Stop what you’re doing and listen up! You NEED a vacation. You need some rest and relaxation. You work too hard, everyone says so. But where to go? You don’t want to spend a fortune, obviously, but you also want to go somewhere you feel like you’re spoiling yourself. Wait! What about The Bushkill Inn & Conference Center? What makes that place so special, you ask?
As The Bushkill Inn & Conference Center’s website so bluntly states, “Not all Pocono Resorts are created equally”. Assuming they’re referring to their superiority over the competition, they back it up through their location, hospitality, and luxury amenities. Taking its name from the adjacent Bushkill falls (also known as “The Niagara of Pennsylvania”), The Bushkill Inn is known for its pristine surroundings. It has 160 acres to its own in the beautiful Pocono Mountains, and uses that space to great effect. 103 private rooms, suites and cabins dot the landscape, each lovingly decorated and furnished. It’s the perfect place for family, or if you just need some “you” time. So, what do you say? Convinced? Of course you are.
The resort has 160 acres to itself.
In winter, check out nearby Shawnee Mountain Ski Area!
Pennsylvania's State Flower is the Mountain Laurel.
Ahhh, spa. There’s just something in the word that makes our muscles unknot, our shoulders relax and our hectic lives seem infinitely simpler. If we felt all that just thinking about Nemacolin Woodlands Resort’s luxurious spa, imagine how you’ll feel when you actually surrender to one of these bliss-inducing body treatments on your Pennsylvania spa vacation.
Pore-cleansing facials, relaxing sea salt soaks and Swedish massages enhanced by the soothing addition of heated basalt stones are just a hint of what’s to come inside the Woodlands Spa. Even men who normally shy away from such pampered behavior line up by the dozen for this Pennsylvania spa’s exclusive, deep-cleansing GQ Facial. Nemacolin Woodlands Resort has been called a lot of things – Pennsylvania’s most luxurious resort, the region’s most palate-pleasing dining experience and the quintessential Pennsylvania golf resort, to name a few. But above all else, Nemacolin Woodlands Resort is about family. Never one to exclude, this Farmington, PA resort even offers a special kids-only spa, Spa Voyage, for Pennsylvania family vacations. Pint-sized spa-goers will find a delightfully dirty way to get clean at the Beach Spa Boutique, where their little hands can create mud and scrub concoctions to their heart’s content!
The benchmark for excellence in resort lodging, the Chateau Lafayette at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort was designed to replicate the famed Ritz Paris in France.
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If Spa Voyage isn’t enough to satisfy your children’s spa cravings, we think a massage or facial in the playfully-themed Rejuvenating Jungle should be up to the task.
Conde Nast Traveler magazine rated the Woodlands Spa the No. 10 Resort Spa in North America in 2008.
The Southern Allegheny resort in our No. 3 spot bears a striking resemblance to Washington, DC’s presidential palace – a fact that must not have slipped past President James Buchanan, who once used the Omni Bedford Springs Resort as his summer White House. Historic charm and modern comfort awaits you on your Pennsylvania vacation!
With the tempting Donald Ross-designed golf course and the enticing Springs Eternal Spa both on site, the Omni Bedford Springs Resort makes choosing just one the most difficult task on your Pennsylvania vacation. Fortunately, this is one Southern Allegheny resort that has mastered the art of the compromise – or at least has made an admirable attempt to with its His and Hers Packages that combine a historic 18 holes on the fully-restored Old Bedford Course with a generous $100 spa credit to be spent however your heart desires. We’ll take that over monogrammed towels in a heartbeat! Bedford Springs Resort’s playfully named Cooks and Corks immersion weekends feature cooking demonstrations, seminars and, of course, plenty of tasting! This Southern Allegheny culinary extravaganza kicks off with a champagne toast in the grand lobby, continues with an evening reception featuring well-known domestic, international and boutique wine labels and concludes with a spectacular four-course dinner hand-prepared by Bedford Springs’ first-class chefs. We’ll clink glasses to that!
Located in South Central Pennsylvania’s scenic Cumberland Valley, the Omni Bedford Springs Resort is just 90 minutes from Pittsburgh and three hours from Philadelphia. The resort is three miles off the Pennsylvania Turnpike at Exit 146.
