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Allyson Null
Author: Allyson Null

Marketing Communications Coordinator at LHVB. Recreational reader, animal lover and binge-watcher of Netflix.

Try it at Home: Burnt Sugar Cake Recipe

Tuesday, March 12, 2019 3:00 PM by Allyson Null

Woman holding a burnt sugar cake

If you attended a maple event or visited a maple camp, baking a burnt sugar cake is a unique way to use the maple product you brought home. We got our hands on an authentic recipe for this traditional dessert that Somerset County natives cherish, and we want to share it with you! It's so popular, that sometimes Laurel Highlands brides serve…

Somerset County: Laurel Highlands' Sweet Spot

Thursday, March 7, 2019 5:00 PM by Allyson Null

Maple products lined up

It's maple season! During the sweetest month of the year, the Laurel Highlands celebrates its maple heritage with maple sugaring demonstrations at maple camps , the Pennsylvania Maple Festival , pancake breakfasts and more. From beginning to end, the maple sugaring process is very technical and finicky, but it is most certainly worth the end…

A Stargazer's Guide to the Laurel Highlands

Thursday, February 28, 2019 3:00 PM by Allyson Null

Starry Night at Scenic View

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,…

Four Seasons of Fun

Friday, February 22, 2019 3:00 PM by Allyson Null

2nd Brenda Schwartz, Hidden Valley Resort (2)

Experience four seasons of fun in the Laurel Highlands! Fill your next visit's itinerary with tons of seasonal adventures, from snowshoeing in the winter to zip lining in the summer there’s something for everybody! Spring Once the snow melts, try something new like an exhilarating zip lining or rock wall climbing experience at Nemacolin…

Treat Yourself: Spas of the Laurel Highlands

Thursday, February 14, 2019 1:00 PM by Allyson Null

Spa Getaways

When was the last time you did something for yourself? If you're overdue, the Laurel Highlands has you covered! Let us introduce you to the region's spas with lush treatments and friendly staff. Block out a few hours of your day to escape the stress of everyday life and spoil yourself. Browse our spa packages page and find yourself a deal…

National Plan for Vacation Day

Monday, January 28, 2019 10:00 AM by Allyson Null

Boy with Compass

With winter comes freezing temps, snow and cabin fever...what a perfect time to set your sight on warm breezes on a sunny summer day. Did you know that 705 million vacation days were unused in 2017? Don't procrastinate, take the time to schedule your hard-earned PTO on January 29, National Plan For Vacation Day. We all love vacation, but get…

Reasons to Visit the Laurel Highlands in 2019

Monday, January 21, 2019 2:00 PM by Allyson Null

Forbes State Forest

From architectural wonders to exotic animals and unforgettable events to remarkable historic sites, the Laurel Highlands is an ideal place to get away, enjoy the great outdoors and find your adventure. Even if you've visited within the past year, you can create a loaded itinerary full of brand new experiences! The addition of Frank Lloyd…

Hamilton Cover

Ten Dollar Founding Father Alexander Hamilton is portrayed as an American hero in the Broadway smash hit "Hamilton" that showcases his life full of triumphs and failures. But don't be fooled. There was a time that Hamilton was the most hated man in the Laurel Highlands. Here's the tea: Let's start with the biggie, the…


After the holiday season, a weekend escape with your other half is probably long overdue. It is the perfect time to get away and unwind together in the great outdoors, with state parks, breweries and events around every corner! Many places to stay in the Laurel Highlands are offering romantic packages, which gives you the opportunity to plan a…

Ohiopyle Hiking

For some, a new year is a new start. If you've made a New Year's resolution, (and you've stuck with it this 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…