Jam-packed airport parking lots, long TSA lines and flight delays make traveling by air in the summer anything but relaxing. Luckily, Western Pennsylvania offers several upscale resorts just 90 minutes from the Pittsburgh area. You’ll want to keep these three resorts in mind when you’re planning your summer getaway.
Seven Springs, PA
Seven Springs Resort offers much more than skiing and snowboarding. In fact, you’ll be able to enjoy even more of the resort when you visit during the summer months. While you’re a guest at Seven Springs, make time for a facial and massage at the Trillium spa, followed by a leisurely meal at one of the eight on-site restaurants. Take in the mountain views while you play the par 71 mountain golf course, or get in a little fly fishing at one of several fishing ponds.
Other recreational opportunities include bowling, an indoor miniature golf course, paddleboats, disc golf, Segway tours, horseback riding, indoor and outdoor pools, ziplines and sporting clays. Want to spend some time on the slopes? Go for a ride on the Alpine Slide, or take the chairlift to the top of the mountain, then ride your mountain bike down the trails.
Seven Springs offers luxurious rooms and suites in a 10-story hotel tower located right in the middle of things. If you’d prefer a little more space, townhomes, cabins and chalets spread across the property provide more square footage and increased privacy.
A round of golf at Mystic Rock at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort includes your own caddie. While you concentrate on correcting your slice, you caddie will help you read the greens and select the ideal club for your next shot. If you enjoy the thrill of playing on a brand new course, you’ll want to visit on July 1 or later when the Shepherd’s Rock course opens.
A massage or treatment in the Woodlands spa will help you relax your muscles, lower your stress level and help you get into vacation mode. After you spend the day at the pool, tennis courts, ropes courses, climbing wall, miniature golf course or bike trails, why not try your luck at the slot machines and table games at the resort’s Lady Luck Casino Nemacolin?
The Omni Bedford Springs Resort pairs history with all the amenities you’ve come to expect from a luxury resort. The resort, built in 1806, features meticulously restored guest rooms and even a restored indoor pool. Although the spring-fed pool looks just like it did in 1905,it’s been heated for your comfort.
The resort also offers plenty of activities to fill your days, including a Donald Ross/A.W. Tillinghaust-designed 18-hole golf course, mineral springs treatments at the Springs Eternal Spa, hiking trails, tennis courts, Segway tours, bocce ball, badminton, volleyball, hiking, biking, fishing and five restaurants.
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Garrett County, Maryland
If it’s not a vacation unless you’re in or on the water, Deep Creek Lake is an excellent getaway location.
At 3,900 acres, the manmade lake is the largest in Maryland and offers ample room for your favorite water-based activities. Swimming, boating, fishing, water skiing and jet skiing will keep you busy for hours.
Comfortable accommodations are an important part of any vacation. Fortunately, the Deep Lake area has several good choices, including Carmel Cove Inn and Lake Pointe Inn. Both inns provide well-appointed rooms with plenty of amenities and offer home-cooked breakfasts and a range of onsite activities.
Hocking County, Ohio
The Hocking Hills area offers a variety of activities for outdoors enthusiasts. Hiking trails lead to amazing cliff-top views, waterfalls, gorges and prehistoric caves. The Rock House Cave in Hocking Hills State Park is a good choice if you tend to feel claustrophobic in underground caves. The main corridor of the cliff-side cave is 20- to 30-feet wide and only 200-feet long. During your trip, you’ll want to take a day off from hiking and browse the selection at local art galleries and antique shops, or schedule a zipline or Segway tour.
You’ll find plenty of cabin rentals and budget motels in the area, but for a truly luxurious experience, book a stay at Glenlaurel Inn. The Scottish inn offers queen or king sleigh beds in guest rooms, whirlpool tubs, private decks, L’Occitane bath amenities, in-room spa services, hiking trails, a golf course, an onsite helicopter pad, and multi-course, candlelit meals.
In Northern Ohio
Just over two hours away from downtown Pittsburgh, Cleveland is the ideal urban getaway location. World-class restaurants and shopping, zoos, parks and museums provide entertainment for the entire family. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is a must see but can get crowded during the weekend. Plan to arrive early or purchase tickets online if a visit to the Hall of Fame is on your schedule. Are you a fan of the movie “A Christmas Story”? You’ll want to stop by The Christmas Story House in Tremont. The home is an exact replica of the Parker home, down to the leg lamp in the window.
You’ll find many well-known hotel brands in downtown Cleveland, including Hilton, InterContinental, Hyatt and Kimpton. Upgrade your visit with a suite stay, spa treatment or a romantic dinner for two at one of these hotels. For the ultimate vacation experience, book a stay at the Ritz-Carlton. The hotel offers luxurious rooms and suites with city and Lake Erie views, a restaurant, fitness club and 7th floor art gallery.
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