Enjoy Winter Fest and a Chili Cook-Off at Buhl Park in Mercer County, PA

Mercer County, PA – Spend the day at Buhl Park on Sunday, February 12 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. to enjoy the wonderful things that winter has to offer. There will be plenty of outdoor activities, including dogsled demonstrations, horse-drawn wagon rides, a snow angel area, a freeze-pop scavenger hunt and the Great Snowman Challenge. The Youngstown Phantoms, a minor league hockey team, will be on hand to sign autographs and add to the fun. 

One of our area’s favorite storytellers, Miss Victoria, will share Snowzilla by Janet Lawler and spin a few of her own wonderful tales about snowmen and even a snow lady. You can snap a picture with a visiting Snowman, get your face painted, or go sled riding. A new feature this year is a free shuttle from 12 – 4 p.m. to take visitors and their sleds to the sled ride hill and back to the Casino parking lot. Attendees will also be able to enjoy roasted marshmallows on an open fire or purchase hot dogs, popcorn, and hot chocolate.

The Chili Cook-off is another great feature of the Winter Fest. Entrants will be serving up their homemade chili and competing for first place and bragging rights. The Chili Cook-off takes place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Casino ballroom. Anyone can submit their chili, but must be pre-registered by February 3, 2017. Participants must provide two gallons of chili, their own crock pot, serving spoon, and 10-foot extension cord. A table, spoons, napkins, and chili cups will be provided. A first-place prize will be awarded, and the winner will be announced at 1:45 p.m. The number of applicants will be limited. For more information on entering the Chili Cook-off, please call 724-981-5522, ext. 102, or e-mail marylynn@buhlfarmpark.com.

More information about Winter Fest is available at www.buhlfarmpark.com  or on the park’s Facebook page.

About Mercer County, PA

Located in Western Pennsylvania, Mercer County PA is home to Grove City Premium Outlets, boutiques, and unique specialty stores for shoppers. The area is also known for wine and brew tours, WaterFire Sharon, PA outdoor adventure, and outstanding golf. Golf Digest ranked Mercer County PA as one of its top golf destinations. Visitors can dine on mouthwatering cuisine at an array of fine restaurants and then stay overnight in a well-appointed hotel, a luxurious bed and breakfast, or a cozy country inn. Close to Pittsburgh, Erie, Cleveland, and southern Ontario, Canada, Mercer County PA is easily accessible via I-80 and I-79. Our County offers the perfect escape. For more information, visit www.VisitMercerCountyPa.net.

Get Away from Frustrations of the Big City This Winter: Relax at a Mercer County Bed and Breakfast or Country Inn

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The charming Bed & Breakfasts (B & Bs) and Inns in the Mercer County, PA, area provide the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of the work week. If you are looking for some quiet time away in a unique setting, check into a Mercer County Bed and Breakfast or Country Inn.   The rooms in these accommodations display a distinctive personality. Each room is decorated differently and themed after a famous person or activity. The innkeepers provide personal service and offer a wealth of inside knowledge on the best places to go and things to do.

In the Mercer area of the County, Casa Da Costa Bed & Breakfast is a stunning historic brick Greek Revival style home built in 1929. It’s not only impressive on the outside, but the inside boasts high ceilings, ornate crown moldings, and large, comfortable, and inviting living areas reminiscent of days gone by. Experience the rustic charm of Plants Herb Farm B & B nestled on 80 acres atop a hill overlooking a panoramic view. Rent the entire two-bedroom cabin for a relaxing private retreat.

Seven Sisters Bed and Breakfast at McEwen Falls in Fredonia is situated on 60 acres of farmland with a wooded ravine and 20-foot waterfall. Relaxation at Seven Sisters Bed & Breakfast at McEwen Falls can include soaking in a Jacuzzi bath, massages, champagne and chocolate, wine and cheese, and many other specialty treats.

Terra Nova House B & B is located three blocks from Old Towne Grove City and Grove City College. This 1901 Victorian style B&B still maintains the beautiful Victorian elegance, slate roof, high ceilings, and spacious style of the era. They are the recipients of the 2016 Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence and the 2015 Award Winner from Booking.com for achieving an overall guest review of 9.9 out of 10.

The Sharon/Hermitage area showcases two luxury properties: Buhl Mansion Guesthouse and Spa and Tara-A Country Inn. Both properties are offering a January Cabin Fever Special. Stay one night at the standard room rate and get the second night 50% off. Buhl Mansion Guesthouse and Spa is a luxurious “castle” and has been ranked as one of America’s Top 10 Romantic Inns. This 1890s mansion offers 10 opulent guestrooms with fireplaces, Jacuzzis, a full-service space and royal service. Tara-A Country Inn is an 1854 mansion featuring 27 luxurious guestrooms with fireplaces and Jacuzzis. Overlooking the Shenango Lake, the inn has heated pools, acres of beautiful gardens, and award winning gourmet and casual dining.

In the Greenville area, Hollywood Little Acres Bed and Breakfast sits on seven acres with ponds, a treehouse, gym, and tiki bar. This bed and breakfast showcases an elegant rustic themed living room with a 50-inch TV and a fireplace. Western Farm Bed & Breakfast Cottages features all-season modern cottages in a quiet wooded area overlooking a ravine. A full farmer’s breakfast is provided each morning.

For more information on unique getaway accommodations in Mercer County, PA, go to www.VisitMercerCountyPA.com or call 724-346-3771.


Two New Fabulous Extended Stay Properties Open in Mercer County, PA

Mercer County, PA welcomes the opening of two new extended stay hotels in Grove City that cater to travelers who like the amenities of home: the Candlewood Suites, Grove City, PA, and the TownePlace Suites by Marriott Grove City/Mercer Outlets.

The Candlewood Suites, Grove City, PA offers 82 guest rooms with fully equipped kitchens, 42-inch flat screen HDTVs, DVD players, plush recliners, and executive work stations. The hotel features a heated outdoor pool in the summer months, is pet friendly, and has an outdoor gazebo grill area.

Other amenities include free guest laundry, an expanded, free 24-hour fitness center, business center, and the Candlewood Cupboard, offering a variety of food, beverages, and personal care items to purchase. Candlewood Suites is ideal for the extended business traveler, relocating families, or anyone displaced from their home from an unfortunate circumstances such as a fire or flood. To book a room at Candlewood Suites in Grove City, call 724-748-6900.

The TownePlace Suites by Marriott Grove City/Mercer Outlets will hold its official grand opening on January 12, 2017. Located next to the Grove City Premium Outlets, the TownePlace Suites offers 96 suites in sizes including studio king, studio double queen, and one bedroom. Amenities include a free, hot breakfast buffet, fully equipped kitchens in every room, pet friendly and smoke free accommodations, free high speed internet, an indoor heated saltwater pool, a fitness center, and a business center. The TownePlace Suites is handicapped accessible.

During the month of January 2017, TownePlace Suites by Marriott Grove City/Mercer Outlets is offering a “Friends and Neighbors Promotion” available to everyone at a $69 rate. Call 724-748-6322 and ask for the “Friends and Neighbors Discount.”

Both hotels welcome one- and two-night stays in addition to extended stays. Mercer County, PA is happy to welcome these two properties as they provide great amenities and comfortable stays for the traveling public.