Delightful October Events in Lancaster, PA

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There’s always something fun happening here in our neck of the Pennsylvania woods. If you’re on the lookout for some family-friendly fun to do this October, there are plenty of special events in Lancaster to keep your whole crew entertained! Here’s just a few:

Check out the Fall Antiques Extravaganza at Antiques Capital, USA in Adamstown from September 28-October 1. With booths indoors and out and special antiques fit for any price range, you’re sure to find something unique — it is an extravaganza, anyway.

Take part in The Spooky Scoot across all the haunted places in Lancaster. Run by Strasburg Scooters, this bone-chilling tour is by far the most fun way to discover the scariest folklore and history from across the county. The tours take place at 7:00 PM on October 13, 14, 20, 21, 27 & 28.

Get lost in the Quilt Corn Maze at the Amish Farm & House. Have a blast trying to find your way out of this enormous corn maze for some down-home autumn fun, then relax with the farm animals, cruise in an authentic buggy ride, or do a little learning in the Amish Schoolhouse. The Maze is open until Halloween.

Need a new car to get to and from all these awesome events in Lancaster? Stop by H&H Chevy today to see our robust selection of top-of-the-line Chevy vehicles.

Ten Fun Facts about Pennsylvania — We Love Our State!

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As one of the oldest states in the Union, the Quaker State holds a storied place in the annals of American history. All these years have allowed Pennsylvania to rack up more than just a few interesting tidbits and idiosyncrasies. Here, we’ve put together a quick list of our top 10 favorite fun facts about Pennsylvania, the state that all of us here at H&H Chevrolet are proud to call home!

 

  1. The first “Zoological Garden” was built in Philadelphia in July of 1874.
  2. In the town of Hazleton, there’s a law that states an instructor cannot sip a carbonated beverage while lecturing students in a school auditorium.
  3. Kennett Square is widely known as the “Mushroom Capital of the World.”
  4. Speaking of capitals, the Borough of Kane is called the “Black Cherry Capital of the World.”
  5. Of all the original colonies, Pennsylvania was the only one not to border the Atlantic Ocean.
  6. The first Little League World Series took place in Williamsport in 1946.
  7. Apparently, Pennsylvanians love baseball. The first professional baseball stadium was built in Pittsburgh in 1909.
  8. Since 1833, the city of Nazareth has been home of world-famous Martin guitars.
  9. On November 2, 1920, KDKA radio, a Pittsburgh station, aired the first commercial radio broadcast in America.
  10. One last thing about capitals: Philadelphia was the first capital of the United States of America, from 1790 to 1800.

 

We have a bonus entry to our list of fun facts about Pennsylvania: you can get a great Chevrolet at H&H Chevy in Shippensburg!

Hiking Trail for Summer

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Finding the perfect hiking trail to spend a summer day or weekend isn’t easy. Fortunately, Pennsylvania is full of magnificent trails. We here at H&H Cadillac know of a hiking trail for summer that you won’t want to miss out on.

Pine Creek Rail Trail.

Stretching a massive 62 miles from Wellsboro Junction to Jersey Shore, the Pine Creek Rail Trail offers a hiking experience unlike any other. The trail is one of the most popular in all of Pennsylvania so you know it’s got to be something magnificent.

Visitors can travel by bike or foot. There are a variety of trails available. The shortest trail is just 0.6 of a mile while the longest is 7.7 miles and reaches from Wellsboro junction to Ansonia. A two percent grade makes it a relaxing trail to hike and bike on. Horses are welcome on the trail between Ansonia and Tiadaghton.

The trails travels through, past, and around some of the most wonderful sights that Pennsylvania has to offer. Points of interest include waterfalls, flower fields, and Pine Creek Gorge. Wooden bridges offer a rustic biking and hiking experience.

Camping is allowed, but you’ll need a permit to do so legally. However, cell phone service is nonexistent throughout most of the Pine Creek Rail Trail. Get out there and enjoy nature as it was meant to be experienced.

Escape the Everyday with These Off-the-Grid Road Trips

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Here in Pennsylvania, we are familiar with the same-old, same-old destinations: a trip to Hershey Park, a D.C. weekend, a Pittsburgh afternoon for one of those black-and-yellow professional sports games. While there is nothing necessarily wrong with these spots, sometimes it’s nice to experience something new, something wild, something unique.

 

Our H&H Chevrolet “fun experts” have whipped together our top-three off-the-grid road trips right here in Pennsylvania so you can end your summer with a bang.

