Not quite coastal, almost mid-western. It may seem Pennsylvania is still searching for its identity. Confusion is not the operative word here, however; diversity is. And when it comes to selecting the perfect bed and breakfast for a weekend getaway in Pennsylvania, there is no shortage of first-rate options from which to choose.
Welcome to Pheasant Field Bed & Breakfast Inn in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, where you will enjoy casual, country elegance in our historic brick farmhouse, conveniently located an easy drive away from downtown Carlisle, Gettysburg, Hershey, Harrisburg, and Mechanicsburg. Carlisle is famous for collector car shows held at the Carlisle Fairgrounds. Dickinson College, Messiah College, and Penn State’s Law School – Dickinson School of Law – are also located nearby. The US Army War College – home of the Carlisle Indian School, Jim Thorpe’s alma mater – is just 3 miles from our bed and breakfast. You can relax by hiking on The Appalachian Trail or fly fishing in the Yellow Breeches or The LeTort Spring Run. During your visit, you can stable your horse in our historic stone barn. Pastures and run-in sheds are also available. Named “Simply the Best B&B” by readers of Harrisburg Magazine.
Annville Inn is an elegant Bed and Breakfast located in Central Pennsylvania, just minutes from Hershey, Pennsylvania, home of Hershey's Chocolate World, Hersheypark, and so much more. Adjacent to Lancaster County (Amish/PA Dutch country), Harrisburg, Gettysburg. Our five luxurious guest rooms have private baths. individual climate control, fireplaces, flat screen televisions and luxurious amenities (detailed in the amenities section). You will love Annville Inn's amazing movie theater with 75" high-definition screen and Dolby surround sound, a spacious game room, and don't forget our wonderful spa featuring expert masseuse, Annette. A candlelit gourmet breakfast, served each morning, features fresh ingredients from Pennsylvania's famous Lebanon Valley farms and is rewarded by our guests with rave reviews. Guests enjoy our outdoor swimming pool and hot tub, three acres of lush botanical gardens with walking trails, ponds, bridges, and a wonderful maze to explore as well as hammocks, pergolas and koi. Rosalie, your Innkeeper, has many acclaimed chef friends who frequently provide the Acclaimed Chef Cooking Class for guests who make reservations for the experience. Your Annville Inn B&B experience will go beyond expectations...Annville Inn is a destination, named one of the most Romantic Inns on the East Coast.
Discover the natural beauty and warm hospitality of the Glasbern Inn - A Historic Hotel of America, where we carefully combine the luxury of a fine hotel, executive retreat, and award-winning wedding venue with a working sustainable farm; all nestled on 150 acres of stunning beauty. GETAWAY & SAVE PACKAGE When you’re absolutely ready to Getaway, Relax and Enjoy some peace and quiet, combined with beautiful surroundings and rustic luxury accommodations, our Getaway & Save Package is the perfect solution. Plus, with Glasbern's mid-week Getaway & Save Package you can Save Up to $70 per night, through April 30, 2021 Learn more on our website. RELAXATION FIREPLACE & WHIRLPOOL PACKAGE Join us and enjoy a selection of our premium lodging and historic suites, all boasting oversized whirlpool tubs, stunning fireplaces, along with chocolate covered strawberries, chilled champagne and our made to order Chef’s Breakfast for 2, included in your Package. Learn more on our website. STAY MORE & SAVE MORE Stay with us for 2 consecutive nights and SAVE 25% OFF your 2nd night or stay for 3 consecutive nights and SAVE 50% OFF your 3rd night, when you book with us directly online, sorry Saturdays excluded. Located in Fogelsville, just west of Allentown, Pennsylvania, our restored and historic hotel is the perfect place to get away from the hustle and bustle of today’s busy life. Join us at our historic hotel in Fogelsville for your ideal romantic getaway, business travel needs, corporate retreat, or rustic wedding in an easily accessible yet secluded location. Glasbern perfectly orchestrates corporate retreats and romantic ceremonies that guests will remember for a lifetime.
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Speedwell Forge is a Bed and Breakfast located in Lititz, PA. It is destination and a place to stay like no other. Located within 120 acres of private land where history and nature come alive. Enjoy a quiet and romantic Bed & Breakfast in Lititz, PA that will likely be the most clean and comfortable lodging you have ever experienced. Steeped in the rich history of Lancaster County, Speedwell Forge was originally constructed in 1760 and the main mansion has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In March 2005, after years of saving, two years of planning, and one year of cleaning, Dawn (the owner) began the restoration of her historic property. It was fully restored in 2006 and now offers a tranquil getaway for visitors to the Lancaster area. While staying at Speedwell Forge B&B enjoy a walk around the Wolf Sanctuary of PA during daylight hours (ask your innkeeper!). Whether staying in one of the rooms in the mansion or reserving one of our private, romantic cottages, you will experience a refreshing, natural atmosphere, an excellent breakfast, and heart-warming hospitality.
