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January 2014 News

from Mary & Alan
at the Carlisle House

Happy New Year!

Now that the Holiday Season is over, it's time to start thinking about... a vacation! And although January is not the most obvious holiday month remember that not only do we offer our Cabin Fever promotion of two nights for the price of one, but we are also just a half hour from Roundtop Mountain Resort for skiing, snowboarding, and snow tubing, and one hour from Liberty Mountain Resort or Whitetail Resort on Two Top Mountain to offer an even bigger variety of slopes and trails.

TripAdvisor rates Pennsylvania B&Bs as better than those in New York, New Hampshire, Vermont, Connecticut, and Rhode Island - with Carlisle House as one of the top B&Bs in PA. So Cabin Fever gives you another great opportunity to visit (or revisit) one of the best Select Registry B&Bs in the North-East United States!

The St Valentine's Day renovations are long over - but we still toast each other regularly!

Cabin Fever and... Valentine's!

Last month we told you about the new wine store on our block. Alan Tumblin at Castlerigg Wine Shop has just let us know of their Winter Blues Party to be held between 6pm and 8pm on Saturday January 11. Featuring their wine of the month, a wonderful Blueberry wine, attendees who wear something blue will receive a Castlerigg Blue Truffle.

If that doesn't beat your Winter Blues, there are also two private tasting events to be held on Sunday January 19 and Sunday January 26. A handpicked selection of their wines will be paired with some tasty homemade tidbits, and they will be happy to talk about each wine and its food pairing. Space is limited for these tasting events, and a reservation needs to be made with a deposit. If you would like to attend one of these events please check our availability, then book with Castlerigg first while we hold your rooms, then decide whether you would like to add a second night to take advantage of Cabin Fever.

Now here's a thought. Let yourself down gently after the stresses of the holidays with Friday January 10 and Saturday January 11 here at the Carlisle House. You can visit some awesome restaurants for lunches and dinners, then complete the depressurization with a Stressbuster Hike at Kings Gap just south of Carlisle on Sunday. Full details can be found at the Cumberland Valley Visitors Bureau website.

Love is in the air, and as February 14, 2014 is actually on a Friday, come stay with us for two nights for St Valentine's Day and we will present you with two of our highly collectible Deneen Carlisle House hand-thrown pottery mugs as our Valentine's gift to you. Make the most of the culinary joys of Carlisle with romantic dinners at our eclectic selection of international restaurants. From the tapas and paellas of Andalusia, to the grappas and pastas of Italy at Trattoria Piatto, and the Evil Jungle Princess and Pad Thai at the White Elephant Thai Cuisine we have something for everyone.


Little Richard's, N Hanover Grille

Carlisle Bakery

Redd's Smokehouse BBQ

Cafe Bruges

Chen's Asian

Courthouse Common

Helena's Chocolate Cafe & Creperie

South Side Deli

Hamilton, Carlisle Diner

Market Cross Pub & Brewery

Ice Cream
Leo's, Massey's

Trattoria Piatto, Rillos, Miseno's

Mt Fuji, AYA, Issei Noodle


Vinny Pizza, George's

Market Cross Pub, Gingerbread Man


South Side Deli, Vinny, George's, Little Richard's

Tea Shop
Camellia's Sin

White Elephant Thai Cuisine

Wine Shop
Castlerigg Wine Shop


Spring Carlisle
Apr 23-27

Spring Carlisle – a collector and classic car swap meet, car corral and auction

Performance & Style
May 10-11

P&S is a motorsports and lifestyle festival

Import & Kit Car
May 16-18

Showcases over 1,200 classic and high-performance vehicles

All-Ford Nationals
Jun 6-8

Ford, Mercury, Lincoln fans will have over 2,200 vehicles to check out on the NPD showfield

All-GM Nationals
Jun 20-22

The showfield will be loaded with top quality restored classics, original muscle cars and more

Chrysler Nationals
Jul 11-13

Welcome to a true Mopar-lover’s paradise! Nothing like it with over 2,100 vehicles from all eras of the Chrysler brand: classics, muscle cars, high-performance new models and more

Truck Nationals
Aug 1-3

Haul in to one of the largest and most action-packed truck events in the world

Corvettes at Carlisle
Aug 22-24

More than 5,000 Corvettes representing all generations of America’s classic sports car

Sports & Outdoor
Sep 5-7

The second year of this show for the outdoor enthusiast

Fall Carlisle
Oct 1-5

Marking the end of the swap meet season, this is an absolute must-attend event for the thousands of enthusiasts who travel to Carlisle from all points of the globe

Area Events
January 2014 and onward!

