Create Your Experience in Butler County, Pennsylvania

04/04/2014  | 
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The Jeep was born in Butler, Pennsylvania, and over Father’s Day weekend, thousands of Jeep enthusiasts converge to celebrate it.

Just north of Pittsburgh, Butler County, Pennsylvania boasts a scenic landscape of rolling hills and quaint towns easily accessed via the PA Turnpike, I-79, I-80 and Routes 422, 19 and 8. If you want to see a Pirates game, it’s just a 20 minute drive from Cranberry Township. Cranberry has tons of hotel options, and you don’t have to worry about the stress or cost of parking. You’ll also find plenty of restaurants and shops there to keep you busy.

One restaurant you’ll definitely want to include during your trip is North Country Brewing Company in Slippery Rock. From amazing food to craft brews and an atmosphere too cool for words, “The Brewery” has won over the hearts of many. On the menu you’ll find some offbeat items like frog legs and elk burgers. Ingredients are locally-sourced and tasty as can be. Oh, and did I mention beer?! You can even take home a really nifty-looking growler. And there’s homemade root beer for the kiddos.

If you enjoy adult beverages, you’re in luck. The Brewery recently opened North Country Canning Company, so the beers you’ll come to love are now available in cans that you can take home! Just up the street, you’ll find Winfield Winery with a great selection of award-winning wines to sample and purchase. Also in Slippery Rock is a new hard cider company, Rebellion Ciderworks. Stop by for a taste, a bottle, or a whole growler!

Burgh’ers Restaurant in Harmony will bring out the carnivore in you with some of the best burgers in the ‘Burgh. Unique creations include the “Mexican War” with cheddar, roasted chilies, tomato, avocado, cilantro and special sauce. Plus, the burgers are made from locally-raised Black Angus cattle. Not far from Burgh’ers is the Log Cabin Inn, part of a locally-loved restaurant group, offering delicious steaks and more.

In springtime, Butler County comes to life as the earth thaws. It’s a great time for camping, hiking, biking and other outdoor activities. Local campgrounds and parks offer everything from tenting to modern cabins, miles of trails, and even the largest man-made lake in Pennsylvania. It’s not too hot, and it’s not too cold. Springime is just right for an outdoor adventure!

Did you know that Butler, Pennsylvania is the birthplace of the Jeep? Thousands of Jeepers make a homecoming journey each year over Father’s Day weekend to celebrate that fact at the Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival. Fan favorites include the off-road trails at Cooper’s Lake Campground and the mud pit, which is a blast for Jeepers and spectators alike. The event also includes a Little Jeepers Playground for the kids, a history exhibit and a WWII encampment. It’s a great way to pay tribute to our forefathers and learn more about the vehicle that represents American troops. This year’s festival will be June 13th through 15th, so mark your calendar!

Another unique event hosted in Butler County is an annual Chainsaw Carving Invitational. Top chainsaw carvers from around the world converge at the Butler County Farm Show Grounds for three days to show off their creative talent. You’ll be amazed by the one-of-a-kind art pieces they create using a chainsaw! The event is scheduled for May 16-18, 2014.

Now that you have all of these ideas, you’re going to need a place to stay. Butler County boasts a great deal of hotel options — full-service, pet-friendly, some with swimming pools, some with free breakfast. Most hotels are located in Cranberry Township, the bustling part of the county and Butler, the centrally-located county seat. So whatever fun you want to have is always nearby.

Hopefully you stay safe and sound during your visit, but rest easy knowing VA Butler Healthcare is there to help should you need it. Since 1947, the Butler VA has been the health care choice for over 18,000 veterans.

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