Tioga County, PA

On November 24-25 we took an overnight trip to see the town of Wellsboro in the Christmas season. The main attraction for most of the Christmas time is a 3-block section of stores, gifts shops and restaurants.

 

The town is quiet today, unlike next Saturday (the first Saturday of December), which will be  “Dickens of a Christmas,” when many vendors, all in Victorian outfits, set up their wares on the street, and 25,000 visitors flood this little town!

We checked out a few shops and then we drove 6 miles into the country to stay at a Bed and Breakfast called Arvgarden, a Swedish term for Inheritance Farm. The owners and operators are Keith and Hilma Cooper. Hilma is Swedish, and Keith is an honorary Swede, if such a thing is possible! The house is laid out as you would find in Sweden. The Coopers raise sheep and weave various products from the wool of their own sheep.

We woke up Saturday morning to this delightful scene from our bedroom window.

Occasional snow squalls continued all morning. The elevation of the farm is 1,954 feet.

Here is the house.

And the table set for breakfast.

We were the only guests last night, so we and the Coopers had far-ranging conversations over a top-notch meal that included, among other things, lemon pancakes and blueberry-orange muffins.

We highly recommend that you come for a stay at Arvgarden. You will be delighted with everything about this place, including the price. See their web site: http://www.arvgarden.com.

Most of the Coppers’ sheep stay in the barn, corral or fields, but this one stays indoors.

Leaving the farm, we drove ten miles to the Grand Canyon of PA. It was cold and windy, so I walked along the main observation area and did not take the half-mile hike to a second overlook

Back in Wellsboro, a wall on one of the stores invites you to come back and see the summertime view.

There is much more to see in this county, but for us that will have to wait for another day.

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