Arts and Living
Jack Hubley helps Desiree Robinson with Lightning, a hawk, at a falconry demonstration in Hershey. The Falconry Experience gives visitors a hands-on look at the sport.
Jack Hubley helps Desiree Robinson with Lightning, a hawk, at a falconry demonstration in Hershey. The Falconry Experience gives visitors a hands-on look at the sport.

If You Go

When you get to Hershey, Pa., go past the amusement park, the all-purpose stadium and the large building piled high with chocolate Kisses and Reese's Peanut Butter Cups. Then voyage back in time more than 2,000 years.

Hotel Sofitel in Philadelphia strives to offer a blend of French elegance and American style.


All during a recent dinner at Philadelphia's French restaurant stalwart Le Bec-Fin, I kept a watchful eye on the sumptuous dessert cart as it made its rounds.

Bed Check

To get into the Morningstar Inn in Bethlehem, Pa., you don't use a key. You punch a set of numbers into a keypad.


Jim Thorpe, Pa., is a town that offers so much to do that it might scare people, but I'm here to tell you otherwise: You can have a great time in Jim Thorpe even if you don't want to do anything.

Going Our Way

Not sure where to start? Let us plan your trip for you.


In a little town called Bethlehem, I shopped for Christmas ornaments by day -- and hit the slot machines at night.

Philly Beer Week

Philly Beer Week, a celebration with hundreds of tastings, dinners and special events, is coming up June 4.

A traveler takes a three-day road trip using only his iPhone for guidance.

Information on bus service from Washington to New York, Philadelphia and Boston.


The Hotel Palomar, a 230-room Kimpton hotel in the City of Brotherly Love, will make you feel at home.


A traveler goes antiquing in a little town of New Oxford, Pa., home to 500-plus antiques dealers.

Bed Check

Browsing the hotel options in downtown Pittsburgh , I found myself thoroughly disheartened. Oh, there were plenty -- if I didn't mind shelling out more than $200 a night, a bit painful considering that it was a) a weeknight and b) the middle of winter.

Pretzels aplenty in Pennsylvania

A travel writer takes a tour of Lancaster and York counties, the epicenter of the pretzel industry in Pennsylvania, which is a leading producer of the crunchy goodies.

Previous Pennsylvania Travel Stories

Bed Check: A Philadelphia B&B straight out of Thomas Kinkade (Post, January 28, 2011; 2:24 PM)

Escapes:  A walking tour of Philadelphia's churches, synagogues and meetinghouses (Post, April 2, 2010)

The Impulsive Traveler: An art weekend in Philadelphia (Post, March 14, 2010)

Postcard from Tom: Small Philadelphia restaurants offer big flavor (Post, March 7, 2010)

Philadelphia Gardens:  Philadelphia gardens shine at the International Flower Show (Post, February 19, 2010)

Andrew Carnegie Free Library & Music Hall:  Carnegie Library is the gateway to the small town's big history (Post, February 12, 2010)

Smart Mouth:  Pittsburgh steels itself for winter with hot soup (Post, February 7, 2010)

Bed Check: Philadelphia's phriendly Conwell Inn (Post, February 7, 2010)

Brandywine Valley sites include Wyeth and du Pont locales (Post, December 9, 2009)

Philadelphia's haunted prison isn't a hard sell (Post, October 28, 2009)

ESCAPES KEYS:  Where to go, what to do in Philadelphia (Post, October 28, 2009)

RoadTrip York and Lancaster Counties, Pa.:  More Than Landscapes on the Pennsylvania Arts Experience Trails (Post, October 18, 2009)

Philadelphia: A 'Wild' Experience for Little Ones (Post, October 7, 2009)

North American Sea Glass Festival in Erie, Pa. (Post, September 30, 2009)

Pennsylvania:  Glide Over Pennsylvania for a Bird's-Eye View (Post, September 27, 2009)

The Long Weekend: Pittsburgh, Three Ways (Post, September 20, 2009)

What's the Deal?:  What's the Deal: The Week's Best Travel Bargains Around the Globe, by Land, Sea and Air (Post, September 13, 2009)

travel q& a:  Travel Q&A: Where to Find a Royal Dinner, How to Enter Prince Edward Island (Post, August 30, 2009)

Escapes:  Divide and Conquer; by Rail and Trail (Post, August 26, 2009)

