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Old 05-20-2014, 05:47 PM
 
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Hello guys!

I recently moved to Hershey and I really would like to make some friends, I'm from Mexico and my husband is an american but he travels a lot, It would be awesome to go out and explore the area or if you can give me some advice of things to do here or in Harrisburg area would be awesome!!

Thanks in advance!!

Dalia Val.
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Old 05-21-2014, 06:31 PM
 
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I'm only knowledge able about solitary activities. How are your geography skills? Would you know how to explore the region by car? The area has beautiful scenery and old buildings. Do you hike? There are many state parks and state forests in Pennsylvania and there is no entry fee. Buy some blaze orange clothes so you don't get shot by a hunter, learn about the use of DEET insect sprays to repel mosquitos and especially ticks, learn about bear safety, and look at meetup.com for local hiking groups.

A good starting place for you is in my opinion the Hershey Public Library. Libraries are good places to keep boredom away, and are a great place for new residents. They probably have activities like talks and clubs that you can meet locals at.
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Old 05-21-2014, 07:55 PM
 
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Here is a group that might be worth checking out if you can make their meeting on a weekday: Hershey Area Neighbors And Newcomers Club

If you have elementary school age kids or maybe even not yet, the "international fair" at the school welcomes many volunteers who came from afar Families savor Hershey’s international flavor - Central Penn Parent - May 2013 - Central Pennsylvania

Meetup.com offers a number of affinity groups. For hiking, as an example, see Day Hikers of Central PA (Harrisburg, PA) - Meetup or Susquehanna Appalachian Trail Club for a more conventionally established hiking club.
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Old 05-30-2014, 06:17 PM
 
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There's lots to do in Hershey honestly. You just gotta know where to look and I don't know what your tastes are.

There's Hersheypark and Chocolate World. Even if your alone Chocolate World isn't bad to go to alone...but do watch the crowds. Likewise at the Hershey Stadium and Giant Center there are concerts and sporting events (including our home team...the AHL League Hershey Bears). The Hershey Theater in town has plays, musicals, and things like that. There's also a Hershey Museum on 422 which is good. The Hershey Zoo is always fun to walk about in.

There's a micro brewery on Hersheypark Drive now. I've seen it a few times and I think it's been there for a year or two now. I've never gone but it could be good. There's micro breweries popping up around the area more so than before. There's one in Lebanon city too now.

There's the Hollywood Casino in Grantville...which isn't Hershey...but is really close enough to still mention. It's just a straight shot up route 743. It's nice there but watch your money...it can go fast lol.

If you're interested in volunteer work there's lots of stuff around. Hershey Medical Center could use volunteers and the Hershey Fire Department is 100% volunteer (even if you don't want to fight fires auxiliary members plan and coordinate community events).

There's plenty of good restaurants like Houlihans and Devons on 422 (Hershey owned). Fennici's is Italian and also on 422 if I remember and always very good. Sorrento's Pizza is a favorite and definitely should be tried but I don't know where they moved to after the 422 construction (where rt 39 meets it) a few years ago. Red Robin is good but gets crowded fast with tourists. There's a few others around. There's a Bob Evans and etc over by the Hershey Campground too.

Shopping wise there's the VF Outlets on HersheyPark drive. Probably some other stuff. Being a guy I don't really shop.

Indian Echo Caverns is on Rt 322. I remember that being cool. Definitely worth going to at least once.

As for bars "Your Place" on Rt 322 is good (across from the Med center and next to the Hershey Lodge). The Batdorf is an awesome bar and is Hawaiian themed...it's over in Annville (just about 15 minutes down east 422). The corvette bar is in Annville too but I always found it to be a tad shady. There's probably some other bars. When in Hershey I always went to "Your Place".

There's tons of things. I live in Williamsburg VA now but I still visit the area often (Lebanon/Hershey). I grew up there after all. I still know a lot of people there. I worked at Hersheypark for 5 years and even some surrounding companies. So I still hold quite the tie to the area. So I hope you can use my advice.

