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Create the Perfect Girlfriend Getaway in Erie, Pennsylvania

Monday Oct 17th, 2022

Whether you are getting together for the first time in years or just saw each other last week, it’s always exciting to plan a girlfriend getaway.  From a day at the spa and incredible shopping, to a fabulous meal, your ultimate girls’ trip is waiting for you on the beautiful shores of Lake Erie.  Make new memories filled with laughter and friendship and plan your lake escape for the perfect girlfriend getaway in Erie, Pennsylvania.

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Fill Your Glass

Take time to “unwined” among the fragrant vineyards and more than 20 estate and commercial wineries of Lake Erie Wine Country, the second largest grape growing region in the United States, spanning 30,000 acres.  Sip, savor and sample your way through unique and diverse wines, from fruity native Labruscas and exquisite French-American wines to European-style wines and award-winning favorites. All the wineries welcome small or large groups for year-round tours and tastings such as Mazza Vineyards, Courtyard Winery and  Arundel Cellars & Brewing Company. Take your Lake Erie Wine Country experience to the next level and travel to the wineries in a stylish limousine or party bus from Rupp Limousine or Chautauqua Locale Wine Tours.  Spend more time catching up with your friends and less time worrying about finding parking or driving multiple vehicles.  Private tours are available for small and large groups. Cheers! Photo credit: @tayliebiro


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Shop Till You Drop

From strolling the concourse of the Millcreek Mall Complex to boutique hopping at Village West Plaza or The Shops on the Hill, there’s a bargain waiting around every corner.  Best of all, Pennsylvania has no sales tax on clothing or apparel, which means more savings for you and less strain on your pocketbook.  In addition to nationally recognized stores, Erie is proud of its locally owned business that feature beautiful artisan-crafted items.  Browse through colorful pottery at Allenstoneware Gallery, select the perfect piece of beach glass jewelry at Relish Studio & Gallery or immerse yourselves in whimsical art and photographs at Glass Growers Gallery.    


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Chow Down

Cheating on your diet is not only allowed during a girlfriend getaway, it’s highly recommended!  Celebrate, savor and especially share, an unforgettable meal. Reserve the private bank vault room at the Skunk and Goat Tavern and order a platter or three of the loaded tots and jalapeno bacon dip.   Kick things up a notch from the eighth floor of the Hampton Inn & Suites Erie Bayfront Hotel at Oliver’s Rooftop featuring amazing waterfront views and a triple chocolate martini that will make your toes curl.  Experience elegant surroundings with carefully crafted cocktails and cuisine at Cloud 9 Wine Bar and Restaurant where the burrata and brie are creamy, and the house made crème brulee is oh so dreamy.      

Let Your Hair Down

From dancing the night away to laying low, there are many ways to enjoy a girl’s night out in Erie.  Hit the jackpot at Presque Isle Downs and Casino, featuring more than 1,500 of the latest and greatest slots.  Party on with a round of spicy root beer floats and live music at the Oasis Pub and Grill.
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Get Pampered

After a tiring but fun day of shopping and exploring, reward your minds, bodies and souls with a rejuvenating visit to the spa. Soak your aching tootsies in a luxuriously warm, sudsy bath, melt your cares away with a soothing massage or treat yourselves to a well-deserved manicure and pedicure.  Experience traditional spa services and new age techniques at Erie’s leading spa and wellness centers such as Bella Salon and Day Spa, A Compassionate Hart Massage Therapy, Monacella Massage and Kinesiology and Serenity Spa at Peek’n Peak Resort.  Small groups of ten or less are welcome at all of the mentioned spas. Reservations are recommended.


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Sleep Tight

Wrap up your day with a good night’s sleep surrounded by plenty of pillows and creature comforts to ensure you are well rested and ready for more girlfriend galivanting. Spend the night on the waterfront at the Hampton Inn & Suites Erie Bayfront Hotel, reserve a block of rooms at the new Holiday Inn Erie on Upper Peach Street or check out the completely remodeled Red Roof Plus+ & Suites in downtown Erie.  Hint: If your girlfriend getaway evolves into a night of raucous games, junk food and periodic shrieks of laughter, most hotels are more than happy to allow your group to gather in the lobby to avoid disturbing other hotel guests. 


Partner Spotlight

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Cart/Horse Distilling is a first-generation woman-owned distillery, pioneering the craft in Edinboro, Pennsylvania. Handcrafted care never goes out of style. We put that artistic attention into every bottle of our small batch spirits. Cart/Horse proudly produces rum, whiskey, vodka, gin, and several award-winning specialty liquors. Our robust cocktail menu uses the finest and freshest ingredients for each custom-built drink.

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Mazza Vineyards and the South Shore Wine Company

The Mazza family welcomes you to explore 3 unique locations in Lake Erie Wine Country. Sip and savor award-winning wines at Mazza Vineyards and the historic South Shore Wine Company, both located in North East, PA, and be sure to visit their combination winery, distillery and brewery, Mazza Chautauqua Cellars/Five & 20 Spirits and Brewing, in nearby Westfield, NY.

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Millcreek Mall

The Millcreek Mall features more than 160 stores, restaurants, and fun for the whole family on Upper Peach Street, Erie’s most popular shopping district! Shopping in Erie means no sales tax on clothing or shoes. Choose from a variety of hotels located on the Mall property and just minutes away at the intersection of Peach Street and Interstate 90.

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The Cork 1794

The Cork 1794 is the perfect spot for a date night or special occasion! Indoor and outside seating available with amazing food.

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The Cove Bay-Side Restaurant & Tavern

Join us today! The Cove Bay-Side Restaurant & Tavern is sure to give you an unforgettable and care-free dining experience. Enjoy a nautical atmosphere with a beautiful view of Presque Isle Bay.

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U Pick 6 Craft Beer Pubs & Restaurants

Erie’s own local craft beer pubs are a must-visit! With 4 great locations, just pick one that’s convenient for you! A casual, family friendly dining experience with something for everyone! To view our menu, check out what’s on tap, or get to directions to our pubs, learn more now!”

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Outdoor Dining at the Bayfront Grille

The Bayfront Grille Restaurant at the Sheraton Erie Bayfront Hotel is excited to announce that our Bayside Patio is open for Lunch and Dinner. Please check Open Table for reservations or contact the restaurant directly at 814-454-2005.

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UPMC Hamot - See What Makes Us Different

UPMC Hamot is a 423-bed hospital in Erie, PA, offering a full complement of inpatient and outpatient services, and serves as a regional referral hub and Level II Trauma Center.

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Erie Events

Erie Events manages a four facility entertainment complex that includes the Warner Theatre, Erie Insurance Arena, Bayfront Convention Center and UPMC Park. These four venues host a variety of events that include world-class entertainment, family friendly shows and sporting events.

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Direct Daily Flights to Charlotte and Chicago.
Erie International Airport is serviced by American Airlines and United Airlines with daily flights to Charlotte and Chicago with connections across the country and around the world. Book your flight today at or

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Dobbins Landing

Located on the southeast shore of Lake Erie, the Port of Erie has been promoting industrial, commercial, and recreational opportunities on the waters of Lake Erie since 1959.

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Port Farms Corporate Events

Treat your employees to a unique, country experience that is sure to inspire with all of the magic the farm has to offer! Located just outside of Erie, Port Farms offers a charming countryside venue for your next company retreat! Our unique space is located on 200 rural acres and includes everything you will need to host a successful work session, work event, or company picnic. Learn more about how we can help you plan the perfect event!

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