There are lots of charming cities in Pennsylvania for a weekend getaway, perfect for you and your special someone in the Keystone State. The best part about it? They won’t break your bank account. Whether you want to stay in a rustic cabin in the woods, a luxurious room in the city or a resort suite with all the bells and whistles, you can plan the perfect Pennsylvania weekend getaway on the cheap.
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Hotel Hershey, Hershey
Hershey is known as the “sweetest place on Earth”, but while it may be known as a family-friendly destination, it can also be a great getaway for couples too. First, you can let the kid inside out of you out to play at the Hersheypark amusement park and at Hershey’s Chocolate World, where you can learn how chocolate is made and even design your own candy bar. But, then you can take things up a notch and enjoy some adults-only relaxation at the MeltSpa by Hershey, where you can indulge in a Dark Chocolate Body Wrap, a Hershey’s Cocoa Facial or a Hershey’s Cocoa Massage. You can also enjoy some much-needed privacy and romance by staying in one of the Woodside Cottages at the Hotel Hershey that feature large bedrooms and marble bathrooms with rainforest showerheads and relaxing soaking tubs.
The Pocono Mountains are a popular getaway choice for couples because of their romantic resorts. But, you don’t have to spend a fortune to have a good time here. At the Pocono Palace Resort, you can stay in a luxurious suite complete with a round, king-sized bed, a heated, heart-shaped private pool, a massage table, dry sauna and a 7-foot tall champagne tower whirlpool. Plus, since it is an all-inclusive resort, you get tons of extras like unlimited breakfasts and dinners, indoor and outdoor activities, and live entertainment every night. You’ll never have to leave the property for a thing!
Beautiful Bushkill Falls is known as the “Niagara Falls of Pennsylvania.” Although it is also located in the Pocono Mountains, you can choose a quieter, more laid-back getaway by staying at the Bushkill Inn, just 0.25 mile away from the falls, and focus all of your time on enjoying the outdoors. At the park, there’s plenty to do besides seeing the falls themselves, including hiking trails, mining for gemstones, going fishing, taking a paddleboat ride, playing a round of miniature golf, navigating your way through the Bushkill Falls Mining Company Maze and shopping for souvenirs at the gift shop.
If you and your sweetie prefer city life instead of being out in nature, Philadelphia has lots of affordable options for a quick romantic getaway. You can stay right in the heart of the city at a charming bed and breakfast like the La Reserve, which is housed in two historic four-story townhomes that date back to the 1800s. Rooms are affordable and include beautiful furnishings, as well as complimentary Wi-Fi, breakfast every morning, cookies and tea each afternoon, and a common seating area with card and board games. Because of its convenient location, you can also walk from the inn to many nearby restaurants, shops and attractions. Or if you’re feeling extra romantic, take a horse-drawn carriage ride to get there!
For a unique getaway in the heart of Pittsburgh, there’s the ACE Hotel Pittsburgh, which is housed inside of an old YMCA building. In addition to some ornate architecture outside, you’ll find lots of clean lines, high ceilings and minimalist charm inside the hotel. The guest rooms are simple, yet include everything you could need including locally-made furniture, a flat screen television, free wireless internet, a fully-stocked mini-bar and even a window seat that overlooks the city streets below. Whitfield, the on-site restaurant, serves breakfast, lunch and dinner with a menu that’s based on the culinary traditions of the region. Plus, while you’re in the city, you can check out some cool spots like the Andy Warhol Museum, the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens and Bicycle Heaven – the world’s largest bicycle museum and bike shop.
If you’re looking for the perfect weekend getaway during the winter months, check out Seven Springs Mountain Resort. There are endless things to do at Seven Springs Resort including, of course, skiing, as well as tubing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, going for a sleigh ride, shooting clay pigeons, having a relaxing treatment at the spa and enjoying a delicious meal at one of the on-site restaurants. Depending on your budget, you can choose to stay in a condo, townhouse, cottage or chalet right on the mountain. Or, for a more affordable option, reserve a spot at the Slopeside Hotel, where you can stay in a spacious guest room at an affordable rate.