Franklin County Visitors Bureau announced the release of its newest publication On the Move in Franklin County, featuring year-long recreation for the whole family. The guide, available in print and online here, features year-long fun including skydiving, golfing, visiting the local environmental centers, fly-fishing, tennis, yoga, hydrotherapy floats, hiking, skiing, snowboarding, kayaking, swimming and much more!
Situated in the heart of the beautiful Cumberland Valley, Franklin County compliments four-seasons of outdoor enjoyment. It is home to two national trails— the Appalachian Trail and the Tuscarora Trail, four PA State Parks and the lands of two state forests. Topping off the plentiful state and national trail options are more than three dozen municipal and local recreation areas throughout Franklin County. Whether seeking a family-friendly day of connecting with nature, taking to a quiet trail or meeting an intense outdoor challenge, Franklin County is the spot.
Franklin County contains all or part of four state parks, including Mont Alto State Park and Caledonia State Park, which are the oldest existing parks in the state. These parks are at the heart of the Pennsylvania conservation efforts and the forest lands are tied to Joseph Trimble Rothrock, the first Pennsylvania Forestry Commissioner, who was an advocate for conservation and helped found the Mont Alto Forestry School, now Penn State Mont Alto.
Other local parks and forests that have beautiful views for hiking includes Buchanan Birthplace State Park, where a large monument for Mercersburg-native and former President James Buchanan stands as well as nearly 19 acres of forest. Enjoy ice-skating, ice fishing and cross-country skiing on the lake at Cowans Gap State Park in the snowy months.
Winter is a great time to hit the trails of Whitetail Resort on skis, snowboards or even by snow tube! The resort, located in Two Top Mountain in the Tuscarora Mountains in Mercersburg, has 23 different trails from beginner hills to more advanced trails. Whitetail has gone through several renovations over the years, including longer trails, lighting on terrain for night skiing, halfpipe, a terrain park and snow tubing park with 10 lanes.
On the Move joins the seven yearly specialty publications that the Franklin County Visitors Bureau produces in their mission to promote the county, including the Franklin County Visitors Guide, Military Trail of History Guide, Fresh Food & Dining Guide, Franklin County Wedding & Event Planner and more!
Calling all picture takers to Franklin County PA for the Franklin County Visitors Bureau’s Photo Contest. The buds of spring are popping into leaves, so, grab a camera and enter your best shots. The Franklin County Visitors Bureau (FCVB) is seeking a shot of the new 11/30 Visitors Center for the cover of its 2019-2020 Franklin County Visitors Guide. The new 11/30 Visitors Center is located at 15 South Main, on the southwest corner of Chambersburg’s square and next to Central Presbyterian Church. The photographer of the shot selected for the cover image will win $250. Photos of the 11/30 Visitors Center must be submitted by May 20, 2019.
In addition to the cover photo for the Franklin County Visitors Guide, FCVB is seeking cover images for:
On the Move in Franklin County Rec Guide
Franklin Fresh Food & Dining Guide
Franklin County Military Trail of History
Franklin County Wedding & Event Planner
The photographer of the cover image for these publications will win $100. All photos for these publications must be submitted by July 15, 2019.
Photographers can opt to be part of the Franklin County 11/30 Visitors Center Photography Exhibit by submitting an 8”x10” print. FCVB will be displaying submitted photos, beginning May 20 and running through July 20, 2019. So, not only is there a chance to win hundreds in cash, it is an opportunity to showcase your photography at the 11/30 Visitors Center.
Details, rules, and necessary forms of the FCVB 11/30 Visitors Center Photography Contest are available online here or by calling 866.646.8060 or 717.552.2977.
Calling all picture takers to Franklin County PA for the Franklin County Visitors Bureau’s Photo Contest. The buds of spring are slowly popping. So, grab a camera and start taking all those beautiful vistas, landmarks, and iconic shots of Franklin County because the Franklin County Visitors Bureau is selecting a cover shot for its 2018-2019 Franklin County Visitors Guide Capture the essence of Franklin County for the Franklin County Visitors Bureaus Cover It: Franklin County’s Great Moments Photo Contest. The winning photo will be the cover of the 2015 Franklin County Visitors Guide.
Travel the trails of Franklin County through acres of farmland and forests. Trek back to frontier settlements and forts, stopovers along the Underground Railroad, and sites of Civil War raids and invasions. Woven between these stories of America’s history are the verdant, rolling hills and azure skies, old-fashioned ice cream shops, bakeries with shoo-fly pies and sticky buns; orchards in blossom; theatres and inns, meandering trails and streams, golf courses, and charming towns. Capture the photo that best showcases Franklin County and not only will the photo be the cover of the 2018 visitors guide, but the photographer will win $250 in cash.
In addition, the Franklin County Visitors Bureau is seeking photos for, Franklin Fresh: The Fresh Food & Dining Guide of Franklin County PA and On The Move in Franklin County Rec Guide. Two $100 prizes will be awarded to the top “fresh food” and “on the move” photos.
The contest kicks off May 1 and runs for just two weeks. It is easy to enter:
Complete an entry form for each photo submitted. Also, if the photo has an identifiable person, please have the subject complete the personal release section of the entry form.
Email the entry form and photo to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Or, mail the photo along with the entry form to Franklin County Visitors Bureau, 37 South Main Street, Suite 100, Chambersburg, PA 1720. You can also drop it at the office from 8 AM to 4:30 PM, Monday to Friday, or use the mail slot any time.
January is National Tea Month and the Franklin County Visitors Bureau asks visitors to celebrate in Franklin County this month of new beginnings with delicious tea and relaxation.
Step back in time and relax at TranquilaTEA in Waynesboro. This tea house and gift shop is designed in the traditional tea room atmosphere, where people can reacquaint themselves with family and friends in an environment where one can tune out the hustle and bustle of the outside world. A mother-daughter team runs this shop, specializing in lunch specials, private parties, fresh baked goods and loose-leaf tea.
Kristtany Tea Room & Gifts, located at the Winebrenner Theological Seminary campus in Scotland, hosts delicious full teas with many different types of teas and delicious handmade scones. Make sure to give them a call to schedule a time for one of their delicious full teas or Wednesday and Friday for a walk-in tea experience.
Teas can be used to help make herbal remedies as well as taste delicious and Gardens by Grace in downtown Chambersburg has among the most options to choose from. Specializing in certified organic black tea, green tea, white tea, red tea and wild-harvested herbs, Gardens by Grace hopes to treat a wide variety of disorders. Qualified herbalists can treat many different conditions including skin problems, heart and circulation issues, hormonal disorders and common conditions such as arthritis, insomnia, stress, migraines and headaches.
Drinking tea is one of many ways to help in relaxation and a great way to start healthy eating habits. Alternative Choices in Greencastle has natural products to achieve health and balance, including organic foods, supplements, aromatherapy, herbs, teas, organic health and beauty products, products for pets and more! For those eating healthier or wanting to go gluten-free, this store is the place to stock up.
As the new year approaches and resolutions are made, check out “On the Move in Franklin County,” one of the Franklin County Visitors Bureau’s newest publications. This publication focuses on healthy choices that can be made for a healthy life including a healthy mind and body through exercise. It is available at the Franklin County Visitors Bureau’s office or online at http://www.issuu.com/fcvb or on http://www.ExploreFranklinCountyPA.com.