Oct. 10: Fall Break at Elk Mountain Fall Festival

By Jessica D’Aquila

From scenic chairlift rides to delicious fresh kettle corn, Elk Mountain’s annual Fall Festival was the ideal way to kick off my favorite season.  Elk Mountain, the tallest peak in Northeastern Pennsylvania, is a ski resort nestled in the Endless Mountains just 30 minutes north of Scranton. The mountain is a skier and snowboarder’s dream – with trails suited for experts and beginners alike.

Every year, Elk hosts its Fall Festival to celebrate all things autumn: It’s two days of delicious food, local craft vendors, and a chairlift ride to the best view in town! The nostalgia of sitting on the lift is irresistible for skiers, like myself, who had to wait months itching for the ski season to begin. It takes about 15 minutes to reach the peak of Elk Mountain and once you do, the view is unforgettable: up to 90 miles of visibility. There are splashes of yellow, orange, red and green as far as the eye can see and somewhere in the far distance, you will see the faded outline of the Catskill mountains.

After the beautiful chairlift ride, we decided to check out some of the local vendors. Dozens of booths are lined up from artisanal soaps, home decor and paintings to homemade fudge, kettle corn and candied nuts. After walking through all the tents, and wanting to buy everything, we settled on a bag of sweet and salty kettle corn (still warm!) and some cinnamon candied pecans. I may or may not have finished the entire bag before the car ride home… what a perfect way to celebrate one of the most beautiful times of year in scenic Pennsylvania!