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Bed and Breakfast in Pennsylvania

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.

Bed and Breakfast in Pennsylvania

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.

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.

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.

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!). When reserving one of our private, romantic cottages, located in Lancaster County PA you will experience a refreshing, natural atmosphere, an excellent breakfast, and heart-warming hospitality.

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

The Inn & Spa at Intercourse Village is nestled in the heart of Lancaster County, PA. Imagine the perfect atmosphere for a relaxing, romantic couples' getaway, or the ideal location for a shopping adventure with friends. The Inn & Spa at Intercourse Village offers our guests exclusive accommodations, exceptional cuisine, and an old world elegance that can be appreciated in this fast-paced world. Our unique property offers the opportunity to stay in one of our Historic Main House rooms, spacious 400 sq. ft. Homestead suites or one of our opulent 465 -600 sq. ft. Jacuzzi Grand suites. Once you’ve settled into this serene environment, allow us to tempt you with a relaxing spa service. Our memorable part of the world will enchant you with its quaint shops, beautiful scenery, and rich history as you stroll through this rare wall-less museum. Upon your return, rest with a cup of tea on the front porch of our beautifully restored 1909 home, the crown jewel of this Historic Village. Leave your car relax here, and stroll through the village – early morning – mid afternoon or early evening, for there is plenty of things to see and do. Walk to all the craft, quilt, tin, furniture and antique shops and restaurants. Take a horse & carriage ride through Intercourse Village; walk to the Old Candle Barn & watch candles being made; or visit one of the 30 shops within walking distance. Full hot buffet breakfast included. Above and beyond the beautiful surroundings, everyone is made to feel at home. Always greeted with a friendly smile and treated with gracious hospitality. It is the Thomas family’s desire that this property provide a warm and welcoming place for folks to find a respite from the stress of life. “When you choose to stay with us, we hope you have an enjoyable and memorable time and that you feel the peace and presence of God at Our Inn. We have a wonderful staff to greet and assist you with anything you may need. We trust that when you arrive as guests, you depart as friends. May God Bless You and Keep you in His care, Kurt & Char Thomas and family

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

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.

Galvanized America Inn and Art Gallery offers guests a truly unique experience in Bucks County near New Hope. Our 1754 farmhouse sits on 6.4 acres with an inground pool, firepit, shaded patio, and grand vistas (including picturesque sunrise and sunset views). We're in the middle of nowhere...yet close to everything Bucks County has to offer: Historic Doylestown, the bustling river towns of New Hope/Lambertville, NJ/Frenchtown, NJ, Lake Nockamixon State Park, Ralph Stover State Park, Delaware River tubing, boat/canoe/kayak/paddle board rentals, Bucks County Wine Trail, Bucks County Ale Trail, Covered Bridges Tour, antiquing, boutique shopping, cafes, fabulous restaurants and so much more!

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.

This Coudersport, PA bed and breakfast offers luxurious rooms and accommodations in Pennsylvania. Enjoy a fabulous breakfast, and once you experience the country's comfort, you’ll find yourself longing to return to experience every season. From the beauty of spring to the cool, starry evenings of summer, sweeping into the glory of autumn or riding your snowmobile over hundreds of miles of trails during winter, you’ll find yourself putting Frosty Hollow Bed and Breakfast at the top of your list of country getaways. Book your stay today! Click our link above to Book Direct for your next escape in Coudersport, Pennsylvania.

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!

A Beautiful, restored 1826 Registered Civil War house just half a mile from I-81 & 3 miles from I-76, in Carlisle, PA. Carlisle House and Carlisle Events is one of NBC Washington's Top Ten Weekend Getaways! Chosen one of USA Today's Top 10 Harrisburg Hotels! Just voted in 2022 the #4 Best Historic Small Town in the Country. Come see for yourself! Gourmet Breakfasts and up to date amenities await you just steps from restaurants and quaint little shops. Dickinson College, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet and the Army War College are all very accessible from our door.

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!

