Want to hit the highway one of these weekends, but don’t want to spend too much time in the car? There are some unique retreats located less than three hours from Pittsburgh that will satisfy your wanderlust this summer or fall.
From a getaway for beer lovers to hideaways deep in the woods, here are four sweet spots that belong on your radar.
DogHouse Hotel and Brewery, Canal Winchester, Ohio
Ever fantasize about living in a brewery? Your dream is now a reality. On the outskirts of Columbus, the DogHouse Hotel is billed as “the Hoppiest Place on Earth.” BrewDog USA’s 42-acre site boasts the OverWorks sour beer facility, an interactive craft beer museum and 32 rooms that offer beer on tap. In addition to bedside suds, guests enjoy pillow-top mattresses, views of the brewery, hops-infused toiletries and a stocked beer fridge within arms reach of the shower. If you’re reluctant to come home from this boozy wonderland, remember BrewDog is opening a bar and restaurant in East Liberty this fall.
The Inn at Honey Run, Millersburg, Ohio
The Inn at Honey Run provides a different kind of buzz. The 56-acre, adults-only property is filled with lush gardens, common areas with wood-burning fireplaces, an open-air art museum, restaurant and earth-sheltered guest rooms. Reminiscent of a Hobbit’s house, these Honeycombs are built directly into the hillside and contain luxurious amenities. The romantic escape is a popular wedding destination, and offers fine dining with a focus on local ingredients at its in-house restaurant Tarragon. Bonus: Visit with the resort’s flock of sheep.
Getaway Beaver Creek, Lisbon, Ohio
Just an hour from Pittsburgh, this wooded, unplugged hideaway features a collection of designer cabins spread over a 52-acre outpost. The exact location is revealed once you’ve booked your stay, which adds a bit of intrigue to the adventure. Lock away your cell phone and reconnect with Mother Nature without sacrificing civilized amenities such as a private bathroom, hot shower, air conditioning, mini-kitchen and queen size bed. While the accommodations are tiny — between 140 and 200 square feet — you can bask in the great outdoors on a network of hiking trails or sit with pals around a private fire pit. Check out Getaway’s podcast, including interviews with guests, about tech, nature and the wellness benefits of unplugging.
Caboose Motel, Titusville, Pennsylvania
Want something quirky and unexpected? All aboard the Caboose Motel! Open May through October, this charming whistlestop has 21 caboose cars-turned-bungalows. Relax on the deck and regain your train of thought, take an educational tour of the town or catch a ride on the Oil Creek & Titusville Railroad. Upcoming events include wine tastings with Starr Hill Vineyard and Red Bandana Winery. You can’t book online, but you can make a reservation by calling 800-827-0690.
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