Have an Outdoor Adventure on Land, Water or Air in Mercer County, PA

Mercer County, PA is an ideal playground for diverse outdoor activities. On land, water or air, visitors will delight in the beauty of the region’s wonderful outdoors. There is something special about outdoor activities that develop closer connections, makes getting healthy fun, and leads to an adventure you will long remember.

VisitMercerCountyPA has identified key hiking, biking and water trails that you will love. Take a friend or your family and hike or bike the 12-mile scenic multi-use paved trail that loops around Lake Wilhelm at Maurice K. Goddard State Park. There is a lot of nature to view from this trail, so don’t be surprised to see bald eagles, ospreys or trumpeter swans.  Other animals that inhabit the lake are beavers and river otters.

Have you ever explored a trail on buggy? Well, you can do just that at Hell’s Hollow Wildlife Adventure Trail in Mercer (724-662-1999). Rent a trail buggy or hike and explore miles of historical, environmental, and wildlife trails. See beaver dams, deer, and wild turkey, and you can even try bird watching. Explore waterfalls and one of Mercer County’s first iron ore furnaces. See Hell’s Hollow Farm with an old stone house that was built in 1824 and wander through acres of historic Indian hunting grounds.

There are numerous smaller trails for your enjoyment including Trout Island Trail in Sharpsville and self-guided nature trails managed by Shenango River Lake.

Scouts, organized groups, families and friends can enjoy paddling down the 23-mile Water Trail on the Shenango River. With numerous launch sites, you can travel 1, 4, 8, 12 or the entire 23-mile trail. Carried Away Recreation (724-343-1313) has a fleet of kayaks and canoes for rent to enjoy local waterways & lakes. They also offer bicycle rentals.

For high-power boating, launch your vessel at the Shenango River Lake for an excitement-filled day of water skiing and tubing. Areas are also designated for 10 horsepower motors and minimum wake operations.

For the really adventurous, Skydive Pennsylvania in Mercer County PA offers skydiving taught by experienced, professional instructors. Skydive Pennsylvania is a USPA-affiliated full-time commercial skydiving school located across from Grove City Premium Outlets.

Contact VisitMercerCountyPA at 724-346-3771 to order your 2017 Outdoor Guide or visit us on line at www.VisitMercerCountyPA.com. Mercer County, PA … we have outdoor excitement covered.

Button Accordion Festival Comes to the City of Sharon in Mercer County, PA

Mercer County, PA – A wonderful family event, the National Button Accordion Festival, is coming to Mercer County, PA, for the 2017 Memorial Day Weekend of May 26, 27 and 28, 2017. The festival host is the Apollo Maennerchor Club on 291 South Dock Street in downtown Sharon, PA. Visitors can grab their accordion and dancing shoes, and head to the Apollo Maennerchor Club for Pennsylvania’s most unusual music festival.

Featured instruments for the eleventh year of the festival include the  diatonic button accordion and the piano accordion. Many music genres will be showcased that guests can dance to, including Polkas, Waltzes, Country, Boogie Woogie, Texas Two-Step, Jitter Bug, Fox-Trot and Latin beats.

The National Holiday, Memorial Day, will be celebrated with a special program on Sunday, May 28 at 12:30 p.m. Veterans of all the military service branches will be recognized and honored. The ceremony will be followed by an accordion concert.

Food prepared in the Club kitchen will be available and served in the dining room. Festival T-shirts and CDs by performing artists will be available to purchase, and guests can peruse an accordion swap/shop table.

The Festival hours are Friday, May 26, 5 – 10 p.m.; Saturday, May 27, noon – 10 p.m.; and Sunday, May 28, 12:30 – 9 p.m., when the Grand Jam takes place. Admission is $10 on Friday and $12 on Saturday and Sunday. Weekend passes are $25, and children under 13 are admitted free.

For a flier, maps, contact and accommodation information visit the NBAF website at www.nationalbuttonaccordionfestival.com.

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.

Two Amazing Chocolate Candy Factory Tours Thrill Visitors in Mercer County, PA

Mercer County, PA – This April, visitors to Mercer County, PA can visit two chocolate factory shops for a tour and delicious sweet samples. There will be something for every member of the family, from children to grandparents, to enjoy.

