Happy Easter!

March 23, 2008

Wow! It has been awhile and I’ve been snowed under with edits. Happy Easter, everyone!
Yesterday, my wife and I spent the day with some friends that we get to see way too seldom. They live about five hours away and with the price of gas and the short time available, it is just too much. This time, we agreed to meet in the middle for a picnic lunch. Best laid plans o’ mice an’ men oft gang aglay.

Halfway up to see them, we ran into snow and they fought the weather all the way south. What should have been a two hour run for them, ended up being closer to four hours. The good news is that everything cleared up about the time we met. Which brings me to the point of this ramble.

We found a GREAT little restaurant, pub, watering hole, tavern, family eatery… or whatever you want to call it.

Anyone who lives within an hour or so of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania should stop by and check out the “Stoney Creek Inn” in Dauphin, PA. If a few of your friends want a nice spot for a lunch or dinner run one weekend, you should scope it out.

If you check maps.google.com for Dauphin, PA you’ll find it along hwy 22/322 just a few miles north of Harrisburg.

What makes this such a nice stop is a combination of factors.

  • Easy to find and get to
  • Wide menu selection
  • Great service
  • Very laid back and super-friendly staff
  • Good prices
  • Plenty of Parking
  • Several venues including
    • Indoor pub with pool table and high-tops
    • Outdoor deck overlooking a rushing mountain creek with dam
    • Attached family restaurant that takes reservations

I was driving north on 322 to meet our friends and since the original plans called for a rendezvous in Hershey (about 12 miles east of Harrisburg) I thought I would help them a bit and drive a bit farther north. I’m glad I did.

When you come into town from the south, you cross a small bridge and the Stoney Creek Inn is below the road level to your right. At the next cross street, you hang a double-right and drive down a slight hill to a double parking lot that I’m guessing might hold thirty plus cars.

The street is lined with older homes and plenty of gingerbread. We did a quick drive-through of Dauphin and left with a favorable impression.

If you’re a small club planning a rod or bike run, I would recommend checking them out. Here are the details:

Stoney Creek Restaurant Dining room hours 11am to 10pm Mon-Sat
Sunday All you can eat Brunch 11am to 2pm
150 Erie Street, Dauphin, PA – 717-921-8056 One final note: Be SURE to ask to see the desert tray.

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