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Little League Baseball--and So Much More!

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Education & Training with The Melanie Group

It's that magical two weeks we get here in Lycoming County, PA, specifically in South Williamsport, once a year, when the Little League World Series is played in Lamade Stadium.  This event brings visitors from all over the world. I live in Lycoming County, southwest of Williamsport, in a little town called Jersey Shore--nowhere NEAR New Jersey or the shore...but that's the subject of another blog. First of all, if you are coming to my county for the Little League World Series--Welcome! I consider myself privileged to live in one of the most beautiful spots on earth (IMHO) Like most of Pennsylvania, Lycoming County has lots of farmland. We also have beautiful mountains, the West Branch of the Susquehanna River, and numerous streams, including the world famous Pine Creek. We don't usually have lots of people--our total population is under 130,000.  In the rural townships, wildlife outnumbers human beings...and that's okay. You don't have to wait for the series to come here--but if you have, there's plenty to do. Bring your bicycle! If you don't have one, you can rent one, but in Jersey Shore (my hometown), 14 miles from Williamsport, is the terminus of one of the best Rail/Trails in the United States. It follows the Pine Creek Gorge north to Pennsylvania's Grand Canyon, in Wellsboro. Along the way, you'll see bald eagles (you bike or hike through one of their nesting areas), deer, bear, and yes, some of us have spotted mountain lions (despite assurances from DCNR that this animal no longer exists in PA). Bring your canoe, kayak, or flat bottomed boat. A wet summer has stream levels unusually high for August--so you can enjoy water sports--even if you just get an inner tube and float in one of our creeks.  Trout fishing is pretty much over (water is too warm) but local fishermen are going for bass. If little boats scare you, take a ride on the Hiawatha Riverboat, which goes up and down the Susquehanna. Details are available at the Tourism Visitor's Center, located at 210 William Street, Williamsport, or by calling 1-800-358-9900. If you like to shop, just a little further west of Jersey Shore, in the Village of Woolrich is--you guessed it--the original Woolrich Store. Buy your "Pennsylvania Tuxedo" (a hunter's jacket and matching pants, in black and red plaid wool) or any of many other great items. We have some great restaurants--skip the chains and get the good local stuff. In Williamsport, I would recommend Franco's, on Fourth St., or the Bullfrog Brewery, also on Fourth St. In South Williamsport, don't miss the Bridge Tavern. If you venture up Pine Creek, try the Venture Inn, just above Jersey Shore on Route 44, or the Manor Hotel, in Slate Run, PA, off 414. There's also the Waterville Hotel, along 44 in Waterville. In my town of Jersey Shore, find the Tiadaughton Inn or Santino's Restaurant. For breakfast in Jersey Shore, nothing beats the Crest.  If you are looking to find a getaway, check with our friends Gene and Irene Feerrar, who run Happy Acres Campground. It is more than a campground--they have fully furnished cottages to rent. Find them at www.happyacresresort.info and tell them Jim and Mel sent you. We have a saying here: "Once you get your feet wet in Pine Creek, you'll always come back!" My husband Jim, specializes in the Pine Creek Valley (I specialize in teaching REALTORS) To know about real estate in the valley, check out his web site, for up to date information on all the listings. Find him at www.pinecreekvalleyhomes.com. We hope to see you in our beautiful part of the world.

Gaylen Thornton
Desert Heritage Real Estate - Surprise, AZ

The Little League World Series is awesome, you are so luck to host this great world wide event. Thanks for sharing all this information.

Aug 16, 2009 09:39 AM
Melanie McLane
The Melanie Group - Williamsport, PA

Thanks Gaylen, hope you can visit our part of the world--it is just beautiful!

Aug 16, 2009 10:13 AM