52 Great Weekend Getaways

Whether you're a rock climber, arts lover or foodie, we've got a destination for you.


Zip the backpack. Grab the camera. Lock the door. It doesn’t require much planning to take a 48-hour break from the ’Burgh. In fact, we’ve done the legwork for you. Whether you’re a rock climber, arts lover or foodie, we’ve got you covered for every single weekend in 2012. So start your search engines and mark your calendar. You’re halfway there.

Cook Forest and Clarion, PA

The runner in the family can train for the Pittsburgh Marathon by signing up for the Cook Forest Half Marathon. The course is an out-and-back along the beautiful Clarion River, officially dubbed “wild and scenic” since 1996. Then, take a family walk on the easy trail in the Hearts Content Recreation Area in nearby Allegheny National Forest. Try to join hands around the massive trunks of 300-year-old beech, hemlock and white pine trees. Don’t miss: The funky Gateway Lodge, a rustic 1930s-style hotel with a vast stone fireplace.

Lancaster County, PA

Find great bargains, discover the divine dessert known as shoofly pie and meet Amish farmers and craftsmen during Lancaster County’s “mud sales” season (mainly late February through early April). Held in villages like Gratz, Bird-in-Hand and Strasburg (which has an authentic short-line railroad), these community auctions benefit local fire companies and allow a rare opportunity to meet the rural Amish. If quilts, crafts and flowers aren’t your thing, you can always buy a horse. And a buggy to go with it.

Toronto, ON

Your souvenir from our nearby Canadian neighbor could be a sari, not a toque. Cosmopolitan Toronto has been called “a cultural masala,” and Gerrard Street is the heart of one of the largest south-Asian communities in North America. With Bollywood music pouring out of shops and tempting aromas drifting out of halal (strictly Islamic) and Hindustani restaurants, you’ll be feeling the subcontinental vibe. Why pay thousands for a ticket to New Delhi? Don’t miss: The mango lassi at MotiMahal.

Cleveland, OH

We love and support the Three Rivers Film Fest, but the Cleveland International Film Festival is way more mature — not in the subjects of its 150-plus features and 130-plus short-subject films, but in the depth, breadth and celebrity draw of this 37-year-old springtime event. Many filmmakers appear in person, with categories and programs that appeal to every taste. There’s even a FilmSlam for high-school cineastes. The biggest klieg lights shine at downtown theaters — and from there, you can head over to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame or do some late-night clubbing. Don’t miss: Nighttown Jazz Club.

Columbia, PA

Two great collections make this village situated on the Susquehanna worth the visit. The National Watch & Clock Museum has a gallery commemorating the famous Hamilton Watch Co., housed in Lancaster County until 1984, with an overview of the ways humans tell time. Nearby Wright’s Ferry Mansion is the former abode of one of Pennsylvania’s most accomplished early residents, Quaker settler Susanna Wright. Her 1738 home is furnished with exquisite 18th-century American furniture and crafts. Book your room at Sheppard Mansion in Hanover. Don’t miss: Prudhomme’s Lost Cajun Kitchen. Seriously.

Washington, VA

How far would you go for a good meal? True foodies know that trekking to Virginia for dinner makes perfect sense, especially when the destination is The Inn at Little Washington, a big-buzz, five-star eatery. Chef Patrick O’Connell has an international reputation for his refined American cuisine. Part of the fun is identifying fellow guests as politicians and pundits on the lam from D.C., just 60 miles away. That’s probably why the exclusive Inn warns in advance of its lousy cellphone reception — but if you’re looking to unplug for the weekend, so much the better.

Philadelphia’s Main Line, PA

The real Philadelphia story is the city’s Main Line. Named for the Pennsylvania Railroad’s path through the western suburbs, the home of colleges Haverford and Bryn Mawr is truly old-school: Socks are optional, penny loafers mandatory — and if you’re invited to Merion Golf Club, which will host the U.S. Open next year, so are spikes. Don a hat for the Devon Horse Show (May 24 through June 3 this year). Wave your platinum card at Lancaster Avenue boutiques like Skirt for couture and Via Bellissima for Italian ceramics. Don’t miss: Chanticleer, the fanciful horticultural creation open to the public since 1990, in Wayne.