The Native Americans first used the Bedford Springs Resort’s mineral springs for their curative properties.
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The 30,000 sq.-ft.-Springs Eternal Spa at the Bedford Springs Resort specializes in mineral water treatments.
Our No. 4 spot may be making its first appearance on our coveted Top 10 list, but it wasn’t long ago that this Pennsylvania resort made a debut of another kind. We don’t want to give it all away in the first paragraph, but we will say this: If you’re a seasoned sporting clays competitor – or just a long-time spectator of the sport – we think you’ll love what’s in store at Seven Springs Mountain Resort!
Okay, okay. So maybe we did give it away a little bit, but it’s not like we told you about Seven Springs’ not one, but three spectacular Pennsylvania shooting clay courses that have played host to prestigious tournaments and events since their debut in the fall of 2007. We definitely failed to mention that Seven Springs offers private lessons, a palate-pleasing restaurant and a spacious lodge – in addition to providing everything from ammunition to après-shooting relaxation all on site. And we still have yet to reveal the one amenity that makes this Pennsylvania resort perfectly suited to your clay shooting vacation: its role as an exclusive provider of Krieghoff shotgun rentals! Perfect for Pennsylvania group retreats or corporate vacations, the Fin ‘n Feather retreat house pairs the comforts of home with creative teambuilding pursuits. Stay close to home with private trout ponds, a putting green and lawn games, or venture out for fly fishing in the abundant streams that punctuate Pennsylvania’s countryside.
Inspired by the beauty, delicacy and rarity of this exceptional flower, Seven Springs Mountain Resort’s Trillium Spa is the place to relax, unwind and renew on your Pennsylvania spa vacation.
Situated atop the Laurel Highlands of western Pennsylvania, Seven Springs Mountain Resort provides some of the best natural snow in the mid-Atlantic region and is perfect for Pennsylvania family ski vacations!
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Seven Springs gives new meaning to adventure with a full menu of Pennsylvania activities, including mountain biking, a 24-ft. Rock Wall and the all-new Eurobungy.
Our No. 5 spot isn’t much of a resort at all. But don’t misunderstand; that’s only because it’s best described as a historic Pennsylvania inn and tavern with a rich and storied past. Famous for its heritage and hospitality, the Golden Eagle Inn is our No. 5 pick and your point of departure on your historic Pennsylvania vacation!
We can’t imagine a better place to begin your tour than in a historic tavern that once provided food and shelter to George Washington’s troops. That’s right, the Golden Eagle Inn bears more than a patriotic name; this Pennsylvania inn played an instrumental role in the famed Whiskey Rebellion! But there’s even more U.S. history to be relived on your Pennsylvania vacation, especially with the Golden Eagle Inn’s fantastic location in downtown Bedford. Outside, you’ll be a few old-fashioned footsteps away from historic Bedford’s theaters, shops and museums. And inside, antique furnishings, delicate floral wallpapers and exquisite chandeliers complete your historic journey. But we first encountered this Southern Allegheny inn on a tour of another kind – specifically, a time-traveling exploration of culinary proportions. Inside the Golden Eagle’s elegant dining rooms, colonial flavors and local foods blend for scrumptious dishes like buttery croissants filled with fluffy scrambled eggs and smoked salmon, pan-seared duck breast on a bed of fresh field greens and old-fashioned buttermilk pie.
Original hardwood floors, high ceilings, fireplaces and more were all painstakingly preserved within the Golden Eagle Inn’s walls.
From I-70 or I-76, exit at Bedford and turn right. Travel south on U.S. 220 for approximately two miles to the second traffic light. Turn right and proceed to the Golden Eagle Inn on your right. From I-99 South, take the bypass and turn at the Bedford exit. The inn will be on your left before you reach the second traffic light.
In the late 1700s, Dr. John Anderson built the first brick building in Bedford, known as Anderson's Mansion, and opened the Golden Eagle Tavern on the home’s first floor.
Hidden Valley may be known for the delicious line of salad dressings that share its name, but we think this Pennsylvania town has so much more to offer than flavorful lettuce toppings – starting with our No. 6 spot, Four Seasons Lodges.
