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Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Island Breeze Motel Dog Friendly Wall Mural by MG Signs

Island Breeze Motel Dog Friendly Wall Mural by MG Signs

If you've been following the Pennsylvania and Beyond Travel Blog for the past 12+ years you'll already know that we're HUGE fans of outdoor street art and wall murals. Every time we travel we seek them out in every location that we're visiting. It's a great way to see the artwork of local artists and companies.

One of our favorite wall mural companies is MG Signs. Over the past decade we've featured numerous murals painted by them on our blog. Back in June we were on a road trip down to Wildwood in New Jersey and stumbled upon a new work of art being painted. 

Island Breeze Motel Dog Friendly Wall Mural by MG Signs

The wall mural is for Island Breeze Motel announcing that they're Dog Friendly. It features a handsome dog wearing red sunglasses propped up on a colorful beach ball. How cute is that? Too cute! The artist from MG Signs was gracious enough to let me photograph him as he was painting it.

From the first photograph in the post to the third photograph in the post about 2 hours had passed. The artist first started out by outlining the design onto the wall. Then he got busy painting it. I was really surprised to see that he only had a couple of cans of paint along with him. They do a lot of blending of colors together to get the perfect shades.

Island Breeze Motel Dog Friendly Wall Mural by MG Signs

We've always admired outdoor street art like this and were excited to see one being painted while we were down there. These artists are really talented! On the day he was painting it temperatures were over 90 degrees F with high humidity. I can't imagine standing there for hours and hand painting a wall mural in that kind of heat. He did it! Something to be admired for sure!

When traveling take the time to check out some outdoor street art while you're in the area. It's always ncie to discover these pieces and admire them. 

Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Enjoy Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the Cocoa Diner

Cocoa Diner in Hummelstown Pennsylvania

The Cocoa Diner is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, with breakfast being served all day. The diner is open 7 days a week from 6:00 AM to 10:00 PM, hours are subject to change. You can eat-in, order take-out and local delivery is available. 

You'll find the diner located on 590 East Main Street in Hummelstown, Pennsylvania. It's about a 5-7 minute drive from the Hershey attractions: Hersheypark, Hershey Outlets, Hershey Chocolate World, Zoo America, the Giant Center, etc. 

Cocoa Diner in Hummelstown Pennsylvania

Cocoa Diner in Hummelstown Pennsylvania

Late one afternoon we stopped into the Cocoa Diner for a late lunch. Their menu is vast and offers all of your classic diner fare such as steaks, meatloaf, seafood, fish, hamburgers, baked and grilled chicken, prime rib, spaghetti and meatballs, lasagna, breaded veal, hot and cold sandwiches, french fries, onion rings, chicken fingers, etc.

On this particular visit my wife enjoyed a ham steak dinner with a side order of french fries and cole slaw. I ordered the meatloaf, mashed potatoes with gravy and a side order of corn. The restaurant offers Pepsi products, iced tea, coffee, juice and milk for the kids, etc. 

Cocoa Diner in Hummelstown Pennsylvania

After our meal we decided to order dessert. I opted for chocolate ice cream while my wife enjoyed a strawberry cheesecake cup. They have a freezer right by the front door that is loaded with all kinds out of mouth-watering desserts. Cakes, pies, ice cream, and more!

What impressed us

* Extremely clean!
* All staff was friendly and knowledgeable.
* We were seated within 1 minute of our arrival.
* Meal was on the table within 15 minutes of placing our order.
* Meal was exactly what was ordered and cooked to perfection.
* Attentative staff giving us refills and checking on us.
* Food was delicious. 
* Friendly atmosphere.
* Affordable prices.
* Plenty of free parking. 
* Clean restrooms.

Cocoa Diner in Hummelstown Pennsylvania

This was our first visit to the Cocoa Diner and it certainly won't be our last. There are other items on the menu that caught our eye. It was a hard decision on deciding what to order. We enjoy visiting family-owned diners and supporting local businesses. If you're going to be in the Hummelstown and/or Hershey area and looking for a hot bite to eat...check out the Cocoa Diner.