FACTORY TOUR AT PHILADELPHIA CANDIES

Visitors are invited to tour the factory and experience chocolates being made at the 35,000 square foot manufacturing facility on April 1, 2017. Both adults and children are certain to be delighted by the chocolate-making process. All patrons receive a complimentary sample from the Easter Bunny. Guests can register to win one of three prizes. No purchase is necessary; winners will be selected on April 2, 2017, and will be notified by phone or e-mail.

Kids will enjoy the costumed characters, including the Easter Bunny and friends, and visitors are welcome to take a picture with a favorite character. The tour lasts 20 to 30 minutes, and then visitors can shop the 3,000 square foot retail specialty shop immediately afterward to enjoy tour day specials on Easter chocolates and more.

APRIL 1st, 2017: 9 a.m. –  4 p.m. Location: Philadelphia Candies Inc. 1546 E. State St. Hermitage, PA 16148 Admission: Free. For more information: 724-981-6341. Website: www.Philadelphiacandies.com

SWIZZLE STICK DAY AT DAFFIN’S FACTORY

Swizzle Stick Day is a fun family activity and open house created by Mr. Daffin that takes place the Sunday before Palm Sunday, on April 2, 2017, at the Daffin’s Candy Factory in Farrell. There will be free candy samples and bunny ears. Guests are invited to tour the factory and see how chocolate is made. Patrons get a free sample of a swizzle stick dipped in a fresh candy filling coated with creamy milk chocolate. They can view the family of solid chocolate rabbits and be amazed by the 700-pound chocolate bunny.

APRIL 2nd, 2017: 12 – 4 p.m. Location: Daffin’s Factory, 7 Spearman Ave., Farrell, PA 16121.  Admission: Free. For more information: 724-342-2892. Website: www.daffins.com

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.

 

 

Miles of Fun on the Shenango River Water Trail in Mercer County, PA

by Peggy Mazyck

Spring is here, and it’s time to plan an outdoor adventure that the entire family will enjoy. The Shenango River Water trail offers 1, 4, 8, 12 or 23 miles of fun.

The trail is class I rapids, with a few riffles to add some spice as it flows gently through canopy forests and pastureland. The total distance is about 23 miles, but numerous take out/launch sites provide convenient points to match diverse interests. Carried Away Outfitters has a fleet of kayaks and canoes for your waterways adventure. Part of your rental fee includes a shuttle to or from your destination. They also offer paddle boards and bicycle rentals. Contact them at 724-343-1313.

You may begin your float just below the dam in Pymatuning State Park, floating through Jamestown. A few miles further, at Halfway Rd., is a take-out/launch site just beyond the bridge on the left. Three more miles brings you to Porter Rd. takeout, located again just beyond the bridge, river right.

After eight miles of leisurely paddling, you arrive in Greenville’s Riverside Park. Here are picnic pavilions, flush toilets, potable water, and Greenville’s amenities within walking distance.

Further down the river, you will reach Kidds Mill Covered Bridge Park, a great place to take a break and have lunch. Here, there are picnic tables and clean pit toilets (maintained by the Shenango Conservancy). Stay left to land.

The balance of the land between the covered bridge and Big Bend is owned by the Corps of Engineers. It has not been logged in many years and is totally undeveloped.  It is arguably the most beautiful part of the upper reach.

Toward the end of the float is a launch below the bridge at New Hamburg. Finally, the last “take-out” on the Water Trail is at “Big Bend,” maintained by the Army Corps of Engineers. Big Bend is just before the river flows into Lake Shenango.

For fun on the waterways, come to Mercer County, PA.

Hit Broadway Musical Guys & Dolls Will Be Performed at the ACTS in Mercer County, PA

Mercer County, PA – Guys and Dolls, a hit musical since its 1950 Broadway premiere, is based on Damon Runyon’s stories of gangsters and gamblers of the New York underworld in the 1920s and 1930s. Frank Sinatra incarnated Nathan Detroit, and Marlon Brando played Sky Masterson in the one and only singing role of his career. Detroit pleads, “Luck be a Lady” when a roll of the dice decides his fate. It’s a sure bet that Guys and Dolls makes the audience winners with each magical performance.

