The cold weather and snow doesn't stop any of the fun in the Laurel Highlands. While winter sports are really popular in the region, skiing and snowboarding isn't for everybody. Check out these 10 activities to keep you busy and having fun this winter, without the skis and goggles.
Attend a Winter Festival
Events in the Laurel Highlands don't stop for snowy weather, they embrace it! Check out the 23rd Annual Fire & Ice Festival Jan. 12-14 in Somerset. The free weekend-long event is complete with live ice carving demonstrations, live entertainment, a chili cook-off, a silent auction, food vendors and even fireworks.
Go Snow Tubing
If you're not a skier or snowboarder, you can still participate in the fun at a ski resort! There are three snow tubing parks in the Laurel Highlands: Seven Springs, Hidden Valley and Nemacolin Woodlands Resort. Snow tubing makes for a great date night or a family day.
Take a Horse-Drawn Sleigh Ride
Sit back and relax on a sleigh ride through the Laurel Highlands, led by two horses! The snow-covered trails, beautiful views and towering evergreens will make your ride through the winter wonderland unique and magical.
Experience Dog Sledding
Dog sledding at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort is a must-do winter activity! 24 Alaskan huskies will lead your sled through the snow at up to 20 miles per hour with the Laurel Highlands' picturesque landscape zooming past you. Your guide will teach you the basics on controlling the sled and voice signals to direct the dogs.
Treat Yourself to a Spa Day
Enjoy some "me time" at one of Laurel Highlands' spas. The cold can do some wicked things to our bodies, so treat yourself to a massage to make you feel brand new. Get pampered with a facial or even a manicure in a relaxing environment.
Taste and Tour at a Winery
Going to a Laurel Highlands winery is the perfect way to get together with friends and try something new. Sample wines made from homegrown grapes and chat while enjoying the view of the snowy vineyard outside.
Stroll Around a Museum
Get your gears turning this winter and tour a museum in the Laurel Highlands.The region's museums showcase everything from local to national artists' work. Some museums offer art classes and workshops, so be sure to get artsy and try your hand at painting, sculpting and more!
Meet a Baby Sloth
Is petting a sloth on your bucket list? Living Treasures Animal Park in the Laurel Highlands is home to an adorable baby sloth named Padawan, and you have the chance to meet him! Sign up for a sloth interaction, where you get to feed, pet and take pictures with Padawan for half an hour.
If your New Years resolution involves your health, consider taking up yoga. There are plenty of yoga studios in the Laurel Highlands that host amazing classes regularly. Some classes even earn you a beer afterward!
Rent a Cabin and Relax
Winter is the perfect time to escape to the Laurel Highlands, even if you don't like snow! Rent a cozy cabin or cottage that is the perfect place to getaway from your everyday life. Spend a night or weekend relaxing in front of the fireplace with a cup of hot cocoa, watching the snow fall with your loved one or family.