Discover a new level of hospitality and luxury at our Carlisle, PA bed and breakfast. Newly renovated and opened in 2018, our boutique property is ideally located in the heart of downtown Carlisle. Choose from one of four stylish guest rooms featuring private en-suite bathrooms and modern touches including illy coffee makers, bath amenities from Aromatherapy Associates, and luxurious Yves Delorme linens. We offer a variety of bed types and option for adjoining rooms to accommodate different types of travelers. Come experience the gracious hospitality and modern comforts in our beautiful historic inn. Awake to a delectable homemade breakfast served each morning in the breakfast room, and enjoy a complimentary manager’s reception every afternoon. This stately Mediterranean property offers guests inviting common areas including the expansive front porch, breezy 2nd floor balcony, grand parlor, guest pantry, and dining room. Historic downtown Carlisle, Pennsylvania is steps from the property and brimming with unique shops and excellent dining opportunities. The Smith Steiner is the ultimate luxurious respite for visitors to Dickinson College, Penn State’s Dickinson Law, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, and the U.S. Army War College.
Welcome to the Swiss Woods Bed and Breakfast, located on 35 acres of bliss in Lititz, Pennsylvania. This Lancaster County Bed and Breakfast is located in the heart of Amish Country; an idyllic, rural inn where you can reconnect with nature, discover history, and experience Pennsylvania Dutch culture, lulling you back to a slower, gentler time. We are centrally located near Lancaster, Hershey, and Gettysburg, with easy access to Longwood Gardens and Philadelphia. We offer 6 charming rooms and a luxurious suite. the open-beamed entry to the hand-carved mantel over the fireplace, Swiss Woods Bed and Breakfast is an inn of detail with the feel of Europe. Enjoy a walk through the magnificent gardens blooming from the first snowdrop in March to the last aster in November. Relax to the sounds of water falling over the rocks at the water garden. For the nature enthusiast, it is the perfect retreat. We love our food here and offer a bountiful breakfast each morning. The area is loaded with history, Pennsylvania Dutch/Amish culture, antique shops, theaters, museums, and parks.
Once an Amish tobacco farm is today Lancaster County’s most acclaimed luxury, boutique hotel, The Inn at Leola Village 1867. Rise above the ordinary and experience the best of Lancaster. Whether you’re seeking to relax at our Forbes Rated 4 Star Spa, dine outdoors or indoors at our rustic Italian inspired restaurant or wander through our stunning gardens, you’re sure to love staying with us. STAY MORE & SAVE MORE Stay with us for 2 consecutive nights and SAVE 30% OFF your 2nd night or stay for 3 consecutive nights and SAVE 50% OFF your 3rd night, when you book with us directly online. Now is the perfect time to explore our country back roads, enjoy the fresh Fall harvest from our neighboring Amish farms, apple orchards & friendly markets. Wander through eclectic shops and maybe, just get lost and unwind in one of Lancaster’s vast corn mazes. Our Inn offers a true taste of Lancaster County with lodging available in restored antique homes, tobacco barns, a wine cellar along with whirlpool suites, parlor suites and traditional rooms. Whether you’re seeking a restful escape, a relaxing night away from the chaos at home or a much-needed romantic escapade, join us at The Inn at Leola Village. Plus, you can enjoy Special rates on our Forbes 4 Star Rated rooms, spacious Parlor Suites and luxury whirlpool suites, now through the end of October! WELCOME
Welcome to The Bridgeton House on the Delaware – a riverfront luxury New Hope bed and breakfast inn set on the banks of the Delaware River – a nationally renowned & award winning boutique hotel. This historic inn is decorated in sophisticated artistic style, with luxury rooms featuring sumptuous feather beds, luxury linens, private baths, fireplaces, whirlpool tubs, French doors leading to private balconies, and river views. Perfect for an unforgettable Pennsylvania romantic vacation! Guests enjoy a complimentary multi-course made to order breakfast each morning that can be enjoyed in our dining room, on the riverside terrace, or in the privacy of their room or balcony. Guests may also choose to enhance their stay with one of our special packages including picnic baskets, massage services, or a private romantic dinner. You’ll find our New Hope bed and breakfast on River Road, in the quaint village of Upper Black Eddy. River Road was voted one of the top ten scenic drives in the nation, and the river has received a Federal Wildlife Designation that will protect it for years to come. Bucks County, Pennsylvania is one of America’s prettiest and most historic areas, offering a multitude of activities tailored to a wide variety of tastes, with vibrant culture, seasonal color, eclectic shopping, and easy access to Philadelphia or New York City. The rolling countryside, dotted with covered bridges, old barns, and period stone houses, makes Bucks County a wonderful place to visit. In addition to romantic getaways, we host intimate weddings/elopements, team retreats, and corporate events. Visit our website for more details on our rooms and suites, special offers, or hosting your next event! “Our favorite Bucks County Inn!” – PHILADELPHIA MAGAZINE
