Eric Knopsnyder
Author: Eric Knopsnyder

Eric Knopsnyder, director of public relations for GO Laurel Highlands, is a veteran of the journalism and marketing industries who loves hiking and sports, particularly amateur wrestling and Chelsea Football Club. Find him on Twitter: @eric_knopsnyder

Snowboarding at Seven Springs

Holiday shoppers are out in full force, but outdoor sports lovers will once again be relying on Mother Nature to deliver their favorite gift: Snow! Luckily, the Laurel Highlands should have that covered this winter. Several long-range forecasts for the 2022-23 season are calling for colder temperatures and higher snowfall totals in the Laurel…

Baker's Lawn and Gardens

Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday are all signs that holiday shopping season is upon us. Now is the best time to get out and explore the unique and intriguing shops, boutiques and general stores in the Laurel Highlands! For those who like to see their purchases support small business and local communities, check out some of the…

Christmas Tree at Ligonier Diamond Gazebo

Christmas is right around the corner, and communities and businesses throughout the Laurel Highlands are getting into the holiday spirit with special light-up events. Activities such as parades, visits with Santa, Christmas music and holiday food and beverages will have you ready to celebrate the season! Winter Lights Illumination Night at The…

Hallowboo

Where to go trick-or-treating in the Laurel Highlands Halloween in the Laurel Highlands brings ample opportunity for the little ghouls and goblins to go trick-or-treating. We’ve gathered a list of published dates and times for municipalities in Fayette, Somerset and Westmoreland counties. Have a happy and safe Halloween! Fayette County Belle…

Hustons_Haunted_Hollow

It’s Spooky Season in the Laurel Highlands! While we have plenty of family fun attractions in October, these holiday haunts are only for those looking to get their scare on. Take part in a paranormal investigation, ghost hunts or a total darkness challenge and much more ... if you dare. Buffalo Bill’s House, Perryopolis Is this Queen…

Fall Camping

Whether you’re renting a rustic cabin for the week or planning a weekend getaway to a treehouse, put on a warm sweater, pour a mug of hot cider and enjoy all that fall in the Laurel Highlands has to offer. Camping in the Laurel Highlands is a year-round activity but autumn is arguably the most beautiful time of year to visit, with dozens of…

Flight 93 National Memorial

Thousands of visitors are expected at the Flight 93 National Memorial near Shanksville on Sunday, which is the 21 st anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks on America. National Parks Service officials are advising attendees to arrive early and allow ample time for shuttling to the event site. First lady Jill Biden will mark the solemn occasion by…

Summer Sounds

Labor Day marks the traditional end of summer, but there’s still plenty of fun to be had in the Laurel Highlands this weekend. Annual Pennsylvania Arts & Crafts Labor Day Festival Need some embellished clothing? How about some seasonal home decorations? Maybe you just want to get the kids out for some fun and check out some live music…

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