The charming town of New Cumberland has a lot to offer in the way of dining and shopping. Cumberland Valley's southernmost town on the banks of the West Shore was originally a ferry site for early English, Irish, Scottish and German settlers crossing the Yellow Breeches Creek. Today, a historic iron bridge welcomes visitors to this friendly community.

Changes continue to take place that will keep attracting visitors. Below are some great recommendations of places you can eat, shop and experience for an afternoon or day in lovely New Cumberland.

Eat

Start your day off right with a delicious breakfast. New Cumberland offers two great options for the most important meal of the day. Local residents love the cozy atmosphere of Murphy's Homestyle which makes you feel like you're having pancakes at your grandma's house. And, the cleverly named Brew Crumberland's Best offers amazing coffee drinks, big pastries, and build-your-own sandwiches. If you're in a hurry they even have a drive-thru.

When it comes to dinner, New Cumberland offers two relaxing spots to enjoy a night out. Nick's 114 Café offers hometown favorites like burgers, prime rib, wings, crab cakes and more. If you are looking to try something a bit more daring, head to Yak N Yeti, which serves authentic Bhutanese and Nepalese cuisine.

For dessert, enjoy ice cream and the retro 50s vibe at Hanna's Ice Cream Shoppe.

Shop

New Cumberland is filled with a collection of shops you can't find anywhere else. Oxford Hall Celtic Shop offers a variety of Irish and Celtic imports including certified jewelry, sweaters, Baptism and Communion outfits, wedding gifts, Guinness items and more.

The on-site Irish/English Tea Shop sells a variety of condiments, candy bars, canned goods, and other specialty items directly from Ireland. You can also dine on soups, British pasties, meat pies, bangers, Scotch eggs and more.

Continue your shopping excursion with a visit Tickle My Senses Gallery. This charming space features one-of-kind pieces for sale in mediums including ceramics, glass, wood, mixed media, metals and jewelry from over 125 local, regional, national and Canadian artists.

Right next door, check out Nest Egg Interiors, featuring upcycled furniture, home decor crafted from vintage items, and antiques.

The Inner Connection is described as a "metaphysical adventure shop" offering Rune, Tarot, Aura, Gemstone, Angel/Spirit and Astrology Readings. The shop also carries a selection of spiritual healing products including aromatherapy, incense, candles, self-help books and more.

Half Moon Handwerks and 3rd Street Gallery share a space on this street. Half Moon Handwerks sells a large variety of quilting embellishments and 3rd Street Gallery has a small art display with art classes available to the public.

Before heading out of town, stop by Smith Custom Framing & Fine Art Gallery. This frame shop and gallery is tucked down on Reno Avenue and offers a great display of artwork for sale. They also specialize in creative and quality framing options.

Experience

Throughout the year, you can head to the 29-acre New Cumberland Borough Park with a playground and tot lot for the kids, and picnic tables and pavilions which offer a quiet place to relax or are ideal for an impromptu picnic.

In September, the park hosts the New Cumberland Apple Festival, a one-day event featuring tons of apple treats, craft vendors, entertainment and more.