Bethlehem, PA

Don’t just zoom by on your way to NYC. Exit I-78 an hour west of the Lincoln Tunnel and stop in this surprising little city, dating back to 1741, with its well-preserved Moravian history. Definitely take the walking tour; linger at the Moravian Book Shop, the oldest in the world. May brings the famous Bach Festival, with performances by a magnificent all-volunteer choir. Several events are held on the Lehigh University campus, just across the river from the historic town center.

Don’t miss: Dinner at the Apollo Grill, the very best of a crop of sophisticated historic district bistros.

Wyoming, DE

Giddy up, partner! Even us Yankees long to be cowboys from time to time. To instill a little bit of the Old West in your life, head to the Wicked R Ranch in May, when it offers two-day bull-riding clinics taught by champion rider Randy Ridgely. After you’ve practiced on (mechanical bull) Mighty Bucky and received style critiques, hit the bunkhouse. Saturday-night entertainment includes a Western-style barbecue and bonfire. Blazing saddles, indeed.

Chicago, IL

We’re throwing one flying destination on the list since Chicago is so good at celebrating one of Pittsburgh’s favorite holidays. The city of big shoulders celebrates St. Patrick’s Day with not one, not two but three parades: the traditional downtown extravaganza, the Southside parade and the newest addition, the Norwood Park celebration. Afterward, join the Navy Pier festivities or grab a ticket to the Irish Film Festival.  With super-cheap direct flights from Pittsburgh to Chicago’s Midway Airport, a March trip is a sure cure for cabin fever.

Farmington, PA

The Chestnut Ridge mountaintop overlooking Uniontown has two big attractions — one above ground, one below. Up top, it’s the Summit Inn, a hotel whose grand porch surveys a five-county panorama.  Below the very old-fashioned and demure inn lies Laurel Caverns, a labyrinthine cave that has a temperature of 52 degrees year-round. Both are good places to chill.

Erie, PA

All you currently know of the Flagship Niagara is that it appears on some mud-spattered Pennsylvania license plates. That can change after one visit to Erie. The reconstructed Niagara is one of only four early 18th-century war ships in the world; the ship’s pivotal role in the War of 1812 actually arrived in 1813, when it won the Battle of Lake Erie. It docks outside the Erie Maritime Museum, which uses videos and great interpretation to explain the conflict. But the way-cool opportunity here is the chance to set sail yourself. The Niagara makes day trips for landlubbers, as well as longer training cruises for young sailors. Pack a bathing suit, too, and maybe some rollerblades: Presque Isle has beaches with gentle surf and a lovely shorefront promenade.

Warren, PA

Family afloat! Rent a houseboat on the Allegheny Reservoir to explore the lake’s 100-mile shoreline, created by the Kinzua Dam and completely surrounded by forest. Bring binoculars: Eagles, black bears and other wildlife abound. The folks at Kinzua Wolfs Run Marina can set you up with a 28-foot houseboat. Don’t miss: The brand-new Skywalk at nearby Kinzua Bridge State Park. The clear Plexiglass-floored overlook — built on the remaining towers of a historic Pennsylvania railroad bridge — suspends visitors over a 2,000-foot ravine.

Elkins, WV

Monongahela National Forest provides a natural green backdrop (that’s nearly one million acres) for Elkins. The Augusta Heritage Festival at Davis & Elkins College (running in August) is all-natural, too, featuring hands-on workshops in Appalachian everything — from pottery to wood-carving. The Old-Time music festival is renowned. Be sure you raft the Cheat River for an afternoon. Don’t miss: The Victorian Graceland Inn.

Shepherdstown, WV

This laid-back village offers more than the usual array of small-town entertainments. In addition to tubing on the Shenandoah and Potomac rivers and biking on the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Towpath, there’s a summer theater and music festival, and a weekly farmers market. Since it’s not far from Antietam, the area has authentic Civil War history, to boot. Proximity to Baltimore and Washington may mean crowds at times, but never fear! There are plenty of bistros and boutiques for all. Don’t miss: Plum, a new artisanal jewelry and craft shop.

