If you are interested in Lake Erie fishing accommodations, shopping, and more, then Grape Arbor is the place for you! There is an abundance of activities in the area!The Grape Arbor Bed and Breakfast is located in the village of North East, just fifteen minutes east of Erie, Pennsylvania.
With its shops, restaurants, and parks, our town has been designated a National Historic Landmark District. Harvest festivals, Gibson days, and many other special events dot the calendar all year long. See www.nechamber.org for a schedule.
North East is nestled in wine country among the fragrant vineyards that hug the southern shore of Lake Erie. Our vineyards also form part of the Lake Erie Wine Country Trail, producing wines for all tastes, from fruity native Labruscas and exquisite French-American wines, to European-style Chardonnays and Rieslings. Tour any of the local wineries and sample their award-winning wines: Arrowhead Winery, Courtyard Winery, Heritage Wine Cellars, Lakeview Wine Cellars, Mazza Vineyards, Penn Shore Vineyards, Presque Isle Wine Cellars, and South Shore Wine Company.
Relax and visit the many antique shops in the general vicinity, ride your bike along the Seaway Trail, have a well-paced game of golf, or experience NASCAR racing at the Lake Erie Speedway - NASCAR's newest track.
Lake Erie itself is a vast natural resource that offers exceptional sailing, fishing, swimming, picnicking, and beach combing. The town's public marina is a mere three miles from the Grape Arbor Bed & Breakfast.
Penn State-Behrend, Gannon University, Mercyhurst and Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine are four local universities and colleges within easy driving distance of your home away from home. North East is home to a historic campus extension of Mercyhurst - within walking distance of the inn.
Presque Isle State Park, Pennsylvania's Flagship Niagara, Chautauqua Institution, and Peak 'n Peak Ski Resort are all less than thirty minutes from our bed and breakfast.
- Visit our 21 wineries! They are open year-round for both tasting and touring. For a complete listing and description, see www.lakeeriewinecountry.org
- Go to Presque Isle State Park in Erie and try your hand at kayaking, windsurfing, or bicycling. Rentals are available. See www.presqueisle.org.
- Try your luck at the Presque Isle Downs & Casino; we can’t guarantee that you will win, but we do think you will have fun. Live horse racing in season as well as slots. For details, see www.presqueisledowns.com.
- Our farms are brimming with fruit to pick depending on the time of the year, from apples to strawberries, to peaches and cherries! Yum! Grape Arbor owns a share of a local community based farm (www.postapples.com) and use their weekly deliveries of fruits, vegetables and herbs for your breakfast! Pick your own — ask us what is in season! (www.pickyourown.org)
- The area around Lake Erie is famous for all kinds of fishing. You can either charter a boat or fish from the shore for all types of fish. Check out www.pahuntandfish.com Lake Erie section.
- Bicycling! We have several scenic routes planned out by our local bike shop (Lake Country Bike www.lakecountrybike.com), from the short and sweet, to the adventurous. For a flatter ride, Presque Isle State Park has a number of trails with great views.
- Try one of the many golf courses in the golf area—see us for suggestions and listing or www.golfable.com – Erie County PA
- Almost every weekend there is a festival somewhere within easy driving distance; good food, crafts, and bands. Check with the Innkeeper for details.
- How about a trail ride through one of our local stables? Both Eden Farms (814-725-2996) and Double Dab Stables (716-736-4418) have rides available.
- Waldameer Park has just built an amazing roller coaster with beautiful views of the lake. Take a virtual ride at www.waldameer.com.
- There are two minor league sports teams in town—Hockey and Baseball with the Otters and the Sea Wolves - go see a game. For schedules visit Erie Otters Hockey, and Erie Sea Wolves Baseball.
- The Lake Erie Speedway is a 3/8 mile paved NASCAR sanctioned track. For this year’s schedule see www.lakeeriespeedway.com.
- Panama Rocks in NY has some really interesting hiking trails for the adventurous. There is a half-mile of towering rocks, cavernous caves, and deep passageways; see www.panamarocks.com.
- Presque Isle State Park is famous for the numerous bird species. Details of what has been sited and where you can find it can be found at www.presqueisleaudubon.org.
- Did you know we are just an hour and a half drive from Niagara Falls? Spend the day! Check out the US side at www.niagara-usa.com, and Canadian side at www.niagarafallstourism.com — just remember your passport if you are crossing the border.
- Drive the Seaway Trail, and check out the exhibits marked along the way, which include kiosks, museums, and lighthouses. For details, see www.seawaytrail.com.
- Take a chocolate tasting tour! There are several chocolate shops/makers in the area that compete to be best—which is your favorite? Locally, there is Stefanelli’s, Pulakos, or Romolo’s…
- Grab your sunscreen and go the beach! Presque Isle State Park in Erie has 11 beaches to choose from, and it is free! For details, see www.presqueisle.org.
- We have a wonderful hammock and swing at the inn, you are welcome to lay out and read a book or nap.
- How about a massage or a pedicure? There are several excellent spas in the area, including Bella's Day Spa in North East 814-725-6767, or Peek 'n Peak Resort and Spa a short ride away. Phone 716-355-4242.
- Borrow a DVD or Video from the Inn's collection and relax in your room with a bowl of popcorn.
- There are always cookies in the cookie jar, and they are always homemade.
- According to National Geographic, Lake Erie has some of the most beautiful sunsets in the world. We can direct you to several sites to view them.
- Pack a picnic lunch and take a drive to Findley Lake or Lake Chautauqua. Enjoy the ambiance of the local pace.
