Local B&Bs and Lodges Offer the Perfect Weekend Getaway
Every fan coming back to Happy Valley for home games (or a summer festival weekend) has a must‑do list: ice cream at the Penn State Berkey Creamery or Meyer Dairy, lunch at The Corner Room, maybe a photo at the Nittany Lion Shrine.
Coming home to the place of your glory days is an experience you hope will feel the same each time. But you can heighten that experience by changing it up. Keep your Penn State traditions, but don’t be afraid to reboot your weekend by staying somewhere off the beaten path.
Choices abound, with local bed and breakfasts and lodges that offer spectacular views, great food and great stories.
Here are some of our top picks. Take a look, and if you like what you see, book as early as possible. Many of these fill up a year in advance.
317 Penn St., Huntingdon; 814‑599‑2803; gagemansion.com
Gage Mansion in Huntingdon is a three‑story Victorian home built in 1896 by Colonel George Gage, a superintendent of the Huntingdon and Broad Top short line railroads. It still has most of the stunning details that Colonel Gage built into the house, including six Italian tile fireplaces, a three story staircase with beautifully carved newel posts, elaborate electric chandeliers with gas candelabras (as electricity was not reliable at the time) and 13 stained glass windows. When the current owners purchased the property in 2014, they brought modern amenities to the guest rooms such as private, en suite bathrooms, individually controlled heating and air conditioning, WiFi, digital TV and comfortably luxurious furnishings.
Perfect venue for: bridal showers, baby showers, small weddings, weekend getaways for anniversaries, proposals, birthdays or just to clear your mind and relax. They have a lovely side yard and gazebo for outdoor events too! They are located in the heart of downtown Huntingdon near dining, hiking, biking and paddling.
You’ll love: The scratch‑made breakfast, and three‑course brunches held on the second Sunday of every month.
Riffles and Runs
217 N Spring St., Bellefonte; 814‑353‑8109; rifflesandruns.com
A love of fly fishing was the inspiration for naming Riffles and Runs. With Spring Creek in their back yard, they attract many fishermen, but even those who don’t fish will fall in love with this spacious Victorian house with its European‑style accommodations. It is in close proximity to shopping, The Bellefonte Art Museum, Centre County Historical Library, The American Philatelic Research Library, Talleyrand Park and restaurants.
Perfect venue for: Riffles and Runs rocks bridal wedding brunches. Brides and bridesmaids can stay the night and enjoy a special wedding brunch before they get ready for their big day.
You’ll love: Two things. First is its cool link with history. In the early 1900s, publisher Sylvia Beach spent much time living with her grandparents in this house. She later went on to Paris to open “Shakespeare and Company,” the most famous bookshop lending library in the world. It’s where James Joyce’s “Ulysses” was first published and books like “Lady Chatterly’s Lover,” banned in England and the US, were available. Secondly, you’ll love the comfortable, homelike atmosphere and delicious home‑cooked breakfast.
Our Fair Lady
313 E Linn St., Bellefonte; 814‑355‑1117; ourfairladybnb.com
Built as a love gift from a Victorian lumber baron to his wife in 1883, Our Fair Lady is one of Bellefonte’s lovely ‘painted ladies.’ Her history is just as illustrious as her facade. During WWII, she became a rooming house for married women as they waited for husbands to return from battle. In 2008, she was bought by Bob and Tami Schuster. The Schusters met during high school in the production of My Fair Lady. Bob built and designed the scenery and Tami was Eliza Doolittle. They started dating after the play, and then went on to college — Bob to Penn State and Tami to Duquesne. Upon graduation, the pair got married. They lived in Virginia for over 20 years before moving to Bellefonte and purchasing the house. They began major renovations to restore it to its original glory (with a few added modern comforts). In tribute to their beginning romance, they named the house “Our Fair Lady, A Victorian Bed and Breakfast.” The house has been a hit with guests — Our Fair Lady has received TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence for the past three years for the consistent achievement of high ratings from travelers.
Perfect venue for: teas, bridal showers and small intimate weddings. They host wine‑pairing dinners and murder mystery dinners throughout the year. They also have common areas to accommodate business retreats.
You’ll love: The elegance of the house blended with your ultimate comfort and feeling pampered.
