Happiness Now: Unique Date Ideas

Love is in the air for Happy Travelers throughout Pennsylvania! Spend time with that special someone at one of these unique romantic places in the Keystone State.

Enjoy a spectacular panorama of Pittsburgh and its three rivers by taking a ride on the Duquesne Incline. The 138-year-old incline takes you up to an observation center that was named one of the “10 most beautiful views in America” by USA Today Weekend Magazine. After you reach the top of the incline and take a selfie at the observation center, head to Monterey Bay Fish Grotto, Pittsburgh’s premier seafood restaurant that boasts 360 views of Pittsburgh’s legendary skyline.

You can’t celebrate Valentine’s Day without chocolate, and there’s no better place than the Sweetest Place on Earth®! Visit Hershey, and learn about the love story of Milton and Catherine Hershey at Truffles for Couples at The Hershey Story Museum Feb. 10-14 where you can satisfy your sweet tooth at the Chocolate Lab for an evening filled with chocolate, fun and a little romance. Hand-roll and coat rich, dark chocolate ganache in milk and white chocolate to create handmade truffles before finishing it off with a sweet array of toppings. While in Hershey, don’t forget to check out Chocolate-Covered February!

Bucks County is the perfect place for a romantic getaway! Nestled among over 100 acres of preserved farmland, the Inn at Barley Sheaf Farm offers historic elegance and top-notch amenities like savory meals prepared with locally-sourced ingredients and in-suite massages. Or you can spend a night at the romantic Inn at Bowman’s Hill, where you can relax alone in your room’s very own hot tub or have your own private yoga session in your suite! Book a stay with your significant other and see why it’s been named one of the most romantic inns in the nation by five different organizations, including Forbes Traveler and Trip Advisor.

Plan your Valentine’s Day with a getaway at Pennsylvania’s No. 1 Bed & Breakfast according to Trip Advisor - Mansion District Inn B&B Suites in Smethport. Book a stay in one of the distinct rooms or suites suitable for a romantic getaway, and enjoy a three-course gourmet breakfast in the morning. Before leaving, take a stroll through the nearby Smethport Mansion District, or ski at trails within walking distance.

There’s no better place to escape than the The Lodge at Glendorn in Bradford, Pa. Book a romantic escape for two at the No. 1 Resort Hotel in the Continental U.S., according to Travel & Leisure’s World’s Best Awards of 2016! Enjoy the company of your loved one in a luxurious setting, share champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries, enjoy a therapeutic couple’s massage, or ice skate at Skipper Lake.

Toast to your relationship by touring the Arsenal Ciderhouse and Wine Cellar in Pittsburgh. Arsenal Cider is a U.S. Civil War thematic winery specializing in small-batch, handcrafted hard apple cider, "cider style" fruit/grape wines and mead. Located just a few steps from the historic Allegheny Arsenal, Arsenal Cider is dedicated to providing a high-quality product in a friendly, nostalgic atmosphere. Being the first cidery in Western Pennsylvania and also the first to sell wine in "beer kegs" and growlers in the state, Arsenal Cider has been an early pioneering influence in the craft hard cider industry.

Enjoy a romantic dinner for two – or bring a group of friends to the Valentine Dinner at the Baldwin Reynolds House Museum in Meadville. This beautiful Greek Revival Mansion was built in 1842 by Supreme Court Justice, Henry Baldwin. The museum is owned and operated by the Crawford County Historical Society and hosts many events throughout the year. February is especially enjoyable featuring a delicious Valentine’s Day dinner, glass of wine and a rose for that special someone.

Art enthusiasts unite in the Laurel Highlands! Take a creative spin on a classic date night and explore the folk art, sculptures and historic artwork at The Westmoreland Museum of American Art. After a day of creativity, indulge in an authentic Italian dinner at DiSalvo’s Station Restaurant. If you want to really test your relationship, get locked away together at Escape Reality, a puzzle room where teamwork will help you tackle riddles, find hidden clues and escape the room before time is up.

The luxurious suites at Paradise Stream Resort provide the perfect backdrop for a romantic getaway. Stay in a four-story suite with a seven-foot champagne glass tub, or the private, Garden-of Eden-themed suite. Nestled in the heart of the Pocono Mountains, this intimate resort provides guests with their own personal playground, complete with a private pool and cozy fireplace. Visitors can pack the day with a variety of activities including tennis, fishing and nature trails – and spend the night enjoying five-course dinners and nightly live entertainment. Each guest’s passion is sure to be found at this unique hideaway.  

Manor Sports at Pocono Manor offers truly unique and fun-filled date options. Try cross-country skiing, horseback riding, ice skating, archery or snowmobiling to enjoy the scenic Pocono Mountains. Make it a weekend experience and stay at The Inn at Pocono Manor for luxurious and comfortable amenities.

From the malt to the hops, a great craft beer is a marriage of flavors – a perfect union that is simple, yet complex. Make your next date a weekend in Hanover – a small town that’s paired its famous snack food with a burgeoning craft beer scene. Visit Aldus Brewing, a member of the Susquehanna Ale Trail located in a former pretzel factory. Fall in love with the American Blonde Ale before setting off to visit several more downtown breweries. With so many stops to visit, it’s like speed dating for craft beer lovers!

Spend the day meandering in and out of the unique shops of downtown Chambersburg, while you taste the hand-dipped chocolates of Olympia Candy Kitchen, sip the wines of Tuscarora Winery, and lunch at one of the fresh food restaurants located all within walking distance. End your day by taking in a show at The Capitol Theatre and listen to music of Motown, jazz, or maybe doo wop!

Plan an escape to Tioga County with your loved one. From a romantic walk through the quaint town of Wellsboro to a winter hike along the Pine Creek Rail Trail, you’ll experience peace and serenity. Love music? Attend the annual Winter Jazz Fest Feb. 15-17.

Walk in a winter wonderland at the Cathedral Forest where you’ll come across the tallest trees in the northeastern United States. Adventurers can rent snowshoes as you embark on the 1.2 mile Longfellow Trail at Cook Forest State Park.

Enjoy views of the PA Americana Region on a hot air balloon ride with the U.S. Hot Air Balloon Team. This unique ride starts in Pottstown, and will lift you up as you float over landscapes never seen before to create a lifetime memory.

Whether it’s marking a first date, first kiss or anniversary, couples can cherish their special moment like George and Martha Washington at the exquisitely preserved and detailed 18th-century Powel House in Philadelphia, where the country’s First Couple celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary.

Cuddle up with your loved one in the beautiful countryside of Indiana County and book a stay at one of the many luxurious B&Bs like Historical Heritage House Suites. Whether you want to experience the outdoors and enjoy cross-country skiing, or have a more relaxing vacation like antique shopping in Smicksburg or Blairsville, Indiana County has activities for every couple to enjoy!

If you want to schedule a series of dates, and craft beverages are a favorite activity, stop into a participating business on the Central PA Tasting Trail to purchase one of their brand new passports. The passports will take you to 12 unique destinations of craft breweries, distilleries, wineries and cideries for a unique tasting experience!

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