Travel nurses are always looking for new adventures. Whether you want to learn to waterski or snow ski, explore big metropolitan areas, beach cities or mountain towns, you can do it all as a travel nurse. But sometimes it’s nice to go somewhere quiet, where you can get away from it all and experience peaceful solitude, maybe reignite your love affair with the great outdoors. Travel nurses who choose an assignment in Sayre, Pennsylvania will have the opportunity to do just that. It’s a quiet, rural area, but there is still plenty to explore if you wish. Additionally, its close proximity to upstate New York opens a whole new chapter of possibilities. Here is our travel guide for nurses wondering what to eat, drink, do and Instagram while on a travel assignment in Sayre, Pennsylvania.
In Sayre, Pennsylvania, Becky has more than just good hair; she also cooks some pretty good food. And travel nurses on assignment in Sayre will surely enjoy a meal or two at local favorite Becky’s Diner. The restaurant is open for breakfast and lunch and offers all the made-from-scratch comfort foods you’d expect from a small-town diner. Omelets, pancakes, grilled cheeses, chicken-fried steak… even homemade donuts! And, if you are used to sticker shock when you get your bill at many bigger city diners, you will be pleasantly surprised by the reasonable prices at Becky’s.
Have you ever tried garlic pizza? At Soprano’s Italian Market, located in Waverly, about two miles from Sayre, this dish is a favorite of locals as well as out-of-town visitors who make it a point to come back for more every time they’re in town. Pizzas, sub sandwiches and daily meal specials at Soprano’s are all made from scratch and wonderful. But the true beauty of this place is that you can pick up a bunch of stuff to bring home to Netflix and chill or just have some peace and quiet. Don’t forget to add some delicacies from their wonderful assortment of Italian cookies and pastries when you stop in to pick up your take-out order.
On your travel nurse assignment in Sayre, you may enjoy being away from it all, but that doesn’t mean you won’t still crave an excellent craft beer now and again. If that’s the case, you will adore Bluestone Brewing Company. Choose from their six core beers, several seasonals and hard ciders, and whatever local guest brewery they happen to have on tap during your visit. Recent seasonals have included Thunder Chicken Maple Porter and Blueberry Wheat. This establishment also features an excellent food menu and offers beer to go in six-pack or 24-bottle cases.
Small town life usually means coffee from Mickey Dee’s or the BIG D (as in Dunkin’) and yes, you can get both of those in Sayre, but they also have one rather quaint actual coffee shop you should try to check out on your visit. This establishment started out as a catering service in 1987 and due to its popular eventually morphed into a café. Every Sunday, the owners cook up a delectable new menu of baked goods and coffee recipes to serve for the week, and whether you’re looking for a quick caffeine fix or laid-back lunch with a latte, you will not be disappointed at Celebrations Black Diamond Café.
If you are into hiking, picnicking, swimming, boating, fishing, hunting, cross country skiing, snowmobiling or ice skating, you are going to love Mt. Pisgah State Park, located just 20 miles from Sayre in Troy, Pennsylvania. The park is open every day of the year from sunrise to sunset, and park staff offer guided nature walks and night hikes, as well as various programs focused on environmental topics specific to the park and this region of Pennsylvania. The park also features a free public swimming pool during the summer months, and is generally a quiet, peaceful, beautiful place to visit any time of year.
Have you ever picked your own produce? A travel nurse assignment in Sayre puts you in close proximity to a number of farms that will allow you to do just that, although usually only in the summertime. A local favorite is Blueberry Mountain Farm, which is a wonderful place to spend a summer day. The staff are more than willing to teach you the basics and before you know it you will have baskets full of fresh, juicy blueberries that you can take home to mix into smoothies, bake into pies or freeze for numerous other recipes throughout the year.
A trip to Pine Creek Gorge is a couple hours drive from Sayre, but we think you, and your Instagram followers, will agree that it is worth it. Often called the “Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania,” is a 47-mile gorge carved into the Allegheny Plateau by Pine Creek smack in the middle of the Tioga State Forest. Trails are available to bike and hike, but even if you just want to park your car and marvel at the stunning views, you will find it a peaceful and relaxing experience. It is especially picturesque during falls when the leaves begin to change colors.
This local park is the perfect spot to hang out, relax, chat up a local or two, and of course, take some interesting photos to document your stay in Sayre. Located in the heart of Sayre, this location features a weekly farmer’s market, and often hosts free concerts and arts and crafts fairs. Howard Elmer Park is small but beautiful and features a very photogenic gazebo in its center. Come at sunset to take pictures of a beautiful night sky, or of the historic homes or theater located just across the street.