No matter how much you love the burgh, sometimes it’s nice to get away for a little while. Whether you’re job is stressful, or you’re frustrated by the challenges of interior home remodeling, a little time away from your routine can improve your outlook and your stress level. These fall getaways are no more than a few hours from Pittsburgh, yet far enough away that you can truly relax and decompress from the demands of your everyday life.
The Greenbrier Resort
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Just over four hours from the Pittsburgh area, West Virginia’s Greenbrier Resort provides the ultimate getaway experience. The 11,000 acre resort, a favorite of presidents and celebrities, offers 710 rooms, suites and homes, plus a seemingly unending list of activities.
Relax in a two-bedroom Executive Suite featuring Dorothy Draper décor, or book a South Carolina Row cottage and bring the whole family. The cottages offer living and dining rooms, fireplaces, porches and three or four bedrooms. All accommodations include Greenbrier Mineral Spa toiletries, microfiber plush robes and slippers, high-speed WiFI, flat screen TVs and twice daily mail services.
Popular activities include golf, tennis, fishing, carriage rides, fitness classes, hiking, tours of the Cold War-era bunker, croquet, guided tours of the resort, laser tag, off-road driving, paintball, an escape room, Segway tours, shuffleboard, swimming at the indoor pool, movies and horseback riding.
Gateway Lodge Country Inn Resort and Spa
Why not trade one burgh for another – at least temporarily? The Gateway Lodge in Cooksburg, PA, may look rustic on the outside, but it’s the perfect place to enjoy nature without sacrificing comfort. The Lodge’s luxury suites offer king or queen-size beds, gas fireplaces, Jacuzzis, plush robes and private balconies.
As a guest of the lodge, you’ll enjoy a gourmet breakfast every morning and afternoon tea. Spend the morning hiking, fishing or horseback riding, then indulge in an afternoon massage at the Lodge’s Woods Spa. The Gateway Lodge Restaurant and Wine Bar features sustainable sourced menu options and an award-winning wine collection.
While you’re in the area, you’ll find plenty of things to do. Nearby Cook Forest State Park offers kayaking, horseback riding, hiking, bumper boats, mini golf and fishing. If you’re planning a home improvement project in Pittsburgh or surrounding area, you’ll want to shop local artisan galleries for one-of-a-kind artwork and décor.
Spencer House Bed and Breakfast
Spencer House, a Victorian mansion located in the heart of Erie, is an excellent home base for your trip to the area. Although the rooms feature period furnishings, the B&B offers all the modern conveniences, including free Wi-Fi. In the morning, you’ll enjoy a home-cooked breakfast that includes eggs, local thick-cut bacon, fruit, seasoned potatoes and cinnamon chip pancakes, the B&B’s specialty.
While you’re in Erie, stop by the Erie Maritime Museum and check out the Niagara, an 18th century war ship that played an important part in the War of 1812. Although it will be too cold to swim, you may still enjoy spending a little time at Presque Isle State Park on the shores of Lake Erie. View the changing leaf colors, hike, roller blade or spend some time on the water in a canoe or kayak.
After an in-room massage at The Queen, a stately bed and breakfast in historic Bellefonte, you’ll feel relaxed and recharged. The B&B offers classic Victorian accommodations, gourmet breakfasts and rooms with turrets and fireplaces. Just outside your door, you’ll find an eclectic assortment of stores, galleries and restaurants in downtown Bellefonte.
Bellefonte is located just 20 minutes from State College. Although the Nittany Lions may be the enemy if you’re a Pitt fan, your trip won’t be complete if you don’t tour the gardens, conservatory and greenhouses at the Arboretum at Penn State.
After your visit to the arboretum, head to Stone Mountain Vineyards in Middlesburg. You’re invited to drop by any time during regular business hours to sample the vineyard’s collection of over 50 different wines.
The Woods Resort
If your ideal fall getaway destination features impressive views of the changing autumn landscape, you’ll want to add The Woods Resort to your list. In fact, you won’t even have to leave your secluded cottage to enjoy perfect views of the vibrant fall foliage.
The resort’s selection of cottages and vacation homes offer plenty of privacy, but still include the features and amenities that make your vacation truly relaxing. The four-bedroom Meadow cottages offer great rooms with cathedral ceilings, while the one-bedroom Pinecrest Cottages provide deluxe baths with whirlpools and gas fireplaces. If you wish, you can also rent privately owned villas and vacation homes.
The Woods Resort offers a variety of activities, including golf, tennis, catch-and-release fishing, hiking, an indoor pool, racquetball court and exercise room. Venture into nearby Berkeley Springs for a little shopping, or visit the historic warm springs at Berkeley Springs State Park in the center of town.
Wouldn’t it be nice to feel as if you’re on vacation year-round? When you upgrade your master bedroom suite or add a game room or home theater to your home, you can hold mini getaways in your own home. Contact us to explore the home remodeling possibilities.
Spencer House Bed and Breakfast
*Originally Published September 4, 2017.