Duration: Two days and two nights
When you're practicing the art of shunning turnpikes, there's no better place than Pittsburgh's countryside and the Great Lakes region. You'll do your sightseeing along endless stretches of country roads lined with big red barns and mooing cows. But it's not all backcountry. Make a stop at any of the towns and you'll find smiling faces ready to treat you to some down-home cooking and cool folksy crafts. Your nights are spent on the front porch of the local inn, catching up with the locals and listening to tall tales. This all might have sounded like a fantasy 100 miles ago, but you're a shunpiker now and it's time to take the dirt roads less traveled and roll.
Nothing but the freshest local ingredients goes into these handcrafted brews, from the Buck Snort Stout to the English style cask ale. The beer-inspired food is just as fresh. We recommend the turkey bacon I.P.A bleu and the fiery firehouse mussels. And don't forget fresh apple slices on the side!Read More >
Built by Michael Christley in 1844, on land granted to encourage westward settlement, the original six-room farmhouse was built of bricks formed and fired on the premise. Outside, the original deck with umbrella tables, comfortable conversation areas and lovely shrubbery gardens beckon those who long the out of doors. Inside, it's about the coziest rooms you could ever hope for.Read More >
Be sure to bring your appetite and save room for homemade pie. It's an all-stops-pulled menu ranging from sandwiches and fresh baked goodies, to fresh seafood and steaks charbroiled to perfection. They've been merchants and brewmasters here since 1979.Read More >
Get an early start to Grove City and the Main Street Diner, where the pancakes are piled high and buttered just right (see if they have some homemade apple cider sausage too). Then on Center Street, visit the Slovak Folk Arts shop for beautiful handmade crafts including crystal, carvings, ceramics, dolls, wood sculptures, toys and Easter eggs. Maybe get an early start on some unique Christmas decorations too. While you're there, see North America's largest animated wood carving of a Slovakian Village. It's huge.Read More >
Casa DaCosta features three graciously appointed guest rooms, The Victoria, the Belle Vista, and the Shenandoah. And they all have that special way of feeling of yesteryear, when times were simpler and comfier. They also serve gourmet breakfasts, with the house specialties freshly made — ham and cheese strata and lemon poppy scones. Afterwards, enjoy the spectacular view of Mercer County Courthouse from the wrought iron furniture on our outdoor patio.Read More >
The World’s Largest Candy Store and home of the famous Chocolate Kingdom. The Chocolate Kingdom is an every changing fantasyland of chocolate characters. From 400-pound chocolate turtles to 75-pound chocolate frogs there's small and big surprises in this whimsical world.
Managed by the Slippery Rock University, the Old Stone House is a historic landmark. Constructed in 1822, it now houses period artifacts and scheduled tours. the house is currently used for shows and special events, and contains period artifacts for people to see. Tours of the building can be arranged throuhg the university.