The Inn at Westwynd Farm B&B is located on a beautiful 32-acre horse farm just 3 miles north of Hershey in Hummelstown, PA. Come and enjoy an unforgettable experience as you unwind at our Hershey Pennsylvania bed and breakfast, set amidst rolling hills, horses, and pastures. We invite you to step into a world of casual elegance and relaxation in country style accommodations. Our superb Hummelstown, PA bed and breakfast abounds in outdoor spaces. The rear patio is great for catching the antics of the birds at the feeders and the swing on the wrap-around porch is one of the best tension easing activities we know. The sun porch is a wonderful spot for summer breakfasts or late afternoon tea. No matter what brings you to the area, our luxurious B&B in Hershey, PA is ideally situated to be the perfect lodging base for your activities. The location is so convenient, but a world set apart! During your stay you can explore the Hershey attractions, Amish and Dutch Country, Civil War sites near Gettysburg PA, and enjoy antiquing, biking, canoeing and shopping in Harrisburg, PA. Be sure to ask about our specials and corporate rates, as well as reduced rates for patients and visitors to The Hershey Medical Center. We also provide storage for bicycles, skis, canoes etc. We look forward to serving you during your stay at our beautiful bed & breakfast in Hershey, PA!
Experience relaxed elegance in Lancaster County, PA. We are centrally located to Lancaster, Hershey and York, PA near the Susquehanna River. Antiquing, wineries, craft breweries close by. Enjoy the Northwest River Trail either on foot or your bicycle. Canoe or Kayak on the river during the summer and fall. Hike Chiques Rock, too.
The Wild Wisteria B&B (formerly Pennsbury Inn) an historically prominent bed & breakfast, dating from c.1714, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. offering exceptional accommodations and activities in the heart of the Brandywine Valley. The B&B is situated on eight acres of sculptured grounds bordered by woodland trails and is only minutes from Delaware and the city of Philadelphia, convenient for business travelers. The Inn proudly offers a blend of colonial heritage and country elegance. Smaller historical weddings can be done inside and up to 150 as a tented garden wedding. If you enjoy antiquing, there are dozens of antique shops in the Brandywine Valley! The historical Amish farmlands – and their horse and buggy way of life – is within a 40 minute scenic drive. Approximately 45 minutes away, you’ll find historical Philadelphia, the Barnes Foundation and so much more. And for the sports enthusiast, we are located just minutes from excellent horseback riding, canoeing, and golf. We look forward to hearing from you and welcome the opportunity to meet you!
The 1740 House is an historic property located along the banks of the Delaware River. The Inn is conveniently located to nearby restaurants, shops, art galleries, parks, and museums for which Bucks County, Pennsylvania is noted. The property was formerly a working farm, and the atmosphere retains the antique charm of centuries past. The original architecture has been preserved and restored. Colonial styles and pastoral seclusion allow for a quiet, refreshing experience, which is perfect for an evening out, a romantic getaway, or a temporary sanctuary from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Only three miles from Stockton, New Jersey, and six miles from the commercial centers of Lambertville, NJ and New Hope, PA.
Celebrating 110 Years, The Inn at Starlight Lake provides a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Located in beautiful northeast Pennsylvania, The Inn at Starlight Lake is your oasis from the world. Accommodations are inviting and decorated with warmth – no air conditioning, TV’s or phones in the rooms and limited mobile phone service to interfere with the peaceful surroundings.We do have Wireless Broadband in the public areas on the first floor. The restaurant at the Inn at Starlight Lake features delectable meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Our taste tempting menus includes selections sure to please everyone.
Romantic and tastefully decorated, After Eight Bed & Breakfast is a colonial brick home dating back to 1809. Conveniently located just east of downtown Lancaster, PA, the inn is central to all the Amish and Pennsylvania Dutch attractions. See the working Amish farm right at our backyard fence. We are only minutes to outlet shopping, theaters, farmers markets, and the towns of Bird-In-Hand, Intercourse, and Strasburg. Complimentary snacks, home-baked goodies, and cold beverages are available for our guests’ enjoyment. Relax in our gardens and gazebo – spend summer evenings watching the evening primrose come into full bloom. After Eight Bed & Breakfast is your home away from home in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Please call 888-314-3664 for details!
