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Northeastern Pennsylvania is more than just pizza, pierogies, and The Office (though all of those things are pretty awesome). This region, commonly referred to as NEPA, can only be fully appreciated by experiencing it for yourself. From beautiful weather (NEPA sees all four seasons), to incredible food, here are just a few of the many reasons to move to NEPA.
I think it’s safe to say that everyone loves pizza, but NEPA natives take that love to a whole new level. Old Forge, a small town in the heart of NEPA, is the self-proclaimed “Pizza Capital of the World”, a title they don’t take lightly. Old Forge pizza isn’t your typical round pie, but rather a rectangular shape that is cut into smaller rectangles. While Old Forge-style pizza is one of the most popular types of pizza in NEPA, the area is also known for classic round pizza as well. Small, family-owned restaurants like Gerry’s, Angelo’s, Tommy’s, and Pizza Bella all specialize in round pies, and if it seems like there is a pizza place on every block, it’s probably because there is! Aside from pizza, NEPA is also known for several other foods, including Middleswarth potato chips, Gertrude Hawk Chocolates, tomatoes, pierogies, and potato pancakes.
If you’re someone who enjoys having all four seasons, then you’re going to love NEPA. Spring, summer, fall and winter all make their way through the region, and NEPA residents can tell you that the fall season is especially beautiful. Simply taking a drive down the Northeast Extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike during the fall is an experience of its own, and the colorful trees and crisp autumn air are a testament to why so many people love living in NEPA. The summers can get pretty hot, and the winters can be bitter, but there really isn’t any place quite like NEPA!
The local business scene in NEPA continues to grow, and it seems like almost every day, a new coffee shop, restaurant, or boutique pops up somewhere in the area. In downtown Wilkes-Barre alone, there are two colleges within walking distance of each other- Wilkes University and King’s College. Businesses in Wilkes-Barre, PA are among some of the most exciting in the area, and many people from the surrounding towns commute into Wilkes-Barre every day for work or school. Wilkes-Barre and Scranton are considered the two big cities in the area, although both are relatively small compared to other Pennsylvania cities like Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. Still, the local businesses of NEPA continue to thrive, and there has never been a more exciting time to live in the area!
Music & Arts
NEPA is home to a huge music and arts scene, as the area seems to breed talented people! Bands like Title Fight, The Menzingers, and Tigers Jaw all call NEPA home, and there are countless other talented musicians just waiting to be heard. Local venues such as The Other Side and The Lamp Post make it possible for NEPA-based bands to get their music out there, and the small size of both venues makes each show feel intimate. Aside from music, NEPA also has an up-and-coming art scene, and many of the area’s music venues have also been known to host art shows and poetry nights. NEPA is a great place to immerse yourself in a flourishing music and arts scene, and there is always an interesting event happening or a cool show to check out.
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I’m a Gramma to a beautiful, funny, smart little girl who was born in July of 2014. She’s the joy of my family and I’m so very proud to be a gramma (an alternate spelling for grandma)! I am a coffee, music, movie and outdoor lover! I love festivals and concerts. Spending time with my family is the best time in my life. I love my blogging job and all it has given me.