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Pennsylvania Getaway
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Pennsylvania is full of rich history and a million things to do no matter what time of the year it is. Whether you want to enjoy winter activities or stay indoors with the heat, you will find something for everyone in Pennsylvania. Here are a few February activities that are annual events in Pennsylvania.

Head to Pymantuning State Park in Jamestown for the Winter Fun Days. Here guests will find snowmobile trail rides, horse and tractor drawn hayrides, ice fishing, ice-skating, chain saw carving, crafts for children and sled riding. The event is hosted by the Pymantuning Trail Blazers Snowmobile Club.

Red Wine & Dark Chocolate is an excellent escape from the cold. Visit the Conneaut Cellars Winery in Conneaut Lake for free samples of dark chocolate and red wine. Conneaut Cellars Winery is a Lake Erie Appellation that was established in 1982. They offer free tours and tastings daily.

In mid-February you will find the adorable Easter Bunnylane at Kraynakís in Hermitage. The store welcomes in the first blossoms of spring and set up an animated Easter trail that has become a local family tradition. The trail runs until Easter.

In Mercer you can find the Annual Pennís Woods West Folk & Art Festival at Mercer High School. Here you will find 150 artisans and craftsman as well as live entertainment, demonstrations, speakers and a quilt show.

In the Pennsylvania Dutch Country you will find the Amish and Mennonite communities of Lancaster County. Lancaster County is the second largest Amish settlement in the world. Through the Mennonite Information Center you are able to take guided tours through the Amish country. The guides all have a Mennonite or Amish heritage and they will take you to homes, farms, and businesses and the guides make arrangements with their friends and family to show you a unique view of the country that is not a part of the tourist route. Tours are a minimum of two hours and the guides will travel with you in your bus, van or car. You will have the opportunity to see an Amish bake shop, one-room schools, water wheels, The Village of Intercourse, Farmerís markets, windmills, covered bridges, The Candle Barn, The Village of Bird in Hand, an Amish Cemetery, old gist mills, furniture makers and Amish quilts. Also at the information center in Lancaster you will find The Biblical Tabernacle. This is a reproduction of the original Old Testament tabernacle.

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