OTBT: Autumn in State College

news.psu.edu Fall foliage on Mt Nittany

It’s autumn in Happy Valley, let’s go off the beaten track and enjoy the beautiful colors and scenery.

news.psu.edu Fall foliage on Mt Nittany

Hike Mount Nittany

Take a fall picnic; a thermos of hot soup, coffee or hot chocolate, some easy snacks and finger desserts, toss in some stadium blankets, charcoal to make a fire in the fire pits or grills on site and get out in the crisp fall air.

Picnic tip: You can steam hotdogs at home, then pack them lengthwise into a wide mouth thermos, then add a bit of the steaming liquid to keep them moist. Restaurant type packets of stadium mustard, ketchup and relish work well, but remember to bring back your own trash. Don’t forget the buns.

If you hike Mount Nittany, remember it is a BIG Mountain, with parking areas that all look the same all around the base. There are a series of wonderful hikes that might just put you out at a very different parking area miles away from your car, and you wouldn’t be the first person with this problem.

Try to do a loop hike like the “Stadium view” and be sure you are physically up to a serious hike- not a walk in the park, and weather is not threatening to snow, or add a thunderstorm to the challenge.

Before you go, check out these websites for detailed parking and hiking information: mtnittany.org/mountain/trails and hikemountnittany.com

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Penn State Arboretum

Admission: free
Hours: open every day from dawn until dusk
Website: http://arboretum.psu.edu/

For those less adventuresome, take a walk around the Penn State Arboretum, located across from the Smeal Business building, and see what is happening in Fall. Be sure to check the gardens an tiny orchard in the “Childhood’s Gate” children’s area or the espaliered apple trees  and grapes elsewhere along the walks.

Hintz Family Alumni Center Garden

Admission: free
Hours: every day from dawn until dusk
Website: http://alumni.psu.edu/about_us/alumni-center/hintz

A walk up the Mall from the Corner Room to Pattee and then across campus to the Creamery is also fabulous in Fall. Bring peanuts in the shell for the squirrels. Stop by Hintz Alumni Center to see the gardens and the pond in fall glory.

happy valley winery

Happy Valley Winery

Phone: 814.308.8756

Until October 31
Tuesday – Thursday: 11:00AM – 6:00PM
Friday & Saturday: 11:00AM – 9:00PM
Sunday: 1:00PM – 6:00PM

WINTER HOURS: November 1- March 31
Tuesday -Thursday & Saturday: 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Friday 11:00AM – 8:00PM
Sunday 1:00PM – 5:00PM

Website: http://www.thehappyvalleywinery.com/

What goes better than fall and grapes? Visit a winery nearby- Happy Valley Winery is right there on the outskirts of State College, call to see what tasting events they have planned.


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