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 & Breakfasts 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.
1. The Great Valley House of Valley Forge
“Did George Washington Sleep Here?” is the most often asked question by visitors at The Great Valley House of Valley Forge. This historic house dates back to the 1600s and is older than the house where George Washington slept in the winter of 1776. The 300-year old stone farmhouse, is a five-minute drive to Valley Forge National Park and is perfect for those looking for a quiet romantic getaway or for friends and family interested in sightseeing in the historic Valley Forge.
2. Century Inn
Many of the state’s B&Bs are in historic structures and the owners take great pains to preserve parts of the past. An example would be the Century Inn. 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, Abraham Lincoln, James K. Polk and Mexican General Santa Anna. The stone structure now has seven guest rooms and five historic dining rooms, including a tavern.
3. The Historic Benner Mansion
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.
4. Battlefield Bed & Breakfast Inn
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.
5. The Inn at Herr Ridge
Nearby is the The Inn at Herr Ridge. The main historic section of this Herr Ridge was once an Confederate hospital. Guests have the opportunity to stay in one of three rooms where surgery was performed. Guest can also enjoy the spectacular, panoramic view of the Battlefields at Gettysburg from The Rooftop Terrace. The Rooftop is an excellent place to enjoy a full service, intimate dining experience with family, friends, and loved ones.
6. The Inne at Watson’s Choice
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 explore can explore many of the local areas attractions including Frank Lloyd Wright’s Kentuck Knob and Fallingwater as well as Ohiopyle State Park.
7. Cedar Farm Inn
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. You’re invited to rent the whole house for your next escape to the county.
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