As we approach March, we start to dream of warmer spring weather and think about getting back outdoors. 

If you’re an avid gardener, you’ve probably already started planning and Cumberland Valley’s collection of garden centers and markets can help inspire your next flower or vegetable bed. Local favorites like Ashcombe Farm & Greenhouses and Stauffers of Kissel Hill, both in Mechanicsburg, Highland Gardens in Camp Hill, and Maplewood Farm Market in Shippensburg offer tons of supplies, seeds, plants and are a wonderful resource for questions and tips. Check out these recent tips from the Ashcombe staff on preparing your garden for spring.

If springtime for you means getting back outdoors, view Cumberland Valley’s Top 10 Hikes. They range in level of difficulty and length and offer scenic views of the Valley. Aside from hiking, the Valley offers biking trails, bird-watching hotspots, fly-fishing, kayaking, and more.

When the weather still isn’t cooperating, there’s plenty of great indoor places to have a good time. Take the kids for a hands-on learning experience to the Oakes Museum at Messiah University, the Soldier Experience Gallery at the U.S. Army Heritage & Education Center, or Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts in Harrisburg. Or bowl away the afternoon at Midway Bowling in Carlisle or Trindle Bowl in Mechanicsburg.

Looking for an evening out with just the adults? Browse the Valley’s breweries and nearby wineries for tastings, delicious food, and live music. A good place to start is by following the Cumberland Valley Beer Trail. Many locations have outdoor decks where you can enjoy the warmer spring weather while sipping a cold brew.

Click here to find even more fun spring things to do and plan your next weekend getaway.