Spencer House Bed & Breakfast, located on historic Millionaires Row in Erie Pennsylvania, invites you to step back in time for a restful stay in a restored Victorian home. Located near Downtown, the Bayfront, Presque Isle State Park and Lake Erie Wine Country, guests can enjoy the convenience of being close to many area activities and restaurants or take advantage of the privacy and have a romantic getaway with that special someone. Whatever brings you to Erie, Spencer House is the perfect destination for relaxation and being close to it all. Accommodations include rooms that have king, queen and full beds, and all rooms have their own private bath. Each guest room is uniquely appointed with luxurious linens and offer upscale amenities. A full hot homecooked breakfast is included with the room.
The 1825 Inn Bed & Breakfast of Hershey, PA often serves as a home base to hunt for antiques in nearby Reading, Lancaster, Carlisle, Hummelstown and Adamstown. Our convenient location is just minutes away from the treasures of Hershey, Pennsylvania, including the Hershey Gardens, Hershey Park, Chocolate World, and the beautiful Founders Hall at the M.S. Hershey School, and the Wilbur Chocolate Museum. Our guests find our rooms to be a wonderful place to spend their time away from home – a perfect place for that special romantic get-away or a place to relax and find calm and harmony. All of our air-conditioned guest rooms have their own uniqueness in elegant country decor, each with their own private bath. For the convenience of our guests, high-speed wireless Internet is available. We also have a computer for those traveling without one. Our full breakfast provides you with wonderful homemade breads, fresh fruits, and a special entree each morning. During the summer, enjoy breakfast on our screened in porch!
Baldaderry Inn Bed & Breakfast in Gettysburg, PA, is located at the edge of the Gettysburg Battlefield near Little Round Top. In a Country setting, Private and spacious, this historic Pennsylvania inn is an excellent choice for history buffs, weekend getaways, leisure travelers, business travelers, and intimate weddings and reunions. Three course breakfast each morning, snacks and drinks available. Hot tub, patio's, fire pit, Gazebo and relaxation!
Spend the night in an art gallery! This romantic 1848 bed and breakfast is in the charming village of Terre Hill, surrounded by Amish farmland. Hear the clip-clop of Amish buggies as you browse through the art gallery and laugh at Bruce’s whimsical drawings. Relax in whirlpool tubs or in front of the fireplaces. Stroll through extensive flower gardens and rest on Victorian porches. Enjoy four-course breakfasts each morning before you venture off to go antique or outlet shopping, golf, hiking, or visit Amish sites. Near many one-room schoolhouses, farm markets and covered bridges. We also have three vacation homes in Terre Hill - perfect for families, romantic honeymoons or girlfriends getaways. Children of all ages are welcome and two of the unit have first floor bathrooms and bedrooms - great for those folks with bad hips or knees!
The Idlwilde Inn has been home to families and welcoming visitors to the tranquil Finger Lakes region for well over a century. The Inn is located at the southern tip of Seneca Lake, just a short walk from downtown Watkins Glen and close to both the Watkins Glen State Park and the Watkins Glen International Raceway. Idlwilde Inn is an 18-room Victorian mansion built in 1892 that sits on two and a half acres in a park-like setting with a great lawn and formal gardens. This charming house has a character given by exquisite craftsmanship of an earlier era, with a meticulously detailed staircase, moldings, ornamental ceilings, slate roof and eight decorative fireplaces. There are several sunrooms, a romantic turret room, a huge breezy wrap-around porch, enclosed gazebo, and carriage house all overlooking the beauty of Seneca Lake. The Inn boasts 15 well-appointed guest rooms. Victorian antiques and comfortable common areas make this Watkins Glen bed and breakfast an unforgettable experience for guests.
