Just a few miles down the road from Penn State University and the town of State College lies historical Bellefonte, Pa., which is packed with charm while serving as a jump-off point for outdoor recreation.
Organizers of town’s Friday in the ‘Fonte celebration say the wide variety of activities are what attract visitors to this bustling borough.
“I think the big draw for Bellefonte tourists is our charm,” said Melissa Hombosky, an event organizer with Downtown Bellefonte Inc. “We have great opportunities for people to research their past at the History Museum and American Philatelic Society’s deep archives; or they can live in the present and take advantage of the world-class Spring Creek and fish or kayak.”
Plus, she says, a huge draw to the area is the proximity to state parks with RV camping and primitive campgrounds, as well as Bellefonte’s graceful, inviting bed and breakfasts.
Friday in the ‘Fonte — held on the final Friday of each month — helps to amplify what’s already happening in the downtown day-to-day. The monthly event showcases Bellefonte’s shopping, arts, dining and craft beverage scene, encouraging residents and visitors alike to get out and explore something new. It’s held on the final Friday of each month.
“Friday in the ‘Fonte is a great opportunity for visitors to check out the downtown on a day when they are likely traveling to Bellefonte,” Hombosky said. “I certainly look for something to do the night I get someplace new, and arriving on a Friday in the ‘Fonte is a great way to get out there and see what we have going on.”
Each month, the event has a new theme that businesses participate in. So far, themes have included “Fashion Friday in the ‘Fonte” and others.
Architecture buffs will have plenty to see with many eras represented, including numerous Victorian homes and commercial buildings. Or maybe visitors will be looking to take home a little something old from one of the many antique stores, or perhaps something new from jewelry, art and other boutiques.
A bite and drink won’t be hard to find with a number of local restaurants and four craft beverage producers: A distillery, a winery and a cidery are all located downtown, plus a brewery just minutes away.