Presque Isle State Park and Erie, Pa., are about 360 miles by car from Washington. Continental and Delta offer flights from BWI to Erie, with fares starting at $217 round trip.
Spencer House Bed and Brea kfast
519 W. Sixth St.
Victorian mansion with seven themed rooms with private baths and antique furnishings. Rooms from $89.
Sheraton Erie Bayfront Hotel
55 W. Bay Dr.
Two hundred rooms with water and city views. Rooms from $129.
Whole Foods Co-op Cafe
1341 W. 26th St.
Fresh-grown and freshly prepared fare, including sandwiches, quesadillas, soups and gourmet pizzas. Dishes from $4.
20 E. Fifth St.
In the Erie Art Museum. Artfully prepared light fare including well-seasoned soups, wraps and salads from $4.25.
463 W. Eighth St.
Made-from-scratch soups, entrees and, naturally, pies. Entrees from $10.
Erie Art Museum
411 State St.
Closed Mondays; $7, seniors and students $5, children younger than 5 free. Wednesdays free.
Presque Isle State Park
301 Peninsula Dr.
Surrounded by Lake Erie and Presque Isle Bay, the park offers hiking, biking and snow trails, many free ranger-led programs and intriguing displays at the Tom Ridge Environmental Center. Free.