Cherry Springs State Park, PA

Off Route 44 near Coudersport, Cherry Springs is the state’s only “dark sky” park. It’s great for astronomy buffs, but also caters to serious stargazers; on a clear night, its hilltop Astronomy Observation Field has a spectacular panoramic view of the Milky Way. Bring your telescope or laptop — the field is equipped with electric outlets — and stay overnight. You can even rent small observatories (for three to four people) for only $25 per night. Public “star parties” and “music and stars” shows with entertainment are held at a separate public viewing area several times a year. Since this is, after all, rural Potter County, that’s about the extent of the social scene hereabouts. Consider driving further east to Wellsboro, a friendly, quaint town with a few more creature comforts — including the delicious Wellsboro Diner.

Mt. Gretna, PA

The Pennsylvania Chautauqua Society founded this lakeside summer camp in the 1890s in Lebanon County, and its genteel tradition lives on. Check out the Arts and Crafts-style cottages at the Mt. Gretna Inn; they’re family heirlooms (though a few can be rented). The sand-bottomed freshwater lake is the daytime draw; at night, it’s the Gretna Theater, an open-air playhouse with a full schedule of quality music and drama. Don’t miss: The Jigger Shop, an old-fashioned soda fountain (remember lime rickeys?).

Phoenixville, PA

Do you pride yourself on a truly bloodcurdling scream? Test it out against others at Blobfest! Vintage-film fans converge in this Chester County town for an annual July weekend celebrating The Blob, the cheesy sci-fi classic filmed here in 1958. Don’t forget your very own handmade tinfoil hat (to ward off evil alien space rays, of course) as you wander the downtown streets, compete in the scream contest and re-enact the crowd scene, running out of the movie theater.

Don’t miss: A five-star meal at the Yellow Springs Inn in nearby Chester Springs; it’s a splurge, but you need a hot meal (kind of like The Blob itself).

Charlottesville, VA

A lovely red-brick Shenandoah town, C’ville has it all: great 18th-century architecture at Monticello and the University of Virginia, a happening music scene (it name-drops Dave Matthews and Mary Chapin Carpenter, among others), horse farms, grand plantations and down-home cookin’. When they’re not shooting the bucolic views, photographers converge on Look 3, the prestigious workshop held at the university each June. Don’t miss: A smorgasbord of music at the Paramount Theater.

Cooperstown, NY

This small town is a great destination, even if you’re not visiting the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. Book tickets instead for the lovely Glimmerglass Opera Festival, which takes place each August. A visit doesn’t stop with a professional opera (or American musical theater) performance on the shores of Lake Otsego; there’s a fine Edward Hopper collection at the Fenimore Art Museum. Don’t miss: The Cooperstown Beverage Trail for local beer, wine and cider.

State College, PA

Call this escape Penn State Plus. After the tailgating and triumph at Beaver Stadium, escape the crowds and flee east to the new Nature Inn at Bald Eagle State Park, a picturesque lakeside haven with LEED gold certification. The lodge has a sustainable vibe, evinced in its construction and respect for the local environment. Nature Inn has just 16 rooms, not hundreds; it offers a patio with a fire pit and gas grills instead of a gourmet dining room (though it serves breakfast daily by the fireplace in the lounge); and you can bird-watch from your balcony. Depending on the season, there’s ice fishing, sledding or a chance to watch the PSU crew teams practice.

Laurel Highlands, PA

Between pilgrimages to Frank Lloyd Wright’s two nearby masterpieces, Fallingwater and Kentuck Knob, be sure to book your room way (way) in advance if you’d like to spend the night at another home designed by the master. The Usonian-style Duncan House, flanked by other homes built by Wright disciples, has been reassembled on a mountaintop in nearby Acme. The resort offers white-tablecloth dining on the property and a “chef on request” service for private catering. Scheduled tours inside Fallingwater and Kentuck Knob go deep for architecture buffs; plus, you can wander at will on the grounds outside. Don’t miss: The unusual sculpture garden with pieces by Claes Oldenburg and others, assembled by Kentuck Knob owner Lord Peter Palumbo.

