WCBM Life StyleJan 01, 2013 -- 12:00am
WCBM 680's table at the Harford County Fair
WCBM represented at the 2015 Towson Spring Festival
The Riverside Inn (Cambridge Springs, PA)
When I first contacted the folks at The Riverside Inn I told them I liked the place but thought close to seven hours was too far to go. A very convincing lady, Maggie by name, took the time to convince me to come on up. I was assured I would not regret the trip. And yes indeed she was right. The original building went up in 1885 and after a series of
owners, was bought by the Halliday family in 1985. The Inn is located in the very small town of Cambridge Springs Pennsylvania, near Erie.
It sits on over seven acres, has 74 rooms, a restaurant that serves all three meals, plenty of free parking, lots of banquet space and a dinner theatre on premise. It is
listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. Some of the amenities include an outdoor pool, volleyball, horse shoes, a lounge with entertainment, it’s pet friendly,
no TV in the rooms, which might be a good thing and a full hot breakfast is included with your stay.
Rates run about $99.00 during the week and about $139.00 on weekends. If you’re looking for a place to relax and enjoy the area, this is it. One of my favorite activities while there was to find a seat on the large wrap around porch and read. If you want something more exciting, here are two ideas. You can travel about a half hour to the
Presque Isle Downs & Casino. This is a full casino with thoroughbred horse racing 100 days of the year. Post time is 5:30 Sunday through Thursday. You’ll find 2000 slots, 50 table games and three bars.
About 45 minutes away is the town of Erie. They still have some work to do on the waterfront, but it sits next to Presque Isle Bay. For the best views of the lake and town while downtown climb the 138 foot Bicentennial Tower. Lake Erie is the second smallest great lake, about 50 miles wide and 254 miles long. The bay is five miles long and two miles wide. Other trips from the Inn include the Sprague Farm & Brew Works, Campbell Pottery and for a game of golf visit the close by Venango Valley Golf Course.
able to miss him anyway.
Let’s take a look at some recent movies. I’ll begin with Ant Man. Will a film with this name ruin the career of its star, Paul Rudd. Probably not. It did well enough at the box
office so he wont have to worry about more work. When he puts on the Ant Man suit he has incredible powers, as given to him by Dr. Pym, played by Michael Douglas. He is
instructed to stop a bad guy from getting the formula to the powers. I liked most the fact the film didn’t take itself too seriously. PG-13.
We move to Tom Cruise and Mission Impossible 5 Rogue Nation. This is the perfect summer movie. There’s plenty of mindless action and it’s basically fun. Cruise did many of
his own stunts, including hanging on an airplane will it’s taking off. The bad guys are a group known as The Syndicate and they want to eliminate the IMF. Cruise says nay nay. We
can’t have that. So he travels to foreign lands, though some of that might have been CG work, and looks for the leader with the help of a British spy. The film cost 150 million and
already has made that back. PG-13
Now we go to fantasyland and discuss Fantastic 4. First of all, the film has received scathing reviews. This looks as if it affected box office results. This story starts at the beginning
of this group. How they started. The main premise is a machine that teleports things, and people, to another dimension. And you know that can’t be good. Based on the Marvel
Comics franchise, this film could be in trouble. PG-13
Finally a comedy, and this one with a local connection. It’s Trainwreck, starring and written by Towson University graduate Amy Schumer. It earns its R rating, very raunchy. Geared
toward younger audiences I do believe, I did find it amusing. She plays a magazine writer living un uninhibited lifestyle until she begins to fall in love. Her interest is Bill Hader, from
Saturday Night Live, or at least used to be there. She is a hot commodity and that will help box office.
Okay, here’s one for the family and that doesn’t mean adults wont like it. It’s Minions, which in the opening weekend became the second highest grossing animated film. It made
115 million. The Minions are searching for the most despicable person they can find to be the leader. Why they didn’t look for politicians I don’t know. The Minions talk in gibberish, again
much like politicians, but you can figure out what they’re saying. This is most enjoyable, done in 3D and rated PG.
Finally, let’s go to a R rated film. How about Magic Mike, the second one with this name, and again starring Channing Tatum. Not the best actor on the planet, but good enough for
this part because he did some serious dancing. Here the guys are out of work and heading to Myrtle Beach for a dance competition. Along the way, a series of adventures to keep our
attention. Honestly, after awhile I was bored. Made for $14.8 million.
Perched on the top of a hill overlooking the town of Hershey Pennsylvania is the magnificent Hotel Hershey. Completed in 1933 and based on a design by
Milton Hershey this hotel is worth a visit. An overnight would be a good idea, but since Hershey is only about a hour and 45 minutes from the city, it is
definitely okay for a daytrip. There is plenty to do regardless of the season. In the summer you of course can take advantage of the outside pool (hotel
guests only), a putting course, a stroll through the Formal Gardens, a stroll through Hershey Gardens, tennis, basketball, horseshoes, shuffleboard and Zoo America,
adjacent to the park with over 200 North American animals.
Dining options include The Circular, Trevi 5, Cocoa Beanery, the pool café and Harvest. Circular, and it is circular, at least part of it, is the main dining area
where chef Ken cooks up food that does change with the seasons. He suggests you try the scallops. During the summer there is 24 hour room service. Friday nights
during the summer you can enjoy Jazz on the Veranda. For drinks try the Iberian Lounge. Hats off to Mr. Hershey who kept men working during the depression as
most companies were laying people off. When you get to the second level be sure to toss a coin into the fountain. I have on many occasions.
Hersheypark is at most a mile away and a shuttle will take you there. It will also take you to Zoo America. It’s open year round. It’s free with your park admission. You might also consider a look at the Hershey Story. It contains a history of the man and the town. Maybe even a walk along Chocolate Avenue. I will also recommend Chocolate World (no admission fee). Inside are movies, rides and a very big retail area.
By the way, there is a new roller coaster in the park, for those who like such rides. I do not thank you. I’m very happy with the monorail, merry go round and bumper cars.
It’s called Laff Track and is under a dome. I have lost count, but there are at least another 12 or 13 coasters in the park. One popular area is the Water Park. Perfect on one of those hot summer days or nights.
Okay, back to the hotel. The high end room rate is about $359.00, lower rates can be found. The best time for that is between October and April. Packages are
available. If you want to be pampered visit the Spa. Numerous treatments, many with chocolate, are offered. I also like the free parking. For information on the entire area
go to hersheypa.com or call 1-800-HERSHEY.
One final fact, Milton Hershey was supposed to be on the Titanic, but made different plans at the last minute. A good thing for him and the town. He died in 1945.
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