Cumberland Valley Trip Ideas

The month of January is a great time to try something new. There’s no better place to get started than the Trip Ideas on Click on the “Trip Ideas” tab for suggestions of great things to do for families, couples, history buffs, outdoor enthusiasts, food and wine connoisseurs and more!


Each trip idea suggests great area attractions, shops and restaurants all based on your interests. A few you won’t want to miss this winter include the Murder Mystery Weekends at Allenberry, skiing at our state parks or Roundtop Mountain Resort, the Cumberland Valley Antique Trail and all the best places to find tea and cookies.

You can also view our Winter seasonal page at for a complete list of fun and cozy things to do this season including outdoor adventure, arts and culture and shopping opportunities.

Get inspired to try something new by reading local reviews and recommendations while discovering new things to see and do on the Cumberland Valley Blog, Feel free to share your thoughts and comments on some of our blogger’s favorite shops, restaurants and attractions.

Welcome 2016 with an event in Cumberland Valley.

First Day Hike @ Kings Gap Environmental Education Center – Jan 1st
Resolve to start the New Year on the right foot with an easy 1.5 mile hike on fairly level trails in the Pine Plantation. Learn about the park’s trail system and more hiking opportunities throughout the coming year. Waterproof footwear is recommended. Trekking poles will be available to use. Meet in the Pine Plantation parking lot. Registration is not required for this free hike. Leashed dogs are welcome. In the case of snow on the trails, snow shoes will be made available for use (limited sizes).

First Saturday Art Show @ The Garden Gallery & Nancy Stamm’s Galleria – Jan 2nd
The galleries will feature original paintings, drawings, ceramics, glass, jewelry and handmade cards. The artists featured on First Saturday will continue to be displayed through the end of the month.

Christmas Fun “Rudolf Rides the Rails” @ Mechanicsburg Museum Association – Through Jan 16th
Free family fun for children of all ages. Visit the Lionel train layout with push-button operated buildings. See the new Rudolf Village layout, vintage toys, dolls, and much more.

Big Hands/Little Hands: Making an Easy Dinner @ The Kitchen Shoppe & Cooking School – Jan 9th
Snowed in? Out of bread and rolls? No worries! Let’s make an easy dinner with homemade rolls right from the ingredients on hand in your pantry. Menu includes: Quick Homemade Hamburger Rolls, The Ultimate Meat-Free Burger (even the meat lovers will enjoy) and One-Skillet Side.

A Creative Night Out: Matisse Cut Outs! @ Carlisle Arts Learning Center – Jan 21st
The sensational Museum of Modern Art show from last year inspires organic formed collage shapes of hand-painted paper! CALC’s Creative Night Out includes all materials and instruction, as well as refreshments, in a supportive and enjoyable atmosphere suitable for every experience level

Appalachian Audubon Society Presents: Raptor Migration @ Christ Presbyterian Church – Jan 21st
Keith Bildstein, PhD, is Director of Conservation Science at Hawk Mountain, where he has been on staff since 1992. He is well known for his work in raptor migration and is currently conducting research on New World Vultures and Hooded Vultures in Africa. His book, Migrating Raptors of the World: Their Ecology and the Conservation, is the basis for his talk.

Three Dog Night @ The Luhrs Center – Jan 30th
Legendary music icons, Three Dog Night, celebrate their 4th decade bringing with them some of the most astonishing statistics in popular music. In the years 1969 through 1974, no other group achieved more top 10 hits, moved more records or sold more concert tickets than Three Dog Night.

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