Tag - Outdoors

Nearly three dozen hikers took to Laurel Hill State Park for a morning hike on Jan. 1, 2023.

Mother Nature couldn’t have picked better weather for First Day Hike participants at Laurel Hill State Park on Jan. 1. About three dozen of us set out with Kimberly Peck, an environmental education specialist at the park, on a 3.5-mile, out-and-back hike to Jones Mill Run Dam. With temperatures hovering around 50 degrees, it was a…

Seven Springs

5 Ways to Beat the Heat this Summer!

Friday, May 27, 2022 11:00 AM by Kristin Ecker

Here comes the sun! Summer is kicking off in the Laurel Highlands and we've rounded up the best spots for cooling down. Warning: All of these spots pair well with onsite or nearby lodging and camping options, so stay a while and make it a fun getaway for the family! Idlewild & SoakZone When you take the family to Idlewild & SoakZone,…

Brantview Farms Maple | Maple Taste & Tour

It's the sweetest season in the Laurel Highlands! Our region, specifically Somerset County, takes great pride in the tradition of tapping maple trees and producing maple syrup and other goodies. After all, it is the largest producer of maple products in the state. Celebrate the county's maple heritage while satisfying your sweet tooth at…


Epic Rides: Snowmobiling in the Laurel Highlands

Friday, February 11, 2022 2:00 PM by Vanessa Orr

There are a lot of things that make the Laurel Highlands snowmobile trail system unique, including the fact that the 116 miles of groomed trailed in Forbes State Forest wander in and out of state parks, forest lands, and state game lands. But that's only one part of the excitement. "I ride from when it first starts snowing until it quits,…

Nemacolin Woodlands Resort Dinner

Lovebirds looking to get away to celebrate Valentine’s Day will find no shortage of lovely things to see and do in Pennsylvania’s Laurel Highlands. We've created four diverse romantic getaway itineraries to charm visitors and residents alike. You and your significant other are probably overdue for an escape, book one today! For…


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…

Bella Terra Vineyards

Where to Take Your Out-of-Town Holiday Visitors

Friday, December 10, 2021 3:00 PM by Allyson Null

The holidays will be here before you know it, and so will your guests! If it is their first time visiting the Laurel Highlands, they are in for a treat. If they've visited before, their schedule will be jam-packed with attractions that have opened since the last time they've been in town. Show off the beautiful region you call home with…


Laurel Highlands Gift Guide

Thursday, November 18, 2021 2:00 PM by Allyson Null

The holidays certainly have a way of sneaking up on you, and they're right around the corner. Scratching your head on what to get everybody this year? Support local this season by purchasing a product or experience from a Laurel Highlands business! Immersive Touchstone Workshops and Classes View this post on Instagram…

Fall Drives

Take a Fall Drive Through the Laurel Highlands

Thursday, October 21, 2021 2:00 PM by Allyson Null

While the Laurel Highlands is certainly a four-season destination, fall is truly special. Mother Nature sets the stage for an impressive show with an array of towering trees, soaring mountain ridgelines, lush valleys, and river gorges that are ablaze in breathtaking red, orange, yellow, and bronze. With the fall leaves' colors peaking in the…

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…