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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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Poverty Knob Farmhouse Ales

Stop by Port Farms to check out the newest addition, Poverty Knob Farmhouse Ales. We offer hand-crafted beers and delicious sharable food year-round. The brewery is family and dog friendly with both indoor and outdoor spaces. We offer games, music and entertainment for all ages!

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UPMC Hamot - See What Makes Us Different

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814 Photo

Showcasing the incredible year round beauty of the City of Erie and its surrounding areas, commonly referred to as its area code "the 814". Explore some of Erie County's most breathtaking landscape photography.

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ASCEND Erie - Climbing | Fitness | Yoga

NOW OPEN! ASCEND fosters a community-centered climbing, fitness, and yoga experience by serving individuals and groups of all ages, backgrounds and abilities. Located in Downtown Erie, ASCEND welcomes Erie visitors to stop in and give climbing a try!

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The Cork 1794

Open for Lunch and Dinner. Get ready for an experience like no other. An atmosphere where uncommon style, comfort and service seamlessly meld. Where food and beverages are expertly crafted to be beautiful, satisfying and truly special. A place that makes every day feel like a reason to celebrate.

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Two45 Waterfront Grille Now Open!

Savor an exquisite waterfront dining experience at Sheraton Erie Bayfront Hotel, where culinary excellence meets panoramic views. This signature restaurant invites you to indulge in a delectable journey with a menu showcasing locally sourced ingredients and global inspirations while overlooking the serene waters of Lake Erie.

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Oliver’s Beer Garden

This summer, head over to Oliver's Beer Garden for endless fun and live music entertainment. Enjoy live performances every Wednesday through Sunday night throughout the season!

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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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Exclusive Tourism Rewards

If you live more than 50 miles from Millcreek Mall, stop by the Customer Service Center to register. You’ll receive a Guest Rewards Tourism Program Luggage Tag. Scanning the QR Code on it will reveal special offers from participating mall merchants. If you spend $200 or more that day, take your receipts back to the Customer Service Center and you’ll get a FREE $20 Mall Gift Card. You get rewarded just for shopping!

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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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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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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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Farmhouse Retreat

Your “Home Away from Home” short term rental sleeps 8 and is in a great location close to Erie Sports Center, Splash Lagoon, shopping and restaurants, as well as Steelhead Fishing. This restored 1881 Farmhouse is located on 10 private acres. Reminisce about bygone days when life was slower and simpler. With a long driveway and large yard, kick back by the firepit, watch wildlife or enjoy a beautiful Erie sunset from the back patio.

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Tia Book Cellar

Tia Book Cellar is an independent bookstore offering new and bargain books, unique gifts, puzzles, and games for all interests and ages. Located across from Gibson Park in North East, their brand embodies the local business model and the local grape heritage. Tia's believes that "there is always … local, an alternative, and a story." They look forward to helping you discover your next read or gift here.

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The Cove Bay-Side Restaurant & Tavern

Set sail for an inspiring dining experience! Enjoy a unique casual dining experience on Erie's Bayfront. The Cove's nautically inspired decor and an unbelievable view of Presque Isle Bay will have you feeling the venturous spirit of those who live their lives on the sea.

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Award-Winning Compassionate Care

Voted Erie’s Choice Best Hospital for eight years in a row

One stop convenience.

Fill your tank, pick up fresh food from local brands, and a six-pack to go in 40 regional locations.

Soak in the fun!

Experience 84 degrees all year at one of the top water parks in the country.

Ante-up, Erie.

Find true action with slots, table games, sports book, and horse racing.

Just for fun!

Experience family summer fun on more than 100 great rides, slides and attractions at Waldameer!

Ante-up, Erie.

Find true action with slots, table games, sports book, and horse racing.

One stop convenience.

Fill your tank, pick up fresh food from local brands, and a six-pack to go in 40 regional locations.

Just for fun!

Experience family summer fun on more than 100 great rides, slides and attractions at Waldameer!

Soak in the fun!

Experience 84 degrees all year at one of the top water parks in the country.

Award-Winning Compassionate Care

Voted Erie’s Choice Best Hospital for eight years in a row