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Top Foodie-Inspired Must-Sees in Pennsylvania
Whether you crave shoofly pie or pork belly, a glass of Pinot Grigio or pint of pilsner, you’ll find great food and beverage options in the Keystone State.
The rich culinary heritage of Pennsylvania is well known around the world. Some of the most famous dishes include the cheesesteak sandwich from Philly, a pierogi from Pittsburgh, and chocolate from Hershey. But what you need to know is that Pennsylvania has more farms and agriculturally designated acres than any other state in the country.
Travel across the state to check out the many u-pick farms and farmer’s markets that Pennsylvania is best know for, like Concord grapes from Presque Isle, blueberries from Allenwood, yellow peppers from Nescopeck, and apples from York. You’ll also find plenty of locally raised meat, aromatic herbs, eggs, artisan cheeses, and lots of fresh products that inspire its chefs.
You can take a tour of the oldest operating brewing company in the country or sip suds at Pennsylvania’s independent craft breweries.
Located in Clearfield, Denny's Beer Barrel Pub is famous for its extremely large burgers and beers. Stop by on your way through central Pennsylvania and take a chance at the “World’s Largest Hamburger Challenge.” You will want to wash down your burger with a Ye Old 96er, the Beer Barrel Belly Buster, or go for it all with the Pub Super Challenger. Everything is bigger at Denny’s Beer Barrel Pub!
Keep heading west to the quaint city of Saint Marys and you will find one of the oldest breweries in the country. Established in 1872, Straub Brewery has been owned and operated by generations of Straub for over 140 years. The brewery continues to produce the same recipe for its award-winning beer, with now salts, no sugar, and no preservative, the way Peter Straub first started brewing. Take a free tour of this historic brewery and see the behind the scenes brewery process, then visit the Eternal Tap room to indulge in a complimentary glass of beer. After the tour, visit the gift shop to pick up a souvenir book, t-shirt, mug, or tap handle.
Pennsylvania also has a wide variety of vineyards and wineries to satisfy the most particular wine connoisseurs. Cultivate your palate with free tasting at one of the wineries or take a tour of one of the 12 wine trails to get a taste of the entire state.
Nestled along the Susquehanna River, Bee Kind Winery features unique blends like Steely Run Red, Bone Dry White, Pink Catawba, and Bee Berry Black. Browse through the gift shop for artisan products, like cheeses, syrups, and hand-made pottery. Or stop by the Clearfield farmers’ markets hosted by Bee Kind Winery.
While in central Pennsylvania, you will find Nissley Vineyards & Winery Estate. The rolling hills of this region are very fruitful for the wine industry and this fifty-acre vineyard been producing award-winning wines here for over 30 years. The winery turns out a variety of quality wines and blends, such as Petite Blanc, Merlot, Petite Rose, Vidal Blanc, Seyval Blanc, Cabernet Franc, Apple and Black Raspberry.
Spend the day with a guided wine tour, followed by wine samples in the tasting room and learn about the history of the winery. After the tour, browse through the gift shop to pick up a bottle of wine, wine glasses, and fun souvenirs.
For a relaxing afternoon in Falls Creek, take a tour of the Laurel Mountain Vineyard. This family-operated winery consistently produces award-winning wines from sweet Moscato to a dry Pinot Grigio. Carve out some time to take a tour of the winery, then taste a free sample when done.