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jkihl wrote a review Mar. 2018
Greensburg, Pennsylvania4 contributions4 helpful votes
Well worth the time and effort. Family can spend many hours in reflection on the history that the Laurel Highlands can provide. It is just an hour from Pittsburgh and Johnstown, PA. You can teach your Kids what American Heritage has provided.
Date of experience: June 2017
PACABRUIN wrote a review Mar. 2018
Ligonier, Pennsylvania16 contributions2 helpful votes
The autumn rivals the New England fall with vibrant colors and cool, crisp weather. Accommodations and services are reasonable. Look for local farmers markets and fall festivals, like Flax Scutching in Stahlstown.
Date of experience: October 2017
Lynette M wrote a review Aug. 2015
Buffalo, New York35 contributions53 helpful votes
We went to the Laurel Highlands for Ohiopyle and biking and found it to be absolutely beautiful. We enjoyed delicious foods at local restaurants, the Laurel Caverns and Falling Water.
Date of experience: August 2015
Vicki W wrote a review May 2015
Princeton, New Jersey82 contributions18 helpful votes
Finally, I visited Fallingwater, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright for the Kaufmann department store family of Pittsburgh, and nearby Kentuck Knob, for the Hagan family, which owned a large dairy operation in the area. Fallingwater is perhaps Wright’s most ideal integration of site and structure. The Kaufmanns purchased the heavily wooded property traversed by Bear Run with the intention of building a house where they could see its lovely waterfall. Wright refused. He said they would tire of the view in time and even cease to notice it, whereas the higher location he recommended, pervaded by the sounds of the gushing stream, would be preferable in many respects. They came to agree with him. The expansive window walls in many rooms and cantilevered terraces over the falls make the viewer feel part of the landscape, not merely an observer. Kentuck Knob, located just a few miles away at the top (“knob”) of Chestnut Ridge in the Allegheny Mountains, is a much smaller, less light-filled home. On the approach, it looks like a ship emerging from the land. From its grounds, the visitor can see three states—Pennsylvania, Maryland, and West Virginia. Much of the view is obscured by the thousands of trees the Hagan family had planted, which make the site almost as forested as Fallingwater. In the house are many charming features, as well as some reflecting Wright’s well-known disdain for livability (the too-hot kitchen, for example). The house is privately owned, but made available for tours and now includes a sculpture garden in the meadow below. (A more complete review, with photos, is at www.vweisfeld.com/?p=4393)…
Date of experience: May 2015
Karen G wrote a review Jul. 2014
Arlington, Virginia, United States34 contributions16 helpful votes
We went to this area for a weekend trip of white water rafting and nature appreciation. We were blessed with terrific weather. We enjoyed seeing lots of wildlife when walking on trails and driving along the National Road and around Ohiopyle. We used White Water Adventures for a guided rafting trip on the Lower Yough and they were wonderfully organized and professional, much appreciated when heading down some of those larger rapids. We stayed at the very cool, historic Summit Inn Resort. Their website doesn't do the place justice. We enjoyed dinner of burgers and sandwiches/wraps at the Firefly in Ohiopyle and a great breakfast at the Braddock Inn and Restaurant on Rte. 40.…
Date of experience: July 2014