Route 30, PA

The Lincoln Highway (you knew it was America’s first, right?) links four fine little western Pennsylvania museums: the Westmoreland Museum of American Art in Greensburg, Southern Alleghenies Museum in Ligonier, the National Museum of the Guild of American Papercutters in Somerset and the National Museum of the American Coverlet in Bedford. The Westmoreland is by far the largest and generates buzz for its outstanding temporary exhibits as well as its permanent collection. The Coverlet museum, housed in Bedford’s old schoolhouse, is a great excuse to explore the quaint town. Don’t miss: The low-key charm of the Golden Eagle Inn.

Confluence, PA

This city isn’t the only pit stop along the Great Allegheny Passage, the region’s favorite long-distance trail, but it is an easy 10-mile bike ride from Ohiopyle State Park. With its riverside trail, fall mountain foliage, friendly eateries and B&Bs, Confluence is an ideal introduction to the gentle pleasures of trail-town life. Mid-October brings the annual PumpkinFest to the town square. Choose a weekday ride or a different segment of the Passage if you want to avoid a crowd —this stretch is deservedly popular. Don’t miss: Breakfast and “sisterly advice” at Sisters’ Café.

Elk County, PA

Around the little town of Benezette, elk are big. Well, they’re big everywhere — but here, hundreds roam freely around the local meadows. During the fall rut, the bulls clash for mating rights, and the unearthly sound of their bugling calls echoes through the hills. Folks at the visitors center, located a few miles northeast of town, explain elk lore and offer a safe perch for viewing. Down in St. Marys, you might pass an elk or two en route to the Straub Brewery, with its famous “Eternal Tap.” Straub has been making beer since 1872 and has been offering free samples to patrons (of legal age) almost that long.

Route 6, PA

Route 6 is a classic American road trip, threading neatly across the rural northern counties of Pennsylvania. That’s why motorcyclists love it. Plan your own route close to home in the picturesque Brokenstraw Valley, or book a weekend with Canyon Vista Motorcycle Tours in Wellsboro. Don’t have your own hog? Canyon Vista can advise on local rentals and will even pair you up with other couples or singles, as you prefer.

Carlisle, PA

Veteran’s Day is the     traditional time to honor our military, and Carlisle is the place to do it; the town’s been a fort of some sort since the British named it in 1751. George Washington passed through. The Confederate army fired on the courthouse en route to Gettysburg.  The U.S. Army War College is still there (although closed to visitors since 9/11).  Learn the town’s fascinating story at the Cumberland County Historical Society or from historical markers all around the town square. Then, let your kids run through the outdoor heritage trail at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center. Designed to convey the experience of the ordinary soldier, it recreates the redoubts of Yorktown, Civil War cabins, World War I trenches and more.

New River Gorge, WV

Even if you’re not a base-jumper, you’ll get an adrenaline rush at the New River Gorge Bridge. The gorge is 1,300 feet deep and 345 million years old, with spectacular opportunities for whitewater rafting, rappelling and more. On Bridge Day (Oct. 20 this year), more than 800 extreme-sports addicts are permitted to hurl themselves from span to river level, deploying special parachutes midway through the descent. This is one of West Virginia’s most popular annual events, but hikers can catch the best views — and photos — from high points along local hiking trails.

Romney, WV

All aboard the Potomac Eagle, an old-fashioned train that rides a sure-to-please track along the South Branch of the Potomac River near Cumberland, Md. In addition to standard passenger cars, it features an open-air “gondola” car fitted with benches. All the more reason to bring your camera and tripod to capture spectacular foliage displays and eagle sightings in “the Trough.” September weekend trips coincide with community fairs in nearby Hardy County.

