The Happy Traveler seeks unique, one-of-a-kind items, and Pennsylvania has just the shops! Pennsylvania’s many downtown Main Streets and friendly local storefronts beckon passersby to stop in and splurge!
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One of Pittsburgh’s trendiest neighborhoods, Lawrenceville is booming with local shops and galleries. Stop in for happy hour at a local craft brewery before experiencing the rest of what the neighborhood has to offer. If you have a sweet tooth, visit NatuRoll Creamery to try one of their 60,000 different combinations of rolled ice-cream or milkshake.
Nestled on the Delaware River, rich forests and beautiful lakes surround the town of Milford as you shop and explore its eateries, stores, and history. From antique to cigar shops, you’ll find something to satisfy your need.
For more than 250 years, Bedford has welcomed travelers to its quaint streets filled with friendly taverns and shops. Discover the joys of this small town where you’ll find clothing, art, and antiques.
4. PEDDLER’S VILLAGE
Get lost in the charming colonial adornment of quaint Peddler’s Village in New Hope! More than 60 shops, including trendy fashion, toys,and local artisans, welcome you along the charming, winding brick sidewalks.
The tree-lined streets of historic downtown Carlisle offer unique shopping from block-to-block. Whether its books, candies and chocolates, antiques, jewelry, clothing, or local art, you’ll find something unique in the city’s many boutiques.
More than 60 specialty shops and restaurants line the streets of the quaint and historic town of Ligonier, where Main Street circles around a stately bandstand serving as the hub for the town’s special events. Book lovers will love Second Chapter Books, featuring used and new books, or head to Annalynn Boutique for little surprises and fabulous gift ideas for any occasion!
7. WEST CHESTER
Nestled in the heart of Brandywine Valley, West Chester is a picturesque town that offers small-town charm with cosmopolitan flair. With more than 65 boutiques, West Chester is the perfect place to shop until you drop.
Head to downtown DuBois and enjoy the many specialty shops and restaurants that offer everything from clothing and jewelry to delicious candies and treats. Every Saturday, the town hosts the DuBois Farmer’s Market where you can shop for fresh produce, homemade goods, and hand-crafted items.
If you are looking for a unique shopping or dining experience, Bethlehem is the place for you! The town offers up one-of-kind shopping experiences ranging from unique home décor items to fine jewelry. Be sure to stop in the Moravian Book Shop, the oldest continuously-operating bookstore in the world.
10. STATE COLLEGE
The shops of downtown State College are perfect if you need a little retail therapy. While strolling through the streets, enjoy a variety of specialty shops, offering everything from jewelry to art. Once you’ve worked up an appetite stop by one of their many restaurants for a bite to eat.
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