Your Seasonal Guide to Mercer County’s Best Attractions


From the 11,000-acre Shenango River Lake to bird-watching the majestic bald eagles, there are many things to do in and around Sharon, PA. So, when is the best time to visit Mercer County, PA? That question really depends on the activities you like to do. There is a year-round list of things to do and recreational activities.

Tara – A Country Inn is a gateway to outdoor delight during Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall. Shenango Lake is the outdoor playground for the region.  Boating, canoeing and kayaking, and fishing are a few of the activities to enjoy.


F is for fall foliage. Indulge your senses in this natural wonder as summer gives way to fall in the spectacular display of yellows, oranges, reds, and browns. With thousands of acres of wild and untouched terrain, Mercer County proves to be a perfect location for leaf peeping in western PA. There are miles of trails, parks, and beautiful lakes that everyone can enjoy.

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Plenty of snowfall and mild wintery temps make Clark, PA and its surrounding areas a winter wonderland. Check out Shenango Lake, Buhl Park or take a scenic drive on the Lake Wilhelm Scenic Byway to the nearby Maurice K. Goddard State Park and enjoy the perfect destination for sledding, cross-country skiing, ice skating, riding snowmobiles, and more.


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We understand that a day out in the winter wilderness isn’t for everyone. That’s okay. Winter in Mercer County, PA also offers some of the finest outlet and boutique shopping in Pennsylvania. Some of our favorites are The Winner where guests save 10% on their purchase, Daffin’s Candies, and Kraynak’s. Holiday shopping is made easy with shopping downtown Sharon, PA or head to the Grove City Outlets, just a short drive away.

If you prefer indoor activities, then perhaps you should consider a romantic Valentine’s getaway for two at Tara – A Country Inn during the month of February. Be sure to book a couples massage at Buhl Mansion Spa for a romantic day of rest and relaxation before heading back to Tara – A Country Inn for a delicious dinner. All Tara – A Country Inn guests receive 10% off any spa service at their sister property Buhl Mansion Guest House & Spa.

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Things To Do


Spring brings the natural thawing of winter which reveals a season of new beginnings. Why not step into spring with a walk through the natural beauty of the grounds at Tara – A Country Inn or a hike on one of our lovely local trails? Some of the best local trails are the Trout Island Trail, The Shenango Trail, and the Big Bend Trailhead. Bird and wildlife watching during the spring is another wonderful activity to enjoy. Spring is also a fabulous time of year to treat yourself to our famous Mercer County, PA Wine and Brew Trail.

This lovely time of year is also a splendid season for a spring wedding. Our breathtaking grounds would make the ideal backdrop for the spring wedding of your dreams.


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Soak up the summer sun by enjoying one of the waterways in Mercer County, PA. You can view the gorgeous Shenango Lake right from the property of Tara – A Country Inn. Buhl Park or Shenango River Lake are each excellent recreational areas where visitors can indulge in a day of boating, kayaking, tubing, fishing, and more. Summer is also the perfect time to hit the links and play a round of golf or just relax and unwind at Tara – A Country Inn indoor or outdoor pool.

Now that we have presented a few of our favorite seasonal things to do, you can decide the best time to visit Mercer County, PA. If you have any questions regarding recreation, dining, shopping, or entertainment, our outgoing staff would be delighted to assist you. It is our mission to give each Tara – A Country Inn guest the experience of a lifetime.

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Tara- A Country Inn is the perfect place to visit year-round. Consider our Mid-Week Discount Special, where you can receive $50 off of the standard bed and breakfast rate when you stay any Sunday through Thursday. Contact us today or book your stay now!