TRIP LENGTH: 2 Days
WHAT WE DID:
- Visit the Arboretum at Penn State
Bigler Rd, State College, PA 16803
Just west of Penn State’s main campus, is an arboretum that is run by the University. It was created to, “foster an understanding of the natural world, especially the relationship between plants and humans, and to promote environmentally compatible uses of the land.” It’s a great place in particular to take the kids, because they have a children’s garden dedicated to allow kids (and adults) to explore and learn about the environment. The best part is that the admission (and parking) are free, so bring the kids or a book and enjoy the outdoors!
Where we ate:
2235 N Atherton St, State College, PA 16803
Beer: I can’t speak for all beers, but I can talk about the Apricot Wheat (an American wheat ale with a smooth finish and taste of sweet apricots). Let me be the first to tell you that I’m not a big fan of apricots, buy this beer was really really good. It’s not bitter at all and is actually sweet from the fruit flavors. Definitely one that I’d get again!
Food: the two things that we got for dinner were really tasty. My friend got the chicken pesto pizza (made in a wood oven…YUM) and I got a half chicken (yeah you read that right…and for $12). Oh did I mention that my half chicken came with corn bread, a pickle, coleslaw, and a side of broccoli! I literally got two dinners out of this one meal. It was not only delicious, but also a deal!
I have to say, I always look for microbreweries whenever I travel. My boyfriend got me hooked on trying good beer. This barn-turned-bar has surely got some good ones. My friend got the oatmeal stout and I got the seasonal Belgian Dubbel Pumpkin. Not only were they both good beers, but the 16oz and 10oz pours respectively were less than three dollars!
The food is not your average bar food you might find at a brewery. We tried the short rib ravioli (House-made ravioli stuffed with braised short rib meat, buttered basting jus) which was very decadent, as well as the shish kicker (Grilled chicken breast sandwich with fontina, shishito peppers, garlic aioli, toasted ciabatta). So even if you don’t go for the beer, definitely try the food!
3. Lunch at Pita Cabana (Mediterranean)
Pita Cabana is Chipotle’s Mediterranean cousin. They’ve both got the same style and same quality. If you’re looking for some real authentic mediterranean, this might not necessarily be the place for you. But if you like any college student, you’ll be happy that you get a bang for your buck!
4. Meyer Dairy Store (Dairy & Ice Cream)
2390 S Atherton St, State College, PA 16801
Cutest little dairy farm that sells THE BEST ice cream, eggs, milk, and cheese. If you bring back the milk bottles, then you can buy the milk at a cheaper price. Ice cream is made in the house and they have so many different flavors to choose from. It’s great quality products at very reasonable prices! What makes dairy products so good, is that they’re fresh from the farm. Those (not so) little cows are literally right behind the store. You can’t get much fresher than that.
5. Ice Cream from Penn State Berkey Creamery
119 Food Science Bldg, University Park, PA 16802
You know their ice cream is good when they exclusively sell it on Penn state’s campus. The flavors are so fresh because the milk literally comes from down the road. Talk about fresh! They have a ton of flavors (but remember how I said its fresh? Well, that also means that they do sell out of their flavors) including chocolate chip cookie dough, coffee, birthday bash, teaberry, roseberry, bittersweet mint, and more!