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Over the River & Through the Woods

Find the Trail to Shopping, Music & Outdoor Adventure in the ANF Region
More than just lyrics to a popular song, traveling over the river and through the woods here in the Allegheny National Forest Region of northwestern Pennsylvania will place you on the trail to enjoyable shopping in local shops, professional holiday musical performances and outdoor adventures for the sportsman.
The lyrics of Barry Manilow’s  Christmas is just around the Corner is perfect road-trip music as you follow the Treasures of the Forest Holiday Shopping Trail to enjoy holiday shopping away from long lines and crowded parking lots … “Christmas is just around the corner, Christmas you can feel it in the air, Better write all your letters to Santa - There’s shopping and wrapping to do …”
Featuring more than 35 shops in eight small towns, this shopping trail leads you into charming, locally owned shops brimming with local handcrafted items, collectibles, antiques and more, where you can rediscover the joys of holiday shopping.  Some highlights of the shopping trail include:
Old Schoolhouse Village Shoppes, 109 Indian Creek Road, Eldred, PA … a true holiday shopping destination featuring over 100 vendors and artisans, and more than 8,000 square feet of shopping, the selection here is impressive. Each of the seven storefronts created within the renovated old schoolhouse has its own theme. Enjoy a cup of warm cider as you shop for primitives, repurposed and re-imagined furniture, seasonal decorations, antiques, and home accents.
Country cabin style furniture crafted of dark woods, oak and pine, and massive farmhouse tables with seating for a grand holiday feast can be found in the Northwest Cabin Shop. For the lake house, a carved wooden swan, benches or nautical theme accents could be the perfect gift for family or friends. Educational toys, quality American-made wooden toys by Holgate, and old-fashioned toys like pick-up-sticks can be found in the Toy Shop. The Shabby Chic Shop features pale green, yellow and white-washed furniture, along with decorative mirrors, cupboards and china pieces that will add sparkle and shine to your holiday condo decorations.
Downstairs you will find the Schoolhouse Health Foods & Coffee Shop featuring natural vitamins and supplements and organically grown produce, fresh cheeses and meats, and nuts and spices for holiday baking. The charming coffee shop gives you a chance to try fresh baked sconces and the soup or lunch feature of the day. Hours for both shops are Wednesday-Saturday, 10am-5pm. www.oldschoolhouseshoppes.com
A fun day-trip destination for specialty foods, local wines and spirits is the village of Kane, Pennsylvania, located at the edge of the Allegheny National Forest.
Flickerwood Wine Cellars, 309 Flickerwood Road, offers a wide selection of fruit, sweet and delicious award-winning wines - all created by the Zampogna family. Shoppers can sample wines on-site in the lounge. Their gift shop features many wine themed novelty items, along with a wide selection of red, white, blush and specialty wines.  Hours are Monday-Thursday 11am-6pm, Friday-Saturday 10am-9pm, and Sunday noon-6pm.  Ph: 814-837-7566, www.flickerwood.com
The Sweet Shoppe, 8 Field Street, is the chocolate lover’s dream destination. Artisan chocolates are homemade of quality ingredients. Seasonal specialties are offered along with cupcakes, cream horns, pies, cookies and cakes. Holiday gift packages can be pre-ordered. The shop is open daily from 11am-5pm. Ph: 814-335-6437, www.thesweetshoppe.com
Bells Meat & Poultry, 401 North Fraley Street, offers a fresh selection of over 32 varieties of homemade sausage, including a local favorite - Korv, a sweet Swedish sausage usually served over the holidays. You can stock up on home-canned vegetables, sauces, beef logs, spices and rubs, or pepper sticks. Shop hours are Monday-Saturday 9am-6pm, Sunday 9am-5pm.  A full line of quality, fresh meats and poultry can be pre-ordered for pick-up by calling 814-837-7321 or ordered online at www.jackbellsmeats.com.
CJ Spirits, 120 Willow Run Drive, is northwest Pennsylvania’s first craft distillery. Using fresh local ingredients, pure “Allegheny Mountain” spring water, state-of-the-art distillery equipment and time honored methods, vodka, gin and white whiskey are distilled and bottled on-site. Stop by for tours and tasting or to sample the homemade appetizers in the bar and table area. Along with items in the gift shop, gift baskets may be pre-ordered.
The Martini Basket - a perfect hostess gift - includes a bottle of Rocksov, the distiller’s premier vodka, a martini shaker, martini olives, and a bottle of dirty martini mixer. CJ Spirits is open Wednesday-Thursday from 11am-9pm, Friday-Saturday 11am-11pm, and Sunday 11am-7pm. Ph: 814-837-1500, www.cjspirits.com
The Treasures of the Forest Holiday Shopping Trail Map can be downloaded with a full description of all 35 shop names, products offered, location, contact information and holiday shopping hours at www.visitANF.com.
