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Best Weekend and Day Trips Guide Presented By Columbia Montour Visitors Bureau

Aug 26, 2016 08:40PM ● By Melanie Heisinger

Welcome to the Best Weekend and Day Trips Guide, sponsored by the Columbia-Montour Visitors Bureau. Below you’ll find a range of ideas on how to explore Columbia & Montour counties and some of the surrounding region this fall. 

Beginning with Weekend Trip itineraries, the guide flows into lodging options that go beyond what’s listed in each itinerary. From there, we direct you to how to find additional dining options, and then round out the guide with day trip possibilities.  Simply choose your adventure and get started!

For more information, please visit the Columbia-Montour Visitors Bureau web site at


Weekend Trip #1: Fall Foliage and Farm Markets 

A trip for the month of October – A Friday afternoon to a Sunday evening


Day One: Friday Afternoon

2 PM: Lodging check-in

3 – 6 PM: To Milton, PA - Kohl's Stony Hill Tree Farm for Corn Maze and pumpkin picking

6:30 PM: Dinner at Pine Barn InnEdith's Kitchen, or L T Evans in Danville

Back to lodging


Day Two: Saturday - Farm Markets and Covered Bridges


Breakfast at lodging or nearby restaurant/café

Self-guided tour of Northern Covered Bridges and fall foliage sight-seeing (great photo opportunities) - begin with Patterson, Kramer, Stillwater, Josiah Hess and Twins

1 PM: Lunch at the Smokehouse BBQ (Benton), Morris Family Restaurant, Wanderlust Café, or Playa Cancun (lunch choice dependent on location/timing during covered bridge travels)


View Rupert Covered Bridge on the way to Rohrbach’s Farm Market

View Paar’s Mill Covered Bridge on the way to Ponduce Farms in Elysburg

6 PM: Dinner at Marley's Brewery & Grille, The Blind Pig Kitchen, or Applebee’s

Back to lodging


Day Three: Sunday

Breakfast at lodging or nearby restaurant/café

9 AM: At Ricketts Glen State Park for fall foliage, waterfalls, hiking and kayaking

1 PM: Either have a picnic lunch from LJ’s Corner Store (picked up on the way to the State Park) or enjoy lunch at Melonie’s Kold Kup in Orangeville

Head Back Home!


Weekend Trip #2: A Toast to Antiques & Local Heritage

Pick up Antiques brochure and Walk Danville, Bloomsburg, and Berwick brochures at the Columbia Montour Visitors Bureau Welcome Center – 121 Papermill Road, Bloomsburg

Day One: Friday

11 AM: Rising Sun Antiques in Danville

12:30 PM: Lunch at L T Evans, Galera Dos Mexican Restaurant, or OIP Italian Restaurant

2 PM: Self-guided walking tour of historic Danville with Walk Danville brochure

5:30 PM: Dinner at Old Forge Brewing Co. or Seidel’s Mardi Gras

Check in to lodging venue


Day Two: Saturday

Breakfast at Bloomin' Bagels in Bloomsburg

9:30 AM: Red Mill Antiques in Bloomsburg

10:30 AM – Lunch: McCarty’s Tattered & Torn (open at 10 AM) and Gone Vyntage (open at 11 AM)

Lunch at Balzano’s Italian Kitchen, Bakers Guild Cafe, or Berrigan’s Subs

Early to mid-afternoon: Travel to Berwick to tour the historic Jackson Mansion

Late afternoon: On the way back, visit Lavender and Old Lace in Bloomsburg and 487 Rustics outside of Lightstreet (Both are open until 5 PM)

Dinner at the Lightstreet Hotel Restaurant or the Farmhouse at Turkey Hill

Back to lodging


Day Three: Sunday

Breakfast at lodging or nearby restaurant/café

Enjoy a scenic drive to Benton to visit The Bakery Antiques Complex (open at 10 AM), Ol’ Country Barn (open at 12 PM), and the quaint Benton downtown.

Lunch at LJ'S Corner Store and Grill or another restaurant in Benton/Orangeville/Lightstreet area

Early to mid-afternoon: Complete historical walk of Bloomsburg using Walk Bloomsburg brochure

Dinner at West End Ale Haus in Bloomsburg or another area restaurant

Back to lodging or head back home!


