LIGONIER, Pa., (May 15, 2019) – The Laurel Highlands Visitors Bureau (LHVB) offers a new farm-to-table tour, scheduled for Aug. 24, 2019.
The full-day group tour, “Rustic Retreat: A Farm-to-Table Tour in Pennsylvania’s Laurel Highlands,” encourages participants to take the scenic route to some of the finest countryside in Pennsylvania, experience local dairy farms, historic maple camps, the legacy of agriculture, and stunning scenery on this fun educational tour. Planned stops include Scenic View at Laurel Hill State Park, Moo Echo Dairy, Somerset Historical Center, Brantview Farms, Faranda Farm, and Friendship Farms.
This farm-to-table tour will be the second public tour of its kind organized and hosted by the LHVB. The first public tour, “Journey of Self: A Wellness Tour of the Laurel Highlands,” scheduled for May 19 is sold-out. Tour services are generally prepared by LHVB staff and offered to group tour operators and regional tourism partners, including the annual Backyard Tour.
“Following on the sold-out success of our May wellness tour, this is sure to delight all foodies among us,” said Ann Nemanic, Executive Director, LHVB. “The natural topography of the Laurel Highlands lends itself to successful growing of many farm-fresh items. From honey to berries, naturally raised grass-fed beef, fresh ground flour, and other delectable goodies, our Rustic Retreat tour will be like spending an entire day at a fabulous farmers’ market. The ride, the experiences, and the memorable morsels equal a recipe of enjoyment.”
“Rustic Retreat: A Farm-to-Table Tour in Pennsylvania’s Laurel Highlands,” includes all activities, on-board refreshments, healthy snacks, and two locally-sourced meals for $100 per person. Participants can receive a $5 discount for commitment to bring a reusable water bottle. Register online at https://www.laurelhighlands.org/plan/scenic-tours/agricultural-tour/. This is a family-friendly tour. All participants are welcome to bring along their own snacks and refreshments for the day. Maximum capacity for this event is 48 participants. Registration closes Aug. 12, 2019.
Participants will be picked up at 8:45 a.m. Holiday Inn Express and Suites Donegal, located at 3695 State Route 31, Donegal, PA 15628. The tour bus will return guests at 7:30 p.m., to the same location. Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable active layers and bring a change of clothes for the dinner event. While Wi-Fi will be available on the motorcoach, participants are encouraged to unplug for the day and immerse themselves in the experience.
About Pennsylvania’s Laurel Highlands
A magnificent mountainous region, the Laurel Highlands spans 3,000 square miles in southwestern Pennsylvania. Located an hour’s drive east of Pittsburgh, the beautiful four-season destination offers spectacular natural scenery, outstanding outdoor recreation, historic sites and attractions, family activities, and world-class resorts. Notable destinations within the region include four architectural masterpieces by Frank Lloyd Wright – Fallingwater®, Kentuck Knob, Mäntylä and Duncan House – Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, Seven Springs Mountain Resort, Flight 93 National Memorial, Idlewild and Soak Zone, whitewater rafting at Ohiopyle State Park, and more.
Located within 200 miles of the major metropolitan areas of Pittsburgh, Baltimore, Cleveland, and Washington D.C., the Laurel Highlands can be easily accessed from exits 67, 75, 91, and 110 of the Pennsylvania Turnpike.
Visitors to the Laurel Highlands can find information online at www.LaurelHighlands.org, calling 724.238.5661, www.facebook.com/laurelhighlandsPA and www.twitter.com/laurelhighlands. Established in 1958, the Laurel Highlands Visitors Bureau is the official destination marketing organization for Fayette, Somerset, and Westmoreland counties in southwestern Pennsylvania.