Carlisle Connections: How to Enjoy a Winter Getaway in & around Carlisle


by Kandace Kohr

Winter in central Pennsylvania can be tricky for travel, but there are also a number of unique opportunities to enjoy  during the colder months. So if you find yourself in or around Carlisle this winter, as the snow blankets the landscape and paints the town perfectly white, try one—or all—of these wintry activities.

  1. Break out your ice skates for an afternoon of skating or hockey on LAUREL LAKE.
  2. Hit the slopes at SKI ROUNDTOP, which offers many fun winter activities for various skill levels, including skiing, snowboarding and snow tubing.
  3. Take in the CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA YOUTH BALLET’s performance of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker on Dec.15 and 16 at Whitaker Center or Dec. 22 and 23 at Hershey Theatre.
  4. Check in and stay awhile at the CARLISLE HOUSE BED & BREAKFAST for a cozy visit, or splurge on the newly renovated SMITH STEINER ON SOUTH COLLEGE STREET. Both spots are within walking distance of downtown. And just outside of town is the recently renovated ALLENBERRY RESORT!
  5. Eat, drink and be  merry at one of several  local craft breweries/pubs, like BURD’S NEST BREWING, GRAND ILLUSION CIDER and MOLLY PITCHER BREWING, most of which offer a special, holiday-inspired brew.
  6. Go cross-country skiing at CALEDONIA STATE PARK, where there are over 10 miles of trails for all skill levels.
  7. Explore the 10TH ANNUAL HOLIDAY CRAFT AND FINE ART SHOW, coming to Carlisle on Nov. 24 with a host of handmade crafts, art pieces and more!

Read more from the fall 2018 issue of Dickinson Magazine.


Published October 24, 2018