As for Harrisburg...I don't know much. I tried to avoid the city. The farthest I really ever went was Paxtonia and only because there's a lot of stores up there as well.

For anyone interested, maybe it's just me, perhaps it's still just pride that I typed all of this from pure memory (and the locations too). Still got it down
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Old 06-23-2014, 10:05 AM
 
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Sorry to hear you're not happy there. I really feel your pain. I am quite familiar with that area. I lived there for several years. It's a very insular, not very friendly area in general. Being from Mexico probably isn't helping matters much either as people there tend to be not be the most accepting of outsiders. If you aren't a native if the area you will never be accepted. The biggest problem your going to have is isolation geographically; look at what is surrounding you. There is literally nothing interesting around Hershey until you get at least an hour and a half drive east or south of where you are (Philly or DC/Baltimore). I moved to that area after living in Philly thinking how different can it be it's only a little over an hour away. But a lot changes in that hour or so drive. Basically, you are in the middle of the country now where the mentality is centered around farm life, hunting, and super conservative old school views of the world. The place is stuck in the 80s.
Have you had the chance to visit any malls yet? The food and shopping in the area are seriously lacking. People there tend to have very simple taste in food, so mostly you're going to find pizza and sandwich/burger joints.
I had to do most of my shopping online because aside from Walmart and Target, there is very little in terms of places to buy things. Most of the malls I saw looked more like flea markets than malls. If you want to visit nice shops you will need to drive to either King of Prussia or Towson MD, which are the closest places that have higher end shopping. There are only a handful of interesting restaurants. No Whole Foods, Fresh Market, or Trader Joes. Even the nicer chain restaurants like Cheesecake Factory or Ruth's Chris will never open there because there is not the demographic to support their success.
Downtown Hershey is non-existent. Downtown Harrisburg is small, dirty and very dangerous even during the day. I would not recommend going downtown at night. There's just not much to do or eat there and there seems the be a redneck mentality permeating most of what I saw.
Hopefully, your stay will not be permanent and you can relocate to a different area in a year or 2. Norther NJ, MD, Northern VA, and Philly are places nearby which I would recommend highly. You're going to pay about double if not more for your house, but you get what you pay for. There's a reason the cost of living in central PA is dirt cheap. It sucks and there's nothing there.

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Old 07-12-2014, 08:02 PM
 
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Sorry to hear you're not happy there. I really feel your pain. I am quite familiar with that area. I lived there for several years. It's a very insular, not very friendly area in general. Being from Mexico probably isn't helping matters much either as people there tend to be not be the most accepting of outsiders. If you aren't a native if the area you will never be accepted. The biggest problem your going to have is isolation geographically; look at what is surrounding you. There is literally nothing interesting around Hershey until you get at least an hour and a half drive east or south of where you are (Philly or DC/Baltimore). I moved to that area after living in Philly thinking how different can it be it's only a little over an hour away. But a lot changes in that hour or so drive. Basically, you are in the middle of the country now where the mentality is centered around farm life, hunting, and super conservative old school views of the world. The place is stuck in the 80s.
Have you had the chance to visit any malls yet? The food and shopping in the area are seriously lacking. People there tend to have very simple taste in food, so mostly you're going to find pizza and sandwich/burger joints.
I had to do most of my shopping online because aside from Walmart and Target, there is very little in terms of places to buy things. Most of the malls I saw looked more like flea markets than malls. If you want to visit nice shops you will need to drive to either King of Prussia or Towson MD, which are the closest places that have higher end shopping. There are only a handful of interesting restaurants. No Whole Foods, Fresh Market, or Trader Joes. Even the nicer chain restaurants like Cheesecake Factory or Ruth's Chris will never open there because there is not the demographic to support their success.
Downtown Hershey is non-existent. Downtown Harrisburg is small, dirty and very dangerous even during the day. I would not recommend going downtown at night. There's just not much to do or eat there and there seems the be a redneck mentality permeating most of what I saw.
Hopefully, your stay will not be permanent and you can relocate to a different area in a year or 2. Norther NJ, MD, Northern VA, and Philly are places nearby which I would recommend highly. You're going to pay about double if not more for your house, but you get what you pay for. There's a reason the cost of living in central PA is dirt cheap. It sucks and there's nothing there.
I moved to Central PA (Suburbs of Harrisburg) from Maryland in 2013 and I can verify this. The majority of the nice people I have encountered here were transplants themselves. I am heading back to Maryland when my lease expires. Beautiful countryside was the best part about living in this area.
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Old 07-31-2014, 12:15 PM
 
