Leave the malls, long lines and stressful shopping behind. Explore the 2016 Treasures of the Forest Shopping Trail as you search for holiday gifts and one-of-a kind treasures as you travel through the Allegheny National Forest Region in northwestern, Pennsylvania. See page 28 for the map, or download from visitANF.com. Along the trail you’ll find just the perfect gift for everyone on your list - and maybe something nice for you!
EXPLORE THE SHOPS & RESTAURANTS IN HISTORIC DOWNTOWN BRADFORD
Plan a shopping trip to the National Historic District of Bradford to explore the many locally owned shops and restaurants.
Bradford’s newest specialty shop is The Fluffy Baby Boutique. Clothing, cloth diapers and accessories, baby carriers and wraps, quilts, diaper bags and baby food makers are just a few of the items carried in this shop for expectant Moms and Dads. Children’s clothing is offered in sizing from infant outfits up to age three. The shop is open Tuesday-Friday 10am-6pm, and Saturday 10am-4pm. 17 Kennedy Street. 814-596-0175.
At the Zippo/Case Museum, “Made in America” Zippo lighters and Case knives, along with a wide variety of Zippo branded clothing and accessories are showcased within their gift shop. Bradford is the hometown of Zippo. The Zippo lighter was invented in Bradford, and is still proudly manufactured in Bradford as are Case knives. The Zippo/Case Museum gift shop offers many items which may be personalized with a name or photo. Open Monday-Saturday 9am-5pm, Sunday 11am-4pm. 1932 Zippo Drive. 814-368-1932.
For the outdoor enthusiast, Sportsmen’s Outlet offers everything for the outdoors at great prices. Their knowledgeable staff can guide you in selecting the best hunting supplies, guns, ammo, kayaks, canoes, fishing equipment, binoculars, GPS units, and game cameras for placing under the tree. Sportsmen’s Outlet also offers a large selection of outdoor and sports clothing, including UnderArmour in adult and children’s sizes. The outdoor themed gift shop is stocked with a large selection of both decorative and useful items for your camp, condo, home or RV. Store hours are Monday-Saturday 9am-7pm, Sunday noon-5pm. 500 Chestnut Street. 814-362-7700.
Timeless Treasures is a charming gift shop brimming with beautiful baby and children’s clothing. Browse the shop’s selection of quality toys such as darling animal hand puppets and a young girl’s tea set in a wicker basket. For the ladies on your list, they have vests, purses, scarves, and jewelry. Timeless Treasures offers a delightful selection of seasonal and decorative home accents too! Hours are Monday-Thursday and Saturday from 10am-5pm, Friday 10am-7pm, and Sunday noon-4pm. 10 Chestnut Street. 814-331-4884.
The Main Street Mercantile is a large co-op shopping destination consisting of two floors and two storefronts with over 10,000 square feet of shopping delights. Here you will find handcrafted alpaca clothing and gift items, lovely paintings and pen & ink sketches by local artisans, fine-art photography and local history & coffee-table books. The Pennsylvania Wilds: Images of the Allegheny National Forest, is full of fine-art photography from around the Forest. Antiques, furniture, china, collectibles, and a vintage Christmas shop upstairs make this a fun shop to explore. Shop hours are Monday-Thursday and Saturday 10am-6pm, Friday 10am-7pm and Sunday 11am-5pm. 45 Main Street. 814-368-2206.
Just next door is the Tin Ceiling Gift Shoppe. Look up! The tin ceiling of this shop has been beautifully restored and it shines down on all of the carefully selected gift items. Household and decorative items, seasonal decorations, chocolates and confections, teapots and candles help round out the items perfect for gifting. Take time to wander - treasures abound in every corner, on every shelf. Hours are Monday-Thursday 10am-6pm, Friday 10am-7pm, Saturday 10am-5pm and Sunday noon-4pm. 51 Main Street. 814-362-6082.
Santo Vida Natural Wellness Center has a lovely selection of handmade soaps for gift-giving. They also offer locally crafted ceramics, essential oils, homeopathic books, literature on nutrition and inspiration, skin care products and environmentally friendly cleaning products. Here you will find organic and vegan products, dairy and gluten free foods like dark chocolate, organic coffees and herbal tea. A gift certificate from Santo Vida will be sure to put a smile on the face of your gift recipient. The shop is open Monday-Friday noon-6pm, Saturday 10am-1pm. 86 Main Street. 814-363-7025
Amish cheeses and specialty meats are offered at The Grocery Stretcher. Foodies will enjoy browsing the shelves of this home-owned, hometown, old-fashioned grocery store. This shop can also make up delicious deli trays for parties and gifting. Stop in and see what is in the deli case! Hours are Monday-Friday 9am-5:30pm and Saturday 9am-2pm. 32 Main Street. 814-368-9394.
