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Apple Picking 2022 - Harrisburg, PA - BHHS Homesale Realty

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.

  1. Mt. Airy Orchards – 522 East Mount Airy Road, Dillsburg, PA 17019
    Mt. Airy Orchards' picturesque fields are brimming with 25 varieties of apples, including Mutsu, Daybreak Fuji, and Crimson Crisp. Whether you like your apples sweet or tart, they have something for everyone. For customers' convenience, the orchard is open every day during the fall.

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Chocolate Day Destinations 2022 - Hershey, PA - BHHS Homesale Realty

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.

  • Create Your Own Candy Bar – 101 Chocolate World Way, Hershey, PA 17033
    Hershey's Chocolate World is an amazing destination for all things chocolate near Hershey homes for sale, and Create Your Own Candy Bar is one of the most fun, popular attractions you'll find there. You get the full experience of designing your own chocolate bar from start to finish, seeing each step in the process of how your custom candy bar is made, and even customizing the packaging for the final product. If you're celebrating International Chocolate Day with your kids, this is a great activity for the whole family to enjoy together.

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Sunflower Fields - Harrisburg, PA - BHHS Homesale Realty

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.

  • Second Mountain Sunflowers - 324 Second Mountain Rd., Orwigsburg, PA 17961
    Second Mountain Sunflowers is a peaceful sunflower farm surrounded by tall trees, rolling hills, and other natural beauty. Admission is just $10 for people over 12, and you can cut your own sunflowers as you walk through the fields. You're allowed to take as many blooms as you can carry, so this is a great stop for people who want to pick up a whole bouquet.

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Food Trucks - Harrisburg, PA - BHHS Homesale Realty

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.

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Lancaster, PA Lakes for Fishing - BHHS Homesale Realty

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. 

  • Lake Grubb Nature Park - 671 Hempfield Hill Road, Columbia, PA 17512
    Lake Grubb Nature Park spans over 54 acres of land once used as an iron mine. This beautiful park near our Columbia homes for sale is one of the most comfortable areas for extended fishing sessions. On top of its eponymous Lake Grubb, it also contains grill stations and working bathrooms to help make your time at the park more pleasant.

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Capture Nature in Harrisburg, PA - BHHS Homesale Realty

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.

  1. Wildwood Park and Olewine Nature Center: 100 Wildwood Way, Harrisburg, PA  17110
    Wildwood Park and Olewine Nature Center is a 229-acre preserve with plenty of great photo ops. You can walk along the 6-mile trail or the boardwalk, spotting various birds, frogs, and even turtles along the way. The preserve also has a shallow lake, where you'll often see water birds resting.

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Family Bike Ride - Dutch Country - BHHS Homesale Realty

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.

  1. Northwest Lancaster County River Trail – Northwestern Lancaster County, PA
    One of the longest trails near Lancaster homes for sale, the Northwest Lancaster County River Trail is about 14 miles long and connects with five different local municipalities. The trail was built along the historic Pennsylvania Mainline Canal route, with plenty of historic industrial sites to visit and interpret as a family along the way. There are some relatively flat sections of the trail that make it suitable for families with young children, and other parts of the trail are still under development to extend the length in future years.

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Restaurants for Hamburgers - Harrisburg, PA - BHHS Homesale Realty

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.

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Quilting Shops - Lancaster, PA - BHHS Homesale Realty

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.

  1. Rachel's of Greenfield - 2060 Creek Hill Rd., Lancaster, PA 17601
    Wall quilt patterns from Rachel's of Greenfield make it easy to start your own projects. They're pre-cut and are perfect for anyone from beginners to experienced crafters. The kits contain everything you need, including fabrics, embellishments, batting, patterns, and illustrated instructions. You'll have your choice of cute wall quilts that are ideal for a baby's nursery or Christmas-themed quilts to give as gifts or use as part of your own holiday decor. Others, such as spotted hen or tumbling blocks patterns, are a perfect addition any time of year. In addition to plenty of quilting patterns, the shop also carries ornament patterns and punch needle kits.

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Small Business Saturday - Harrisburg, PA - BHHS Homesale Realty

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.