 

Blakeslee Natural Area

130 acres of largely untouched and protected wild land means that at the Blakeslee Natural Area you’ll see a side of the Quaker State rarely seen since the Quakers roamed free. If you come here, don’t be afraid to get muddy!

 

Where can I find Blakeslee Natural Area?

Input “20 PA-115, Blakeslee, PA 18610” into your Maps app.

 

Susquehannock State Forest

This is a perfect spot for the adventurous. With ample trails for hiking and biking and access to horseback riding paths, you won’t want for activities at Susquehannock State Forest!

 

Where can I find Susquehannock State Forest?

Input “3150 East 2nd Street, Coudersport, PA 16915” into your Maps app.

 

Hawk Mountain Sanctuary

If you take the drive to Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, prepare your eyeballs for the some of the most stunning vistas you’ve ever seen. Ornithologists, bird-watchers, and just casual fans of our feathered friends will love Hawk Mountain for obvious reasons (see name of locale).

 

Where can I find Hawk Mountain Sanctuary?

Input “1700 Hawk Mountain Road, Kempton, PA 19529” into your Maps app.

 

Need an off-the-grid kind of vehicle for one of these off-the-grid road trips? Visit us at H&H Chevrolet to check out our huge selection of Chevy crossovers, trucks, and SUVs.

Spend a Beautiful Afternoon at Bear Mountain Butterfly Sanctuary

Bear Mountain Butterfly Sanctuary

At H&H Chevrolet, we love to highlight some of the lesser-known destinations across Pennsylvania that we believe families in our community would enjoy visiting. One such spot is the gorgeous Bear Mountain Butterfly Sanctuary in Jim Thorpe, about two and half hours from Shippensburg.

Bear Mountain Butterfly Sanctuary is an idyllic location to idle away an afternoon spotting colorful butterflies, exotic frogs, and wildflowers and learning all about wildlife and habitat conservation. You can sign your family up for a guided tour with one of Bear Mountain’s experienced staff members or you can wander the delightful “Flutterarium” on your own.

While you’re at Bear Mountain, you must:

Take the time to stand still — the curious butterflies will without a doubt land on you to say hello!

Get up close with real poison dart frogs — have no fear; in captivity, they are completely non-toxic.

Check out one of their daily events — there is always something exciting happening here, from Birds of Prey exhibitions to kid-friendly Treasure Hunts. See their monthly Event Calendar for details.

Take home some Milkweed to plant — this is the Monarch Butterfly’s favorite food, and it’s becoming harder and harder to come by. Help Bear Mountain’s efforts to re-grow Monarch habitats right here in Shippensburg!

Need a new vehicle to haul all that Milkweed seed? H&H Chevrolet has plenty of cars and trucks to choose from — stop by to see our selection today!

Best Small Towns to Visit in Pennsylvania in the Summer

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Pennsylvania has some of the best tourist cities in America—Philly, Pittsburgh, the capital Harrisburg—but the small towns have a lot going for them to, especially during the summer. Filled with beautiful parks, street festivals, markets, and more, these towns are the perfect place to take a day trip.

One of the best small towns to visit in Pennsylvania during the summer is Mt. Gretna, a tiny town of just 200 residents where you can see the Mt. Gretna Outdoor Art Show and the Summer Craft Market. If antiques are more your thing, check out the Summer Antiques Market in Eagles Mere, along with their Annual Arts & Crafts Festival.

Renovo is another gorgeous spot, where you can go to the beach, hike, or check out the many activities in town. Outdoor lovers will also enjoy a trip to Hawley, where you can spend a day on a boat at Lake Wallenpaupeck or lounge by the water.

Check out Dushore in late August for their Founder’s Day festival, which makes the usually quiet town come alive. Finally, Ligonier is a beautiful historic town full of quaint shops and restaurants and an old-fashioned amusement park, and it’s the perfect place to go to feel transported back into the early 1900s.

From the staff at H&H Chevrolet, have a great trip and drive safe!

Best Campgrounds in Pennsylvania (No Reservations Required)

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Pennsylvania is home to all kinds of beautiful campgrounds where you can enjoy the scenery, swim and fish, hike—no matter what you’re looking to do on your camping trip, you can do it at one of these beautiful Pennsylvania campgrounds!

One of the best campgrounds in Pennsylvania is Ravensburg State Park, a pet-friendly spot where you and your furry best friend can splash through the water of Rauchtown Creek. Fowlers Hollow State Park is also pet-friendly and features plenty of amenities like flush toilets.

