Covering over 46,000 square miles, Pennsylvania has coastline, mountain ranges, bustling cities, and vast rolling farmlands. Wherelse can you tie on a bonnet and explore the state’s famous Amish Country with your loved one? Or realize your wildest chocolate fantasies at Hershey Park, where the sweet-flavored magic happens? You could say ‘the keystone state’ has something to offer every couple.
Close enough to all the major East Coast cities, but tucked away far enough for privacy and quietness, Pennsylvania is perfect for couples looking to get away for the weekend.
Take a peek at our top 15 destinations for lovebirds in Pennsylvania, and get swooning in its dramatic countryside with this list of the best romantic weekend getaways:
1. The Lodge at Woodloch
Escape into nature without forgoing luxury when you stay at the Lodge at Woodloch in northeast Pennsylvania. This 5-star hotel boasts a luxurious spa, elegant guest rooms, and delectable farm-to-table cuisine. So when the noise and congestion of Philadelphia or New York start to drain you, rejuvenate your energy and your soul at the Lodge.
Get refreshed at the indoor and outdoor pools on site, savor the natural and local foods at the Lodge’s restaurant, Tree, and then fall asleep to the soothing sounds of the rock garden waterfall behind the resort. For guests wanting to let loose, the Lodge looks out onto its own private 15-acre lake, perfect for kayaking, fly fishing, and other water sports.
This place will truly bring the serenity back to you on a weekend away with your special someone.
2. The Rittenhouse
Live like royalty in this AAA Five-Diamond hotel in Pennsylvania’s largest city: Philadelphia. The perfect center city location of the Rittenhouse makes you feel, as they put it, “like being given a key to the city.”
While you’re out comparing cheesesteaks or admiring the Liberty Bell, you and your sweetheart can come back to the exquisite Rittenhouse for a romantic night in. And don’t just trust what I say – the Rittenhouse was voted a top ten Mid-Atlantic hotel by Condé Nast Traveler readers too.
Whatever your reasons to coming, make sure you save time for the delicious Sunday Brunch at Lacroix, one of the Rittenhouse’s gourmet restaurants. Relish in the goats cheese mascarpone and rhubarb croissants or the Singapore chili crab, all prepared for you by renowned executive chefs.
3. Hotel Hershey
Dive into all the chocolate your heart desires at this destination dedicated purely to the treat itself. Hershey started as merely a chocolate factory in the early 1900s, but has since evolved into an iconic theme park and luxury hotel attracting chocolate lovers from around the world.
At this AAA Four-Diamond hotel, couples delight in the sophistication and comfort of the spot, while also embracing the novelty of the Hotel Hershey. Try the “Everything Chocolate” spa packages to revel in the dessert that makes this region so famous. There’s the option of soaking in a whipped cocoa bath, revive your skin in a chocolate fondue wrap, and relax with a cocoa massage. You’ll need to channel all your willpower into not eating any of the treatments.
Further reading: 15 Amazing Waterfalls in Pennsylvania
4. Renaissance Pittsburgh
Immerse yourself in culture at the Renaissance Pittsburgh, a historic hotel dating back to 1906 located right in the Cultural District of Downtown Pittsburgh. Serving as a landmark in the iconic Fulton Building, the Renaissance brings a stylish flare to any romantic getaway. After all, who can resist the allure of a sweeping stone staircase, double-height glass-domed atrium, or the thoroughly up-to-date rooms.
A night at the Renaissance gets you front-row tickets to the Steel City itself. Just steps outside your guest room is the beautiful Allegheny Riverfront, PNC Park, art galleries, the Andy Warhol Museum, and trendy restaurants.
Be sure to check out my guide on Pittsburgh as well.
5. Seven Springs Mountain Resort
Strap on your snow boots for this winter wonderland in the mountains. Whether you’ve skied or snowboarded all your life, or you’re interested in starting on the bunny slope, Seven Springs is great for all couples looking to retreat into coziness.
Spend the day on the slopes out in the beautiful, fresh Pennsylvania air. When you’re looking for a break, the resort’s lodges offer hot chocolate, fireplaces, and 11 different restaurants to dine at while your face and body thaw.
A stay in the Seven Springs hotel puts you center of the action, with spa facilities, heated indoor pool, and hot tubs. Or if you’re craving more intimacy in the mountains, consider renting one of the Seven Springs cabins or chalets, close enough to the resort to enjoy all the amenities, but far enough to enjoy an extra level of privacy.
6. Annville Inn Bed & Breakfast
Previously the home of US Army General Bruce Kendall, this B&B now serves as a peaceful 7,000-acre getaway in Pennsylvania’s Lebanon Valley. Close to both Hershey and Amish Country, it’s tucked into the gorgeous Blue Mountains and surrounded by lush farmland.So if it’s a tranquil weekend away you’re seeking, look no further than the Annville.
This is why… The Annville Inn is so inherently romantic, in fact, that it has several romantic packages for couples. Try the “Gourmet Picnic & Wine Trail” package for a delicious picnic packed by the Innkeeper to enjoy while you and your sweetie visit winery after winery. Or to explore town, consider the “Ultimate Romance” package, which comes with two movie tickets to the famous 1920s Allen Theater, a bouquet of season flowers, decadent local chocolates, and a romantic dinner for two at one of the restaurants in town.
7. Ledges Hotel
Step into the nineteenth century in this historic landmark overlooking the captivating Paupack High Falls. Built in 1890, this Federal-style building was originally intended to be the John S. O’Connor Glass Factory, showing the roots of the region’s manufacturing industry. Today, the Ledges Hotel is a luxurious destination for couples to bask in the serenity of Pennsylvania’s picturesque nature.
