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Summer has arrived. The kids are home from school. The in-laws are in town for a visit. Your long-distance significant other is spending a weekend at your home. You’re trying to fill every minute with activity, but at some point, the ideas run dry. You sigh, and think with growing frustration, “There’s just nothing to do around…

Mantyla at Polymath Park

Rebuilding it the Wright Way

Friday, May 3, 2019 4:00 PM by Anna Weltz

In his lifetime, America’s most prominent architect, Frank Lloyd Wright , designed more than 1,000 structures and oversaw the construction of 532 of them before his death in 1959. With achievements such as Fallingwater , the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Taliesen West, along with a legacy nearly unmatched decades later, it’s safe…

Main Exhibit Gallery and Art Center

Twenty-five years ago, Paul and Mandy Sirofchuck opened Main Exhibit Gallery and Art Center , a two-story boutique nestled in the quaint town of Ligonier. The shop radiates talent with art in every nook and cranny, from paintings to jewelry. In 1994, the newlyweds came to Ligonier in search of land to build their family home. The couple shares a…

Laurel Highlands Game of Thrones

The final season of Game of Thrones begins April 14, but if you can't wait until then, we have you covered. Check out this Game of Thrones-inspired itinerary fit for a lord and filled with castles, battles and palaces. Valar the Laurel Highlands! Winterfell Castle | Nemacolin Castle Castles are everywhere in Game of Thrones, from frozen…

Maple products lined up

Somerset County: Laurel Highlands' Sweet Spot

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

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…

2nd Brenda Schwartz, Hidden Valley Resort (2)

Four Seasons of Fun

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

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…

Masked Singer - Lion

When FX artist Eric Haskell found Tom Savini's Special Make-Up Effects Program at Douglas Education Center , he moved with his wife from across the country to the Laurel Highlands. Ten years later, Haskell's hard work is on display every week and seen by half a billion people on FOX's The Masked Singer. As soon as he graduated, it…

Music and Theatres

Showstopping Theatres of the Laurel Highlands

Wednesday, January 30, 2019 10:00 AM by Kayleigh Dumas

History in the Laurel Highlands isn’t limited to museums and battlefields, our three counties are home to multiple historic theaters and entertainment venues; some even dating back to the 1900s. These theatres and venues have morphed and evolved over the years into what they are today and represent the past, present and future of…

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…

Hidden Valley Snow Tubing

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Ah, yes, in a matter of days, the little ones will be officially on their winter break, anxiously awaiting the arrival of Santa, gobbling up cookies and hot cocoa and seeking fun and entertainment. If you’re like me, and you’ve stashed away a few vacation days in order to spend time…

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