The Historic Smithton Inn, in Lancaster County, PA, is a charming bed and breakfast with an on-site Wine Bar! This fully updated historic building is a wonderful choice for guests who appreciate impeccable customer service and attention to detail. The property has lovely grounds including a courtyard and sunken fire pit, for guests who want to relax and unwind on-site. For those who want to explore the MANY attractions and sights PA Dutch Country has to offer, the Inn is within 20 minutes of most anything guests want to see or do. Guest rooms are all spacious and have private bathrooms, working fireplaces, robust WiFi, flatscreen smart TVs and in-room controlled air conditioning. A full, delicious, home cooked breakfast is included with your stay. The Weathered Vineyards Wine Ephrata Wine Bar is open to guests daily by request, to the public Friday - Sunday. A a Mediterranean Bistro menu is served.

Welcome to the Blue Rock bed & breakfast located in Lancaster County, PA. Family friendly lodging and breakfast await you in historic Amish Country, Well located, spacious, and affordable home comforts. We offer spacious and affordable accommodations for individual or family travel. Enjoy a large back yard in a peaceful neighborhood with a community park across the street, golf course within a mile, hiking trails, farm land, a public swimming pool, Amish country attractions and much more in the nearby area. Within walking distance are the following: a grocery store, several restaurants, two convenience stores, a post office, a Lancaster County RRTA bus stop, and the MU campus. Indoors offers spacious quarters with three separate rooms each with a private bath and unique features such as DVD, free wifi, AC, refrigerator, small kitchen appliances, queen bed, iron, soaps, linens, parking, delicious home-cooked breakfast, and much more… A virtual tour is available to preview on our website.

The French Manor Inn and Spa is an enchanting chateau, Poconos bed & breakfast that sits atop Huckleberry Mountain in Newfoundland, Pennsylvania. As a guest of The French Manor, you will enjoy views of the beautiful crests and ridges of the Northern Pocono Mountains. Our elegant Poconos bed and breakfast is unlike other Poconos hotels with its secluded and private lookout that is separate from the populace. Spacious, uncompromising accommodations, together with fine service, make The French Manor Inn and Spa perfect for your romantic Poconos getaway.

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!

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!

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This Elmira bed and breakfast offers luxurious rooms and accommodations in New York. Enjoy breakfast in our comfortable room tastefully decorated for your relaxation. Our BnB in Elmira provides cable TV, wireless internet and a Treasure Hunt that will send you exploring throughout the house. There is plenty of seating to enjoy in and around the Castle if you just want to relax in your own kingdom. Book your stay today! Click our link above to Book Direct for your next great escape in Elmira, New York.

Rosewood Inn is a elegant Victorian Bed & Breakfast that has been Pampering People since 1980. Located in Corning, NY, less than a mile to the Corning Museum Of Glass and just three walking blocks to the Historic downtown area. Come discover charming shops, restaurants,galleries, museums and so much more!

The Inn at Gaffer Grille offers an accommodating stay on historical Market Street in the Gaffer District of Corning New York. Corning's Gaffer District is a unique place with many shops, the widely known Corning Glass Museum and Rockwell Museum of Western History, along with many other activities.

Steps away from Dickinson College, Penn State Dickinson Law, the Central PA Youth Ballet (CPYB), and Historic Downtown Carlisle, the Mooreland Garden Inn is the perfect place to stay close when taking a school tour or visiting for an event. The Mooreland Garden Inn is a short drive to the US Army War College, and Carlisle Events Car Shows, too. The bed and breakfast is in a 100 year old Georgian Revival Manor Home that has been elegantly restored and updated to accommodate our guests. Innkeepers, Dawn Flower-Webb and Bruce Webb, look forward to welcoming you. Each guest room has a private bath with a rainwater shower, soft Turkish Towels, and our signature line of organic soaps and lotions. Our rooms feature bed linens by Comphy sheets, free WIFI, a smart tv with cable, and areas for you to relax, read, or work. All guests are welcome to the “Tea and Coffee Bar” with 24 hour access to cold soft drinks, bottled water, snacks (packaged and MGI made), tea and coffee. A hot breakfast is prepared each morning and is available from 7-9 AM. Guests are welcome to eat in the dining room, at the kitchen bar, or on the "purple porch". We invite you to enjoy the garden and the variety of birds who frequent our feeders.

