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The beauty of the Southern Laurel Highlands sometimes obscures the fact that this tri-state region is packed full of a wide variety of things to do and see. From Fallingwater, Frank Lloyd-Wright’s iconic house over the waterfall, to Historic Fort Necessity where the French and Indian War began, the culture and history within Western PA and the surrounding region will surprise. Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, just 15 minutes from Hartzell House Bed & Breakfast, has 2000 acres of entertainment and activities to delight both men and women, including an expansive, private art collection, a world-class spa and holistic center, and a “toy store” filled with vintage automobiles that would cause Jay Leno’s eyes to turn green. The resort also hosts Lautrec – one of only a handful of Forbes 5-diamond, 5-star restaurants worldwide, and three PGA golf courses, one of which is a newly designed Pete Dye.

Ohiopyle State Park has some of the best whitewater rafting on this side of the country, and a nationally renowned bike trail, the Great Allegheny Passage, which runs from Pittsburgh Point Park all the way to Washington, DC. There are miles of mountain bike, snowmobile and hiking trails that take visitors through some of the prettiest scenery in the state.

Hartzell House Bed & Breakfast sits in between the Wisp Ski Resort in Deep Creek Lake, MD, and Seven Springs Resort, in Champion, PA, and is surrounded by miles of XC ski trails.

Within a comfortable and scenic drive of the B&B, you can find antiques and artists, waterfalls and wineries, fine food and festivals, boating and biking, history and holistic health. Go skiing or zip-lining, fishing, birding… So many things to do that we have categorized and listed our favorites below. Just click on the category and you will have clickable links to take you to some of our favorite places and activity providers.

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Golf An aerial view of Wisp Lodestone golf course, an extremely vibrant green course surrounded by autumn trees Wisp

Fantasy Valley

Outdoor Adventures A grey river raft going down strong river rapids with a group of people wearing yellow safety garb Whitewater Adventurers

Ohiopyle, PA

Antiques and Interesting Shops A stone pig sculpture sitting on a brown wooden table surrounded by flower bouquets and 3 eggs Whispering Pines

Springs, PA

Art and Culture Blacksmith standing at firey forge Touchstone Center for Crafts

Farmington, PA

Winter Wonders Wide angle view of a ski resort, covered in sparkling white snow and hundreds of pine trees The Wisp Ski Resort

McHenry, MD

Forests and State Parks Large, three tiered waterfall, cascading down granite ledges next to rhododendron bushes Swallow Falls State Park

Swallow Falls is a Maryland State Park just Northwest of Oakland, MD

ATMs

4142 National Pike, Farmington, PA 15437
(724) 329-8500

Gas Stations and Convenience Centers

4142 National Pike, Farmington, PA 15437
(724) 329-8500

Art and Culture Exterior view of a brown bridge covering with a blue sign that reads “Spruce forest artisan village” Spruce Forest Artisan Village

Grantsville, PA

Art and Culture Rustic Blacksmith Shop in artisan Village, with ironwork and ladnscaping Spruce Forest Artisan Village

Grantsville, MD

Festivals and Fall An event at Springs Folk Festival, a man holding a lead rope to a white horse in a gated wagon. Springs Folk Festival

Springs, PA

Nemacolin Woodlands Resort Indoor view of the Nemacolin Spa, a crystal clear spa bath with grey walls and lined in white water jets. Spa

Farmington, PA

Art and Culture Two small glass bowls sitting on a grey countertop, wooden salad spoons in one bowl. Simon Pearce Glass

Oakland, MD

Groceries

24586 Garrett Hwy, McHenry, MD 21541
(301) 387-4075

Winter Wonders Five people sitting on a ski lift waving, surrounding by thick white snow fall. Seven Springs Resort

Seven Springs, PA

Antiques and Interesting Shops Picture of display racks with canned goods, jams, art pieces, and faux plants. Schoolhouse Earth

Friendsville, MD

 

Wine and Dine Exterior view of the rivers edge café surrounded by thick green landscaping and twinkle lights on the porch Rivers Edge Cafe

Confluence, PA

Outdoor Adventures A blue river raft full of people going over a slight drop in a fast moving river Precision Rafting Expeditions

Friendsville, MD

Outdoor Adventures Exterior view of Ohiopyle Trading Post, a wooden building with a stack of blue river rafts out front. Ohiopyle Trading Post

Ohiopyle, PA

Forests and State Parks A gorgeous waterfall cascading over smooth and jagged rocks into a bed of water, surrounded by looming green trees Ohiopyle State Park

Photo courtesy of Hubert Stoffels from Pittsburgh, USA

Golf An aerial view of the Nemacolin Golf course, a vibrant green course lined with trees and several sand pits Nemacolin

Shepherd’s Rock

Festivals and Fall Street view of the National Road Festival, a line of covered wagons filled with people in old western outfits. National Road Festival

Uniontown, PA

Oddities and Other A slate colored sign that says, “A geologic feature, MT. Davis”, mounted on a wooden post surrounded by green shrubbery. Mount Davis

