With its abundance of attractive towns and natural beauty, Pennsylvania is a wonderful destination for a romantic getaway. From the bright lights and attractions of Pittsburgh to the quirky charms of historic Lancaster, the snow-capped mountains of Seven Springs to the lush farmland of the Blue Mountains, it's a state with something for everyone. It's also a state with a huge selection of wonderfully romantic hotels, lodges, and inns, all of which promise comfort, indulgence, and romance by the boatload. Here's our pick of the 20 best romantic getaways in Pennsylvania.
20. The Rittenhouse, Philadelphia
For a taste of the high life, the wonderfully elegant The Rittenhouse is hard to beat. Set in a conveniently central location in the heart of Philadelphia, it's ideal for guests who want a getaway that combines easy access to the city's top attractions with luxurious accommodation. Each wonderfully spacious guest room features a sumptuous marble bathroom, plush bathrobes, and a full complement of mod-cons. Amenities include a choice of three gourmet restaurants (Lacroix, the Mary Cassatt Tea Room, and the Smith & Wollensky steakhouse), a cocktail bar, and a full-service spa.
19. Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, Farmington
As US News says, one of the best-known romantic lodging options in Pennsylvania is the Nemacolin Woodlands Resort. With crystal chandeliers and marble accents, it's palatial in style, but still cozy enough for guests to feel at home. The AAA Five Diamond Award-winning restaurant Lautrec is a fabulous place to enjoy a dinner for two, while the on-site art gallery, wine cellar, casino, and spa are unlikely to leave couples disappointed. If you prefer outdoor adventure, you'll find dozens of excellent hiking trails at the nearby Ohiopyle State Park and Bear Run Nature Reserve.
18. Hotel Fauchere, Milford
As getawaymavens.com notes, the Hotel Fauchere in Milford excels at personal service - one of the many reasons so many actors, writers, and even US Presidents have stayed here over the years. The rooms are sympathetically decorated and packed with enough comforts and conveniences to ensure a relaxing stay. Both of the two in-house restaurants are superb, and ideal for candlelit dinners for two.
17. The Victorian Charm Inn, Towanda
Towanda has some great accommodation options, but the Victorian Charm Inn tops them all when it comes to romance. Set in a wonderfully restored Victorian property in the heart of the downtown, it combines historic details with 21st-century comforts to ensure a relaxing, memorable stay. Just moments away from the hotel are some of Towanda's best restaurants and attractions, including the lovely River Walk.
16. Buhl Mansion Guesthouse & Spa, Sharon
If you're celebrating an anniversary, a honeymoon, an engagement or simply want to treat your other half to something special, it's hard to go wrong with a stay at the Buhl Mansion Guesthouse & Spa. As vacationidea.com notes, this romantic getaway has been fashioned to resemble a castle, with Grand Oak staircases and Old European style furnishings. You'll certainly feel like royalty as you sink into the cloudlike down comforter on your king-sized bed or take a relaxing soak in the in-room whirlpool. For a top-to-toe pampering experience, treat yourself to a visit to the in-house spa, which includes a steam room, sauna, monsoon showers, and a full range of treatments.
15. Renaissance Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh
Located in the iconic Fulton Building in the heart of the Cultural District in Downtown Pittsburgh, the hotel combines contemporary luxury with historic flourishes, with a breathtaking glass dome ceilinged lobby, double spiral staircases, and marble mosaic details. If you can bear to tear yourself away from the hotel, you'll find some of Pittsburgh's best attractions located on the doorstep, including the Allegheny Riverfront, PNC Park, art galleries, the Andy Warhol Museum, and some of the trendiest dining spots in town.
14. The Inn at Leola Village, Leola
Set in the heart of Amish Country, The Inn at Leola Village in Leola is the perfect base from which to explore the state's Dutch heritage. As the only historic hotel in Pennsylvania with AAA’s Five-Diamond Award, guests can expect exceptional service, superb amenities, and as much luxury as they can handle. To make your stay extra special, opt for the “Couples Pampering” Package, which comes with a welcome bottle of Champagne, a gourmet dinner for two and a 50-minute full-body couples massage.
