Make a New Year’s resolution to explore what your town and region has to offer in 2014. Featured in Jan issue of First Choice Magazine.

Make a New Year's resolution to explore what your town and region has to offer in 2014, including delicious dining, great local shopping, unique events and performing arts, a collection of historical sites, and a variety of outdoor recreation.

Cumberland Valley's variety of tucked away sites and authentic experiences will keep you and your family entertained all year long. If you need help with the planning, check out and click on Start Your Journey.

Browse through over 40 Cumberland Valley trip ideas to help you explore the outdoors, step back in time, discover the need for speed, find family fun, seek retail therapy and uncover cultural gems. All trip ideas include attractions and nearby things to do, with shopping and restaurant suggestions along the way. As you see locations you want to visit add them to your Trip Planner and drag and drop them into your Day Planner. When you're done planning print or email your Trip Planner complete with maps.

Kick off the New Year by trying your luck at winning a Taste of the Valley getaway. Now through March 2, 2014, enter to win a Taste of the Valley Getaway in Cumberland Valley PA. You'll chop, mix, taste and enjoy every part of this exclusive trip as you shop for fresh produce at two specialty markets, try specialty oils and vinegars, learn to make something new during cooking classes, shop over 20,000 items at a gourmet super store, sample wines and beers at a regional winery/brewery and enjoy a taste of Cumberland Valley flavor while dining at two, only-in-the-Valley restaurants. This package, valued at $1,000, also includes gift certificates for a comfy two night stay and a $50 VISA Card. Enter online at

Read local reviews and recommendations while discovering new things to see and do on the Cumberland Valley Blog, Feel free to share your thoughts and comments on some of our blogger's favorite shops, restaurants and attractions.

Welcome 2014 with an event in Cumberland Valley. Here's a sampling.

Civil War Sesquicentennial - 1863 at the USAHEC - Through March 31st

The U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center presents an exhibit chronicling the third year of the Civil War. The exhibit will change yearly to commemorate each year of the Civil War.
Farmers on the Square - Indoor Location: Project Share Loft - Through February 26th
Join Carlisle for a vibrant, delectable farmers' market every Wednesday, rain or shine. Locally grown, raised and produced. The market offers many ready-to-eat foods plus cooking demos, kids' activities and live music.

Allenberry Murder Mystery Weekends - Various Weekends throughout 2014

Allenberry presents "Back In Time to Murder." Time travel is coming to Allenberry and you are invited to come along for the ride. A mad scientist unveils his spectacular new time machine. To prove that this crazy contraption works, our mastermind uses his time machine to transport people from the 1920s to the present day. The weekend package features two nights lodging, five gourmet feasts, two hors d'oeuvres parties, music, dancing, prizes, and a Murder & Mystery performed by a professional cast.

Discovering Genealogy in World War I at USAHEC - January 18th

The U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center will kick off the winter series with "Discovering Genealogy in World War I" on Saturday, January 18, 2014, at 10:00 AM. The workshop invites experienced genealogists or novice family members who want to learn what their ancestor did during the Great War. The Workshop is free and open to the public. The USAHEC's main exhibit, "The Soldier Experience," will be open, as will the museum store, book sale, and the Café Cumberland.

Dill's Tavern Presentation @ Cumberland County Historical Society - January 27th

This presentation will show how rye whiskey was made in the 18th and early 19th centuries. Dill's Tavern, in Dillsburg, had a huge whiskey distillery at that time.

For more event information and collections of things to see and do visit or stop by the Cumberland Valley Visitors Center, 33 W. High St., Carlisle, inside History on High - The Shop.