WE WELCOME YOU to our cozy historic home surrounded by nature's tranquil beauty and stunning views, yet only 7 miles from downtown ITHACA with it's vibrant bohemian spirit, top-notch restaurants, off-beat boutiques and fun entertainment. Nestled at the foot of CAYUGA LAKE, Ithaca is the liveliest enclave in the Finger Lakes, part thanks to the presence of CORNELL UNIVERSITY and ITHACA COLLEGE. Enfield Manor near Ithaca NY in the Finger Lakes Region is a small, traditional B&B which offers a variety of rooms to choose from, each with tasteful decoration and design. All rooms have Wifi, Air conditioning, comfortable mattresses, clean tiled private bathrooms with showers AND...... We are PET FRIENDLY! ( Do consult the pet policy on our website under "Policies" ) Breakfast is "fresh from the pan" and there is a menu to choose from. If you have a special diet please let us know when you make a reservation. Enjoy breakfast at the place of your choice; on our cozy porch, in our beautiful dining room or on our spacious patio which boasts splendid views! We also offer a cozy private PET FRIENDLY cottage which is ideal for a romantic get away from the stresses of daily life and very popular with honeymooners. This is a dog friendly area; Leashed dogs are allowed in the local State Parks and most wineries allow dogs on their terraces. When traveling with another couple, you may consider booking both the Harriet Tubman Suite and the Alex Haley Room as they are both situated at the end of the passage upstairs. The entire premises, sleeping 8-10 people, can be booked for your special anniversary, Cornell or Ithaca College graduation weekend or as a group vacation rental. Our property is located on 15 acres of organic conservation land of which 5 acres is a dedicated Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary. Green practiced are actively observed and our electricity is generated by 92 solar panels. Enfield Manor is surrounded by over 100 wineries/breweries and distilleries. Spend a day touring the two scenic local wine trails and don't hesitate to bring back a bottle or two to enjoy on our spacious patio which boasts fantastic views towards Ithaca. Hikers will love this area as we are close to 4 state parks, all with impressive waterfalls and hiking trails. We are looking forward to meeting you! Tom and Inez
The Starkey House is an updated guest house situated in Dundee, NY, in the central wine region of the Finger Lakes, upstate New York. Guests traveling solo, coupled, or in friends and family groups have enjoyed staying here since 2011. Travelers may pick from six rooms with private porches or added den spaces. There is one private entry new suite with kitchenette. All rooms are clean, airy, and nicely appointed and all have private, ensuite baths. The house is situated on 2 acres of lawns and gardens overlooking and a short walk to Seneca Lake. Enjoy a quiet country night of sleep but have access to everything our internationally acclaimed region has to offer within minutes. The best part is Cathy's handcrafted breakfast which is included each morning and prepared from local farm produce. She caters to all eating styles by request and will accommodate your dietary needs.
Escape to Monier Manor Bed & Breakfast, located in Naples, NY surrounded by the gentle hillsides of the Finger Lakes Region. Naples is the southern getaway to all the Finger Lakes has to offer. In a great location near both Canandaigua Lake and Keuka Lake enjoy the wineries, restaurants, hiking, biking, water activities or just relax in our iconic village.
This fabulous , MD bed and breakfast offers luxurious rooms and accommodations in Maryland. Enjoy a fabulous breakfast, and amenities on par with the big hotel chains: WiFi, desks in rooms plus business centers, and smart TVs that can stream your favorites. Fridges, snacks, and microwaves are also often available to guests. At Georges on York B&B our guests have access to a fitness center located right across the street from the inn. Book your stay today! Click our link above to Book Direct for your next escape in fabulous , Maryland.
The 1795 Acorn Inn is a AAA Four Diamond property. The only B&B in New York state to have received this prestigious award for 23 consecutive years. We pride ourselves in what we do and strive to provide guests with the ultimate, relaxed escape while enjoying all the Finger Lakes has to offer. We are over 200 years old but lovingly restored with modern day conveniences. Five soundproofed guest rooms and suites, all with private baths, await your visit. We are located in the country, just a short 7 mile drive from Canandaigua. Our peaceful, perennial gardens offer respite from warm summers and busy days exploring. Bristol Mountain ski resort is just 4 miles from the Inn and offers downhill skiing and snowboarding, cross country skiing, zip lining and an Aerial Adventure park. Hiking, kayaking, cycling and more nearby await those seeking an active retreat. Wineries, breweries and distilleries, antiquing and quaint shops abound for those looking for a more relaxed escape. Regardless, we are happy to have you stay and look forward to providing you with a central location from which to relax and explore the Finger Lakes. Hope to see you soon.
Temple Hill Bed & Breakfast is situated on 3 acres in the heart of the village of Geneseo. We are only four blocks from Main Street, where guests may shop, dine, or visit SUNY Geneseo. The residence is a three story brick mansion built in the New Republican Style. All rooms at Temple Hill have attached private baths, cable TV, DVD players, hair dryers, and wireless hi-speed internet.
Just one and a half miles from the north end of Canandaigua Lake, in the heart of the beautiful Finger Lakes Region of Central New York, innkeepers Robert & Donafaye St. John welcome you to this beautiful 1885 Victorian bed & breakfast. Tranquility abounds over the five acres of our Finger Lakes Bed and Breakfast. Each of our five romantic guest rooms/suites have been decorated and furnished in a way that allows you to feel comfortable and relaxed. A full three course gourmet breakfast is served daily with fresh baked goods, fresh fruits, breakfast meats and gourmet entrees. Enjoy our elegant yet comfortable Victorian parlor, a delightful setting to enjoy conversation, play a board game, read a book, or simply enjoy the cozy fire and refreshments. Our magnificent 200 year old copper beech tree provides a canopy over several porches and patios, and are wonderful places to spend time either alone or meeting other guests and making new friends. Complimentary hot and cold beverages, bottled water and snacks are available at all times. Each season brings something special to the area. Year round events and festivals, wineries, breweries, museums, antiquing, shopping, casinos – the region is a place to enjoy in all seasons. At Canandaigua Lake, there is a sandy beach, beach house and snack shop in Kershaw Park where you can sunbath, and swim. Or, visit Onanda Park beach, just minutes away, where you can swim, take a picnic lunch, or hike through the trails. Launch your own boat on the lake (we have space for a few small boats to park on our property) or there are a number of marinas that rent boats by the hour, half day or whole day. The area is perfect for cyclists, and we have a secure area for bike and sporting equipment storage for guests. There are three nearby golf courses. Winter brings skiing, snowshoeing, ice fishing and winter festivals. Wine and beer tours are offered year round. The closest airport, Rochester International is 35 minutes west. We’re just 30 minutes to Rochester, 90 minutes to Corning, 90 minutes to Buffalo, 3 hours to Albany and 5 hours to NYC…so come and visit us soon! At Sutherland House, you will find exceptional hospitality and attention to detail, for an unforgettable stay. If there is anything we can do to make your visit with us more enjoyable, please don’t hesitate to call upon us.
