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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Blast Back to 1950 in the Endless Mountains


3. What to Do

Fishing on the Susquehanna River.  

Trace the childhood travels of Hillary Clinton (whose family spent summers at nearby Lake Winola) by fishing on the Susquehanna River and dropping by the Shadowbrook Inn & Resort for ice cream. Shadowbrook, outside of Tunkhannock, began serving its ultrarich ice cream before either Ben or Jerry was born, in a stand fronted by giant cow statues. The stand disappeared for a while but returned this summer and is open through early October.

To test the waters of the Susquehanna, ask for Lance Dunham at L.D. Guide Service, in New Albany. Dunham’s been a fishing guide for 27 years and knows all the likeliest spots for catching the river’s famed smallmouth bass (strictly catch and release) and, later in the fall, walleyes (which you can keep if you like). The gear is supplied, but you need a Pennsylvania fishing license (available online here.) Three-day licenses cost $25.

No surprise here, but the Endless Mountains are a haven for antiques. Marten Creek Switch Shoppe Antiques and Collectibles (Rte. 11, between Hop Bottom and Nicholson; 570-942-4105) is one of the largest stores in the area, and it's the place to go for primitive cupboards, Depression-era glass, and funky, old tools and farm equipment. Tunkhannock has nearly a dozen antique dealers and shops, four in storefronts on the main street of Tioga. Quality varies (the term “antique” being used loosely), but there’s usually plenty of good stuff to be found.

Published on Sep 25, 2007 as a web exclusive.

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