2024 Earlystown Rd., Centre Hall; 814‑466‑6481;
Earlystown Manor in Centre Hall is proud to be a home away from home to every guest who stays with them. Enjoy the luxury of seven spacious guest rooms with the timeless, classy décor and the option to customize your stay with a private catered dinner or a romantic package. In addition to being a proud bed & breakfast, they host outdoor weddings with up to 500 guests, as well as intimate indoor events for up to 60. They adore being a part of every memorable moment celebrated at their beautiful location. The complimentary breakfast is a source of pride for this bed & breakfast. The owner, Robert Vogely, is a classically‑trained French chef, who has owned many businesses in the restaurant and hospitality industries over the years.
Perfect venue for: The beautiful bedrooms, catering options and breath‑taking location make the Earlystown Manor ideal for peaceful trips to the area, football weekends and special occasions like weddings, bridal showers, birthday parties and more.
You’ll love: This home away from home has panoramic views everywhere you turn. Enjoy a private orchard, expansive gardens and beautiful mountain scenery, perfectly nestled just 10 minutes from Penn State University.
The Inn at Solvang
10611 Standing Stone Rd Huntingdon; 814‑643‑3035
The Inn at Solvang is a B&B with a Norwegian flair. Sitting on 80 aces of wooded land, this beautiful inn features an authentic Norwegian Stabbur (granary building) that serves as a cabin you can rent. This historic home was built in 1938, and is still owned by the original owner’s family. It’s been operating as a B&B for 25 years.
Perfect venue for: an active getaway. It’s located near Raystown Lake with its many trails, boating and biking opportunities. They also have an onsite stream for kayaking and fishing, and secure storage for mountain bikes — a big perk for riders bound for the Aligrippis trail! In the mood to indulge and relax instead? Their onsite massage services, nearby golf course and elegant breakfasts will make it a getaway to remember.
You’ll love: the deer (and sometimes bear!) that saunter through the front lawn. You’ll also love the gourmet breakfast that is made from scratch from the family’s own stone‑ground flour and cage‑free eggs.
176 E Linn St., Bellefonte; 814‑355‑7946; thequeenbnb.com
Take a step back into a more elegant time in one of The Queen’s spacious rooms or separate guest house. The Queen is another of Bellefonte’s painted ladies, and offers a full Victorian experience. Choose from the master bedroom suite decorated as if the original owner, Anne, just left, or opt for a simpler décor in Nanny’s Attic with a massage shower or The Governors Suite with its sitting room in the turret and collection of fly fishing books signed by local authors. Relax in a Victorian parlour with working Victrola, player piano and stereoptic viewer. Sit on the front porch and enjoy the quiet evening while sipping a mint tea and watch the neighbors enjoy caring for their beautiful homes. Walk to the historic commercial district and purchase a unique gift or enjoy fine dining in a charming Victorian village.
Perfect venue for: Football weekends, intimate weddings, girls’ getaways and extended stays — the Maid’s Quarters apartment features a full kitchen, bath and laundry, and the Guest House offers three bedroom accommodations for even more friends and family.
You’ll love: Their indulgent, gourmet breakfast served in the large dining room with antique glassware and linens. Weather permitting, breakfast is served on the patio where you can also enjoy the certified pollinator gardens and certified backyard wildlife habitat.
ar Meadows Lodge
744 Dean Hill Road Wellsboro; 570‑724‑2428
Head out of town for a one‑of‑a‑kind getaway at the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon with Bear Meadows Lodge. They offer upscale accommodations with each guest room including a gas fireplace, silent air conditioning and in‑suite private bath. Most rooms also have a private deck with hot tub, or an indoor whirlpool tub.
In 2005, owner Jim Meade opened his home as a north woods styled bed and breakfast. He “helped” the builders stay on schedule by working evenings on areas he saw needed help. At one point, he asked if they would meet an upcoming deadline. “Only if the weather holds up and you quit helping,” they said. Today, he’s learned his lesson and stays out of the daily B&B work, leaving it to the women who expertly run the property.
Perfect venue for: romantic getaways, especially for anniversaries and honeymoons, and many guests come here to bicycle on the 62‑mile Pine Creek Rail Trail or to mountain bike or to hike.
You’ll love: The cleanliness, privacy and comfort of the rooms are what guests love the most, along with the friendliness of the b&b staff. It goes without saying that you’ll fall in love with the view, too.