April 16, 2014

Arooga's Scores Big

Spring is here in the Cumberland Valley and despite the mid-April snow, we are well on our way to higher temperatures. Not only does spring bring more sunlight, but it brings America’s favorite pastime…baseball! My wife and I enjoy watching and attending as many games as possible, but because we root for different teams, picking a game to watch isn’t always the easiest. My wife is a Phillies fan and my allegiance lies with evil empire, the New York Yankees. Given their relative distance to one another, their games are usually on at the same time. This gives my wife and I a few choices…watch the games in separate rooms, pick one game to watch together (while the left-out one roots for the opposing team), or find a place that will be airing both games. It’s a great compromise and even better reason to visit one of our favorite places to eat.

April 7, 2014

Back to Nature on the Appalachian Trail

Last June, my husband and I purchased our first home in beautiful South Middleton Township.  Due to our acquired love of nature over the years, moving to an area so rich with outdoor recreational opportunities seemed to be a good fit for us. We thought it was so neat that the Appalachian Trail, one of the longest continuously marked footpaths in the world, ran right through Boiling Springs. Shortly after our move, we started exploring the trail. 

March 31, 2014

Small & Picturesque Town of Boiling Springs Offers Two Unique Dining Options

If you are looking for a restaurant to celebrate a special occasion, I would definitely recommend Boiling Springs Tavern. The restaurant offers a nice atmosphere, good food and a great wine selection. The dinner entrees are well worth the money, and the candle-lit dining room adds to the cozy ambiance. The historic 1832 building is located across the street from Children’s Lake, providing the perfect opportunity to take a leisurely stroll around the lake before or after dinner.

March 19, 2014

My Favorite Pizza in Carlisle

If you are looking for a quick lunch or dinner but want something a little bit more than fast food, try The Pizza Grille in Carlisle. My favorite is the Five Cheese Pizza which includes smoked and fresh mozzarella, monterey jack, parmesan and romano cheeses. I also enjoy their wide variety of salads from the Feta & Sun-dried Tomato to the Spicy Shrimp Caesar. The food is good, the service is excellent and quick, and they are close to downtown Carlisle. If you are not in the Carlisle area, they also have locations in Camp Hill and Lemoyne.

- Chuck

March 6, 2014

Fun Weekend in Carlisle

American Artisan Gallery
My mom and aunt needed to get away for the weekend and wanted to meet somewhere fun that wasn't too far of a drive for either of them. My mom is from North Eastern PA and my aunt is from the Valley Forge area, so I suggested they meet and stay in Carlisle. They were looking for a hotel with a pool so they could pretend it was summer out and decided on the Hampton Inn Carlisle. When they arrived Friday night we had a delicious dinner at Trattoria Piatto. We ordered the gnocchi, lobster ravioli and three cheese pizza. All were delicious and the perfect portion! Then we finished the night at Castlerigg Wine Shop with a glass of wine and some cheesecake.