Duration: Two days and two nights
This unique road trip allows shoppers and wilderness lovers to combine their passions as the Pennsylvania Wilds is home to some of the best artisan finds (and views!) in Pennsylvania. We’ll start in historic Ridgway, with its quilts, handmade glass and jewelry, and leave a little time to go snowmobiling in the Allegheny National Forest before we head northwest to Erie. Home to Pennsylvania’s only “seashore,” it’s an unusual backdrop for a winter adventure.
Start off your holiday shopping trip in Ridgway Historic District, home to one-of-a-kind finds like the specialty Shops of Historic Ridgway. Here you’ll tour the many historic Victorian buildings to browse antiques, gifts, candies, artisan goods, quilts, chainsaw carvings and more. Shops include Country Squirrel Outfitters, a place where you'll find all the sporting goods you could desire and Elkwood Arts, a unique wood shop offers household goods, holiday...
Satisfy your sweet tooth by stopping at Dan Smith’s Candies and Gifts. Here you can find kitchen fresh chocolates, sugar-free and novelty candies, and more. Browse the unique home accessories, candles and recycled cards for a unique gift.Read More >
Celebrating its 31st anniversary, the Elk County Council on the Arts (ECCOTA) is a nonprofit organization offering fine art sales, classes, and cultural programming, with a mission of bringing arts back home to the local community. Visitors can explore the sales gallery featuring local and regional artists in a range of diverse media, including watercolor, woodturning, photography, jewelry, music, pottery, stained glass and more.
Head 30 minutes south to get in the holiday spirit at Fay’s Christmas Village. Open year-round, visitors can find wreaths, silk arrangements, pictures, home and garden gifts, and much more. The village is decorated for all seasons and features themed trees and worldwide ornaments during the holidays, making it the perfect holiday destination.Read More >
Located just outside Ridgway, the Royal Inn offers traditional Italian dining in LaValle’s Italian Garden. Enjoy a glass of local wine or beer in the lounge before or after your meal!Read More >
Take your shopping road trip two hours north to Erie, Pa., home to Pennsylvania’s only seashore. Lake effect snow will get you in the mood in downtown Erie, where you’ll find a gift for everyone on your list at one of its many shops. Whether you’re shopping for someone who loves art, jewelry or unique antique furniture, Erie has the shops for you. And after a hard day of shopping, treat yourself to Erie’s famous Ye Ole Sweets for a large variety of homemade desserts.Read More >
Recognized worldwide for using genuine “found” sea glass and high-quality materials, you’ll be sure to find one-of-a-kind jewelry for that special someone. Relish, Inc., creates necklaces, earrings and more using sea glass without altering the size, shape or polish, making their jewelry unique and something you won’t be able to find anywhere else.Read More >
This jewelry store has been providing classic trends for more than 60 years. Here you’ll find watches, crystal, pottery and more. Lighthouse Jewelers also offers customized gifts, including a personalized watch with an engraved message.Read More >
Village West is a charming specialty shopping plaza created in the style of a quaint New England Village. Sample an interesting variety of specialty shops, boutiques and businesses offering apparel, gifts, art, custom framing and more.Read More >
Rated one of the best restaurants in Erie, The Brewerie provides handcrafted ales and a unique menu with the perfect historic atmosphere, a cozy retreat after a long day of bargain hunting.Read More >
This well-known shop has been selling its famous chocolates since 1889 including their famous sponge taffy. Known for making candies from the freshest ingredients, this is a must-stop destination on your road trip.Read More >
After a day of shopping, spend the night in at a beautiful Victorian-style mansion built in 1876. Large suites, claw foot tubs, and free hot breakfast will leave you reveling in all th quaint history the Spencer House has to offer.Read More >
The Sheraton Erie Bayfront Hotel is the premier waterfront hotel of Presque Isle Bay. Take in the stunning Bayfront views while being conveniently located to popular Erie attractions. The 200 redesigned guest rooms provide style and comfort for your next stay in Northwest PA.
Holiday Cheer Tour
Get in the holiday spirit by touring downtown Ridgway as part of this special tour. Downtown retailers promise unique artisan finds and antiques while shoppers enjoy festive holiday spirits and hors d’oeuvres.
Presque Isle State Park
Take a detour to Pennsylvania’s only “seashore.” This 3,200-acre sandy peninsula arches into Lake Erie and provides the perfect backdrop for a winter adventure. The park offers recreational activities during the winter season including cross-country skiing, wind skating or ice skating on the frozen lake.