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Red Roses Are So Last Year

The traditional holiday for showcasing our love with romantic date nights, sappy poetry, flowers and gifts is quickly approaching. However, why do the traditional? Sign up for a Marriage Retreat, a sunset hike, baking with a partner, or wine and chocolate tasting. The Marilla Winter Trek or tasting and touring the wineries, breweries and local distillery also offer other fun options in the Allegheny National Forest Region of northwestern Pennsylvania.

Play in the Outdoors at the Marilla Winter Trek

Gear up for the romance holiday on the Sunday before the big day! Take your loved ones on an adventure at the Marilla Winter Trek, to be held Sunday, February 9th from noon-4:00pm at the Marilla Reservoir. The Marilla Winter Trek is located at the Marilla Bridges Trail, just five minutes from downtown Bradford, Pennsylvania on West Washington Street.

Spend the afternoon at the beautifully scenic Marilla Watershed area, link arms with your loved ones, and choose from multiple outdoor activities such as ice skating, ice fishing, geocaching, walking, cross-country skiing, or snowshoeing on the Marilla Trail System. For those interested in cross-country skiing the Marilla Springs Trail, a free shuttle will transport you to the trailhead. If you lack the experience or confidence to participate in cross-country skiing or snowshoeing, try a complimentary lesson provided by members of the Jamestown Cycle Shop.

Enjoy playing in the outdoors? Then take a short stroll to the gazebo, located along the loop of the Marilla Trail. There, you can relax, warm up next to the bonfire and enjoy the refreshments provided by the Tuna Valley Trail Association. For more information about this year’s Marilla Winter Trek, call 814-362-9928 or visit www.tunavalleytrail.com.

Bake Your Way into Their Heart

Who doesn’t enjoy a sweet treat on Valentine’s Day? Buy a treat or two for your loved ones at John Williams Pastry Shop. Or even more fun, spend the evening, Wednesday, February 12th, baking together at their Valentine’s Bake and Take. John Williams Pastry Shop is located at 20 Mechanic Street in Bradford, Pennsylvania.

This is a hands-on, fun event in the bakery, where you will enjoy making sweet pastry treats and enjoying the opportunity to learn new baking skills. During this event, dinner will be served. The event begins at 5:30pm and costs $39.99 plus tax and a 15% gratuity for dinner. Best of all, the delicious treats you make during the event are yours to take home! If you are over 21, and wish to, this can be a bring your own wine or legal beverage event.

Space for this event is limited. For more information or to reserve a spot for the John William’s European Pastry Bake & Take event, call 814- 362-6637.

Make Memories-No Reservations Required

Take your significant other’s breath away! Plan a romantic excursion to the nearby Kinzua Bridge State Park for a romantic stroll on the skywalk on February 12th to view the sunset from the breathtaking Kinzua Sky Walk. Meet in front of the classroom of the Kinzua Center at 5:30pm; bring a pink or red cover for your flashlight lens to add to the ambiance. Be sure to dress warmly, as there is usually a brisk breeze blowing through the Kinzua Gorge. As a group you will stroll to the end of the skywalk to watch a romantic sunset. Arrive early to tour the Kinzua Center to learn the history of this amazing engineering marvel. The skywalk is located at the Kinzua Bridge State Park, 296 Viaduct Road, Mt. Jewett, PA. Admission to the park and the skywalk are both free. For more information on the skywalk or the Valentine Day Stroll at the park, call 814-778-5467 or email kinzuabridgesp@pa.gov.

Not just a Valentine’s Day attraction, the Kinzua Bridge State Park and the Kinzua Sky Walk are open year-round. Plan a day trip or weekend getaway, with the skywalk as a main attraction. Stroll out 624 feet into the Kinzua Gorge at a height of 225 feet, and peer down at the valley floor through the partial glass floor of the skywalk. Bring the entire family, and don’t forget your camera; the views are breathtaking! Seasonal hours at the park are Monday through Saturday 8:00am-4:00pm during the winter, except on President’s Day weekend when they will also be open on Sunday. Then in March, they will switch to being open seven days a week from 8:00am-6:00pm.

Celebrate Marriage Getaway at Romantic Olmsted Manor

Go the extra mile this Valentine’s day weekend, February 14th-16th and make a weekend out of reconnecting with your spouse at the historic Olmsted Manor Retreat Center, 17 East Main Street, Ludlow, PA. Enjoy quality time with your sweetheart at this beautiful and secluded retreat. The romantic 1917 Tudor Mansion has many elegant architectural details throughout the manor house. Relax in a spacious living room with a fireplace, a grand piano, an elegant dining room, and a lovely staircase with the original stained glass windows above the staircase landing.