Our historic Boutique Inn is located in upstate NY in the Village of Owego.

A Slice of Home Bed & Breakfast is nestled in a quiet, romantic, rural setting, 20 minutes from Ithaca, NY and 30 minutes from Watkins Glen, NY. We are a short distance to Cornell University and Ithaca College, Corning Museum of Glass and four New York State Parks surrounded by wineries, antique shops, and cross country skiing and bicycle trails.

This Montour Falls, NY bed and breakfast offers luxurious rooms and accommodations in New York. Enjoy a complimentary breakfast, and Private Bathroom, and Free WiFi. Our bnb in Montour Falls provides a fire pit and A/C and Heat without sacrificing quality or service. Book your stay today! Click our link above to Book Direct for your next fun escape in Montour Falls, New York.

Come enjoy a romantic getaway at the Tudor Rose Bed & Breakfast in Watkins Glen, New York. Situated in the Finger Lakes Region, our B&B is located nearby Watkins Glen State Park on Seneca Lake, Watkins Glen International Racetrack, and several wineries. Our English Tudor-style home offers 5 charming guestrooms, including one that is handicap accessible.

This Watkins Glen, NY bed and breakfast offers luxurious rooms and accommodations in New York. Enjoy a fabulous breakfast, and We are within walking distance to Seneca Lake and Marina, the Watkins Glen State Park, the Catharine Valley Trail, and the shops, galleries and eateries located in the heart of historic Watkins Glen on Franklin Street. We are a short drive to the Watkins Glen International Racetrack, and the Wineries, Breweries and Distilleries on Seneca Lake. ! Click our link above to Book Direct for your next escape in Watkins Glen, New York.

The Log Country Inn B&B of Ithaca celebrates 20 years of serving you! Whether you're visiting friends or family in our area, or you've chosen Log Country Inn as your home base" for experiencing the scenic and recreational attractions of our countryside."

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.

The Black Sheep Inn and Spa, a Boutique Inn centrally situated in Hammondsport at the southern tip of Keuka Lake is a Farm to Table Bed & Breakfast, offering on site Spa services, Locally sourced breakfast, Art Studio to create and luxury touring for Inn guests.

Nestled in Hammondsport, NY; The 18 Vine Inn & Carriage offers welcoming accommodations in the heart of the Finger Lakes region. His & Hers Craft Beer, Wine Country, Distillery Tours are all offered at the 18 Vine Inn & Carriage House.

This Burdett bed and breakfast offers luxurious rooms and accommodations in New York. Enjoy a la carte or American breakfast, and air conditioning and feature a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with a shower and a hairdryer. Our bnb in Burdett provides WIFI access, a shared lounge at this property and guests can go cycling nearby without sacrificing quality or service. Book your stay today! Click our link above to Book Direct for your next great escape in Burdett, New York.

Our philosophy is simple: Treat our guests as friends. Provide clean and comfortable accommodations, serve great vegan food and be as helpful as possible.

Explore Pennsylvania Bed and Breakfasts

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.

    History

  • 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.

  • Activities

  • 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.

  • Natural Features

  • 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.

  • Things to Do

  • 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.

  • Weather

  • 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.

  • Food and Drink

  • 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.

Bed and Breakfast in Pennsylvania FAQ

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  • Why Stay at a Bed & Breakfast in Pennsylvania?

    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.

  • What types of amenities can I expect when booking a bed and breakfast in Pennsylvania?

    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.

  • How can I get around Pennsylvania?

    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.

  • What are the different types of B&Bs in Pennsylvania?

    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.

  • Bed and Breakfast Philadelphia Pennsylvania

    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.

  • Bed and Breakfast Gettysburg Pennsylvania

    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.

  • Bed and Breakfast Hershey Pennsylvania

    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!

  • Most romantic bed and breakfast in Pennsylvania

    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.