Stay Here: Top Accommodations on the Southwest Passage Wine Trail

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The Southwest Passage Wine Trail meanders through the hidden hills south of Pittsburgh. With eight wineries on the trail, sometimes a day of wine-tasting just isn’t enough.

Make a weekend of it—taste wine, dine on exceptional food and take advantage of world-class accommodations while you explore. Fallingwater, designed by famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright, is a not-to-be-missed stop along the Southwest Passage Wine Trail.

Below are the top spots to stay when you’re exploring the region’s wineries and local attractions.

Small Town Charm
Grammy Rose’s B&B in Washington
Experience the warm and inviting atmosphere at this mansion-turned-B&B. Grammy Rose’s showcases charming features such as mosaic-tiled entryways, stained glass and original fixtures. Many antiques adorn the space. Head outside to the picturesque gazebo or porch for relaxing after a day of wine-tasting.

 

Big City Excitement
The Mansion at Maple Heights in Pittsburgh
Take advantage of all that the city of Pittsburgh has to offer, but keep it quaint at this B&B within the city. The Mansion at Maple Heights is a turn-of-the-century English manor home, built in 1903. After dining out at one of the city’s hot spots, retreat to the the library for a nightcap. Before hitting the road for your next stop on the winery tour, enjoy fresh coffee and a home-cooked breakfast.

 

Family Fun
Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in Farmington
If the kids are along, there is no better way to keep them happy than to stay at this world-class resort. While the little ones are entertained in the Kidz Club, the adults can relax at the spa, take a fitness class or play a round of golf. Dine at one of several restaurants and partake in scheduled wine-tastings to keep the theme of the weekend.

 

Haunted House
Larimer Mansion in North Huntingdon
If you want a little fright with your stay, Larimer Mansion is a spooky treat. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it boasts home-style accommodations  paired with old-fashioned hospitality. We hear the spirits are friendly!

 

Romantic and Rustic
Oak Noggin Bed & Breakfast in Jefferson Hills
This log cabin bed and breakfast was reconstructed from two original 200-year-old frontier homes. This secluded, private home provides all modern amenities while maintaining the home’s history. Unwind while soaking in a long bath in the cast-iron clawfoot tub and get cozy in the 1858 rope bed. A home-cooked full breakfast will be delivered to the log house in a basket in the morning.

 

The Pennsylvania Winery Association is a trade association representing more than 100 member wineries and an advocate on behalf of the state’s growing multibillion-dollar wine industry. With some of the most fertile grape-growing land on the East Coast, Pennsylvania ranks fifth nationally in the amount of grapes grown, seventh in wine production, and seventh in the number of licensed wineries. To learn more about Pennsylvania wine or to plan a trip, visit PennsylvaniaWine.com.

Ronna Dewey

 

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