Pennsylvania Romantic Getaways

Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, Pennsylvania
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Western Pennsylvania is a beautiful landscape situated to the west of the Appalachian Mountains whose people have developed a distinct culture from their eastern counterparts in Philadelphia and the rest of the state, and plenty of romantic experiences awaits you at many of Pennsylvania's luxurious resorts, cozy bed and breakfasts, premier spas and beautiful state parks.

From a hand-holding walk through Cherry Springs State Park to a relaxing day spent at a spa retreat, from picking your own beautiful floral arrangements to indulging in some of America's favorite chocolates in Hershey, there are plenty of romantic experiences that await you on your trip to this part of the state.

No matter what your interests, Western Pennsylvania's picturesque landscape, friendly residents, and its plethora of cozy and comfortable accommodations make this region the perfect romantic weekend getaway for newlyweds, life-long soulmates, and newly dating couples alike.

Romantic Resort Destinations

Experience a romantic escape at beautiful Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, located less than two hours south of Pittsburgh in the enchanting setting of the Laurel Highlands. Create your own special romance package with activities ranging from couples yoga, dog sledding, and rock climbing to massages, fireside dining, and wine tasting.

Tucked away in the northwestern part of the state near Bradford is Glendorn, touted in the February 2002 issue of Travel & Leisure magazine as one of the "Top 50 Romantic Getaways in the World." The 1929-era vacation lodge, situated on 1,000 secluded mountain acres, offers a variety of special romance packages and experiences with deluxe rooms in the main inn, plus a variety of secluded cabins.

Probably the most luxurious and romantic (albeit expensive) resort located within an easy drive of Pittsburgh is The Greenbrier, nestled in the beautiful Allegheny Mountains in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. This AAA-rated five-diamond hotel and resort offer an array of guest bedrooms, suites, and estate houses, plus golf, the award-winning Greenbrier spa, gourmet dining, and a wide variety of unique recreational activities.

Relax With Spas and Chocolates

When it comes to making a weekend romantic, nothing quite puts people in the mood for love than chocolate and relaxations, and you can satisfy your craving for both at the Spa at the Hotel Hershey.

Romantic getaway packages at the luxurious Hotel Hershey can include special chocolate-themed spa treatments such as a Hershey Rain Shower, Whipped Cocoa Bath, or Milk & Honey Soak. The AAA Four-Diamond hotel offers elegant accommodations as well as golf (in season) and special chocolate-themed events during the month of February.

Inspired by the classic romantic movie "Gone with the Wind," Tara - A Country Inn features 27 luxurious rooms and suites, all with fireplaces and most with Jacuzzi tubs. Nearby, the restored Buhl Mansion offers 10 more lavishly appointed guest rooms in an 1890 Romanesque-style castle, and their "Gone With the Wind Getaway" packages takes the work out of romance.

Deepen Your Love With Romantic Activities

Western Pennsylvania is also the land of the adventure, so if you and your sweetheart are in the mood for a bit of exploring the lush wilderness of this part of the state, there are plenty of places to do it.

Cuddle up with your sweetie and enjoy an intimate look at the world above amongst the darkest skies in the northeast at Cherry Springs State Park, recognized as only the second international dark sky park.

You can make a wish on a shooting star and enjoy the extreme darkness for amateur stargazing, and under ideal conditions, you'll be able to see more than 6,000 stars blanketing the sky from horizon to horizon.

If you love experiencing the crisp, cool air of winter, Cook National Forest in northeast Pennsylvania features one of the original stands of trees on the continent. It's beautiful and serene, with an abundance of winter activities including hiking, cross-country skiing, and snowmobiling, and nearby there are several bed and breakfasts that cater to couples from all walks of life.