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. Susquehanna University's Blough-Weis Library houses the Jane Conrad Apple Rare Books Collection. This collection, housed in the elegantly appointed Rare Books Room, focuses on the life and works of William Shakespeare and the Elizabethan and Tudor periods. The collection includes a number of first and limited editions as well as rare books from the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries, including works by Chaucer, Donne and Richard Hooker. The collection also contains manuscripts, musical scores, theater programs and hand-made, letter-press books of poetry.  Also located in the library, the Russell Gilbert Pennsylvania German Collection offers rich resources in Pennsylvania German Language, Literature, and History. The collection is housed in the Pennsylvania Room that features a beautiful fan-window overlooking University Avenue.
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, Shopping 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. A visit at the full-service garden center, nursery, gift shop and boutique at Country Farm and Home Gift and Garden Center is well worth your time. Then browse Railside Furnishings showcase of the best designs in solid handcrafted Real. Wood. Furniture. 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, take a mini-winery tasting tour. Stop for a tasting at Hunters Valley Winery. Savor award-winning wines (they proudly craft and serve more than 30 unique wines) and enjoy a gorgeous view overlooking the Susquehanna River Valley. Then head to Buddy Boy Winery in Duncannon. Sample favorite wines and tasty food made in their artisan wood-fired oven. From wood-fired pizza to pork chops, wings and ribeye steaks, your tastebuds will thank you for the experience! Time your visit for live music at both wineries - there's nothing better than live music with a picturesque background and some PA wine. Head back north to Millersburg where you can catch the historic Millersburg Ferry. They will transport you and your car across the river. Listed in the National Registry of Historic Sites, the ferries are the last known wooden double stern-wheel paddle boats still operational in the USA. With a fleet of two boats, The Roaring Bull V and The Falcon III, the Millersburg Ferry Boats are the only ferries still in service along the whole 464-mile-long Susquehanna River. After experiencing a unique ride through time you can enjoy one more tasting at Broad Mountain Winery and Cidery in Elizabethville. They produce over 20 wines and over 15 varieties of cider a year and host live music.

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Day Four

Faylor LakeAfter breakfast, take some time for a relaxing walk at Snyder County's Faylor Lake. A beautiful spot for fishermen, photographers, hikers and birders. You will find year-round birding opportunities when walking the trails. Find the trail head at the parking lot for a leisurely stroll along the south shore. Head west to "Sunken Road Bridge".

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  Located in a historic mill in Penns Creek, you can learn how handcrafted fine quality stoneware is made.

Before heading home, grab a bite in nearby Mifflinburg at the Rusty Rail Brewing Company. A regional craft brewery, Rusty Rail offers fresh food and the finest craft beers in a unique, historic atmosphere that includes several hand-painted murals and restored Ford trucks from the early 1900s that were built in their building. The first level of the brewpub features the main bar, main dining area, All Seasons Room and an outdoor Beer Garden with Bavarian-style beer tables and a rustic, gas forge fireplace. The second level houses the Game Room, complete with 1923 Brunswick pool tables, shuffleboard, foosball, darts, video game tables, board games, six big-screen TVs and another full-service bar. This room also features an impressive trophy collection of wild game mounts from all over the world. Check the calendar as Rusty Rail also offers the best in live music at Rusty Rail Live!

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COVID- 19 Tourism Alert

The Susquehanna River Valley is currently in Green Phase and open for business. However, please be aware that some of our businesses may be closed or operating with varying schedules and reduced capacities. Be sure to contact a business prior to visiting for the latest information on their offerings and hours of operation, along with safety measures currently in place for both employees and guests. For help planning your trip contact the Susquehanna River Valley Visitors Bureau.

Susquehanna River Valley Visitors Bureau
81 Hafer Road, Lewisburg, PA  17837
Toll-free: (800) 525-7320
Phone: (570) 524-7234
Fax: (570) 524-7282
[email protected]
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