GETTING THERE: Harrisburg is about two hours north of the Beltway. Take Interstate 270 north to Frederick and pick up U.S. 15 north. Take PA-581 east (Harrisburg Expressway) toward Harrisburg. Exit onto I-83 north, then take the capitol exit.
WHAT TO DO: The Sunoco Performance Theater at the Whitaker Center (222 Market St.; call 717-214-2787 to buy theater tickets) offers entertainment throughout the year ( http:/
DANCE CLUBS: On North Second Street, Eclipse (236 N. Second St., 717-221-0530, http:/
WHERE TO EAT:"Restaurant Row" on North Second Street offers lots of options. Stock's on 2nd features American cuisine with Asian and Southwestern influences (211 N. Second St., 717-233-6699). For Italian cooking, try Zia's at Red Door (110 N. Second St., 717-920-0330). Tom Sawyer Diner and Entertainment Complex is a real diner moved from Allentown in 2006. Great for wings, burgers, fajitas and wraps (210 N. Second St., 717-232-4499). Ceoltas Irish Pub offers a full menu for lunch and dinner as well as bar food and Irish favorites (310 N. Second St., 717-233-3202).
Beyond Second Street, try Bricco (31 S. Third St., 717-724-0222) for Italian and Mediterranean cuisine; El Sol Mexican Restaurant (18 S. Third St., 717-901-5050); and my favorite, Passage to India, right on the river (525 S. Front St., 717-233-1202).
WHERE TO STAY: Lodging is limited downtown, although that is changing. At present the best choices are the Hilton Harrisburg ($239-$269; 1 N. Second St., 717-233-6000, http:/
INFORMATION: Harrisburg Visitors Center (22 N. Second St., 717-236-9762, http:/