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Date night ideas in and around Bellefonte - The first of a series of columns.

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Bellefonte , PA 16823

Like most young professionals, I enjoy a Friday or Saturday night out on the town. And in the case of Sean, my beau, and I, that usually means enjoying all that Bellefonte has to offer in our backyard.

This is the first of a series of columns sharing our best ideas for a date night in downtown Bellefonte and the surrounding areas.

When Sean and I first moved to Bellefonte in the spring of 2017, we had our eyes on a cute little yellow building right downtown. Soon, we came to know this as the Wine & Cafe on the Park -- a quant wine bar serving Happy Valley Vineyard wines and other beverages.

Just over a year later, the cafe has completely rebranded. It’s now called Bella Vino Wine Bar, but still serves the same delicious selection of wines from Happy Valley Vineyard. Inside, you’ll find a new, cozy color palette and comfy, antique-style furniture for hanging out with friends or your date. It’s the perfect place to spend an evening this coming fall or winter (I’ve watched the snow fall from the bar in Talleyrand Park, and it’s pretty darn magical). In the summer, the spacious deck is a favorite spot for locals, where you sit directly over Spring Creek and listen to it flow beneath you.

We love the friendly staff at Bella Vino more than anything. If you come by a few times, they’ll remember your favorite wine or be able to recommend a craft cocktail that you might enjoy.

As for our favorites, I always opt for the Appalachia Red, a sweet red wine, and Sean usually the Bella Vino (appropriately named!), a semi-sweet red.

One of the many things that make Bellefonte unique is its four stops on the Central Pennsylvania Tasting Trail -- Bella Vino, Big Spring Spirits, Good Intent Cider and Robin Hood Brewery. We frequent them all on date nights and with friends. Be sure to keep up with to read about them in coming Date Night columns.

What’s your favorite place to take a date, or just take friends? Share your photos with us at by using hashtag #LoveBFT on Instagram.


Ellen Matis is a columnist and owner of social media agency Hello Social Co. When she’s not hanging out in Bellefonte SpringBoard, you can usually find her working in her garden, hiking around Centre County, or grabbing a Samoa latte with skim from Cool Beans.

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