Is someone dreaming of finding a new bike under the tree? Just Riding Along is staffed by experience riders who can assist you in selecting the perfect bike based on the rider’s age and skill level. The shop also carries bike accessories and apparel. Gift certificates are available with special prices on year-end closeout bikes. Shop hours are Wednesday-Friday 10am-6pm and Saturday 9am-1pm. Their shop closes after Christmas to the end of February. 48 Mechanic Street. 814-363-9101.
Wright’s Music Shed can help add music to your holiday season. Their shop offers sheet music, new and used musical instruments and accessories. Their staff will be happy to provide professional assistance in selecting an instrument. The shop also handles rentals, repairs and offers music lessons. Shop hours are Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 1pm-6pm, Thursday 3pm-6pm, and Saturday 10am-2pm. 80 Main Street. 814-368-5399.
What is shopping without checking out a new restaurant? A Slice of the 80’s is a family friendly, casual restaurant, where families can enjoy wings, hoagies and salads while playing a game of Pac Man. At John Williams European Bakery Shop you can enjoy a breakfast of French toast or a lunch of quiche and croissants with a treat from the bakery case. For lunch or dinner, Beefeaters Restaurant is casually elegant; their dining rooms are housed in a beautifully restored Carnegie Library. Try the “Beef on Wick” - one of their house specialties.
OVER THE RIVER AND THROUGH THE WOODS
The Olde Schoolhouse Village Shoppes, located in the village of Eldred, is a must-see along the shopping trail. Eight classrooms have been creatively reinvented as a marketplace shopping destination housing over 100 vendors and artisans in 10,000 square feet. Shops include Americana Sweetshop, Primitive, Country Splendor, Northwoods Cabin, Farmhouse Kitchen, Toy Room, and Shabby Chic with ladies fashions and accessories, Garden Section and Man Cave. Find the perfect holiday accent for your home and lovely gifts for family and friends. Shop hours are Wednesday-Saturday 10am-5pm. 109 Indian Creek Road. 814-225-2255.
SMETHPORT - A VICTORIAN VILLAGE
From Eldred, stay on the trail to visit the Victorian village of Smethport. The Smethport Mansion District Walking Tour is a self-guided tour showcasing the amazing architectural treasures built by the Lumber barons in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. Walking tour brochures can be picked up at the kiosk in front of the McKean County Courthouse along Main Street.
The Rose Boutique offers beautifully hand-painted lamps and handcrafted baby clothes, blankets, jewelry, and mesh wreaths for all seasons. Shop hours are Tuesday-Friday 11am-5pm and Saturday 11am-4pm. 111 West Main Street. 814-887-2720.
Just down the street is Buchanan Brothers Pharmacy where you can find gifts, educational toys, greeting cards, yarn, decorative and seasonal items. Hours are Monday-Friday 9am-6pm and Saturday 9am-1pm. 313 West Main Street. 814-887-5375.
Take a shopping break at Chico’s Café & Bakery Shoppe. Their café offers casual dining, complete with a soda fountain and ice cream delights. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, this new restaurant is housed in a beautifully restored historic storefront. Restaurant hours are Monday-Wednesday 7am-8pm, Thursday-Saturday 7am-9pm, closed Sunday. 101 W. Main Street. 814-568-2115.
Travel Route 6 west to Bear Hollow Gift Shoppe. This small artisan shop offers Natural Edge Pennsylvania hardwood furniture crafted from reclaimed barn wood. Shop their selection of handmade furniture, log home, bear, and antler décor, and hand-carved benches with bear or elk motifs. Hours are Friday noon-5pm, Saturday-Sunday 10am-5pm. 13867 Route 6.
NEW ARTISAN SHOP AT KINZUA BRIDGE VISITORS CENTER
New this year is the PA Wilds Artisan Shop. This artisan shop offers a juried selection of items handcrafted by local artisans, local photography, books and clothing. Hours, starting Sat. Nov. 26, are Monday-Saturday 8am-4pm. Located within the new Kinzua Bridge Visitors Center, tour the museum and take in the amazing views from the Kinzua Sky Walk. The skywalk at the park is open daily and offers spectacular views. Admission is free. 296 Viaduct Road. 814-778-5467.
KANE - A STAR IN THE FOREST
The village of Kane offers a wide variety of sights along the shopping trail. Foodies, crafters and collectors will enjoy exploring this community nestled at the edge of the Allegheny National Forest.
