Details: State College, Pa.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Getting there

State College is a little more than 200 miles from the Beltway. Take Interstate 270 north to I-70 west toward Hagerstown, Md. Take I-76 west (Pennsylvania Turnpike) to I-99 north toward Altoona. At State College take Exit 69 (Atherton Street). Follow North Atherton Street to the center of town.

Staying there

Hotel rooms on football weekends are hard to find, so check the schedule before you go.

Nittany Lion Inn, 200 W. Park Ave., 800-233-7505, Penn State's own charming inn, decorated in a colonial style. Rooms start at $84 a night.

Days Inn Penn State, 240 S. Pugh St., 814-238-8454, Rates start at $82 during the week, $119 on weekends.

Hotel State College, West College Avenue and South Allen Street, 814-237-4350, Perhaps the most recognizable landmark in State College. Rooms are $65 during the week, $85 on weekends, some with private bathroom.

Eating there

American Ale House, 821 Cricklewood Dr., 814-237-9701, Great selection of seafood and steak. And, of course, beer. Entrees $16.99 to $31.99.

The Diner, 126 W. College Ave., 814-238-5590, Traditional diner fare, including burgers and sandwiches. No full meal exceeds $6.95.

Berkey Creamery, Bigler and Curtin roads, 814-865-7535, Single cone $2.75. Also serves sherbet, frozen yogurt and its own homemade cheddar cheese.

Playing there

Palmer Museum of Art, Curtin Road between Allen and Shortlidge roads, 814-865-7672, Open Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Sunday noon to 4 p.m. Closed Mondays. Free.

The Arboretum at Penn State, Park Avenue and Bigler Road, 814-865-9118, Open daily dawn to dusk. Free.

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