Cumberland Valley is home to gifted craftsmen that make everything from beer to home decor to jewelry. Whether you're wearing, displaying or tasting these fine artisan crafts, you'll be sure to love every moment of this handmade weekend.
Begin your trip in historic downtown Carlisle. History on High - The Shop is home to a collection of locally crafted treasures. Find jewelry, soaps, ornaments, cards, pottery and more tucked into this cozy shop. The shop is also home to the Cumberland Valley Visitors Center. Pick up any of the 300+ brochures, flyers and guides on display. Whether you are looking for local or regional attraction information, we've got you covered!
Your next stop is within walking distance. the greatest gift store features unique items, including beautiful jewelry and pottery, that is handcrafted by artisans. It will be hard to pick which restaurant to have lunch at, but some suggestions include Café Bruges or Market Cross Pub & Brewery. Café Bruges serves traditional Belgian fare including savory crepes and mussels, and offers a large selection of Belgian beers. Market Cross Pub & Brewery serves traditional English fare including fish and chips and shepherd's pie, but the most memorable part of the menu is the selection of over 250 beers from all around the world! Market Cross also carries a selection of their own brews on tap.
After lunch, stop in Carlisle's newest brewery, Molly Pitcher Brewing Co., for a sampling.
Enjoy cruising through the scenic countryside as you travel to Meadowbrooke Gourds. The largest gourd manufacturer in the country, this family-owned business grows, cleans and crafts gourd-eous creations. Tours are given during special weekend events, but even a stroll through the whimsical storefront will show why this hidden gem was featured on the Discovery Channel's Dirty Jobs.
No artisan craft tour would be complete without stopping for a sweet temptation at Brittle Bark. Featured on the Rachel Ray Show, this unique manufacturer creates gourmet chocolates and their signature Brittle Bark. The more unusual offerings include chocolate dipped cookies, chips, rice krispie treats and cheesecake.
End your day at Appalachian Brewing Company. This brewpub has a handful of locations scattered throughout Central PA and features hand-crafted beer brewed on premise, as well as a different seasonal beer each month. Make an appointment for a tour, or have dinner. The menu offers a fun variety of modern favorites with a twist, as well as a smattering of huge burgers, including The Sasquatch.
Make it a Weekend
Visit the Sweetest Place on Earth to learn how the iconic Hershey Bar is manufactured at Hershey's Chocolate World. Your free tour includes everything from singing cows to a free chocolate sample at the end. Browse the giant gift store for unusual and hard-to-find chocolate flavors and giant, five-pound, Hershey Bars.
Take a self-guided tour, or reserve your spot on a guided tour, for Tröegs Brewing Company. Either way, you'll learn how the beer is fermented and bottled, and enjoy a tasting of their signatures beers.
Wrap up your weekend at Al's of Hampden. In between bites of pizza, wings and other pizzeria specialties, enjoy one of the 99 beers on tap, including a selection of brews made in-house.