Travel Q& A:  Travel Q&A: Canary Islands 101; Road-Tripping to Michigan (Post, August 23, 2009)

Road Trip: Maryland State Fair (Post, August 16, 2009)

Chat Plus: Fall Festivals in Virginia, West Virginia and Pennsylvania (Post, August 16, 2009)

The Long Weekend: Tomato Festival in Pittston, Pa. (Post, July 27, 2009; 2:17 PM)

Aloft Hotels: A Hip Addition to the Inn Crowd (Post, July 15, 2009)

Lancaster, Pa.: A Reviled President's Sanctuary (Post, June 17, 2009)

Postcard From Tom: Philadelphia (Post, May 20, 2009)

Pennies Become Souvenirs When Put Through a Press:  Under Pressure, a Plain Old Penny Can Become Something to Remember (Post, May 17, 2009)

Escapes:  In Pa., Slavery Protest Came Early (Post, April 22, 2009)

Mural, Exhibit, Sixth Street Honor Philadelphia's Black Roots (Post, March 25, 2009)

Lititz, Pa., Wolf Sanctuary Offers Moonlit Tours (Post, March 22, 2009)

Give History a Workout (Post, March 11, 2009)

The Sweet Science (Post, March 8, 2009)

Winter Delights in Philadelphia (Post, March 4, 2009)

Following the Path of Runaway Slaves in Southern Pennsylvania (Post, February 25, 2009)

Look Up Updike (Post, February 22, 2009)

Toboggan Slide and More in Pennsylvania (Post, February 11, 2009)

How to Have a Great Time Without Going Very Far (Post, February 1, 2009)

QVC Tours Draw Shoppers to West Chester, Pa. (Post, January 28, 2009)

Upgrade to First Class (Post, December 28, 2008)

Finding Christmas Cheer in Bethlehem, Pa. (Post, December 17, 2008)

Color Them Entertained at Crayola Factory (Post, December 3, 2008)

Philadelphia Thinks Big:  Museum's New Home Gives Kids Room to Imagine (Post, November 12, 2008)

In Philadelphia, a Warrior at Peace:  The First Marine Had Quaker Roots (Post, November 5, 2008)

Market Is Central to Lancaster's Charm (Post, October 19, 2008)

Fall Fest Lights A City:  Pittsburgh Goes Artfully Offbeat (Post, October 15, 2008)

Vroom, Vroom:  Pa. Harley Tour Gets Motors Running (Post, September 24, 2008)

Grandeur, Quaint Charms Mix in Pa. (Post, September 10, 2008)

Harrisburg Turns On The Lights:  Lively Night Scene Helps Pa. Capital Brighten Up (Post, August 20, 2008)

British Roots in The Forests of Pa.:  Ligonier: Where the Union Jack Still Flies and the Past Is Ever Present (Post, August 6, 2008)

Two Inns, One Weekend -- at the Very Minimum (Post, July 2, 2008)

In Pennsylvania, the Morel the Merrier (Post, May 4, 2008)

Always on a Sunday:  How to Make The Most of a Weekend in Pa.'s Amish Country (Post, April 16, 2008)

In Pa., a Museum That Hits Just the Right Notes (Post, April 9, 2008)

Three Wrights Don't Make a Wrong:  In Pa., you can sample a trio of the master's works in a day -- and it's quite a rush. (Post, March 19, 2008)

Philly's Best Sub? (Post, March 9, 2008)

The Nyuk Stops Here:  A museum celebrating the Stooges? It's better than a poke in the eye. (Post, February 27, 2008)

Spring Under Glass (Post, February 6, 2008)

TRAINS:  Ride the Rails, With or Without Your Car (Post, February 3, 2008)

WEEKEND GETAWAYS:  Great (Close) Escapes (Post, February 3, 2008)

February Madness:  A Basketball Fan Finds Plenty to Cheer About in Philadelphia (Post, January 30, 2008)

She's Hooked on . . . Taxidermy?:  No Guts, No Gory in A Pennsylvania Studio (Post, January 9, 2008)

Really? You Don't Look a Day Over 299 . . .:  For Annapolis and others, 2008 is a milestone year. Here's how to get in on the celebrations. (Post, December 26, 2007)

Away in a Manger:  At a Pennsylvania Farm B&B, the Moo the Merrier (Post, December 16, 2007)

