Harrisburg- Hershey

Harrisburg-Hershey Neighborhood Guide

By October 8, 2018 No Comments

The stunning 272 foot-tall, 52-million-pound dome on Pennsylvania’s historic capitol building was inspired by Michelangelo’s work on the St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. Image courtesy of: drnadig/iStock/Getty Images Plus Collection/Getty Images.

With Harrisburg, Hershey and Harrisburg International Airport all within easy reach, Hotel Indigo Harrisburg-Hershey is perfectly placed for business travel, city breaks in the state capital and trips to Hersheypark with friends and family. Explore the area’s diverse restaurants and cafes, or take advantage of this convenient location to discover local museums, live music venues and historic sites:

Food & Drink

The vibrant local food scene is one of the essential things to check out on any trip to central Pennsylvania. The Vegetable Hunter is a vegan-friendly combination café and bar, with vegetable-forward dishes like roasted smokey red-beet hummus paired with their own small batch beers, brewed with unexpected ingredients like lavender and strawberry puree. Local favorite Zeroday Brewing Co. produces intriguing craft beers, ranging from New England IPAs to chocolate stouts, in their tasting room and brewery just a few blocks from the Capitol.

The Broad Street Market, with nearly 40 stalls selling everything from cold-pressed juice to artisan popcorn, dates back to 1860 and still fills up each day with hungry visitors feasting on pierogies, gourmet ice cream and much more. Coffee nerds will want to make Little Amps Coffee a regular stop: This award-winning roaster and cafe turns out impeccable espressos and nitro coffee made from top-notch beans they’ve sourced from around the world.

In Hershey, The Mill stands out for its American comfort food classics, like mac and cheese, slow-cooked brisket and juicy burgers. Book ahead for the relaxing Sunday brunch, when dishes like steak and eggs with Bearnaise sauce and stuffed French toast with berry compote appear on the menu.

Music

The Harrisburg-Hershey area is home to live music venues of all sizes. The River City Blues Club and Dart Room hosts contemporary and classic jazz acts in its laid-back basement bar hidden under a dart room. The Abbey Bar (above the Appalachian Brewing Company) has a calendar full of everything from up-and-coming funk and country local acts to better-known national bands. The bar’s range of micro-brewed beers (and sodas!) is a nice bonus.

The 60-acre Spring Gate Vineyard, in addition to producing sparkling wine, rosé and ciders, also welcomes live music acts to its farm, playing host to band nights, open mics and music festivals.

Known to locals as H*MAC, the Harrisburg Midtown Arts Center is a happening space with music for every taste. EDM DJs, singer-songwriters and country music bands are just the start (plus, there’s an open-mic night if you want to take the stage yourself).

Art

Harrisburg’s Susquehanna Art Museum is the only one of its kind in the city, dedicated to innovative and sometimes edgy exhibitions that are worth checking out. The Art Association of Harrisburg is another cultural hub, with oft-changing temporary visual art exhibits in a beautiful mansion overlooking the Susquehanna River. At Gallery@Second, a small but well-curated contemporary gallery, you can discover lesser-known artists.

Design

The sprawling Millworks, a 24,000 square-foot building in Harrisburg made from lumber salvaged from the site’s former industrial occupant, is an icon of sustainable design. Inside the wood-and-brick space you’ll find lighting fixtures that date back to the 1920s and bricks from a 19th-century farmhouse that have been repurposed into a wood-fired oven. You can visit more than 30 artists’ studios, as well as spend time at a boutique brewery, a restaurant emphasizing seasonal, local fare and a rooftop beer garden that’s the perfect spot to while away a summer afternoon.

The circa 1906 state capitol building in Harrisburg is an architectural masterpiece, inspired by Michelangelo’s work on the St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. Theodore Roosevelt called it “the handsomest building” he ever saw. It’s open to the public — civics-minded types can sit in on a lawmaking session — and design lovers will gasp at the soaring, 272 foot-tall, 52 million-pound dome.

Hershey also has its fair share of design destinations, starting with the glorious Hershey Gardens. This spot opened in 1937 as a rose garden, and now covers 23 acres with carefully laid-out plots of rare trees, more than 275 varieties of roses and some 12,000 annuals. Nearby, the Hershey Story museum tells the fascinating story of Milton Hershey’s life, and features a “Power of Promotion” permanent exhibit with inventive, colorful — and mouth-watering — ads for chocolate dating to 1894.