While visiting, there are many choices for lunch and dinner. In addition to the following, we have menus at the inn for more.
- 1201 Kitchen - 1201 State Street, Erie, PA. For five-star dining, 1201 Kitchen is worth the 25-minute drive from the Inn. This casual fine dining establishment features vibrant contemporary latin and asian cuisine including a raw bar and sushi menu that changes every 4-6 weeks. This is a Grape Arbor favorite. Phone 814-464-8989.
- Boston Bean Café - 12 S. Lake Street, North East. A local favorite for lunch. Fresh sandwiches and more. Phone 814-725-0750.
- Bova’s Restaurant and Pizzeria - 109 S Lake St North East, Sit down Italian/Sicilian/American fare in a renovated home minutes from the inn. Phone 814-725-9600.
- Brazill's on Main- 7 East Main, Westfield, NY. Great casual fine dining 20 minutes East of the Inn. Traditional American fare including burgers, seafood and vegetarian dishes. Open Wednesday through Saturday for lunch and dinner. Phone 716-326-2203.
- CrayZ Parrot - North East Marina 11950 E Lake Rd North East: Open May – December. Casual dining on the water, with live entertainment on the weekends. Great place for a sunset and a cocktail. Phone 814-725-4627.
- Freeport Restaurant - 11104 E Lake St North East: A local favorite with a varied menu, a quick drive from the inn and close to the lake. Locally know for their own smoked meats. Phone 814-725-4607.
- Johnny B's Restaurant - 37 Vine St North East: A quick walk from the inn, Johnny B's is a guest favorite with great homemade soups and variety for a small local place. Phone 814-725-1762.
- ZeBro's Harbor House - in Barcelona, NY has a large patio and bar right on the lake, and a varied menu with lots of American style favorites. Lakeview dining. Phone 716-326-2017.
Sometimes you just want a cold beer, a snack and a big screen to watch a game.
- Fiddle Inn - 6615 Buffalo Road (Rt. 20), Harborcreek. Less than 15 minutes West of the Inn, is the home of "the everything wing", a local favorite. This small tavern serves up cold drinks and hot wings and sandwiches. Phone 814-899-9005.
- Speedeez Bar & Grill - 1 East Main, North East. Within walking distance, Speedeez has cold beer and big screens. They serve up award winning ribs on the weekends in addition to their regular bar menu. Phone 814-725-9933.
- The Ruffed Grouse Bar and Grille - 10326 W. Main, North East. "The Grouse" as referred to by locals has a good selection of imported and domestic beers. Two miles West of the Inn. Phone 814-725-5499. Open Wednesday through Saturday for lunch and dinner.
For ten weeks in the summer, Chautauqua Institute offers an astonishing variety of concerts, shows, lectures and other activities. For a full schedule, see www.ciweb.org.
- There are several theaters in Erie, check out what is happening at the Erie Playhouse, or the local dinner theater at Station Dinner Theatre (866-848-2022)
- The Tom Ridge Environmental Center, at the entrance to Presque Isle, is a great place to learn about the living environment of Presque Isle and Lake Erie.
- The Maritime Museum in Erie is the home for the Brig Niagara, one of the tall ships. Tours include boarding the ship and historical information about the area. www.flagshipniagara.org
- North East has its own railway museum, open on weekends only—the Lake Shore Railway Museum phone 814-725-1911
- The Watson-Curtze Mansion offers tours and events and featuring the historical side of Erie.
- The Erie County Historical Society offers walking tours on subjects such as Ghosts and Legends of Erie, Seaway Trail Tour and Maritime History Trail. For more information call 814-454-1813
- Interested in things spiritual? Lily Dale Assembly in NY has programs from June through September, including lectures and services. For details see www.lilydaleassembly.com.
- Interested in local history? North East has its own Historical Society Museum with exhibits that change monthly. Open weekends.
- Did you know that Lucille Ball was born not far from here in NY? Check out the Lucy-Desi Museum in Jamestown, or make sure you check out the festivals with celebrities in May and August. For details see www.lucy-desi.com.
- Take a trip back in time through Amish Country in NY; for locations and details see www.tourchautauqua.com.
- Try a dozen or more locally-made fruit syrups at the Sugar Shack across the border in NY (phone 888-563-4324)
- Every Saturday, the Crossroads Market has a great selection of crafts, flea market, baked goods—an amazing variety. For directions and details, see www.thecrossroadsmarket.com.
- There are four antiques shops right here in North East. Have fun browsing, or take a drive through the countryside in New York and see even more. Check it out regional shopping at www.tourchautauqua.com/wheretoshop.
- North East is fortunate to have Paschke's Mum Farm. During mum season (late Summer into Fall) the 10-acre field along Route 20 and I-90 are an explosion of color from the 150 varieties of chrysanthemums planted there. Paschke's Mums are Nationally known and treasured. The rest of the season you can find various fruits and vegetables at the "farmstand store". If you are lucky enough to see any of Grandma Shirleys Pies in the store, don't wait...buy it...they sell out quickly.
- If Consignment shopping is your thing, you are in luck. North East is home to The White Tulip Consignment shop.
- If you aren’t ambitious enough to pick your own fruit and produce, how about just visiting one of the many farm stands in the area. They did it for you! It tastes almost as good.
- The Millcreek Mall is only a short 20 minute drive away, for those of you who need a mall fix.
- The Village of Findley Lake has a number of cute shops that can almost distract you from the beautiful view of the Lake.
- Do you like Quilting? There is a large selection of fabric and patterns at our local shop, the Calico Patch Quilt Shop.