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Sayre Mansion, Bethlehem PA: Stay In Steel Baron Splendor

In 1858, prominent philanthropist Robert Sayre, chief engineer of the Lehigh Valley Railroad, a director of Bethlehem Steel, and trustee of both St. Lukes Hospital and Lehigh University, built his Gothic Revival stone mansion high on a hill overlooking his gritty enterprises. First Impressions of Sayre Mansion Turned into a boutique inn in the 1990’s, […] Read more

Bethlehem PA: Steel, Song, Study, and Skill in PA’s Moravian Town

WHY: The Lehigh River cuts the town of Bethlehem PA in two – with the hulking bones of Bethlehem Steel and Lehigh University on the South Side and the stone Germanic Colonial buildings of Historic Moravian Bethlehem on the other. Bethlehem Steel, which you may recall from Billy Joel’s song, Allentown (“Out in Bethlehem they’re […] Read more

Lancaster County PA; Where Buggy Whips Still Fly Off the Shelves

WHY GO: When you come to Lancaster County, PA, please leave your Type-A personality at home.  Time moves slower in this lush farmland, and, wandering the back roads, you will get stuck behind a clip-clopping Amish buggy. Though attractions and shops can be far apart, getting lost on undulating byways is half the pleasure. Breath […] Read more

Top Things to Do In The Laurel Highlands of Western PA

WHY GO: The Laurel Highlands region of Western PA, about an hour southeast of Pittsburgh, is so spectacular, it proved the ideal setting for several Frank Lloyd Wright masterpieces. It’s also where you’ll find the hometown of both “Mr. Rogers” and Arnold Palmer (Latrobe), a small town Art Museum that won a major Architectural Design […] Read more

Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in Western PA

Wow! I’ve traveled far and wide and have never, ever, seen anything like this. Named after the local Native American chief who blazed the Indian path that became The National Trail – US Route 40 – Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, just 1 1/2 hours southeast of Pittsburgh, continues to blaze new trails year after year. What exactly […] Read more

Pittsburgh PA: Rebellious From the Start

WHY GO: We’ve covered Pittsburgh PA as a movie set, and as a growing culinary Mecca – but this time, it’s all about History, Whiskey, and Crazy Art. We pair that with one of the coolest hotel rehabs in the city – within eagle’s eye of PNC Park. Come back to Pittsburgh PA – you […] Read more

Greater State College PA: Stamp Collecting, Christopher Columbus, and Water Caves in the Land of the Nittany Lions

WHY GO: Penn State in State College PA is on the college tour, of course! But there’s so much more here than the Campus, its Museums, and Arboretum. Drive a few miles and you’ll find yourself at the center of the Stamp Collecting world, inside the Country’s Only “All-Water Cave and Wildlife Park”, and, incredibly […] Read more

Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel: Pittsburgh PA

STAY: Renaissance Pittsburgh. After a savvy redo, the cooly designed luxe Renaissance Pittsburgh in the former Fulton Building, on the riverfront opposite PNC Park, is a top choice for style-minded travelers. Located in Pittsburgh’s Cultural District, the Renaissance is right next door to the Byham Theater, within a couple of blocks of the Benedum Center […] Read more

York County PA: All Revved Up With Lots of Places To Go

WHY GO: The last post I wrote about York PA, which still applies and should be read in conjunction with this one, sung the praises of “The Snack Food Capital of the USA”. But this time, the Getaway Mavens delve into the reasons that most people come to York: first and foremost to tour the […] Read more

Hershey, PA; Where Goodnight Kisses Are Wrapped in Silver

WHY GO: The product that made Milton Hershey a household name – chocolate – dominates everything here; at Hershey Park, in the Resorts, and on Chocolate Ave. downtown where the streetlights are shaped like Kisses. One of the most overlooked attractions in Hershey, PA is, arguably, its most important; The Milton Hershey School. If you […] Read more

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