Mechanicsburg offers a charming downtown feel with galleries, casual dining, and specialty gift shops. Spend a day shopping and discovering this historic town.
Market Street: On Market Street stop in The Rosemary House. They offer a great selection of tea and herbs, and a lovely garden. Right down the street, take a peek in Civil War and More, a small gem packed with an eclectic selection of Civil War merchandise and staff knowledgeable on local Civil War history. On North Market Street, music aficionados will love to shop for vinyl records and CDs at RecordSmith. Their wide-ranging collection features rock, hip-hop, electronica, jazz, and other genres.
Main Street: Begin exploring Main Street with a stop at Brittle Bark and grab a tasty treat of homemade brittle, fudge or chocolates. Right down the street stop in and check out the funky artwork at Metropolis Collective. At the corner, you can visit Hershey Violins and watch a master craftsman build a beautiful instrument. Head down Main Street a little farther to stop in Caromal Colours. This unique paint shop can help you restore old pieces of furniture and give a fresh look to other items.
Stop at the Mechanicsburg Museum and visit a cluster of historic buildings from the 1800s to learn about Cumberland Valley history. The museum is headquartered at the Passenger Station. Start there and experience this preserved 1867 Cumberland Valley Railroad station. From here, the docents can give you tours of the other buildings. The Stationmaster's House was built in 1866 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The preserved home was originally built for stationmaster George Zacharias. The two-story Freight Station Museum & Museum Store was once used for freight shipments and deliveries. It now houses a modern museum space and store that sells area gifts and crafts. Finally, ask for a tour of the preserved Frankenberger Tavern. This log tavern was built in 1801 and was near the Great Road from Harrisburg to Carlisle.
For a fun activity, book a class at Board & Brush Creative Studio, a do-it-yourself wood sign workshop where you can create a unique home decor item.
For breakfast, order a special at Diener's, like a baked potato omelet loaded with potato, bacon and sour cream. They also have a huge selection of grilled cheese sandwiches. Stop for a mid-morning break or an afternoon pick-me-up at Capital Joe Coffee where you can pair your specialty drink with freshly-made pastries. 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 favorites like apple pie ice cream at Rakestraw's or head to Eckel's where you can enjoy a light lunch topped off with an old-fashioned ice cream soda or milkshake. Feeling a little bit fancy? Treat yourself to afternoon tea at Sweet Remembrances, right next door to The Rosemary House.
- 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.