For some, a new year is a new start. If you've made a New Year's resolution, (and you've stuck with it so far) here is your guide to easily completing it in the Laurel Highlands, regardless if it is a personal or career goal, or anything in between. If you haven't thought of one yet, consider this your inspiration. Choose one of the following and get to it. You got this!

Eat Healthy

Bittersweet Cafe

We all know the hardest part of getting fit is eating healthy. A lot of Laurel Highlands restaurants make it easier to stick with your new eating habits by providing healthy options on their menu. Or if you prefer to cook, pick up items off of your grocery list at a farmers' market this summer. The local and organic ingredients will not only make a difference in taste, but in your community as well.

Get Active


Did you know that there are more than 700 miles of hiking and biking trails in the Laurel Highlands? Go on a daily leisurely walk with your pup or take a scenic jog. Regardless of the route you take, you will be surrounded by beautiful nature and mesmerizing views. For motivation, train for a 5K. You will feel so accomplished and nothing will beat the feeling of crossing the finish line.

Spend Time with Family


Work and responsibilities can sometimes inevitably hinder your time spent with family. In 2023, make family time a priority. The Laurel Highlands has so amazing family-friendly attractions, you could potentially spend every day doing something new. Go snow tubing, check out an animal park, take in the beauty of nature on a brisk hike, explore caves, and more. The fun is endless!

Cross Something Off of Your Bucket List


Make 2023 a year to remember by trying something new! If you don't have anything in mind, consider a visit one of four Frank Lloyd Wright homes in the region, honor our heroes at the Flight 93 National Memorial, step outside your comfort zone and tackle the Middle Yough on a whitewater rafting adventure or accomplish all 150 miles of the Great Allegheny Passage.

Explore New Hobbies

Blacksmithing at Touchstone

Laurel Highlands' art centers host many workshops that allow you to bring out your inner artist and try your hand at many mediums including pottery, blacksmithing, painting, stained glass, and more! Enjoy a hands-on experience and then take home the coolest souvenir, your art!

Bike More


If your goal is to spend more time in the saddle, the Laurel Highlands is the perfect playground. The 150-mile nearly-level Great Allegheny Passage rail trail weaves through the Laurel Highlands, ultimately connecting Pittsburgh to Cumberland, Maryland. Take short rides between trail towns and enjoy gorgeous views of the Youghiogheny River, abundant wildlife, and more!

Volunteer Your Time

Plant a Tree 2019

If you appreciate the outdoor mecca that is the Laurel Highlands, you can most certainly find a way to give back to the region. It may only take a few hours of your time, but you will feel more than rewarded when you're done! Keep your eye out, many organizations in the Laurel Highlands frequently post volunteer opportunities.

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