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Honestly, I am reading the answers, and the only one I can agree with is ZERO, so please read the tips on ZERO's post. When you move to a different place, you will be disappointed. Period. When you move to a rather remote place, you will be VERY disappointed. I moved from Los Angeles to Wilkes-Barre back in 1997 and was crying because of the huge change I was dealt with. My ex-husband was always out either working or studying for his MBA. I couldn't find any place that I liked. Eventually, during the two years I was there, I realized some benefits. I could turn my head from my son and find him still with me. I couldn't do that in Los Angeles. In Los Angeles and Orange Counties, it takes only a split second of turning your head before you find your child missing. I'm speaking from experience here, as it happened at a Toys R Us in Anaheim. I turned my head for just a split second and my son was gone. I was almost in tears for quite a while there until my ex-husband found him hiding by the slides. In Wilkes-Barre, it was not just the change of environment but the change in pay (My pay was drastically cut in PA!). In addition to that, my ex-husband got laid off. Being the breadwinner fell on my shoulders. That trial, however, taught me to be strong. I took the burden and won, and ended up actually liking the place. 1999, I moved to Harrisburg because after graduation, my ex-husband was offered the PA Management Intern opportunity (this was during Ridge's term). So we moved, stayed around the Paxtonia area first. We evenutally moved to Uptown Harrisburg to live close to the Jewish Community and to make Shabbos observation easier. Started with temp jobs in the private sector, got my foot in the door of the State with the Clerical Pool, worked up to Paralegal, and I have been working for the State since 2000. Working for the State made me able to be a parent (something not every parent is fortunate to have, especially those who work in the private sector or those who work in minimum wage jobs) Downtown Harrisburg is dangerous? Yes, but I'm still here, aren't I? Do not exaggerate things. And if I, a woman, hear this from a man, I will question that man's courage and challenge it. I look very delicate, but according to the guy at the Midtown Scholar, the way I carry myself tends to warn people around me not to try anything or things will get ugly (he calls it a Janet Jackson "Nasty" look). I'm Asian, five foot nothing, I definitely look like an outsider and I object to people being too friendly and too casual (especially those of the male kind) around here, so I don't understand this 'lack of friendliness' impression that others have.

Yes, there's no Whole Foods, Trader Joe's, etc. There's a Wegman's, however, in Mechanicsburg, and that is a very good store (I don't go to it, however, since it is not in the bus route. I stick to Giant at Colonial Commons and that's good enough. I can find my salmon and veggies)! There's an Asian Market and though it's in a not so nice area, I would still go there because of the Asian products. The Vietnamese are also nice. Restaurantwise, Benihana is on the way to the Harrisburg Mall, and for Vietnamese, Garden Vietnamese on Third and Reilly gets very good reviews. I've tried it, and I can say it's really good! Asalah Moroccan Restaurant on Third in Midtown right beside Pastorante has also gotten good reviews from people (and even Moroccans) who have tasted Moroccan food in other cities. Cafe Fresco's (Downtown Restaurant Row) Asian fusion style cuisine is good. I've had their kobe beef satay and brocolli leaves. They have a very good chocolate mousse cake. Of course, Panera is also very good. And my son told me about the really good chocolate cake from Longhorn (I took some of it last night, and it's good. Like a chocolate suicide cake!) Aangan Indian Restaurant also has good Indian food, so does Passage to India. Yes, there are good places. You just have to look for them and sometimes you go by trial and error.

