By Kathy Heydasch
Erie
Pennsylvania
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The wonderful sandy beaches of Lake Erie are calling you! Fly into Erie International Airport (ERI) for a fantastic vacation in beautiful Erie, Pennsylvania. Book that flight by following this link (www.escapewizard.com/flight.php) to EscapeWizard.comcom. While you're in Erie, visit any number of local attractions for countless hours of fun and entertainment. Great rates and fantastic lodging are available by searching EscapeWizard..com or following this link (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl). Make sure to check out the Holiday Inn Express, which is EscapeWizard.com's top selection.

Erie's premier attraction, and EscapeWizard.com's top selection, is Presque Isle State Park which boasts over 3,000 acres of sand on a peninsula which juts out into Lake Erie. Registered as a National Natural Landmark, Presque Isle is a great place for bird watching as well, as the unique habitats provide threatened and endangered species a home during migration. Serving as the gateway to Presque Isle State Park is the Tom Ridge Environmental Center (TREC), which has a 75-foot-high observation tower. The TREC mission is to promote environmental awareness and help preserve the area.

EscapeWizard.com invites you to witness the majesty of Lake Erie onboard the Victorian Princess, a 112-foot long ship with three decks. Offering brunch, lunch and dinner cruises, the Victorian Princess offers seating for 120 people and can safely accommodate nearly 150 for private charters, wedding or other special events.

If gambling is your style, look no further than the Presque Isle Downs and Casino. Located at Exit 27 off I-90, the Presque Isle Downs and Casino has over 2,000 slot machines and 48 table games. Plus the Downs Clubhouse and the Trackside Bar have over 200 flat screen televisions where you can watch and gamble on races throughout the US and Canada. EscapeWizard.com reminds all vacationers to gamble responsibly.

When the weather is right, there is a myriad of outdoor adventures in Erie, EscapeWizard.com recommends the Asbury Woods Nature Center or the Erie Zoo and Botanical Gardens. If you want a horseback ride, visit the Double D.A.B. Riding Stable. When there's a good breeze, try your hand at sailing by visiting Lake Effects Sailing and ride aboard their 32-foot cutter, Namaste. Or charter a fishing boat to find the catch of your life.

Amusement parks are always a hit with tourists, and Erie does not disappoint. Waldameer is an amusement park and water park rolled into one giant ball of fun. Over 75 slides, rides and attractions will fill the day. Check the schedule before planning your visit, though, since the park is not open year-round. If the temperature's not right for outdoor water sports, try an indoor water park! Erie now has a huge indoor water park called Splash Lagoon. It is connected to three hotels and has large indoor slides and even a ropes course.

Erie attracts many national conventions at the Bayfront Convention Center. Located on the shore of Presque Isle Bay and next to the Sheraton Erie Bayfront Hotel, the Bayfront Convention Center offers meeting planners to help with arrangements and can accommodate a banquet for up to 2,000 people.

Each July, over 50,000 bikers come to Erie for a major bike rally and fundraising event. Roar on the Shore is a three-day event which began in 2007 and includes rides, contests and a parade of custom or antique motorcycles... a bike enthusiast's dream. If you are in the city during this time period, EscapeWizard.com highly recommends checking out this event.

Whether indoors or out, Erie has a great deal to offer any traveler. Located midway between Ohio and New York, Erie's rich combination of history and ecology combine to create a paradise for residents and visitors. Here at EscapeWizard.com, we know you will have a wonderful time in Erie, Pennsylvania.
Hotels in Erie
By Adam J. Mohney
Sheraton Erie Bayfront Hotel
55 West Bay Drive, Erie, PA
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Located right on the water, Sheraton Erie Bayfront Hotel provides EscapeWizard.com travelers with scenic views and easy access to Lake Eire. Located in close proximity to all of the area's most popular attractions, such as Presque Isle Downs and Casino, Erie Zoo, Port Erie Maritime Museum, Sheraton Erie Bayfront offers access to more than just fun on the lake.

All rooms booked at Sheraton Erie Bayfront Hotel on EscapeWizard.com include comforting amenities, entertainment and connectivity. The Sheraton Sweet Sleeper Bed provides a good night's sleep for guests, while an adjustable thermostat provides the perfect temperature. Guests can also enjoy a morning coffee and store food and refreshments in the full-size refrigerator. The LCD television, telephone with voicemail, free wireless internet access and ample work space keeps guests connected and entertained to their friends, family and the world.

Guests of Sheraton Erie Bayfront will also appreciate the accommodating facilities the hotel has to offer. The 24-hour business center keeps working travelers connected to the office by providing printing, faxing and computer access to all guests at all hours. A 24-hour fitness center allows guests to keep up with their daily workout routines throughout their vacation on the lake, while the indoor heated swimming pool and whirlpool offer swimming and relaxation to all guests.

