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Exploring the communities of Happy Valley

Happy Valley boasts bountiful outdoor recreation; beautiful gardens and museums, interesting history and architecture, a thriving craft beverage scene, and a variety of restaurants and farm-to-fork dining options that appeal to individuals and families. Part of the fun of discovering all that Happy Valley has to offer is exploring the communities of State College, Bellefonte, Philipsburg, Boalsburg and Millheim, each having their own unique vibe and each home to hidden gems worth checking out.

– by Lesley Kistner

Happy Valley boasts bountiful outdoor recreation; beautiful gardens and museums, interesting history and architecture, a thriving craft beverage scene, and a variety of restaurants and farm-to-fork dining options that appeal to individuals and families. Part of the fun of discovering all that Happy Valley has to offer is exploring the communities of State College, Bellefonte, Philipsburg, Boalsburg and Millheim, each having their own unique vibe and each home to hidden gems worth checking out.

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In Millheim, you will feel like you are stepping back in time, with picturesque Amish farms surrounding the town and its rustic hip coffee house, craft brewery, winery and art gallery. In Philipsburg, you can catch a classic film in a beautifully restored historic theatre, shop for high-end mid-century modern finds, or enjoy the most authentic Philly cheesesteak outside of Philadelphia. In up and coming Bellefonte, boutique shops, plentiful craft beverage options and exciting redevelopment projects are at home among statuesque Victorian homes and buildings – and plenty of interesting history. More history and boutique shopping can be found in charming Boalsburg, which is also known for its fascinating and unexpected connection to Christopher Columbus and key moments in world history. Of course, spending time in Happy Valley would not be complete without experiencing downtown State College and the energy and vibrancy of a major university town.

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As an affordable all-season destination, any time of year is a perfect opportunity to visit. The Adventure Bureau Dispatch – the official blog of the Happy Valley Adventure Bureau – provides plenty of inspiration for things to see and do in each of Happy Valley’s unique communities in the “Spend a day in” series. Enjoy reading, then start planning your visit! Spend a day exploring the communities of Happy Valley.

Happy Valley boasts bountiful outdoor recreation; beautiful gardens and museums, interesting history and architecture, a thriving craft beverage scene, and a variety of restaurants and farm-to-fork dining options that appeal to individuals and families. Part of the fun of discovering all that Happy Valley has to offer is exploring the communities of State College, Bellefonte, Philipsburg, Boalsburg and Millheim, each having their own unique vibe and each home to hidden gems worth checking out.

As an affordable all-season destination, any time of year is a perfect opportunity to visit. The Adventure Bureau Dispatch – the official blog of the Happy Valley Adventure Bureau – provides plenty of inspiration for things to see and do in each of Happy Valley’s unique communities in the “Spend a day in” series. Enjoy reading, then start planning your visit!

The Happy Valley Adventure Bureau cannot stress enough that we believe in responsible and safe travel. We do encourage visitors planning business or leisure travel to Happy Valley to refer to the following resources for reliable information and updates regarding COVID-19. Please keep in mind that some articles on this blog were written in a different age pre-virus. Please refer to the individual business websites for current status and hours available. HVAB links to business and other appropriate pages at every opportunity.