrooke Gourds. Featured on the Discovery Channel's Dirty Jobs, Meadowbrooke Gourds retail shop features hand-crafted gourds for all seasons and purposes. Stop by during an open house to get a behind-the-scenes peak of how the gourds are harvested, cleaned, prepped and painted.
Make it a Weekend
Allenberry Resort Inn & Playhouse offers travelers great food and entertainment. Enjoy the famous buffet and take in a show in the Playhouse. Don't stay up too late - you have a full day ahead of you!
Today's journey begins with sales galleries in Mechanicsburg - Art Center School & Galleries, Brath & Hughes Fine Art, and 2nd Floor Gallery all offer local artisan works in repurposed buildings including a barn, bank and church!
Color a different type of artisan experience on the last leg of your journey! Stop at Brittle Bark, featured on the Rachel Ray Show, and stock your shopping bags with gourmet brittles and other homemade chocolates. Pop into Hershey Violins to marvel the finely crafted instruments. If your timing is right you may even catch the master craftsman in action! 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!