January-February 2020

Get Away

A wintry escape in the woods and other ideas for weekend trips

share this
Photo by Steve Freihon

A Lair for Nittany Lions Fans

Feel the school spirit at Graduate State College, a new addition to Graduate Hotels’ fast-growing portfolio of collegiate-inspired getaways (mid-Atlantic sister properties are located in Annapolis, Charlottesville and Richmond). Opened in September, the 150-room hotel is a block from Penn State University in State College, Pennsylvania, and a short walk to restaurants and shops.

Guest room decor includes playful nods to the university, with bed pillows that say “We Are” and a life-size Nittany mountain lion floor lamp in honor of Penn State’s mascot. Blue and white pinstripes and plaids pay homage to Penn State’s school colors. The bathroom wallpaper, dotted with hand-drawn ice cream cones, might entice you to dart out to Berkey Creamery, a beloved dessert destination on campus.

The vibe in the hotel lobby’s lounge invites studying—or at least hanging out—with well-stocked, built-in bookshelves, reading nooks and a 20-foot communal worktable. Poindexter, a cafe that doubles as an evening bar, serves caffeinated drinks, cocktails, all-day breakfast (try the “S.E.C.”—sausage, egg and cheddar on a brioche bun), salads, sandwiches, small bites, and milk and cookies. Dogs stay free and receive a pup perk from BarkBox; cats are also welcome. Rates begin at $100 per night.

Graduate State College, 125 S. Atherton St., State College, Pennsylvania; 814-231-2100; graduatehotels.com/state-college