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ESCAPE KEYS: Pottsville, Pa.

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Wednesday, November 21, 2007

GETTING THERE: Pottsville is slightly less than three hours from the Capital Beltway. Take Interstate 95 to I-695 (Baltimore Beltway) and follow signs to Towson, Md. Follow to I-83 north to Harrisburg, Pa., then take I-81 north. Take Exit 104, at Ravine, to Route 125. Follow to Route 209, which after several miles turns into Market Street in Pottsville.

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WHAT TO DO: The Yuengling Brewery (Fifth and Mahantongo streets, 570-628-4890, http://www.yuengling.com; free) is the main attraction. Also worth a visit: Jerry's Classic Cars and Collectibles (394 S. Centre St., 888-802-6605, http://www.jerrysmuseum.com). It features great restored cars, some of which are quite unusual, such as a 1952 Dodge panel truck that was used as a "huckster truck," driven by merchants who would travel throughout the region with meats, eggs and other foods. It's open weekends Memorial Day through Oct. 31.

STAYING THERE: Some lovely old houses have been converted into bed-and-breakfasts. The well-appointed Angel Rose (616 W. Market St., 570-628-4850, http://www.geocities.com/angelrose_ http:// http://17901) is a few blocks from the brewery; doubles are $90 a night. Another restored Victorian-era B&B is the stylish Partridge House (315 S. Centre St., 570-622-8388, http://www.thepartridgehouse.com); doubles from $85.

EATING THERE: Maroons Sports Bar & Grill (556 N. Centre St.) features good pub food in a friendly atmosphere; most entrees are under $12. Greystone (315 N. Centre St.) offers more upscale dining (lobster pot pie, bouillabaise), with entrees starting at about $18. John F. Kennedy reportedly visited the Garfield Diner (402 W. Market St.) while campaigning in 1960; no word if he tried the scrapple. You can get specials for breakfast, lunch and dinner for less than $5.

INFO: Schuylkill County Visitors Bureau,800-765-7282, http://www.schuylkill.org.


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