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Thursday, June 21, 2012

Places to Play in PA- St. Peter's Village

Saint Peter's Village is like a little hidden gem of Pennsylvania. It is absolutely amazing. I think the locals know all about it, but it's on the hush hush. Or we're just not in the loop. We have driven through the little village part for years ohhing and ahhing at how cute and charming it was. But then one saturday when we had the kids with us we decided to go for a hike. Somewhere. Somewhere in the village since we alway saw people ducking behind the village going somewhere to hike.

This is the Inn at St. Peter's Village, but we'll get back to that in a second. Anyway, we went behind the bakery and down some steps and were blown away! The view is amazing and there were hundreds of rocks to hop on over and jump across to go explore. However, given the ages of our kids and the fact that they would each need an adult buddy, we knew we hadn't found the family friendly entrance. We went back to the bakery had an amazing lunch, and my husband and I planned to come back kid free and scout it out with the intent of going again as a family.

So, we had lunch at the Inn first-- sooooooooo good, but their pizzas are ginormous and that should be overlooked as you can share and there was one with goat cheese and so out of this world amazing. My husband had something with meat. I'll be more specific, he had the itallian roast beef I believe with Italial potatoe salad on the side and also very good. he even finished his.

Then we went down to the rocks behind the bakery again and started off. I am not going to lie, some of the areas can be tricky and the rock area should be, um, jumped on with caution. But it is a lot of fun!

We kept going down and found a RC course being set up and stopped to watch for awhile and while we watched we kept seeing people with kids, little kids, heading down on a path across the river. So, we kept on and eventually found a bridge that connects to the kid friendly path-- mission accomplished! So, to get to the little bridge, park somewhere past the ghost tour building or arcade. Be prepared to turn into the parking lot quickly as the village ends and the road keeps going and it might be hard to turn around.

The arcade there is all vintage old school games. My husband was in electronic heaven-- seriously-- thats where games go to die ;) Just kidding-- it was really neat and they are open weekends! Throughout the year there are special festivals and events-- we enjoyed the man playing away on the porch! This is a wonderful place to go with a family or without-- we LOVE it and bonus-- at the end of the path there is even a swimming hole! It truly is a wonderful place that PA has to offer!


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