Category - Traveler Tips

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…


Reasons to Visit the Laurel Highlands in 2020

Thursday, January 16, 2020 9:00 AM by Allyson Null

The mountainous Laurel Highlands region spans three counties and 3,000 miles, with remarkable attractions and natural wonders around every bend. Year-round special events, outdoor adventures and unique experiences contribute to the region being named one of Travel Lemming's Top 5 Emerging Destinations for 2020. Frank Lloyd Wright's…

Rohit Vijayakumar, PA Turnpike

Need to stretch your legs? Hop off of one of the four Pennsylvania Turnpike exits in the Laurel Highlands and you’ll find plenty of exciting experiences nearby! Exit 110 – Somerset Somerset Historical Center (4 miles from exit) Learn more about the region’s local traditions and rich agricultural contributions, including…

3rd Emily Knepper, Laurel Hill, Somerset

How to Enjoy a Digital Detox Vacation

Friday, July 19, 2019 10:00 AM by Maia Fletcher

These days, it’s all too common to hear people talk about how much time they spend mindlessly scrolling the internet on their phone or laptop. But what can we do about it? Some people are turning to “digital detoxes." This involves resetting your reliance on digital devices by committing to a period of time without using them. It…

Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater

A Guide to Visiting Fallingwater

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 4:00 PM by Allyson Null

The Laurel Highlands region is home to four houses that were designed by architectural genius Frank Lloyd Wright. The most well-known house, Fallingwater, is a bucket list item for many and lives up to the hype. Fallingwater is inscribed as one of 24 UNESCO World Heritage sites in the U.S. and is listed along attractions including the Pyramids of…