As you’re heading northwest towards the top left corner of Pennsylvania, you’ll begin to notice a change in scenery. Cornfields and rolling farms give way to rows of vines as far as the eye can see.
Welcome to Lake Erie Wine Country, the largest grape-growing region east of the Rockies.
Nestled between the western border of New York and Lake Erie, this region is home to native grapes, such as Chambourcin, European varietals like Chardonnay, Riesling, Merlot, Cabernet, and a variety of hybrids. It’s a spectacular landscape just begging to be explored.
Consider biking along the scenic trail, which extends from Harborcreek, PA, to Silver Creek, NY.winding through vineyards and quaint Victorian towns. If a day trip isn’t going to cut it (and we don’t blame you), the region offers some charming accommodations to pair with their superb wines. After a day of sipping, enjoy a peaceful stay at one of these inviting B&Bs listed below.
Grape Arbor Bed & Breakfast: North East, PA
Located 15 miles from Erie, this Victorian manor is found in the historic town of North East, where you’ll feel as if you’ve stepped back in time. The antique furnishings, charming craftsmanship, and Victorian design of this B&B make for a delightful setting to enjoy their famous breakfast. The aromas of baked goods fresh out of the oven and bacon smoked in-house will greet you each morning. And in the afternoon, stroll through the garden or relax on the porch after a day of wine-tasting.
Vineyard Bed & Breakfast: North East, PA
If you’re looking to truly immerse yourself in wine country, then Vineyard Bed & Breakfast is the spot for you. As the name suggests, this is a working vineyard, so you can anticipate homemade grape juice fresh off the vine with your breakfast. Guests can also enjoy views of the vineyard from their windows, in addition to tranquil views of Lake Erie from the porch swing on the private gazebo.
Spencer House Bed & Breakfast: Erie, PA
Presque Isle, Arrowhead, Penn Shore, Heritage and Mazza Vineyards are just a few of the destinations near Spencer House Bed & Breakfast. Built in 1876, the Spencer House sits among other landmark Victorian mansions in the Erie’s historic Millionaires’ Row. Just a short distance from downtown Erie, this location is a walk to the historic Warner Theater and a short drive to Presque Isle State Park, where you can stretch out on a serene freshwater beach.
Lakeview on the Lake: Erie, PA
Lakeview on the Lake is your relaxation destination in Erie, PA with spectacular sunsets over Lake Erie. All of their water-front cottages, hotel rooms, and suites are clean and well furnished. Each accommodation offers free wifi, private bath, and cable TV among other amenities. Lakeview on the Lake is in the heart of wine country, the smell of grape vineyards is always in the air. The fresh air and peaceful surroundings are sure to restore and revive your spirit.
Four Creeks Bed and Breakfast: Girard, PA
Reminiscent of a proper English cottage, this home away from home serves traditional English tea at tea time, accompanied by finger sandwiches and pastries. About 15 miles from Erie, Four Creeks Bed and Breakfast is a peaceful retreat into the woods, affording views of creeks and elk, if you’re lucky enough to spot one. Historic Girard is also home to antique shops, museums, and covered bridges, as well as eight wineries. Enjoy the colorful foliage from one of four cozy guest rooms, and fall asleep to the sounds of the babbling brook when you book your wine tour this autumn.
Contented Acres Bed & Breakfast: North East, PA
Innkeepers Norma and Ted Esterline will welcome you into their comfortable farmhouse with open arms, a glass of wine, and snacks. The farm cats, chickens, and nearby pond filled with ducks only add to the appeal of this quiet countryside home. Be sure to come with an empty stomach, as Norma’s breakfast has multiple courses, leaving you ready to tour a nearby vineyard or go for one of many picturesque hikes in the area.
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.