  1. Stash Vintage - 11 S. 3rd St., Harrisburg, PA 17101
    Established in 2013, Stash Vintage is a glorious mix of vintage pieces with real personalities. Stash maintains an incredible collection of clothing, jewelry, and accessories. Occasionally, they have smaller, vintage furniture pieces, art, house-ware items, handmade wares, plants, and odds and ends. Stash shares a storefront with The Midtown Dandy, a local men's vintage retailer. Their collection varies in era and style, but they make sure to stock unique pieces that can be added to any modern home. Because all of the pieces in the shop are authentic antique pieces from throughout the '50s into the '90s, you can always count on Stash to have unique pieces that are sure to make an amazing impression.

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Chocolate Day Around Harrisburg - BHHS Homesale Realty

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.


Fall Motorcycle Rides - Dutch Country - BHHS Homesale Realty

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!

  • US-15 - Summerdale, PA to Shamokin Dam
    U.S. Route 15 traverses nearly 800 miles from North Carolina to New York, but the 50-mile stretch from Summerdale, PA to Shamokin Dam is one of the most scenic. This section of US-15 runs alongside the mighty Susquehanna River and offers some truly spectacular views. The starting point is just across the river from these Harrisburg homes for sale. There are numerous parks and pull-offs along the way where you can stop and enjoy the river scenery, including McKee's Half Falls Rest Area.

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Kayaking Adventures - Dutch Country - BHHS Homesale Realty

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. 

  • Susquehanna River - Harrisburg, PA 17101
    The city of Harrisburg overlooks the Susquehanna River, one of the most spectacularly beautiful waterways in Pennsylvania. This wide, meandering river flows between rocky shores and scenic forests for most of its course and is easily accessible at numerous points along the way. In Harrisburg, City Island is a great place to start. Located in the middle of the river not far from these Harrisburg homes for sale, the island is operated as a public park and is a prime launch site with amazing views of the city skyline. Just across the river, Susquehanna Outfitters offers guided trips and kayak rentals.

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Cumberland Valley Things to Do - BHHS Homesale Realty

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.

  1. Appalachian Trail Museum - 1120 Pine Grove Rd., Gardners, PA 17324
    Cumberland Valley is such a spectacular area for hiking that it's also the site of the only museum in the country dedicated to the activity. The Appalachian Trail Museum has a mission to share the history of the iconic hiking route, along with stories of those who have traveled along it. In 2016, the museum opened a children's section that includes a mini-version of the trail with educational interactive features. Hours are 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday, and admission is free, but donations are welcome.

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Horseback Riding - Dutch Country - BHHS Homesale Realty

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. 

  1. Winsome Farm - 444 Nealy Rd., Newville, PA 17241
    A picturesque farm spanning 50 rolling acres of meadows and woodlands, Winsome Farm is a lovely spot to go for a ride. The farm is located just a few miles from these Newville homes for sale and offers year-round guided trail rides on their network of private trails as well as the nearby Cumberland Valley Rail Trail. They also offer horse boarding, training, and riding instruction.

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Harrisburg Area Yoga Studios - BHHS Homesale Realty

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. 

  • Studio B Power Yoga: 233 W Chocolate Ave, Hershey PA, 17033
    If you're looking at Hershey homes for sale, then Studio B Power Yoga is close by. They offer classes for all levels, and their focus is on powerful, Vinyasa-style yoga. Classes take place in heated rooms, so you can really get your sweat on.

    Studio B Power Yoga offers early morning classes and evening classes, so you can work around your schedule. Buy single class passes, monthly passes, and multi-class packages on their website.

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Dutch Country Trails to Cover New Ground - BHHS Homesale Realty

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. 

  • Conewago Recreation Trail - 2385 N. Market St., Elizabethtown, PA 17022
    Utilizing the former Cornwall-Lebanon rail line's path, the Conewago Recreation Trail is a beautiful 5-mile trek near the border of Lancaster and Lebanon counties. It's a level, well-graded and easy-to-follow path through shady woods and expansive meadowlands, with frequent views of  Conewago Creek. The trail is open to hiking, biking, horseback riding, and cross-country skiing, and it's located a stone's throw from many Elizabethtown homes for sale. Keep your eyes open for blooming wildflowers if you hike it in spring.

