By Christine Mouser
Going to a bed & breakfast is the perfect plan for a romantic weekend away. Take a look at this guide to some fabulous bed and breakfast offerings in the area.
Country Road Bed & Breakfast
This bed and breakfast is a private country escape, perfect for couples looking for a peaceful retreat. Country Road has an old log house and log cabin that are both available year-round. The 200-year-old log house is designed in a rustic décor, accented by antiques, an original stone fireplace, an antique sleigh bed and an old-fashioned claw tub and bath. One wrap-around porch, a private back porch and a swimming pool makes the package complete. The log cabin offers guests an outdoor hot tub as well and is the perfect option for couples. Both the house and cabin guests are served a full course breakfast or a continental breakfast, according to preferences.
Nearby: State park and recreation area, Malls, Movie theaters and Golf course
Amenities: Hot tub & Swimming pool
Dining: Full breakfast
Activities: Fully stocked fishing pond
Doone’s Inn at Oakmont
(Coxcomb Hill Road)
This luxury inn is another great spot for couples, especially those who are avid golfers. This bed and breakfast is close to one of the best golf courses in the country (Oakmont Country Club) and also offers visitors a private putting green. Doone’s offers eight first-class accommodations, each with a private bath. Ask for a room with a fireplace or porch, depending on the weather and availability.
Rates: Call for availability
Nearby: Oakmont Country Club, The Village of Oakmont & Downtown Pittsburgh
Amenities: Wi-Fi, fireplace, porch
Dining: Complimentary breakfast, Snacks and beverages
Activities: Exercise room, Putting green & Billiards table
Armstrong Farms Bed & Breakfast
Armstrong Farms is a great bed and breakfast for a romantic weekend away. Located just 22 miles away from downtown Pittsburgh, Armstrong Farms gives guests a peaceful trip, with just enough fun to be had. There are several different kinds of rooms, depending on group size. A great option for couples is the Andrew Room, which has a queen size bed, a private full bath, historical accents and beautiful pieces of furniture. Another pricier option is Drake’s Guest House ($500), which literally has it all— a queen size brass bed, high ceilings, fireplace, full bath and shower, kitchen, refrigerator, coffee maker, internet access, a work area and a porch. Armstrong Farms is an incredibly scenic destination, with an open and spacious feel.
Nearby: Lernerville Speedway, Horseback riding, Roebling Museum, The Salon of Saxonburg, Shops, Yoga, Golfing, Local wineries & Penn’s Colony Weekends
Amenities: In-house laundry services, In-room therapeutic massages & WiFi
Dining: Complimentary beverages and snacks, Full breakfast
Activities: 6 miles of hiking trails & Bird watching
The Inn on Negley
Built in the late 1800s, The Inn on Negley offers eight beautiful guestrooms in an exquisite Victorian-style décor. Each room is furnished with antiques and artwork, in addition to high-end bath products. This bed and breakfast offers several packages to fit you and your significant other’s taste. The Inn on Negley gives couples a great, personalized experience, leaving guests little to worry about.
Nearby: Shadyside upscale shopping district, Carnegie Museum of Art, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
Amenities: Wi-Fi, Robes and slippers, Iron, Hair dryer, Vanity mirror, Daily housekeeping, Evening turndown services, Arranged laundry service, Newspapers
Dining: Professionally prepared breakfast (peach blueberry waffles with vanilla maple syrup, roasted vegetable Frittata with a Béchamel sauce), Brunch, English high tea, Complimentary beverage bar, Tea and pastry service provided in the Fernwood Dining Room daily & Featured wine every evening
Activities: In-room massages ($110/hour) such as Deep tissue, Swedish and Couples, Picnic package (provided with a basket full of sandwiches, beverages, fruit and cookies), Room for Two: An Inn-timate Evening package (wine and cheese, chocolate lover’s dream cake, breakfast in bed & late morning checkout).
Sun & Cricket Bed & Breakfast
This 35-acre estate gives guests the absolute solitude that the bustling city life can’t provide. Sun & Cricket Bed and Breakfast has two separate accommodations: a private, three-room log cabin or a carriage house. The Log Cabin houses a library, master bedroom, bathroom and living area. The carriage house is perfect for couples, complete with a large bathroom, whirlpool-style air tub, sitting area and queen size bed.
Nearby: Hartwood Acres, The Pines Tavern, Pittsburgh National Golf Club greens, Fallingwater, downtown Pittsburgh
Amenities: Log cabin (stocked library, satellite HDTV, atrium, private porch and patio, walk-in shower, Wi-Fi, refrigerator) & Carriage house (fireplace, satellite HDTV, refrigerator, hair dryer, iron)
Dining: Three course breakfast using fresh and local ingredients
Activities: Swimming pool, Massages, Trails for biking, Hiking, Cross-country skiing and horseback riding, Gardens, Wildlife spotting and bird-watching
Inn on the Mexican War Streets
Formerly the Boggs Mansion, The Inn on the Mexican War Streets is right in the middle of Pittsburgh and full of history. It was formerly the home of financier and department store owner Russell H. Boggs. There are several different rooms to choose from, perfect for couples looking for a beautiful setting in the heart of Pittsburgh. Mr. Bogg’s Room has a King Size bed, private bathroom, fireplace and a great view of the Pittsburgh City Skyline. The Red Room offers a beautiful Queen Size four post canopied bed with a stain glassed window and a private bathroom. It’s the perfect getaway for couples.
Nearby: The Andy Warhol Museum, The Mattress Factory, Heinz Field, PNC Park, Downtown Pittsburgh
Amenities: Television, Complimentary movie library, Wi-Fi, Full use of Mansion’s Commons Areas
Dining: Expanded Continental Breakfast, Chocolate chip cookies and snacks served every afternoon and evening & Acanthus Fine Dining (beginning at $100)
Christine Mouser is currently living in the Pittsburgh area, where she is an editorial intern for Pittsburgh Magazine. She has written for HappyValley.com, Town&Gown magazine and Penn State’s Valley magazine.