Scranton, PA –> Home of “The Office”

 Before we became an old married couple, back in May of this past year, Jarid & I celebrated our 1 year dating anniversary.  May 13th to be exact.  I will never forget our date that day… we went to the driving range, got Subway, and took a walk on City Island, stopping with a blanket along the river to enjoy the view…. that’s when he popped the question 🙂

Anyway, taking into account his love for “The Office“, I found the perfect gift as an anniversary present.  See, I think gifts are best given as experiences, rather than material things wrapped up in fancy paper & bows.  Although, there’s something to be said for that, too, I really wanted to give him something that would mean more time together (it’s his love languagequality time)

Since Scranton is right in our backyard, when I stumbled upon this website, I knew right away we had to go on the fan tour at some point.  It includes: “a four-hour tour, lunch at Cooper’s, and drinks at Poor Richard’s“– all places which were referenced in the TV show!  Since it was May when I bought the tickets, I wanted to give us plenty of time to settle in and get things in order after our wedding in September… November 17th was a winner!

Upon our arrival to the Scranton Times building, we were directed to take the elevator to the 5th floor.

There was theater seating with each of these little goodie bags on each, and a huge projector screen set up playing random out-takes and bloopers from the show to entertain us while we waited for 12:45 to roll around when the tour would officially begin.

There were folks from literally all over the country.  Texas, Colorado, California, and Virginia were a few of the states I remembered hearing.

Before we knew it, we were on the bus and seeing things like Mifflin Avenue, PA Paper Company, and Farley’s Restaurant (home of the Michael Scott burger).

Lunch was our next stop on the tour, and we got to Cooper’s (where Michael makes the “that’s what she said” joke!) around 1:4waypastmylunchtime.

On the menu was Yuengling, a roasted beet salad, an array of club sandwiches (or grilled cheese for the vegetarians), mozzarella sticks, crab bisque, and our choice of rice pudding or chocolate mousse for dessert.  I got one and Jarid got the other since he wanted to try both, and I wasn’t really feeling either of them.

Beer and barfood?  He was one happy guy 😉

While he ate, I explored.  I wasn’t one bit hungry because I packed and ate a sandwich.  I’ve learned my lesson when it comes to these things… not knowing what food will be available (I know, I’m picky) and what time we’ll be eating has bit me in the behind one too many times.  I hate being hungry and grumpy.

Here’s the infamous train room, where they had Dwight’s birthday party!

And here’s the Whale Room…

Followed by the Women’s Restroom…which was completely Elvis themed…

No really… it was the ENTIRE room.  Plastered pictures of the guy were everywhere from the stalls to the walls.

After Cooper’s, we drove around town learning bits and pieces about why Scranton was chosen for the show & playing trivia games.  The Electric City didn’t strike me as anything extra-ordinary, but the people were very friendly, though, I can tell you that.

  When we first arrived and were walking to find the building, a man riding his bike around us, voluntarily offered up information and was very helpful.

The best photo opportunities, in my opinion, were when we stopped at Lake  Scranton.

I’m a sucker for a picturesque view.

Wow, I really look like a ginger kid in this one…

After all the self-proclaimed photographers were finished with the “shoot”, we took the bus to Poor Richard’s — the bar (which is actually inside a bowling alley?!) for some drinks.

Water for me, another Yuengling for him.  Watching football, playing more trivia, and relaxing were the only activities done in the pub.  After about 25 minutes there, we re-boarded the bus and concluded the tour.  Jarid and I drove about 2 hours, so we weren’t quite ready to get back in the car yet.

By default, the Mall at Steamtown was our choice.  We got Starbucks and meandered for a little while until I started getting hungry.   I love Christmas time because EVERY place you go to is festive and decorated.

I had done a little research on good places to eat, knowing full-well that we’d be done around 4pm and would probably do some exploring before heading home.

Eden – a vegan cafe, turned out to be a total and complete winner.  I was so torn about what to order!  Everything sounded delicious to me.  I half-considered just getting the Sample Platter, but then opted for one of the specialty vegan burgers instead.

The staff at Eden was super friendly and helpful while I dealt with my menu dilemma.  They offered suggestions and explanations for each of the menu items I was considering. After ordering and while we waited, I admired the colorful interior and the fully-stocked Tazo tea cooler.

We got our meals to go since neither of us were starving at that point… but I did contemplate purchasing dessert to take with us, too…

If I didn’t fully intend on baking a bunch of goodies for this holiday season, one of these Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Banana Bread slices would’ve been coming home with me us 😉

Our dinner choices?

Jarid got the turkey club triple deck of turkey, bacon, lettuce, tomato & mayo on white or wheat toast

I actually forget the name of it, but it was a veggie burger made of lentils, corn, broccoli, and black beans on an Ezekiel roll with vegan mozzarella cheese/avocado whip, onions, lettuce & tomato

Needless to say, we both ended the night with content bellies.  We had a blast in Scranton, and I’m so glad we found these tours when we did!  We found out while we were there, that we were part of the VERY last fan tour, due to the fact that the episodes would soon come to and end and this was the last season.
RIP Office Fan Tour.  Nice knowin’ ya ❤

 

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3 thoughts on “Scranton, PA –> Home of “The Office”

  1. I love Christmas time too! I love how there are lights everywhere, Christmas carols singing from every stereo/on every station, and I love how it is focused on Christ and giving. Such a great time of year. 🙂

    Btw, what’s the difference between the comment section above and the reply section down here??

    • Agreed! I can’t imagine anyone “hating” Christmas time.

      Not sure about the difference in comment section… I just insert them because I thought I had to! I didn’t see one there previously?

      > Date: Thu, 22 Nov 2012 19:48:30 +0000 > To: cox_2446@hotmail.com >

  2. This makes me so happy! I haven’t really watched The Office since Andy went after Erin but I still love that show. I had no idea some of the things in it would be real, like Poor Richard’s! =]

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