Historic Downtown Mechanicsburg
A charming historic downtown with galleries, casual dining and specialty gift shops.
Market Street: 2nd Floor Gallery, located in an 1859 historic church, boasts fine art by national and regional artists. Across the street is The Rosemary House and Gardens, offering a great selection of tea and herbs, and a lovely garden. Also take a peak at Providence Boutique, an organic and natural fibers clothing shop, and Civil War and More is a small gem packed with an eclectic selection of Civil War merchandise, and staff knowledgeable on local Civil War history.
Main Street: Begin exploring Main Street with a stop at the Potomac Bead Company. Let yourself be tempted by the vast inventory of jewelry, beads and jewelry making supplies. Set aside some time and make your own piece of jewelry for a special memento of Cumberland Valley, PA. If your feet are in need of some TLC make an appointment at Heel Your Sole. Cross the street one more time and head east to Brath & Hughes Fine Art gallery located inside an old bank, featuring over 50 local and regional artists. Continue to Brittle Bark and grab a tasty treat. Brittle Bark, featured on the Rachel Ray Show, crafts delicious varieties of peanut brittle, including Cherry Jubilee and Nutty Chai. The Fairey Godmother's Vintage Clothing store has a selection of vintage fashion. Next-door is Just Clogs featuring unique, comfortable shoes for all ages. End your mini tour at Hershey Violins and watch a master craftsman build a beautiful instrument.
TIP: Stop at the Mechanicsburg Museum and visit a cluster of historic buildings, such as Frankeberger Tavern, the Freight Station and the Passenger Station to learn about Cumberland Valley history.
For breakfast, order a special at Diener's, like a baked potato omelet loaded with potato, bacon and sour cream. Need a break or a quick pick-me-up? Stop at Warm Hearts Cafe for a cup of coffee and home baked cakes. They also have a huge selection of grilled cheese sandwiches. For dinner and a fun bar atmosphere head to Snapper's Restaurant. On the weekends they often have live entertainment. For dessert have hand-dipped apple pie ice cream at Rakestraw's.
Perfect for a romantic getaway or your annual girlfriends retreat, Orris House Inn offers luxury, comfort, impeccable service and the downtown experience. This exquisite Second Empire mansion is a National Historic Landmark and an outstanding example of late Victorian architecture, rich in original woodwork, banisters and chandeliers. Your stay includes a cooked-to-order breakfast, evening wine and cheese reception, and fresh baked cookies anytime.
- April: Mechanicsburg Earth Day Festival
- May: Art Walk and Wine Tasting
- June (3rd Thursday of June): Jubilee Day is the largest one-day street fair on the East Coast.