For Amazing Food and Small Town Charm, These Places Are Worth Visiting in Pennsylvania

Melissa Frost
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From historic sites and architectural gems to sports, food and nature, there's a lot to see and to do throughout the state.

If you're a foodie enjoying the small town charm, these spots are worth visiting in Pennsylvania.


Bethlehem is a city along the Lehigh River, split between both Northampton and Lehigh counties in the Lehigh Valley region of eastern Pennsylvania.

Last year, the city, with a clear small town charm (despite the population, around 75,000), was named one of the top most magical winter wonderland towns in the United States by the travel website Trips To Discover.

Founded by Moravians as a communal society in 1741 and named on Christmas Eve that year, Bethlehem, the self-named “Christmas City,” is filled with things to see and places to eat, winter as well as summer.

From several trendy restaurants; 1741 on the Terrace or 21 Crafthouse and Kitchen, to a 275 year-old bookstore, from a casino to the first college in America to educate women, there's more than enough to explore here.


Antique and local handmade jewelry, fancy cheeses and hearty burgers, there's a little bit of everything in Lititz, a charming borough just a couple of miles north of Lancaster City, with a population of 9,370.

Lititz perfects that small town charm. A decade ago, the town was actually named the coolest small-town in America (still is, in my opinion).

Some of the shops and restaurants worth visiting: Zum Anker Alley Shoppes, a one-of-a-kind store located in the old Lititz Record Express Newspaper building - filled to the brim with quirky, fun items. Blackworth Live Fire Grill is the ideal spot for date night out, and Bull's Head Public House, local go-to spot for burgers and beer gives you that homey feel. If you enjoy oils and cheeses, Olio and The Savory Gourmet are both must-sees.

During the spring and summer: Stop by Lititz Springs Park for their weekly farmer's market, held Thursdays. Depending on when you visit, you might be able to catch an event.


With that name, can it be anything but bliss?

As one of Western Pennsylvania’s most historically important places and its first National Landmark District, Harmony has kept much of its old-world charm with a feel of an old German village. Truly a small-town, with a population of just under 1,000.

In the center of town, you'll find several local shops and eateries as well as an old, well-kept opera house. Popular go-to's for treats are Lagerhaus Bakery and Wunderbar Coffee and Crepes.

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