Lesley Kistner

Lesley Kistner

Public Affairs Director

A life-long Pennsylvania resident, Lesley enjoys cooking, history, sports and the outdoors. She likes capturing photos of Happy Valley's beautiful scenery, and of discoveries made while going off the beaten path to explore, particularly old homes, barns and churches. More than likely, Lesley's adventures and photos will find their way to the Dispatch!

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Spend a Day Series

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.

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Food & Drink

Creating magic at RE Farm Cafe at Windswept

With its rich agricultural heritage, it is no surprise that some of Happy Valley, PA’s most well-known restaurants find their inspiration from local growers and producers, creating memorable dining experiences for residents and visitors. Part 1 of 4.

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Arts & Culture

Journey Into Happy Valley's Dynamic Art Scene

Happy Valley is known for exuding small-town charm while boasting big-city amenities, including an inspiring and innovative arts and performing arts scene. From the striking marquee of the beautifully restored and century-old Rowland Theatre in Philipsburg to colorful artwork that has transformed the facades of many buildings in Downtown State College, appreciation for the arts is outwardly evident.

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.