By Malerie Yolen-Cohen, Getaway Mavens

The Laurel Highlands region of Western PA, about an hour southeast of Pittsburgh, is so spectacular, it proved the ideal setting for several Frank Lloyd Wright masterpieces. It’s also where you’ll find the hometown of both “Mr. Rogers” and Arnold Palmer (Latrobe), a small town Art Museum that won a major Architectural Design award, a “Truman-Show-”perfect small town, fantastic whitewater rafting, and one of the most unusual yet luxurious resorts so quirky, it could serve as Poster Child for the offbeat Getaway Mavens. Encompassing 3,000 square miles from PA’s highest mountains (3,213 ft) to the deepest river gorge (Youghiogheny River), The Laurel Highlands, touted as “Pittsburgh’s playground,” doesn’t have to shout out its many merits. Go, and you’ll be literally and figuratively swept away.

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