August 31, 2021
Each season in Cumberland Valley promises an endless variety of experiences for the ideal Weekend Easy getaway but this region really shines in the fall when you can plan a colorful weekend escape filled with festivals, food, fun, and more.
Whether you are seeking
out a breathtaking view, looking to recharge along a quiet path, meander
through a corn maze, find dazzling fall foliage, or savor craft beverages,
your weekend getaway awaits in the quiet beauty of south-central
Pennsylvania, just a short two-hour drive from Philadelphia.
Experienced hikers or those just starting out can discover and explore Cumberland Valley's more than 200 miles of scenic trails, including the 13-mile Cumberland Valley Rail Trail and 46 miles of the iconic Appalachian Trail. Sweater weather makes hiking even better. Find solitude as you leisurely stroll along trails glowing with dazzling fall foliage colors or try a more challenging hike that rewards you with spectacular panoramic views of Cumberland Valley. Combine hiking, scenic vistas, and bird watching with a visit to Waggoner’s Gap Hawk Watch which is one of the best sites in PA to watch the fall hawk migration.
Cumberland Valley’s fall festivals and events celebrate the bounty of the season mixed with food, drinks, entertainment, and fine arts. As you stroll around charming downtowns filled with boutique shops and the palate-pleasing cuisine of local restaurants, you might find a juried craft festival or a Halloween-themed celebration. A visit to the Valley's local parks or attractions will put you in the center of festivals focused on pumpkins, apples, and sunflowers.
After an unforgettable day of outdoor adventure, reinvigorate your taste buds and experience the unique flavors of locally-crafted beers, wines, ciders, and spirits at 20 locations along the Cumberland Valley Beer Trail. Sign up for a free digital passport, check-in at participating locations, and start earning prizes. You will be impressed with the year-round seasonal releases, but for many, fall is the best time to enjoy some fantastic pours.
Cumberland Valley’s hotels fit every style and budget. From luxurious lodging, to comfortable and conveniently located brand hotels, to intimate and unique bed and breakfasts, your accommodations promise a perfect home base for your getaway.
Order a copy of the free Cumberland Valley Visitors Guide to help you plan your trip. Once you arrive, pick up free brochures, maps, and guides, or get suggestions from friendly and knowledgeable staff at the Cumberland Valley Visitors Center.
What are you waiting for? With so many choices, you’re sure to find just the right mix of relaxation and fun during your Weekend Easy escape. The hardest part is returning home.