Celebrate the season with the sounds of music. Two professional performances, both offered locally at very reasonable prices, will have you humming your favorite Christmas tunes.
‘A Magical, Grassical Christmas’ DePue Brothers will perform an afternoon matinee on Sunday, Dec. 7 at 3pm at the Regina Quick Center for the Arts at St. Bonaventure University, 3261 W. State Road, St. Bonaventure, NY.  This musical iconic family from northwest Ohio (Bowling Green, to be exact) includes four brothers with a sound that encompasses a vivid blend of classical, bluegrass and rock genres. As a family they have been making music together for over 25 years and were the subject of a nationally televised PBS documentary.
Coming together with Tony Trishka, Mark Cosgrove and Don Luzzi, the band has been performing and recording together since 2004, delighting audiences from around the nation ever since. Call ahead to order tickets at 716-375-2496 or order online at www.friendsofgoodmusic.com.
The Empire Brass - ‘Christmas Celebration’ performance will be Thursday, Dec. 11 at 7:30pm at the Bradford Area High School Auditorium, Bradford, PA. Empire Brass is Rolf Smedvig and Derek Lockhart on trumpets, Victor Sungarian on French horn, Greg Spridopoulous on trombone and Kenneth Amis on tuba.
One of the world’s greatest brass quintets, the ensemble joins forces with the Bradford Area School District Band and Chorus to present an evening of holiday music. The five musicians are renowned for their virtuosity. They perform more than 100 concerts a year in the world’s great halls from New York to London, from Zurich to Tokyo. Reserved seating is only $25 per ticket. For tickets call 814-362-2511 or order online at www.bcpac.com.
Powder Horn Hunting Preserve is located in the heart of the Allegheny Mountains in McKean County, PA at 81 Knapps Road, three miles off Route 6 in Port Allegany.  Here you can experience the hunt of a lifetime. A private 300-acre hunting area includes a wide variety of natural habitat such as big hardwoods, lush food plots, streams, ponds and open fields. Each hunt is tailored to the individual’s experience. You can use all the resources the rant and preserve have to offer.
Each hunt is guided by an experienced and knowledgeable staff member of the preserve whose sole purpose will be to help you have a successful hunt. The hunts are priced per person, per day and are all-inclusive. No license is needed and you may hunt seven days a week. Hunting for Fallow, Sika, and Whitetail Deer are offered.  Ask about the exclusive herd of Pere David deer and Aoudad Sheep for your once-in-a-lifetime selection. Please phone 844-724-8687 for pricing and packages information or email powderhornhunting@gmail.com.
At Yellow Dog Hunting Grounds, located at 896 Turkey Track Road in Kane, PA, you will experience the thrill of upland bird hunting on 200 beautiful acres in McKean County. The grounds are beautifully laid out with perfect cover and habitat to hunt for pheasant, chukar or quail. All hunts are priced by the bird and a dog guide may be furnished upon request. For an additional fee the folks at Yellow Dog will breast, bag and tag the birds. Lunches are offered. No one under 18 is permitted to hunt without a parent or legal guardian.
Hunters are not required to have a hunting license while hunting on Yellow Dog Hunting Grounds, but it is necessary to wear blaze orange. Yellow Dog Hunting Grounds is open Monday-Saturday, Sept. 1-March 30. Phone 814-366-4519 for information or email yellowdoghunts@verizon.net.
Plan your trip to include an overnight at one of our charming Bed & Breakfasts.  Oz’s Homestay, 296 Faulkner Road, Shinglehouse, PA, offers a romantic retreat for those seeking a restful weekday or weekend escape in the country. It is also the perfect location for extended families to get together over the holidays. Each room is decorated with furniture handcrafted by resident inkeeper Ash from timber harvested on the homestead.  Guests will enjoy a gourmet breakfast cooked by innkeepers Ash and Celine Easdon-Smith. In the evening you can enjoy a glass of wine in the hot tub where you can take in the beauty of your natural surroundings. Reservations: 716-378-2211, www.ozhomestay-huntinglodge.com
The Smethport Mansion District Inn, 905 West Main Street, Smethport, PA, was originally the home of John McCandless, who married wealthy banker Henry Hamlin’s daughter Emma. Fancy cherry and golden oak woodwork wrap the interior walls, and the rooms enfold you in elegance and comfort. Reservations: 814-598-7403, www.mansiondistrictinn.com
A full list of lodging, restaurants, shopping sites, trails, outdoor recreation and attractions is available in the Allegheny National Forest Region Visitors Guide & Map. This free brochure may be ordered by calling 800-473-9370 or by clicking on www.visitANF.com.