Relax on one of the hotel’s multi-tier decks overlooking the River Gorge Falls to stare into your lover’s eyes. Indulge in a spa package at the Ledges to recharge your batteries. At night, enjoy the Blues, Brews, and BBQ restaurant on-site, with farm-brewed beer and local jazz bands playing live every Sunday night.
8. Omni Bedford Springs
Visit this historical gem in the heart of Cumberland Valley to capture the essence of relaxation and rejuvenation. Established over 200 years ago, the Omni in Bedford Springs has been a mecca for luxurious leisure since it first opened its doors.
Stays at the Omni have the promise of lush beds, adorned in down comforters and surrounded by historic décor. Views from its Juliet balconies are no less sumptuous. And to turn up the heat for your special someone, upgrade to the “Romance” package. Alongside chocolates and a bottle of sparkling wine, couples get late check outs of 1 pm, even on weekend bookings.
9. The Inn at Leola Village
Explore Pennsylvania’s Dutch heritage in the Amish Country at the Inn at Leola Village. Slow down and take some time to smell the roses at this bed & breakfast that has been converted from its 1800s origin as a tobacco farm into Pennsylvania’s only historic hotel with AAA’s Five-Diamond Award.
With Tuscan-style room furnishings, historic charm, double whirlpool tubs in the guest rooms, and complementary European-style breakfast, it’s no wonder Forbes Travel named stamped its approval on the Inn at Leola Village in 2016.
For extra romance in the Pennsylvania countryside, request a suite with a fireplace or the private and cozy Ada Fisher Cottage. If that’s not enough for your love-cation, the Inn offers a “Couples Pampering” package, welcoming you with a bottle of Champagne, gourmet dinner for two, and $200 of spa credit, enough for both of you to enjoy a relaxing massage at the very least.
10. Cove Haven
Relax the weekend away with your special someone at Cove Haven, a couples-only oasis on the scenic Lake Wallenpaupack. Nestled in the Poconos Mountains, this luxury resort is perfect for a getaway in any season.
During the summer months, the water is going to take center stage for you and your significant other with speed boating and waterskiing on offer. That’s in addition to horseback riding, miniature golf, and various other activities. In the winter, venture out for snow tubing, ice skating, and skiing/snowboarding, then snuggle up by the log-burning fireplaces and in the indoor heated pools.
11. Paradise Stream Resort
Run away with your loved one to Paradise Stream, a luxury couples-only resort surrounded by the Pocono Mountains and Lake Eden. During the day, take a dip into the heated indoor pool or one of the two whirlpools.
At night, dine at Spooner’s Sports Bar & Grill (you read that right), the Paradise Stream Restaurant, the International Buffet, or the Asian-inspired Chophouse Restaurant. After dinner, consider visiting the TanLines outdoor bar, or the resort’s Nightclub Bar.
Another huge bonus of this hotel? It’s all-inclusive! I didn’t know that was even possible outside of the Caribbean Islands, but apparently it is in Pennsylvania!
12. Nemacolin Woodlands Resort
In the town of Farmington, Nemacolin Woodlands Resort lets you and your loved one indulge in full-on R&R luxury. With six different categories of accommodation to choose from, you can make your getaway at the Nemacolin as special as you desire.
The most romantic must be Chateau Lafayette, inspired by the famed Ritz Paris in France. The chateau has it all in terms of elegance: a Forbes Five-Star and AAA Five-Diamond fine dining restaurant named Lautrec, a Cigar Bar, Tea Room, upscale clothing boutique, jewelry store, and $45 million Hardy Family Art Collection. The rooms in this hotel feature crystal chandeliers and two-story windows centered around a grand courtyard garden.
13. Buhl Mansion Guesthouse & Spa
Forget about normal life and live like royalty at the Buhl Mansion Guesthouse & Spa. Built in 1906, this mansion is the architectural legacy of one of America’s greatest steel magnates, Frank H. Buhl, founder of the Sharon Steel Corporation. When Buhl got married to the love of his life, he decided to build a marvelous castle for his bride, and now we all get the chance to enjoy it.
Proclaimed one of America’s Top 10 Most Romantic Inns, the Buhl Mansion is perfect for lovers looking to spend some alone time in style. All guest rooms are decorated with lavish, historical furnishings, plus modern amenities and private Jacuzzis. The spa offers many packages for guests to unwind, while the local environment boasts wildlife, wineries, breweries, golfing ranges, and the quaint Sharon downtown area.
Further reading: 23 Amazing Hidden Gems in Pennsylvania
14. The Inn at Westwynd Farm
“Ease into tranquility,” as the owners of the Inn at Westwynd Farm like to say. Located on a charming equestrian farm in rural Pennsylvania, this Inn will rejuvenate you however hectic your everyday life.
From the Inn it’s possible to explore Amish Country, revisit the past at local Civil War sites, and tour the vast wineries nearby. And since this is a bed & breakfast, there’s plenty of reason to try the local cuisine, whatever the time of day.
To show your loved one how much you really care, you can take the Inn up on some of their romantic offers: a bouquet of roses delivered to your room, a custom gift basket, a toast with champagne in keepsake crystal flutes, or a box of chocolate-covered strawberries made fresh in the kitchen to welcome you.
15. Bridgeton House
Set on the beautiful Delaware River, this luxury bed & breakfast offers casual sophistication with rustic country charm.
Each room showcases the coziness of an inn with the elegance of a five-star hotel. With the”River Romance package couples recieve a gift bag of Thymes amenities, microterry robe, seasonal flower bouquet with take-home vase, and a personalized note. Meanwhile, the “Gift of Love Massage” package includes a one-hour massage session for each person in one of Bridgeton House’s premium rooms or luxury suites.