Cassie Rupert
Author: Cassandra Rupert

Marketing Communications Coordinator for the LHVB. Avid skier & hiker, aspiring writer & self-proclaimed wordsmith, book worm, & lover of travel. Follow me: @cassie_LHVB

Laurel Caverns

Biggest, Largest and Highest

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 1:00 PM by Cassandra Rupert

The Laurel Highlands is home to some of the best attractions in the state, a few even earn a few important titles. Here are a few facts you may not have known about some favorite spots in the Laurel Highlands. Mount Davis The highest point in Pennslyvania, Mount Davis, located in Forbes State Forest in Somerset County, measure 3,213 feet in…

Out of the Fire

16 Alfresco Wining and Dining Spots

Monday, July 31, 2017 1:00 PM by Cassandra Rupert

Dine in the open air and pop the cork on an excellent bottle of wine at one of these establishments. Food is always better when it's enjoyed in the fresh air, right? Enjoy delicious food, unique flavors, and some wonderful views with this list of places to eat and drink outdoors. Relax and enjoy the atmosphere of Bar Nine, a unique gastropub…

Arnold Palmer

All Things Arnold Palmer

Tuesday, July 18, 2017 1:00 PM by Cassandra Rupert

Always revered as generous, kind, Arnold Palmer never forgot his hometown, Latrobe, Pennsylvania. He left his mark in many ways on his hometown and the surrounding area. Explore all things Arnold Palmer throughout the Laurel Highlands. After winning the 1960 U.S. Open at Cherry Hills, Arnold Palmer and his business associates were brainstorming…

Whitewater Rafting Ohiopyle

Summer Bucket List for the Adventurer

Friday, July 7, 2017 10:00 AM by Cassandra Rupert

Have an extreme summer adventure in the Laurel Highlands. From long haul biking and hiking to exhilarating sports and driving courses, you’ll find something for every adventurer. Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail Backpack 70 miles through picturesque valleys and mountains on the Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail. Varying terrain, expansive…

Chef Jeremy Critchfield

Summer isn’t complete without some sweet barbecue (and a cold one or two). Here are 5 spots with excellent, slow-cooked, finger licking, sticky, BBQ goodness. Stone House BBQ in Farmington Stone House Restaurant & Country Inn smokes, braises, grills, and fries some of the best BBQ around, from wings and things to stakes, pulled pork, and…

Frank Lloyd Wright

Did you know that there are four Frank Lloyd Wright homes in the Laurel Highlands? Experience Frank Lloyd Wright’s masterpiece, Fallingwater, spend the night in two of only a few Wright homes available for overnight stays, Frank Lloyd Wright at Polymath Park's Duncan House and Mantyla, and explore Kentuck Knob, one of Wright’s…

Idlewild & SoakZone

Idlewild Tips: Know Before You Go

Wednesday, May 31, 2017 1:00 PM by Cassandra Rupert

Are you headed to Idlewild & SoakZone for the first time? Here are some tips and tricks to make your day at the park go off without a hitch. Don’t miss events with the characters! Join Princess Lily for a tea party. On most park operating days, Princess Lily holds tea at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Each attendee receives a Princess Lily boxed set,…

The Foundry

Six Restaurants with Fierce Talent

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 8:00 AM by Cassandra Rupert

Ridiculously good eats, carefully prepared creations, and fresh, modern menus full of flavor: that’s what these six restaurants have in common. These delectable eateries serve up dishes that reflect the best ingredients available for the season and menus consistently refreshed with new and exciting options, presenting some of the best…

Whitewater Rafting Ohiopyle State Park Youghiogheny River

10 Ways to Blow Your Tax Return

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 8:00 AM by Cassandra Rupert

It’s that dreaded time of year again. You’ve been filling out your taxes, crunching numbers, collecting all of your receipts, squinting at screens, and figuring out deductibles. But if you’re like most taxpayers, you’ll get a nice chunk back this spring. Start planning how you’ll blow your tax return extravagantly…

Latrobe Art Center

In honor of International Women’s Day, we would like to take a look back and honor two of recipients of the Laurel Highlands Tourism Trailblazer of the Year – Olga Herbert and Gabi Nastuck! These ladies are just two of many, many women in our region who function outside of the box, never hesitating to try something new or venture into…