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Decorations, Events & Holiday Shopping

Treasures of the Allegheny National Forest Region

Whether you’re seeking brand names, handmade artisan wares, or delectable confectionary delights, the new 2019 Treasures of the Forest Shopping Trail offers unique and affordable items from privately owned shops, which make exceptional and exclusive gift items.

Begin the day with a scrumptious breakfast of pastries and pancakes at John Williams European Pastry Shop, 20 Mechanic Street in Bradford, Pa. A couple doors down at Just Riding Along, Pete, the owner and avid biker, will be there to provide personalized assistance in selecting just the right size and type of bike or biking accessory. For the nature lover in your life, shop delightful outdoor themed gift items from an unbelievably vast selection at the Sportsman’s Outlet, 500 Chestnut Street, or explore the camping and survival accessories of the Zippo/Case Museum Gift Shop, 1932 Zippo Drive.

Watch the last straggling leaves of fall dance across the roadway while you journey to the historic village of Smethport. View opulent homesteads while strolling the Smethport mansion district, then shop the delicate and detailed hand-painted bottles, one-of-a-kind jewelry items and handcrafted soaps and candles from the Rose Boutique, 111 West Main Street. A little further down the road at 313 West Main Street, the educational toys, games and puzzles sold at Buchanan Brothers Pharmacy are a must-see for the children - or young at heart - on your shopping list.

Journey along scenic Route 6 to the quaint village of Mt. Jewett, home of the Kinzua Sky Walk, and experience the delicious cuisine and friendly service of Kaffe Sol for an unforgettable lunch at 1 West Main Street. Shop from a vast selection of handcrafted and locally-made products inspired by the beautiful nature and wildlife of the Allegheny National Forest at the PA Wilds Artisan Shop. These unique and juried artworks range from hand-carved bowls to jewelry, books, photography and more. With one-of-a-kind pottery, collectibles and unique clothing items, shoppers are sure to find a gift to please.

Venture onward through the Allegheny National Forest region to Kane and stop by Field Street Boots at 18 Field Street for finely crafted boot options, waterproof clothing, hunting and fishing supplies. For the outdoorsman in your life, shop everything powersports related at Myers Motorsports, 3176 Route 219. After a day full of shopping for others, treat yourself by sampling the delectable and award-winning wines of Flickerwood Wines Cellars & Cocktail lounge while enjoying a decadent and delicious meal at 309 Flickerwood Road.

Exploring the Decadence, Decorations and Events in Downtown Bradford During the Holidays

When planning a shopping trip to the National Historic District of downtown Bradford, be sure to explore the many locally owned shops, restaurants and holiday events.

Bradford’s newest specialty shop, the Bradford Chocolate Factory, opened on Nov. 8 at 72 Main Street. Satisfy your sweet tooth with the mouth-watering taste of creamy, fudge-filled, chocolate truffles, rock candy and old-fashioned sponge candies. Visit with the store’s mascot, Coco the Bear, while choosing delectable treats from a selection of over 200 varieties of candies and more. 814-270-8495.

Discover quality items at the Main Street Mercantile with two fully-stocked floors and over 10,000 square feet of shopping delights at 45 Main Street. This co-op retail store features items such as antique furniture, glassware, vintage and new linens, candles, alpaca items and clothing, plus artwork from local artists. Don’t miss the Christmas Vintage shop upstairs. 814-368-2206.

Bring the Christmas spirit home with handmade home décor items from Cummins Country Charm, located at 24 Main Street. Find charming, handcrafted gift items from various suppliers across the U.S., including refinished furniture, handcrafted wreaths, soy candles, jewelry, apparel, bath and body products and local flavored coffee. Sign-up to craft an individualized gift item from the heart during one of the Cummins Country Charm’s many workshops - from wreaths and custom wooden signs to holiday pillows and more. 814-362-7482.

While shopping the National Historic District of downtown Bradford, take time to celebrate a Christmas Through the Decades during the Annual Cruisin’ into Christmas Parade down Main Street Dec. 6. Join this year’s parade and enjoy the wonderous sights and sounds of antique and historic cars, local floats, old-fashioned carriage rides and of course, the ever popular St. Nick.

Step back in time on Dec. 14 in downtown Bradford to celebrate the 10th Annual Old Fashioned Christmas celebration. Begin the day’s adventure at Beefeaters Restaurant for breakfast with Santa. After a scrumptious breakfast, enjoy a free showing of the Polar Express at the Main Street Movie House or listen to the tale of Storyland with Mrs. Claus at On the Side Books. Building a gingerbread man at the Little Fabric Garden, ice-skating and an enjoyable journey by horse-drawn carriage are sure to round out the afternoon with fun. Not to mention the in-store discounts and specials from many retailers during the event from 8:00am-3:00pm.

While making the rounds during the Annual Old Fashioned Christmas in downtown Bradford, stop by the Marilyn Horne Museum and Exhibit Center, 2 Marilyn Horne Way, for the return of a Dickens Christmas at Horne Hall. The artisan market will feature a multitude of artists and vendors from throughout Pennsylvania and New York. Shoppers are sure to be entertained by costumed members of the American Caroling Company, who will be singing traditional holiday songs throughout the event from 11:00am-4:00pm. Children and adults alike are sure to enjoy a photo opportunity with a Victorian Father Christmas while sipping mulled cider and enjoying a delicious old-fashioned gingerbread man.

