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10 Places to Kiss Your Valentine in the Forest Region

Allegheny National Forest Visitors BureauBRADFORD, PA – February 6, 2012 – A kiss may be just a kiss, but to kiss a loved one in the Allegheny National Forest … now that’s amore! Between the trails and the ambiance, there are plenty of places to kiss your loved one this Valentine’s Day.

Here are the top 10 places:

The Lodge at Glendorn
Cozying up in front of the grand, stone fireplace at the Big House at this Relais & Chateau would warm up your sweetie for a little smooch. It’s the perfect end to an evening after enjoying a gourmet meal fixed to your liking by Chef Joe Schafer. glendorn.com

Under a street light at Zippo/Case Museum
You can rekindle an old flame with a kiss under these specially made streetlights that provide a glow from Zippo lighters. Afterwards, stroll through the Zippo/Case Museum at 1932 Zippo Drive, Bradford, hand-in-hand and view some great displays showing off two American icons. zippo.com

Rimrock Overlook
Any couple will be able to take their eyes off each other and enjoy the scenic view of the Rimrock Overlook. The entrance to the overlook, off of Route 59, is 19 miles from Bradford. Take in the sights of the scenic vistas overlooking the Allegheny Reservoir and the massive rock formations. visitANF.com

Marilla Bridges Trail
Marilla Reservoir Covered Bridge - Bradford, PAYou can definitely woo your valentine as you both take a stroll around the Marilla Bridges Trail on Route 346 just outside of Bradford. Take in the beauty of the Marilla Reservoir, the wooden covered bridge and sit at the gazebo as you hold hands and kiss. tunavalleytrail.com

Veterans Square
If a public show affection is more your style, try a smooch under the twinkling lights of Veterans Square in Historic Downtown Bradford. Picture yourself and your sweetie under the glow as snow gently falls. How romantic! bradfordpa.org

Flickerwood Wine Cellars & Lounge
A little kiss while sharing a bottle of Cayuga Kiss at his family-owned winery is a lovely way to celebrate Valentine’s Day. flickerwood.com

Freefall Oz
This unique homestay is a great place to spend Valentine’s Day, or any day, with your honey. Chocolates and two thick terry robes and use of the outdoor salt water hot tub and sauna wait for you. Ozhomestay-huntinglodge.com

Scenic Route 6 – McKean County Courthouse
Take a road trip on Scenic Route 6 – one of America’s Most Scenic Drives. While you and your sweetie “Do Route 6,” stop by for a little kiss on the steps of the McKean County Courthouse, where you can also pick up a marriage license if you so desire. visitANF.com

Mount Jewett Mural
How Swede it is! You don’t have to have Swedish blood to enjoy the Mount Jewett Mural in downtown Mount Jewett. Comment on your lover’s eyes as you both gaze at this vibrant beauty. visitANF.com

For more information on these and other kissable locations, log onto visitANF.com or contact the Allegheny National Forest Visitors Bureau, the official destination marketing organization in McKean County at 800-473-9370 for a free visitor guide and map.

Kinzua Bridge State Park has Record Fall Season

Allegheny National Forest Visitors BureauBRADFORD, PA – November 9, 2011 – That famous movie line “If you build it, they will come” came to fruition this fall as visitation at the Kinzua Bridge State Park saw an increase of a staggering 465 percent from four years ago.

Visitation at McKean County’s only state park in October was a record 66,353, according to Park Manager Jason Heasley.

Kinzua Bridge State Park - Mt. Jewett, PA

Visitation at the Kinzua Bridge State Park outside of Mount Jewett has been at a record high since the opening of the Kinzua Sky Walk in mid-September

“Tourism for this fall season has been a record high with the addition of the Kinzua Sky Walk,” said Linda Devlin, executive director of the Allegheny National Forest Visitors Bureau, the destination marketing organization for McKean County. “Our local businesses are seeing a boost in business since the Sky Walk opened in September.”

Visitation the weekend the Kinzua Sky Walk opened in mid-September was an estimated 16,000.

