When you take a trip along the Artisan Trail known as Art Thrives on Route 45, you'll take away many things — an appreciation for handcraftsmanship, a oneness with our curvy back roads, not to mention a trunk full of some one-of-a-kind art pieces. Named for the numerous Purple Heart heroes who made this corridor home, the Purple Heart Highway celebrates their memory with a thriving trail of art with heart. Historic architecture, museums, artists and other craftspeople line Route 45, along with charming B&Bs, inns and guesthouses.
Here among the meandering blacktop and handsome mountains, there's a bounty of art treasures just waiting to be discovered. Get ready for the Handmade Along the Highway tour, which combines old-world artisans with local materials into a dozen marketplace gift shops along the famed Route 30. This is where handmade means made by the hands in front of you, not a factory a continent and a slow-boat container away. Revel in sturdy, well-made goods for the home, for your house-sitter or for yourself. Just keep an eye out for the Handmade Along the Highway signs in shops, and you'll find so much handmade art you'll need more hands to get it home.
Tucked here and there along the winding ways between Amishland and the Lehigh Valley sits one of Pennsylvania's most famed Artisan Trails - the Pennsylvania Glass Trail. Discover antiqued stained glass, contemporary galleries and simply some of the most beautiful art glass in the country. From live demonstrations for families to quaint galleries nestled into little towns, a trip along this trail will surprise even the most storied collectors on how Pennsylvania looks through glass - rose-colored or otherwise.