During the retreat, Rev. Eric Leonard and Tara Park will lead a few fun activities to help guests engage with other couples, but the focus of the weekend will be relaxation and time away as a couple. Enjoy sleeping in or watching the sunrise over the Allegheny National Forest from the deck. This retreat includes a delicious brunch along with time to explore the nearby forest or local attractions, a romantic Valentine’s dinner and live musical entertainment by the Parks.

The cost of this retreat is $175 per person, which includes the programming, two-night stay, meals and the special Valentine’s dinner. The ambiance, comfort and home-style meals make Olmsted Manor the perfect location for rejuvenation and romance. For more information about the Celebrate Marriage Getaway, visit olmstedmanor.org or call their staff at 814-945-6512.

Wine & Desserts for the Valentine’s Day Traditionalist

Bring someone special to Flickerwood Wine Cellars’ Annual Valentine’s Day Tasting event on Friday, February 14th at 7:00pm or on Saturday, February 15th at 1:30pm. This family-owned and operated winery puts special emphasis on the holiday of love and affection with a weekend-long celebration. Sweethearts or friends will enjoy the opportunity to sample five various wine pairings with five scrumptious desserts provided by John Williams European Pastry Shop of Bradford. Tickets for this event are $20 per person. Flickerwood Wine Cellars & Lounge is located at 309 Flickerwood Road, Kane, Pennsylvania. Reservations are required for this event; for more information or to reserve your seat, call 814-837-7566 or visit flickerwood.com

Can’t make it on Valentine’s Day? Flickerwood is open year-round and is the perfect destination for wine tasting. Their award-winning wines include sweet, semi-sweet, dry and semi-dry table wines in reds, whites and blushes. A fun activity to be enjoyed no matter the season!

Explore the Spirits of the Allegheny National Forest Region

February is a great time to relax and enjoy a variety of hearty local brews, exquisite wines, and exceptional craft spirits. Play in the outside, then relax and enjoy some indoor entertainment sampling and dining in the Allegheny National Forest Region of Pennsylvania.

The Bradford Brew Station is the first legal brewery in Bradford since 1945. With 14 craft brews on tap, such as their seasonal brews Vanilla Porter or Smoked Cherry Porter, along with a fun and innovative food menu, this brewery is a local favorite. On Sundays, the brewery offers Kegs and Eggs from 9:00am-1:00pm. The Bradford Brew Station is located at 104 Chestnut Street in Bradford, PA. Discover more at bradfordbrewstation.com.

At Flickerwood Wine Cellars, introduce your taste buds to a special and unique treat and sample the region’s first canned wine, ZAMP. With five delicious flavors to choose from, your palette is sure to be delighted with your first sips of Pinot Noir, Grigio, semi-sweet Ruby Z or KID which features the sweet blend of pineapple and pear. Known as “The Wine that Rocks,” Flickerwood wines are available at their winery in Kane, PA, or they can be ordered online and shipped outside the state of Pennsylvania. Learn more at flickerwood.com.

The wines from Twisted Vine Beverage Company, located at 117 North Fraley Street in Kane, PA, offer a sweet treat. Take a trip down memory lane with their lollipop flavored sweet wines including Green Apple, Blue-Berri, Chocolate Strawberry and so many more. Stop in to enjoy a sweet beverage while warming up next to their gas fireplace. Shop for over 20 varieties of wine online at twistedwinery.com.

CJ Spirits Craft Distillery, the first distillery in western Pennsylvania, offers spirits distilled on-site utilizing the freshest local grains and pure Allegheny Mountain spring water. Stop in for a signature cocktail - their Bloody Mary is legendary! CJ Spirits is located at 120 Willow Run Drive in Kane, PA. For information on all the spirts they offer, go to cjspirts.com.

Logyard Brewing offers world-class brews utilizing ultra-local ingredients. Their profile of brews play homage to the local timber industry with names like Bucking Birch, Pine Man and Black Cherry. Their Taproom for tasting and dining is located at 103 North Fraley Street in Kane, PA. Patrons will be fascinated by the ambiance in the taproom, which honors Kane’s lumber heritage. For additional fino, logyardbrewing.com.

It’s More Fun if You Stay Over

For a full list of attractions, restaurants, and lodging, plus local events and all the fun things to see and do in the Allegheny National Forest Region please call 800-473-9370 or visitANF.com.