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Gardening Supply Stores - Harrisburg, PA - BHHS Homesale Realty

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:

  • Highland Gardens - 423 S. 18th St., Camp Hill, PA
    Located just of the I-83, this location has helped make Camp Hill homes for sale look their very best for decades. Unlike the big box stores, Highland Gardens is family-owned and operated, with more than 50 years serving this area. Delivery services add to the convenience of shopping here. Not only does the store carry a vast selection of flowers, grasses, shrubs and trees, it's also home to Stihl equipment. For those perfect finishing touches, consider some of the many pots, containers, and garden decor. Sketch and design services are also available to help start any landscaping venture.

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Arboretums Around Harrisburg, PA - BHHS Homesale Realty

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.

  1. Harrisburg Sunken Garden: 1210 N. Front St., Harrisburg, PA 17102
    While it's a small park, the Harrisburg Sunken Garden is worth a visit. It features a formal garden and a gazebo, both of which are excellent spots for photoshoots. This free garden is conveniently located near Riverfront Park, so it's easy to visit any time you're in the area.

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Craft Stores Around Dutch Country - BHHS Homesale Realty

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:

  • Tandy Leather Harrisburg – 3835 Union Deposit Road, Harrisburg, PA 17109   
    Founded in 1919 with the goal of sharing leathercraft with the world, Tandy Leather carries anything you might need for your projects, including leather, machines and accessories; tools such as a stitching groover; hardware including buckles; and books and patterns. You'll also be able to learn about leathercraft through Tandy's Maker Spotlight, projects, and more at the shop, which is located near Harrisburg homes for sale.

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Dutch Country: 5 Places for Winter Hiking - BHHS Homesale Realty

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!

  1. Lancaster County Central Park - 1050 Rockford Rd., Lancaster, PA 17602
    The largest park in Lancaster County, Lancaster County Central Park encompasses 544 acres of picturesque fields and forests. It's a lovely place for a family hike in any season, with over 12 miles of trails open year-round from dawn until dusk. In winter, the Conestoga Trail is a good place to start. Lancaster County Central Park is home to 3.3 miles of this long-distance hiking route, which traverses mostly flat, easy terrain as it crosses Lancaster County, often mere minutes from these Lancaster homes for sale.

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Landmark Farms - Dutch Country - BHHS Homesale Realty

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: 

  • Lapp Valley Farm - 244 Mentzer Rd, New Holland, PA 17557
    Lapp Valley Farm has become one of the most popular ice cream destinations in Dutch Country. This dairy farm has been making homemade ice cream from the milk of their own dairy cows for decades, and the results are unlike anything you've ever tasted. The farm also offers fresh eggs and a variety of dairy products, along with a chance to see the cows being milked and hang out with a friendly cadre of cats and peacocks. You'll find Lapp Valley farm in the heart of Lancaster County, just minutes from these New Holland homes for sale.

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Dover PA Cedar LakeOne of the benefits of living in Dover PA is the many family-friendly things to do in and around town. When summer hits and you are searching for a place the entire family can enjoy, consider Dover's Cedar Lake Family Campground. The 76-acre campground is centered around a fully stocked lake, providing relaxation and fun as you seek to get away from the hustle and bustle or regular day-to-day life.

Cedar Lake Family Campground in Dover PA

Cedar Lake Family Campground is designed with family fun in mind. The seven-acre stocked lake provides hours of fishing fun.  You don't even need a fishing license if you are staying at the park. You can keep up to three fish you catch per day, and boating on the lake is allowed, so you can fish in the middle of the lake if you wish. The campground also has a large in-ground outdoor pool for summer fun.

The family-owned and operated facility regularly hosts live bands, drive-in movies and family or kids' activities. No day at the park is ever boring. Should your stay span a Sunday, you can even attend church on the grounds, so you don't have to leave. A petting zoo, game room and train layout provide even more to do. If the kids just want to run and play, three different playgrounds give them plenty of space to do so.

For older kids and adults, a basketball court and horseshoe pits provide outdoor entertainment. The facility host bingo events each week and recently opened a fitness center. Adults will appreciate the WiFi service that is available should they need it.

