Carlisle Travel Guide

  • One mile from my house - May 2009
    One mile from my house - May 2009
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Carlisle Things to Do

  • Walking is about the best thing to do...

    It has taken me years to walk on every street and alley in Carlisle.Honestly, there is not much to do around here. But if you are passing through the town for one day or two, plan to take many walks.The town is divided in quadrants by its main two streets:The Southwest quadrant is the fanciest. It starts stately around Dickinson College, then it...

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  • Learn about Cumberland County

    Carlisle has as rich an history as you might expect from a Mid-Atlantic town.Apparently, it has always been a transportation hub at the crossroad of important trails.If you want to find out more, we have the Cumberland County Historical Society at 21 North Pitt Street.And for the Civil War specialists, we are only half an hour away from Gettysburg.

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  • Three Important Colleges for one Small...

    If you are not a package transiting through one of our many warehouses (monster warehouses as many residents say), the most likely reason you would be passing through Carlisle is one of the colleges.Dickinson College is the heart of Carlisle in many ways. It brings salutary liberal thought process, which part of the town resents of course. If there...

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Carlisle Restaurants

  • An Ice Cream Wonderland!

    Just a short drive from Carlisle is a great little seasonal drive-in called Twirly Top. My family used to take us kids there every Sunday during the summer I think it's been around since the 1950's. I took my own family back there this summer and was thrilled to find it still open. We had the best ice cream I've found in ages...try their fresh...

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  • BEST SUSHI ANYWHERE

    What a great resturaunt. We've eaten sushi just about everywhere we go and have never had anything to compete with the quality, taste and overall satisifaction of MT FUGI. Nice decor makes you feel welcome. Service was good. Selection of food was impressive. Crabnest Roll under the Chef selecltion. Softcrab ligtly tempuraed, wrapped in rice...

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Carlisle Nightlife

  • Murder Mystery at the Retirement...

    There is little or no night life in Carlisle (and if there were, I wouldn't know about it). Young people spend time in bars, or in malls. Parents drive their children to and from activities at all hours. There is no plaza, no sidewalk café, no outdoor games.However, for my VT friends, here is a photo of me during the play we produced at the...

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  • hot nightlife

    ON a recent trip to downtown Carlisle, I stopped into the newest bar in town. My luck there was a hot band firing up the place and the place was jumping. They have live music there several times a week and the best part of all, IT IS SMOKE FREE! casual

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Carlisle Shopping

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    by calcaf38 Updated Sep 22, 2007

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    Heroic "Code Blue" efforts have been made to "revive the downtown" in Carlisle for as long as I can remember: at least 25 years.

    Here is where things stand now: the downtown features a good bookstore, (too) many restaurants, and a few specialty shops (fashion, antiques, gifts).

    But you can't shop downtown for practical things. The stationery store where you could jump in for one pen and the hardware store where you could grab a drill bit are gone for instance. The place where I got my passport and visa photos is closed. No wonder I am so impressed when I visit bustling markets during my travels.

    Ironically, the two "malls" on the outskirts of town have "revived" considerably. They were hilariously decrepit a while ago, but now we have Walmart, Panera Bread, Staples AND Office Max, Lowe's AND Home Depot, and so on.

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Carlisle Warnings and Dangers

  • Tragic Murders in Heavenly Setting

    My favorite relaxing area, Michaux Forest, has had its shares of gruesome happenings. One of the hikes is actually called Dead Woman Hollow after a long ago snakebite victim.Nearer to our time, the forest was where three smothered little girls were found in 1934, wrapped in a blanket. The girls were killed by their father, Elmo Noakes and his...

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  • Sprawl and Pollution

    Figures are often brandished that 12% of the US GDP transits through Carlisle, either on the Turnpike or on I-81. As a consequence, huge warehouses surround the town. The warehouses are partially hidden by so-called "linear parks," which are pathetic hillocks with lawn and a couple of trees. The air often feels dirty: an unwholesome smell like...

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  • Where I-81 meets the PA Turnpike

    Interstate 81 is like a "bad heart" for Carlisle: we wouldn't go very far without it, yet we are always aware of its presence.Our loveliest park, for instance, has a beautiful nature trail which can only be fully enjoyed by the hearing-impaired.When Governor Ridge lifted the speed limit on state freeways to 65, there ensued some ghastly crashes...

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Carlisle Off The Beaten Path

  • Secret P.O.W. Camp Crumbling in the...

    Close to Carlisle (technically in Gardners, PA), you will find the large Michaux Forest. It is a wonderful area for steep hikes and dramatic vistas (see travelogue "South Mountain Area"). Well hidden, near Michaux Road, there are the ruins of a once top secret P.O.W. camp for German U-Boat crews. It sounds more interesting than it is: there is...

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  • Alleys

    Carlisle is built on a grid of streets between which there exists also a grid of alleys.You can actually walk from one end of town to the other using solely the alleys, which are quieter than the streets, and attractive in their slightly run down way.

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Carlisle Sports & Outdoors

  • SUNSET ROCKS TRAIL - 5th segment

    The final segment of the Sunset Rocks + Appalachian Trail loop takes 25 minutes, eastwards all the way. You will pass an abandoned structure looking like a façade with no house behind, and many raspberry bushes and wild flowers. For a while, the trail will be made of unattractive gravel, but soon it will revert to nature, near a small creek. 10 to...

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  • SUNSET ROCKS TRAIL - 3rd segment

    This part starts with an ugly deforested area, then it becomes very pleasant and peaceful. There are no rocks involved. You will see many ferns, some pleasant clearings, and a few short boardwalks to pass muddy areas. This segment also goes west, and it ends when you reach the Appalachian Trail. Turn right on the AT.From Michaux Road to the AT...

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  • SUNSET ROCKS TRAIL - 2nd segment

    This is the fun part, the Sunset Rocks. Once you're at the top of the ridge, the path turns right, and you'll be going west. The path follows the top of several rock outcroppings. It is not a "walk in the park." You need good shoes and good balance. The views are magnificent. There is some climbing involved, and if you're like me, you'll do some of...

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