Pennsylvania may not be your go-to place for outdoor adventures, but the state is filled with mountain ranges, rivers and plenty of beautiful scenic places to explore. Did you know PA is packed with state parks and forests, covering literally half of the state? Pennsylvania is perfect for those of us who love a good (easy) hike around the lake, roasting s’mores by the fire, kayaking and enjoying time with family and friends with the backdrop of rolling Appalachian or Pocono mountains, especially this time of your when the fall foliage is on full display.
No matter what part of the state you choose for your weekend getaway, you’ll find plenty to explore. The Pocono and Allegheny mountains span the Northeast, with the Appalachian mountains running through the center of the state. If you’re looking for some water views, Lake Erie is tucked into the northwest corner with the Delaware River on the state’s eastern border.
For those looking to get away from the hustle and bustle for a quiet weekend – or even week – away, Vrbo has many popular, highly-rated and private vacation homes. Many homes offer amenities like outdoor grills and hot tubs for guests to enjoy during their stay. Below are the links to some of the top Vrbo’s in the area.
Mountain View Retreat, near Hershey Park
“Mountain View Retreat,” a gorgeous contemporary home perched high on a wooded hillside with incredible birds-eye views of the Susquehanna River and the city of Harrisburg. Welcome to the home with perhaps the best view in central PA. This is a very unique contemporary home designed by architect Fred Harle who believed a home could coexist with nature. This home is truly built into the mountain landscape with sleek roof lines to allow for air flow making the home energy efficient, and designed so that almost every room has a view. Featuring a beautiful stone fireplaces in the living room, master bedroom and the basement family room. This spacious wheelchair accessible home features 6 bedrooms (all with king size beds) plus an office/sitting room with a sleeper sofa, and a gorgeous sunny library with a sleeper sofa. Sleeps up to 16 comfortably.
Log Home, on 8 Acres close to Hershey attractions
This home is a warm and cozy retreat, close close to many tourist attractions, but has a secluded country feeling. Wonderful for families, large groups, and business travelers. Fire pit and volleyball are fun activities on this 8 acre retreat. Relax with your friends and family in the great room, and the kitchen is perfect and well equipped for meals or a quick breakfast. Walk the beautiful 8 acres and make memories in this welcoming home. Sleeps up to 10 people comfortably.
Retreat right on Lake Harmony, private dock, fire pit, game shed and more
This private retreat is right on Lake Harmony with a private dock, outdoor seating, fire pit perfect for roasting marshmallows, and even a game shed with Shuffle board and Pop-a-Shot Basketball. This is a perfect weekend getaway for families with teenagers. The gas burning fireplace in the home will provide the ultimate coziness for cold fall nights. The home is fully stocked with clean linens, towels, paper products and pantry items. Sleeps 9 guests comfortably.
Dual deck overlooking the lake at “Serenity” cottage in Lake Mokoma
Comfortable, cottage on the east side of Lake Mokoma, featuring dual decks that overlook the lake. The main floor has the living room with a wood stove, dining room seating 6-10 people, a fully stocked kitchen, 2 bedrooms; one with a queen-sized bed and the adjacent bedroom has a full-size bed and a full bath with walk-in shower/laundry room. The second floor features a bedroom with 3 single beds with games and puzzles, and a small deck facing towards the lake; the second bedroom has a queen sized bed, 2 twins, and a crib; with a full tub/shower combo bath. Take a stroll across the private drive to the boat dock to enjoy a day boating around with a paddle boat, and kayaks. Sleeps up to 10 comfortably.
The Lingerlong Lodge on the shores of Loyalsock Creek
This well-appointed property is ideal for outdoor enthusiasts, vacationing families, or those who desire a quiet retreat. Walk out the door to fish or kayak on the Loyalsock Creek, travel 3 short miles to state game lands, hike the area’s many trails, visit World’s End State Park, shop or craft in Eagle’s Mere, dine in downtown Williamsport, stay for the Little League World Series, cook in the spacious kitchen, or work/write/study in the office. Watch the birds and deer from the wrap-around deck complete with a gas grill and large log picnic table that can seat up to 10. Clean, spacious, daylight basement area with ping-pong table and space for indoor games such as cornhole or meals on rainy days. 4 kayaks and 1 canoe with life jackets available for guest use. Sleeps 12 comfortably.
Treehouse on Lake Wallenpaupack – Lakefront & Dock
This house has steps – lots of steps (30 from driveway to house) but it also has incredible sunset views over Wallenpaupack. Guests can even bring their boat and dock at the house. Kayaks are also available to use, at no additional cost. All bedrooms are on the second level, offering beautiful views of the lake. The walk-out lower level offers a family room, game table, futon and more. Sleeps 8 comfortably.
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