White Sulphur Springs, WV

The Greenbrier has been an upscale resort since 1778 — and it certainly has attracted Pittsburghers over the years. If you’ve always wanted to experience the resort’s truly elegant Southern hospitality — or play on one of its famed golf courses — this nearby destination offers some of the most reasonable rates in late fall. If you happen to get lucky at the baccarat tables (the resort added a casino described as “Monte Carlo meets Gone with the Wind” in 2010), you can buy your own Greenbrier cottage overlooking the famous white colonial hotel.

Don’t miss: The sulphur soak in the spa — it’s the mineral waters that put the Springs on the map.

Slippery Rock, PA

Frostburn is Pittsburgh’s answer to the notoriously bizarre and impressively artful Burning Man Festival. If you like snowball fights and polar bear plunges, concerts, art shows, and an extreme camping adventure — all with a groovy Woodstock spirit — this is your kind of party. The unique event takes place every February at Cooper’s Lake Campground.

Oberlin, OH

A conservatory as well as a college, Oberlin rings with music of all kinds — from The Tallis Scholars to eighth blackbird, the famed contemporary sextet. The town-gown scene includes dozens of small hotels and B&Bs and, of course, ideal late-night bistros. Don’t miss: The Inn at Honey Run, a sleek lodge built into a hillside in the Amish country of Holmes County.

Punxsutawney, PA

Grab your rowdiest friends, bring or rent an RV (since hotel space is scarce) and party straight ’til dawn on Groundhog Day, a can’t-miss experience for every Pennsylvanian. The scene includes Phil’s top-hatted handlers, plenty of music and revelers wearing groundhog hats and T-shirts (my favorite: “Free Phil”). Don’t miss: The 2013 celebration, which falls on a Saturday. Road trip!

Erie, PA

If you’re looking for a rugged adventure (where you can sport hip boots), then Erie is worth a cold-weather trip. Every winter, the shallow streams that feed Lake Erie boil with steelhead trout. The wily 3- to 8-pounders put up a fight, but ultimately, they’re easy to catch. Experienced guides can help you find the best fishing holes in Steelhead Alley, the stretch of the southern lakefront that offers the best prospects for a huge haul.

Bradford, PA

One of only two Relais & Chateaux properties (a worldwide label of impossibly comfortable, quaint and charming accommodations) in the entire state, The Lodge at Glendorn offers a five-star romantic winter weekend in the woods. Think roaring fires, gourmet dining and exquisite service in a suite at the main lodge or your own secluded cabin. If you have to ask what there is to do, you have no imagination.

Cleveland, OH

Snow Days turns Progressive Field into a family winter-sports haven, with the Batterhorn (snow tubing), the Frozen Mile (a mile-long ice skating track around the outfield) and more for the holiday season. More icy fun is on offer at The Rink at Wade Oval, close to the city’s Botanical Gardens on University Circle.

Berkeley Springs, WV

Located halfway between Washington and Pittsburgh, Berkeley Springs is a historic spa town nestled in the West Virginia mountains. For the ultimate hot-tub experience, sign up for a Roman bath (750 gallons of steaming mineral water). Town businesspeople swear the waters have healing powers, so there’s a New Age-y, magic-crystals-and-astrology theme to the shops, galleries and B&Bs along Washington Street. Don’t miss: Tari’s, everyone’s favorite dining spot.

Harrisburg, PA

Think of the Pennsylvania Farm Show as an old-fashioned county fair … that’s indoors. It’s held in early January, attracting herds of city slickers as well as proud young farmers and their prize-winning livestock. Admission is free (thanks, Department of Agriculture), and the show has a truly outstanding food court — all Pennsylvania specialties, from trout to apple dumplings with ice cream. Don’t miss: Go 2 miles down the road to see the most majestic state capitol in the nation. Take the tour. Stop by the kid-friendly Welcome Center (weekdays only), with the Rube Goldberg-like contraption called “Making a Bill.”

Roanoke, WV

Winters are quiet at Stonewall Resort, the lovely, relaxing retreat the state opened at Stonewall Jackson Lake State Park in 2002. The golf courses and marinas may be closed for the season, but the views of the icy lake are superb, along with the spa specials and ballroom dancing weekends. Don’t miss: The annual Culinary Classic, which always attracts some of the state’s top chefs.

