Duration: Three days and three nights
Whether you're hunting ghosts or history, this road trip is not for the faint of heart. It's autumn, the season of harvest and hauntings. And we've picked out some destinations that will complement the chill in the air. Along your journey, you'll encounter spooky hotels, haunted prisons, and maybe even the ghosts of a couple founding fathers. We hope you brought your camera, and your running shoes because you’re in for a spooky ride.
When the topic of PA's haunted houses comes up, the Hotel Bethlehem is one of the first names mentioned. The hotel was recently restored to its 1922 glory with floor-to-ceiling palladium windows and historic murals gracing the walls. Guests have reported being tapped on the shoulder, seeing ghostly reflections, and observing vacuum cleaners moving on their own. And if you hear any singing throughout the night, that just might be the voice of May Yohe, famous singer and actress from the 1890's. Also, watch out for room 932. Guests have awakened to find apparitions sitting at the foot of their beds.Read More >
Take a relaxing break from ghostly hauntings for tea from British Isles and Yorkshire, England. McCarthy’s offers fresh pastries for those craving something sweet.Read More >
From the outside, this gorgeous mansion seems like the perfect place to spend a tranquil weekend with loved ones. That's mostly true. But it's also a great place to meet some friendly ghosts. If you're lucky (or unlucky) enough to book one of the haunted rooms, keep an eye on the mirror. It's rumored that the ghost of Mrs. Sayre, who still keeps an eye on the rooms, will appear in the mirror.Read More >
The Marsha Brown Restaurant offers authentic Creole recipes right in the heart of New Hope. Marsha Brown's is where a unique mix of rich flavors and bold personality come together to create one of the most refined Creole kitchens this side of the Mason-Dixon. By the way, the bread pudding is an absolute must.Read More >
Sleep amongst history, tradition and elegance at the oldest continuously run inn in Bucks County. While you're staying here, you'll be welcomed with some less-scary features like a spacious Colonial-style room, tavern, and a choice of restaurants. Sitting down for a meal with some of the inn's living visitors should take the edge off the chilling stories.
When John Adams first came to Philadelphia, his first stop was “the most general tavern in America.” And although it's about 250 years later, we still couldn't agree more. Stop by Philadelphia's City Tavern for a taste of the good life - 18th century-style. Whether it is a tall pint of brew or the Martha Washington turkey potpie, you'll find a way to party like your forefathers.Read More >
After spending so much time on the road, you deserve to unwind a bit. No better place than the Morris House Hotel. Registered as a national historic landmark it has been renovated into a Philadelphia luxury boutique hotel offering the coziness of a bed and breakfast in an 18th century setting combined with the luxuries of today.Read More >
The Roxy Theatre
When you see the Roxy Theatre's shimmering marquee, you might feel a little underdressed for the occasion. Northampton's Roxy Theatre takes movie-going back to its glamorous roots when popcorn was plentiful and tickets were affordable (movie tickets are only $3!). But don't feel obligated to break out your tuxedo and top hat. On the inside, this place is just as modern and relaxed as your local theatre. The only difference is, this building has been showing movies since the 1920's. So they know a thing or two about how to keep an audience happy and coming back for more.
The State Theatre
Back in its heyday during the roaring 1920's, the State Theatre was the cultural center of Easton. This is where you'd bring your date to see the latest Vaudeville acts. Then during the age of talking pictures (or movies as we like to call them), they renovated with a bigger movie screen and newer audio equipment. During the 70's, many a rock musician would take the stage and perform for rowdy crowds. These days, you'll catch everything from comedy shows to musical performances here. So while a lot may have changed since 1920, one thing remains the same: the State Theatre is still Easton's entertainment destination. And it plans on staying that way.
Valley Forge National Historic Park
This historic park in the King of Prussia area is teeming with natural beauty and epic history. When George Washington and the Continental Army settled on this location for their winter encampment, they used old-fashioned American perseverance to turn the weary winter terrain into a home. Today, the landscape isn't nearly as tough, but it's rugged enough for a solid day of hiking, fishing, and boating. And since Washington sent those redcoats packing, you're free to enjoy it all. Go USA.