What to Do, Where to Stay in John Updike's Reading, Pa.
Travel writer Ben Chapman drove to Berks County, Pa., this month to pay his respects to John Updike, the recently deceased author who grew up around Reading. His reporter's notebook:
About three hours from Washington
$148 (Gas: $35 Lodging: $95 Food: $18)
Reading is about 150 miles northeast of the Beltway, following Interstate 295 north, then I-695 and I-83. Amtrak offers service from Washington to Lancaster, Pa., about 30 miles from Reading.
WHERE TO STAY
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Abraham Lincoln (100 N. Fifth St., 610-372-3700, http:/
WHERE TO EAT
Have breakfast with the ghost of Updike the copy boy at Marvel Ranch (359 Penn St., 610-373-7141), right up the street from the Reading Eagle. The author's favorite scrambled eggs, potatoes, toast and coffee are just $3.10. For Reading's favorite hot wings and beer, visit the old reporters' hangout Jimmie Kramer's Peanut Bar and Restaurant (322 Penn St., 800-515-8500, http:/
WHAT TO DO
Attend "Remembering John Updike" on April 5 at the Reading Public Library (100 S. Fifth St., 610-655-6350, http:/
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Greater Reading Convention and Visitors Bureau, 800-443-6610, http:/