Handmade and Homegrown

It’s a delightful day in the rural Susquehanna River Valley. A gentle breeze is fluttering the leaves on sunlit trees. You’re on the back roads, slipping through covered bridges, visiting farms and watching artisans create products that have been made here for generations — pottery at Penn’s Creek Pottery, candles at Star Hollow Candle Company, candy at Purity Candy, and so much more. If this sounds like your idea of fun, then the suggested trip ideas below will be the perfect tool to help you plan a day trip, weekend getaway, or maybe even an extended stay here in the Susquehanna River Valley!

Start your day in historic Mifflinburg and explore this very delightful town which was settled in the late 1700s by German immigrants. Take the historic walking tour of Mifflinburg, which ends at the Mifflinburg Buggy Museum (pictured above). In 1855, Mifflinburg had 800 residents and 13 buggy and horse-drawn coach makers. In the 1880s, the craftsmen produced more horse-drawn vehicles per capita than anywhere else in the state, giving Mifflinburg the nickname “Buggy Town.”

In the afternoon, discover wonderful handmade and homegrown products. Stop by Star Hollow Candle Company to shop for quality homemade rustic, seaside, primitive, and shabby candles of all shapes, scents and sizes. At Penns Creek Pottery, (pictured at right) you may get a chance to see the owner, Bill, and his assistants crafting fine quality stoneware and porcelain pottery before wood-firing it on the spot. Next, visit Pompeii Street Soap Company, where handcrafted natural products are also produced on site.

Nothing gives you that comforting feeling of home more than a delicious homemade dinner. Be sure to wrap up your day with a trip to Mifflinburg Hotel or the Carriage Corner home-style restaurant.

 

 

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Day One

Start off with a tour of the Packwood House Museum, a very distinctive structure that is among the oldest historic homes in Pennsylvania.

Next on the agenda is a leisurely drive through more of our lovely valley. Stop at Purity Candy in Allenwood for old-fashioned hand-dipped candies, and then at Four Friends Winery for a wine tasting. Heading south to Northumberland, stroll around at the Point Barn Antiques (pictured at right) to see Pennsylvania-made products on display.

Then enjoy a truly unique dining experience by visiting the Front Street Station, a historic 1910 Pennsylvania railroad passenger station that has been transformed into a restaurant. Or head to Tedd’s Landing for some delicious fresh fish & seafood, prime beef, seasonal specialties, and gourmet sandwiches. Or choose from one of our many nearby restaurants and then stay for the evening in one of our quaint B&Bs or nearby hotels!

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Day Two

The next morning head out on a very scenic drive south along the river to Millersburg where you can explore the Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art. The Center features a permanent collection of Smith's artwork along with changing exhibits of other contemporary artists and photographers. As you leave Millersburg, you’ll cross the Susquehanna River on the Millersburg Ferry, the last operating ferry on the river and a fun adventure in itself. Heading north again, visit Hilsher’s General Store on Route 11/15, considered to be the “Amish Walmart” of the Susquehanna River Valley. Hilsher’s is an old-fashioned variety store that also features fresh home-style food baked by Amish women. Get a warm, homemade whoopie pie from the baker herself!

In Selinsgrove, visit Patchwork Farm Alpacas (pictured at left) and take a farm tour to interact with these wonderful animals and peruse their selection of gorgeous wool and handmade items. Grab dinner at The Hotel Edison in Sunbury which features daily specials and local favorites.

 

 

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Extend Your Vacation

If you are not ready to say goodbye, then stay another day and visit the rest of our wineries and taste the delicious varieties of award-winning wines grown and pressed right here in the Susquehanna River Valley. Click here to download a brochure that lists all our wineries to help you plan your wine-tasting excursion.

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Day One

•   Walking Tour of Mifflinburg 
•   Mifflinburg Buggy Museum
•   Star Hollow Candle Company
•   Penns Creek Pottery
•   Pompeii Street Soap Company

Day Two

•    Packwood House Museum
•    Purity Candy
•    Four Friends Winery
•    Point Barn Antiques

Day Three

•    Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art
•    Millersburg Ferry
•    Hilsher’s General Store
•    Patchwork Farm Alpacas

Day Four

•    Susquehanna River Valley Wineries
•    Native Paths Driving Tour 
•    Heritage Trail Tour
•    Covered Bridges Tour