Throughout the cozy shops and restaurants in Hummelstown, wooden signs read “This is our happy place,” “Neighborhood sports bar,” and “Hometown values found here.” Little touches of small-town charm and pride are everywhere you look in Hummelstown, from the unique treasures on the shelves to the friendly faces of residents and shopkeepers. Spend a little time exploring Hummelstown, which is close to Hershey and Harrisburg but filled with things to do and an old-fashioned charm that’s all its own.
Charming Shops on Brick-Lined Streets
You won't find any “big box” stores in Hummelstown. In their place, you’ll discover independently-owned shops (affectionately referred to by some as Mom & Pop shops) who proudly curate their own inventory and collections to ensure a high-quality, inclusive shopping experience. With thousands of unique treasures, you'll have your friends asking "Where'd you find that?"
Be prepared to spend a good chunk of time roaming the collections at Rhoads Hallmark & Gift Shop, a sprawling 15,000-square-foot store with two floors of products. Rhoads describes itself as five shops under one roof and something new around every corner. You’ll find fashion and jewelry including Clara Sunwoo and Brighton, more than 12 brands of candles, and a vast collection of boutique home décor pieces and floral arrangements. Their gift selection which includes knick-knacks and fragrances, Penn State gear, coffee table books, a pet collection, and seasonal décor. Their cozy pantry shop is packed with small-batch products like pastas, sauces, coffee, tea, and hundreds of cooking accessories. Rhoads is also the area’s largest Hallmark Gold Crown store. Despite being named the area’s best gift shop for nine years running, you’ll soon learn that “gift shop” is an understatement. Open: Seven days a week.
The fine craft gallery collection at Nan Gunnett & Co. includes the works of more than 200 artisans. You'll find handcrafted metal wall décor, high-quality pottery, and ceramics, hand painted clocks, one-of-a-kind art glass that catches the sun, Amish-made popcorn and treats, and even jewelry fashioned from computer motherboards. It’s like walking through a craft show filled with only the best of the best and meticulously handcrafted pieces. Open: Wednesday through Saturday.
This sweet toy shop carries thousands (maybe millions) of products specializing in screen-free toys, educational play, board games, books, and enormous stuffed animals! Toys on the Square has aisle after aisle of engaging toys that encourage creative play and a stock of games and toys you can try before you buy! Kids can run their own ice cream shop, play dress up, train horses, build skyscrapers, have a puppet show, start a family band, or figure out a 5x5 Rubik’s cube (that’ll keep ‘em busy for a while). Toys on the Square has retro toys you'll remember as a kid like the classic Fisher-Price music box record player or cash register and others you'll want to share with the next generation of kiddos. If you have some time to spare, take a pottery class and paint a ceramic gift to commemorate your visit. They’ll even ship it home to you once it’s ready! Open: Seven days a week.
Owner and chocolatier, Tina, of Chocolates by Tina Marie has made delectable treats for 30 years. What started as a hobby has grown into a family business, specializing in artisan chocolates and small-batch creations. Her new artisan chocolate shop features fan-favorites like peanut butter meltaways and sea salt caramels and sweet treats like chocolate-dipped cookies and rice krispies, truffles, chocolate-covered cherries, chocolate-coated nuts, and more! Not just adorably decorated, Tina’s chocolates are made with the best ingredients: real butter, fresh nuts, gourmet marshmallows, and homemade buttercream. Open: Wednesday through Saturday.
bill Maloney Men’s Wear & Tailor Shop has been in business for 40 years specializing in fine men’s fashion and personalized service that the national retailers can’t match. The shop has the area’s most extensive stock of men’s wear including quality, brand name suits, sport coats, shirts, shorts, pants, ties, and accessories. Maybe the husbands can treat themselves to a sharp new look while the wives shop around town! Open: Seven days a week.
After walking the shops and getting your steps in, you’ll be ready for a bite to eat. From Central PA's best wings to historical buildings, see what Hummelstown's chefs are cooking up at the restaurants the locals rave about! Don't be shy - chat up a local and get some insider tips on what to see and do next!