Artworks at the Depot offers handcrafted black cherry wooden bowls, decorative table accents, books, jewelry, watercolor, pen & ink, oil paintings and other esthetic surprises. Store hours of the artisan co-op are Friday-Saturday 11am-5pm, and Sunday noon-4pm. (Closed January-May) 1 South Fraley Street. 814-837-8752.
KP McClard Photography at the Gallery on Field is a small photography shop offering art prints, note cards and exquisite prints on metal, canvas or wood of local sites such as the Kinzua Sky Walk and the Kinzua Dam. New for 2017 IS a 2017 Kinzua Sky Walk calendar full of photos of the Kinzua Sky Walk at the Kinzua Bridge State Park. The cost of the new calendar is $25 and can be ordered online at www.kpmcclardphotography.com/2017-kinzua-bridge-calendars.html. Shop hours are MondaySaturday 9am -5pm. 8 Field Street. 814-558-5792.
Zanadu features a wide selection of yarns and fabric textiles for the quilter, home or professional seamstress, along with craft items and a great selection of children’s craft kits. The store is offering a holiday special of 30% off Elna Sewing Machines. Hours are Tuesday-Thursday 9am-5pm, Friday 10am-6pm, and Saturday-Sunday 10am-3pm. 105 North Fraley Street. 814-561-1047
The Sweet Shoppe. The name says it all. Sit down and enjoy a hot beverage or shop for homemade chocolates, cupcakes, cream horns, pies, cookies, and cakes. Custom orders are available. Monday-Friday 11am-5:30pm, Saturday-Sunday 11am-3pm. 17 Field Street. 814-837-9597
Field Street Boots boasts boots , boots and more boots - from children’s colorful puddle jumpers to high water fishing waders, plus a great selection of outdoor seasonal and waterproof clothing, hunting and fishing supplies. Monday-Thursday 8am-5pm, Friday 8am-6pm, Saturday 8am-4pm, Sunday 10am-2pm. 18 Field Street. 814-837-2400.
Bell’s Meat & Poultry offers over 40 varieties of specialty sausages including Korv, a Swedish tradition for the holidays. Their shelves are filled with specialty foods, home canned foods and spices. Monday-Sunday 9am-5pm. 401 North Fraley Street. 814-837-7321.
CJ Spirits Craft Distillery offers handcrafted spirits from “grain to glass.” Enjoy a tour of the distillery and a tasting in the bar area. Try a signature cocktail fashioned from the distillery’s award winning Vodka, Rum, Gin or Whiskey. Order a holiday gift basket for that special someone on your list. Hours are Wednesday-Thursday 11am-9pm, Friday-Saturday 11am-11pm, and Sunday 10am-5pm. Located at 120 Willow Run Drive. 814-837-1500.
Flickerwood Wine Cellars & The Pub at Flickerwood invites you to shop and sample award-winning specialty wines. Their gift shop offers a wide variety of wines and themed gift items. Gift baskets made to order. Hours are Monday-Thursday 11am-6pm, Friday-Saturday 10am-9pm, Sunday noon-6pm. 309 Flickerwood Road. 814-837-7566.
Twisted Vine Winery specializes in fruit wines and special flavors. Their top sellers are Wildberry and Sangria wines. Find a wine that you will love from over 20 varieties. Hours are Wednesday-Friday and Sunday noon-4pm, Saturday 11am-5pm. 13106 Route 948. 814-837-8298.
Find everything to outfit your fisherman or hunter at Paul’s Trading Post. The shop offers fishing line reel, respooling, live bait, lures and hooks, along with ammo, Winn Whitetails, trapping, archery, and muzzleloading supplies. Located at the edge of the Forest, Paul’s Trading Post also offers clothing, groceries, and Tillamook Jerky. 11124 Route 321. 814-945-6504.
SHOP FOR BIG BOY TOYS AT MYERS MOTORSPORTS
Myers Motorsports is where you can purchase a new ATV, UTV or snowmobile. Snowmobile or ATV rentals are also available. The shop sells accessories and clothing along with offering service on ATV, UTV, motorcycle, snowmobile, boat or PWC. Shop hours are Tuesday-Friday 10am-6pm, and Saturday 10am-3pm. The shop is located at 3176 Route 219, just north of the intersection of PA Route 6 & PA Route 219 at Lantz Corners, PA. 814-779-3745.
IT’S MORE FUN IF YOU STAY OVER
Turn your visit into an overnight stay. For a full list of bed & breakfasts, cabins, and other full service hotels check out visitANF.com/lodging. For a free visitors guide and map, phone 800-473-9370.