Cumberland Valley Pennsylvania
Where To Stay, Eat and Play
If you live in the Pennsylvania, Maryland, DC, NOVA or anywhere in the north eastern corridor you are just a few short hours drive from the Cumberland Valley,Pennsylvania. Cumberland County, Pennsylvania is known for their collectors shows, outdoor adventures, local history as well as a thriving arts community and a variety of restaurants and entertainment.
We spent the weekend in the Cumberland Valley Pennsylvania for a weekend away. It was wonderful because we didn’t have to take a plane and within an hour or so, we were in a different world from our own home town. We passed rolling hills, family farms and the most beautiful mountain-scapes on our drive. By the end of our trip I was realizing how much there is to see, eat and expereince so close to home.
Cumberland Valley Pennsylvania
Here is what we did for fall family fun for a weekend away with the kids. This is just a sampling of what the Cumberland Valley has to offer. It all can’t be packed into one weekend. I am sure we will be back for more in the near future.
After the drive the kids were a bit stir crazy and they needed to get the wiggles out. We headed to Sky Zone so they could bounce until their hearts content. It was glow night and that added one more layer of fun to the whole jumping expereince.
My kids are all different sizes and I loved that the kids were assigned a group based on how big they were. Each group would jump in designated zones based on their assigned letter. This was great because my seven year old was not going to be bouncing with the big teenagers. Safety was everywhere!
I tried to get a great shot of them bouncing away but there was just so much movement!
On Glow night everyone wears the neon shirts or brings bright colors to wear. They turn off the overhead lights, turn on the black lights and a DJ plays the latest family friendly dance music. So much fun!!
Don’t forget to sign your wavers ahead of time to save time and get to the jumping faster!
After all that jumping they kids had worked up an appetite and the adults were hungry too! It was time to grab some dinner and a few adult beverages. A short drive away from SkyZone was the Appalachian Brewing Company, a microbrewery and brew pub. It was definitely family friendly and did not have a ‘dive bar’ vibe to it AT ALL. It was smoke free and the service was excellent.
The brewpub produces a constantly changing selection of flagship and seasonal craft beers, with more than 20 ABC beers on tap every day.The on-site 15-barrel brewing system is second in size to only the main Harrisburg location. The Mechanicsburg site also houses ABC’s “soda works” — the manufacturing and bottling facility for their popular line of sodas.
I got the poutine fries, a MUST have because the gravy and cheese is OUT OF THIS WORLD!!
Each kid was given a starter plate of crackers, cheese and orange slices. It kept the hunger at bay while their meals were being prepared. I loved that they offered fruit to the kids! I wish other restaurants did the same thing.
The kids had the mac and cheese and it was definitely not out of a blue box. Creamy, cheesy and full of flavors. I might get it next time we go!
My husband got the loaded nachos and they were LOADED.
Numerous restorations and renovations at this historic landmark have made the Allenberry Resort a premiere destination for relaxation and tranquility amidst the 57 wooded acres. Now offering 20 different lodging accommodations — from rustic cottages to an elegant stone mansion to a scenic lodge — the Allenberry Resort provides comfortable and luxurious rooms for the discerning traveler.
We started out Saturday off by walking around the grounds of the Allenberry. Paved pathways made for easy walking and the kids enjoyed crafting stories of what it might have been like to live here a hundred years ago.
We stayed in one of their renovated cottages and I couldn’t believe how much ROOM was in this cottage. 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and a large living space, complete with electric fireplace and television. Nothing cramped about these cottages. I could see how 3 couples could easily stay in this particular cottage. The renovations made for some great upgrades while they still left some of the original charm in place.
I always like to check out the toiletries that are included in the resorts that we stay. This is the selection that was in each bathroom. They did have a wall mounted hairdryer but I saw it more as nostalgic instead of functional.
Plenty of towels and washcloths were provided!
The spacious living area with the electric fireplace and television.
Each room had a King size bed in this particular cottage. The kids have never slept in a bed so big!
