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July News

from the Carlisle House

We hope that like us, you have been able to celebrate July 4th with your families. The weather here in Carlisle has been better than forecast for several days and we have enjoyed time with sisters, brothers, children, and grandchildren.

So, summer is here, the corn is growing, Pomfret Street Music is back every Saturday afternoon, and the Wednesday Farmers On The Square market is bursting with wonderful Pennsylvania produce.

Now is the time to take advantage of these beautiful days and amazingly pleasant evenings and visit us to enjoy the best that Carlisle and the Cumberland Valley has to offer.

This edition of our Newsletter is devoted to all of the features and activities in our area of which you may not be aware. From unlikely museums to great walking trails, from theatrical performances to sports events, and from hot foods to hot automobiles we've got you covered!

At the bottom of the newsletter we highlight some of the great restaurants in and around Carlisle at which you can enjoy eating al fresco whether watching lightning bugs or lighted streets!

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The Dickinson College Farm Stand

Right in the Historic District just 3 blocks from us is the Cumberland County Historical Society, and it features a truly fascinating museum. You can experience a taste of its quality by visiting HistoricalSociety.com and then click the museum link. The Virtual Museum Tour has been the recipient of "The Executive Director's Award from the Pennsylvania Federation of Museums and Historical Organizations" - an achievement of which they are justly proud!

Every weekday between 10am and 4pm you can visit the Rolls-Royce Foundation - America's Museum and Research Facility for Rolls-Royce and Bentley Motorcars. Located at 189 Hempt Road, Mechanicsburg, PA 17050 the museum is just 20 minutes from the Carlisle House, and you can find information at RollsRoyceFoundation.org.

With the 150th Anniversary of the Shelling of Carlisle being celebrated, followed by the Battle of Gettysburg with all the re-enactments and related events, the National Civil War Museum in Harrisburg is a must-see. An easy half-hour drive from us takes you to the country's leading museum devoted to the Civil War, and until December 31, 2013 the "1863" Exhibit will be featuring some of their rarest 1863 artifacts. Open 7 days a week, their hours can be found on their website.

If your interests are more outdoor-based, then you may already know that Carlisle is 25 minutes by car (or 5 hours by foot!) from the Appalachian Trail Museum, about at the mid-point of the Appalachian Trail.
Earlier this year one of our guests came into the dining room for breakfast and exclaimed "I achieved my Life's Ambition! I walked the FULL WIDTH of the Appalachian Trail yesterday!".

Hiking and Walking Trails

As implied above, the Appalachian Trail is only 5 miles away from the Carlisle House, but its 2,180 mile length may be more than you can manage in a day! However, have you thought of being a section hiker? This is a great way of walking the AT just a section at a time when you can get away, and of course when the weather is to your taste! We have several guests who are steadfastly visiting at intervals to walk the next part of the Trail.

If we still haven't convinced you, then why not start more easily with the varied and interesting trails at the Kings Gap Environmental Education & Training Center? This is a 1,454 acre PA state Park with 16 miles of hiking trails connecting three main areas. Easily reached from the Carlisle House you can find a large amount of information at the PA DCNR website.
Area Events
July 2013 and onward!

45 Minute Sightseeing Cruises
On the Pride of the Susquehanna Riverboat
Until September 2, 2013; at 12 noon, 1:30pm and 3:00pm
City Island, Harrisburg

Drawn From Nature

Until July 13; Mon - Sat 10am-3pm, Thursday Evening 5pm-8pm
Carlisle Arts Learning Center, Pomfret St, Carlisle

Carlisle All-Chrysler Nationals
July 12 - July 14; Just a few rooms left…
Carlisle Events, Carlisle Fairgrounds, Carlisle

18th Annual Bluegrass on the Grass Festival
July 13; 1pm to 9pm
Dickinson College Campus, Carlisle
This Annual event features some great Bluegrass Artistes, this year including: Danny Paisley and the Southern Grass; Town Mountain; The Georgia Crackers; The Dismembered Tennesseans; and Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper

Carlisle Events Bike-Fest
July 19 - July 21;
Carlisle Events, Carlisle Fairgrounds, Carlisle

A three-day celebration of all things motorcycle!

Carlisle Events Truck Nationals
August 2 - August 4;
Carlisle Events, Carlisle Fairgrounds, Carlisle
Come to Carlisle for a great array of lowered mini trucks, lifted 4x4s, chromed out big rigs, SUV’s, custom vans and the perfectly restored classics.

27th Annual Carlisle Grand Sousa Concert!
6:30pm on August 4;
Carlisle Theatre, High Street, Carlisle
Cumberland County Honor Guard - Hosted by Carlisle Town Band

At the Dining Table

There are very few greater pleasures than sitting outside on a beautiful day eating terrific food with good friends. And here in Carlisle there are three very different places where you can experience just that!

West of town is The Pizza Grille where they serve award-winning gourmet pizzas, seafood, pasta, sandwiches and much more. Every one of their three locations offers covered outdoor dining year round and in Carlisle the huge window roll back to give a great taste of the outdoors.

The Carlisle location is BYOB, so be sure to take your favored beverage with you, and The Pizza Grille will provide the glass!

In the other direction, east of town, you will find the Mayapple Golf Course - a links course with some very interesting and challenging holes. But in our opinion the 19th hole is by far the best! Fiddlers at Mayapple has a beautiful dining room and patio overlooking the 18th hole, and also has a sports bar for those who absolutely MUST keep up with the latest sports news!

A good menu of wines and beers is joined by an excellent selection of steak and seafood entrees including four steak options for the meat-eaters among you. Should you just want a sandwich their selection is extensive and includes Alan's favorite - a beer battered haddock on a kaiser roll with lettuce, tomato and onion, served with tartar sauce…

But we hear you ask "Is there nowhere in town for the al fresco dining experience?". Well of course there is! Trattoria Piatto has a patio area just outside their conservatory dining room where you can sit and enjoy the tree lights, the attentive service, and the excellent regional Italian cuisine.

Piatto's extraordinarily Italian wine list will provide you with the perfect accompaniment to your meal, and their extensive array of after-dinner grappas is sure to send you contentedly back to the Carlisle House!

For the websites of Carlisle's fine restaurants, please visit our Dining page at thecarlislehouse.com

Carlisle House, 148 S Hanover Street, Carlisle, PA 17013
Tel: 717-249-0350
Fax: 717-249-0458
E-mail: Info@TheCarlisleHouse.com
Innkeepers: Carolyn and Tim Carlisle
Great Photography by Christian Giannelli
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