American History and Charming Ambiance All Under One Roof.
Are you the type of happy traveler that’s looking for more than bacon and eggs from a Bed & Breakfast? If you love a good opportunity to live American history for the weekend, one of Pennsylvania’s historic bed & breakfast is just the winter escape you’ve been looking for.
In fact, Pennsylvania has 600 such inns, the second most in the country, and many of them are in buildings that are almost as old as the country itself. Some are older than the country.
The Great Valley House of Valley Forge, in Malvern, dates back to the 1690s and is older than the house there where George Washington slept in the winter of 1776.
Many of the state’s B&Bs are in historic structures and the owners take great pains to preserve parts of the past.
Another example: the Century Inn, near Washington, Pa. It started serving stagecoach passengers along the National Road in 1794. It’s been operating for more than two centuries, with an almost three-year break after a 2015 fire, but it was restored so completely that it’s still on the National Register of Historic Places. Guests have included Andrew Jackson, the Marquis de LaFayette, Henry Clay, James K. Polk and Mexican General Santa Anna. The stone structure now has seven guest rooms and five historic dining rooms, including a tavern.
Old-world luxury and accommodation.
One B & B has “historic” right in its name: The Historic Benner Mansion. Located in Allentown, this 18-room manse was built in 1914 for a local businessman and was later owned by Capt. Nolan P. Benner and other prominent families before falling into near ruin. It was restored starting in 1999 and now, as the city’s only B&B, offers three fancy guest suites that are furnished with items donated by Benner’s descendants.
In Gettysburg, you’d expect a lot of history, but the Battlefield Bed & Breakfast Inn really delivers. It’s set partially in a home that stood during the Civil War Battle of Gettysburg. Today, its original 1820 barn, which was used as a field hospital for soldiers, offers The Tack Guest Room, and other rooms’ names are battle-inspired. Breakfast is preceded by a history presentation. Guests can lift a cannonball, even fire a black-powder musket. Nearby, the main historic section of The Inn at Herr Ridge was a Confederate hospital and guests can stay in one of three rooms where surgery was performed.
Family history and comfort in the Laurel Highlands.
The Inne at Watson’s Choice, near Uniontown, offers a different kind of history: Personal family history. That’s because innkeeper Nancy Ross was literally born in this 1800s farmhouse, which her family rented, and which she and her husband, Bill, much later bought and transformed into a B&B spread. Guests can peruse a photo album of the renovations. They also can gather for monthly, in season, "fireside chats" to hear history about nearby Frank Lloyd Wright houses Fallingwater and Kentuck Knob.
If history isn’t your thing, but you still want a beautiful and rustic B&B experience, consider Cedar Farm Inn, located in New Wilmington. Cedar Farm Inn has just the right blend of charm, comfort and character.
Explore hundreds of Bed & Breakfasts in Pennsylvania from historic to hip and then book your winter getaway to Pennsylvania.
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