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Our Romantic Stay At The Buhl Mansion Near Pittsburgh

Rated as one of America’s top ten most romantic inns and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Buhl Mansion is an ideal spot for a romantic weekend, especially for people located in Pennsylvania and Ohio.

Romantic Weekend at the Buhl Mansion in Sharon PA
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The majestic entrance at the Buhl Mansion Guesthouse and Spa impresses with Richardsonian Romanesque grandeur.

Steel magnate Frank H. Buhl built the late 19th century mansion in the center of Sharon, PA as a wedding present for wife Julia. But, like many of our history’s grandest treasures, the mansion fell into disrepair and neglect.

Fortunately, through the efforts of the Winner family, that grandeur has been lovingly restored. Now, the opulent bed and breakfast provides a wonderful luxury destination and a romantic gateway to the charming town of Sharon.

Frank H. Buhl
The Buhl Mansion was originally constructed by Frank H. Buhl (pictured above) as an American castle for his wife Julia Forker in the 1890s. After falling into years of vacancy and disrepair, the building was purchased and lovingly restored by Jim and Donna Winner in 2006 and has been operating as a luxury hotel since 2007. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

Just seventy-five miles northwest of Pittsburgh, Sharon was once a booming steel city that became less relevant after the end of the industrial revolution. Though the city is now experiencing an economic revitalization with the return of artists and small businesses, the Buhl Mansion still stands out as a jewel in the city’s landscape.

Baroque Cherub at the Buhl Mansion in Sharon Pennsylvania
Behind the Buhl Mansion, ornate Baroque cherubs watch over the greenhouse and manicured paths. Not surprisingly, the hotel hosts 50 weddings on the opulent grounds each year. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

We wondered what to expect while we navigated the winding roads toward the once glorious village in Northwestern Pennsylvania. We immediately noticed the mansion’s antique brick architecture and Neo-Baroque sculptural embellishments as we drove under an arched driveway that separates the main house from its ornate gallery of meticulous replicas.

Before we could even turn off our car, the attentive staff rushed out to warmly greet us and whisk away our bags. Walking through the door, we couldn’t help but notice a gallery of world-class art and decoration.

Renoir Replica at the Buhl Mansion in Sharon Pennsylvania
This replica of Auguste Renoir’s “Girls at the Piano” appropriately hangs above the 19th century Steinway at the Buhl Mansion. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

Works by Renoir, Van Gogh, Degas and Picasso seemed to adorn the mansion’s walls. As world travelers who have seen our share of priceless art, we knew that these pieces were not original works but meticulously duplicated replicas.

This art makes the Buhl mansion’s main floor especially charming. Imagine enjoying afternoon tea service or a tasty breakfast accompanied by some of the world’s most beautiful art treasures.

Let’s face it – a person can’t really relax and have a meal and tea in the middle of the Orsay in Paris; however, this is perfectly acceptable and expected at the Buhl Mansion.

Degas Replica at the Buhl Mansion in Sharon Pennsylvania
And here’s another replica – this one of Edgar Degas’ ubiquitous ballerina students. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

As part of our welcoming tour, we eventually arrived at our suite on the mansion’s enormous third floor. Between the plush king-sized bed and the intimate seating area perched in front of a toasty fireplace as well as the hot tub for two, we knew we would enjoy a special getaway that would transport us from the hustle and bustle of our daily life.

The third floor originally functioned as the house’s grand ballroom. In a prudent and intelligent move, this floor now houses the bed and breakfast’s grandest suites.

Hotel Rooms At The Buhl Mansion

Each of the ten rooms at this luxury hotel is uniquely decorated in a way to retain as much of the original character and charm as possible.

Buhl Mansion Welcome in Sharon Pennsylvania
We were welcomed to the Grand Gables room with a personal note, fresh fruit, cheese and a bottle of sparkling wine. These personal touches make all of the difference when staying at the Buhl Mansion. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

We stayed in the Grand Gables room, which happens to be the largest suite in the hotel.

King Bed at the Buhl Mansion in Sharon Pennsylvania
The hotel staff turned our king bed down while we were at dinner. They also left robes on our bed along with slippers, a sweet treat and a handwritten note. It’s as if they knew we were headed right to the hot tub. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

Originally part of the ballroom, Grand Gables lives up to its name with its 15-foot gabled ceiling, cozy sitting area and fireplace.

Gas Fireplace at the Buhl Mansion in Sharon Pennsylvania
The gas fireplace in the Grand Gables room provides extra heat on a cold winter night. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

Despite the historic features, the room is ultra- comfortable with modern amenities like flat-screen TVs and free wi-fi.

Jacuzzi at the Buhl Mansion in Sharon Pennsylvania
The Grand Gables room’s en suite jacuzzi hot tub is the perfect spot to relax while sipping a complimentary bottle of sparkling wine. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

Oh, in case you forgot, this room ha a jacuzzi for two en suite.

Exploring The Buhl Mansion

As tempting as it is to stay in the elegant yet comfortable rooms, half of the fun of staying at the Buhl Mansion is exploring the premises.

Sitting Room at the Buhl Mansion in Sharon Pennsylvania
Guests can enjoy the stately sitting room any time, not just for afternoon tea. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

In addition to displaying impressionist painting replicas, the hotel is also filled with a myriad of collectible items and curiosities, many of which date back to the 1890s.

