A Treasure At Every Turn

There’s a long weekend coming up — why not stretch it out by a day? Come and visit a place where you can really get away, explore the countryside without a schedule, enjoy the food, walk around, and explore new things. Welcome to the Susquehanna River Valley, the perfect place to experience a weekend completely away from the rest of the world.

Day One

Settled in 1754, Selinsgrove was once an important trading post on the Susquehanna River. Today you’ll find it a quaint, delightful town. A leisurely stroll of downtown takes you past the stately Governor Snyder Mansion, which was built in 1816. Seibert Hall, which some believe to be the most beautiful building in town, dates from 1902. Selinsgrove Hall, which dates back to 1858, once housed the entire Susquehanna University, which in 1905 became one of the nation’s first co-educational colleges. Like so many other historic towns of the time, Selinsgrove suffered major fires in 1872 and 1874, which necessitated the replacement of many wooden structures with brick buildings. Today, these buildings are cheerfully occupied by shops, businesses, and restaurants.

No matter what time you feel like having dinner tonight, you’ll find what you’re looking for at BJ’s Steak and Rib House. They serve a full menu until closing every evening. Enjoy!

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Day Two

In the morning travel north along the Susquehanna River. First up is a self-guided historic walking tour of Sunbury. One of a very few historic towns that did not suffer the devastation of fire or flood, Sunbury boasts 225 years of architecture and history. The Hunter House, built in 1852, stands on the site of Old Fort Augusta, which was strategically important during the French & Indian War and the Revolutionary War. Continuing onto Northumberland, a drive through the Shikellamy State Park Marina delivers wonderful views of the confluence of the North and West branches of the river. This is one of our Top 20 River Spots and is a popular place for boating, fishing, and nature watching.

The Joseph Priestley House was home to the Unitarian minister who discovered that the plants in his laboratory were releasing gases into the air—namely oxygen (which he called thin airs). Today, the Northumberland property is a National Historic and Chemical Landmark and a mecca for people interested in the early days of chemical research.

After lunch in Lewisburg, plan to visit Fero Vineyards and Winery to taste their award winning selections or continue further north to Four Friends Winery. Nearby, the Milton historic downtown walking tour highlights the history of the town on 14 commemorative displays. Façade murals celebrate a number of wonderful original buildings.

At the end of day, if you choose to visit Clyde Peeling’s Reptiland in Allenwood, plan to have dinner in Watsontown at Ciro’s Ristorante Italiano or the Watson Inn.

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Day Three

Start the day with a scenic “Wine, Antiques, and Covered Bridges Tour” of the Susquehanna River Valley. Begin with satisfying your inner shopper and browse the antique shops in Lewisburg. Continue onto Mifflinburg where a stop at the Pompeii Street Soap Company is in order before proceeding through the covered bridges west of Mifflinburg and any or all of another five covered bridges in Snyder County.

As you travel further south, stop for a tasting at Hunters Valley Winery and visit Hilshers General Store on Route 11/15 on your way back to Selinsgrove. Hilshers is the “Amish Walmart” of the Susquehanna River Valley—an old-fashioned variety store that also features fresh home-style food cooked by Amish women. Enjoy the warm, homemade whoopie pie handed to you by the baker herself!

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Day Four

After breakfast, take some time and view our lovely valley in its entirety on a private air tour with Heritage Aviation. You’ll see the broad expanse of the Susquehanna River and the timeless landscapes that surround it.

If flying is not your thing, then we invite you to come to Middleburg where you can watch artists at work creating handmade candles at  Star Hollow Candle Company. After doing a little candle shopping, continue up to Penns Creek where you’ll find T&D’s Cats of the World. More than 200 rescued bobcats, lions, tigers, leopards, and other exotic wildlife live on 35 spacious acres. And for one final stop make your way to Penns Creek Pottery in Penns Creek where you can learn how handcrafted fine quality stoneware is made.

Before heading home, grab a bite in nearby Mifflinburg at the Carriage Corner Restaurant or the Mifflinburg Hotel.

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