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For Darmayne Robinson, an off-the-wall cake-design request is nothing more than a chance to flex her creativity. With a cake as her canvas and icing as her palette, the owner of Sweet Confections Cakes can transform any item––including sports cars, high heels, and scuba divers––into a three-dimensional dessert. When it comes to the 3-D cake’s taste, however, clients take the creativity into their own hands, selecting from a list of more than 100 options that include white-almond cake and Italian wedding cake, and fillings such as french apple and peanut-butter mousse.

Each cake is made from scratch incorporating such high-quality ingredients as imported white chocolate, pure vanilla, real cream, and butter, and the staff can also bake gluten-free and vegan options upon request. Those without a design idea of their own can peruse Sweet Confections’ display room, where artsy cakes are showcased alongside a delectable selection of cupcakes, which can be sold solo, by the dozen, or sewn together as a giant cupcake cape.

4713 Queen St
Harrisburg,
PA
US

A lengthy lineup of traditional game-day fare and a sports atmosphere captivate fans at Fox and Hound - Bailey's, where the kitchen remains open as late as its neighboring fully stocked bar. Chefs cook until the wee hours of the morning and always until the bar closes, baking Bavarian pretzel starters, crafting towers of onion rings, and preparing hand-battered chicken tenders that are cooked until they are golden brown. They blend their own seasonings to sprinkle over grilled-to-order burgers, and draw from a diverse roster of cheeses and toppings to crown their wood-oven-inspired flatbreads.

While manning the bars, bartenders tap into a stash of libations, such as UV Whipped vodka and Patron Silver tequila, to mix their specialty cocktails. To further foster a sporting ambiance, high-definition TVs glow with sports games and custom music-video playlists, and guests partake in pastimes of ump bashing, billiards, or competitive people watching.

2625 Brindle Dr
Harrisburg,
PA
US

Brew 22's executive chef plucks local ingredients to craft a menu filled with savory twists on classic tavern fare. The bulbous Brew burger ($12) busts up buns as proudly as the Hulk in home-economics class with a juicy cargo of Chapel Ridge Farms beef, Amish cheddar, and a fried egg. Roasted salmon ($16) walks a cedar plank before plummeting into pools of sweet-corn pudding and tomato confit, as hand-piped pork sausage ($14) slow-dances to symphonies of sauerkraut and an encore of roasted peaches. Cap meals with the chef's chocolate pretzel bathed in fudge and warm rivers of caramel sauce ($5).

7011 Allentown Boulevard
Harrisburg,
PA
US

The Whole Cannoli serves a fresh menu of breakfast and lunch fare, made with a focus on local and organic ingredients. Sip the café's made-to-order fresh-pressed coffees or fresh-fruit smoothies, and adorn your free hand with some handmade cannoli (available in traditional, chocolate, caramel, peanut, or almond) ($2.50). Spin the traditional like it's the Earth atop Shaq's finger by sampling the Sicilian cannoli, filled with candied fruit and nut-laced orange-blossom cream ($3.25). Baked breakfast is also available, with options including meaty, cheesy, and vegetabley frittata ($3), and bogliolati Italian sausage ($1.50).

115 Saint Johns Church Rd
Camp Hill,
PA
US

Char Magaro Designs' master craftsman adorns necks with her and one-of-a-kind, handmade necklaces, each fashioned with high-quality gems and metals. The Mundo-17 necklace ($220), forged with carved agate, bone, amber, and turquoise, spruces up barren head posts, while the copper Vurta-02 choker ($125) doubles as a bracelet or a decorative bagel topping. Yellow turquoise, silver beads, onyx, and garnets pepper the Meta-30 antique Afghanistan jade pendant ($395), while silver Swarovski pearls delicately cling to the Geo-16 ($350).

606 Magaro Rd
Enola,
PA
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Birds get the most impressive view of the four-acre corn maze at Butcher's Family Fun Farm. This year's design features a barn, a tractor, a bunch of tomatoes, and the words "buy fresh, buy local," all carved right into the corn. But while the view from the top is nice, human visitors know the real fun of the maze lies in navigating its twisting pathways. In addition to winding through the dizzying stalks, maze wanderers can stop to solve educational puzzles, find clues, complete picture rubbings, and chat with the resident minotaur.

But the corny labyrinth isn't the only thing that draws families to the farm each autumn. A host of other outdoor attractions awaits. Kids and adults will both relish hay rides and jaunts through the pumpkin patch, as well as a chance to take aim at strategically-placed targets with one of the farm's potato launchers. When it's time to take a break, the on-site snack shop sells a variety of scrumptious eats including soups, burgers, and funnel cakes, and, on the way home, families can pick up farm-fresh produce at Butcher's Farm Market, which is located just two miles down the road.

590 N 4th St
Newport,
PA
US