Road Trip!

We have all come to love Penn State and all this campus has to offer – who doesn’t appreciate the Nittany Lion Shrine and the new Starbucks in the library? But it is nice to take a drive off campus and explore the territory that exists in State College that doesn’t revolve around Penn State.

VALLEY put together a list of activities that are within close driving distance to Penn State. These ideas might be the perfect way to spend your time if you are looking to get out off campus for a while and have some fun with friends and family.

Tussey Mountain Ski Resort

Only about a 15 minute drive off campus, Tussey Mountain Ski Resort is the perfect place to kick off all of your winter festivities. From skiing, snowboarding, tubing and lounging, this resort located in Boalsburg, PA should definitely be on your winter checklist this upcoming season.

While the resort usually does not open for the winter season until the end of November or early December, it is best to start planning your perfect ski trip in advance. Their website lists all of their daily discount specials and group rates.

Mount Nittany Vineyard and Winery

Located in the beautiful historic village of Linden Hall, the Mount Nittany Vineyard and Winery is a relaxing place to visit with friends all year long. During the autumn and winter season, you can enjoy free wine tasting while looking at the breathtaking views of Tussey Mountain.

On Nov. 15 from 7-9 p.m., the vineyard is having a wine class painting and wine tasting event to kick off the holiday season. For $35, the talented staff will teach you and a friend how to hand paint a Christmas themed wine glass.

Barrel 21 Distillery and Dining

What really motivates you to drive off campus in the cold weather? The answer is easy: Food! Located on North Atherton Street, the Barrel 21 Distillery and Dining offers a tapas style menu with a variety of food choices. Every weekday comes with special happy hour deals and there is live music on the weekends. What better way to celebrate being done with another week of homework and classes than with a glass of wine and some good food?


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