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New Year’s Fun: These Are a Few of Our Favorite Things in Central PA


Not everyone who works at SVN | Latus is from Central Pennsylvania, but we all have one thing in common — we choose to live here now. We love the blend of urban, suburban and rural that we enjoy in this unique area. It means we can enjoy the best of all worlds, sometimes even on the same day.

You can go biking through farmland in the morning and end the day with a fabulous five-star meal at one of the area’s outstanding restaurants. You can enjoy a spa experience that ranks with anything you’d find in a big city and then get brunch at a quaint café that farm sources food from just down the road.

When we’re working with clients, we inevitably swap suggestions for the best places to go. We thought we’d share that list with you as we celebrate the start of a new year. Maybe these will become a few of your favorite things in 2021, too. (And small businesses could sure use our support right now!)


Visaggio's

This gem of a restaurant located on Wertzville Road in Enola has a formal and a casual menu full of traditional Italian favorites as well as more unusual fare based on the owner’s family recipes. We highly recommend the Formaggio in Carrozza, which includes cheese made in-house and deep-fried before being smothered in marinara. The atmosphere and the friendly service make Visaggio's a great place to eat.


Hershey Spa

Going to Hershey Spa is a treat — and you even get treats when you get a service! Located at The Hotel Hershey, the spa offers a range of services, from manicures to massages and body scrubs. We love the cozy robes they give you to wear while waiting for your service in the elegant waiting room, where you can fill up on the delicious (and complimentary) hot chocolate, Hershey’s Kisses or chocolate muffins.


West Shore Farmers Market

Every time we go to West Shore Farmers Market, we discover something new. Each stand has a different offering. You can get meat fresh from the butcher, egg rolls crisp out of the fryer, pizza we crave from the moment we walk in the door, and candy your kids will clamor for. We appreciate the friendliness of the market, too. The owners know everyone and ask about how last week’s purchase turned out. It’s a fantastic, supportive place.


Valley Bistro

This is a more recent addition to our list of favorites. Valley Bistro in Enola opened just two years ago, and it’s quickly become a go-to spot for breakfast, which is served all day, and lunch. The owner, Jacqueline, describes herself as “a foodie at heart,” and her menu reflects that passion. The options include Santorini Egg Bruschetta, Salted Caramel Banana Cream Pancakes, five types of eggs benedict and even Funfetti pancakes for the kids. But even beyond the food, we love the warm and inviting atmosphere, and we often suggest it for breakfast meetings or family brunch.


Note Wine Bar

Located on Second Street in Harrisburg, Note is a wine bar and so much more. The menu includes gourmet small plates that get our mouths watering, like the confit bravas potatoes, as well as pasta main courses that pair beautifully with the extensive wine list. It’s the perfect place to linger on a summer night in the outdoor dining area.


Market

It’s hard to decide what meal we like the best at Market — breakfast, lunch or dinner. This café located in Camp Hill is a favorite place to meet for coffee or tea, but we love the food as well. It serves as a central location when we want to meet with clients to sign papers or grab a quick treat for everyone at the office on the way to work, with a nice selection of grab-and-go baked goods.


Stay Polished

When you want to pamper yourself for just an hour, Stay Polished is our choice. The full-service nail salon in Camp Hill is right near our office, and they do a fantastic job no matter which service you choose. The friendly staff make every visit so comfortable. We love the opportunity to sit with a magazine for 45 minutes and enjoy ourselves — or better yet, bring a friend and catch up over pedicures.


Cork and Fork Happy Hour

We’re looking forward to the post-COVID era, when we can once again enjoy one of our favorite things, happy hour at Cork and Fork from 4:30 to 6:30. The fantastic deals on drinks and pizza made for a great way to wind down after a long day or a long week. We’re sure this will be back next year, and we’re counting the days. There’s really nothing like enjoying great food and drink with great people while also supporting a fantastic local business.


Little Amps Coffee

We love everything about Little Amps, from the slightly differing atmospheres of the Uptown and Downtown shops to the distinctive blends of coffee and tea on the menu. Whenever we’re in Harrisburg, we make a trip to support our favorite baristas. We always have interesting and informative conversations with the staff — we love getting their insights on coffee prep, too.