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With the exception of the Pittsburgh and Philadelphia metropolitan areas and a few other moderate-sized cities such as Harrisburg (the state capital) and Scranton/Wilkes-Barre scattered across its interior portion, Pennsylvania is predominantly a rural state. This is good news for the B&B enthusiast who is looking for quiet, rural settings to take a break from life and relax in the lap of luxury.
Many of these excellent inns are conveniently located within a few hour's drive of the large cities. From small-town sanctuaries in the peaceful regions of Lancaster County to the secluded inns of Amish Country, one can explore state and national history while taking a step back in time. Learn more about life as it was lived over two hundred years ago and how the Pennsylvania Dutch still cling to many of their traditions today. You may even be treated to a horse and buggy drive-by! But fear not, the B&B pampering is decidedly up to date.
Perhaps best known as America's birthplace, Philadelphia is where the Declaration of Independence was signed on July 4, 1776. With the requisite signatures, a new nation was born, and world history changed forever.
Pennsylvania is well-known by its nickname, the “Keystone State,” a keystone being the all-important piece of an arch that holds the other components together. A most necessary element in the strength and integrity of the structure.
What is not as clear is the source of the moniker. Two interesting theories have been debated since about 1800. One tells of the state’s vital geographical location in the central part of the original thirteen colonies. With eight delegates evenly divided on remaining loyal to England’s Crown or choosing independence, another theory references the deciding, or “keystone” vote cast by the last delegate in favor of independence.
While Philadelphia was the seat of the young nation’s capital and the central location for much of the day’s politics, great natural resources were waiting to be discovered that would drive much of the nation’s early commerce.
Timber from unending stretches of forests, plentiful rivers coursing across the state, and vast farmland regions with rich soil and abundant wildlife to harvest led the way as our nation rapidly grew. The raw materials of oil, coal, and steel lay patiently underground waiting to be unearthed and refined. As rough and tumble speculators with grand visions of growth built these industries in fits and starts, products that would soon shape and supply global markets were being created.
With so much of Pennsylvania’s early history located in the state's southeastern region, it’s rather easy to find just the right location for your visit. There are a seemingly unlimited number of B&Bs within a short drive of Amish Country and the Pennsylvania Dutch culture. For history buffs, Bucks County, just north of Philadelphia, is where General George Washington crossed the Delaware River to engage the British in a pivotal Revolutionary War battle.
Carlisle is another area with great appeal for auto and motorcycle enthusiasts. Considered the “auto capital” of the state, there are no less than ten major shows each year with everything on two, three, and four wheels on display.
Not many people associate Pennsylvania with mountains, but the Poconos are a wonderful location for a respite. North of Philadelphia and west of New York City, the Poconos draw skiers and snowboarders to their beautiful slopes. Walkers, joggers, and bikers can take advantage of the hiking trails during the summer months.
Further west, Pittsburgh dominates the landscape as the center for big-city attractions. A few hours north, Lake Erie provides all the summer sports one could want as well as ice-fishing and snowmobiling in the winter.
Another element of Pennsylvania’s diversity is its natural features. Did you know there is a “Grand Canyon” in Pennsylvania? Sure is. Located in the north-central region, it may not compare to the Grand Canyon in Arizona, but it has plenty of sightseeing chops with its many vistas and two state parks nearby.
On the shores of Lake Erie, Presque Isle is the state’s most visited state park and has some unique geological features. It also possesses seven ecological zones and is home to more endangered species than any comparable region in the state. Perhaps owing to its conservation policies, it is also one of the most popular bird-watching sites in the area.
Caves and caverns are also popular attractions across the state. Stretching 16,000 feet in length and up to forty-six stories deep, Laurel Cavern in southwestern Pennsylvania is the state’s largest. Guided tours are an excellent way to learn more about the unique geology of the area. Self-guided tours are also available, as is repelling and other spelunking activities.
