Fall is almost here, and you know what that means—time for apple picking! The area around our Harrisburg homes for sale has plenty of pick-your-own apple farms for your family's next weekend outing. Here are a few of the orchards we are returning to year after year.
You'd be forgiven for thinking every day should be International Chocolate Day, but the good news is that we have the perfect place for you to celebrate on September 13 when the real day arrives! Hershey, PA, is a dream destination for chocolate lovers of all ages on International Chocolate Day this September or any time throughout the year. Experience all the chocolate you can handle at Hershey's Chocolate World and Hersheypark, then be sure to leave some room to sample sweet treats from local small businesses as well. Our real estate agents have all the delicious details on five destinations for International Chocolate Day in Hershey this year.
Who doesn't smile when they see a sunflower? Tall, bright yellow, and always cheery, these blossoms are a classic sign that summer is coming to a close. These sunflower fields near our Harrisburg homes for sale offer you the chance to spend an afternoon among the blooms and even take some home for a personal display. Many of these locations also offer extra activities to complete your fun family outing.
Looking for your new favorite meal? It might just be parked around the block. Food trucks provide a quick and easy way to try something new. Since many great restaurants start as food trucks, they're also a good way to discover a new up-and-coming local eatery.
Our real estate agents are big supporters of the Harrisburg food scene, and we know how to spot a good food truck when we see one. Whether you're in the mood for a sandwich, some great BBQ, or even some dessert, here is a quick list of the best food trucks you'll find around town.
Spending an afternoon fishing is one of our real estate agents' favorite ways to unwind. If you're a fishing enthusiast, too, you'll be happy to hear that there are plenty of great fishing spots near our Lancaster homes for sale. Visit one of these five locations this weekend for a little quiet time angling in the summer sun.
June 15th is a special day for anyone who enjoys nature, photography and spending time outdoors. It's Nature Photography Day, a holiday dedicated to professionals and amateurs who appreciate the beauty of the natural world. If you're looking at Harrisburg homes for sale, there are some lovely places to stop and take nature photos nearby. Here are a few top suggestions.
There is no better way to enjoy spring than spending some quality time with the family outdoors, and Dutch Country is filled with great places to explore. A family bike ride is an excellent way to see the sights, with a wide variety of quiet country roads, beautiful parks, and scenic trails. Ready to ride? Our real estate agents have the details on five of the best places for a family bike ride in Dutch Country.
Just about everyone loves hamburgers in one form or another, and that's why the popular food gets the entire month of May designated as National Hamburger Month. They're amazingly versatile, ranging from traditional ground beef, chuck, or other meat to black bean vegetarian options. Toppings are also nearly endless, so you can customize your burger the way you like.
Our real estate agents suggest trying the following National Hamburger Month destinations in Harrisburg, PA.
Lancaster is famous for quilts, often stitched by Mennonite and Amish women with great attention to detail. Whether you'd like to buy a fully finished quilt or need some help completing the project you've started, the area has many shops you'll want to visit. This is especially true on or around National Quilting Day, held on March 19.
Our real estate agents recommend stopping by the following five quilting shops around Lancaster.
Small Business Saturday is a day dedicated to encouraging consumers to shop small and bring more holiday shopping to local small businesses. Small Business Saturday is sandwiched between Black Friday and Cyber Monday and lands on Nov. 27 this year. Our real estate agents encourage you to extend your purchasing power to stores in Harrisburg, PA, many of which are convenient to Harrisburg homes for sale.
Calling all chocolate lovers! This one is for you. National Chocolate Day is quickly approaching on October 28th. If you don't already have plans to celebrate, we highly recommend making some. There are so many places to stop and enjoy some chocolate while looking at Harrisburg homes for sale.
October 9 is National Motorcycle Ride Day, and we can't think of a better way to explore Pennsylvania Dutch Country than on a motorcycle. In honor of the occasion, our real estate agents are excited to share some of our favorite scenic drives in the Harrisburg and Lancaster areas!
September 26 is World Rivers Day, and it's a beautiful time of year for a kayaking trip in Pennsylvania. We decided to mark the occasion by singing the praises of some of our favorite local streams in Dutch Country.
If you're ready for an adventure, there are some truly amazing rivers and creeks in our neck of the woods. These are our real estate agents' favorite places to paddle in Harrisburg and the surrounding areas.
Are you a history buff, culture maven, fitness fanatic, or all of the above? Whatever you're looking for, you'll find it in the Cumberland Valley. Our real estate agents share five of their favorite activities that are just minutes from Harrisburg homes for sale.
There are a lot of great ways to explore Pennsylvania Dutch Country. Our real estate agents love going for scenic drives along the Susquehanna River, or refreshing hikes along the ridges and valleys of the Appalachian Mountains. But if you want to know the truth, the best way to experience it is on horseback.
From secluded equestrian trails to farms that specialize in showing new riders the ropes, Pennsylvania offers a lot of great horseback riding options. If you happen to be in the area looking at Harrisburg homes for sale, we highly recommend checking out these great destinations for horseback riding in Dutch Country.
Monday, June 21st, is International Yoga Day! This is the perfect opportunity to try yoga for the first time, get back into yoga after a pause, or take a class at a new studio you've been meaning to visit. Luckily, the Harrisburg areas offer some amazing yoga studios. Here are a few that our real estate agents recommend.
Ready to point your compass toward adventure? Our real estate agents have some great ideas for places to explore in the Harrisburg area!
Reading a map is something everyone who owns a bike or a pair of feet should be able to do. And since the final week in May is officially Map Reading Week, we thought we'd take the opportunity to share some parks and trails in Pennsylvania Dutch Country where you can put your skills to good use.
