Hello Fall, Hello Erie PA!

Save the Date – Tall Ships Erie Returns! TallShips2010-1 (1)

U.S. Brig Niagara

Mark your calendar to set sail for Erie PA September 8-11, 2016 when Tall Ships Erie returns to the shores of Lake Erie.  Parade of Sails Thursday Sept 8, ship tours scheduled for Fri/Sat Sept 9-10.  More details coming soon! Visit flagshipniagara.org for more information.



A Guide to an Erie Day Trip in the Fall Erie Day Trip article

Peek ‘N Peak Resort

Erie isn’t just for summertime day trips, check out this great article from our friend/writer Rossilynne Skena Culgan on About.com.


Lake Erie Ale Trail Expands!

The Lake Erie Ale Trail has DOUBLED in size, boasting eight breweries! These local breweries have combined their resources to create the Lake Erie Ale Trail – a literal map for those curious about visiting Erie area breweries and exploring their award-winning brews. For information and special events, please visit lakeeriealetrail.com.  The latest and newest breweries added to the trail include Arundel Cellars & Brewing, Five & 20 Spirits & Brewing, Voodoo Brewing and more! Click here to see their brochure.


Take the High Road – Motorcycle Loops on Route 6

Motorcyclists from all over the United States and Canada have enjoyed the rolling terrain and lush landscape of US Route 6 in Pennsylvania for years. To help motorcyclists plan their trip, the PA Route 6 Alliance had announced that a map with suggested touring loops off the historic highway, called “Take the High Road”, is now available. The loop tours start and end at one point on the PA Route 6 Heritage Corridor, winding through several counties, historic sites, breathtaking overlooks and fun places to see along the trip.

The five loop tours cover anywhere from 118 miles to 260 miles and are designed to include great places for meals and overnights. The loops can be experienced as separate trips or pulled together for one long week of experiencing one of America’s favorite highways.

On the “Pennsylvania Great Lake Tour”, motorcyclists will enjoy the views from several lakes in northwestern part of the state. The tour starts in Meadville and heads west with a stop at the overlooks in Conneaut Lake and Pymatuning State Park, then travels south through the Oil Heritage region to Titusville, from here it heads north for a pit stop at the Gigi’s Route 6 diner in Corry, continuing north to Lake Erie’s wine country and then back south along Pennsylvania’s only coastline before passing Edinboro Lake and following French Creek through Cambridge Springs and back to Meadville. For complete info and to request a guide, visit paroute6.com.


New Fall Updates & Discounts-Download the HelloErie App!

Get the inside scoop on special offers, great events and local attractions, hotels and businesses at the swipe of a finger! GPS capabilities map out must-see, must-stop places and don’t miss attractions. The Hello Erie app also features Eat, Stay, Play and Events listings, social media connectivity and a one touch “call” button to make the most out of your stay.  It’s your complete Erie PA tour guide rolled into one.  Type “Hello Erie” into your smartphone device and plan your Erie adventure! 



Stay n Play Golf Brochure

Get your copy of our latest golf brochure! The updated golfing guide includes general course information for Whispering Woods Golf Club, Peek ‘n Peak Resort, Crab Apple Ridge Golf Course and Erie Golf Club, plus overnight packages at Holiday Inn Express, Courtyard by Marriott, Hilton Garden Inn, Days Inn, Econo Lodge, Wingate by Wyndham and the Quality Inn & Suites.  Browse it here or contact us or 800-524-ERIE (3743) for your free copy.  You can also find copies at the Tom Ridge Environmental Center.



Order your FREE Erie Adventure Guide!

Start planning your Erie getaway today with the 2015 Erie Adventure Guide!  Full of great suggestions, deals, what’s new, major festivals and events and maps. Phone our office 800-524-3743 or email info@visiterie.com to receive your FREE copy. You can also view the guide online here.



VisitErie Member News

Welcome new members: Burger King, Greater Erie Film Office/Film Society of NWPA.

Congratulations to Splash Lagoon Indoor Water Park  for ranking #7 in 10Best and USA TODAY’s Readers’ Choice contest for Best Indoor Water Park! Read USA TODAY’s article.

Congratulations to the Erie Downtown Partnership who recently won a Townie Award from Pennsylvania Downtown Center in Promotions and Marketing for Image and ID for its “Enjoy Downtown Erie” campaign.

Congratulations to the Historical Society of Erie County on the recent grand opening of the $3.5 million Hagen History Center. The three-building campus includes the Watson-Curtze Mansion, a 24-room mansion built in 1891. It features stained-glass windows, friezes and decorative stone and woodwork. Exhibits by the Erie County Historical Society will vary throughout the year and may be geared to different age levels. The carriage house will be renovated with a reading room and gift shop. A new 10,000-square-foot archive building is also a part of the site.

Congratulations to the Baymont Inn & Suites on the recent addition of a 15-passenger shuttle van.



Erie Gets Sports!

As a division of VisitErie, the Erie Sports Commission (ESC) is committed to promoting the Erie region as a prime destination for sports and recreation. The major goals of the ESC are to attract, create, support, and host sporting and recreational events that have a positive economic impact on the region, and assist in maximizing the potential of all regional sports facilities and venues.


The Bass Federation Mid-Atlantic Divisional Championships September 23-25 at Presque Isle State Park/Lake Erie

Erie Admirals Elite Challenge Cup September 26-27 at Family First Sports Park  

Insane Inflatable 5K September 26 at Lake Erie Speedway

2015 EYHA Fall Face-Off September 25-27, October 9-11 at Erie Insurance Arena, Mercyhurst Ice Center, and JMC Ice Arena

Teen Masters Erie Open October 24-25 at Rolling Meadow Lanes

PA State Yo-Yo Contest November 21 at Bayfront Convention Center

Special Olympics Polar Plunge November 21 at Presque Isle State Park Beach 7

Lights! Camera! Action! Cheer and Dance Extravaganza December 5 at Bayfront Convention Center

Visit the Erie Sports Commission online (www.eriesportscommission.com) or phone 814-454-1000 ext. 149 to inquire about their sporting events services.



Welcome to Town!

VisitErie is proud to welcome the following conventions/conferences this fall:

Mid-Atlantic Tourism Public Relations Alliance (MATPRA) Media Marketplace (Sept 23-25)

Domestic Relations Assoc. of PA (DRAP) Training Conference (Sept 27-Oct 2).

For information on meetings and conventions contact Joe Holody, Director of Convention Marketing, Sales and Services at 814-454-1000 ext. 126 or  jholody@visiterie.com.


Fall Events 


September 25-27  WINE FEST

October 10, 11, 17, 18  FALL FEST Peek ‘n Peak

October 16-30  ZOO BOO 2015 

October 16-18 EERIE HORROR FILM FEST Warner Theatre

November 25-29  FESTIVAL OF TREES Bayfront Convention Center

November 11 – January 2016  VICTORIAN HOLIDAYS Hagen History Center

For a complete listing of Erie fall events, check out visiterie.com/events.



Did You Know???

PknPk adventure course

Participants on the Aerial Course

Challenge your agility, balance and strength as you encounter Peek’n Peak’s Aerial Adventure Course! This treetop adventure consists of 69 obstacles in 8 separate courses of varying difficulties – ranging from the purple course, suitable for ages 5 & up, to the double black diamond course… sure to challenge even the most elite athlete! Take a thrilling ride down the mountainside!  Soar through the air and over the treetops on the Peak’s Mountain Zip line ride.  With side by side zip lines, allowing you to race a friend, you’ll zip two unique lines totaling more than 2,000 feet of high flying fun! Adventure course and ziplines are open 7 days a week.