Waterfalls are always enchanting and Glens Natural Area at Ricketts Glen State Park is full of them. Varying heights from twelve to ninety-four feet high, visitors are held in rapt admiration as they try to decide whether to watch or take pictures. But for the outbreak of World War II resulting in reduced funding, this beautiful region would have been designated a national park.
As noted earlier, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia are major urban centers that provide all the big-city attractions a visitor could want. In between these cities that bookend the state there is a whole lot of playground waiting for the outdoor enthusiast.
Though modest by comparison to the Appalachians and Rockies, the Pocono Mountains provide plenty of action in the form of mountain biking and hiking trails, downhill skiing, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing. Lake Erie is the center for summer and winter activities for the whole family with swimming, fishing, boating, at Presque Isle State Park. Snowmobiling, skating, and ice-fishing keep visitors busy until spring.
Harrisburg is the state capital and a short drive away from all the chocolate you can imagine in Hershey. Famous for its slow and peaceful Amish culture, Lancaster County is home to sprawling farmland, country fairs, and some of the best home cooking imaginable. The Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania is home to a world-class collection of vintage trains. A bit farther north, sports fans will want to check out Jim Thorpe, PA. Yes, the town named after the famous Native American Olympic star and football hero.
The natural beauty and endless forests, the mountains, caverns, waterfalls, and historical attractions scattered across a landscape with small towns and foreign cultures combine to form a fascinating menagerie worthy of an extended stay.
Pennsylvania’s weather is a well-balanced mix of the four seasons. Without too much in the way of extremes, summer highs will approach the 90s with significant humidity and frequent afternoon thunderstorms. Winter temperatures will dip into the twenties or occasional teens, and significant snow accumulations can roll in from the Great Lakes region.
For the western part of the state, Lake Eire generates most of this phenomenon known as “lake-effect” snow. Strong winter winds sweeping down from Canada pick up moisture from the lakes and deposit it in massive storms that can impact the Pittsburgh area as well as points farther east.
Spring is lovely with vibrant colors bursting from the frozen landscape as it thaws. Late winter chill can last into early April, but May is wonderful. Autumn is brilliant with the forested landscapes unveiling a statewide magic carpet of color that can make the drive to see them very worthwhile. Many count the scenery in the Poconos as rivaling anything in New England, but without the crowds.
Contemporary cuisine is a hallmark of the big, bright cities. But being a largely rural, agricultural state, Pennsylvania offers a more basic American fare. Think meat and potatoes. With such a large contingent of German stock in the Pennsylvania Dutch country, old habits die hard. Of course, this is a good thing because a great deal of the meal preparation originates on the farm. Fresh produce, eggs, meat, and dairy products are readily available at B&Bs, or the local restaurant in many small towns that dot the state. If the old favorite cheesesteak is required in Philly, then in Pittsburgh, you gotta try a Pierogi. It’s a sort of Polish dumpling and they’re savoy in all sorts of flavors, from sweet to spicy.
As one might guess with a significant German/Dutch/Polish/Irish heritage across the state, there’s going to be a lot of beer served up with all this great food. Indeed, there seems to be a brewery or winery in every small town, so you’re bound to find something tasty to wash down that hardy plate. There are over 200 wineries (and growing) prevalent throughout the state with a greater concentration in the southeast.
Pennsylvania is a down-home kind of place. Of course, there are the contemporary boutique hotels and B&Bs in the big cities. But much of what the state has to offer in terms of natural attractions is rustic in nature. The bed and breakfasts are comparable in the way they welcome and serve their guests. And you won’t find any more conscientious innkeepers anywhere when it comes to cleanliness and Covid-19 precautions.
The charm of many of the state’s best bed and breakfast inns are prime examples. When people visit Pennsylvania, they count on host-friendliness to be a big part of their experience, starting right at check-in. Innkeepers take great pride in ushering their guests into a world of comfort and delight.
Couples from Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, New York City, and the Mid-Atlantic region come to Pennsylvania for the ultimate romantic getaway. Upscale amenities such as spacious guest rooms and a Jacuzzi by a fireplace, perhaps even on a veranda overlooking the rolling landscape enhance the experience.
An exciting aspect of staying at any down-home B&B is discovering the unforeseen surprises. Innkeepers love to show off their amenities such as private baths and rain-style showers. Perhaps even a whirlpool bath or private hot tub snugged up by the outdoor fireplace. A private entrance to a guest house or carriage house further enhances the sense of privacy and specialized treatment. Air conditioning is a must to sponge up that summertime humidity. Many of these extras may be listed on the inn website but ask for the ones not listed; you might be surprised by the secrets the innkeeper has in store for you.
Offering a gourmet breakfast is, by definition, almost a necessity for a B&B. Often a source of innkeeper pride, specialty-trained chefs are highly sought after as a drawing card for guests with a distinguished palette. Other amenities such as free wifi, high-quality linens, towels, and bathrobes, as well as organic and hypo-allergenic bath supplies, are considered standard across this friendly state.
