Are you looking for something new to see, learn or do in the New Year? You can start right here in Cumberland Valley with these suggestions.

  1. Get Outdoors – Do you spend most of the winter inside? Instead, bundle up and head outside where you can try ice-skating or cross-country skiing at Colonel Denning or Pine Grove Furnace state parks. Or hike more than 20 miles of trails at Kings Gap which provides scenic vistas and natural beauty all four seasons of the year. The Appalachian Trail runs throughout the Cumberland Valley and can be easily accessed for a day hike and the Cumberland Valley Rail Trail is perfect for a hike year-round.
  2. Exercise – Looking to burn some serious calories? Learn to ski at Roundtop Mountain Resort or snowboard down their slopes. If that sounds too intimidating, try a new exercise routine with an indoor yoga class at Yoga at Simply Well or a pilates class at Body IQ Life Pilates Studio.
  3. Eat Healthier - Everyone wants a healthy diet. For organic and natural foods, shop at The Healthy Grocer. Fresh ingredients can be found year-round at the West Shore Farmers Market and seasonally at one of our many farmers' markets and roadside stands. Looking for a little more inspiration? Sign up for a cooking class at The Kitchen Shoppe or take a class at The Rosemary House to learn how to use herbs in cooking and as natural remedies.
  4. Reduce Stress – Take steps to reduce the level of stress in your life with some self-care throughout the year. Schedule a massage, facial, mani/pedi or other relaxing treatment at one of Cumberland Valley’s day spas or try a salt cave session at Tranquility Salon & Wellness Center.
  5. Get Crafty – Do you have hidden artistic talent that you would like to explore? Carlisle Arts Learning Center offers classes for adults and children in mediums such as photography, ceramics, drawing, copper enameling, painting, glass blowing, and indigo dyeing. Create-a-Palooza is an art and activity studio for all ages with paint-your-own pottery and canvas painting.
  6. Gardening – Is this the year you start or expand your garden? Be sure to head to Ashcombe Farm & Greenhouses for all your gardening needs. They also offer a variety of hands-on classes. The Penn State Agricultural Extension Office of Cumberland County hosts non-formal educational programs and workshops for landscaping and the Cumberland County Master Gardeners’ Program provides home gardening information.
  7. Read More – Whether it’s fiction, non-fiction, mystery, or romance, the libraries of Cumberland Valley have you covered. If you are a local resident, be sure to get your library card to take advantage of all they have to offer. If you are a visitor, check out the selection of new or used books at a number of locations throughout the Valley.
  8. Golfing – Whether you are picking up clubs for the first time or you an experienced golfer looking to get back into the swing of things, you can find what you are looking for at any one of the Cumberland Valley’s nine challenging golf courses.
  9. Beer Tasting – Craft breweries have exploded in popularity in recent years. If you are wondering what all the excitement is about, 2019 is the time to explore the Cumberland Valley Beer Trail. Pick up a passport, taste the many flavors of our local brews, and win some prizes along the way.
  10. Spend More Time with Family – Cumberland Valley has plenty of options for family adventures and kid-activities. Try go-karts at the Carlisle Sports Emporium or Autobahn Indoor Speedway; visit barnyard animals at Paulus Farm Market; or sneak in a little history along the Army Heritage Trail at USAHEC. Click here for a full list of memorable things to see and do.