History in Williamsport at the City Grand Hotel
Looking for a Romantic, historic hotel stay in Pennsylvania should be an easy task right? Pennsylvania IS historic and has two cities, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh as well as many small towns speckled all over the place. I am here to help you find some romantic getaways for your next anniversary, birthday or just plain getaway stays.
Where to find a historic and grand hotel for a couples weekend?
With the holidays just having passed, my husband and I decided a nice gift for one another would be do a small getaway in a new hotel. Leaving the kids home for a little adult time is not just desired but often required. We began our search for a unique hotel that had some charm and wasn't the typical Holiday Inn or Comfort Inn Suites. We ended up finding the City Grand Hotel.
The Historic City Grand Hotel in Williamsport
The Historic City Grand Hotel had availability, was reasonably priced and had unique themed rooms based on different themes from Williamsport history. We ended up staying in the Band Room for the separate seating area and vault that is a door to the shower. On the walls were many historic photographs of bands of yester year. It was really interesting to momentarily step back into time to remember a little bit what life may have been life back in the day in the city of Williamsport located in Northeast Pennsylvania.
This historic hotel was full of charm, great pictures and cool decor.
Some other rooms available are:
We really enjoyed the keyless entry and self check in the City Grand Hotel offered. Although there is no front desk, there is a hang out room on the third floor, with ice, vending machine, microwave and additional cups and coffee maker. It felt a lot like an Airbnb and I am very surprised they do not actually have any of their unique rooms listed on Airbnb's directory. Maybe one day.
There is a restaurant call the Newsroom at the hotel, but it was closed during our stay.
Amenities at the City Grand Hotel
Looking for fun stuff to see and do in Schuylkill County? Check out some of our favorites below. Schuylkill County is located in the heart of Pennsylvania's Coal Region. The 2020 showed the population was 143,049. The county seat is Pottsville, Pa
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary
The view from the Hawk Mountain Sanctuary cannot be beat. Learn about these amazing predatory birds at the Hawk Mountain Sanctuary located in Kempton, Pa Schuylkill County.
Knoebels Amusement Park
Knoebels is America's largest free-admission amusement park with something for everyone - rollercoasters, kid-friendly rides, swimming, camping, golf. Located in Elysburg, Pa.
D. G. Yuengling & Son is the oldest operating brewing company in America, established in 1829. In 2018, by volume of sales, it was the largest craft brewery, sixth largest overall brewery and largest wholly American-owned brewery in the United States. Its headquarters are in Pottsville, Pennsylvania.
Hiking at Tuscarora State Park
These are easy trails and hard trails at Tuscarora Park. There are trails that are just .3 of a mile, up to over 4 miles. So take your pick and hike at Tuscarora State Park.
Wheel Restaurant - Pottsville
WHEEL restaurant is a build your own gourmet grilled cheese experience in a family, fun atmosphere! With over 80 fresh ingredients our menu enables you to create the perfect gourmet grilled cheese! You pick the BREAD, CHEESES, PROTEINS, TOPPINGS, DIPPING SAUCE, SIDES, and more! WHEEL restaurant also features local craft beers, appetizers, soups, desserts, milkshakes, and more!
Tree of Life Shop
Stop by the Tree of Life Shop in Ringtown, to find all your quality metaphysical and holistic goodies! So much to see, you will not leave empty handed. They have cards, crystals, incense, books, jewelry, candles and more.
There are many more things to do and in Ringtown and Schuylkill County, but these are some of my personal favorites I have experienced that I wanted to share. If you need a place to stay in Schuylkill county that is pretty close to just about everything, check out one of our Off Grid Cabins for a romantic or adventurous getaway. Deer Path and Coyote Run cabins are off grid cabins located about 2 hours from Philadelphia, an hour from Harrisburg and 3 hours from New York City.
What is an off grid cabin? People like to throw around a lot of terms when it comes to camping, glamping, solar, grids and cabins. But what exactly does it mean when we say Deer Path and Coyote Run are off grid camping cabins? Off grid camping can mean many things. But we will explore the true off grid definitions in regard to camping and glamping in cabins below.
