Berks County is the ideal place for couples to enjoy a romantic weekend away. The beautiful scenery, diverse selection of activities, and wonderful lodging options make Pennsylvania’s Americana Region a destination frequented throughout the year by couples looking for a retreat.
As the months grow cooler and the leaves begin to fall, Berks County becomes the perfect haven for a cozy weekend for just the two of you. Plan to stay at one of the prominent hotels or B&Bs in the area to experience the unique combination of comforts and activities available!
Bear Creek Mountain Resort
Throughout the year, Bear Creek Mountain Resort has a vast catalog of activities to choose from. Tucked away in the mountains of Macungie, PA, you don’t have to leave the expansive 330+ acre property to find plenty to do.
Hiking, biking, boating, and more are available during the warmer months of the year, providing the opportunity to appreciate the great outdoors in the comfort of a comprehensive resort. These activities take on a new dimension when the leaves change color, making the surrounding views from the trails, boats, and resort a beautiful splash of vivid colors. During the winter, snowtubing, skiing, and snowboarding are available on almost 100 acres of slopes.
When you’re not out and about on the grounds, relax in your hotel suite, or depending on the weather, soak up some rays poolside or unwind in one of the hot tubs. As for your meals, sample the delicious cuisine of The Grille Restaurant or the Trail’s End Cafe & Bar. Both locations allow you to appreciate great fare, an amazing view, and excellent company. Throughout the year, Bear Creek hosts a variety of food and beverage festivals, as well musical events at their restaurants.
Hawk Mountain B&B
Found in the Blue Mountain Valley, the Hawk Mountain B&B offers an ideal spot for a couple looking to get away-from-it-all, while still having access to an assortment of things to do. The bed and breakfast has 8 suites with private baths, climate control, and the kind of amazing views you’d expect from a lodge tucked along the mountains and foothills of the Appalachian Trail. The immediate surroundings of the B&B provide plenty of quiet walking trails, relaxing hammocks, and in warm weather, an in-ground pool to enjoy the tranquil scenery.
The B&B’s location allows quick access to world-class biking trails and roads made for cycling. Hiking trails along the Appalachian Trail and The Pinnacle offer hours of outdoor fun. While in the area, Hawk Mountain Sanctuary is a must, especially in fall when the raptor migration is in full swing and views from the lookouts are spectacular with the changing colors of the season. A short drive away, the town of Hamburg provides a perfect place to dine, sample craft beers, shop for antiques, and take in the old-fashioned hometown ambiance. Train lovers, be sure to visit the Reading Railroad Heritage Museum or better yet, head to nearby WK&S* Railroad for one of their themed weekend excursions.
*Wanamaker, Kempton and Southern Railroad
Not far from the Hawk Mountain B&B, you’ll find a few stops on the Berks County Wine Trail. Weathered Vineyards & Winery, Pinnacle Ridge Winery, Setter Ridge Vineyards, and Long Trout Winery are great for a quick visit and tasting of local wines. Check the various vineyards’ event calendars for music, and other special events. For a full listing of the Berks County Wine Trail click here.
The Gables at Stirling Guest Hotel
For that classical B&B feeling, book your stay at The Gables at Stirling Guest Hotel. Located in the beautiful Centre Park Historic District, the dignified mansion and carriage house offer 15 elegantly furnished rooms to cater to your every need. The main residence offers nine classic suites, while the carriage house provides a more modern lodging choice. What’s your preference; stately grandeur or an updated modern? You’ll have your pick of both when you stay in this beautiful Centre Park location.
Each suite offers its own sense of style and elegance, and the beautifully curated grounds are home to walking paths and an in-ground pool. From the hotel, you have access to local attractions like the Reading Public Museum and the landmark Pagoda.
There are also plenty of events going on in the Centre Park Historic District of Reading. The Black and White Fall Ball on Friday November 8th offers food, wine, and entertainment for all of those looking for a high-end experience in Reading. Once the weather cools down further, there are holiday festivities to enjoy as well! If you’re staying nearby on the weekend of November 30th, be sure to stop by the Christmas Party in the Park. There will be hot chocolate, snacks, and more all kicked off with the official lighting of the Centre Park Christmas Tree at 5 pm!
These are just a few of the fantastic places to visit and stay in the beautiful Pennsylvania Americana Region. If you’re looking for a cozy anniversary destination, planning a special occasion retreat, or simply looking for a romantic weekend away, Berks County has something for everyone!