Foam for the Holidays:  A Pre-Thanksgiving Look at What's Brewing in Pottsville, Pa. (Post, November 21, 2007)

'Anatomy of a Nightmare': The Readers Respond (Post, November 18, 2007)

Breezewood: It's a Wonderful Interchange. Really. (Post, November 14, 2007)

Philadelphia (Post, October 7, 2007)

Scranton, Making All the Dwight Moves:  In the Pa. City, Every Day Is Now an 'Office' Party (Post, September 26, 2007)

Springs Awakening (Post, August 29, 2007)

Philly Park: They Got the Slots Right Here . . . (Post, August 22, 2007)

A Big Wet Kiss (Post, August 8, 2007)

A Fine Spot for Spring Training:  Railroad Fans Stay Ahead Of the Curve in Altoona, Pa. (Post, May 2, 2007)

SMART MOUTH:  Nosh Around the Clock (Post, April 15, 2007)

A Cook's Tour In Amish Country:  At Harvest Moon B&B, The ABCs of Fine Cuisine (Post, April 4, 2007)

Divan Intervention:  Why pay for a hostel? With CouchSurfing, you can find a bed -- or at least a sofa -- for free. (Post, March 11, 2007)

ON EXHIBIT:  A Pharaoh Escape (Post, February 18, 2007)

A Fine Line:  Between Gettysburg, Pa., And Emmitsburg, Md., Mason and Dixon Still Draw Subtle Distinctions (Post, February 14, 2007)

Isn't It Romantic? (Post, February 7, 2007)

Taking the Train (Post, February 4, 2007)

You? Tube?:  Slip. Slide. Repeat. Tube parks are getting more than kids pumped up. (Post, January 31, 2007)

Well, Well:  Wellness spa treatments are a hot travel trend. But do they work? Therein lies the rub. (Post, January 7, 2007)

Ready to End It All?:  For Folks Willing to Take a Road Trip, There's a Variety Of New Year's Eve Celebrations Around the Region (Post, December 27, 2006)

ESCAPES:  Going Out in . . . Philly (Post, December 20, 2006)

The Buck Stopped Here:  The Author and Humanitarian Found Her Own Good Earth on a Pa. Farm (Post, November 15, 2006)

THANKSGIVING DAY PARADES 101:  Who Needs Macy's? (Post, November 12, 2006)

Pittsburgh Resurrected (Post, October 29, 2006)

Frightful Fall Getaways:  This Is the Time of Year for a Frightful Fall Getaway (Post, October 25, 2006)

FRIGHTFESTS 101:  Do the Monster Bash (Post, October 22, 2006)

Bridge Out. Way Out.:  In Pa., an Old Game Makes a Bid for the Hip Set (Post, October 18, 2006)

FILE THIS:  Take Your Peak: A Guide to Fall Foliage on the East Coast (Post, September 24, 2006)

Not Just Outlet Malls:  A Former Safety Goggle Factory Puts Pa. City on Arts Map (Post, July 19, 2006)

RAYSTOWN LAKE, PA.:  Into the Deep (Post, May 28, 2006)

10 MORE GETAWAYS:  Point the Car in a New Direction (Post, May 28, 2006)

ESCAPES:  An Epic Weekend (Post, May 17, 2006)

Wood That Could:  Near Philly, Two Master Craftsmen Homes Will Shiver Your Timbers (Post, May 3, 2006)

At Philly's Barnes, The Art of Location (Post, April 12, 2006)

YOUR VACATION IN LIGHTS:  Hershey's Sugar High (Post, March 26, 2006)

Burg in Gettysburg:  Iconic Civil War City Seeks to Lure Battlefield Tourists Downtown (Post, March 22, 2006)

ESCAPES:  Junk Food Trail (Post, March 8, 2006)

Hostel Sleepover:  With a mix of ages and nationalities, the least expensive lodging can also be the most fun. (Post, February 8, 2006)

Out of the Shadow (Post, February 1, 2006)

ESCAPES:  No Frills, Big Spills (Post, January 11, 2006)

New Year, Memories (Post, January 1, 2006)

It's Mummer Time:  On New Year's Day, the Real Philly Party Begins After the Parade (Post, December 28, 2005)

Another Football Weekend? I'll Pass (Post, November 2, 2005)

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