“Our lodging reported sold-out nights; our restaurants and shops were full of tourists who traveled to see the new Kinzua Sky Walk. We had people checking in at our ANF Visitors Bureau Welcome Center in Bradford from all over the United States and Canada. We even had a family from Israel who were going to see the Kinzua Sky Walk – and this is only the beginning.”

 Zippo lighter featuring the Kinzua Bridge Sky Walk - Mt. Jewett, PA

To commemorate the opening of the Kinzua Sky Walk, the Allegheny National Forest Visitors Bureau is selling a new Zippo lighter featuring the Kinzua Bridge Sky Walk. The lighters are available at the Allegheny National Forest Visitors Bureau’s Welcome Center in the Old Post Office, 80 E. Corydon St., Bradford.

The Allegheny National Forest Visitors Bureau is commemorating the “reinvention” of the historic towers of the Kinzua Viaduct as the Kinzua Bridge Sky Walk with a newly designed Zippo lighter which features a profile photograph of the structure.

“We’ve been fortunate to have the opportunity to work with Zippo Manufacturing Co., an American institution on its own, to develop a great keepsake on another great icon in our region,” Devlin said.

The lighters are available at the Allegheny National Forest Visitors Bureau’s Welcome Center located in the Old Post Office at 80 E. Corydon St., Bradford. Each lighter costs $29.95 plus tax. Lighters can be shipped for an additional $4.95 plus tax.

To order a lighter, call the ANFVB at 800-473-9370 or e-mail info@visitANF.com. Payment can be made by cash, check, Visa or Master Card. Orders can also be made on the Visitors Bureau’s website, www.visitANF.com.

The ANFVB is also working on a new book, which will be an illustrated history of the Kinzua Viaduct, that is set to be released by the Spring of 2012. The book will feature historic photos, the story of the first building of the bridge in wrought iron, the rebuilding of the bridge in steel, and the most recent restoration of the towers as the Kinzua Sky Walk. The 329-acre Kinzua Bridge State Park, located minutes from Mount Jewett, features the remnants of the 2,053-foot long viaduct that was once the longest and highest viaduct in the world. The structure was partially destroyed by a tornado in 2003 and six towers were restored and restructured as the Kinzua Sky Walk in 2011.

The new Kinzua Sky Walk is sure to spark more tourism dollars into the region in the future.

Devlin conservatively estimated that if the area reaches pre-tornado visitation numbers of 160,000 annually, an estimated additional $11.5 million will be brought into the region each year through tourism dollars.

To say that is conservative is an understatement given that the park reached about a quarter of that in just one month.

For more information on the lighter, the book, or on tourism in the Allegheny National Forest Region, e-mail the visitors bureau at info@visitANF.com or call 800-473-9370.

Autumn Turns Forest into Kaleidoscope of Color

Allegheny National Forest Visitors BureauBRADFORD, PA – September 19, 2011 – The forest will soon be alive in the Allegheny National Forest Region with colors right from Mother Nature’s palette.

The Allegheny National Forest Region, the site of the only national forest in Pennsylvania, is located 90 miles south of Buffalo, N.Y. Fall is bigger in this neck of the woods with thousands of acres of northern hardwood forest. With the diverse species of trees within the forest, in the fall, leaf colors will be sunshine yellow, brilliant orange, butterscotch and deep apple red.

There’s no wrong turn to be made during this time of the year here where the roads meander through some of the most scenic area in the Northeast. Plan your trip from late September to mid-October for peak leaf peeping.

One of the premier places to view the leaves is the brand new Kinzua Sky Walk, located at the Kinzua Bridge State Park on Route 3011 in Mount Jewett. The 329-acre Kinzua Bridge State Park was listed by the state as one of the 20 must-see parks in the state.

You’ll be sure to fall in love with the view of the Kinzua Gorge from this platform with a partial glass floor built on the remains of the historic Kinzua Viaduct, which was once the longest and tallest railroad bridge in the world. Visitors are once again able to walk the “Tracks Across the Sky” – something that heightens a person’s adrenaline as well as their senses.