Baltimore, MD

It has seafood, yes — but it also has culture. With the Walters Art Museum, the Baltimore Museum of Art and the American Visionary Art Museum (the latter exhibiting only self-taught artists), Baltimore has a well-established art scene. And while Charm City’s indie music cred leaves something to be desired, performers like Ponytail, Animal Collective and Dan Deacon did get their start here. Hip and historic Fells Point, a few blocks from the Inner Harbor, is the current hot neighborhood, chock-a-block with bars and restaurants. Be sure to check the band lineup at Leadbetters Tavern during weekends.

For lovers of the great outdoors, central Pennsylvania offers unique experiences and breathtaking scenery. Here are six nearby destinations for those looking to reconnect with nature over a lovely weekend.

Ridgway, located on the southeastern edge of Allegheny National Forest, provides easy access to outdoor adventure. Canoe the Clarion River, ride horseback from the Kelly Pines campground (with tie-down stalls for equestrian campers) or bike/hike the 18-mile Clarion-Little Toby Rail Trail.

Drive 45 minutes eastward to the Elk Country Visitor Center, where trails lead to elk-watching spots. Elk were reintroduced to Pennsylvania from the western U.S. in 1913 after the state’s native population was wiped out; now, conservation has yielded a healthy herd. The adjacent Elk Mountain Homestead farmhouse sleeps 10 and can be rented for vacation and overnight stays.

Back in Ridgway, you can watch hunks of wood become fine art right before your eyes every February at the annual Chainsaw Carvers Rendezvous. After the sawdust flies, come in from the cold and eat like a woodsman at Lumberjacks Steak and Seafood.

They don’t call this charming town “Fisherman’s Paradise” for nothing! The dark, swirling waters of Bellefonte’s Spring Creek make it one of Pennsylvania’s most densely populated wild-brown trout streams. Wildflower-filled banks beckon fly fishermen, hikers, bikers and picnickers. A newly opened 4.4-mile trail through Spring Creek Canyon offers easy access to watch the lovely arc of fly-casts, hunt for native plants or spot bald eagles.

In town, check out Tussey Mountain Outfitters for paddling gear and a beginner-friendly trip from the shop’s put-in — or try Sayers Lake at Bald Eagle State Park. This 5,900-acre park offers swimming, boating, fishing, hiking trails and camping. Sleep in total comfort at The Nature Inn, a lakeside homage to conservation that earned gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. Hungry? Visit Café on the Park for breakfast or lunch; for dinner, don’t miss the fine food and craft beers at The Gamble Mill Restaurant and Microbrewery. This one-time home to five Pennsylvania governors also boasts a family-friendly local art museum and community children’s garden.

Bring a picnic, your camera and someone special to kiss beside the 22 different waterfalls of Kitchen Creek cascading through the Glens. This National Natural Landmark can be found at Ricketts Glen State Park, 30 miles north of Bloomsburg on Route 487. Hike and explore an old-growth forest, with diverse wildlife and trees that are more than 300 years old.

Stop at the many covered bridges en route to Bloomsburg, where you’ll explore the Benton Farmers Market for local produce, artisanal food, handmade soap, jewelry, rugs and ironwork — plus alpaca-wool scarves, hats and gloves. A beautiful fountain anchors this college town, which features a variety of eateries and specialty shops for browsing. Stop outside Bloomsburg at Bill’s Old Bike Barn on Route 11 to gawk at Bill’s collection of vintage motorcycles, antique vehicles and 1939 New York World’s Fair memorabilia.

Outdoor lovers will find a big slice of heaven in Huntingdon and nearby Raystown Lake, the state’s largest inland lake. Mountain-bikers can dig and grit through 32 miles of wooded trails on the Allegrippis Trails, and road cyclists can pick a nearby 43-mile, 64-mile or 72-mile route. For a bird’s-eye view, brave the 1,043 stone steps halfway up the rugged trail that climbs Jacks Mountain. Don’t forget to look for fossils along this trail, accessed on Rt. 22 East, just 8 miles east of Huntingdon.

