I’m kicking off my summer travel series with a close-to-home destination: Foxburg, PA. This sleepy little town on the Allegheny River is nestled in Clarion County, and it holds a special place in my heart. It’s where Chris and I got married two years ago.
::cue a bunch of gratuitous wedding photos::
Believe it or not, I *do* have a purpose for including those photos by the amazing Leeann at Leeann Marie Photography. These images really show off just how picturesque this town is.
Chris and I make it a point to visit Foxburg every year on a weekend around our anniversary, which is June 18. Last year, for our first anniversary, we only went for dinner at the Allegheny Grille (more on that later!). This year, however, we decided to make a full day of it and go early enough in the afternoon to grab coffee and a little snack, hang out around town and get some blog photos taken (never not thinking about blogging on outings like this!), listen to live music at the winery, and then have dinner. This town really has a little bit of everything.
When you first cross the bridge over the Allegheny River into “town,” you’ll make a right onto a road that seems to just fade away after about 200 yards. The road turns into more of a parking lot on weekends, as roads are wont to do in small towns. On the immediate left after the bridge, you’ll see the cutest little coffee shop, with several small, charming bistro tables set up outside. At Divani Chocolatier, you can grab a cup of coffee (or a latte, or an Americano…), or a smoothie, or an ice cream cone, or chocolate, or all of the above. Chris and I stopped here first for an iced coffee (black for him and a half-caf latte with coconut sugar for me), and to hold us over until dinner, we grabbed some chocolate-covered graham crackers. Chris ended up throwing half of our order away by accident, but I still love him.
Next door to Divani, you’ll find the Red Brick Gallery & Gift Shop, which is a beautiful boutique fine art gallery that features pieces from the artisan cooperative of local artists in the area. The building itself is a distinctive, historic red brick home that was owned by the town’s namesake family, the Foxes. The building is 137 years old. Next door to the art gallery is the Foxburg Free Library, and it’s my favorite building in the town. It can be seen in the wedding photo above. It stands tall with columns, a balcony, and a stone facade.
If you’re hungry for something other than sweets, head across the street to Foxburg Pizza, but don’t let the name fool you. If you happen to stay overnight at the Foxburg Inn (a charming little hotel where Chris and I stayed the night of our wedding – the river views from the deck are serene) next door, Foxburg Pizza is open at 8am every day with a hearty breakfast menu, as well.
When you head back across the street, you’ll find the Foxburg Wine Cellars, a rustic winery and gift shop complete with wine accessories, clothing, meats, cheeses, and even winemaking supplies. During the summer, the winery is host to a bevy of local entertainment on Saturday and Sunday afternoons on the outdoor patio next door.
This past weekend, Chris and I decided listen to the band playing for a couple of hours before we headed to dinner. The patio had already filled up, so we grabbed our lawn chairs from the car (bring them if you’re planning to hang out for a bit!) and found a little spot in the shade next to the patio. We bought a bottle of wine to sip, and we were in heaven. Live music, good wine, a majestic setting, and a private little spot outside all to ourselves? Done and done.
Chris and I had made dinner reservations for the Allegheny Grille across the street (I recommend making reservations during the weekend – the restaurant can fill up!), so we headed over a bit early to get out of the heat. The Allegheny Grille is where we held our wedding (in their courtyard area) and reception (in their outdoor tent), and we adored everything about it. The service is wonderful, the food is mouthwatering, and the views are breathtaking.
This past weekend, I ordered the seafood mac and cheese, and Chris ordered a special that had chicken, shrimp, and a sauce that he’s still raving about. We had planned to go back across the street to Divani for ice cream, but we were wayyy too stuffed to even think about it.
During dinner, we watched the kayakers, canoers, and tubers float by on the river. However, the winners of the evening (other than Chris and me!) were the people on this awesome tiki pontoon boat. They were dancing, waving, and clearly living their best lives.
After dinner, we strolled across the little wooden bridge to the Foxburg Inn’s deck to take in the views before we left one of our favorite quaint little towns.
One thing Chris and I have wanted to do but haven’t gotten a chance to try are the different tours that are offered. We’d love to try the Segway tour of local historic estates (it’s chock full of history and architecture), but the boat tour, walking tour, and bicycle rentals all look like fun, too.
Have you ever visited Foxburg? If you haven’t and you live in Western PA, I highly recommend it. It’s the perfect weekend getaway to a tranquil little historic small town that has managed to keep its charm, in spite of its growing popularity. Chris likes to say the town is a diamond in the rough, a hidden gem, and I couldn’t agree more. I grew up about 45 minutes away from it, and I still never get sick of visiting. If you’re looking for a quick, affordable weekend trip, head to Foxburg!
PS…stay tuned for an outfit post later this week!