North Central Pennsylvania boasts three wine trails that wind you through some of the commonwealth’s most diverse grape-growing regions.
The Susquehanna Heartland Trail is home to 16 wineries scattered throughout central Pennsylvania, just north of the state’s capital. The Groundhog Wine Trail is the state’s longest, stretching from Altoona in central Pennsylvania through the Allegheny National Forest toward Erie. And The Uncork PA Great Outdoors Trail is home to a unique variety of wineries – and breweries – with tastes to please any palate. Pick a trail, drink in the variety during the day, and cozy in at night at one of these top spots to stay.
Lap of Luxury: The Lodge at Glendorn in Bradford
The Lodge at Glendorn is a luxurious nature resort ensconced in more than 1,500 acres bordering the Allegheny Mountains. Guests can go fly-fishing and trap-shooting, play tennis, take a leisurely walk through the woods, or relax at their full-service day spa. Fine dining prepared by an award-winning culinary team is complemented by an impressive wine cellar featuring many special vintages from Pennsylvania.
Homey Yet Modern: The Tawsty Flower in Lewisburg
Get all of the charm of a homey bed-and-breakfast with the modern amenities of a boutique hotel. Five rooms are available with private bath en suite, a comfortable pillow-top bed, plenty of pillows, goose down duvets, and extra blankets. A guest cottage in the garden is also available for larger groups. Complimentary breakfast includes a wide selection of fruit juices, seasonal fresh fruits, toasts, boiled eggs, yogurts, cereals, milk, fresh baked items, coffee, and teas.
Farmhouse Style: Bed & Breakfast at the Rock Garden in Boalsburg
Located at the base of Mount Nittany, just north of historic Boalsburg, this bed-and-breakfast offers relaxation in a beautiful country setting. All five guest rooms have private baths and are unique in their decor and style. A hearty hot breakfast is served each morning in the formal dining room.
Go Wild: Mansion District Inn Suites in Smethport
The Pennsylvania Wilds offers a plethora of fun activities for adventurers and nature lovers alike.Take a walk across the Kinzua Sky Walk, stargaze at Cherry Springs State Park, and visit the many wineries that dot this beautiful area. After a day of exploring, tuck yourself into this Queen Anne-style mansion, appointed with an exotic collection of Victorian period antiques. A gourmet three-course breakfast is served in the Golden Oak Dining Room. In the adjoining solarium, an aviary of exotic birds herald the start of another exciting day.
Groundhog Getaway: Plantation Getaway Bed & Breakfast in Punxsutawney
It doesn’t matter if there is more winter coming or if spring is right around the corner when you stay at this quaint, historic home. Linger on the shady veranda in comfortable white wicker chairs or wander through the gardens to the gazebo, then take a short path through the beautiful woods to the labyrinth. Stay in one of six guest rooms, each with private bath, and enjoy a home-cooked meal 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.