I was just in San Francisco's Japantown doing press coverage of J-Pop Summit Festival 2014 (which also had part of it happening on Union Square at night). Coming from the West Coast (and being to San Francisco several times due to dance workshops I had to attend in the Berkeley/Albany area), would I like to move back there? No thanks. I will admit, I enjoyed the Japanese breakfast at Hotel Kabuki, but I like being in the East Coast. No culture? Heck, I was occupying a front row seat directly facing the master bassist, Ron Carter, at the Rose Lehrman Center of HACC! Would I be able to get that elsewhere? I don't think so! I stayed in Wilkes-Barre despite there being 'nothing' and adapted. I stayed in Harrisburg (first in the suburbs, then moved to Midtown) since 1999 and adapted. And, as I said, with the Amtrak, I can go ANYWHERE. As to Downtown? I've been there very early in the morning when it was still dark, waiting for my connection when I took two buses to work. So have other people. I have been there close to 11:00 p.m. and walked up to Midtown. I've walked an isolated Third Street in Midtown around 9:45 at night. I'm still here. So are those who walk in the dark, especially in more dangerous neighborhoods than Downtown Harrisburg. You can have a life ANYWHERE, but it all depends on you. You're either a quitter or an individual who eventually adapts. You're either a victim or a victor. Decide for yourself.
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Old 08-02-2014, 04:08 PM
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Honestly, I am reading the answers, and the only one I can agree with is ZERO, so please read the tips on ZERO's post. When you move to a different place, you will be disappointed. Period. When you move to a rather remote place, you will be VERY disappointed. I moved from Los Angeles to Wilkes-Barre back in 1997 and was crying because of the huge change I was dealt with. My ex-husband was always out either working or studying for his MBA. I couldn't find any place that I liked. Eventually, during the two years I was there, I realized some benefits. I could turn my head from my son and find him still with me. I couldn't do that in Los Angeles. In Los Angeles and Orange Counties, it takes only a split second of turning your head before you find your child missing. I'm speaking from experience here, as it happened at a Toys R Us in Anaheim. I turned my head for just a split second and my son was gone. I was almost in tears for quite a while there until my ex-husband found him hiding by the slides. In Wilkes-Barre, it was not just the change of environment but the change in pay (My pay was drastically cut in PA!). In addition to that, my ex-husband got laid off. Being the breadwinner fell on my shoulders. That trial, however, taught me to be strong. I took the burden and won, and ended up actually liking the place. 1999, I moved to Harrisburg because after graduation, my ex-husband was offered the PA Management Intern opportunity (this was during Ridge's term). So we moved, stayed around the Paxtonia area first. We evenutally moved to Uptown Harrisburg to live close to the Jewish Community and to make Shabbos observation easier. Started with temp jobs in the private sector, got my foot in the door of the State with the Clerical Pool, worked up to Paralegal, and I have been working for the State since 2000. Working for the State made me able to be a parent (something not every parent is fortunate to have, especially those who work in the private sector or those who work in minimum wage jobs) Downtown Harrisburg is dangerous? Yes, but I'm still here, aren't I? Do not exaggerate things. And if I, a woman, hear this from a man, I will question that man's courage and challenge it. I look very delicate, but according to the guy at the Midtown Scholar, the way I carry myself tends to warn people around me not to try anything or things will get ugly (he calls it a Janet Jackson "Nasty" look). I'm Asian, five foot nothing, I definitely look like an outsider and I object to people being too friendly and too casual (especially those of the male kind) around here, so I don't understand this 'lack of friendliness' impression that others have.

