This year is finally coming to an end! Celebrate with a winter getaway and some laughs! Some awesome choices include the Chautauqua Harbor Hotel and the Inns of Aurora. Let’s get to all the details for your winter wonderland trip needs!  

Chautauqua Harbor Hotel

The Chautauqua Harbor Hotel, in partnership with the National Comedy Center in Jamestown, NY, will tickle your funny bone and help you leave stress behind with the Hilarious Getaway Package. Combine that with a plethora of outdoor activities and you will be set for a fabulous and fun winter getaway.

Take a trip to the Chautauqua Harbor Hotel, located close to the scenic Chautauqua Lake. Oh, what a lake it is! The Harbor Hotel is only 2.5 hours from Pittsburgh. Can you say scenic drive?! Yeah, this makes for an easy day trip or weekend trip! You’ll also get tickets to the National Comedy Center. It’s the official cultural institution and state-of-the-art museum dedicated to the art of comedy! Everyone deserves some laughs! Make sure to mention the Hilarious Getaway Package to cash-in on this awesome opportunity!

Once you check in to your Hilarious Getaway Package you’ll receive a gift bag that includes two tickets to the National Comedy Center and Lucy/Desi museums. The comedy center is an interactive experience through the world of comedy. It was voted “Best New Museum” in the country by USA Today and “World’s Greatest Places” by Time Magazine. The museum is located in the iconic comedienne Lucille Ball’s hometown, featuring over 50 state-of-the-art, interactive exhibits. They include everything from early vaudeville and today’s viral memes to R-rated roasts and family sitcoms. 

You’ll also receive a $30 meal voucher to the hotel’s online restaurant, Lakehouse Tap & Grille, along with Groucho Marx glasses. Make sure to wear your Groucho Marx glasses at the Lakehouse and enjoy a complimentary dessert of your choice. This is a new level of luxury accommodations! 

If you’re craving the outdoor winter experience, it’s all here. It wouldn’t be a true winter experience without skiing, snowshoeing, and fat-tire biking! Chautauqua’s proximity to Lake Erie allows for all of this and more. Visit Long Point State Park, Lake Erie State Park, Boutwell Hill State Forest, the Eastside and Westside Overland Trails, and the Jamestown Audubon Community Nature Center for outdoor winter fun!

The Harbor Hotel has hand sanitizer stations throughout the property, social distancing is advised, housekeeping staff has increased cleaning frequencies, and all guests must wear a mask. 

Book Your Hilarious Getaway Package Today!

Inns of Aurora

Located in the storybook village of Aurora, New York, the premier resort is safely tucked away in the Finger Lakes region (the village has 200 residents). This is an adults only destination, with 5 intimate and distinctive inns (average of 10 guest rooms per property) each with renovations of historic properties, decorated with historical art from their founder Pleasant T. Rowland’s (he founded American Girl) personal collection. Featured artists throughout the property include Helen Frankenthaler, Paul Jenkins, Wolf Kahn, and David Hockney. 

How about some cool amenities? You’ll have snowshoes and winery shuttles, a glass of wine each evening, and homemade granola bars with coffee in the morning. Need some scenic views? Head over to the new 3.5 mile nature trail that offers awesome sights of Cayuga Lake! Sounds like a plan! And if you reserve two consecutive nights this January, your third night is free! 

If you want to book a private experience, they offer everything from ice fishing and winter survival skills to private restorative yoga classes and essential oil blending workshops. And make sure to stop by Aurora’s elm-lined Main Street, which has a farm-to-table restaurant, casual pub, village market, wellness & activities center, and demonstration kitchen–all within walking distance!

Need some plans for New Years Eve? They are offering a spectacular three-course to-go option, plus in-room truffle popcorn and sparkling wine to make a toast! 

Aurora is committed to your wellness and safety. Housekeeping services continue with special paid attention to daily disinfection of guest rooms and all public spaces. Hand sanitizing stations are available throughout the resort, and staff members wear masks.

Book your staycation here!

National Comedy Center

Laughter is more important than ever these days. The National Comedy Center is the United States’ official cultural institution and state-of-the-art museum dedicated to the art of comedy. You’ll laugh non-stop throughout the experience, which takes you on an interactive and personalized journey through the world of comedy.

Located in Lucille Ball’s hometown of Jamestown, NY. This award-winning museum is just a short drive away from Pittsburgh. Nearby, you’ll find the beauty of Lake Chautauqua along with great skiing slopes at Holiday Valley or Peak n’ Peak!

This museum has been mentioned in Time Magazine and USA Today as one of the Nation’s best museums! The National Comedy Center worked with UPMC Chief Epidemiologist to ensure that the experience is touch and worry-free!

Plan your trip today!

South Hills Lincoln

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Need a new car to get to your winter Staycation?! South Hills Lincoln is the place for you! The Lincoln Way is something that Lincoln began years ago.  Dealers are trained in areas of hospitality to better serve their customers.

South Hills Lincoln will drive to you, pick up your vehicle for service, drop off a no charge Lincoln loaner vehicle, and when your vehicle is done being serviced it is returned to you clean and the loaner is picked up.   So you never have to leave the house or the office to get your vehicle serviced.  This is standard with all new Lincolns for 4 years or 50,000 miles, whichever comes first.

With great new vehicles like the Lincoln Aviator, Lincoln Navigator, and Corsair, Lincoln is #2 in the JD Power 2020 appeal ratings among 13 other luxury brands like Mercedes, BMW, Lexus, Acura, Audi, and more!

Buy Your Car Today!

Allegheny County Special Events!

With the Allegheny County Parks Trails app, adventure is even closer to home than you think! Our nine parks encompass more than 12,000 acres and have more than 180 miles of multi-use trails. Each park provides an opportunity for visitors to commune with nature in a variety of ways. Visit the Park Trails Mobile App page to take your Staycation to the next level!

Check out all their Downloadable Experiences Today!

This content was provided by a local, independent contributor to Made in PGH, a lifestyle blog.
Josh McCann

Josh McCann is a contributing writer for Made in PGH, where he writes about events and music. He's a Point Park University alumnus, musician, and founder of the music blog Where The Bands Are. His writing on rock and roll has appeared in the Globe and the Northside Chronicle.

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