Pitcherplants at Spruce Flats Bog, Forbes State Forest

The natural beauty of the Laurel Highlands is stunning any time of year. With so many of us spending more and more time outside, exploring new nooks and crannies of our great outdoors, it got me thinking about the region's array of fascinating flowers and wildlife. I'm certainly no botanist, naturalist, or biologist, so I reached out to…

Biking

There is no doubt about it. Since last spring the popularity of bicycling has skyrocketed. Folks who hadn’t ridden a bike since middle school found themselves back in the saddle, getting reacquainted with their gears and ability to balance. Full disclosure – this was me. I was one of the many who dusted off an old bike in search of…

Happy Mother's Day

Mother’s Day is this Sunday! Did you forget? It’s okay. Your secret is safe with me. If you’re looking for some inspiration to properly honor and celebrate your mom, your grandma, your step-mom, your mother-in-law, or a mother-like figure, take a peek at this list of cool things to see or do. For a full list of Mother’s…

Hiking

5 Easy Hikes to Try

Tuesday, April 27, 2021 9:00 AM by Louise Henry

Take bubbling brooks, greenery in abundance, add birdsong, the odd woodpecker pecking away in the distance, the serenity of being outdoors, in the woods, and the result? My mood just soars! Hiking is most definitely food for the soul, and boy, do we have a ton of hiking trails in the Laurel Highlands to explore and fuel YOUR soul. With two state…

Heritage Happenings Podcast Logo

It’s time to see, taste, smell, and feel again at our wonderful Westmoreland County historic and cultural organizations. We’re talking in this month’s episode about some great upcoming immersive experiences at two of our beloved partner sites, and we’ve got everything from whiskey to Woodstock! Our two guests on Heritage…

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5 Ways to Get the Kids Outside this Spring

Monday, April 12, 2021 2:00 PM by Kristin Ecker

After a long winter filled with remote working and learning, we’re all ready to get out and enjoy some fresh air. It’s April in the Laurel Highlands and the weather is turning upward. The natural landscape that has laid dormant for months now is about to burst with life. And if you’re like me, you might be ready to burst out of…

Baughman Rocks Overlook

Natural Wonders of the Laurel Highlands

Monday, April 5, 2021 9:00 AM by Anna Weltz

Spanning 3,000 square miles across some of the most diverse landscapes in Pennsylvania, the Laurel Highlands is home to scenic views, lush forests, rushing rivers, and roaring waterfalls. Let’s take a closer look at some of the stunning natural wonders in the Laurel Highlands. Perhaps you will recognize a few gems and discover some new…

Country Hammer Moonshine

Everyone has some story about an experience with moonshine, or stuff their friend or uncle used to make in their garage. Take that tradition and add in an expert distiller with a passion for experimentation and quality, and you get Country Hammer Moonshine. We recorded this month's podcast with Tim Baureis, owner, and Kerri Bright, general…

Happy Easter

Can it really be the end of March already? It seems like we just released our Fish Fry Blog, and now we are ready to share all of the amazing Easter plans our partners throughout the Laurel Highlands region are getting ready for you to enjoy. As always, we recommend calling ahead and contacting these locations ahead of time to ensure you have the…

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