Duration: Two days and two nights
There’s nothing quite as charmy as a Pennsylvania small town, with its main street shoppes, shady town squares, and all-around homegrown ways. A few days in the Great Lakes Region, in all its summertime splendor, is all you need to get a taste of the small towns that make PA famous. Erie anchors the roadtrip, with its waterfront views of the Presque Isle Bay, a natural wonder that Conde Nast Traveler magazine calls one of the “top 100 swimming holes” in the world. You’ll also discover this is Pennsylvania wine country, just as much as it’s country market and arts boutique country. True enough, the pace is a little slower out here, but that’s only so we can savor it all just a little more.
Now that you’re a regular local, go to the heart of downtown Erie (hence the spelling of Brewerie) in Union Station. This rail-inspired gastropub on 14th Street treats you under soaring station ceilings – it’s airy yet intimate beneath the grand rotunda. Enjoy beer-infused dishes, (the house muffins are baked daily from the already-brewed beer grain), then take your pint outside to the Trackside Beer Garden and watch the trains whiz by.
The Freeport Landing Restaurant was established thirty years ago and continues to provide the local community the best in home cooked meals.Read More >
Penn Shore Vineyards
Along the shores of Lake Erie, you'll find this 40-year old winery. Stop by the tasting bar to sample their goods, and then take a stroll through rows of French hybrid and American vines. You’ll see first hand where their award-winning wines come from.
Tom Ridge Environmental Center
Watch movies on a 4-story high big screen or learn about the wildlife in the surrounding Presque Isle habitat. Indoors or outdoors, you have 3,200-acres of land to explore.