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:
The Dutch country of Pennsylvania is known for its serene country vistas and prosperous farms, but also its vibrant urban areas close by. If you're touring Harrisburg homes for sale or in nearby locations, our real estate agents can steer you in the right direction.
Elizabethtown, PA is a thriving picturesque community located in northwestern Lancaster County, PA. Just 10 miles south of Hershey and 20 miles from Harrisburg, Lancaster and York, Elizabethtown is a welcoming, tight-knit community with boutiques, antique shops, restaurants, microbreweries and coffee shops, and plenty of community events. Perhaps no Elizabethtown event is looked forward to as much as the Elizabethtown Fair.
When people who live outside of "Lancaster County" hear that name, the first thing they think about is probably the amazing handicrafts and produce of the Amish. However, there's much more to Lancaster--in fact, several of its local cities have been named to WalletHub's list of the Best Places for Families to Live in Pennsylvania.
Lancaster County is dotted with picturesque small towns that offer a glimpse into the earliest past of the United States. Each town has its own story, and the best way to see it all is by visiting for yourself. Our team at BHHS Homesale Realty is available to give interested buyers a tour of both historic and modern homes.
Let's look at these top destinations in Lancaster County:
When: August 22nd – 27th
Tuesday - Saturday 10am-11pm
Where: 900 E. High Street
Elizabethtown, PA 17022
It's that time of year again to celebrate Lancaster County's agriculture, civic organizations, and local businesses at the Elizabethtown Fair! Beginning August 22nd this free event will offer various exhibits featuring animals, agriculture, competitive, and commercial exhibits. The Etown Fair is the perfect place for people of all ages to get together with family and friends for a safe, fun, and exciting experience. The fair offers a petting zoo, entertainment, contests for all ages, rides, delicious food, and a fireworks display on the last night. Every day of the fair offers new activities to enjoy.
Monday: Let your kids cool off at the children's water balloon toss. At night listen to the sounds of The Fabulous Heartbreak, a tribute to Patsy Cline and Elvis.
Tuesday: Support your favorite local talents at the Talent Show with Dana and Galla
Wednesday: Let your children test their steadiness at the Egg and Spoon Race. Later get down with the Uptown Band.
Thursday: Take a couple minutes (or hours) to pet the some of the fluffiest farm animals at the Angorapalooza petting zoo.
Friday: Listen to the local country band Laredo and then catch Ashley Fletcher's Equine Show.
Saturday: You are getting sleepy, very sleepy…don't miss your chance to witness real hypnosis with Mike Bishop, Comedy Hypnotist.
For a full list of scheduled events visit http://Etownfair.org and also to get the latest information on sponsors, contests and more!
While you're enjoying yourself at the fair, stop by our Homesale Realty stand and say hello to our agents from the Elizabethtown and Mount Joy Offices! This year our children's coloring contest winner will win a Skyzone Trampoline Park Family Pack. Download the Image HERE and then drop off your kid's artwork at our stand or to our Elizabethtown Office by August 27th.
Elizabethtown, PA is known for its quaint Main Street that is home to a variety of shops, museums, art galleries, and restaurants. Many of the downtown buildings that give the city its charm and defines its history are original 19th and 20th century historic architectural structures.
Elizabethtown is also a city where local business organizations and residents work to keep their community alive and beautiful. One such organization is the Market Street Improving Business (MSIB) group.
Market Street Improving Business (MSIB) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the sustainability of the Elizabethtown, PA downtown area and its surrounding community. The group was formed by five local business owners who came together to keep the business district, center square, and main street thriving and self-sustaining.
The orgnaization's main objectives are to revitalize and stabilize local businesses, educate local residents about the value of shopping locally, beautification projects around town, and opening channels of communication between the many groups, organizations, and businesses of Elizabethtown.
MSIB hosts several Elizabethtown events to bring the community to its downtown including E-Town 2nd Fridays, Elizabethtown's Arti Walk, 1st Annual Beans and Brew, Wine Walk, and the 1st Annual Ribs and Riffs Music Festival. All funds raised or donated to MSIB are put directly into activities and improvements in the area.
In what is certainly going to be one of the highlights of the summer, the first annual Ribs & Riffs Music Festival will be held Sunday, July 13th from 1:00 to 8:00 p.m. Ribs will be provided by Lucky Ducks Bar and Grille and the riffs will be provided by:
The festival will be held behind E-Town Rita's, located at 30 N. Market Street. Tents will be provided for shade and everyone is encouraged to bring their own chair to relax. Additional food vendors are expected to participate and will be announced as the event gets closer.
If you're an Elizabethtown business owner, MSIB could use your help. From fundraising events to marketing to planning events and activities, there's so many ways to lend your expertise to help keep Elizabethtown a place where local businesses can thrive. If you have a few hours to spare each month, take a look at where MSIB needs help, and pitch in.
Elizabethtown College (or E-Town as it is fondly referred to by area residents) is located in western Lancaster County's Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania. A short drive from Harrisburg, Hershey, and Lancaster, almost 20,000 people call Elizabethtown home with more than 1,900 students enrolled at Elizabethtown College during the school year.
Elizabethtown College History
Chartered in 1899, by members of the Church of the Brethren, Elizabethtown College was founded as an institution of higher education to support their denomination's beliefs. The founder's charter stated the goal of Elizabethtown College was "to give such harmonious development to the physical, mental, and moral powers of both sexes as will best fit them for the duties of life and promote their spiritual interests." Today, the College's mission is dedicated to the same philosophy of "educating students intellectually, socially, aesthetically and ethically for lives of service and leadership as citizens of the world."
Educational opportunities are excellent at Elizabethtown College. In addition to its professional studies, sciences and liberal arts programs, students have the opportunity to participate in service-learning programs, including student-faculty research, internships, fieldwork, and studying abroad.
The student-faculty ratio is 12:1, with 19 academic departments offering 53 majors, and 90+ minors.
E-Town is More Than Just School Books
E-Town takes a holistic approach to education, seeking to encourage not only academic education, but also personal growth and maturity. Education is more than its market value, but also a means to performing service to those around us in need. At Elizabethtown College, education expands beyond the classroom to include practical, real-life experiences through a variety of service and internship programs. These lead to valuable connections and networking opportunities, contributing to the high rate of post-graduation success E-Town students enjoy.
Elizabethtown Home Away from Home
Elizabethtown College's faculty and administrators strive to make each student feel as if E-Town is their home away from home. The College provides a comfortable and safe environment with multiple dining locations, housing options, recreational and entertainment opportunities, college store, post office, and bank. The campus is well-lit, and well-maintained with 24-hour security.
Elizabethtown College brings a wide variety of people to the area. Students, staff, and educators bring something special to the Elizabethtown. If you are ready to find a home in Elizabethtown and experience all the area has to offer, contact Prudential Homesale Services Group for the most comprehensive listings and friendliest service in Lancaster County.