13. Paradise Stream Resort, Mount Pocono
Located in a picture-perfect setting in view of the Pocono Mountains and Lake Eden, the Paradise Stream Resort in Mount Pocono is ideal for couples. In addition to the 144 spacious suites, the hotel boasts a trendy in-house nightclub, cozy log-burning fireplaces, an arcade, private indoor heated pools, wonderful dining at Colosseum Restaurant, and enough activities to make sure you never get bored. Prices start at a very reasonable $149 per night.
12. Omni Bedford Springs, Bedford
Set in a scenic location in the heart of Cumberland Valley, the historical Omni Bedford Springs is the ideal romantic getaway. Guests can expect elegant accommodation, breathtaking views, and plenty of historic touches. For the ultimate in relaxation, head for the spa to enjoy some top-to-toe pampering. If you don't mind splashing a little extra cash to make your stay even more romantic, upgrade to the “Retreat to Romance” Package, which offers a bottle of welcome champagne, a romantic turndown service, and a $100 cuisine and cocktail credit.
11. Ledges Hotel, Hawley
Surrounded by natural beauty in an idyllic location overlooking the beautiful Paupack High Falls, the 19th-century Ledges Hotel in Hawley is ideal for couples looking to escape the stresses of daily life and indulge in some first-rate luxury. Whether you treat yourself to a couple's massage at the spa, stargaze from the hotel's multi-tier decks, or enjoy a glass or two of farm brewed beer while you enjoy some live jazz at the Blues, Brews, and BBQ restaurant, you're sure to have a relaxing, rejuvenating, and very romantic stay.
10. Hotel Hershey, Hershey
If you love chocolate almost as much as you love your partner, the Hotel Hershey has your name written all over it. Chocolate, as you'd expect, is very much the main theme, especially at the in-house spa where guests can indulge themselves with an "Everything Chocolate" spa package that includes a Whipped Cocoa Butter bath, a Chocolate Fondue Wrap, and a deeply relaxing Cocoa Massage. As you'd expect of a recipient of both the Forbes Four-Star Award and the AAA Four-Diamond Award, everything from the service to the food options is faultless.
9. The Inn at Westwynd Farm, Hershey
Located just a short hop, skip and jump away from Hersheypark is one of the loveliest spots in the state for a romantic getaway, The Inn at Westwynd Farm. Set on a 32-acre farm, the inn is gorgeously intimate, with private patios, 2 person jetted spa tubs, and roaring fireplaces to snuggle up in front of. After starting your day with a delicious breakfast at the inn's restaurant, you'll have your pick of activities to choose between, from horseback riding and hiking to browsing the onsite library or enjoying the complimentary cookies and wine offerings in the lobby.
8. Cove Haven, Lakeville
Cove Haven promises guests the ultimate in romance and relaxation. Set on a scenic location on Lake Wallenpaupack, this cozy resort offers luxurious suites with log burning fireplaces, dry saunas, Bose entertainment systems, round king-sized beds, and contemporary decor. The onsite spa is perfect for a couple's massage, while the extensive list of activities on offers (which includes speed boating, horseback riding, miniature golf, waterskiing, and hiking the picturesque trails) will ensure you never get bored. Entertainment and dining is taken care of by the Colosseum Restaurant, TanLines Bar & Grille, and the Champagne Palace Nightclub.
7. Annville Inn Bed & Breakfast, Annville
What was once the home of US Army General Bruce Kendall now serves as the gorgeously romantic Annville Inn Bed & Breakfast. Set on 7000 acres of lush farmland in the Blue Mountains, this idyllic retreat promises peace, tranquility, and the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of modern life. Turn up the romance with one of the hotel's romantic packages. If wine and picnics float your boat, opt for the "Gourmet Picnic & Wine Trail” Package. Otherwise, the “Ultimate Romance” Package - which comes with a delicious selection of handmade local chocolates, a dinner for two at a restaurant in the town, and 2 tickets to the art deco Allen Theater- is sure to go down a storm.
