Category - Traveler Tips

Bedford Fall Foliage Festival

Laurel Highlands Fall Checklist

Thursday, October 7, 2021 10:00 AM by Allyson Null

The trees are turning colors and the leaves are slowly falling. Fall is here! That means it is now perfectly acceptable to wear sweaters and eat and drink everything pumpkin flavored, right? We know that fall brings a ton of festivals, events, activities, and views, and we don't want you to miss a thing. Start your fall checklist today!…

Starry Night at Scenic View

A Stargazer's Guide to the Laurel Highlands

Thursday, August 12, 2021 3:00 PM by Allyson Null

The Laurel Highlands is hustling and bustling with bikers, hikers, families, rafters and foodies during the day, but what outdoorsy activity can you do once the sun goes down? Get lost in the stars! While there aren't any dark sky sites in the region, we know a few spots where there is minimal light pollution and not too much tree coverage,…

Gabriel Faria, Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail (2)

FAQ's of the Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail

Monday, July 5, 2021 2:00 PM by Anna Weltz

The stunning 70-mile Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail (LHHT) stretches across Laurel Mountain from the Youghiogheny River Gorge in Ohiopyle, all the way to the Conemaugh Gorge near Johnstown. A backpackers’ dream, the LHHT offers a semi-wilderness backpacking and day trip excursion into the mountain forests of Pennsylvania’s Laurel…


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…


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…


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.…

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…

Happy kids on a family ski trip at Seven Springs

The Family Ski Trip: A Tradition Worth Making

Monday, January 11, 2021 11:00 AM by Kristin Ecker

I learned to ski as a teenager and my husband even earlier. The sport has been the centerpiece of our winter months, offering an experience unlike any other. The crisp air, the expansive views, taking flight on the chairlifts, testing your skills all the way down, and even getting some cardio – there’s just nothing that compares. So…