As you stroll the downtown Bradford Streets and shops for the Old Fashioned Christmas celebration, make sure to stop by Katie Boser Photography at 55 Main Street between 3:30pm and 6:00pm to register for the Bradford Wine Walk. Wrap up your holiday gift shopping from 4:00-8:00pm while sampling a wide variety of delicious and flavor-filled wines, including tastings from 12 wineries. Participants will enjoy a complimentary wine glass, live musical entertainment, complimentary hors d’oeuvres and a porter service for wine and merchandise purchases.

Just in time for Christmas, an exquisite Christmas concert entitled Christmas Time is Here will be held on Dec. 20 beginning at 7:00pm at the Harriet B. Wick Chapel, 300 Campus Drive on the University of Pittsburgh, Bradford campus. The hour-long Jazz concert featuring Vince Guaraldi’s iconic score for the 1965 beloved animated holiday classic, “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” will be performed by Jazz artists Christopher Azzara, Eric Schmitz and Eugene Bisdikian. This concert, hosted by the Marilyn Horne Museum, is free and open for public attendance. Bring the entire family!

A Star in The Forest – Kane, Pennsylvania

The village of Kane, Pennsylvania is a creative community of artists and visionaries, making it the perfect place in the Allegheny National Forest Region to continue your holiday shopping adventure. With amazing artwork for purchase, Artworks on the Summit, located at 54 North Fraley Street, Suite 2, is one such location. Offering fine artwork, jewelry, and handcrafted wooden bowls made from local black cherry timber, this store is full of artistic surprises.

Foodies will love a gift from Bell’s Meat Market, located at 401 North Fraley Street. Jack, the owner, will be behind the counter to offer suggestions on the attributes of over 40 varieties of homemade sausage. One to consider is Korv, a specialty Swedish sausage favored by the locals during the holiday season. The large selection of spices, specialty foods and local cheeses and meats will make a great gift. 814-837-7321.

It’s More Fun if You Stay Over

After checking all the boxes off your shopping list, relax for the evening during an overnight stay at one of the cozy B&B’s the Allegheny National Forest region has to offer.

Elegant gothic doors and a beautiful, sweeping, circular staircase welcomes guests arriving to the Mountain Laurel Inn, 136 Jackson Avenue in Bradford, Pennsylvania. This Victorian inn, built in 1894, offers old world elegance while resident innkeepers Bob and Carolyn Krebs offer superior service and pampering with delicious home-cooked breakfasts, including complimentary beverages. 814-362-8006.

Built on a triangular plot of land with the unique architecture of a flatiron building, the Bradford Flatiron Airbnb is a one-of-a-kind historic, three-story brick structure located at 11 Boylston Street in Bradford, Pennsylvania. Step inside this charming, cozy and fully-equipped home built in 1906 and watch the city lights of the Bradford National Historic District dance outside your window frame. Not to mention, the Bradford Flatiron Airbnb is within walking distance to several restaurants, bars and shops of downtown Bradford. 814-598-8127.

Located on the edge of the Allegheny National Forest, the Kane Manor sits on top of the Allegheny Plateau on 250 acres of land at 230 Clay Street in Kane, Pennsylvania, offering visitors breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside. A hot and freshly prepared, delicious breakfast is served each morning in this national historic landmark. With eleven spacious guest rooms, each tastefully decorated in period furnishings, the Kane Manor provides a comfortable atmosphere for travelers to get reacquainted or formulate new relationships. 814-837-6522.

Enjoy a three-course gourmet breakfast in the morning, cozy up to a good read in the library and then refresh yourself with evening beverages in the parlor at the Mansion District Inn B&B, 905 West Main Street in Smethport, Pennsylvania. Selected as “one of the top 25 Bed and Breakfasts nationwide,” for four consecutive years by TripAdvisor, the Mansion District Inn provides guests with a total immersion experience of the opulent lifestyles once enjoyed by societies elite of a bygone era. 814-598-7403.

Relax, sit back and enjoy a warm hot cocoa from the open-air porches of the 1880s Queen Anne Victorian style bed & breakfast, the Blackberry Inn, while you admire the scenery of Scenic Route 6 dusted with a sprinkle of sparkling snow within the Smethport Mansion District of Pennsylvania. The Blackberry Inn is located at 820 West Main Street in Smethport. 612-940-4014.

Waking up on a cold winter morning was never more comfortable than when snuggled up under hand-crocheted throws in a suite tastefully decorated with an eclectic collection of antiques at the Inn on Maple Street Bed & Breakfast, 115 E. Maple Street in Port Allegany, Pennsylvania. This grand Victorian structure with its high ceilings, double split staircase, pocket doors and stain glass windows is perfect for vacation, business or simple rejuvenation. 814-642-5171.

Plan Your Trip

To receive a useful, free travel guide full of maps, attractions, restaurants and other things to see and do in the Allegheny National Forest Region, please call 800-473-9370 or go to visitANF.com.