If you're driving to Niagara Falls from the DC area, you ought to consider heading up through the middle of Elk country in Pennsylvania rather than sticking to the interstates. It's just as fast and a much nicer drive.
If you do and are looking to break you trip into two days, we highly recommend you stop in Ridgway and stay at the Towers Victorian Inn. It's a great B&B type small hotel, and we thought it was quite a bargain. Rooms are only $85/night on weekdays.
Our bedroom and bathroom were spacious, nicely furnished, and very clean. Our bed was comfortable, and there were more towels and pillows in the room than we could have ever hoped to use. Our room looked out over the front yard, which was quite attractive. The room had air conditioning and a gas fire place, but the weather was so pleasant while we were there, we didn't use either.
The common areas are very attractive, and the woodwork in the parlor and dining room is stunning. You'll find snacks, wines, cookies, and soft drinks available in the parlor at no charge. Breakfast in the dining room (eggs, sausage, fruit, breads, cereal, etc) begins around 7 am.
Just like you'll be told when you make a reservation, if nobody happens to be around when you arrive, don't despair; your room key and welcome packet will be waiting for you on a hook in the entry way.
There is an interesting main street and few antique stores, specialty shops, and restaurants within walking distance, and there are menus for the restaurants in the parlor and rooms.
Parking is in the back of the inn, so you'll need to drive around the block when you arrive. The entrance to the inn's parking lot is clearly marked.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- An Authentic 1865 Lumber Baron's MansionIn the Heart of the Pennsylvania Wilds! 330 South Street ~ Ridgway, PA 15853 Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover accepted FACEBOOK! The magic of the Towers will refresh your body, mind and spirit! Experience the elegance of this Civil War era mansion while enjoying the award winning historic town of Ridgway, situated on the banks of the wild and scenic Clarion River. Popular local activities include elk watching, canoeing and kayaking, hiking and biking the Clarion-Little Toby rail-trail, guided fly fishing, and cross-country skiing. Allegheny National Forest is just minutes away. Ridgway is a charming small town with beautiful architecture and many fine specialty and antique shops. Located in Ridgway's "Lily of the Valley" National Historic Register District, the Towers is a stunning Italianate mansion built in 1865 by lumber baron Jerome Powell. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Towers Victorian Hotel Ridgway