We are from Toronto and decided to go cross border shopping in Grove City, PA to save on the taxes. It took us 5 hours (rained the entire way and one major accident). I think normally you could get there in 4 hours. It's definitely 1 1/2 - 2 hours from Fort Erie.
Having read the reviews on the hotels situated across the street from the outlet mall I was a bit dubious about wanting to rent a room there so we opted on the Terra Nova House B&B.
The B&B is really quaint, with Newfoundland roots - it has since passed through owners I think 3 times.
We stayed in the British Room - which was lovely, large and clean! My only complaint would be the size of the bathroom which is a converted closet. It reminded me of sitting on a charter plane designed with no leg room for tall people(we're both 5' 10"). We did get an opportunity to view all the other rooms as we were the only guests (we were there mid-week) - and the bathrooms in the other rooms are all very large - so if you are tall - opt for the other rooms first.
The breakfast was fantastic! As were the snacks when you arrive.
The owner is wonderful - great conversation and very helpful. He booked dinner for us at an Italian restaurant - which was also very good, and made lots of other helpful recommendations.
As for the location to shopping - maybe a 5 min drive down the road. The mall has a lot of stores, and it's best to organize yourself before going by reviewing the map and identifying the stores you want to visit. We shopped the first evening and then the morning of the next day. I highly recommend - staying 2 nights as to not be rushed.
We also checked out the Slovakian store which is about half way between the B&B and the Mall. Having been to Slovakia it was great to walk down memory lane. The store also features products from Poland, Ukraine (Eastern Europe) etc.
We'll be back to stay at the Terra Nova House! Loved the B&B, loved the shopping, loved the little mini adventure.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Terra Nova House Bed and Breakfast is Grove City's award winning hotel alternative. Located in Mercer County, Pennsylvania, the B&B is conveniently located near Grove City Olde Town, Grove City College (GCC), Grove City Premium Outlets, General Electric (GE), Wendell August Forge, Slippery Rock University (SRU) and many other attractions and businesses. Come experience Victorian elegance with all the comforts of home. ... more less
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