This is going to sound shocking, but not everything in my life is craft beer shenanigans. I love living in Midtown, and with the addition of Daisy, my new beach cruiser, I’ve started to discover more and more things to do that aren’t always drinking. It’s crazy, I know! I feel like recently there have been a lot of new and exciting things opening and happening throughout Harrisburg, and you should be a part of it, too. I love to bike to as many of these destinations as I can, so hop on board and check out a few new, or forgotten, awesome spots throughout the city.
If you’re looking for Stash over on North Street, you missed the memo that they’ve moved. Now located on Walnut St across from the former Pep Grill (RIP), Stash has an awesome new corner location with gorgeous huge window displays, hardwood floors, a welcoming open layout, and of course all the awesome local and vintage wares you fell in love with over on North Street.
I biked over to the grand reopening on Sunday and promptly purchased a new pair of 70’s sunnies, a hand-made necklace, and of course a new record for the collection. I’m currently eyeing up a purse in the window as well, but I digress. Make sure you stop in and check out their latest items and new space.
Dear West Shore people, I dare you to forego the West Shore Farmers Market this weekend and come to MY market. You won’t be disappointed. In the past month, four new businesses have opened at Broad Street including Mad Dash Sandwiches, Harrisburgers, Popped Culture, and Sugar Whipped.
I love biking up to the market on a Saturday to grab lunch and local produce for the week’s meals. The cool thing about popping in at the Broad Street Market is that there’s almost always someone there you know, and who knows where your day is headed when you run into an old friend. Grab a cup of coffee from Elementary Coffee, browse the different shops, and don’t you dare leave hungry.
When I heard HMAC was opening a restaurant, I’m won’t lie, I was little apprehensive. To me, HMAC is where we go when we want to see The Dirty Sweet, drink $2 PBRs, and do a lot of dancing. Food didn’t fit into that equation in my mind. Then, I saw the pictures of what they did with the side space, read the menu, and biked past it one evening. It’s so different from what I knew of HMAC, I had to check it out.
What’s cool about The Kitchen is the outdoor seating spot. It’s nestled in between the actual restaurant building and the old T-mart to the other side isolating it a little bit from the street. It has a big city feel to it at night that reminds me a lot of Decatur in Atlanta. You can still get some cheap PBRs alongside a respectable tap list, but pair them up with fried pickles, cheese steak fries, or the catfish tacos. Everything at The Kitchen is pretty damn tasty.
When’s the last time you went to a Harrisburg Senator’s Game? Have you ever even gone to a City Islander’s game? How about mini golf? Sometimes I feel like we all forget that City Island is there. We drive by it traversing from one shore to the other, but how often do you stop by? While I’m not a parent, many of my friends are, and I know they appreciate how kid-friendly the whole place is from just walking around to the train and the carousel. There’s plenty of fun for adults too. Personally, I like to just go ride around on my bike knowing that it’s a safe spot for bikers, but there’s nothing like an afternoon mini golf session. They also offer kayak rentals! Pack a picnic and go watch the sunset on date night.