The Area Community Theatre of Sharpsville (ACTS) has assembled a talented cast that will showcase the hit Broadway musical Guys and Dolls March 17 – 26, 2017, at the Pierce Opera House at 100 N Mercer Ave, Sharpsville, PA 16150.  Guests are invited to immerse themselves in a world of gangsters, gamblers, and other characters of the New York underworld in this romantic comedy.

Purchase tickets online with a credit card (a convenience fee applies); call the box office at 724-815-4388; purchase tickets on the night of the performance, if available; or purchase in person on Tuesdays from 7-9 p.m. at the Opera House or in person at Muscarella’s Cafe Italia in Sharpsville.

ACTS has partnered with Muscarella’s Cafe Italia in Sharpsville for a 20% discount on meals the day of the performance. It is highly recommended that theatergoers make reservations in advance to take advantage of this offer.

For more information visit www.actsharpsville.org.

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.

Now Let’s Talk Golf

by Peggy Mazyck

It’s not too early to schedule your group golf outing to Mercer County. The Mercer County Golf Trail travels from the Grove City Area of Mercer County to the Shenango Valley and bordering Ohio area. The trail is an outstanding choice for overnight golf trips from Pittsburgh and Cleveland.

There is no shortage of golf courses or challenging holes in Mercer County. Here you will find a variety of 4 and 4 ½ star courses within a half hour or less drive of each other. The area has become a mecca for golf groups looking for great courses and great value. The low green fees offer some of the most competitive and affordable pricing you will find anywhere in the United States.

The rolling terrains, perfectly manicured greens, and tree-lined fairways are a beauty to behold and a pleasure to play. Oak Tree was named in the top two public golf facilities in western Pennsylvania by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Pine Lakes Golf Club and Resort is a 4 ½ star and PGA approved practice facility offering great stay and play packages. Tam O’Shanter Golf Course, Spring Valley Golf and Lodge, Yankee Run Golf Course, and others too numerous to name make our area a golfer’s paradise.

Excellent golf packages are offered through area accommodations. Groups, couples and individuals can enjoy a relaxing golf experience with all the planning completed for them, including all the amenities that the group desires. Accommodation choices include top-rated hotels and inns, resorts, and unique lodging. Your accommodation will be glad to give you insider tips on the best restaurants and bars for your evening pleasure. Visit www.GolfMercerCountyPA.com to request a Play and Stay quote. We invite you to experience for yourself why we are one of America’s top golf destinations.

Kraynak’s Easter Bunny Lane: A One-of-a-Kind Attraction Delighting Visitors to Mercer County, PA for More Than 50 Years!

Mercer County, PA – Every winter/spring during the Easter season in Mercer County, PA, families flock to a very special place to view an extraordinary attraction. Kraynak’s Easter Bunny Lane in Hermitage, PA, will open this year on February 20 and will be on display through April 17. Open daily 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sundays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Kraynak’s is closed Easter Sunday.

Visitors to Kraynak’s are welcomed by a one-of-a-kind attraction known as “Easter Bunny Lane,” a 300-foot long indoor avenue decorated in an Easter theme. Enjoy the first blossoms of spring with lighted trees and animated figures at work and play.

For 2017, displays will include Cottontail Farm, where chickens lay lighted eggs; a Jungle with many animals; and “Cupcakes” with little houses and egg paths. At the end of the lane are religious sections.

Visitors will also enjoy browsing Kraynak’s 12,000 square foot Toyland which has a great selection of games and toys for children of all ages. There is a 30,000 square foot gift shop with decorations for the home, church, or business. Kraynak’s also features a flower boutique shop, greenhouse, model trains and accessories, and a candy department. These departments are open year-round.

Admission to Easter Bunny Lane is free. Bus tours and groups are welcome. Groups wishing to visit are asked to call and make reservations at 724-347-4511. Kraynak’s is located at 2525 East State Street, Hermitage, PA 16148.

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.

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

Hollywood Little Acres 1 By Peggy Mazyck

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.