Weekend Trip #3: Choose Your Adventure

Day One: Friday

Pick up Outdoor Recreation Guide at the Columbia Montour Visitors Bureau Welcome Center – 121 Papermill Road, Bloomsburg

12 PM: Lunch at Original Italian Pizza, Perkins, or another area restaurant in Danville

1:30 PM: Spend the afternoon hiking and exploring at the Montour Preserve

6:30 PM: Dinner at Gourmet Buffet or Quaker Steak & Lube

(or another restaurant on the way back to Bloomsburg)

Evening walk on the Bloomsburg Rail Trail (1.5 miles)

Check in to lodging venue


Day Two: Saturday

Breakfast at lodging or nearby restaurant/café

Spend the day kayaking/canoeing the Susquehanna River with Susquehanna Outdoor Adventures or Canoe Susquehanna

Lunch: Picnic lunch including subs/sandwiches from Berrigan’s or Steph’s Subs in Bloomsburg

Dinner: Old Forge Brewing Company in Danville

Early Evening spend hiking or biking Hess Field/Robbins Trail Park (trails approximately 3.9 miles)

Evening Accommodations: Either back to lodging for a second night OR enjoy camping on private island with Susquehanna Outdoor Adventures – offers tent camping or treehouse camping with a quiet evening campfire.


Day Three: Sunday

Breakfast at lodging site (depends on previous evening accommodations)

Enjoy a scenic drive to Benton and Ricketts Glen State Park

Spend the day at Ricketts Glen for hiking, waterfalls, kayaking, and swimming at Lake Jean

Lunch: Brown bag picnic from Red Rock Corner Market in Benton

3 PM: Horseback Riding at Brace’s Stables in Benton

6:30 PM: Dinner at Marley's Brewery & Grille in Bloomsburg

Head back home!


Weekend Trip #4: Craft Beer Lovers Unite!

Spend a weekend traveling the River Rat Brew Trail and enjoying some of the area’s finest craft brews

Day One: Friday

1:30 PM: Drinks at Bull Run Tap House in Lewisburg

3:30 – 5:30 PM: Check out Lewisburg’s downtown and the Street of Shops antiques

6 PM: Dinner, drinks, and entertainment at Rusty Rail Brewing Company in Mifflinburg

8:30 PM: Enjoy drinks at the hopping Civil War Cider Co. in downtown Lewisburg

Check in to lodging venue


Day Two: Saturday

Breakfast & coffee at Boil Line Coffee in downtown Danville

Enjoy Danville downtown/sightseeing

11 AM: Drinks and lunch apps at Selin's Grove Brewing Company

1 PM – Drinks and light lunch at Marzoni's Brick Oven & Brewing Co.

Enjoy downtown Selinsgrove shops or the Shamokin Dam shopping opportunities

4 PM (if first Saturday of the month): enjoy drinks at the Covered Bridge Brewhaus in Shamokin 


Swing by Three Beards Brewing Co. at the Spyglass Ridge Winery to see progression of the new brewery

6:30 PM: Dinner, drinks, and entertainment at Old Forge Brewing Co. in Danville

Back to lodging


Day Three: Sunday

Breakfast at lodging or nearby restaurant/café

11 AM: Drinks and lunch at Marley's Brewery & Grille in Bloomsburg

1:30 PM: Drinks at Berwick Brewing Co.

Enjoy Bill’s Bike Barn in Bloomsburg

5 PM: Early Dinner and drinks at Turkey Hill Brewing Company

Back to lodging or head back home!


Weekend Trip #5: Ultimate Guys’ Weekend

Pick up Outdoor Recreation Guide at the Columbia-Montour Visitors Bureau Welcome Center – 121 Papermill Road, Bloomsburg

Day One: Friday

Begin at the Links at Hemlock Creek in Bloomsburg for 18-holes of golf

Lunch at Links Bar & Grill

3 PM: Slot car racing at Bloom Raceway and Hobbies

6:30 PM: Dinner & brews at Berwick Brewing Company or pizza from Stuccio’s Pizzeria in Berwick

Check in to lodging venue


Day Two: Saturday

Breakfast at lodging or nearby restaurant/café (if in Berwick, A Perfect Blend Espresso & More)

Spend the day kayaking/canoeing the Susquehanna River with Susquehanna Outdoor Adventures

Lunch: Picnic lunch including subs/sandwiches from Steph’s Subs or Fog & Flame in Bloomsburg

Evening: End the long day on the river at Susquehanna Outdoor Adventures’ private island for tent or treehouse camping

Dinner & Campfire on island


Day Three: Sunday

Breakfast on island

Spend the morning with your buddies fishing the Columbia County creeks

(reference Outdoor Rec Guide)

1 PM: Lunch at Playa Cancun or another restaurant in Bloomsburg area

PM Open Choice: Play a round of golf at Knoebels Three Ponds Golf Course, visit Knoebels Amusement Resort for an afternoon of fun rides and food, or hit Ricketts Glen for hiking and waterfalls.

