Friday, January 4, 2019

Happy New Year from the Schuylkill County Visitors Bureau! A New Year calls to mind resolutions and at the visitors’ bureau our resolution is to work hard at giving you reasons to explore and enjoy Schuylkill County so we've created a Skook New Year’s resolution list!

Now, we know most people don't keep their new year's resolutions. In fact, 92% of all New Year's resolutions are broken with 80% of them broken by February but we feel confident that we'll be able to keep ours and help you enjoy our community throughout all of 2019. Keep in mind that this list merely scratches the surface. You can go to our website at to sign up for our enewsletter and peruse our craft beverage trail, online maps, and other resources. You can also stop by the visitors’ center and pick up the brand new 2019 Visitors’ Guide, the Schuylkill County Outdoor Recreation Map, Schuylkill River Trail Map, and Northeast Pennsylvania Hiking and Biking Trails Map. Our partners at have the best online event calendar in the community. We know that with all of this at your disposal, plus the Skook New Year's resolution list, we're going to succeed in keeping our resolution and you're going to enjoy everything Schuylkill County has to offer in 2019!

·      Take a painting, pottery, or drawing class at Tamaqua Community ArtsCenter, Mud & Maker, The Arts Barn, or Walk In Art Center.
·      Enjoy delicious fresh fruit and vegetables every week at the HometownFarmers Market, Stone Mountain Wine Cellars, or Little Peace Farms.
·      Delve deep (1800 feet deep to be exact) into our Anthracite mining heritage and go on the Pioneer Tunnel Mine Tour.
·      Test your competitive eating mettle and enter the grilled cheese challenge at Wheel Restaurant or the pierogie eating contest at Pottsville OnTap.
·      Have a special family photo taken at Hope Hill Lavender Farm. Details are on their website at  
·      Reach new heights hiking to the top of Hawk Mountain.
·      Try something different and camp in a yurt at Tuscarora State Park.
·      Improve your putt with a round of mini golf at Heisler’s Dairy Bar.
·      Celebrate the 190th Anniversary of American's Oldest Brewery by taking some friends on the Yuengling Brewery tour.
·      Take a relaxing break with java and crepes at Pressed Coffee & Books.
·      Learn some innovative ways to improve your health and overall well-being with interesting foods and ideas from Peace Frog Natural Foods and HealthyHabits Market.
·      Embrace our community's eastern European roots with the many delicacies Kowalonek's Kielbasy Shop has to offer.
·      Treat someone you love to an indulgence from Something Sweet Candies, C&C's Candies, and Momma Millie’s.
·      Try your hand at something new at Alchemist's Cove Games and Comics.
·      Share tapas with friends at The Crimson House.
·      Enjoy a pint at "The Speakeasy Secret Room", a reputed Molly Maguire's hangout since 1866, at the Wooden Keg.
·      Get your BBQ on with some award winning vittles at The Pink Pig.
·      Give your taste buds a thrill with the famous “pickle pizza” at Roma or the over-the-top “big mac pizza” at Red Lion Café.
·      Start training for the 2020 Yuengling Light Lager Jogger race & register in early October!
·      Take off into blue skies on your own tour with the good folks at the Schuylkill County airport.
·      Create your very own pour tour on our craft beverage trail at
·      Experience the German biergarten atmosphere of Stoker's Brewing Company and fill a growler to take home too!
·      Hit the newer completed sections of the Schuylkill River Trail or make tracks with Schuylkill On the Move.
·      Get muddy on over 600 mapped miles of trails with Famous ReadingOutdoors.
·      Build a Snowman at Pottsville Winterfest on January 12th.
·      Kick up your heels at the Annual Girardville Saint Patrick's Day Parade.
·      Step back in time at Jerry's Classic Cars & Collectibles Museum.
·      Discover our unique collective history and volunteer at the Schuylkill County Historical Society.