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Winter Weekend Getaways in the ANF Region of PA
Cooler temperatures inspire loads of winter fun in the Allegheny National Forest Region in Pennsylvania, from cross-country skiing to professional theater. Make your plans now for a lovely winter weekend getaway with lodging choices from the plush to the primitive, in the wildly beautiful Pennsylvania Wilds.
 
WINTER GETAWAYS
 
Winter is the perfect time to whisk your loved one away on an enchanting break for two. Nothing booked? Fear not: from cute cottages to luxurious lodges at a variety of different price points, here are a few lovely hideaways that are available for a romantic winter getaway.
 
GLENDORN A “RELAIS & CHATEAUX” LODGE
 
Treat yourself and a loved one to a very special Valentine’s Day weekend at the cozy and romantic Lodge at Glendorn. Their Valentine’s Day special is a weekend tailored for lovers - couples will receive a special intimate lodging package including a two-night stay at Glendorn (a 4-star, Relais & Chateaux property) with gourmet breakfast, lunch, and an exquisite dinner served in style in the “big house.”  Guests will receive a half dozen roses and chocolate covered strawberries in their room upon arrival. Rooms feature woodburning fireplaces that add to the ambiance as you peek through the glass at a winter wonderland just outside your doorstep.
 
Your Valentine’s Day package also includes an adventurous jeep tour among the beautiful snow covered pines and sparkling ice frosted streams. Come inside from the chilly winds of winter to enjoy a luxurious couple’s massage. Valentine’s Day packages start at $2,166.33.
 
In addition to the Valentine’s Day package, a wide variety of customized options are available for weekend or weekday getaways throughout the year. Reservations: 800-843-8568.
 
TUDOR MANSION OR COTTAGE IN THE WOODS – YOU CHOOSE!
 
Located at the edge of the Allegheny National Forest along Route 6 is another option at a very moderate price point for a couple’s or family getaway. The Olmsted Manor offers a choice of an overnight in the Tudor style mansion, or a stay in the charming “Carriage House” on the grounds of the Manor.
 
The Manor can accommodate 12 overnight guests. All of the bedrooms are furnished differently, and the house has an air of faded elegance.  A spacious living room with fireplace and grand piano is the perfect place for friends to join together in laughter and fellowship. The Manor also boasts an elegant dining room and a small kitchen for guests who prefer to prepare and serve their own food.  The kitchen is furnished, complete with a full-size refrigerator, stove, microwave, dishwasher and coffee maker.  To add to the fun, the Manor also contains an original two-lane bowling alley on the attic level. 
 
The “Cottage in the Woods” is the original Olmsted Manor Carriage House. It consists of a modest second floor apartment with two small bedrooms, a kitchen complete with full-size refrigerator, stove and dishes for guest use, as well as a comfortable living room with television set. Room rates start at $36 to $46 a night in the Manor house, and $50 a night at the Carriage House. Olmsted Manor, located at 17 East Main Street, Ludlow, PA, phone 814-945-6512, www.olmstedmanor.org.
 
VALENTINE WINE & CHOCOLATE WEEKEND
 
Nothing is sweeter than a pairing of handcrafted chocolates and the award-winning wines of Flickerwood Wine Cellars.  On Feb. 14, you can enjoy both at their Wine & Chocolate event. Six different wine samples will be expertly paired with six delicious desserts. Cost is only $15 per person; reservations are required.
 
If you can’t make Valentine’s Day weekend, you can still enjoy their wide variety of red, white, blush and specialty wines in their wine tasting lounge. Request a sample of their Whitetail Country Red, which was just voted “Best American Variety Wine” at the 2015 Pennsylvania Farm Show.
 
Flickerwood Wine Cellars is located at 309 Flickerwood Road in Kane, PA. Hours are Monday-Thursday 11am-7pm, Friday and Saturday 10am-9pm, and Sunday from noon-6pm.  For reservations and information call 814-837-7566 or click over to www.flickerwood.com.
 
For those seeking just chocolate and sweet desserts, The Sweet Shoppe 8 Field Street in Kane will have a full selection of handcrafted specialty chocolates perfect for gift giving along with an extensive selection of desserts. To order a gift for Valentine’s Day (or maybe just for your own special holiday), call ahead at 814-837-9597.
 
“LOVE LETTERS” DINNER THEATER
 
Kabob’s at the Option House will be hosting two dinner theater performances of “Love Letters” on Valentine’s Day weekend. The play will be performed by Bradford Little Theater. You never forget your first love, and the play revolves around two characters who share their notes, letters and card exchanges over the course of their lives. In the age of social media, a written love letter has become even more powerful. 
 