Somerset County in Southwest PA

Wellness and Relaxation An interior view of a massage room, two white chairs with feet soaking tubs and taupe walls Massage at the Lake Day Spa

McHenry, MD

Antiques and Interesting Shops Mark’s Harness Shop

An Amish Tack & Leather Shop

Springs, PA

Gas Stations and Convenience Centers

5316 National Pike, Markleysburg, PA 15459
(724) 329-5670

Forests and State Parks A damp road covered in fallen autumn-colored leaves surrounded by tall trees. Laurel Ridge State Park

Cambria, Fayette, Westmoreland, and Somerset counties, Pennsylvania

Winter Wonders A damp road covered in fallen autumn-colored leaves surrounded by tall trees. Laurel Ridge State Park

Rockwood, PA

Festivals and Fall Exterior view of the Laurel Hill Bluegrass festival people sitting in lawn chairs and under several white tents. Laurel Hill Bluegrass Festival

Somerset, PA

Oddities and Other Deep tunnel through a grey, dimly lit cave and a staircase running along the bottom Laurel Caverns

Farmington, PA

ATMs

4008 National Pike, Accident, MD 21520
(301) 746-8710

Gas Stations and Convenience Centers

4008 National Pike, Accident, MD 21520
(301) 746-8710

Art and Culture Usonian stone house in a woodland setting with trees and grasses. Kentuck Knob

Ohiopyle, PA

Groceries

1550 Deep Creek Dr Suite I, McHenry, MD 21541
(301) 387-6333

Nemacolin Woodlands Resort An aerial view of the Nemacolin Golf course, a vibrant green course lined with trees and several sand pits Golf

Farmington, PA

Biking An outdoor trail winding through the thick green woods, a woman on a bike pulled off to the side. GAP Trail

Biking and hiking from Cumberland, MD to Pittsburgh, PA

History Outdoor view of an old cottage styled building, stone foundations with wooden porches and roofing. Friendship Hill

Photo courtesy of Doug Kerr from Albany, NY

History Exterior view of an old wooden lodge from Fort Necessity, surrounded by brown wooden stumps. Fort Necessity

Farmington, PA

History Exterior black sign which says, “National park service, U.S. department of the interior, flight 93 national memorial.” Flight 93 Memorial

Photo courtesy of James Steakley

Gas Stations and Convenience Centers

4888 National Pike, Markleysburg, PA 15459
(724) 329-1609

Groceries

107 S Main St, Accident, MD 21520
(301) 746-8188

Birding Close-up of a small beige bird outside holding onto the twig of tree, yellow leaves in the backdrop Finzel Swamp

Picture courtesy of Matt Tillett from Cumberland, MD, USA

ATMs

1491 Mill Run Rd, Mill Run, PA 15464
(724) 329-8501

Art and Culture Fallingwater

Mill Run, PA

Art and Culture Mid-Century Modern home with rust colored window sashes and tan walls. Rhododendrons and other landscaping Duncan House

Duncan House at Polymath Park

Acme, PA

Nemacolin Woodlands Resort A plate of gourmet fire torched food sitting on a white plate at the kitchen of Nemacolin Dining Dining

Farmington, PA

Wellness and Relaxation A pair of freshly manicured feet with bright pink toenail polish and a flower on top of the feet. Deep Creek Salon and Massage

McHenry, MD

Birding Rolling hill landscape from Cranesville Swamp Preserve, a white wooden plank path winding through the brush. Cranesville Swamp Preserve

Photo courtesy of Brian M. Powell

Wine and Dine Interior view of the cornucopia café, a brown rustic design with a floor to ceiling stone fireplace. Cornucopia Café

Grantsville, MD

Groceries

511 Williams St, Confluence, PA 15424
(814) 395-9707

Biking An exterior view of a vintage brick building with a green storefront on display, bikes parked in racks out front. Confluence Cyclery

Confluence, PA

Wine and Dine Exterior view of Christian Klay Winery, a white building with red roofing, surrounded by a white picket fence Christian Klay Winery

Farmington, PA

Antiques and Interesting Shops Exterior view during winter time of a wooden sign which says “Bruceton Antique Mall” Bruceton Mills Antique Mall

Bruceton Mills, WV

Antiques and Interesting Shops exterior view of Blue Moon Antiques, a grey two story building with white detailing on a street with an incline Blue Moon Antiques

Grantsville, MD

Groceries

7349 National Pike, Addison, PA 15411
(814) 395-3545

Groceries

15 Sherman St, Ohiopyle, PA 15470
(724) 329-0454

Antiques and Interesting Shops Old time car painted yellow with some brown rust spots in the paint parked on green grass Alexander’s Antiques

Bruceton Mills, WV

ATMs

4151 National Pike, Grantsville, MD 21536
(301) 746-8971

Gas Stations and Convenience Centers

4151 National Pike, Grantsville, MD 21536
(301) 746-8971