Dinner: Turkey Hill Brewing Company in Bloomsburg

Head back home!


Weekend Trip #6: Family Fun Exploration

Day One: Friday

Breakfast at local restaurant/café

10 AM – Noon: Bowling at P-Nut Bowl in Bloomsburg

12:30 PM - Lunch at Steph's Subs or downtown Bloomsburg eatery

2 – 5 PM: Visit Rolling Hills Red Deer Farm in Catawissa

5:30 PM: Dinner at Quaker Steak and Lube or Gourmet Buffet in Bloomsburg

Back to lodging


Day Two: Saturday

Breakfast at lodging or nearby restaurant/café

10 AM at Clyde Peeling's Reptiland, bite to eat at Croc Bites snack bar followed by some ice cream

2 – 5:30 PM: Afternoon at Montour Preserve – fossil pit, wildlife, education center, nature trails, etc.

6 PM: Dinner and ice cream at Mikey’s Emporium or Fran’s Dairy Bar

Back to lodging


Day Three: Sunday

Breakfast at lodging or nearby restaurant/café

Knoebels Amusement Resort for the whole day; lunch and dinner at the amusement park

Back to lodging OR head home


Weekend Trip #7: Ladies’ Weekend Extravaganza

Pick up Wine Trail Rack Card and Antiques Brochure at the Columbia Montour Visitors Bureau Welcome Center – 121 Papermill Road, Bloomsburg

Day One: Friday

12 PM: Lunch at May’s Family Restaurant in Berwick

1:30 PM: Wine tasting at O'Donnell Winery in Berwick

3 PM: Wine tasting at Pickering Winery in Bloomsburg

4 – 6:15 PM: Touring and shopping in downtown Bloomsburg

6:30 PM: Dinner at The Inn At Turkey Hill or another restaurant in Bloomsburg area

Check in to lodging


Day Two: Saturday       

MORNING: Breakfast at lodging or nearby restaurant/café

Antiquing at European Antiques & Collectibles in Nescopeck & other antique shops in Antiquing in Columbia & Montour Counties brochure

AFTERNOON: Lunch at either the Bakers Guild Cafe in Bloomsburg or Galera Dos Mexican Restaurant in Danville (depending on location of last antique shop visited)

Walking tour and/or shopping in downtown Danville (The English Garden, Beiter’s, and more)

Wine tasting at Shade Mountain Winery and/or Red Shale Ridge Vineyards (both in Danville)

6 PM: Dinner at the Pine Barn Inn in Danville

Stop on the way back in Bloomsburg for ice cream at Brennan’s

Back to lodging


Day Three: Sunday

MORNING: Breakfast at lodging or nearby restaurant/café

9 AM: Art of Floating in Bloomsburg or other local Day Spa – relaxation time, spa and massage

AFTERNOON: Lunch at the Links at Hemlock Creek in Bloomsburg

Wine tasting at Colonel Ricketts Hard Cider Winery AND/OR Elk Mountain Winery in Benton

Drive up to Eagles Mere Historic Village – explore shops, bookstore, and museum.  Have ice cream at the Sweet Shop, take a walk and enjoy lake scenery

Head back home!