If it’s true that Hidden Valley Resort is a four-season Pennsylvania playground, we think it’s only fitting for the Four Seasons Lodges to serve as the center of the action on your Pennsylvania family vacation. In fact, there’s so much adventure to be had here in the Laurel Highlands, we really shouldn’t even bother to tell you about these affordable, family-sized Pennsylvania lodge rooms. There’s too much to be said about all the fishing, mountain biking, golfing and pampering you’ll be doing at this Southern Allegheny resort! Think it’s impossible to carve, glide and hang ten when the weather warms up? We would have agreed – if we hadn’t been introduced to the exciting sport of mountain boarding, courtesy of Hidden Valley Sport Shop. Like a skateboard but built specifically to handle the Highlands’ topsy-turvy mountain terrain, these four wheel wonders are just one way to cruise the Pennsylvania countryside. But perhaps you’d feel a bit better if you had all four feet planted firmly on the Pennsylvania soil. No, that’s not a typo – hitch a ride on one of Hidden Valley Stables’ four-legged friends for guided tours through Hidden Valley’s winding trails!
Packages from Hidden Valley Resort pair cozy accommodations at Four Seasons Lodges with activities of your choice for the perfect Pennsylvania vacation.
The Hidden Valley Golf Club is a spectacular 18-hole championship course with narrow tree-lined fairways nestled among native Mountain Laurel. Let the professionals at Hidden Valley plan your Pennsylvania golf vacation to a tee!
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The Mountain Spa at Hidden Valley Resort is the perfect place to get away from the stress of everyday life.
“Altitude with Attitude” is the slogan of our No. 7 pick, but we wanted to see a little proof before we fell for this Pennsylvania resort’s lofty – yet catchy – claim. We know what you’re thinking: tell us already!
So what exactly did our impromptu investigation of Blue Knob All Seasons Resort reveal? This year-round Pennsylvania resort certainly has the altitude; it is set on the slopes of Pennsylvania’s highest skiable mountain, after all. Strap on your skis and head to the top for a breathtaking Pennsylvania ski experience that will go straight to your head. This stellar mountain resort gives you easy access to 35 trails, ranging from easily-tamed bunny hills to daunting double black diamonds, plus a terrifying vertical drop in excess of 1,000 feet! As for the attitude, we found it a bit harder to sum up Blue Knob All Seasons Resort’s blend of exhilarating recreation, heart-stopping adventures and luxurious alpine lodging, so we’ll let you be the judge on your Pennsylvania mountain vacation. We recommend Blue Knob’s midweek or weekend ski packages, complete with cozy lodging and discounted lift passes, for a true taste of the Pennsylvania slopes.
From the PA turnpike, follow I-99 (Rt. 220) North to the Claysburg/King exit. Follow business Rt. 220 North to Claysburg. Turn left at the second traffic light onto Ski Gap Road. Follow Ski Gap Road for three miles until you reach a stop sign. Veer to your left at the stop sign and go 1/4 of a mile. Make a left at the Blue Knob sign at the bottom of the mountain. Follow the road up the mountain approximately three miles to the condos or four miles to the ski lodge.
Throughout the year there are many festivals and events in the Blue Knob Resort area, including Thunder in the Valley, the Tour de’toona and Bedford County’s Fall Foliage Festival.
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Blue Knob All Seasons Resort’s conference center easily accommodates up to 300 guests for memorable Pennsylvania mountain weddings, reunions and corporate events.
With only five guest rooms to its name, our No. 8 spot certainly offers a more intimate experience on your Pennsylvania mountain vacation. Some might call the Inn at Solvang’s minute proportions a bit stuffy, but we think a secluded location and plenty of privacy are necessary for more amorous occasions.
From floral carpets to chintz curtains and coverlets, something – we’ll call it romance – is blossoming in the Inn at Solvang’s intimate Heart and Hand room. Down the hall, the Garden Room’s whirlpool tub for two is brimming with heavenly-scented bubbles. And just a staircase away, a grand piano and harpsichord lend the ambiance of a bygone era to this colonial home. Call us crazy, but we think this gracious Pennsylvania inn might be just the ticket to reconnecting on your Pennsylvania mountains romantic getaway! If you ask us, the best part of the Inn at Solvang’s secluded location is that it only seems worlds away. Really, this Pennsylvania inn is mere minutes from Huntingdon, PA, and just a few hours from Washington, DC. Here, you can spend your days strolling hand-in-hand through the Pennsylvania countryside, fishing the inn’s private trout stream with that special someone by your side or heating things up with a friendly round of golf on Standing Stone’s course.
