Category - Traveler Tips

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…

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…

Maple

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…

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,…

Fred Rogers Center Puppets

Fall in Love with Fred

Tuesday, September 8, 2020 2:00 PM by Ann Nemanic

One sure sign that fall is just around the corner is when we pull out our favorite fall sweater. In the Laurel Highlands, a sweater, especially a cardigan, reminds us of our friend and neighbor, Fred Rogers. Launched in 2019, the Fred Rogers Trail makes a wonderful excursion as the leaves begin to paint an array of color throughout our landscape.…

Nemacolin Woodlands Resort Dinner

While there are countless things to do with your valentine in the Laurel Highlands this weekend, some places to stay in the region craft the perfect getaway for you. From delicious meals to rooms with a view, they set the stage for the perfect romantic Valentine's Day weekend retreat. You and your significant other are probably overdue for a…

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