Today at STYLEanthropy, let’s travel to Erie Pennsylvania. A few weeks ago, my husband and I drove up to Erie, PA for a weekend getaway (as our anniversary celebration). Since it was still pretty cold, we knew we would be there just to explore, eat, and enjoy the views. Nevertheless, we enjoyed the weekend. If you have a weekend to spare, here’s my guide to Erie, PA.
Weekend Getaway: Erie Pennsylvania Travel Guide
Where To Go
Presque Isle State Park
“#1 Freshwater Beach in the Country” by USA Today Reader’s Choice
You can fish, enjoy the views, go to the beach, go on boat tours, enjoy picnics, enjoy a morning run, go biking. Let’s be honest, it’s no Cancun. But as Pennsylvania’s only “seashore”, it’s one of Pennsylvania’s top vacation destinations and welcomes over 4 million visitors annually.
Wish we brought our bikes because there are plenty of areas to go biking there. Since it was still too cold to enjoy the water, there were a lot of people fishing, walking, running, and biking that weekend. If you go during summer, there are plenty of designated beach areas. Plenty of parking space. However, not sure how crazy it can get during the summer months. Make sure to allot the whole day for the beach/Presque Isle State Park.
My tip, go around the Presque Isle and scout the beaches first. There were beaches with rocky shores, while others had clean and fine sand. If I’m not mistaken, the one below was Beach 10.
Perry Monument (still in Presque Isle State Park)
Enjoy the views and go fishing.
Presque Isle Light House
Sara’s and Sally’s
Only a hundred yards from Presque Isle State Park is Sara’s and Sally’s. If you didn’t have time to prepare a picnic spread for the beach or park, eat here instead. Nothing fancy. Just your 50’s style diner. Stop for some diner food and ice cream, and pose with the Simpsons. 🙂
Historic walking tours are available. There are food tours to check out some of the historic restaurants or places to eat at Erie, PA. There are also tours for historic buildings, old houses, etc. This one is the Erie Court House.
Marina and Bayfront
Dobbins Landing and Bicentennial Tower
Watch sunrise or sunset from here. Plenty of resto-bars in the area.
Where to Stay
Sheraton Erie Bayfront
Walking distance to Bicentennial Tower. Best hotel views. Great service. Sign up for SPG and get better rates. My tip: get a room with the club lounge access. You’ll get free drinks and snacks throughout your stay. Free hors d’oeuvres at happy hour, and free breakfast in the morning (make sure these are all included when you choose your room). That additional $20+ for the club floor is so worth it! We were making lattes all day and drinking sparkling, eating flat breads, fruits, cheeses, and sandwiches before dinner time.
And just look at that view from our hotel room:
Where To Eat: Bayfront Grille
Because of the free Hors d’oeuvres, we ended up eating late dinner. But still, I only ordered salad because I was still full by then. Husband ordered their crab meat sliders which were pretty good too! You just have to eat at the Bayfront Grille (located inside Sheraton) when there because of the amazing views!
Of course, I had to bring my fave floral off the shoulder maxi dress. Too bad, I only made it to breakfast wearing this. It was still too cold to wear off shoulders. But I’m still glad we took these photos because hello??? You need to get this dress!
Made a video because there were just way too many photos we took.
Of course, despite being a small town, one weekend ain’t enough to see everything in Erie, PA. If you like to see what else you can do or other places to go, check out their website at www.visiterie.com. Hope you enjoyed our little Erie Pennsylvania Travel Guide today and may it inspire your upcoming trips this summer.
And speaking of places to go, if you’re free on May 11th, Thursday, come join me at The Waterfront Shopping Center for Sip and Shop. And on May 13th, I’ll be at the Ace Hotel Pittsburgh for the Entice One Fashion Show at 8pm. Tickets are only $10. See you there!