The Warwick Hotel has served guests in one form or another since the 1790s, as a literal hotel for travelers from Philadelphia to Harrisburg through today as a restaurant, bar, and banquet venue. Their menu has a little something for every palate in a location that’s known by locals and visitors for its casual friendliness and longstanding history in Hummelstown. Try one of their impressive salads, namely the Wick and the Hoodoo or a handheld sandwich with a side of fresh cut fries. If you’re into a few munchies, try a shareable starter like Poutine or Steak Nachos. There’s plenty of space during lunch and dinner with two dining rooms, a bar area, a sunroom, and a deck for dining in the sunshine! Open: Tuesday through Saturday
If you’re walking along Main Street or driving around with your windows down, you might catch a whiff barbecue. The incredible smells emanating from three wood-fired smokers outside Forrest’s Feed Co. are the best advertising money can buy! At this small barbecue joint, you're in for an upscale picnic with savory smoked pork, brisket, ribs, chicken, and house-made sausage as the center of it all. Everything that comes from their kitchen is made from scratch including the sauces (Blacksmith BBQ, Honey-Q, Big Hill Ciderworks) and sides: Not Yo Mama’s Mac N Cheese (with bacon and tomato), Grandma Freda’s Country Potato Salad, and Bacon Baked Beans. It’s BYOB, so bring a six pack along and enjoy the atmosphere and incredible eats. Open: Thursday through Sunday (seasonal).
Experience the local flavor at Boro, your friendly, neighborhood bar and grill who’s got the best wings in town. It’s true! They won “Simply the Best” wings in Harrisburg Magazine’s 2018 reader poll. Load ‘em up with your choice of sauce, sauce combinations, and dry rubs: Hot Teriyaki, Mango Habanero, Garlic & Parmesan, to name a few. Boro rounds out their menu with 14 burger choices, 20+ sandwich options, plus entrees, dinner salads, stromboli, pizza, and tons of shareable appetizers! Open: Seven days a week.
This Hummelstown pizza place has been making pies since 1978 and proudly declares they’ve got the best pizza in the Hershey area. Jo -Jo’s Pizza and Restaurant is in the heart of the town’s square with plenty of dining space and outdoor tables near the fountain. If you’re staying in a hotel nearby, order delivery along with a six-pack of brewskis! Open: Seven days a week
When the weather is warm, you’ll find fans lining up for one of the sweet treats at Rita’s Italian Ice. Their signature items include the classic, refreshing Italian Ice made fresh daily and their award-winning, rich and creamy custard. Layer them with a Gelati or mix them up in a Misto Shake. Milkshakes, Blendini’s, cream ice, cookie sandwiches, frozen drinks, and soft pretzels round out their yummy menu. Open: Seven days a week.
Just Across Town...
We’ve talked a lot about the shops and restaurants along Main Street in Hummelstown, but there’s more to see and do around town! Take your adventures underground or kick back in the countryside enjoying a glass of wine and an incredible view.
See Hummelstown from below in the caves of Echo Dell – Indian Echo Caverns, a natural underground geologic attraction that’s millions of years in the making. On a 45-minute guided tour, you’ll learn about the history of the caves including its first inhabitants, the Native Americans. Marvel at the beautiful rock formations, ask questions about the limestone, and snap pics of the breathtaking underground lake. No matter the weather above, the temperature in the caves always holds steady at 52 degrees. After you’ve completed your spelunking journey, the family can pan for gemstones at Gem Mill Junction or visit with the friendly animals at the Discovery Barnyard petting zoo. Open: Seven days a week.
End an exciting day in Hummelstown with a glass (or two) of award-winning wine from Cassel Vineyards of Hershey. The vineyards and tasting room sit on the 135-acre Cassel family farm that’s been cultivated by the Cassels for five generations. Cassel creates its estate wines from grapes grown on the farm to yield reds and whites, as well as fruit, port, and dessert wines. The vineyard’s pastoral setting provides beautiful views, roaming peacocks, friendly thoroughbreds, and their fair share of rainbows over the vines! Open: Thursday through Sunday (seasonal).
Cozy Places to Stay
Rest assured you’ll find a place to stay in Hummelstown. Marked by friendly service and affordable prices, these hotels and accommodations are off the beaten path but still close to the area's best activities.
This bed & breakfast is conveniently located but a world apart, situated on a horse farm with idyllic country views, colorful gardens, and luxurious accommodations. The Inn at Westwynd Farm has 11 distinctly decorated rooms with unique features like a jacuzzi, fireplace, private balcony or patio. Of course, breakfast is included! Enjoy a hearty morning meal made with seasonal farmers market selections inside by the fire or on the patio.
Close & Convenient Accommodations
Whether you’re here to explore Hummelstown or adding a visit to your Harrisburg or Hershey trip, you’ll find the accommodations in Hummelstown packed with perks. Hummelstown is conveniently located and close to it all, and when you lodge off the beaten path, you’ll find better prices. As you might have guessed, this small town’s friendly faces add a little something to your stay. Find your favorite brand or choose the best location from the map below.
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195 Hershey Road
Hummelstown, PA 17036
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