Peaceful town, natural beauty, and plenty of sports activities!!
Football weekends bring enormous crowds!
More than just a football town!
Looking for something to do during our few daylight hours of free time, I picked up a brochure listing nearby attractions. One of the local sights that caught my eye was the "Centre Furnance Mansion" right here in State College. Located only two minutes from the edge of Penn State's campus, we were lucky to be here on a Sunday which is one of the 5...more
Our daughter had told us about the Farmers Market in downtown State College, but until our most recent visit we had never been in town on the days it was being held. We were lucky to be there on a summer Wednesday this time and so stopped in to see what was being offered that day.We were able to find parking about a block away so it was an easy...more
During our first visit to State College for volleyball tournaments, a parent of one of the team members became a sort of "social director" and planned a few events for anyone interested. One thing she planned was a night at the movies. The College 9 Theaters were showing the brand new "Spiderman 3" & "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End." We...more
While walking around the Penn State Campus I happened upon The Nittany Lion Inn. The Inn is one of...more
This is the modern alternative to The Nittany Lion Inn. It is PSU owned and operated and sits on the...more
When we came to State College for the East Coast Volleyball Championships, the rooms for the teams'...more
On a recent Sunday morning, our daughter introduced us to a gem of a little coffee shop which we immediately liked. Saints Cafe is housed on the street level of an early 1900's, 2-story, brick apartment building showcased by large, glass shop windows overhung with striped awnings. It is situated in one of the many quaint but busy sections of State...more
Since the hopefully 'temporary' closing of Golanga, we have now twice visited its sister restaurant, "Cozy Thai." Both times we have really enjoyed the great food here. On our latest visit we arrived just before the dinner crowd and long lines to get a table -- it's that popular. Cozy Thai is a rather smallish restaurant with just a flourish of...more
"The Corner Room" is a popular spot on the corner of 2 major streets in the old-downtown section of State College, and just across from the Honors College of Penn State University. The multi-pane glass windows give it a quaint appeal. Another quaint-looking restaurant just above "The Corner" is the "Allen Street Grille". Actually the Mr. Pickle's...more
Player's Nightclub...well not my favorite...but one spot I will describe.It's unique in that it has and 18 and over night and a 21 and over night.During the Summertime when Penn State hosts camps for prospective students i.e. teenagers...forget about getting in...the place will be jam packed with these 'wet-behind the ears' individuals. The place...more
There are mostly bars and night clubs in the downtown area. Sometimes there are theater and concert offerings on campus. During the winter, the Tussey mountain ski area is open at night. Other than that, you're basically stuck with the movies, bowling or country line-dancing.more
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There is no 'best way' to get to State College - it's equidistant from everywhere, close to nowhere. Direct flights go to and from Detroit, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, or D.C. Your next best option is by car - along I-80, or via Harrisburg.Campus buses are free, as is a town loop. Otherwise, the main shopping district and University are walkable.more
What seems like just another of the ubiquitous College Avenue stores which sells all things pertaining to Penn State, McLanahan's Student Store & Penn State Room has another draw -- especially for students. If you are or have been a Penn State student, you've probably shopped here because it is apparently one of the few stores close to campus which...more
Most appreciation for culture stems from the nearby Universtiy Park campus of Penn State.
However, there is an historical Black church located in nearby Bellefonte, Pennsylvania (about a one-half hour drive from State College). The Church is called, St. Paul's AME African Methodist Episcopal church and a previous stop for the Underground Railroad.
Interest groups more often meet on campus while their activites spill into State College itself. Throughout the year...Penn State pays tribute to Culture through heritage months, which combine the Campus interests groups with community awareness activities. Penn State activities tend to merge with State College community activities making the distinction between town and campus blurred. Efforts are currently underway to convert State College's stagnant 'State Theatre' building. The Building is under proposition to become an independent entity apart from PSU. If fundraising attempts are successful, it should house Artistic and Cultural events for the State College community and Centre County at large.
Police are generally suspicious of College age persons.Caution: All Wal-Marts are havens for Red-necks and hicks....be forewarned that if you don't look like them, you will be stared at!Penn State Employment Opportunities: Most Faculty positions are consumed by local talent and it is difficult to worm into them unless you 'know' a friend of a...more
State College is generally very safe. Bicyclists should be careful when not using designated bike trails. This is a college town full of teenage and inexperienced automobile drivers; bad accidents are fairly common.Women should be cautious at night while walking in downtown or fraternity areas.more
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Penn's Cave is really not all it's cracked up to be. It's cold, damp and the souveniers 'bite'.
Although the Bryce Jordan Center receives plenty of hype for it's performances..it's really no Big deal.
Football games: If you've seen one you've seen them all. Good advice not to be anywhere near downtown if you don't drink alcohol during a Penn State f.ball game. You don't need to be among the drunk and rowdy just to get inside scoop on PSU football. Plenty of stations give great coverage minus the headache; besides the town is empty during the game so stay home anyway. You can still hear the fans scream from outdoors.
Rec-Hall: ...a good place to exercise....but maybe not if you have allergies...
Penn State Dining Commons Food;....
Art's Fest: It's cute; but small-town White, Rural, Country culture prevails.
The Nittany Mall: It's only one-floor and being swiftly overtaken by useless novelty shops.
Luggage and bags:
it doesnt' matter.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Just for kicks...ha. ha. : white sneakers, any kind of old weather-worn t-shirt that advertises a long-forgotten rock concert....A Kiss concert would be prrrrrrrfect. Women especially should wear untailored mens shorts and Men should wear dirty beaten baseball caps preferably above the ears. If you're a Teen or Single adult...any kind of Gap or Abercrombie & Fitch, American Eagle will do. and if you have any money...wear khakis, 14ct. gold or Sterling Silver Penn State jewelry, a golf shirt and loafers or Dock-siders to look like you do.
The weather creates 4 seasons annually. It is generally overcast and rains for weeks here. Waterproof shoes are highly recommended.
Miscellaneous: If you are going to live here, bring 4 different jackets...one for each season....if traveling...bring a baseball cap and an umbrella.
No doubt if you arrive in State College from the east via General Potter Highway also known as Route 322, you cannot miss seeing Yearick's Iron Horse Ranch. While its signature chrome horse sculpture is in my opinion beautiful, it seems to be the only horse we could see on this "Iron Horse Ranch." For years now this large tract of land with its...more
"Boalsburg ~ Birthplace of Memorial Day"Just down the road apiece (5 miles) from State College is Boalsburg which is home to The Pennsylvania Military Museum. It's mission is "to preserve history and educate, as well as honore this state's "Citizen Soldier." How appropriate that this museum is located in Boalsburg since it is the place where the...more
Penn State has a great football tradition and one of the nicest stadiums in the country (and one of the toughest places to play if you are a visiting team). Beaver Stadium in Happy Valley seats over 108,000 people and the crowds are enthusiastic, knowledgeable, friendly, and respectful. Yes, it gets LOUD in there whenever there is a big play....more
American Football!!!I am not a fan of this sport. However, i used it as easy to understnd metaphora when talking about revolutions. Most of the revolutionary people should learn about american football. A completely different team for each situation: defense team, ofense team, the kickers, the cheer leaders, the informants, the masses.Jo Pa is, I...more