Weekend Trip #8: A Romantic Escape


Day One: Friday

2 PM: Check in to lodging venue

3 PM: Wine Tasting at Purple Cow Winery in Bloomsburg

4 – 6:30 PM: Exploring and shopping downtown Bloomsburg

6:30 PM: Dinner at The Inn At Turkey Hill in Bloomsburg

Spend the evening at a Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble or Celebrity Artist Series show

Back to lodging


Day Two: Saturday

MORNING: Breakfast at lodging or nearby restaurant/café

Spend the day like two kids in love at Knoebels Amusement Resort

AFTERNOON: Have lunch at Knoebels (or a bring picnic lunch to share together in a pavilion)

2 PM: Hop in the car and hit some wineries on the Susquehanna Heartland Wine Trail

7 PM: Dinner at Seidel’s Mardi Gras or Pine Barn Inn in Danville

Spend a relaxing evening at your lodging venue


Day Three: Sunday

MORNING: Breakfast at lodging or nearby restaurant/café

Drive up to Ricketts Glenn State Park for a day of hiking and waterfalls

AFTERNOON: Bring a picnic lunch (pick up sandwiches along the way) or eat at Ricketts Glen Hotel

Stop at Elk Mountain Winery at Stoney Acres in Benton for wine tasting

Head back home!

*Lodging Options for Weekend Trips

For travelers looking for the perfect place to stay during one of these great weekend getaways, be sure to select one of these relaxing lodging options.  Your choices will ultimately be based upon personal preferences and geographical convenience to the other itinerary stops.


Bed & Breakfasts

Abigail House, Danville

Catawissa Caboose Lodge, Catawissa

College Hill B&B, Bloomsburg

Country Farm B&B, Benton

The Doctor’s Inn, Danville

Fish & Loaves B&B, Catawissa

The Lodge at Raven Creek, Benton

Maple Rose B&B, Elysburg

The Old Tioga Inn, Benton

Peaceable Kingdom B&B, Catawissa

Pump House B&B & Weddings, Bloomsburg

White Birch Inn, Berwick

Andrew & Penelope Murphy’s B&B, Coal Township



Bodnarosa Motel & Campground, Berwick

Camping at Deihl’s, LLC – Bloomsburg

Council Cup Campground, Wapwallopen

Indian Head Campground, Bloomsburg

Knoebels Campground, Elysburg

Mill Race Golf & Camping Resort, Benton

Whispering Pines Camping Estates


Vacation Rentals

4 Leaf Clover/Kelly’s Kottage, Elysburg

Bon’s Retreat Cabin, Sunbury


Riverview Point Apartments, Catawissa



Best Western, Danville

Budget Host, Patriot Inn, Bloomsburg

Candlewood Suites, Hazelton

Comfort Inn, Mifflinville

Comfort Suites, Bloomsburg

Quality Inn & Suites, Danville

Econo Lodge, Bloomsburg

Hampton Inn, Danville

Hampton Inn, Bloomsburg

Holiday Inn Express, Bloomsburg

The Inn At Turkey Hill, Bloomsburg

Pine Barn Inn, Danville

Red Roof Inn, Danville

Relax Inn, Bloomsburg

Super 8, Danville

Super 8 Motel, Mifflinville


*Restaurant Options for Itineraries:

The itineraries provide several dining options for each meal that are geographically appropriate based upon the itinerary’s previous stop suggestion. You may utilize these for your convenience or you may feel free to select another area restaurant that suits your tastes!  Please visit the Columbia Montour Visitors Bureau’s web site for a complete list of area restaurants:

Special Day Trips:

The Rise & Fall of Industry (For the History Buffs/Adventure Lovers)

For those of you looking for a unique day trip, a day spent exploring remains of the golden days of American industry is just the ticket.  Start the day in the ghost town of Centralia, located in the southernmost part of Columbia County.  Centralia is internationally known and is most famous for being the site of a continually-burning mine fire below the town.  The fire started sometime in 1962 and is suspected to be caused by the deliberate burning of trash in a former strip mine, which in turn ignited a seam of anthracite coal.  Given the massive size and depth of the particular seam, the fire was unable to be extinguished and now burns deep in underground coal pockets.  The still-burning fire has raged for more than 50 years, and at its current rate, it could burn for over 250 more years.  Centralia once existed as a bustling coal town, but now has dwindled to nothing more than a fading memory and crumbling ruins as the residents vacated their homes over the years following the fire.

