Anna Weltz
Author: Anna Weltz

Tourism PR for PA’s Laurel Highlands. Crazy softball mommy, lover of Labradors, chocoholic, wanna-be meteorologist!! Tweet me: @Anna_GoLH


Here in the Laurel Highlands, specifically Somerset County, late winter and early spring signal Maple Season! Our region’s maple sugar producers take great pride in the tradition of tapping maple trees and producing maple syrup and other goodies. Their efforts make Somerset County the largest producer of maple products in the state.…

Fort Necessity National Battlefield

George Washington Was Here: A Walk Through History

Thursday, February 11, 2021 11:00 AM by Anna Weltz

An ambitious young officer heads west to claim lands for the British. Along the way, he makes mistakes, but he also works hard, persists and makes a name for himself. Some believe that George Washington's trials and tribulations in Pennsylvania's Laurel Highlands helped him grow into a legendary military leader and eventually the first…

Cross-Country Skiing

In my last blog, I shared with you some helpful info for beginner snowshoeing in the Laurel Highlands as a cure for cabin fever. My quest for more info on outdoor adventures led to cross-country skiing. It’s something I personally have never done but might have to try it out. In my quest for knowledge and insider tips, I reached out to the…

2021 National Plan for Vacation Day

Take a second to pull out your employee handbook and count the number of vacation days you have earned for 2021. Now think about years past and recall, did you use them all? Or better yet, did you use them for fun, relaxation, and exploration? Or did you use them for mundane things like dentist appointments or tire rotations? I know 2020…

Snowshoeing, Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail

I do not know about you, but my family is starting to get a bit of cabin fever. Humans were not meant to hibernate, so I have been looking at new things we can do as a family this winter. Something that has piqued my interest is snowshoeing. Seems like something we could do together or even just my husband and me. Naturally, I had a bunch of…

Around Back Cafe

Eat Locally Locally-owned restaurants need your help more than ever. Because they aren’t corporate chains or franchise locations, they don’t have the benefit of a large marketing budget or operations support. For drool-worthy inspiration for your breakfast, lunch, or dinner order, peruse our delicious dining partners here. Support the…

Forbes State Forest Winter

Cool Winter Activities for Non-Skiers

Wednesday, December 2, 2020 11:00 AM by Anna Weltz

We love winter in Pennsylvania's Laurel Highlands. Like really, really love it. So when the temperatures dip, the local meteorologists start throwing around the S-word, and our phones keep dinging with weather advisories, we get giddy. After all, humans weren’t meant to hibernate. While winter sports are really popular in the region,…

Wedding Shopping

One Stop Shops for Holiday Cheer and Local Love

Tuesday, November 24, 2020 1:00 PM by Anna Weltz

Unique, charming, creative, and essential to our local community. Now more than ever it is so critically important to support locally owned small businesses in the Laurel Highlands. Put away the app-based big box stores and make plans to visit some of our small towns for some socially-distanced holiday cheer and support small businesses. Holly…

Thanksgiving Seven Springs

Turkey Day Take-Out

Friday, November 13, 2020 12:00 PM by Anna Weltz

Perhaps the idea of making a full Thanksgiving dinner leaves you in a cold sweat, nervously pacing the kitchen, watching and re-watching videos on how to roast a turkey. Maybe your personal plate is too full helping the kiddos with remote learning, working from home and you just do not have the time to facilitate a full feast. Whatever your…

Mantyla at Polymath Park

Rebuilding it the Wright Way

Friday, May 3, 2019 4:00 PM by Anna Weltz

In his lifetime, America’s most prominent architect, Frank Lloyd Wright, designed more than 1,000 structures and oversaw the construction of 532 of them before his death in 1959. With achievements such as Fallingwater, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Taliesen West, along with a legacy nearly unmatched decades later, it’s safe to…