My son loved that there was a Keurig in the family room. He had a wonderful time making coffee for my husband and myself. This was a nice amenity to have in the cottage. There is coffee available at the The Barn or at the cafe at the front desk, but sometimes you just want a cup of coffee first thing in the morning.
In the evening head up to the patio and enjoy the ambiance of the bistro lights and the fire pit. Sip on a glass of wine and enjoy an appetizer or two. This is such a warm, relaxing and inviting spot to unwind after a day of exploring the Cumberland Valley.
The bistro lights are strung all over the grounds of the Allenberry Resort. They make for a lovely glow and a romantic atmosphere if you would like to take a night stroll around the property. There are paved paths so if you need a wheel chair or if a baby needs a night stroller ride, you are all set.
We started out first full day with a sticky bun.Well, 6 sticky buns if you wanted the full truth. The Allenberry Resort if famous for their sticky buns. They are made on site and are a great way to kick off your weekend.
They even have them packaged to go so you can take them home and enjoy them after your visit.
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After our breakfast of Sticky Buns we hit the trial!
Yes, THAT Appalachian trail. The one that starts in Maine and ends in Georgia. THAT Appalachian trail. How awesome would it be for your kids to go back to school on Monday and tell their friends that they hiked the Appalachian trail? Well, not the entire trail but a piece of it.
There are many trails to explore in the Cumberland Valley.
We are NOT experienced hikers and we found this part of the trail to be very walkable. It was an AMAZING fall day and the leaves were absolutely GLOWING with color. We met hikers along the way and some of them had dogs on leashes. We could hear all sorts of birds and a train in the distance. Just listening to the quiet of nature was so refreshing.
We commented that we needed to do this more often as a family. With the Cumberland Valley so close to our home it would be easy to accomplish.
Perfect for indoor fun in the fall and winter the Carlisle Sports Emporium has something for everyone!
We tried lazer tag for the first time and the kids LOVED it! They loved the teams and quickly got the concept of getting points and reloading for more. It didn’t matter if you were little or big, everyone was fair game. We were with a group that had other families with them so we had a great mix of ages.
They also offer all the arcade gales that you love as well as Go-kart tracks for all ages (3 Go-kart Tracks, Indoor & Outdoor Courses, + New Go-karts!). Don’t forget the two 18-hole Castle and Western-themed Miniature Golf Courses as well as the batting cages and the roller rink.
So much to do!!
The Barn Restaurant
The Barn Restaurant is on the grounds of the AllenBerry Resort. This restaurant serves a wide range of delicious fare using seasonal farm-to-table ingredients and innovative flavors in a rustic chic setting. We kept commenting that this would be a fabulous place to bring guests or even a date night.
The food was fabulous and I am still trying to recreate the sweet potato poutine with pulled pork that I had for brunch. The hand maid cocktails are a MUST for a well rounded brunch expereince.
See the video above for a bit about our dining expereince.
After our bellies were full from brunch as we had checked out of the Allenberry Resort, we took the short drive to the US Army Heritage and Education Center.
My father is a retired Army Major so we invited him and my mom to come along and explore this interactive museum highlighting the history of the US Army.
Throughout the museum they have items for kids, and adults, to interact with.
Have your photo taken in a Jeep!
But one thing I loved was the interactive dog tags that could be picked up at the very beginning of the experience. This credit card like tag features a real life solder from each of the wars the Army has been apart of. It tell their story and what life was like for them before and during the war they were featured in.
I would advise each person in your group pick up a different solder so you can all learn about the different time periods that involved the US Army.
Here the kids are going though a simulation of what it is like to parachute out of a plane.
They sit on the chair and watch a screen on the floor. The screen is the ‘ground’ and you can ‘guide’ yourself to safety by pulling on the handles on the chair.
The displays are very true to life and sparked conversations of what it was like for their relatives who fought in the world wars.
I learned so much from my dad about his expereince and knowledge about the Army. I don’t think we would have had these experiences if we hadn’t visited the museum.
See our video for more on our expereince.
If you are ready to spend time in and experience all that the Cumberland Valley Pennyslvania has to offer be sure to visit VisitCumberlandValley.com. A great resource for all things Cumberland Valley!