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Dickinson College - Fall Open House on November 8 19 Oct 2014, 9:40 am
Considering colleges? Visit one of the highest-rated National Liberal Arts Colleges. Dickinson College proudly rates 37 on the US News & World Reports current standings of hundreds of schools.Register for their informational Fall Open House and stay at the Carlisle House, a Select Registry Inn and the favorite lodging choice of college families and alumni - 4 blocks from the campus! Mingle with other visiting families for interesting conversation and a delicious breakfast. Over 400 Trip Advisor reviews!
Walk to many eclectic international restaurants and discover why Carlisle is the culinary destination for South Central PA and the Carlisle House is the finest accommodation.
8 Colorful Reasons to Come to Carlisle in October 16 Oct 2014, 12:37 pm
Pennsylvania and our Cumberland Valley are at high color! Come trek our beautiful parks and forests to experience nature and changing seasons!
1. Little Buffalo State Park
Just off State Route 34, North of New Bloomfield the Little Buffalo State Park surrounds the Little Buffalo Creek and is watched over by Buffalo Ridge. The area was occupied at one time or another by quite a few different tribes of American Indians and nations during the migration away from the European Settlers. Finally the Albany Purchase of 1754 (3 years after Carlisle was founded) acquired the State Park land from the Iroquois League of Six Nations.
|2. Colonel Denning State Park
The State Park was named after William Denning, who was a veteran of the American Revolution. He was never actually a colonel, rather he served his country as a sergeant from March 1778 to April 1780 in Nathaniel Irish's Company of Artillery Artificers in Benjamin Flower's Regiment, and is deserving of a place in history for his manufacturing of wrought iron cannons. Denning was stationed just outside of Carlisle, Pa., at Washingtonburg Forge, now Carlisle Barracks. which provided armaments for the Continental Army, including cannons. It is at this forge that William Denning made wrought iron cannons in a process of welding gads (strips) of wrought iron in successive layers to produce a cannon lighter and better able to resist failure during firing than cast iron cannons. Unfortunately none of his cannons are known to still exist. Our picture shows a wrought-iron reinforced cannon from a later date.
| Pine Grove Furnace State Park
Steeped in natural and historical features, the 696-acre Pine Grove Furnace State Park is in the area known as South Mountain at the northern end of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Our guests enjoy all sorts of recreational opportunities, including the two mountain lakes, Laurel Lake and Fuller Lake, hiking the Appalachian , biking the rail trail, visiting the Appalachian Trail Museum and imagining when the park was a charcoal-fired iron furnace community. The park is surrounded by Michaux State Forest, which provides opportunities for exploring extensive public lands around South Mountain.
|4. Gifford Pinchot State Park
Spring and fall are the times of the great bird migrations. Gifford Pinchot State Park is a rest stop for many migrating forest birds due to its location in an area of forest surrounded by many farm fields. Warblers, vireos and thrushes stop to rest and eat before flying on to their breeding or winter homes. Pinchot Lake and its shoreline wetlands are a beacon luring waterfowl by the thousands. Mergansers, geese, mallards, loons, teal and many other ducks can be seen swimming, diving and dabbling for vegetation and small fish.
|5. Caledonia State Park
Why would a State Park be named after the old Roman name for Scotland back in the 1st to 3rd centuries AD? Well, one of the most effective and powerful legislators of the Civil War era was one Thaddeus Stevens, an abolitionist, radical republican, who was born in Caledonia County in Vermont. That county in turn was named Caledonia because of the high number of Scots who settled there. Stevens was a lawyer and businessman with significant interests in the iron industry, and also served in the U.S. House of Representatives where he championed the passing of the 13th, 14th, and 15th amendments to the Constitution.
|6. Fowlers Hollow State Park
The 104-acre Fowlers Hollow State Park is in a narrow valley created by Fowler Hollow Run. The park is on the edge of Tuscarora State Forest at the intersection of several multi-use trails. The campground of the park is a good base for adventures into the huge tract of public land.
|7.Big Spring State Forest and Tuscarora State
Tucked in the side of Conococheague Mountain, Big Spring State Forest Picnic Area is a quaint picnic and hiking area. A short loop trail leads to a partially completed railroad tunnel with historic interpretation at the trailhead. The park also provides access to the Iron Horse Trail for day and overnight hiking. The park takes its name from nearby Big Spring, whose waters form the scenic Shermans Creek. Big Spring State Forest Picnic Area also serves as a trailhead providing parking, restrooms and access to the extensive snowmobile trail system in the Tuscarora State Forest.
|8. Kings Gap Environmental Education
Kings Gap is our favorite place to go for a hike, or for one of the many programs held there. With over 20 miles of trails ranging from Easy through to "Rather You Than Me!", and from 0.3 miles to 6 miles this State Park provides something for everyone. The historic Cameron-Masland Mansion looks over the Cumberland Valley and a gorgeous panorama of green turning to gold at this time of year.
