Thursday, April 21, 2011

An Evening in Reading, PA

Continuing with my “ideal vacation”, let’s explore the options for spending Friday in Reading, Pennsylvania. A variety of attractions in Reading, and restaurants, will keep you so busy that you’ll have to plan more than one trip to the Adamstown Inns & Cottages! Whether you’re planning a romantic getaway in PA, or just want to relax and escape the daily grind, a weekend at a luxury bed and breakfast in Lancaster Pennsylvania is the perfect vacation for you! From hiking and architecture to sporting events and performances, Reading PA will not disappoint.
If you happen to arrive early in the day, there are many options for hiking in the great outdoors. A highly recommended hiking spot is on Mount Penn. There are routes from Antietam Lake to the top of the mountain where a Pagoda sits. It’s a strange site to see a pagoda in Reading Pennsylvania, but it has been there for many years as an iconic landmark. If you’re lucky enough to visit during its operating hours (F-Tu 12-4) they have a gift shop and a small museum.
A great place for an “old-fashioned” drive-in lunch is Schell’s on the Fifth street highway. (Their barbecue and cheese cubes are delicious, but they just changed their french fries, so beware!) In addition to stopping for lunch, they have a 27 hole golf course and a Dairy Swirl. This may sound cheesy, but I’ve been here on a couple dates and think it’s just the cutest place! They’ve been serving Berk’s County PA for over 57 years, so this the place to stop for a “vintage” date.

If you choose to each lunch and skip the mini-golf, you’ll be ready to do some walking from eating all that delicious food! Walking around the Centre Park historic district is always a treat, especially if it happens to be time for the garden tour! They host events occasionally, but even looking at the architecture and gardens is interesting. Plus it’s great to get outside, since so many of us are stuck in cubicles for the majority of the week. If it happens to be raining, check out the Vanity Fair Outlets or the Berkshire Mall.

Reading has many exquisite restaurants, but I’ll recommend Judy’s On Cherry and the Speckled Hen Pub. Hopefully by just mentioning two restaurants, it will save you time deciding where to eat dinner because you won’t want to miss your evening entertainment. Many Friday evenings you can catch a minor league baseball game, and sometimes they even have fireworks. Check the Phillies schedule to see when home games are!

Another evening possibility entails going to the performing arts center or a Reading Royals Hockey game at the Reading Sovereign Center. With a variety of shows, sporting events, and  musical groups, there is always an event that will interest every member of your group or family.

After a long day of touring Reading and eating delicious food, you’ll be thankful that you’re staying at a Lancaster pa bed and breakfast. The jacuzzi tubs and plush beds will help you get a restful nights sleep. Don’t forget to ask your innkeepers what their favorite activity in Reading is!  
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