Viewing: Pennsylvania

Complete Guide to Over 400 Miles of PA Route 6 East to West

WHY GO: Pennsylvania is but one of 14 US States through which US Route 6 traverses on its 3,205 current (3,652 historic) miles across the USA. But, for now, Pennsylvania is the only state with a dedicated Route 6 tourism association – the PA Route 6 Alliance. This was all covered in my guidebook, Stay […] Read more

Wellsboro PA to Smethport PA: 70 Miles on US Route 6

WHY GO: This 70 mile stretch of PA’s US Route 6 takes you back to the kind of vacation you might have experienced in your long-ago childhood. Drive through rolling, emerald hills- very much like those of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Each twist and turn offers stunning views, and every once in awhile a slice […] Read more

Smethport PA to Linesville PA: 120 Miles on US Route 6

WHY GO: Right on PA Route 6, Monster Truck driver, Joey Sylvester, made his World Record Jump in northwestern PA at the annual Cornfield 500. That should give you some idea of recreation in this seldom visited region of this long state. You’ll also find a horrifically destroyed railroad bridge, now a tourist attraction, prisons […] Read more

Wellsboro PA: Lost in Time

WHY GO: The defining characteristic of Wellsboro PA is nostalgia. Everything – from the tidy gas-lamp lined boulevard, to the neon-marquee cinema, old-timey Trolley and Covered Wagon Tours, a historic hotel, and a shop that dabbles in non-electronic games and toys – puts one in mind of the 1940’s. Or at least a simpler time. […] Read more

Coudersport PA: An Evolving Tourist Town

WHY GO: There are several reasons to stay in Coudersport PA in Potter County: the main one being that it’s closest to the only International Dark Skies designated area on the East Coast, Cherry Springs State Park. Coudersport is also located a few miles from a fantastic museum about the industry that put this forested, […] Read more

Hawley PA to Carbondale PA: 20 Miles on US Route 6 PA

WHY GO: Formerly a coal mining region, and base for fracking, this 20 mile stretch of US Route 6 in Pennsylvania between the recreational town of Hawley and the industrial city of Scranton features an intimate glass museum, a small Brooklynized ‘burg once so precious it was the inspiration for a famous Christmas song, and […] Read more

Milford PA: Calming Down City Folk for Over 150 Years

WHY GO: It seems that every Hollywood star, US President and famous author visited Milford PA when Louis Fauchere, Master Chef at New York’s celebrated Delmonico’s Restaurant opened Hotel Fauchere in the 1880 as a summer escape for city-weary folk. Now open year round, and having earned a Relais and Chateaux designation, the Fauchere is […] Read more

Lancaster, PA: Arts, Crafts and Theater Getaway

WHY: Though more and more cities are saving important buildings from the wrecking ball, the award for the most repurposed downtown goes to that bastion of Amish Culture, Lancaster, PA.  Most tourists visit this region for a glimpse of the austere, electricity-shunning PA Dutch, but there is another reason to make the trip out to […] Read more

The Hurst House, Ephrata PA: A Fairy Tale Stay in Amish Country

At the Hurst House B&B, in Ephrata PA (Lancaster County), a couple of swans float contentedly in a landscaped pond, swallows dart in and out of Victorian eaves, the patched greens of farmland extend as far as the eye can see. Have I stumbled into a Fairy Tale?? Well, close. The Hurst House, high on […] Read more

Lancaster County PA Settlers; Religious Leaders, Brewers, Watchmakers With Some Trainspotting on the Side

WHY GO: There are quite a few ways to approach Lancaster County PA; experiencing the city itself as an arts magnet, getting lost among the “Simple Folk” in the surrounding farmlands – or stepping back in time to study the seeds of Amish and Mennonite life in the region. The oldest Mennonite Meeting House – […] Read more

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