Carlisle Hosts Mid-Atlantic Travel Writers and Visitors' Bureau Representatives 30 Sep 2014, 7:06 pmOctober 1st and 2nd, our Cumberland Valley Visitors Bureau (CVVB), the designated tourism promotion agency for Cumberland Valley Pennsylvania, is hosting over 100 travel writers and visitor bureau representatives who will be exploring throughout the Valley for the 2014 Mid-Atlantic Public Relations Alliance (MATPRA) Media Marketplace.
Tours will be offered to attendees throughout the conference allowing them to experience Carlisle and the Cumberland Valley and will showcase the collection of outdoor recreation, military history, car shows (Carlisle Events - Fall Carlisle), culinary attractions, unique shopping and charming downtowns.
Carlisle House was asked to host 11 of the special guests to show them our unique Select Registry hospitality and service.
It’s National #DriveElectric Week 16 Sep 2014, 11:35 am
As Dickinson was just rated the #3 greenest US college by the Sierra Club, it ties in nicely with the Drive Electric Week, for which the Sierra Club is one of the three organizers along with Plug in America and the Electric Auto Association. Events and test drives of electric vehicles will be held across the nation in a celebration aimed at educating drivers about the earth-friendly benefits of electric vehicles.
Sep 20 - 33rd Annual Harvest of the Arts - Carlisle 8 Sep 2014, 1:11 pmThe Downtown Carlisle Association will host the 33rd Annual M&T Bank Harvest of the Arts fine art and craft show on September 20th, from 10 am – 5 pm on West High Street in that will feature over 100 juried and non-juried artists from across the Mid-Atlantic region. Bringing over 20,000 people in one day, this event has become one of the best end of year art shows in Pennsylvania. The
Harvest of the Arts juried artists are all artists who are members of the PA Guild of Craftsmen, members of the Carlisle Arts Learning Center, or have exhibited in Harrisburg’s Artsfest, Lancaster’s Longs Park Art Show, Mt. Gretna’s Arts Festival, or the Central PA Festival of the Arts. The juried arts area will showcase oil and watercolor paintings, mixed media artwork, and other fine arts and crafts.
Non juried artists have various buy/sell or kit type art products that can be mass produced but the majority is not hand-crafted. In the non-juried area you will find many holiday decorations, jewelry, and clothing.
Plein Air artists from the Camp Hill area will be on site and around town that day sketching and painting some of the more historical and recognizable sites around Carlisle.
Local favorite Mad Men will be performing throughout the day along High St. at the Century Link Building. Performances 11am-12pm, 1pm-2pm & 3pm-4pm
The Farmer’s on the Square Farmer’s Market will have special hours during the event. Carlisle’s hometown farmers market will be open from 10 am to 3pm with a wide variety of locally grown produce, fruit, cheeses, meats, and flowers.
Come out and enjoy the fun!
Raptor Rapture in South Central PA 31 Aug 2014, 10:20 am
Waggoner's Gap Hawk Watch, just north of Carlisle! The spot to be in Fall to observe Golden and Bald eagles, Coopers, Northern Harriers, Red-Tailed hawks and Brown and Turkey vultures over the beautifully and colorfully painted Cumberland Valley.
Autumn is the best time to visit and see the volunteers who diligently count all the birds on their migration path. Two trails lead to the observation spot: the Hawk Trail (marked with an orange bird painted on the
rocks) and the Songbird trail (marked with a yellow bird painted on the rocks). Both trails lead to the expansive view of the Cumberland Valley.
Click for information at the Cumberland Valley Visitors Bureau.
Corvettes at Carlisle 2014 - Were you here? 24 Aug 2014, 12:19 pmHopefully you were one of the thousands of visitors in town and owned or just liked the over 5000 Corvettes that came to Carlisle!
The parade last evening was great with Carlisle Events owner Bill Miller heading up the line-up. Crowds lined the streets til the cars parked then wandered around ogling the beautiful and many historic models of Corvettes. Plan ahead for next year!! Check out this video!
Carlisle House named one of USA Today's 10 Best Harrisburg Hotels 12 Aug 2014, 10:44 am
Color Vibe Coming to Carlisle - August 30 5 Aug 2014, 3:07 pm
You'll be blasted at every color station throughout this awesome 5K run. Sign up fast, because spots are filling quickly and we have a limited number of shirts available. So grab your girlfriends, your bro’s, your friends, and your family cause we’re bringing a color fun experience to your life that you never knew existed! So join us for the Color Vibe 5K run in your city and get ready to be tagged with color!
Discover Dickinson College and Dickinson Orientation 2014 17 Jul 2014, 1:04 pm
What do July 23, 30, and August 6, 13, and 20 all have in
common? They are ALL Discover Dickinson Days! So if
you know a prospective student who is thinking of visiting
Dickinson, tell his family about the upcoming Discover days, and
mention that the Carlisle House is an awesome place to
The Freshman year at Dickinson starts in earnest with the arrival of freshman students in August, and we still have rooms available from Sunday August 24 through Thursday August 28. Book soon though, because that availability will soon be gone!