The entire Inn at Solvang was completely renovated using vibrant colors, murals, trompe l’oeil and stenciling to bring new life to its rooms.
The Inn at Solvang is located one hour south of Interstate 80 through State College on route 26 south or one hour north of the Pennsylvania Turnpike (Interstate 76) using Route 522 north, Route 22 west and Route 26 north. The Inn is situated four miles north of Huntingdon on Route 26. Look for signs on the east side of the road. University Park Airport is just 45 minutes north.
The Inn at Solvang was originally designed and built by Huntingdon attorney C. Jewett Henry and his wife, Phyllis.
When we first found the Pennsylvania bed and breakfast in our No. 9 spot, we were convinced we’d found an inn suffering from a serious identity crisis. After further inquisition, we learned that the Quill Haven Country Inn’s unique blend of old world charm tempered with modern luxury was precisely the effect the innkeepers intended!
As extensive travelers, Quill Haven Country Inn’s proprietors loved the unique charms and gracious hospitality they were treated to during their stays at bed and breakfasts across the country. But time after time, they came to the same conclusion: something was missing. Rather than submit themselves to the same sub-par experiences year after year, they decided to open a Somerset inn that paired all the charisma of a bed and breakfast with the modern comforts associated with full-service Pennsylvania hotels. Thus, our No. 9 spot was born, making way for a whole new era of service and luxury on your Pennsylvania mountain vacation! In keeping with the innkeeper’s lofty dreams, everything the eye beholds at this Pennsylvania bed and breakfast has either been restored to its former glory or replaced with even more exceptional modern-day luxuries. You’ll still enjoy authentic inn details like hand-crocheted doilies, stained glass lamps and period furnishings, but we think you’ll be equally inspired by modern luxuries like updated baths and a spacious outdoor hot tub!
Downhill and cross-country skiing, snow tubing and sleigh rides can be enjoyed at Hidden Valley, Seven Springs, and Laurel Mountain Ski Resorts.
All of the Quill Haven Country Inn’s rooms have private baths with showers, air conditioning, ceiling fans, color cable television with premium channels, VCR and DVD players, wireless Internet and heated mattress pads.
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During the period from March 15 through May 15, affectionately known around Somerset, PA as mud season, Quill Haven Country Inn offers a 15 percent discount on two-night stays.
Ornate fireplaces, hand-carved oak paneling and exquisite gold leaf chandeliers. No, this isn’t a summary straight out of your local Parade of Homes directory. Rather, it’s just a few of the extravagant details you’ll be treated to when you stay at the historic Pennsylvania bed and breakfast in our No. 10 spot, the Inn at Georgian Place.
From the moment you cross into the marble foyer of this magnificently-restored Georgian mansion, you’ll be stepping into the sumptuous lifestyle enjoyed by local coal and cattle baron, Mr. D.B. Zimmerman, in Somerset’s heydays. The Inn at Georgian Place may have been built nearly a century ago, but we’re certain you’ll agree that timeless elegance and luxury like this easily translates to the modern day. Rich oak-paneled walls, overstuffed sofas and plush leather club chairs will have you feeling like royalty, as will the sprawling king-size sleigh bed prominently featured in the inn’s Library Suite. The Inn at Georgian Place even offers a traditional afternoon tea service fit for a queen! A selection of distinctive snacks – including scrumptious slices of lemon pound cake, buttermilk scones slathered with raspberry jam and unexpectedly delightful cucumber and bleu cheese finger sandwiches – accompany this refreshing Pennsylvania pick-me-up.
The Inn at Georgian Place’s stately brick exterior lends a timeless elegance to Pennsylvania weddings and events.
Want to learn more about this Pennsylvania mansion’s rich past? The Somerset Historical Society is just minutes away!
The Inn at Georgian Place’s onsite bar, D.B.'s Publik Room, serves up classic libations and was named for the mansion’s former owner.