Whether you're buying your first home or selling, you don't need our real estate agents to tell you the impact stunning landscaping makes. When you tour Harrisburg homes for sale, you'll see that for yourself. To help you maintain impressive curb appeal, several garden centers are located nearby. Beyond carrying the supplies you need to work in the yard, you'll find gorgeous plants appropriate to the local environment and experts willing to advise you. Here are a few places you may find interesting to investigate:
As the weather starts to warm up, we're all excited to get outdoors and enjoy the beauty of springtime. If you happen to be in the area exploring some of the great Harrisburg homes for sale, we recommend taking a break to visit a few of the nearby arboretums and gardens. You might be surprised to learn just how many options you have to choose from. Here are a few of our favorites.
March is Craft Month, so why not celebrate – or find – your favorite craft by heading out to a shop for supplies or inspiration? Crafting is relaxing yet productive since the result is a beautifully handcrafted piece to keep or give as a gift.
Our real estate agents suggest stopping by the following craft shops:
There's something special about Pennsylvania Dutch Country in wintertime. Our real estate agents love getting out to explore the snowy landscape this time of year, and we're excited to share some of our favorite winter hiking destinations near Harrisburg homes for sale!
It's impossible to overestimate the impact that farmers have on our lives every single day. It's also easy to forget about all that farmers do, which is a problem National Farm-City Week hopes to rectify. The event is coming up November 20-26, and there's never been a better opportunity to appreciate our local farmers.
With that in mind, our real estate agents are delighted to share some of our favorite farms in and around Pennsylvania's Dutch Country. Whether you're looking for a place to pick apples, cut down a Christmas tree, or simply enjoy the fresh bounty of the season, these are some of the best places to go:
Our real estate agents are in complete agreement with iconic chef James Beard, who once declared that "good bread is the most fundamentally satisfying of all foods." Nurture your soul on Tuesday, November 17 by celebrating Homemade Bread Day at one of these wonderful bakeries around Harrisburg.
John Mellencamp sang about the joys of being born in a small town, but those simple pleasures also apply to living in one. Our real estate agents share the qualities and attractions that make these small towns in Pennsylvania great places to call home.
With one foot in the past and the other in the present, Carlisle offers the best of both worlds.
Carlisle, Pennsylvania has been named to Livability.com's list of Top 10 Best Cities for Veterans to Retire. Whether an older US solider looking for a relaxed retirement or a younger veteran searching for a second career, Carlisle offers its military veterans a high quality of life with plentiful employment opportunities and leisure activities earning them the fourth spot on Livability.com's list.
Livability weighed several factors including climate, cost of living, and unemployment. Carlisle PA enjoys a moderate climate with summer highs around 80 degrees and winter lows that infrequently dip below freezing. The unemployment rate for the area is just 5 percent, below the national average of 6.3 percent.
Other factors included access to recreational and cultural opportunities along with the availability of VA hospitals and clinics. Cities that were also close to a military base were rated better for the resources available to veterans such as free legal advice, discounted food, and equipment.
Carlisle's beautiful downtown area and strong service industry were definite benefits, along with the fact that the state of Pennsylvania does not tax federal pensions. As far as institutions and amenities that make Carlisle a great place for Vets, here's a look at what helped Carlisle, PA make the cut:
Carlisle, PA was also selected for all the recreational activities found throughout the Cumberland Valley area. Here are a few of the locations that make Carlisle such a great place to live:
Forbes Magazine has also listed Carlisle as one of the cheapest cities to live and one of the best places to raise a family in the nation. View our list of available Carlisle, PA homes for sale. Contact Homesale Realty to find a home in Carlisle, PA.
Carlisle, Pennsylvania located in Cumberland County just a short distance from Harrisburg has a long history dating back to the American Revolution. Now home to Dickinson University, Penn State Dickinson School of Law, and the National War College, Carlisle is best known as Pennsylvania's "car capital".
Since 1974, Carlisle Events, one of the largest collector car and truck entertainment presenters worldwide, has been producing annual car, truck, and motorcycle events on the 150-acre Carlisle Fairgrounds.
Carlisle Events began because there was no venue for collectors of older vehicles that did not fall into the "antique" class. Carlisle Events has transformed the 150-acre Carlisle Fairgrounds to suit the needs of car show participants and visitors - paved roads, manicured landscaping, and more than 10 permanent buildings. And, to serve the larger crowds, Carlisle Events plugged in consumer-friendly services like on-site bank financing, notary/title service, and a buffet of varied dining options. Centrally located, the fairgrounds are accessible by major highways, provide extensive parking options, and invite trailers and camping with support facilities.
To bring comfort to vendors and attendees, a non-denominational church service is held in the grandstand on Sunday mornings. There are security services and protection, a retail store for souvenirs and promotional items, and a buy/sell corral and auction. Vendors get top level support, and swap meets are well organized and heavily promoted. You can sponsor a midway space, form and compete as a club, or participate in programs such as that for teen hot rodders.
Today, Carlisle Events presents 14 events in their annual schedule with 11 events held at the Carlisle PA Fairgrounds. Other locations include the Allentown Fairgrounds in Allentown, Pennsylvania, two shows at Festival Park in Zephyrhills, Florida and one event at the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania.
Specialty events include:
Carlisle Events also hosts five collector car swap meets and corral events with four of the five featuring collector car auctions.
These events are:
The Carlisle-based automotive events generate approximately $98 million per year to the local economy. More than 500,000 auto enthusiasts converge on the Carlisle area annually.