• Get to Know: York County

    History reigns in this region near the Mason-Dixon Line. 

    FROM THE Fall 2015 ISSUE
  • Get to Know: York County

    History reigns in this region near the Mason-Dixon Line. 

    FROM THE Fall 2015 ISSUE

POPULATION » 438,965

LOCATION » York County, Pennsylvania’s top tourist region, is located in the southeast region of the state. The county lies just above the Mason-Dixon Line, and is bounded to the east by the Susquehanna River. The area is within driving distance of major metropolitan areas including Baltimore, Washington D.C. and Philadelphia. Popular destinations, including the battlefields of Gettysburg and Hershey’s Chocolate World, are less than one hour away.

MUST-SEES » York County is home to an abundance of indoor and outdoor attractions. History buffs will want to check out the Antique Automobile Club of America Museum, where individuals of all ages are welcome to experience classic cars and motorcycles. Sports enthusiasts will be happy to know that York County is home to a variety of golf courses that cater to a wide range of skill levels. The York Revolution, the area’s Atlantic League baseball club, serves as a family-friendly sporting option. Deemed the “Factory Tour Capital of the World,” York County gives tourists a peek at how some of America’s favorite products, such as Harley-Davidson Motorcycles, are made. The best part? Most factory tours are free. Wine aficionados won’t want to miss the Mason-Dixon Wine Trail, which gives tourists a glimpse of the area’s many prominent vineyards. Beer lovers shouldn’t hesitate to explore the Susquehanna Ale Trail, featuring 14 area breweries and alehouses.

HOTELS » The area is home to 28 hotels and motels. The Yorktowne Hotel—a Historic Hotel of America— is a property featuring wood paneling and high ceilings located in the center of Downtown York. The county also features numerous bedand-breakfasts and pet-friendly properties to ensure that needs are met for all visitors. For camping and RV enthusiasts, look no further than Ben Franklin Park, fully equipped with electricity, Wi-Fi, a laundry room and heated bathrooms with showers.

RESTAURANTS » The diverse restaurants of York County are sure to please, regardless of the occasion. Youngsters are sure to love the arcade and casual environment at Bogey Macaws American Grille. For a more upscale experience, check out Blue Heron, a French Bistro serving Mediterranean dishes paired with fine wines. Pastry seekers and coffee lovers will not be disappointed in York County. The area features numerous cafés and bakeries, including the Red Brick Bakery & Tea Room, which serves fresh-baked scones and pastries daily.

HOW THE CVB HELPS » “The York County CVB is your knowledgeable partner who will help you navigate the number and diversity of York County meeting and event venues—from large to small and from traditional to the unconventional,” says Brent Burkey, communications specialist for the York County Convention & Visitors Bureau. “Our staff provides unbiased assistance to evaluate the best options for your guests.” 

With so many people searching for niche, unique vacations, it can be difficult to find the perfect spot. However, if it’s rich history, a variety of event spaces, and a plethora of outdoor recreation activities you’re looking for, look no further than Altoona, Pennsylvania.


This creation is one of the distillery’s most requested drinks and perfectly refreshing in the summertime.

— 1.5 oz. Bluecoat American Dry Gin
— .25 oz. Dolin Dry Vermouth
— .5 oz. fresh lemon juice
— .75 oz. Penn’s Woods Syrup*

*Combine 40g fresh dill, 20g fresh basil and 10g dried coriander into one quart of simple syrup. Blend mixture, strain, and store in an airtight container and refrigerate.