Major air carriers provided service through Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. Regional air service is available to Harrisburg, Wilkes-Barre, and other smaller markets. From there, most destinations are within a few hour’s drive.
The Pennsylvania Turnpike is a high-speed tollway with exits spaced twenty or more miles apart. So make sure you don’t miss your exit! The scenery in the Fall is astounding as the highway makes its way through the Laurel Highlands. Flight times between Pittsburgh and Philly are not much more than an hour, and driving this stretch can take up to six hours with stops. Many of the regional carriers now offer reasonable one-way fares, too, further enhancing your travel options. Rental cars, Uber, Lyft, shuttles, and ride-shares are additional methods of getting around this great state effectively.
Consider treating yourself to a relaxing stay at a Pennsylvania bed and breakfast getaway. Scenery that’s easy on the eye, down-home food prepared fresh from the farm, and a leisurely drive to one of the state’s many natural attractions is an excellent way to unwind from the grind.
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Fabulous inns such as Pheasant Field Bed & Breakfast in Carlisle is central to a host of attractions and universities as well as major car collector shows. It has been rated as a “best bed and breakfast in Pennsylvania” by Harrisburg Magazine. The Smith Steiner, a newly renovated boutique property, re-opened in 2018, will leave you refreshed and restored.
Lititz is home to two exceptional Pennsylvania bed and breakfasts. Speedwell Forge B&B is a two-fer, with the Wolf Sanctuary of PA nearby. Located on a private parcel of 120 acres, it is quintessential solitude. Ask your innkeeper about daytime tours of the Sanctuary as well as the inn's private cottages.
Swiss Woods Bed and Breakfast is remote, leafy, and perfect for that romantic retreat. With more than a hint of European grace coursing through its halls, revel in the culture and slower pace the Pennsylvania Dutch have made famous.
Much attention has been paid to the rural aspect of the B&B industry across the state, and with good reason. However, being the sixth-largest city in the US, searching for a top-class bed and breakfast in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is a short exercise.
The Gables Bed & Breakfast Inn is located in the heart of a vibrant academic center and close to the Institute of Contemporary Arts and provides a classic inner-city upscale lodging experience. Another retreat in the University City area is Cornerstone Bed & Breakfast, a beautiful Victorian sanctuary within walking distance of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Barnes Foundation, the Philadelphia Zoo, and 30th Street Station. Prefer something outside the city but close enough to be convenient? Consider Hamanassett Bed & Breakfast in nearby Brandywine Valley, PA for your romantic getaway. A member of the bnbfinder Diamond Collection of Inns, this will be the crown jewel of your trip.
American History enthusiasts will not want to miss a visit to this peaceful enclave that was the location of one of the fiercest and most important battles of the Civil War. Although the distant past is never far away in a place like this, the peaceful rolling hills provide lovely settings for romantic bed and breakfasts in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Still a small town (pop. 7800), it is also home to Gettysburg College.
The Inn at White Oak is just north of town and can handle larger parties of up to 18 guests. The Swope Manor Bed & Breakfast is located in Gettysburg's heart and boasts thirteen guest rooms and four large common areas. Battlefield Bed & Breakfast Inn was built in 1809 and is located on 30 quiet acres with walking trails. History meets hospitality at The Inn at Herr Ridge, another early 19th-century beauty that was the first Confederate hospital during the battle. Peace, quiet, luxury. Small town, unforgettable experience.
A short drive east of the state capital of Harrisburg lies the sweetest little town in America. With a slightly larger population of 12,000, much of Hershey’s commerce is centered around chocolate, confection, and tourism.
Inn at Westwynd Farm is just three miles from town and set on a beautiful 32-acre parcel home to horses, goats, and alpacas. Hershey is just a short drive to historical sites in Harrisburg, Lancaster, and Gettysburg. 1825 Inn is almost two hundred years old with beautiful grounds and walking paths. It also has 5-Star ratings all over it. For those looking for on-site massage services at their Hershey bed and breakfast in Pennsylvania, Berry Patch Bed & Breakfast provides Swedish massage, deep tissue massage, craniosacral fascial therapy, and infrared sauna therapy. After all that healing, you’ll need some pampering!
Where does one start? From big city contemporary inns to the rural settings with rich history, choosing a romantic bed and breakfast in Pennsylvania will have more to do with your preference for the setting. Up for the city action right from your flight? Pittsburgh and Philly will certainly deliver within minutes of getting off your plane. Feel like a scenic drive to a more remote location to unwind, well, there’s a whole lot of Pennsylvania out there from which to choose. Take your time, enjoy “Penn’s Woods,” and treat yourself to some first-rate Keystone State luxury.