Love Me Tender
The Premier Elvis Valentine's Bash

Saturday February 1; 8pm
Luhr's Center, Shippensburg

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, the Luhrs Center welcomes perennial Elvis fan favorites Scot Bruce and Mike Albert who perform as the young and old Elvis, respectively. They are widely considered the premier Elvis impersonators of our time.

by Dame Agatha Christie
January 24 - February 9, 2014
Oyster Mill Playhouse, Camp Hill, PA
Dame Agatha returns with the area premiere of this drawing room mystery. Clarissa Brown likes to live in a fantasy world telling tall tales to their circle of friends. When a body is found while she prepares for her husband’s "very important guest," her dream world becomes a reality! With her stepdaughter as the prime suspect and the victim the cause of her husband’s first divorce...stories become tangled even after the murderer is revealed.

Third Annual Reenactor Recruitment Day at the USAHEC
Re-enactors and those interested in living history are encouraged to visit the USAHEC from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM on Saturday, February 8, 2014 to interact with living history organizations who are looking for new members or are just looking to get the word out about their organization.

At the Dining Table

We usually use this space to tell you about new restaurants, events at restaurants, and other aspects of eating out in Carlisle. This month however we decided to look at why Carlisle has such great food options for what we freely admit is a relatively small town.

The answer, almost inevitably, lies with the people. There are many who are deeply passionate about food quality, local and organic production and it almost seems invidious to pick out just a few, so please remember that behind these three are entire organizations and staff who support the efforts made to ensure that Carlisle’s reputation as a food center of excellence is maintained and enhanced, and that the themes behind their efforts are spread throughout Pennsylvania and the United States.

To exemplify this, we looked at Education, Production, and Utilization, and the way in which the three aspects overlap and become a whole greater than the sum of its parts. And the best way to show this is by looking at three people whose passions have influenced food in our town.

Heidi Witmer is the Program Director of LEAF, Leadership Education and Farming, an organization based in Carlisle with a vision which reads “We envision a community in which our youth, as well as all members of our region, are connected to the food that nourishes them, the land on which it grows, and to each other.”.

LEAF youth interns work on the land with Bert Myers, the Host Farm Instructor who provides them with a “hands-on, knees-on-the-ground, sweat-in-eyes, mud-on-your- boots experience in every aspect of propagation, harvest and delivery of the produce” .

As one of their youth interns said "It was hot and humid but it felt good to sweat. The feeling of actually working is great. My hands are smeared with dirt but that means I'm working hard. I have never felt this way until I became a part of LEAF. " .

We are also just three blocks from Dickinson College, who just happen to have their own Certified Organic Farm, supplying both their own needs at the College, and also several local restaurants.

The Director of the Dickinson College Farm is Jennifer Halpin whose enthusiasm leads her not only to promote the use of organic produce locally, but also shows in her leadership in Pennsylvania as the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA).

About to go into its 16th year, PASA grew out of the need for an educational and support system for farmers - both experienced and beginning - interested in non-traditional agricultural practices, such as organic, biodynamic and grass-based farming, as well as the desire to create local markets for sustainably produced food. We really enjoyed our organic leg of lamb from the College Farm at Christmas!

On most Wednesdays during the Spring, Summer, and Fall months, “Farmers on the Square”, or “FOTS” brings local produce into the center of Carlisle, in a tradition which started way back in the 1750s when the town was founded. It is not at all unusual to see our third featured person passing the time of day with the farmers, and with patrons of his restaurants.

Completing the circle, Ross Morris is not only the leading light behind Trattoria Piatto, Andalusia, and Café Bruges, but is also the Culinary Advisor to LEAF, teaching students about the culinary arts with an emphasis on seasonal menus. As a member of Slow Food USA Ross is committed to the principles described on their website, and as a part of Chefs Collaborative helps Chefs nationwide to change the sustainable food landscape by “using the power of connections, education and responsible buying decisions”.

As we start 2014, we look forward once more to introducing our guests to Carlisle and Cumberland County, and the great restaurant experiences to be had here

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
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