Friday, April 6, 2012

Rest Like an Early Settler at the Jean Bonnet Tavern


Whenever I travel to the East Coast, I like to take in something historical.  On our way back from New Jersey, we stopped at the Jean Bonnet Tavern in Bedford, Pennsylvania for a bite to eat.

The Jean Bonnet Tavern has been a stopping place for travelers since the 1760's.  Since we were on the road back home, it seemed appropriate to stop where so many travelers before us had.

Immediately, upon entering the Tavern, we knew that we would like it.  The stone walls and smell of a wood burning fire not only transported you back in time but gave the place a warm, homey feel. The tavern presents a decent menu with selections typical of a tavern such as burgers as well as some more refined options like lobster ravioli.  We were also very happy to find that they have an ample children's menu!

Every table sported a lit candlestick, further adding to the ambiance.  We enjoyed our meals.  I had the crab cake, which was actually broiled, not fried.  I prefer not to eat fried food, so I was delighted to find out that not only are the crab cakes broiled but they taste great!  The bread was also delicious--it was a little sweet which I really liked.  My husband had the French dip and a baked potato and loved it!  Our daughter had buttered noodles---always her fave.



The only issue we really had at the Jean Bonnet was that the service was a little slow.  I think that they may have been understaffed that day.  However, we came for the ambiance and were not in a hurry, so we did not mind.

In true tavern form, the Jean Bonnet also serves at as an inn with four rooms to rent.  However, if you decide to stay, you may have an extra guest in your room--the tavern is rumored to be haunted!

Next to the tavern, there is a cabin that now serves as a store. The store is stuffed full of neat little gifts like pewter, pottery, candles, and soaps.  I had tried a black raspberry brown sugar scrub while at the restaurant and  just had to buy some at the gift shop.  The scrub is made by Indulge-Scents.com and really does a good job of softening up my hands.  Plus, the black raspberry scent is very uplifting and just makes you smile.


The Jean Bonnet is really a neat place.  It once served as a French fort and trading post.  It also has ties to the Whiskey Rebellion.  Being the history buff that I am, I think it is really neat to have an opportunity to experience a piece of history when you have a chance.

If you find yourself on I-76 traveling through Western Pennsylvania, give Jean Bonnet a try!

***Disclosure:  I did not receive any compensation for this post.  The opinions expressed are 100% my own.

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