5 Inns, Lodges or B&B’s for the Perfect Valentine’s Getaway

All are located within a two-hour drive of Pittsburgh.

Photo courtesy of Gateway Lodge/Jumping Rocks


Gateway Lodge, Cook Forest State Park, Pa.

This 81-year-old lodge sits among massive hemlock and pine trees in Cook Forest, north of the city. Some of the antique-filled rooms in the lodge have shared baths. Many suites have been added more recently and include a private outdoor balcony and in-room Jacuzzi adjoining a gas fireplace.

Rustic cabins also are available, each with its own fireplace and kitchen.

A full breakfast is served in the lodge’s hewn-log dining room. Many weekends, including Valentine’s, the lodge offers a candlelight chef’s tasting dinner for two with wine pairings and live music.

Why we like it: Plenty of room options — and who wouldn’t want a Jacuzzi AND fireplace in their room? Common areas are spacious, bright and loaded with comfy furniture. Couldn’t resist the freshly baked cookies served with afternoon tea.

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Jean Bonnet Tavern, Bedford, Pa.

Built in 1762 and listed on the National Registry of Historical Places, the Jean Bonnett Tavern is located just a few miles outside of Bedford and is visible from the eastbound side of the Pennsylvania Turnpike. The second floor includes four, recently remodeled guest rooms, all with private baths.

The first floor includes a tavern, a large fireplace and more than a dozen microbrews on tap.

The dining room is located on the ground floor within the thick fieldstone walls of the original tavern building. It includes several large fireplaces and chestnut beams, which give the space an early-American feel.

Why we like it: The place exudes history and mystery. In addition to a charming atmosphere, good food and drink (the crab-and-corn chowder is a must-try), the inn has prompted a few of its guests to report encounters with ghosts.  Some of the stories and photos are included in the second volume of “The Pennsylvania Ghost Guide” by Patti Wilson.

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Terra Nova House, Grove City, Pa.

A Victorian B&B, Terra Nova House is located a mile from Grove City College. There are five, individually decorated rooms and one suite (sleeps 4), each with private bathrooms. It offers such amenities as cable TV, Blu-Ray players and a snack center with its own Keurig machine.

Guests can choose a sweet or savory healthy breakfast, which is made to order each morning.

Why we like it: Guests rave about the hearty, made-from-scratch breakfast served in the well-appointed and cozy Victorian dining room.

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The Witherup House B&B, Franklin, Pa.

This Victorian B&B hosts guests in four second-floor rooms with queen beds, ceiling fans and robes; three bathrooms are shared. Filled with unique and Victorian appointments, the home also includes modern updates such as Wi-Fi and several rooms for meetings and seminars.

Breakfast include seasonal fruits and local goodies.

Why we like it: It’s just a quick walk from the main stretch of Franklin and the riverfront park at the confluence of French Creek and the Allegheny River. The rooms are great and charming, and knowledgeable innkeepers Ann and Marty Rudegeair run their environmentally friendly house with grace.

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Buhl Mansion Guesthouse & Spa, Sharon, Pa.

Built in 1890, the Buhl Mansion had been neglected for years when Jim and Donna Winner bought the abandoned landmark in 1996 and launched a multimillion-dollar renovation.

Buhl Mansion now offers 10 luxurious guestrooms, a full-service spa and spectacular gardens.  Each room features a gas fireplace and a private bath with Jacuzzi baths for two.

A full breakfast is served in the privacy of your room or in the mansion’s breakfast room.

Why we like it: The room design is inviting and comfortable. The staff was remarkably welcoming and knowledgeable. Plus, there's an attached spa, and who doesn't love that?

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