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Lodging, Dining, and Local Attractions

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    Traveling to the Loretto area? We've got the scoop on some off-campus places to stay, eat, and be entertained!  In addition, Saint Francis University provides a wealth of Community Resources both in on-campus facilities and activities open to the public.  You may also want to browse the Student Life Local Business Directory.

    Places to Stay

    Cresson, PA 
(Approximately 6 miles to campus)

    Cresson House Bed & Breakfast
    417 Park Avenue
    814.886.5014
    *10% off with SFU Family Discount Card


    Ebensburg, PA (Approximately 8 miles to campus)

    Comfort Inn
    4375 Admiral Peary Highway
    814.472.6100
    *10% off with SFU Family Discount Card

    The Fairview Bed & Breakfast
    1096 North Center Street
    814.421.2543
    Call for rates 

    King's Springs Farm Bed & Breakfast
    3044 Ben Franklin Highway
    814.749.9168
    *10% off with SFU Family Discount Card

    Noon Collins Inn
    114 East High Street
    814.472.4311
    *10% off with SFU Family Discount Card

    Portage, PA (Approximately 10 miles to campus)


    Majestic World Lodge

    679 Memory Lane
    
814.693.0189

    *10% off with SFU Family Discount Card

    Duncansville, PA
 (Approximately 14 miles to campus)

    Comfort Inn
    
130 Patchway Road
    814.693.1800
    *10% off with SFU Family Discount Card

    Altoona, PA
 (Approximately 18 miles to campus)

    Courtyard Marriott
    Convention Center Drive
    814.312.1800
    *$99+tax Flat Rate with SFU Family Discount Card

    Econo Lodge
    2906 Pleasant Valley Blvd.
    814.944.3555
    *10% off with SFU Family Discount Card

    Holiday Inn Express
    3306 Pleasant Valley Blvd.
    814.944.9661
    *10% off with SFU Family Discount Card

    Hampton Inn
    180 Charlotte Dr.
    814.941.3500
    *10% off with SFU Family Discount Card

    Motel 6
    1500 Sterling Street
    814.946.7601
    *10% off with SFU Family Discount Card

    Quality Inn
    2915 Pleasant Valley Blvd.
    814.944.4581
    *$59+tax Flat Rate with SFU Family Discount Card

    Johnstown, PA (Approximately 30 miles to campus)

    Hampton Inn
    129 Commerce Court
    814.262.7700
    *10% off with SFU Family Discount Card

    Holiday Inn
    250 Market Street
    814.535.7777
    *10% off with SFU Family Discount Card


    Sleep Inn
    
453 Theatre Drive

    814.262.9292

    *10% off with SFU Family Discount Card

  • Places to Eat

    Loretto (Less than a mile to campus)

    Smithmyer's Superette - Smithmyer's is a family owned and operated grocery store with an in-store meat department and in-store bakery!
    Turn right out of the main entrance of the University. Travel through Loretto (bear right at circle with monument) and Smithmyer's will be located on your left.

    Italian Village Pizza Loretto, PA
    Prices range from $4.00 - $10.00 (Italian fare)
    Turn right out of the main entrance of the University. Travel through Loretto (bear right at circle with monument) and make the first right onto Saint Catherine Street. Italian Village Pizza will be on your left.

    Cresson (Approximately 6 miles to campus)

    Vito's Restaurant & Pizzaria - Cresson, PA
    Prices range from $6.00 - $10.00 (Italian fare)
    Turn right out of the main entrance of the University. Travel through Loretto (bear right at circle with monument) and travel approximately 4 miles to the first stop sign. Turn left into Cresson (Dollar General on left) onto Admiral Peary Highway (Rt. 53). Travel past the McDonald's on left and under the railroad overpass. Immediately following the railroad overpass turn left onto Front Street. Vito's is in the fourth block down on the right.

    Cresson Springs Restaurant - Cresson, PA
    Prices range from $5.00 - $9.00 (Wide variety of fare)
    Follow above directions to Vito's Restaurant & Pizzaria. Instead of turning left immediately after the railroad overpass continue straight on Admiral Peary Highway (Rt. 53). At the next intersection turn right. Cresson Springs sits on the corner.

    Saint Francis University (All located on campus)


    Trovian Dining Hall 
    (Wide variety offare) 
    Frankies (Wide variety of fare) Located on the bottom level of JFK Student Center
    Cafe Gubbio (Proudly serving Starbucks)

    Ebensburg (Approximately 8 miles to campus)

    Off the Rak - Ebensburg, PA
    Prices range from $7.00 - $15.00 (Wide variety of fare)
    Turn left out ofthe main entrance of the University. Travel 7 miles to the first traffic light. Turn left at the light. Bear right onto the ramp leading to 22 East towards Blairsville, Pittsburgh. Travel approximately 3-4 miles, past the intersection to the Wal-Mart Plaza, to the next large intersection (McDonald's and Wendy's on right). Turn left at this light and follow sign to the Ebensburg Mini Mall. Travel to the next stop sign. Turn right at the stop sign onto New Germany Road. The Mini Mall is located directly on your right. Off the Rak is the last building on the right.

    Amici's Ristorante - Ebensburg, PAStaff Pick!
    Prices range from $8.00 - $20.00(Italian fare)
    Turn left out of the main entrance of the University. Travel 7 miles to the first traffic light. Turn right at light onto Main Street. Follow Main Street towards the center of town and up the large hill. At the top of the hill is the main intersection. Amici's will be on your left.

    Altoona (Approximately 18 miles to campus)

    There are a variety of restaurants located along the Plank Road Exit in Altoona To the right is Friendly’s, Ruby Tuesday’s, Outback Steakhouse, T.G.I. Friday’s. To the left is the mall (Applebee’s is in the mall), Denny’s, and Eat-N-Park. If you are looking for fine dining we suggest The Allegro. This restaurant specializes in Italian cuisine. It is located on Broad Avenue and 40th street. To make reservations call 814-946-5216. Turn right out of main entrance of the University. Travel through Loretto (bear right at circle with monument) and travel approximately 5 miles to the first stop sign. Turn left into Cresson (Dollar General on left) onto Admiral Peary Highway (Rt. 53). Travel to the next traffic light at the Sheetz Gas Station. Continue straight through light up hill. At the top of the hill follow signs to 22 West, Hollidaysburg, Altoona. Enter 22 East and travel approximately ten miles. 22 East will split, follow signs to 220 North/I-99, Altoona. The first exit off of 220 North/I-99 is Plank Road Exit.

    Marzoni’s
    165 Patchway Road Duncansville, PA 16635
    Phone: 814-695-2931 

    Johnstown (Approximately 30 miles to campus)

    There are a variety of restaurants located in and around the mall in Johnstown. In the mall complex is Lone Star and Ponderosa. Located inside the mall is the Ground Round and the Italian Oven Restaurant. Turn left out of the main entrance of the University. Travel 7 miles to the first traffic light. Turn left at the light. Bear right onto the ramp leading to 22 East towards Blairsville, Pittsburgh. Travel approximately 4 miles, past the McDonald’s and Wendy’s. Bear right onto the ramp leading to 219 South towards Johnstown. Follow 219 South approximately 12 miles to the Galleria Drive Exit. Turn left at the top of the exit ramp. Red Lobster, Perkins, and Applebee’s are all located on Galleria Drive. The mall entrance is located off Galleria Drive.


    Chili’s
    Richland Town Center Johnstown Phone: 814-266-3884

    Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar
    425 Galleria Drive Phone: 814-269-4500 
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