Over the years, the town has received widespread attention for its unique backstory and abandonment.  It has been the inspiration for several movie plots, including the popular horror film: Silent Hill.  Many opportunities still exist for exploration of the town, as the abandoned town streets along with several old buildings still remain.  On the right day, visitors can even see small tendrils of smoke rising from the area.  However, the most popular attraction at Centralia is the stretch of abandoned highway that used to run through the town.  The underground activity caused the road to heave, buckle, and crack over the years.  Attempts were made to repair the road in the 1980’s but in 1994 the branch was permanently closed and now exists as a haunting tribute to the town that once thrived there.  The entire stretch of road is now covered in graffiti and visitors come from far and wide to see the “Graffiti Highway”. While Centralia is owned by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania after eminent domain seizure in the early 1990’s, there are still privately owned properties in the town.  There are several places around Centralia that are not owned by the state and, therefore, are private property. Please respect the posted signage and utilize them as a guide for your visit. Exercise caution, as parts of the land may be unsafe to explore.

After you have finished exploring Centralia, head over to the nearby town of Ashland to experience an authentic coal mine and take a ride on an old-fashioned steam locomotive.  The Pioneer Tunnel Coal Mine offers a guided ride in coal carts deep underground for a firsthand experience of the life of a coal miner.  The tour is packed with local history and great photo opportunities.

As you leave Ashland, stop at Weiser State Forest for a few relaxing hours outdoors.  There are hiking and biking trails, fishing, boating, and more.  About 6 miles of the marked trails were used by miners on their way to work in the late 1800s and early 1900s. These trails provide you with a chance to step back in time and walk a mile (or six) in the shoes of early American mine laborers. Your stop at Weiser State Forest also provides the perfect opportunity for a late picnic lunch. 

Continuing north on State Route 42 will soon lead you to Numidia, where you will find the Numidia Dragway. If you are there on a weekend or a weeknight with a scheduled event, you will be able to enjoy a few hours of fun at the drag races.  Finally, close out your special day trip at Berwick Brewing Company, a one-time factory now turned into a brewery and restaurant. The ideal end to a great day can be found here in the form of a cold brew and mouthwatering pizza.

Wine, Wine, and More Wine!

You don’t need to go to the Finger Lakes to enjoy great wine; a special day or weekend trip can be found right here in Central Pennsylvania!  Begin the day at Shade Mountain Winery in Danville and spend the day visiting other local wineries.  Don’t forget Three Dog Vino, one of the newest wineries in the area!  They have a tasting room with a beautiful lake-side view.  Freas Farm Winery in Berwick is also a must-visit, and often offers evening fun at the winery including live music, fire pits, and movies under the stars.  Colonel Ricketts Hard Cider Winery offers ciders made the “old fashioned way” aged in oak barrels and using local apples pressed on site. Enjoy free tasting in a historic barn on their premises.  The nearby Susquehanna Heartland Wine Trail encompasses several other Central PA counties and offers even more chances for a memorable weekend wine escape to the area.


A Day with the Arts

Central Pennsylvania has an incredible local arts scene, and we’ve got just the day trip for you!  Begin the day by visiting the Exchange Gallery in downtown Bloomsburg and view the latest exhibition.  Next, travel right down the street and hit another great local gallery; this time it’s a local artist co-op called Artspace Gallery on Center Street.  Grab a cup of freshly brewed specialty coffee and an orchard panini at Fog & Flame Craft Coffee and Espresso Bar before heading out to your next destination: Bloomsburg University.  Before you get to campus, visit the new Greenly Center building and see the in-house gallery that regularly exhibits work by artists from the university and also the surrounding community.  Continue on to the Haas Center for the Arts to see the second floor gallery and the current exhibit.  While you are on campus, be sure to check out some of the many sculptures located around the university grounds.  Grab a satisfying meal at the Farmhouse at Turkey Hill and then next door to Turkey Hill Brewing Company for dessert and a craft brew.  Finish out the evening with a special performance at one of three venues; the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble in downtown Bloomsburg, the Weis Center for the Performing Arts at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, or the Celebrity Artist Series at Bloomsburg University.


A Day at the Covered Bridge Festival

Don’t miss the 35th Annual Covered Bridge Festival at Knoebels Amusement Resort beginning Thursday, October 6th and running through Sunday, October 9th.  Spend the day at the festival enjoying arts and crafts vendors, great food, covered bridge bus tours, live local music, and rides!


A Day the Bloomsburg Fair

The Bloomsburg Fair is back for another year, and it makes for an incredible day trip!  Spend a day at the largest agricultural fair in the state. Enjoy nationally-known entertainment, rides, incredible food, exhibits, horse races, auto races, vendors, and more. This year taking place between September 24th-October 1st.

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