6. Lancaster Arts Hotel, Lancaster
Historic Lancaster has a clutch of excellent accommodation options, but the Lancaster Arts Hotel might well be the best of the bunch. Housed in the former A.S. Rosenbaum Tobacco Warehouse facility, the hotel delivers history, luxury, and romance by the mile. The 63 sumptuous guestrooms combine historic architectural details with plenty of 21st luxuries like high-definition televisions and iPod docking stations. Elsewhere in the hotel, you'll find a very well-equipped fitness center along with the super swanky John J. Jeffries restaurant.
5. Bridgeton House on the Delaware, Upper Back Eddy
Named as one of the best romantic getaways in Pennsylvania by visitpa.com, the Bridgeton House on the Delaware in Upper Back Eddy combines first-class service with luxury in a way that guarantees a memorable stay. With a beautiful riverside location, spacious, well-designed rooms with featherbeds, private porches, roaring log fires, and Jacuzzi bathtubs, and a large helping of French country charm, it's ideal for honeymooners and courting couples. To inject even more romance into your stay, surprise your partner by upgrading to one of the many romance packages to enjoy chocolate-covered strawberries, fresh-cut flowers, couples massages, prosecco, and breakfast in bed.
4. The Lodge at Woodloch, Hawley
If you want to enjoy a peaceful retreat in nature without having to forgo luxury, The Lodge at Woodloch in Hawley shouldn't be missed. The key attraction of this five-star hotel is the spa, which offers 27 treatment rooms, steam rooms, several saunas, and, to top it all, an Aqua Garden with hydromassage waterfalls. The extensive list of activities (including cooking classes, yoga classes, paddleboarding, and kayaking) will give you plenty of time to connect as a couple, although if you fail to find the spark, you could always try some archery or hatchet throwing instead.
3. Dolon House Bed & Breakfast, Jim Thorpe
As usawirenews.com notes, there's no shortage of charm to Jim Thorpe, a small town nestled deep within the Pocono Mountains. Known by the nickname “Little Switzerland of America” because of its European-style architecture and dramatic mountain peaks, it's packed with enough museums, churches, bookstores, and boutiques to ensure vacationers never run out of things to do. Accommodation options are as numerous as everything else, but when it comes to an idyllic romantic getaway, it's hard to go wrong with Dolon House Bed & Breakfast, a cozy inn boasting mosaic floors, stained glass windows, impeccable service, and wonderfully comfortable rooms.
2. Gateway Lodge, Cooksburg
Gateway Lodge, an eco-friendly lodge nestled in Cook Forest, promises a wonderfully romantic retreat. Tranquility and comfort are guaranteed when you stay in one of its beautifully decorated wooden cabins, which come with private balconies overlooking the forest, plush king-sized beds, and cozy sofas. If you're in the mood to be pampered, head for the Woods Spa, an Aveda destination spa that specializes in natural treatments.
1. Seven Springs Mountain Resort, Champion
If you want to combine outdoor adventure with romance, the Seven Springs Mountain Resort has what you need. Pick from a diverse range of accommodations such as suites, cottages, condos, townhouses, and chalets. If you can't bear to leave your pooch at home, pet-friendly rooms are available. All options are spacious and bright, with enough comforts and conveniences to make you feel at home. There are 11 dining options to choose between, some of them great for a light snack and others perfect for a romantic candlelit dinner. There are endless opportunities for fun and games in the surroundings, including skiing, snowboarding, hiking and other mountain pursuits. Once you've had your fill of outdoor adventure, return to the resort to wind down with a relaxing couples massage at the in-house spa.
Written by Liz Flynn
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