The Happy Traveler enjoys après-skiing and taking in the nearby entertainment while enjoying cocktails by firelight after a long day on the mountain (or while their friends and family shred the slopes).
Enjoy winter in Pennsylvania by staying cozy at the The Lodge at Glendorn – which has earned previous rankings such as the No. 1 Best Resort Hotel in the Continental U.S. by Travel + Leisure and third among top hotels in the Mid-Atlantic category by Conde Nast Traveler. Luxury meets recreation at Glendorn. Surrounded by 1,500 acres of scenic woodlands, guests can enjoy unique winter activities like cross-country skiing and curling. After a day spent outside, warm up by visiting nearby Blackbird Distillery in Brookville, Pa. This old-fashioned distillery in Pennsylvania makes specialty moonshine in a variety of flavors that appeal to all tastes.
Philadelphia and the Countryside and Lehigh Valley
If skiing on one of the 23 trails at Bear Creek Mountain Resort isn’t your thing, head to nearby Dad’s Hat Distilling in Bristol, Pa., to try their Apple Cinnamon Rye Fizz cocktail. You can also take a tour of the distillery for an up-close-and-personal look at how rye whiskey is made.
Also, nearby is Philadelphia Distilling. Known for its spirits including Bluecoat Barrel American Dry Gin® and Penn 1681 Vodka. For more than a decade, visitors have traveled to the Fishtown neighborhood of Philadelphia to explore its 13,000-square-foot distillery which includes a tasting room, restaurant, liquor store, event space and outdoor patio.
Boasting 39 trails, the highest vertical in Pennsylvania and six terrain parks, Blue Mountain Ski Resort is the perfect place for the winter athlete. For those looking to stay cozy indoors, head to Mountain View Vineyard, Winery & Distillery. Located in Stroudsburg, Pa., Mountain View produces various wines and spirits like moonshines and flavored vodkas, which are all made using eco-friendly techniques.
Stay at the Skytop Lodge – the Pocono Mountains’ premier resort. This luxury retreat is an oasis for adventure on 5,500 acres. Guests can enjoy outdoor activities like cross-country skiing, dog sledding and tobogganing before heading inside to enjoy serenity at the spa. Foodies will also love the variety of dining options that are sure to please any palate.
Pittsburgh and its Countryside / Laurel Highlands
The mountain at Hidden Valley boasts nearly 200 inches of a snow a year on 465 acres of skiable terrain. After enjoying a day of skiing, head to Maggie’s Farm Rum Distilling to see products distilled from scratch in the copper pot.
Stay at Nemacolin this winter, where there’s an activity for everyone to enjoy. Whether it’s skiing at Mystic Mountain, adventurous dog sledding outdoors or enjoying a day of pampering at the spa and taking in art at the gallery onsite, it’s the perfect place to enjoy a winter getaway.
Dutch Country Roads
Liberty Mountain is nestled near scenic Catoctin Mountains and features more than 100 acres of skiing, snowboarding and snow tubing trails.
Also located a short drive from Harrisburg and Hershey, Roundtop Mountain Resort is a four-season resort with plenty of snow sports to keep you busy during winter months.
After a day spent outdoors, head to Wyndridge Farm. The 77-acre property in York County features a 120-year-old barn that provides the perfect cozy environment to sample one of the farm’s ciders or brews, made with high-quality apples grown in central Pennsylvania.
Pennsylvania Great Lakes
The cold weather doesn’t bring an end to enjoying Pymatuning State Park. Grab a rod and head on the lake to partake in ice fishing, ice skating or cross-country skiing.
Get warmed up by exploring the Erie Wine Trail. The trail runs amidst 30,000 acres of vineyards and features 20 wineries that produce award-winning wines and specialty wines, such as winter favorites like brandies and ports.
Tussey Mountain is known as “a small mountain with a large heart.” Offering skiing on 50 acres with seven trails, it’s an ideal place to enjoy the brisk outdoors. For those looking to stay indoors, grab a drink at Edges Pub and enjoy some live entertainment on weekends.
Enjoy winter indoors at the Omni Bedford Springs resort. This 2,200-acre estate features luxurious guestrooms and a world-class 30,000 square foot Springs Eternal Spa. The resort also offers a variety of dining options including Chef’s Table Dinner, where your senses will be delighted by a six-course prix fixe menu with beverage pairings.