If you’re looking for great hiking and beautiful views from the top of a mountain, PA has you covered. Colton Point State Park overlooks a massive, lush valley, and Sara’s Campground in Erie sits right on Lake Erie, so you can get a perfect spot right on the beach by the lake.

Other great campgrounds that don’t require reservations are Riverside Campground in Montgomery, Penn-Roosevelt State Park in Huntingdon, and Patterson State Park in Coudersport. All of these offer beautiful waterfront views, provide modern bathrooms and other amenities, and secluded camping environments.

For camping tips and tricks like road trip safety, how to pack camping supplies in your car, and ideas for traveling with kids, just give us a call at H&H Chevrolet!

Ethnic Festivals in Pennsylvania

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If you’re looking for something fun, educational, and full of delicious food to do this summer, look no further than the many ethnic festivals in Pennsylvania. Celebrating a wide range of cultures and traditions, these festivals reflect the diversity of our great state.

Three festivals are going on just this weekend, so you have to decide fast! The Mother of Divine Grace Italian Festival in Philadelphia, the Erie Pangryi Greek Festival in Erie, and the PDCD Italian StrEAT festival will all take place from July 8th to the 9th or 10th.

The weekend after that, the Berks Celtic Festival, day-long festival featuring live entertainment and authentic food, is coming up in Sinking Spring. Then check out the Himalayan Festival in Harrisburg, where you can watch Himalayan artists and musicians compete in a variety of contests from beauty pageants to film competitions.

The Hanover Dutch Festival will take place on July 29 and feature more than 300 vendors. A few festivals will take place in September too, like the Cambria City Ethnic Festival for East European culture, the Pittsburgh Lebanese Festival, and the Celtic Classic Highland Games & Festival.

For more information about Pennsylvania’s many summer festivals or to find your perfect road trip car, give us a call at H&H Cadillac today.

Visit the Surrounding Areas We Service at H&H Chevrolet

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At H&H Chevrolet, we’re proud to serve some of the most historic, friendly towns in the Cumberland Valley area of south-central Pennsylvania. Located in Shippensburg, we serve the surrounding area including Shippensburg, Chambersburg, Gettysburg, and Carlisle.

Shippensburg

Shippensburg is a borough in the Cumberland Valley and one of the oldest communities in Pennsylvania. This small town is home to Shippensburg University and a wealth of places to eat and things to do. Shippensburg was recognized as one of the best small towns in the US in Norman Crampton’s 100 Best Small Towns in America, ranked #27.

Chambersburg

Chambersburg survived Confederate burning in the 1800s and its historic buildings still stand today, like the Old Jail built in 1818. Chambersburg is the perfect place to visit to learn about local history, see a live show at the Capitol Theater, or head to Tuscarora Mountain Winery for a wine tasting.

Gettysburg

If you don’t live in Gettysburg, the first thing that probably comes to mind when you think about it are the Battle of Gettysburg and Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. And those are great reasons to visit this historic town, but there are plenty of other things to do too! Besides history, there are farmers markets, Reid’s Winery, and the Strawberry Hill Nature Preserve.

Carlisle

Carlisle is home to Dickinson College and a thriving local artist community, from performers to brewers to antiquers. It also has a great hiking and outdoors scene, so if you’d rather spend your time in nature, visit the Kings Gap Environmental Education and Training Center, the LeTort Spring Run and Nature Trail, or the gardens at Cameron/Masland Mansion.

Top Places to Hike in PA: Get Outdoors Today

Now that summer is around the corner, it’s the perfect time to hit the trails. There are a number of great locations in the area to visit, each of which offers a range of trails for both beginners and more advanced adventurers. For instance, you can learn more about the Cumberland Valley Rail Trail by reading on.

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According to the Visit Cumberland website, one of the top places to hike in PA is the Appalachian Trail. This intense hike covers over 46 miles in the Cumberland Valley, and it’s actually one of the midway points for the extensive 2,189-mile trail. The Appalachian Trail is known for its difficulty—taking many people 6 months to traverse in total. However, the small portion that spreads across the Cumberland Valley is great for those looking for a weekend trip.

The Cumberland Valley Rail Trail is also popular. This 11-mile hike is perfect for hiking, biking, or horseback riding. It connects Newville and Shippensburg, making it ideal for those who are new to hiking.

Check out the Pole Steeple Trail as well. This 0.75-mile trail is very difficult due to its steep conditions. Made from a quartzite outcrops, the Pole Steeple Trail is deceivingly short, one reason experienced hikers fall in love with the location. You also get great views of Pine Grove Furnace State Park.

Looking for a car to take you on your next adventure? Stop by H&H Chevrolet today.