February 2016

The beauty of US Route 6 in Pennsylvania is the diverse accommodations that can be found, depending on the visitor’s tastes and preferences. If a traveler enjoys history or local architecture, they can chose from a selection of long-standing inns that are still in operation today or choose former buildings that have been converted into guest lodging.  Here is a list of six historic building where you can relax and learn about the local history:

1. Riverside Inn, One Fountain Lane, Cambridge Springs (near MM 38). This resort was once a haven for those seeking the therapeutic  mineral spas; today it offers live theater, good food and a variety of specialty weekends.  It is highly recommended to just relax on one of the rocking chairs along the big wrap-around porch. Open from April until December.

2.Mansion District Inn B&B and Suites, 905 W. Main Street, Smethport (near MM 150).  Formerly the McCandless Mansion, this historic inn features some of the finest architectural details, interior craftsmanship, and unexpected nooks that make it a unique alternative to conventional hotels. The owners have spent two decades restoring the home and adding touches that represent the history of the town. Be sure to relax in the library, refresh yourself with evening beverages in the parlor, or take a stroll through the Victorian Smethport Mansion District.

3. Penn Wells Hotel, 62 Main Street, Wellsboro (near MM 221). Considered a “must visit” while traveling US Route 6, the Penn Wells Hotel was built in 1869. The interior of the Hotel portrays an elegance of earlier times, with mahogany woodwork, deep colors, and a large wood-burning fireplace in the Lobby.  Every guestroom in the Hotel is unique in some way, but the rooms are notable for their period architectural features, such as high ceilings and mahogany woodwork. Guestrooms and bathrooms tend to be smaller as was the norm in 1869. A larger, more modern Lodge is also part of the property. Take advantage of the Hotel’s location and explore the gaslight lined streets of Wellsboro or visit the PA Grand Canyon.

4. Radisson Lackawanna Station, 700 Lackawanna Avenue, Scranton. (near MM 332) The former Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad Station is a neoclassical building, which was renovated and reopened as a hotel in 1983. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the building retains its original clocks, doors, fountains, stairs, ceilings, walls, and overall appearance. The hotel is a perfect place to explore downtown Scranton with a short walk to Steamtown National Park Site and the Electric Trolley Museum.

5. Ledges Hotel, 119 Falls Avenue, Hawley. (Near MM 369). This former John S. O’Connor Glass Factory has been converted into a luxurious historic hotel. Settled between the flourishing natural beauty of rock ledges and Paupack High Falls, Ledges Hotel celebrates its legacy to the community, blending its contemporary sustainable design with its vibrant natural landscape. Featuring a variety of guestrooms and suites, refined dining at Glass - Wine Bar Kitchen, a picturesque backdrop for meetings and events, and exciting recreational activities nearby, this unique hotel in the Pocono Mountains is truly a treasured retreat boasting luxurious amenities.

6. Hotel Fauchere, 401 Board St, Milford (near MM 394). The present Italianate style building opened in 1880, with twenty-four sleeping rooms and other apartments, including a beautiful dining room at the rear of the house enclosed with glass. Completely renovated, this hotel offers modern amenities in a classic style. It is the perfect place stay in Milford to explore the shores of the Delaware River and the home of Gifford Pinchot at Grey Towers.

Read past Monthly Features:

January 2016-6 Ways to Hibernate this Winter

November 2015-Ways to Relax and Restore Along Route 6

October 2015 - Sense Spectacular

September 2015 - Scenic Overlooks and Viaducts

August 2015 - Celebrating the Birth of Gifford Pinchot Across Route 6

June 2015 - Route 6 as a Transportation Corridor

May 2015 - PA Route 6 as a National Recreational Trail

April 2015 - The Real Artisans of PA Route 6

March 2015 - Maple Month

February 2015 - Washington and Lincoln Connections