If you’d rather stroll than grind, check out the new renovation of the town’s 1872 Pennsylvania Railroad Train Station, the century-old stately cinema now known as the “Clifton 5” and the campus of Juniata College. In late October, downtown becomes “Hauntingdon” with a Halloween parade, ghost tours of Huntingdon and a haunted open house at the 1896 Gage Mansion. For good eats, hunker down at Boxer’s Cafe for sandwiches and a variety of microbrews.

Lock Haven
Is there a better way to see Pennsylvania’s exquisite fall foliage than aboard a huge nylon sail, soaring through a crystal-blue sky above a blanket of crimson, rust and gold? The dramatic overlook at Hyner View State Park, 40 minutes northwest of Lock Haven, is one of the state’s most popular spots for hang-gliders. Even if you don’t have the required nerves of steel, just watching the gliders soar is a lovely way to spend a crisp fall day.

Speaking of autumn adventures, grit and glory abound for endurance hikers and trail-runners in September during the 26-mile Bald Eagle Megatransect perseverance challenge. Competitors climb and descend along forested streamside trails and an intimidating boulder field. The start/finish area is in Lock Haven; its bustling downtown boasts a restored cinema, shops and eateries amid stately architecture. The town rests along the Susquehanna, where a vibrant waterfront and floating stage hosts summer concerts and events.

Belleville/Kishacoquillas Valley
Hikers love Greenwood Furnace State Park for its miles of beautiful ridge walks and views of mountain notches that vanish into the horizon. See the handsome brick furnace and structures that remain from the 19th-century iron-making community that once flourished here. Hike the 6.6-mile Greenwood Trail, which connects to the 171-mile Mid-State Trail; you’ll pass the Greenwood Fire Tower and the Alan Seeger Natural Area, with 20-foot rhododendrons and an old-growth hemlock forest untouched by loggers.

Head for Belleville, located in the Kishacoquillas Valley, for the wide stretch of farmland rimmed by the ridgelines of Stone Mountain and Jacks Mountain; you’ll surely hear the clattering of horse hooves pulling Amish buggies. Taste the fruit of this valley at the Brookmere Winery & Vineyard Inn, offering a wide selection of whites and reds along with daily tastings.

Omni Bedford Spring Resort
Fish. Swim. Hike. Golf. Eat (very, very well). Unwind on your private balcony. And if all that doesn’t get you relaxed, take a dip in the indoor, mineral spring-fed pool as part of the deluxe spa treatment. Ten presidents vacationed here — if they can find time to get away, so can you.

The significance and history behind this now-tranquil town will draw you. The luxurious B&Bs, fine dining, shopping and even nightlife will bring you back. Not thrilled about navigating through crowds? Go off-season (autumn through early spring).

Yes, our downtown. We’ve got luxury accommodations, world-class theater and music, fine dining, breathtaking vistas — who says you have to leave to get away? Book a weekend in the city — or better yet, win one. See this issue’s On the Web (page 6) or pittsburghmagazine.com/vaca for details.

Nemacolin Woodlands Resort & Spa
The variety of accommodations at Nemacolin is astounding. From the five-star Chateau Lafayette to the Maggie Valley RV park, there’s room here for every traveler. Want to bring the pooches? Some facilities are pet-friendly — plus, you can always book Fido a room at the “Wooflands” Pet Resort.

Hidden Valley Resort
Want to turn your tots into Olympic skiers? Get ’em started at Hidden Valley — which offers reasonable rates for stay-and-ski getaways, as well as beginners’ lessons. Even if your little ones don’t take to the slopes, they’ll definitely love snow tubing.

Seven Springs Mountain Resort
The transformation that Seven Springs has made to a year-round destination means there’s never a bad time to make the short trip. And if you’ve got an aspiring snowboarder in the house, they’ll go nuts for The Streets, a new urban terrain park.

Categories: From the Magazine, Hot Reads, Things To Do