Performances at the Peacock Parlor at Kabob’s will be Friday, Feb. 13 and Saturday, Feb. 14. Doors will open at 5:30pm with a buffet-style dinner being served at 6pm. Dessert and coffee will be served following the performance. The cost of the dinner and performance is $30. It is suggested that you call early to order your tickets as seating is limited. Tickets are available by calling 814-598-1101.
 
VALENTINE’S DAY RESTAURANT SPECIALS
 
Many of the over 40 local restaurants located within McKean County, PA, such as The Willows Restaurant, 2669 W. Washington Street in Bradford, will be offering a special Valentine’s Day menu. Reservations at The Willows: 814-368-7567.
 
At Kelly’s Restaurant, 27 Main Street in Bradford, their Valentine’s Day menu will includes chicken marsala, a broiled seafood planter, haddock casino, smothered chicken and prime rib. In addition, with each dinner entree, guests will receive a free glass of champagne and a chocolate covered strawberry. A line of homemade desserts will end the evening’s meal sweetly. Reservations: 814-362-2933.
For a full list of local restaurants and their specials, go to visitANF.com/where to eat
 
THE FOREST SPA AT GLENDORN
 
A lovely addition for overnight guests at Glendorn are the services offered at The Forest Spa at Glendorn. Signature services can include a fresh facial, tandem massage, or a lavender and lemongrass manicure and pedicure.
 
The Wine Lover’s Body Treatment, a Tuscan wine therapy treatment, begins with a lymphatic stimulating dry brushing followed by an exfoliation using crushed grape seeds and blackberry fibers all while red wine mingles in this innovative brew to gently polish the skin. This is followed by a stimulating massage using a blend of Mediterranean olive oil and red grape seed extract. This wine lovers experience is concluded with a Mediterranean wine and honey masque.
 
Other massage treatments include a Swedish massage or a deep tissue massage. The Fuller Brook hot stone treatment creates a wonderful sense of comfort as the energy from hot stones sooth tight muscles, relieving stored tension in the body.
 
Men can enjoy an executive men’s facial - a European style facial with a skin analysis followed by a deep cleanse, healing mask, and a hot towel wrap will leave the skin hydrated and youthful. Gift certificates are available, appointments and reservations are recommended and are subject to availability.
 
Glendorn is located at 1000 Glendorn Drive, Bradford, PA. For information or reservations please call 800-843-8568 or visit www.glendorn.com.
 
THE MUSIC OF ABBA FEATURING ARRIVAL FROM SWEDEN
 
The professional touring troupe “Arrival from Sweden” will be performing the music of ABBA on Friday, Feb. 27 at 7:30pm at the Bromeley Family Theater located in Blaisdell Hall at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford Campus.
 
Enjoy your favorite hits of the 1980’s - Dancing Queen, Mamma Mia, Waterloo, and the Winner Takes.  All music will be performed by the musicians and singers of this ABBA tribute band from Sweden, which since 1995 has toured 50 countries. 
 
Bromeley Family Theater is located at 300 Campus Drive in Bradford, PA. Tickets are available online at www.bcpac.com or by calling 814-362-2522.
 
WINTER TREK AT MARILLA RESERVOIR
 
Cross-country skiers, families and those wishing to spend a day in the outdoors will enjoy participating in the annual Winter Trek at Marilla Reservoir on Sunday, Feb. 8 from noon-4pm.
 
Hosted by the Tuna Valley Trail Association, this family-friendly event offers lessons in cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, ice fishing, and a one-mile hike on the loop trail around Marilla Reservoir. Snacks, hot chocolate and mulled cider are available to be enjoyed around a warm campfire.
 
Experienced cross-country skiers can ski on the Hidden Valley Trail, a 3.5-mile loop that follows an 1880’s narrow gauge railroad grade, or the Marilla Springs Trail, a 3.6-mile poin-to-point trail perfect for the slightly more aggressive trail enthusiast. Trail volunteers will provide a shuttle to the upper trailhead of Marilla Springs during the event. Both trails are un-groomed and crisscross through scenic forest terrains of snow-frosted white pines and rugged rock outcrops.
 
The event is free and open to the public. Marilla Reservoir is located along PA Route 346, five miles west of the City of Bradford. For information please call 814-362-9928 or 814-362-2323. To view maps of the trail area go to www.tunavalleytrail.com.
 
PLAN YOUR TRIP
 
Order the new 2015 Allegheny National Forest Visitors Guide & Map. This 60-page guidebook includes a suggested list of things to see and do, lodging information, local restaurant information, shopping, trail information and maps for outdoor recreation. Phone 800-473-9370 or on www.visitANF.com