Sheraton Erie Bayfront also provides a unique dining experience for guests. The Bayfront Grille offers breakfast, lunch and dinner in a casual environment and also includes spectacular views of the lake. The Lobby Lounge offers drinks in a relaxed atmosphere and also offers scenic views of the bay. Guests wishing to enjoy the view and a meal from their room can enjoy Sheraton Erie Bayfront's in-room dining.

A scenic vacation on Lake Erie is only a few clicks away. Book your Erie vacation at Sheraton Erie Bayfront Hotel on EscapeWizard.com by clicking the following link now (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).
Hotels in Erie
By Rose Overbey
Hilton Garden Inn
2225 Downs Drive, Erie, PA
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The Hilton Garden Inn Erie hotel is among the nicest hotels in the area. The Hilton is perfect for travelers whether they are in town on business, to visit family or even for vacation. The hotel is located right next to the Ambassador Banquet and Conference Center. It is also moments from downtown Erie and the Bayfront area. It is also near the Splash Lagoon Indoor Water Park Resort, one of the top waterparks in the nation.

Within the hotel are many amenities that guests are sure to enjoy. The guest rooms are comfortable and feature luxurious beds, flat screen high definition televisions and spacious work areas. For guest’s convenience, a microwave, refrigerator and coffee maker are available in guest rooms.

The Great American Grill and Bar, within the hotel is serves during all meal times. If you prefer food delivered to your room, the Hilton offers complimentary room service delivery from local restaurants. Applebees, Bostons', Damon's and Quaker Steak & Lube are nearby, and the Hilton is happy to coordinate delivery on your behalf.

The hotel also features an indoor pool and a hot tub, both perfect to enjoy after a long day of whatever business has brought you to Erie. A 24 hour Fitness Center is also available to meet your work-out needs.

If you’re in town on business, the Hilton can accommodate any of your needs. There are a variety of meeting rooms that are fully outfitted to hold meetings. They include screens, projectors, televisions and even smart boards. If you prefer a more intimate setting, there is also a private dining room on site. Should you need to get some work in after hours, the business center in the hotel is open 24 hours a day for your convenience.

The hotel offers a complimentary airport shuttle, which makes travel a breeze. EscapeWizard.com highly recommends booking your hotel room at The Hilton Garden Inn Erie hotel. You’re sure to enjoy your visit. You can do so by following this link (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).
Hotels in Erie
By Doree Simon
Homewood Suites by Hilton Erie
2084 Interchange Road, Erie, PA
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If you're looking for comfort and convenience on your next trip to Erie, Pennsylvania, then the Homewood Suites by Hilton Erie Hotel is the place for you. This all-suite hotel offers an array of amenities, making it feel like a home away from home for every type of traveler.

Located by Presque Isle State Park on the Millcreek Mall property, the Homewood Suites by Hilton offers easy access to Erie International Airport and many of Erie's local attractions including the Erie Playhouse, Presque Isle Downs and Casino, Waldameer and Waterwork Amusement Parks, Erie Zoo, and many places to golf, hike, sail, play tennis and ski.

Separate living and sleeping quarters make the Homewood Suites a unique and homelike place to stay whether you're alone or with the whole family. Each suite comes standard with a fully-equipped kitchen, full refrigerator, dishwasher, coffee maker, microwave, two-burner stovetop, granite countertops and dining room tables. Visitors will also enjoy flat screen LCD TVs, two phones with data ports and voicemail, a hairdryer, and iron and ironing board.

The amenities offered at Homewood Suites make living out of a hotel quite possible. A fitness center, indoor pool and hot tub, laundry service and self-use laundry facilities, and valet services help create a hassle-free visit. The hotel is also pet-friendly, so even the family dog can enjoy the trip to Erie.

Doing business in the hotel is made easy too. Guests are welcome to use the meeting room and executive hotel business center for work and meetings. Fax and copy machines and printers are available, and free Wi-Fi and a 24-hour coffee stand are sure to help get work done.

Nearby businesses also make working from the Homewood Suites a convenient option for travelers. Erie Insurance, General Electric, Harmot Medical Center, and Penn State Behrend are just some of the many businesses close to the hotel.

Guests of Homewood Suites are treated to plenty of complimentary amenities and services such as self parking, Wi-Fi, daily hot breakfast, and a Welcome Home Reception. This reception, which takes place on Mondays through Fridays, provides guests with a free small meal and beverages and is a great way to unwind after a long day.

Whether you're traveling to Erie for one night or many, the Homewood Suites by Hilton Erie Hotel is a wonderful place to stay. Book your visit through EscapeWizard.com today by following this link (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl)!