Facilities for All Types

Whether you wish to camp in a cabin, have a tent or want to drive your trailer in, Cedar Lake Family campground has you covered. The primitive cabin rental gives you a roof over your head but few conveniences, so you can "rough it" without fear of the elements. If you really want to go rustic, book a tenting primitive woods site, where you have nothing but a tent between you and the elements. You can even tent right on the lake. RV sites with full hookups are available to rent on a daily, weekly, monthly or seasonal basis.

Visitors Welcome

If you know someone who is camping at Cedar Lake, you can visit and enjoy the amenities of the campground as well. For a small fee, Dover PA residents can visit their friends or family as they camp at the facility.

The Dover PA real estate experts at Prudential Homesale Services Group understand the need for families to spend time together.  Finding a home in Dover PA offers current home owners and families interested in relocating to a quieter lifestyle the opportunity to do just that.  Contact Prudential Homesale Services Group for more information about Dover or for help searching for a Dover PA home.


Dover PA Smitties PretzelsDover PA is a growing community that maintains a small-town atmosphere in spite of its proximity to larger neighbors like York and Harrisburg. One reason why Dover PA is able to keep its hometown character is the love and support the community has for the local small businesses that often have been passed down for generations. One of the town's favorites, Smittie's Soft Pretzels, has been a staple of the community since 1934.

The History of Smittie's Soft Pretzels

In 1934, Lester Smith was struggling to get his own hard pretzel bakery off the ground after spending years working for a bakery that eventually failed. Along with many men of the time, when WWII broke out, Lester left his family and his bakery and enlisted in the military. When he returned, he refocused his efforts on creating unique pretzel creations that were a combination of the Pennsylvania Dutch style of the area and the German techniques he learned during the war.

Lester and his family took his products door-to-door and it wasn't long before Smittie's gained a reputation around town and customers wanted more. Over the years, the business expanded along with the Smith family, and the bakery has been passed down the family tree. Today, Todd Smith, Lester's grandson, is running the business and Todd's daughter handles many of the operations. 

The people of Dover PA have been enjoying Smittie's Soft Pretzels for more than 80 years and Smittie's is committed to remaining a part of the community and culture of York County.

The Roadside Stand

Whether they were on their way to a Saturday afternoon out with the family, or on their way home from Sunday services, the people of Dover PA all remember stopping at Smittie's Roadside Stand for a salty pretzel as part of their family traditions. When kids grow up and move away, the Roadside Stand is always one of their first stops when they return home to visit.

The original shack, as locals liked to call it, carried salted soft pretzels and pretzel sticks. Today, the Roadside Stand has added a few items to keep things interesting.

  • Pretzel Products. Of course, salted regular pretzels are a mainstay. The Roadside Stand also has salted pretzel sticks, salted pretzel twists, and unsalted varieties. 
  • Specialty Products. Cinnamon and sugar twists are a new favorite, along with pretzel rolls that are perfect for taking home for your next hot dog cookout. Mini pretzel sticks are another new item.
  • Sandwiches. Enjoy ham and cheese, turkey and cheese or a hot dog on a pretzel roll, or try a fresh smoked sausage. 
  • Drinks & Sides. Wash down your pretzel with a cold soda or Slush Puppie, and try one of the cheese or mustard cups to give your salted pretzel an extra kick.
  • Frozen Products. Perfect for long-term storage, individually wrapped pretzels, pretzel rolls, and mini rolls can be purchased frozen and taken home to enjoy later.

Where to Enjoy Smittie's

The Roadside Stand is located at 6065 Carlisle Road in Dover PA. It is open on Friday from noon to 5:00 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Smittie's is also sold locally in Rutter's stores, Isaac's Deli, Rita's Ice Store, and Jeff's Subs. If you're not in the area, they can ship your pretzel products to you. For more information on where to find Smittie's Soft Pretzels or to place an order, call (800)353-1600.

If living in a quaint community filled with long-time residents sounds like an ideal lifestyle, calling Dover PA home may be the ideal choice to relocate.  Contact Homesale Realty for help finding houses in Dover.

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