China at the Buhl Mansion in Sharon Pennsylvania
This one-of-a-kind china set was specially made for Donna Winner. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

Though these pieces were not owned by the Buhl family, they fit right into the mansion’s fabric.

Chess Set at the Buhl Mansion in Sharon Pennsylvania
The chess set in the hotel’s recreation room oozes with charm and character. There are other games available for those, like us, who do not play chess. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

There’s also a full-service spa on property, just a short walk down one flight of stairs.

Spa at the Buhl Mansion in Sharon Pennsylvania
Just a short walk downstairs, the full-service spa is also decorated to the nines. This spa is available on a 24/7 basis for guests who wish to use the sauna, steam room and/or monsoon showers. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

In other words, there’s no need to be bored during a stay at the Buhl Mansion.

Afternoon Tea At The Buhl Mansion

We first experienced afternoon tea as a couple in Hong Kong. Afternoon tea at the Buhl Mansion was yet another memorable high tea experience for us.

Tea Service at the Buhl Mansion in Sharon Pennsylvania
Enjoying afternoon tea at the Buhl Mansion is a memorable experience. The hotel provides complimentary tea and snacks each afternoon for all guests. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

Of course we enjoyed the full selection of teas and various tasty tidbits.

Laura Ackerly at the Buhl Mansion in Sharon Pennsylvania
Laura Ackley, general manager at the Buhl Mansion, combines seasoned hospitality management skills with a love for both the city of Sharon and the hotel. The Monet reproduction behind her is just one of many French Impressionist replicas scattered throughout the property. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

Most of all, though, we enjoyed chatting about the mansion’s glorious history with the hotel’s general manager Laura Ackley as we sipped tea out of the elegant, purposefully mismatched china.

Breakfast At The Buhl Mansion

We like to eat when we travel. Who doesn’t?! So, the made-to-order breakfast was a highlight of our stay.

French Toast at the Buhl Mansion in Sharon Pennsylvania
Every day should start with homemade French Toast served with fruit and sausage. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

After we made our breakfast selections and chose where to dine (the sunny breakfast room instead of breakfast in bed), all we had to do the next morning was show up with our appetites and enjoy the most important meal of the day.

Where To Eat In Sharon

In addition to having pizza delivered to the room, there are several worthy dining options to consider in Sharon. The hotel offers limousine service for a multi-course dinner at their nearby sister property, Tara. As for us, we opted to check out the local restaurant scene.

Donna's Diner in Sharon Pennsylvania
Donna’s Diner in downtown Sharon is a fun spot for a casual meal near the Buhl Mansion. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

Donna’s Diner is a retro 1950’s style eatery that specializes in hamburgers and milkshakes. In addition to serving satisfying comfort food, the restaurant also serves up a generous portion of kitsch with every plate.

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Lunch at Souful in Sharon Pennsylvania
Soulful lunch selections like this Mac and Cheese with Pork top out at $6 including salad and a beverage. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

Haitian Sensation is a surprising gem of an ethnic restaurant. The cafe’s deceptively simple food is made with complex flavors and spices straight from the tropical island namesake. As an added bonus, all of the restaurant’s profits are used to help impoverished people in Haiti.

Daffin's Candy in Sharon Pennsylvania
Daffin’s Candy bills itself as the world’s largest candy store. True or not, the shop certainly has an immense selection of candy for purchase in the heart of Sharon PA. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

Daffin’s Candies is within spitting distance of the mansion and has a plethora of old-fashioned and new-fangled candies to satisfy the sweetest of sweet tooths.

The Buhl Mansion Guesthouse & Spas is located at 422 East State Street, Sharon, PA 16146, United States. Reservations can be made over the phone (866-345-2845) or on the hotel’s website.

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About the Authors

Daryl and Mindi Hirsch

Saveur Magazine’s BEST TRAVEL BLOG award winners Daryl and Mindi Hirsch share their culinary travel experiences and recipes on the 2foodtrippers website. Since launching the site in 2012, they’ve traveled to over 40 countries in their quest to bring readers a unique taste of the world.


We thank Buhl Mansion Guesthouse and Spa and Select Registry for facilitating our stay for the purpose of this article.

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Original Publication Date: February 11, 2016


Sunday 5th of June 2022

Hello! A very nice article about Buhl Mansion! Just a friendly correction: In paragraph 6, you mention it is northeast in Pennsylvania. (Previously you mentioned that it is Northwest of Pittsburgh.) It is, indeed, Northwest. ; )

Daryl and Mindi Hirsch

Monday 6th of June 2022

Thanks for pointing this out so that we could correct the article. Much appreciated.

Peter alexandratos

Sunday 22nd of May 2022

My wife and I stayed in the tara inn and visited the buhl inn both remarkably historic and museums preserved.

Jennifer Cummings

Friday 25th of March 2022

My husband and I love it there! We had a spectacular time and plan on coming back in the spring ❤️

Laura Ackley

Sunday 24th of October 2021

We saw the article pop up again! And again… thank you for the lovely article! Laura Ackley General Manager

Daryl and Mindi Hirsch

Thursday 28th of October 2021

Yes, we've been seeing it on Google ourselves lately.

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