A Night Out in State College: White Out at Penn State

Within 100 miles you can experience Hershey Park, the States’ Capital, and all things “We Are”.

Happy Valley is the term to refer to the area.

They have a Football Stadium which can hold more than the Towns’ Population, AND a Famous Creamery that has been a Major Landmark at Penn State University for over 150 years.

TRAVEL WITH A DRIVE WORTH DRIVEN

Harrisburg International Airport: Simplicity at its’ finest. We were in and out of the airport for no more than 30 minutes: This included landing, grabbing our luggage, and picking up our Hertz Rental Car.

Harrisburg to State College is about 1.5 hours right up Route 322. You will see plenty of fall foliage as you are driving along side the Susquehanna River.  When you approach the “Dauphin Narrows” out there in the river stands a brilliant white replica of the Statue of Liberty.

…..There are not a lot of places to stop for potty breaks, or for “better dining” that I can recollect until you get within 20 miles of State College. Make sure you are fueled up and relieved before hitting the road: This coming from someone who turned 34 weeks pregnant this past weekend!

Noted: This was by far one of my most relaxing trips to this date. Possibly because of all of the tree’s and falling leaves….or because it is my favorite time of the year..and the lovely city Houston, Texas does not have your typical “Autumn” at the moment.

INTO STATE COLLEGE: WHERE TO STAY AND WHY

FUN FACT: “The National Arbor Day Foundation designated State College as a “Tree City, U.S.A”, an honor that indicated a high level of commitment to manage their urban forest. They have achieved this honor for 33 consecutive years.”

Although it can pricey to stay in State College during Game Day Weekend (book a month or more in advance), it is worth every dollar.

Williamsburg Square was extremely accommodating with several hotels to choose from depending on your personal preference. Surrounding the square are jogging/walking parks, a golf course, and restaurants, ALL WITHIN walking distance. You will end up less than 5 miles from campus which in return is a MAJOR plus when it comes to getting to Beaver Stadium.

I was able to get a beautiful night sleep, wake up to friendly faces with a nice breakfast from The Hampton Inn, walk alongside the Toftrees Resort to enjoy the fresh air, then head to ESPN GAME DAY.

Noted: The Hotels located in Williamsburg Square are designated to making sure you know how to get in and out of Beaver Stadium the easiest way possible. Inside our hotel we were instantly greeted with smiling faces, treats, and near the entrance were displays about game-day rules and regulations. The Hampton Inn offered shuttle rides to and from the stadium as well.

GAME DAY TO DO’s

1. Old Main Lawn

One of Penn State’s oldest buildings.

Though a  bit of a hike from the stadium, its central campus location provides an intimate atmosphere which directly mirrors what’s to come inside Beaver Stadium during the game.

2. The Creamery

You have to go get ice cream before the game, and really, before you do ANYTHING ELSE.

Get there EARLY. Or you can skip the line, and purchase a pint or mini size container. 

Close to Berkey Creamery is The Hub, where you can find Food, and Seating Lounges so you can stay in-tune with the rest of Big Ten College Football Play as you are anxiously watching the clock to get into Beaver Stadium.

3. We Are

I personally will always feel something and think differently of the chant “We Are” after this weekend.

The statue represents Penn State’s path from the 2011 scandal to the new design of their campus statue. In inspiration dates back to the 1948 PSU football team that overcame racial adversity with the mantra ‘We Are Penn State.’

4. Tailgating and Pre-Game Walk

 ESPN College Game-Day for the Annual White-Out Game.

WE ARE PENN STATE VIDEO

Since 2005, White Out has become more than a theme; it is an experience.

The game always occurs on one of the biggest games of the season. There is music playing, food trucks aligned on the street, and Penn State Fans sporting anything from white jerseys, white t-shirts, white suits, white beards, white hats, and lion headbands. During the game they shake white pom-poms in unison, all causing an overwhelmingly intimidating scene.

Having over 100,000 people there is thrilling enough, but having the Press Box Shake while you are working because of it: Mind-Boggling!

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Here more about James Franklin, Penn State, my Heisman Candidate, other College/NFL News, Current Events and MORE Tomorrow during the Bryan and Barnett Show posted at 5 pm CST. Soon to be on iTunes! Stay Tuned!

XOXOXO,

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