Another must-see attraction is the Longhouse National Scenic Byway – listed by USA Today as one of the most scenic drives in the country. This 29-mile loop circles the Kinzua Creek arm of the Allegheny Reservoir and includes some of the best scenery in the area combining the colorful forest canopy with water vistas. Jakes Rocks and Rimrock overlooks offer you an opportunity to view the forest shoreline from rocky overlooks, plus take advantage of the family-friendly picnic areas and hiking trails nearby.

This scenic byway is also close to the Kane, which is the perfect place to pick up something to eat and drink.

Be sure to stop at Jack’s Meat & Poultry on North Fraley Street to purchase some of the local fall harvest of apples, squash and pumpkins. Jack’s family recipes are used to make more than 17 varieties of sausage, including Swedish korv, apple, and Greek. This is a delightful stop and taste for “foodies.”

Call ahead at 814-837-7321 to order Jack’s invention, a one-of-a-kind “griller” – chicken or pork stuffed with sausage and cheese and topped with bacon. You will never forgive yourself if you pass through without picking up one of these amazing, one-of-a-kind concoctions.

Flickerwood Wine Cellars & Lounge at 309 Flickerwood Road is the home of award-winning wines that are available for tasting in the wine lounge, and their gift shop features a wide assortment of varieties for purchase. This family-owned winery brings the best of what grapes have to offer to the visitor.

Flickerwood is located just off of Route 6, the major west-east corridor in northern Pennsylvania. National Geographic Traveler named this roadway as “One of America’s Most Scenic Drives.”

Meander through the rolling forestlands of small Americana towns as the terrain turns into increasingly rugged hills. Stop in the Victorian town of Smethport where the homes of lumber barons from times gone by are part of the Smethport Mansion District Walking Tour.

Enjoy a bit of nostalgia – as well as a “Hubber Burger” and milkshake – at the Route 6 Diner, also located along Route 6 in Smethport.

For additional leaf-peeping suggestions, please visit www.visitANF.com which offers driving tour suggestions as well as downloadable maps and guides. Or call the Allegheny National Forest Visitors Bureau at 800-473-9370 for a free brochure that features seven scenic driving tours with driving directions and mapping.

Author to Sign Books at Kinzua Bridge Fall Festival

BRADFORD, PA – September 8, 2011 – The author who wrote a travel book about Pennsylvania will be doing a book signing at the Kinzua Bridge Fall Festival. The Kinzua Bridge Fall Festival, held annually at the Kinzua Bridge State Park, Mt. Jewett, Pa, is a two day event featuring music, crafts and food vendors. New this year is the Kinzua Sky Walk, a scenic overlook with a partial glass floor, built on six of the historic towers of the Kinzua Viaduct. Now open to the public, the Kinzua Sky Walk provides spectacular vistas of the Kinzua Gorge from a height of over 300 feet. The Kinzua Bridge Fall Festival is September 17 -18, from 10 to 6 daily. Admission to the park and the Kinzua Sky Walk is free.

Anna Dubrovsky, who wrote “Pennsylvania” by Moon Handbooks will be at the Allegheny National Forest Visitors Bureau’s booth starting at 11 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 18, to talk with visitors and sign books. The books will be available both days at the festival – Saturday, Sept. 17, and Sunday, Sept. 18, at the ANFVB booth for $22 including tax.

The book includes travel information on all of Pennsylvania and devotes several pages to the local area. Several areas and activities are highlighted in the book, including fishing and boating on the Allegheny Reservoir and Willow Bay; museums such as Penn Brad Oil Museum, Zippo/Case Museum and the Eldred World War II Museum.

A touch of history is in the book, too, as Dubrovsky writes about the new Kinzua Sky Walk, built on the remains of the historic Kinzua Viaduct, the Mount Jewett Heritage Mural and the Smethport Mansion District.

The book also shows the area’s artistic side. The Bradford Creative and Performing Arts Center is mentioned as one of the sources of professional Broadway-style entertainment in Bradford.

The Art in the Wilds in Kane is listed as one of the great fine arts shows in the area.

The Allegheny National Forest Visitors Bureau, the destination marketing organization for McKean County, hosted Dubrovsky as she toured the area last year. For additional information please contact the Allegheny National Forest Visitors Bureau at 800-473-9370.