Life has gotten really busy for a lot of people living in our society. It seems everything is fast paced and digitalized. How many websites require a login and password just to access information!? It has gotten really stressful for most adults. Getting a break or going on a getaway is more important now than ever. 50 years ago, it was a given that going on vacation was phoneless, tabletless and laptopless. Not the case anymore for most adults. When traveling the minimum of a smart phone is brought along. The smart phone is your directions, check in (qr code) and payment. With so much digital technology ruling our lives "disconnecting" and unplugging literally means to unplug and stay away from these very important devices that all but rule our waking moments. Unplugging is easier than ever when you go off grid. It is a literal disconnect from the grid.
What is 'The Grid"?
By definition the grid is - In broad terms, “the grid” refers to our electricity infrastructure. That includes the generators that produce power, along with the various poles, wires, and transformers that electricity flows through as it makes its way to the end user.
So essentially to go off grid, you are disconnecting from the electrical grid. The massive system that brings power to homes that charges our lights, phones, T.V's and other household devices.
Are Off Grid Camping Cabins Powered at all?
Yes and no. Our off grid camping cabins do have minimal power which provided directly from the SUN! We know that going off grid sounds cool, but having NO POWER may not be 100 percent practical all of the time. Using solar power only, the cabins are not connecting to ANY of the electrical infrastructure provided to most traditional homes. Using our solar panels we are able to capture sun power and convert it using the inverter. This makes the power usable to charge devices, watch TV and have light.
Traditional camping is often off grid with power sources being battery powered and portable.
Off Grid Getaways. Are they any fun?
Personally, I would say YES! At our cabins we get many solar travelers and couples looking to unplug, and recharge themselves. The best way to do this is to go off grid. Not only are our cabins powered by solar only, they are not connected to any water and sewage which makes them a step above the traditional off grid definition.
On top of having solar power in our off grid cabins we offer a portable generator. This is a great alternative when sunny days are limited or additional power is needed. Additional power could be a cpap machine or fan. Thee jackery batteries are great for travel and camping. They also can be powered with a solar panel.
Do you want to give off grid a try?
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Looking for the perfect romantic getaway in Pennsylvania?
After long days working, tending to the kids, furbabies and just being an adult, you need some time to decompress and "getaway". These two Romantic Pennsylvania cabins are perfect for long romantic weekend. Both cabins are tiny, yet cozy, giving you the perfect amount of space to relax, put down the phone and connect with your loved one. Love camping, but also love the comforts of not camping? Deer Path Cabin and Coyote Run cabin have smart TV's with all the apps you need to relax and watch your favorite shows at the end of the day. They also have a DVD player with some DVD's if you are feeling more nostalgic and really want to glamp. Read on for more of what these Pennsylvania cabins have to offer for your weekend getaway.
Hiking and Parks near these Ringtown, Pennsylvania Cabins in Schuylkill County
There are many Pennsylvania parks near the cabins to go for some hiking. Below are just a few.
Both Deer Path and Coyote Run Cabins are Solar Powered
Have you ever stayed in a completely off grid cabin? Well these cabins located in the rolling hills of Ringtown Valley are both off grid. Powered by the sun only! Much like camping is off grid, so are these two romantic Pennsylvania cabins! Each cabin does provide running water from a water tank that is pumped using the solar powered electric pump. This does mean you need to be a little more mindful of your water usage and power usage. The bathroom has a vanity with sink and compostable toilet
Fire Pits for S'mores and great conversation
Yes, both of these romantic off grid cabins are equipped with their own private fire pit. Sit out and enjoy the night sky from these getaway cabins while tending to your very own fire. If you really want to feel like your camping, why not cook some meals over the open flame as well?
The hosts do provide a free bundle of wood with your stay. More wood is available for purchase.
Both Deer Path and Coyote Run Cabins in Pennsylvania are available all year long. Because they run on solar power, there is no A/C in the summer. Nights do cool off nicely and there are fans provided to stay comfy.
For the colder months, there are adorable propane heaters in both cabins. They keep it warm and cozy. They have blue flames, so it gives the cabin a romantic vibe.
Enjoy all the seasons from Ringtown, Pennsylvania in these quaint romantic cabins.
A Quick trip to get out of the city for a few days
About 2 hours from Philadelphia and under 3 hours from New York City these romantic cabins are a pain free ride for a quick getaway from the city. You can book direct on Houfy