Nestled quite literally in the Nittany Valley, Bellefonte’s picturesque location between Bald Eagle Mountain and Mount Nittany provides the perfect backdrop to the town’s well-maintained Victorian era atmosphere. The rich history of Bellefonte, combined with its close proximity to State College, home of Penn State University, makes it a destination for visitors as well as a desirable place to live.
Bellefonte is home to unique shops, locally-owned restaurants, and an abundance of bed & breakfasts. Just a stone’s throw from Beaver Stadium, the Bryce Jordan Center, Eisenhower Auditorium, and campus, Bellefonte is popular for visitors looking to make the most of a Penn State weekend, romantic getaway or fishing trip. Settled on the banks of Spring Creek, a globally acclaimed fly fishing stream, it’s not unusual to see fisherman wade out of the creek and into a local watering hole for Friday night dinner.
For its size, Bellefonte is home to a tremendous array of local beer and spirits. Robin Hood Brewing Co. includes onsite craft breweries. Just off Talleyrand Park in downtown you’ll find a retail location for Good Intent Cider, Wine & Café on the Park and Big Spring Spirits, a purveyor of local vodka, rum and whiskey, and a cool, comfy hangout for an evening on the town.
In addition to picturesque downtown neighborhoods, beautiful developments and tucked away homes line surrounding townships in all directions, down the Nittany Valley and toward the University Park Airport, bordering State College. Bellefonte is family friendly with plenty of options for kids’ activities and youth sports, a strong local library, and great schools, both public and parochial.