Tag - Outdoors

Ligonier Scarecrow Festival

Spooky season is in full swing in the Laurel Highlands! There's an activity for everybody, from haunted hikes in a park to a fun scarecrow display for little ones to enjoy! Or, if you're skipping Halloween and heading straight for Christmas, you can start your shopping this weekend in the Laurel Highlands. 27th Annual Pennsylvania Arts…

Maple Bottom Farm Sunflowers

Fun in the Sunflowers at Maple Bottom Farm

Thursday, August 19, 2021 9:00 AM by Allyson Null

Vickie and Mike Baker have owned Maple Bottom Farm in Dawson for 5 years, raising chickens, milking cows and processing cheese. The couple shares a passion to educate others on agriculture and dairy, so they do just that by providing farm tours to visitors. They also have a beautiful farmhouse bed and breakfast onsite, offering a serene place for…

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,…

Somerset Fireworks

Put on your red, white and blue, get outdoors and celebrate the 4th of July in the Laurel Highlands with your friends and family! Follow our list of the best places to see Independence Day fireworks in Westmoreland, Fayette and Somerset counties in 2021. Fireworks Over Fayette - June 27 Our Fourth of July celebrations start off with a blast at…

Immersion Research

As a young girl growing up in the river town of Confluence, Kara Weld spent countless days paddling on the water. Perhaps paddling was in her blood as her parents owned the local kayaking school, Riversport. It was here that Kara found her passion and her husband, John, who worked for Kara’s parents. That same passion guided Kara as a…

Mountain-Laurel Blog

Mountain-laurel is in bloom in the Laurel Highlands! The shrub keeps its foliage year-round, but keep an eye out in May and June for umbrella-like flowers that range in color from white to pink, with unique purple markings. Not only is mountain-laurel absolutely beautiful, but it is also Pennsylvania's state flower and can be found all over…

Pitcherplants at Spruce Flats Bog, Forbes State Forest

The natural beauty of the Laurel Highlands is stunning any time of year. With so many of us spending more and more time outside, exploring new nooks and crannies of our great outdoors, it got me thinking about the region's array of fascinating flowers and wildlife. I'm certainly no botanist, naturalist, or biologist, so I reached out to…

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…

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5 Ways to Get the Kids Outside this Spring

Monday, April 12, 2021 2:00 PM by Kristin Ecker

After a long winter filled with remote working and learning, we’re all ready to get out and enjoy some fresh air. It’s April in the Laurel Highlands and the weather is turning upward. The natural landscape that has laid dormant for months now is about to burst with life. And if you’re like me, you might be ready to burst out of…

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