in Cumberland Valley
When was the last time you treated your loved one to a little something extra? Surprise them with a #WeekendEasy getaway in Cumberland Valley. Whether you're looking for a date night idea or an entire weekend away, the Valley's great dining, outdoor adventure, relaxing spas, and picturesque downtowns offer a one-of-a-kind trip. Here are some suggestions for your romantic rendezvous.
Our hotels offer affordable accommodations and amenities to make your stay feel more comfortable. Or choose more personalized service at one of Cumberland Valley's truly unique B&Bs, where you can find a tranquil escape and hometown hospitality that will make your weekend getaway memorable. For a full pampering experience, treat yourself to a stay at Allenberry Resort, a premier destination for tranquility amidst 57 acres. Luxurious rooms, exquisite on-site dining, an outdoor pool, access to the Yellow Breeches Creek and the Appalachian Trail, plus theatrical and musical performances at The Playhouse all promise a world-class getaway
Arrive in the afternoon and settle into your room before heading out to dinner. With more than 200 local restaurants, choosing the perfect location can be a bit overwhelming. Here are a few suggestions:
- Located inside Comfort Suites in historic downtown Carlisle, 1794 The Whiskey Rebellion strongly emphasizes locally-sourced foods and sustainability. Whether it's their farm-to-table menu items or the farm-to-shaker cocktails featuring Pennsylvania Whiskey, at 1794, guests will find an authentic experience with a menu that expresses the roots of the community. After dinner, walk around the corner and catch a movie or performance at the art-deco Carlisle Theatre.
- Set sail aboard the Pride of the Susquehanna riverboat, an authentic stern-driven paddlewheeler, for a sunset dinner cruise along the scenic shores of the Susquehanna River. This is by far the best view of the Harrisburg skyline and a unique and memorable way to spend the evening. You will enjoy a breathtaking 2-hour cruise while tasting a delicious 3-course dinner. Enjoy the ambiance of the boat's elegant wood, brass, and copper-adorned climate-controlled salon. (TIP: Check the schedule and be sure to book in advance. The Pride runs seasonally from spring through fall.)
- If you seek a year-round option for views of the Susquehanna and Harrisburg skyline, don't overlook the Harrisburg Beach Club. Located on City Island, in the middle of the Susquehanna River between Cumberland Valley's West Shore and Harrisburg, it offers a delightful and scenic location to relax and enjoy a drink. During the warmer months, chairs and umbrellas can be reserved, and in the colder months, stay warm and cozy in a heated igloo.
- THEA in Mechanicsburg offers a casual yet upscale dining experience with a menu that reflects the owner's Greek and German heritage. You will find superior service and a kitchen that creates delicious cuisine featuring fresh, local ingredients. THEA is BYOB, so if you have time beforehand, pick up wine or cider to go from Castlerigg Wine Shop or Grand Illusion Hard Cider, both in Carlisle. Or, plan to end the evening with a drink at nearby Mellow Mink Brewing, an upscale yet relaxed modern brewery focused on sour beers, IPAs, stouts, and various classic styles.
Start your day off right with breakfast. Valley Bistro in Enola serves breakfast all day, so you don't have to worry if you spend the morning sleeping in. Menu items include delectable delights with a creative twist -- like Red Velvet Pancakes and Holy Cannoli French Toast.
Then, uncover some hidden gems in Cumberland Valley as you enjoy a casual stroll through one (or more) of our charming downtowns. You'll find delightful architecture, unique museums, art galleries, and friendly local shops where you can purchase one-of-a-kind finds you won’t be able to resist, like vintage and antique treasures, jewelry, clothing, artwork, and more. You can reach all of our downtown destinations in no more than 30 minutes along the highways, but you might want to enjoy a more leisurely drive and take the scenic routes instead.
Pick one of the Valley’s diverse restaurants for an afternoon delight. A light lunch with a shot of caffeine might be just what you need. Cornerstone Coffeehouse in Camp Hill features an incredible selection of coffee, tea, espressos, and smoothies, plus a lunch menu that includes salads, sandwiches, and more. Click here to read more about our coffee shops.
Or choose a picnic lunch with a charcuterie board at Talking Breads. Bring a blanket and find a seat at one of the picnic tables at this full-circle farm or purchase a board to go. The European-style bread is full of flavor and guaranteed to be fresh because the owners stone mill fresh flour every week.
During colder weather, instead of a picnic, sign up for a cooking class at The Kitchen Shoppe in Carlisle. With over 200 year-round classes that accommodate all levels of expertise, you'll get to taste the results of a fun, foodie-friendly evening. Many classes are BYOB.
Following lunch, head to SPAtacular Escapes in Mechanicsburg for a couples massage. Choose from any of your favorite massage modalities (Swedish, deep tissue, hot stone, and more) and enjoy your individually customized massage with your partner in the same room simultaneously. (Be sure to schedule your appointment in advance.) Or, if you want to try something a bit more out-of-the-ordinary, floatation therapy at Dissolve Float Spa in Camp Hill will boost your mood and lower your stress levels. Your private room contains a shower and float pod filled with 12" of pristine water that is heated to your skin's external temperature. Filled with 900 pounds of high-grade Epsom salts, you float effortlessly free from gravity and external stimuli. While you can't float together as a couple, you can schedule simultaneous appointments that will leave both of you feeling rejuvenated.
End your day at The Watershed Pub, Camp Hill, where you can enjoy a creative menu and delicious artisan cocktails in a renovated building that dates back to the 1830s.
Don't pack up and leave just yet. Plan for a leisurely brunch at places such as Sophia's at Walden, The Barn at Allenberry, or Market in Camp Hill. Then, lace your fingers together and head out for a leisurely stroll around scenic Children's Lake in Boiling Springs (currently under construction through Fall 2023) or try a longer hike along one of our off-the-beaten-path trails. Outdoor enthusiasts can also head to Roundtop Mountain Resort for all-season fun. During the winter months, hit the slopes for skiing, snowboarding, or snow tubing. In the summer months, try ziplining and other outdoor activities.
It may be time to head home, but we hope you'll plan a return visit now that you've tasted all the Cumberland Valley offers. See you soon!
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