Looking to get out of the house to survive another COVID winter? Most of us are, and thankfully the Susquehanna Valley is packed with interesting & unique things to do! We have looked in all the little, niche corners of Central PA for some Boredom Busters for the Winter Blues!
For our Snow Birds:
First things first though, SNOW ACTIVITIES – Of course its winter, we’d be crazy not to start here. Heritage Hills in East York hosts a few activities in the winter. You’ll find yourself being dragged up the driving range in a snow tube on a conveyor belt to make it to the top of the huge hill! Kick back and have some hot chocolate by the outdoor ice skating rink. Or if you’re feeling too frosty, there are fire pits around to warm up next to! You can find out more on their website : https://avalanchexpress.com
Ready to feel the wind in your hair flying down snow covered mountains? Ski Round-top located in Lewisberry (York), and Liberty Mountain located in Fairfield (Gettysburg) are both ski resorts with plenty to do in the winter months – Its kind of their specialty, though their paintball courses are cool too! Buying an Seasonal Epic pass allows you to be on any slope in the USA owned by Vail resorts. Stay close to home with a mini Colorado in your back yard. Find more about the slopes, skis and snowboards here: https://www.skiroundtop.com & https://www.libertymountainresort.com
Love that crisp winter air but not super Into smash your face into the snow on a snowboard? Totally understand that feeling – Every year, Lititz host the fire and Ice Festival in the town square. This year it is only the ice sculptures due to Covid – 2021 Lititz Ice Walk From February 12th to the 20th (2021) ice sculptures line the streets of Lititz for spectators to enjoy and interact with. Occasional vendors pop up in-between the works of art, and good food is all around the town. Feel free to stop in Wilburs Chocolate factory right there in the square for an extra special treat! ( I recommend the chocolate covered marshmallows) Check out this frosty event here: https://lititzpa.com/event-calendar/ or https://www.facebook.com/events/419182129450668/
For our AG Friends:
The Farm Show is one very classic PA thing to do once February hits. This year is not as classically done – the event is being held virtually for the first time due to covid – save your nose this year from the cow pies! The vital event will consist of a PA Agriculture Map to find close to home farm show fun you’d typically find all together at the farm show event in Harrisburg. This map is more interactive than farm shows in the past and you can set out on a AG adventure in your own time and visit only the things you want to check out. Find more about your furry friends at the farm show here : https://www.farmshow.pa.gov/pafarmshow/participate-virtually/schedule/Pages/default.aspx
PA is loaded with farmers markets – specifically Amish famers markets. If you’ve been to one of these gems, like Green Dragon in Ephrata or Roots Amish Market and Auction in Lancaster, you know all about the goodies you can find at these places. If you have a free Tuesday or Friday and on the hunt for fresh produce or yummy PA Dutch and Amish snacks, take the beautiful drive out to the PA Country and connect with your organic side (or sweet side!) Don’t get me wrong though its not only great food – Check out what the vendors have to offer here: https://www.discoverlancaster.com/directory/green-dragon-farmers-market-auction/ & https://www.rootsmarket.com
For our Creatures of the Night:
Pre-COVID I LIVED for first Fridays (they are still there, just with COVID restrictions!). First Fridays take place on the first Friday of every month and York City comes to life with; music, art, dancing, drinks, people, food, the market, and all the great shops, just to highlight a few! Its so much fun to take part in the little side activities, a lot of activities for kids too! If you’re into it, grab a drink with your friends or an easy time and place to meet new, local, people. Walking up and down the shops on closed off Beaver St. most items are on special for first Friday! That’s just downtown York too, Lititz has the same kind of night on “Second Friday” Get your Friday night plans started here: http://www.downtownyorkpa.com/firstfridays/ & https://lititzpa.com/second-friday/
Hopefully this helps out the bummer that is this winter. Once again, not your typical season – it’s COVID style. Even thought events are not “normal” or going on the same way as previous years, I like to think that we are learning so much and new ways to be and interact with each other, new ways to have companies branch out into new markets. This isn’t the worst thing to happen when it comes to bring people together, we will always still find a (safe) way!
Enjoy the rest of the 2021 winter!