Handmade and Homegrown Day Trip

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, handmade furniture at Railside Furnishings, candy at Purity Candy and so much more. If this sounds like your idea of fun, then the check out the suggested ideas below to help you plan the perfect day trip!

Start your day in historic Mifflinburg; you can begin discovering this very delightful historic 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. Railside Furnishings is well worth the trip if you want the full sensory experience of Amish furniture made with time-honored techniques and genuine materials. The offer handcrafted, custom built, heirloom quality furniture. 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) where 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 with its unique, old-fashioned atmosphere featuring a buggy and carriage collection and antiques decorating the dining areas of the restaurant.

Or to top of the day with great food,, brews and live music try Rusty Rail Brewing Co. This regional craft brewery 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, dining areas 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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