Yes, there's no Whole Foods, Trader Joe's, etc. There's a Wegman's, however, in Mechanicsburg, and that is a very good store (I don't go to it, however, since it is not in the bus route. I stick to Giant at Colonial Commons and that's good enough. I can find my salmon and veggies)! There's an Asian Market and though it's in a not so nice area, I would still go there because of the Asian products. The Vietnamese are also nice. Restaurantwise, Benihana is on the way to the Harrisburg Mall, and for Vietnamese, Garden Vietnamese on Third and Reilly gets very good reviews. I've tried it, and I can say it's really good! Asalah Moroccan Restaurant on Third in Midtown right beside Pastorante has also gotten good reviews from people (and even Moroccans) who have tasted Moroccan food in other cities. Cafe Fresco's (Downtown Restaurant Row) Asian fusion style cuisine is good. I've had their kobe beef satay and brocolli leaves. They have a very good chocolate mousse cake. Of course, Panera is also very good. And my son told me about the really good chocolate cake from Longhorn (I took some of it last night, and it's good. Like a chocolate suicide cake!) Aangan Indian Restaurant also has good Indian food, so does Passage to India. Yes, there are good places. You just have to look for them and sometimes you go by trial and error.

I was just in San Francisco's Japantown doing press coverage of J-Pop Summit Festival 2014 (which also had part of it happening on Union Square at night). Coming from the West Coast (and being to San Francisco several times due to dance workshops I had to attend in the Berkeley/Albany area), would I like to move back there? No thanks. I will admit, I enjoyed the Japanese breakfast at Hotel Kabuki, but I like being in the East Coast. No culture? Heck, I was occupying a front row seat directly facing the master bassist, Ron Carter, at the Rose Lehrman Center of HACC! Would I be able to get that elsewhere? I don't think so! I stayed in Wilkes-Barre despite there being 'nothing' and adapted. I stayed in Harrisburg (first in the suburbs, then moved to Midtown) since 1999 and adapted. And, as I said, with the Amtrak, I can go ANYWHERE. As to Downtown? I've been there very early in the morning when it was still dark, waiting for my connection when I took two buses to work. So have other people. I have been there close to 11:00 p.m. and walked up to Midtown. I've walked an isolated Third Street in Midtown around 9:45 at night. I'm still here. So are those who walk in the dark, especially in more dangerous neighborhoods than Downtown Harrisburg. You can have a life ANYWHERE, but it all depends on you. You're either a quitter or an individual who eventually adapts. You're either a victim or a victor. Decide for yourself.
Harrisburg does have a very good restaurant scene for a city/metro of its size (the best Thai food I ever had was at Bangkok Wok). I just wish they had good deli! The Jewish population, while not large, is still sufficiently visible/tight-knit that it could probably support a better restaurant than Mr. Deli and Mrs. Too. They do make a half-decent whitefish salad platter, though I wish the service were better.
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Old 08-05-2014, 08:42 PM
 
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Mr. Deli and Mrs. Too is not a kosher restaurant or deli. Why would the Jews (especially the observant ones) go there when they can easily buy kosher food at the kosher section of the Linglestown Giant, have food catered by Norman Gras or go to Pikesville to get the Kosher meals (I know of a number of them who shop at Seven Mile Market)? If they want pastries, the bakery at the Linglestown Giant is kosher. If they want really good challah, they'll order from Varda Gewirtz. Even I will say that she makes the best challah in Harrisburg.
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Old 08-05-2014, 09:07 PM
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Mr. Deli and Mrs. Too is not a kosher restaurant or deli. Why would the Jews (especially the observant ones) go there when they can easily buy kosher food at the kosher section of the Linglestown Giant, have food catered by Norman Gras or go to Pikesville to get the Kosher meals (I know of a number of them who shop at Seven Mile Market)? If they want pastries, the bakery at the Linglestown Giant is kosher. If they want really good challah, they'll order from Varda Gewirtz. Even I will say that she makes the best challah in Harrisburg.
Why would the Jews go to a kosher-style deli? Because 5/6 of American Jews don't keep kosher, myself included , and we enjoy having noodle kugel with our brisket and latkes . I shouldn't have to go to Pikesville to get good deli (whether kosher or merely "kosher style," though I generally prefer the latter) I may as well drive home to Philly. The (hopefully) affectionately dubbed Jew Giant does seem to have a pretty decent kosher grocery selection (my indicator is whether a place sells chicken schmaltz), but not much in the deli department.

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